Keiser University to partner with LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals as a Global Education Provider

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LPGA Teacher Education Programs will move to Keiser’s Blackboard online platform

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 24, 2019 – The LPGA Teaching & Club Professional (T&CP) membership today announced a partnership with Keiser University to become the exclusive online Global Education Provider for the largest and longest standing women’s sports teaching organization in the world with more than 1700 members.

“It just makes sense for us to partner with Keiser,” said Nancy Henderson, the LPGA’s Chief Teaching Officer. “Keiser is a leader in online education and the technical and design support they can provide through their Blackboard learning management system will help us improve the standard of excellence that we provide in our LPGA Teacher Education Programs and allow us to continue our global expansion.”

The LPGA Teacher certification is a research-based and student-centered curriculum designed to train golf instructors in all areas of teaching, swing mechanics and performance. All members are required to complete this certification. However, the LPGA also welcomes non-members to attend these programs. Through three levels of certification, teachers are presented with scientific theory on golf mechanics and human performance, then challenged to put those theories into practice with hands-on learning and practical testing. The LPGA T&CP launched the teacher certification in Asia in 2012 and has seen an outpouring of interest with members now representing more than 23 countries.

“We are proud to be the Global Education Provider for the LPGA,” said John McMurry, vice president, Keiser University Flagship Campus and College of Golf. “Providing an online delivery of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional certification program, as well as a pathway for young women to achieve an Associates of Science or Bachelor of Science in Golf Management Degree and their LPGA T&CP Certification at the same time, excites us.”

“Both Keiser and the LPGA have a passion for education and golf, so we are looking forward to serving women in golf and growing the game through our partnership,” said Gary Vonk, president of Keiser University Flagship Campus. “The LPGA has been innovating and leading the path in golf in recent years, and we are proud to join forces.”

Keiser University is a regionally accredited private career university that provides educational degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student body in traditional, nontraditional and online delivery formats. The university has more than 20 campuses located throughout the state of Florida and two internationally. The Flagship Campus in West Palm Beach is also home to the College of Golf.

“Partnering with Keiser allows the LPGA T&CP to offer our members the best quality education in the comfort of their own home,” said Marvol Barnard, National President of the LPGA T&CP. “Not only is this a more affordable option, it allows members to move through the three levels of education in their own timeframe.”

Key elements of the LPGA Teacher Education, such as the Practical Teaching Evaluation, will still be communicated through in-person programs where LPGA Professionals can interact and learn from hands-on application in both a classroom and an on-course setting. The number of required in-person education hours has been reduced from 96 hours to 48 hours, thereby shrinking the number of required days away from work and family.

As part of this new partnership, Keiser University is proud to offer LPGA T&CP members and their families a scholarship of 25% tuition reimbursement.

About the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more. LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These include LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, the LPGA Lesson Zone and LPGA Golf 101 programs. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

About Keiser University

Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university, serving nearly 20,000 students and employing 3,800 faculty and staff members. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, the university currently offers more than 100 degrees at 21 Florida campuses, as well as online and at two international sites. Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as a level VI institution to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral level. For additional information regarding Keiser University, visit www.keiseruniversity.edu.

Peareth to be honored by LPGA*USGA Girls Golf with 2019 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award

stephaniep‘Stephanie is an inspiring leader who believes there is nothing you can’t do,’ says LaBauve

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 23, 2019 – LPGA Teaching & Club Professional (T&CP) member Stephanie Peareth, who is site director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Miami, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award, the most coveted honor bestowed by LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

Peareth, a truly inspirational figure who underwent the first two of her three brain surgeries before taking over as Miami site director in 2015, will be presented with her award on Thursday, January 24, during the T&CP Rolex Awards Reception at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

“Is it real? Did I really win? I’m never usually speechless, but I’m speechless. Just to grasp the size of this industry and how many phenomenal, incredible ladies do what I do in this industry, and just being at the last few T&CP Rolex Awards Receptions and listening to the other recipients, it’s just very overwhelming. I’m very grateful, and I’m very honored to accept this award,” said Peareth.

“It’s kind of surreal because I get told on a daily basis that I’m an amazing site director and what would they (Girls Golf program members) do without me and ‘you’re such an incredible role model’. I’ve never thought of myself like that because they saved my life. They’ve given me a different purpose, a different dream and career. It’s all because of them. I wake up every day feeling so lucky that I get to work with girls who I know are going to change the world. I get to wake up and say, ‘Okay, so my job today is to hang around with girls who I know are going to be the biggest, most influential female empowerment stars.’ I just feel so lucky to be inspired by them. They make me better.”

Named after the founder of LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award honors an individual who has gone above and beyond to inspire the lives of juniors through their passion and dedication to empowering girls through golf. Sandy LaBauve was an LPGA Teaching Professional in Phoenix, Arizona, and mother of two daughters when she founded Girls Golf in 1989.

“I am so impressed with Stephanie’s drive to help little girls dream big,” said LaBauve. “She has overcome her own health obstacles and has never let adversity define her. Stephanie is an inspiring leader who believes there is nothing you can’t do. If you have a dream, make a plan to achieve it and then work hard. She coaches girls to have fun along the way and provides the perfect blend of teaching golf while building strong character.”

Peareth took charge of LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Miami in 2015, a move which she describes as “life-changing” after she had to abort her initial plans to become a playing professional due to her brain condition. She now devotes virtually all her time to Girls Golf with a mission to enable young girls to experience life, fun and growth through the sport. Each month, she organizes three special events for the girls under her tutelage: a themed golf clinic, an LPGA Tour-inspired tournament and a social activity which is not related to golf.

“Coach Stephanie is a true inspiration to everyone she encounters. It is amazing to witness her interact with girls of all ages. She constantly challenges the girls in her over-the-top, fun and engaging manner. She turns a golf clinic into a life-altering experience,” said Linda Tamargo, whose daughter is a member of LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Miami.

“Shy, timid girls blossom into confident, empowered individuals. Girls that are bullied, that have no social school life or feel like outsiders develop friendships and self-worth. Stephanie Peareth is an amazing, caring and positive individual – not only with the talent to play golf but to teach, mentor and mold young girls. It takes a village … and I am extremely grateful that Stephanie is part of our village.”

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

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Director of Public Communications

Marvol Barnard Elected as LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals National President. Dr. Alison Curdt chosen as the membership’s Vice President.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 7, 2019Marvol Barnard, a Class A member of both the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the PGA of America, has been elected as National President of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional (T&CP) division in a vote by the members.

Barnard, who is Director of Instruction at Haven Golf Course in Green Valley, Ariz., and Director of Player Development at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M., will work alongside fellow teacher Dr. Alison Curdt, who has been voted in as the T&CP’s National Vice President. Barnard and Curdt started their three-year terms in office on Jan. 1, 2019.

“It is the honor of my professional life to have been recently elected as the next National President of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals,” Barnard said. “From the moment I joined this organization in 2002, I have been so inspired by my fellow members and by our leadership and staff, and so to be elected to this position is really a tremendous privilege. I really think there has never been a better or more exciting time to be a woman in the golf industry, and there are so many wonderful possibilities ahead for all of us. Alison and I look very forward to serving our members and continuing to build on the growth and success of all the past leaders who have made the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals such a strong and vibrant women’s organization.”

Barnard, who served three terms as President of the LPGA Central Section, joined the LPGA in 2002 and became a Class A member in 2006. She has piled up an impressive array of accolades and achievements over the years, including the LPGA Marilynn Smith Service Award in 2014 and the LPGA Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award in 2013. Barnard was honored as the LPGA’s National Teacher of the Year in 2016 and listed among the LPGA’s Top 50 Women Teachers for 2017-2018. She was included as one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Women Teachers in 2012.

One of southern Arizona’s most accomplished instructors, Barnard was the recipient of the PGA’s Southwest Section Player Development Award in 2013 and 2017, and the PGA’s Southwest Section Southern Chapter Player Development Award in 2015 and 2016.

In 2018, she received the National PGA Player Development Award, an honor that bestows special recognition on a PGA member who has displayed “extraordinary and exemplary contribution and achievement” in player development. The award was given during the PGA’s Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, California in November.

Dr. Curdt, who has more than 29 years of golf competition background, turned professional in 2004 and moved to Palm Springs, Calif., to begin her teaching and professional playing career. She is currently the Director of Instruction at Alison Curdt Golf at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, California, where she oversees all programs related to men, women and juniors while also running, coordinating and teaching camps and clinics.

A two-time Academic All American at Florida State University where she attained degrees in psychology and professional golf management, Dr. Curdt last year celebrated a rare double when she became just the second person to earn Master Professional status with both the LPGA T&CP and the PGA of America. She was voted by her LPGA peers as the Western Section Teacher of the Year in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018. In 2015, Dr. Curdt was honored as the LPGA’s National Teacher of the Year.

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more. LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These include LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, the LPGA Lesson Zone and LPGA Golf 101 programs. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

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