2017 Section Of the Year Awards

Congratulations to our Section Of The Year Award Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Oct 9, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected the recipients of annual section Teacher, Professional, Coach and Junior Golf Leadership awards. Each of the six sections of the LPGA T&CP—Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Western, and International—winners are selected by the Section Officers and Section Nominating Committee Chair annually in each of the four categories.

The LPGA T&CP National Awards Selection Committee will select the overall national award winner in each category from among the section award winners. The national winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2017 LPGA T&CP Section Of The Year Award winners are as follows:

Central Section
Teacher – Sandy LaBauve
Professional – Kristie Fowler
Coach – Jessica Steward
Junior Leader – Kristen Samp

International Section
Teacher – Stephanie Yu
Professional – Jiyeun Seo
Junior Leader – Yoshie Koyama

Midwest Section
Teacher – Louise Ball
Professional – Sally Collins
Coach – Therese Hession
Junior Leader – Martha Mallott

Northeast Section
Teacher – Joy Bonhurst
Professional – Lynne Hunter
Coach – Patricia Frohna-Post
Junior Leader – Tarah Miller

Southeast Section
Teacher – Carol Preisinger
Professional – Jane Broderick
Coach – Kelley Hester
Junior Leader – Dona Lerner

Western Section
Teacher – Alison Curdt
Professional – Kim Coleman
Coach – Christie Quinn
Junior Leader – Jennifer Alexander


Sandy LaBauve receives Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf founder wins both LPGA T&CP national awards, marking the first time one individual has received both honors in the same year.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 4, 2017 – For the first time in history, the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Membership announces one winner of both the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award in the same year – LPGA*USGA Girls Golf founder and national ambassador Sandy LaBauve.

“Sandy’s dedication to the LPGA and her accomplishments speak for themselves, but it is nice to see her contributions acknowledged through these awards,” said Nancy Henderson, the LPGA’s Chief Teaching Officer. “Sandy had the vision for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and is still a driver for the unquestionable success it is today, and for that I am thankful. If anyone deserves to win both awards, it is Sandy.”

The Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, instituted by the LPGA T&CP Membership in 1989 to honor the late teaching professional Ellen Griffin, recognizes an individual, male or female, who made a major contribution to the teaching of golf and who emulates Griffin’s spirit, love and dedication to students, teachers, teaching skills and the game of golf.

“Winning the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award is surreal,” LaBauve said. “Like Ellen was, I am passionate about growing the game by empowering others. I am especially grateful to the LPGA Foundation and our members that have grown my initiatives like LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. I celebrate this award in their honor.”

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Marci Bozarth Wins 2017 LPGA Central Section Marilynn Smith Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., October 2, 2017 – Marci Bozarth, an assistant golf professional at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, is the 2017 recipient of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Central Section Marilynn Smith Service Award.

This prestigious award is given to the Central Section member who best exemplifies Marilynn Smith’s renowned spirit of giving and generosity. Previous honorees were Penny Zavichas, Peggy Gustafson, Marvol Barnard, Tina Tombs, and Kristie Fowler.

Bozarth currently serves as an assistant golf professional at Golf Club of Houston where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of two 18-hole courses, one public and the other private. She is also an instructor at the on-site Mike McGetrick Golf Academy.

An LPGA Class A member since 1998, Bozarth conducts more than 145 golf events each year for various charities and companies on the public Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston while she also organizes and manages more than 20 member golf events there annually. Bozarth served two terms as Central Section Vice-President from 2008-2011 and two terms as Central Section Secretary from 2004-2007.

“I am humbled and honored to even be nominated for such an award!” said Bozarth, who was LPGA Central Section ‘Professional of the Year’ in 2004, 2005 and 2013. “I do what I do out of my passion for the game of golf, and I don’t think twice about it. I work long hours and long weeks, as many of us do, because I love it. I have always approached my work with a servant’s heart, and I always do my best to find a way to say: ‘Yes—I can do that for you!’”

Congratulations, Marci Bozarth!

The Marilynn Smith Service Award was established in 2012 by the Central Section in recognition of the unlimited and outstanding service, time, and dedication demonstrated by Marilynn to the LPGA Central Section, the LPGA and the game of golf.

One of 13 LPGA Founders, Smith earned the nickname “Miss Personality” on the LPGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. She served as president of the LPGA from 1958 through 1960 and was instrumental in founding the teaching division in 1959 (now known as the LPGA T&CP) along with Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks and Barbara Rotvig.

Smith helps organize the all-women’s Marilynn Smith Golf Classic, which benefits the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and the Marilynn Smith Scholarship. In 1999, she established the Marilynn Smith Scholarship within The LPGA Foundation.

Suzanne Noblett wins LPGA Midwest Section Goldie Bateson Service Award

Goldie Bateson was an active member of the LPGA and the first President of the Midwest Section. She was one of the original T&CP members who helped to provide the structure for our organization by developing the Constitution and By-Laws, the testing of teachers, establishing the different sections, and everything else to get the T&CP started.

The Goldie Bateson Service Award was established in 1992 in recognition of the unlimited and outstanding service, time and dedication demonstrated by Goldie Bateson to the LPGA Midwest Section, the LPGA, and the game of golf.

“I am truly honored to receive this high honor,” Suzanne Noblett said. “Goldie was a pioneer, not only in our Midwest Section, but also nationally for the LPGA.  Thank you to my peers and the LPGA for this honor; I have enjoyed serving my section and the LPGA, and I look forward to continuing to serve in the spirit of Goldie Bateson along with the many talented previous recipients of the award which bears her name.”

Suzanne Noblett has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Goldie Bateson Service Award.

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LPGA Headquarters Closing due to Hurricane Irma

Due to the potentially dangerous Hurricane Irma, LPGA Headquarters will be closed Friday, September 8 at 12:00 pm EST through early next week. We anticipate all offices to be open again shortly.

We pray for all who may be in the path of Hurricane Irma. Please take this storm seriously as it appears imminent that it is going to head up the east coast of the US.

In the event of an emergency, please contact tcpmembership@lpga.com.

Take care and be safe.

The LPGA T&CP Team

2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship Final-Round Notes

LPGA T&CP National Championship
Mid-Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines, NC
Final-Round Notes | Sept. 6, 2017

Despite her 17-year career on the LPGA Tour, Wendy Doolan had never experienced the feeling of entering a final round with a lead. So it was understandable that the veteran player had some nerves entering Wednesday’s final round of the LPGA T&CP Championship, but she didn’t need to worry as she carded a final-round 74 to capture a five-shot victory, a $10,000 winner’s check and her first ever title in this championship.

“I feel grateful to be a part of the T&CP, and I feel grateful that there is an opportunity to play after my LPGA career and I’m enjoying the challenge of golf again,” Doolan said. “It’s nice to have my name on the trophy. I’m just more grateful to be a part of this organization and to have the opportunity to play again.”

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2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship Second-Round Notes

LPGA T&CP National Championship
Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines, NC
Second-Round Notes | Sept. 5, 2017

The second round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship finished at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club on Tuesday with first-round leader Wendy Doolan extending her lead in the Championship Division to six shots heading into the final day of play. Doolan, who competed on the LPGA Tour for 17 years and is currently a teaching pro in Lakeland, Fla., fired a tournament-low 67 that moved her to 6-under-par overall. PGA professional Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.) sits in second after her second straight round of even-par 72.

Doolan carded an impressive seven birdies in her round along with two bogeys and took advantage of her morning tee time when the greens played a tad easier than they had the previous day. But for Doolan, the focus this week has been to continue working on a mental approach where she focuses on taking one shot at a time. It’s an approach that sounds cliché, but it seems to be working well lately for the veteran pro.

“I played a little bit of golf over the summer, and really I’ve had the same goal all summer,” Doolan said. “Golf is a funny game. You just never know when it’s going to show up and, obviously, a 67, that’s a good round, and I’m happy with that. But the goal is the same and that’s one shot at a time. I’m fighting myself at times to do that, but I’m really enjoying the challenge of staying in the moment.”

Doolan has put herself in position to win the LPGA T&CP National Championship for the first time in her career. The title would also earn her a spot in next year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The top-eight finishers will earn their way into the event and Doolan is looking to make a return trip as she finished eighth at the 2016 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

North Carolina native Cathy Johnston-Forbes leads the Senior Division at 4-under-par 140 following two straight rounds of 70, while local favorite Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) sits atop the Challenge Division by seven shots with a two-day total of 8-over 152.

The 36-hole cut was made with 34 players making it in the Championship Division (19-over 163), 29 players in the Senior Division (20-over 164) and 10 players in the Challenge Division (28-over 172).

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Joanna Coe is only playing in her second LPGA T&CP National Championship, having finished T22 at last year’s event outside Orlando, but this year she had some special vibes heading into the championship.

Southern Pines, NC is the longtime home of LPGA Pioneer Peggy Kirk Bell, who passed away at the age of 95 last year. Bell was an alum of Rollins College, where Coe played collegiate golf. The team often came to the area to compete and Coe felt that the course at Mid Pines could inspire her to play some great golf this week.

“This place is special to me because Peggy Kirk Bell is a Rollins alum so we always came here for college tournaments and my first college victory was here in the fall of my freshman year,” said Coe. “So I have really good memories here, although the redesign I don’t completely recognize it. It is still a fun course and I feel comfortable off the tee and I feel like you have to be a strong iron player to get it close to these pins. I’ve just been pretty steady, keeping it in play and playing smart.”

Coe has certainly played steady with back-to-back rounds of even-par 72 and finds herself sitting in solo second heading into the final day of play. Coe, who is a PGA professional, has really enjoyed the opportunity to compete at this championship and relishes the experience.

“This has been on my calendar from the very beginning,” Coe said of the tournament. “It’s cool to be with all of the women again because when you play in PGA section events, it’s all men.  But it’s a different vibe out here. It’s fun. Everyone is supportive of each other. I plan on playing this event for years to come.”


Heather Angell hasn’t played much competitive golf so far this year. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native has status on the Symetra Tour but health issues have prevented her from playing at all on that Tour.

Angell, who blogs about food allergies and her battle with hypoglycemia on her Eat Play Win blog (http://eatplaywin.blogspot.com), has been making some changes in an effort to help her health. She has been feeling better of late but thought that this week would be a great opportunity to see if the changes she had made would be reflected in her play on the course.

“I just wanted to play as well as I could, as solid as I could,” said Angell. “I just really wanted to have three solid rounds and hopefully that would put me within that top 8 number. Really just coming into this event I wanted to see how the changes I made recently for my health would play out this week. So far it has been pretty decent. I have been fairly pleased with it.”

Angell has certainly delivered on the solid play through two rounds as she shot consecutive rounds of 2-over 74 and sits in a tie for third with Ashley Grier (Springfield, Penn.).


Player                                                 R1          R2          R3          To Par

Wendy Doolan                                 71           67           —            -6

Joanna Coe                                       72           72           —            E

Heather Angell                                 74           74           —            +4

Ashley Grier                                      75           73           —            +4

Karen Paolozzi                                 76           73           —            +5

Charlotta Sorenstam                      77           73           —            +6

Jean Bartholomew                          77           75           —            +8

Katie Detlefsen                                76           76           —            +8


The biggest crowd on Tuesday at the LPGA T&CP National Championship was likely the one following the group of Charlaine Hirst, which is no surprise considering that Hirst is practically playing in her backyard.

Hirst, who resides in nearby Pinehurst, shot 77 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 8-over 152 and leads the Challenge Division by seven shots over fellow North Carolinian Joellyn Crooks (Fuquay Varina, N.C.). And there were plenty of cheers from the people following Hirst’s group on Tuesday as she continued to put together some strong play.

“It has been unbelievable,” Hirst said of the support she’s received. “I’ve got my crowd, members from the club, people I teach, it has just been fun to be the local girl for a change.”

Hirst is familiar with Mid Pines, as she used to work at Pine Needles, which is across the street. She played Mid Pines quite a bit at that time but hadn’t played it in over nine years and the course underwent a redesign since then.

“I don’t play a lot of golf as I think most of us [teachers] out here this week don’t,” Hirst said. “The week has been about getting through and reminding yourself that what you are putting out there for your lessons, whatever you are teaching people, you are doing the same things—not to get ahead or to do too much. It’s worked so far, so it has been a good week.”


Player                                  R1          R2          R3          To Par

Charlaine Hirst                  75           77           —            +8

Joellyn Crooks                   78           81           —            +15

Liz Cooper                          80           84           —            +20


North Carolina native Cathy Johnston-Forbes continued her impressive play in Tuesday’s second round by firing a second straight 2-under 70 to sit atop the Senior Division by eight shots at 4-under-par.

Johnston-Forbes (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) got off to a steady start in her second round with nine straight pars before she once again bogeyed the first hole. But she rebounded quickly with back-to-back birdies on the 2nd and 3rd holes before adding one more on the fifth to complete her round. Overall, the former LPGA Tour player who became a major winner at the 1990 du Maurier Classic Ltd. has been pleased with her play.

I wasn’t hitting really well when I came into this week and I started hitting it well the day before on Sunday,” Johnston-Forbes said. “I left some putts out there for sure. I hit it better today but just didn’t make as many putts.”

The top-five finishers in the Seniors division will qualify for the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort. In addition, any competitors 45 or older who finish in the top 10 of the Championship division will also qualify for the senior major.


Player                                                 R1          R2          R3          To Par

Cathy Johnston-Forbes                  70           70           —            -4

Barb Scherbak                                  72           76           —            +4

Sherry Andonian-Smith                  77           72           —            +5

Marlene Davis                                  74           75           —            +5

Barbara Moxness                            73           76           —            +5


“It would be amazing. I can’t imagine telling my family and friends, and the members of my club. I need one more strong round so I’m going to focus on that but that’s just like an awesome reward. It’s really cool that we have that route.”

Joanna Coe, on the opportunity for the top-eight finishers in the Championship division to compete in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship