2017 LPGA National Pro-Am presented by Volvik – Final Results

The 2017 LPGA National Pro-Am presented by Volvik was held at the Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, TN  May 20 – 21, 2017.  Please click the link for the Final Results below.  NPA17 Pro-Am Winners and Prizes

 

LPGA Extravaganza presented by GolfZon

LAS VEGAS, NEV.  The LPGA Stroke Play concluded with a win in Championship Division by Alison Curdt with a two-day total of 146 (74-72) and Lori Atsedes wins the Senior DIvison with a two-day total of 152 (75-77).  Also, concluded the LPGA Pro-Am which Gail Graham’s Team won the Gross Prize and Patti Marquis’s Team won the Net Prize.  The LPGA Vegas Conference presented by GolfZon begins on Monday, October 31 for a great line up for the 1 1/2 day of speakers.


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LPGA Vegas Stroke Play

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LAS VEGAS, NV. – At the Angel Park Golf Club, Alison Curdt of Simi Valley, CA leads the 2016 LPGA Vegas Stroke Play with a score of 74 with Kristen Samp of Lawrenceville, Kansas in second with a 75 in the Championship division.  With a 75,  Lori Atsedes of Goodyear, Ariz. and Gail Graham of Naples, FL are tied in the senior division.

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Donna White Receives Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 15, 2016 – Donna White is the recipient of the 2016 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award, which recognizes an LPGA professional who gives back to the game in the spirit of Nancy Lopez. whitedonna

The Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award was created in 2007 and is given to an LPGA professional who emulates qualities valued by Lopez: Leadership, Passion, Giving, and Approachability. Lopez is a 48-time LPGA Tour winner and four-time Rolex Player of the Year. She was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1987 and captained the victorious 2005 US Solheim Cup Team.

White joined the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals in 1997, and since then has served as an instructor at many national program, and served on multiple committees within the organization before ultimately becoming inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame in 2014. Outside of the T&CP she has many other professional accomplishments within the LPGA such as the National Professional of the Year Award in 2008 and the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award in 2006. She has also been named as one of the Top 50 Best Female Teachers by Golf Digest and Golf for Women Magazine, as well as the Bellsouth/SEC Women’s Entrepreneur Award in 2000, the Samaritan Award for community service in 1988, and the Founder’s Cup award presented by Golf Digest for community efforts in 1987.

White’s professional golf career began in 1977 when she was an LPGA Tour Member and winner of three tour titles. Upon retiring from the Tour, she established her flagship business Golf Professional Services, Inc., an independently contracted concessionaire that provides golf merchandise, award-winning program development, instruction, food, and beverage services. It is around this time that White embodied the idea of giving back to her community through its junior programs, co-founding the Junior Golf Foundation of America (JGFA). Currently, White enjoys her “encore” career as a professor at Keiser University, where she inspires her students to pursue a career in the golf industry. White’s Leadership, Passion, Approachability, and desire to Give back to the golf industry as a whole demonstrates the qualities of Nancy Lopez and this award.

“Nancy Lopez is recognized as an unsung hero,” White said, “setting the stage for what women’s golf is today. [Lopez’s] personal and professional leadership, passion, giving, and approachability traits align with the values of the LPGA.  As professionals, we strive to be like Nancy, emulating those said traits and values.  I was grateful to be nominated for the 2016 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award and elated to learn I will receive it!  To share an award in the namesake of an esteemed friend, competitor, and consummate professional with my business team and Keiser colleagues is truly an honor.”

About Nancy Lopez Golf

The Nancy Lopez Golf (NLG) line provides unprecedented choice to the woman golfer in the selection of golf equipment and apparel. The four-step NLG Match Play Process also provides selection in club configuration to best fit the game of each woman. Nancy Lopez Golf embodies the spirit and energy of women’s golf and of its namesake, Nancy Lopez, who captured the imagination of people everywhere with her remarkable playing career and the genuine warmth of her charm. For more information about Nancy Lopez Golf, visit http://www.NancyLopezGolf.com.

Pia Nilsson Receives Ellen Griffin Rolex Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 15, 2016Pia Nilsson, an Honorary member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals, joins an elite group of her peers as a recipient of the 2016 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award.nilssonpia

The Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, instituted by the LPGA T&CP membership in 1989 to honor the late Ellen Griffin, recognizes an individual, male or female, who had 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. Griffin, who passed away in 1986, was one of the best-known women’s golf teaching professionals in American history.

Nilsson has been recognized as one of the best golf teachers in the United States, having been ranked #1 on the list of Women Golf Teachers in America by Golf Digest, awarded the Executive Women’s Golf Association Leadership Award in 2005, the 5-star professional award from the PGA of Europe in 2004, Inducted into the National College Coaches Association Player Hall of Fame in 2001, the King of Sweden’s Medal of the 8th dimension with Royal Blue Ribbon for Leadership in spots, among numerous other accomplishments including co-creating the equally successful Vision54 Golf Schools, which have been repeatedly named one of the best golf schools in America.

In addition to Nilsson’s accolades, she also served as the First Tee Programming and Curriculum Consultant from 1998 to 2005, was Senior Head Coach for the Swedish National Teams in 1999, was a member of the board of the Swedish Sports Academy from 1999 to 2000, Captain for the European Solheim Cup Team in 1998 and Vice-Captain in 1996, Member of the Board of the Swedish PGA from 1989 to 1992, Member of the Board of the Women’s Professional Golf European Tour from 1987 to 1988, served on the LPGA Player’s council from 1985 to 1986, and was an LPGA Tour Player from 1983 to 1987.

“I feel extremely honored to have received the 2016 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and be part of an extraordinary group of game influencers,” Nilsson said. “It fuels my passion to stay on the journey to be the best I can be for the game and golfers around the globe.”

Currently, Nilsson works actively with LPGA T&CP Class A member Lynn Marriott on Vision54, a program which has enjoyed receiving the highest marks by peers of teacher/coach training. The program follows the belief that all players have the ability to potential to excel, a mindset that Nilsson embraces in her life and career as an educator.

Past recipients of the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award are: Peggy Kirk Bell, 1989; Linda Craft, 1990; Shirley Englehorn, 1991; Harvey Penick, 1992; Goldie Bateson, 1993; Carol Clark Johnson, 1994; Joanne Winter, 1995; Ann Casey Johnstone, 1996; Dr. DeDe Owens, 1997; Shirley Spork, 1998; Betty Hicks, 1999; Gary Wiren, 2000; Penny Zavichas, 2001; Annette Thompson, 2002; Dr. Barbara B. Smith, 2003; Marjorie Burns, 2004; Pat Lange, 2005; Donna White, 2006; Betsy Cullen, 2007; Lynn Marriott, 2008; Kay McMahon, 2009; Mary Beth McGirr, 2010, Dr. Debbie Crews, 2011; Dr. Betsy Clark, 2012; Kathy Murphy, 2013, Kerry Graham, 2014; and Dana Rader in 2015.

About Rolex

Rolex is the official timepiece of the LPGA and sponsors of many of the LPGA’s annual awards, including the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, Rolex Player of the Year and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year awards. Rolex honors the LPGA Tour’s Rolex First-Time Winners and is a supporting sponsor of the annual LPGA T&CP National Championship. At tournament sites, Rolex has a presence by providing the official time at selected tournaments and advertises in many event programs.

Final Results – 2016 LPGA T&CP National Championship

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Reunion Resort
Kissimmee, Florida
Final-Round Notes
August 31, 2016

Lisa Grimes Wins LPGA T&CP National Championship
Susan Fasoldt wins Challenge Division, Lori Atsedes claims Senior Division title

Lisa Grimes (Alexandria, Minn.), needed only a 1-under par 71 to claim her first LPGA T&CP National Champi­onship at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. Grimes finished five shots clear PGA Professional Karen Paolozzi (Atlanta, Ga.). Her three-day total of 8-under par 208 gave the former LPGA Tour member the win after several close calls in previous event and the $11,000 winner’s check.

Four-time winner, Jean Bartholomew (Palm Beach gardens, Fl.) and Kristin Walla (Newport Beach, Ca.) finished tied for third with a three- day total of 1-under par 215.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION LEADERBOARD

Player                                      R1       R2      R3              To Par                             Purse

Lisa Grimes                            68        69       71                    -8                                 $11,000
Karen Paolozzi                       69        70       74                   -3                                 $ 8,000
Jean Bartholomew                70        75       70                   -1                                 $ 5,250
Kristin Walla                          73        73       69                    -1                                 $ 5,250

TICKETS PUNCHED FOR OLYMPIA FIELDS

The top-8 finishers in the Championship Division all earned spots in the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club:

Lisa Grimes                            (Alexandria, Minn.)
Karen Paolozzi                        (Atlanta, Ga.)
Jean Bartholomew                  (Palm Beach gardens, Fl.)
Kristin Walla                            (Newport Beach, Ca.)
Jessica Carafiello                    (Stamford, Ct.)
Hillery Sence                           (Maryland Heights, Mo.)
Amanda McCurdy                   (Mansfield, Tx.)
Wendy Doolan                        (Lakeland, Fl.)

 FASOLDT TAKES HER CONSECUTIVE TITLE IN CHALLENGE DIVISION

Susan Fasoldt ((Sarasota, Fl.) came into this week at Reunion Resort trying not to think about her title defense in the Challenge Divi­sion but rounds of 72-67-71 on the Palmer Course got the job done however it took a two-hole playoff to do it.

Fasoldt birdied the second hole of the playoff to edge first-round leader Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, NC.).  Hirst tied Fasoldt with a 3-under par 69 for a three-day total of 6-under par 210.

“No it really wasn’t on my mind,” said Fasoldt. “I wasn’t trying to win; I thought that would be too much pressure.” She took home $6,000 for her victory.

 CHALLENGE DIVISION LEADERBOARD

Player                                      R1       R2       R3               To Par                             Purse

Susan Fasoldt                         72        67        71                 -6                              $6,000
Charlaine Hirst                      68        74        69                 -6                             $4,000
Teresa Ishiguro                      72        72        72                 +2                             $3,000

ATSEDES TAKE TITLE IN SENIOR DIVISION IN A PLAYOFF

In the Senior Division, Lori Atsedes (Goodyear, Az.) shot a 4-under par 68 to tie third round leader Barbara Scherbak (West Palm Beach, FL).  Atsedes won the playoff with a par on the first playoff hole.  This was Atsedes first win in the Senior Division which earned her $7,000.

Both Scherbak and Meyers finished with a final round 1-over par 73 which open the door for Atsedes.

SENIOR DIVISION LEADERBOARD

Player                          R1       R2       R3              To Par                                          Purse

Lori Atsedes                76        69        68               -3                                             $7,000
Barb Scherbak            72        68        73                -3                                             $5,000
Carolyn Hill                 72        72        70               -2                                             $3,500
Susie Meyers              68        74        73                 -1                                             $3,000

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Second Round Notes – 2016 LPGA T&CP National Championship

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Reunion Resort
Kissimmee, Florida
Second-Round Notes
August 30, 2016

The second round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship concluded on Tuesday with former LPGA Tour member Lisa Grimes (Alexandria, Minn.) sitting atop of the Championship Division leaderboard at 7-under par 137. Grimes matched the low round of the day with a 3-under par score of 69 and holds a two-shot lead over PGA Professional Karen Paolozzi (Atlanta, Ga.) who fired a 2-under par 70 today.

Amanda McCurdy (Mansfield, TX.) tied Grimes for the low round of the day both posting rounds of 3-under 69. McCurdy finished strong with a birdie on three of her last 5 holes.

The 36-hole cut was made with 35 players making it in the Championship Division (15-over 159), 22 players in the Senior Division (18-over 162) and 14 players in the Challenge Division (13-over 157).

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION LEADERBOARD
Player                              R1 R2 R3 To Par
Lisa Grimes                   68 69 – –     -7
Karen Paolozzi              69 70 – –    -5
Jessica Carafiello          71 72 – –    -1
Jean Bartholomew       70 75 – – +1
Hillery Sence                 73 72 – – +1

BATTLE OF THE TOP TWO
It almost looked to be de ja vu from last year’s Championship after Tuesday’s second round with Lisa Grimes and Karen Paolozzi battling it out. The duo has a 6 and 4 stroke lead over third place finisher Jessica Carafiello. Grimes has come close to winning this event on numerous occasions and should Paolozzi win she would be the first PGA Professional to take the title.

The top-eight finishers in the Championship Division after three rounds will earn spots in the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

DEFENDING CHAMPION MAKES HER MOVE
Defending Champion, Susan Fasoldt (Sarasota, FL.) moved to the top of the leaderboard with the lowest round of the Championship. Fasoldt shot a 5-under par 67 to take a two stroke lead over first-round leader Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, NC.). Hirst followed her opening round 68 with a 2-over par 74 today.

“I really felt relaxed today,” said Fasoldt. “Consistency was definitely key to my round.” Her round included 5 birdies and no bogies.

CHALLENGE DIVISION LEADERBOARD
Player                       R1 R2 R3 To Par
Susan Fasoldt        72 67 – – -5
Charlaine Hirst     68 74 – – -4
Teresa Ishiguro     72 72 – – +2

In the Senior Division, Barbara Scherbak (West Palm Beach, FL) vaulted past first round leader Susie Meyers (Tucson, AZ.) with a 4-under 68 and sits atop the division leaderboard with a two shot lead. Scherbek hit every green during her round which included 5 birdies and one bogey. This is Scherbak’s second time competing in the Championship and first time competing in the Senior Division.

Meyers played well today other than one bad hole, a triple bogey on the short 7th hole which contributed to her 2-over par 74. This is Meyers first time playing as an LPGA member. Meyers competed last year as a PGA Member. “As a dual LPGA/PGA member, I am proud to be competing in this club pro championship,” commented Meyers. Meyers credits her improved play to her ability to stay in the present and take each shot one at a time.

SENIOR DIVISION LEADERBOARD
Player                        R1 R2 R3 To Par
Barb Scherbak        72 68 – – -4
Susie Meyers          68 74 – – -2
Ann Marie Palli     71 73 – – E
Carolyn Hill          72 72 – – E

FINAL ROUND TEE TIMES
• First tee times will be at 7:30am ET
• Play is expected to finish at 2:00 pm ET

FIVE UNDER
There are 5-players under par after two days of play. Three in the Championship Division and two in the Challenge and Senior Divisions

QUOTABLE
“I made a 25-foot putt on hole #4 today that had 3 feet of break. It was my best putt of the day and was really like a 28-foot putt.”
Susan Fasoldt – Challenge Division Defending Champion – Sarasota, FL