LPGA member Gia Bocra thinks outside the box when it comes to being a female golf instructor. Partnering with fellow professionals from different clubs, Gia offers women an enjoyable customized experience around their favorite sport, golf.
Read below about Gia’s Golf Experiences for Her.
Since accepting my first golf job as a teenager 24 years ago, I’ve been blessed to have grown in the industry and to have taught professionally alongside some of the best instructors the game has to offer. Today, I’m heading into my 8th season as the Teaching Professional at Hamilton Farm Golf Club—a beautiful course nestled in the quiet countryside of Gladstone, NJ.
Then, the seminar broke out into three smaller sessions: How do I Choose the Right School for Me, Scholarship 101 and How do I Get the Attention of Coaches.
In the How do I Get the Attention of Coaches session, the coaches agreed that juniors should always play in their state junior championship. College coaches are also looking at multi-day tournament results.
In Scholarship 101, the Division III coaches explained there are no athletic scholarships. Rather, players are awarded Academic scholarships and Grant money. Many times, the academic scholarship and grant money can equal what is offered at Division I schools.
Jay Hardwick of Virginia Tech showed us what a typical student athlete day and a typical tournament competition week is like in How do I Choose the Right School for Me.
Above is just a brief overview of what was covered that day. Below, see what a couple of our members had to say about the MAPGA College Golf Seminar:
Linda Gaudi, LPGA/PGA Director of Instruction at CC at Fairfax said “I never miss an opportunity to attend the College Golf Seminar. Each year, I bring a couple of students. The information shared is vital and gives a true understanding of the process needed to play college golf at any level. Due to the MAPGA College Golf Seminar, I added a feature to my coaching programs helping my students with a pathway to playing college golf.”
Liz Cooper, LPGA/PGA Director of Player Development at Army Navy CC said “The College Golf Seminar is an eye opening glimpse into what it takes to play competitive golf in college. I would encourage all golf professionals who work with juniors to attend this event as it provides the unique opportunity to interact with coaches from Division I to Division III. I think, most importantly, I walked away with a network of college coaches that I can reach out to with any questions I have in the future.
MAPGA will again host the College Golf Seminar in 2018 at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.
The 2016 LPGA T&CP National Awards Reception was held at the PGA Show on Thursday, January 26, 2017.Congratulations to the 2016 Junior Golf Leadership Award winner, Northeast Section member, Stacy Miller-Arndt.Stacy is the Junior Golf Director at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.Her family made the trip from Texas to help her celebrate her achievement by attending the Rolex Awards Reception.Pictured left to right, Stacy’s father Chuck and mother Diane, her husband Gus, sister-in-law Rebekah, brother, Clay and her sons Hunter and Gustave.
Congratulations to all of the LPGA T&CP National Award winners: Teacher of the Year, Marvol Barnard; Golf Professional of the Year Mary-Lee Cobick, and Coach of the Year Mary Ritchie.
The Annual PGA Show in January is always a crowd pleaser for golf professionals and manufacturers around the world. Attendees meet in Orlando, Florida to shop the latest equipment, apparel and everything golf. They are there too to have fun and to schmooze with golfers from everywhere you can imagine.
The event also provides a venue for professionals to attend golf and teaching workshops as well as award ceremonies.
Two of our northeast section officers have written a message to share with you after attending the PGA Show this year. Continue reading →
I attended the 2016 Las Vegas Extravaganza at the Suncoast Resort and Casino at the end of October, and I am so glad I did. I have been involved with the T&CP since 2009 and this was the best Teaching Summit I have ever attended. The all-female line up of speakers were educational, inspirational and relevant. The passion of the members that attended the summit was evident by the quality of the interaction with the speakers. Below are some of the takeaways from the day and a half summit that I wanted to share with you:
“A leader is a person with a vision and the influence to make it happen.”
Find your power pose and use it! It can change the way you feel in just two minutes.
It is possible to quietly break glass ceilings.
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do what you do.”
“Listen actively, listen with empathy, and listen with awareness.”
“It is not what you know, it is not who you know, it is who knows you.”
It is not too early or too late to start when it comes to your retirement; the important thing is to make sure you do.
Find your passion, and ask yourself what you want your legacy to be.
The conversations and networking that takes place during breaks, at lunches, dinners and breakfasts are just as important as the knowledge gained from the speakers.
People buy the “WHY” not the “what”; DISTANCE, not drivers, IMPROVEMENT, not lessons; EXPERIENCES, not tee times.
What you and I do every day matters. It matters to the LPGA Tour, LPGA T&CP and the LPGA Board of Directors. It matters to your fellow professionals. And it matters to your students, customers and members.
It is the members that make the T&CP such a wonderful organization to belong to. It was so rewarding to see and reconnect with friends and to start to build new relationships. If your schedule and budget allow I would strongly encourage you to attend the next LPGA Teaching Summit, you will not be sorry you did!
I grew up in Lewisville, Texas and began playing golf at the age of seven with my family. My father, Chuck was my main instructor. I grew up in a family of elite golfers including my father, Chuck, mother, Diane and brother, Clay. I grew up in a small junior golf program at Denton Country Club in Denton, Texas. I started competing on a national level at age 12. I knew golf was my passion when I played in my first national tournament at age 12 at Lakeway Country Club in Austin, Texas. I qualified for the match play and won my first match against an eighteen year old going to play college golf the next year.
What are some highlights/accomplishments that you have had in your career?
My biggest accomplishments are my former junior golfers who are now continuing to play golf in amateur tournaments and have become junior members at Congressional. Many of my juniors have found that golf does not stop after junior golf but can continue to enjoy the game. I have found that helping my juniors’ find their different passions in life and seeing them succeed has been a huge highlight.
How did you become interested in coaching junior golf?
I became interested in coaching juniors the summer of my junior year at Oklahoma State University. I worked with the North Texas PGA Junior Tour with Barry Rodenhaver. I enjoyed helping with the clinics and running tournaments. Barry was a great mentor that help me come out of shy shell and be more confident in myself. I knew that I wanted to teach juniors and make an impact on the game of golf.
What is your game to play with your junior golfers?
A new game that I play with my young girls age 8 and under is called “Girl Power Middle Name”. Each girl chose a new middle name that represented the girls’ spirit. The names ranged from Brave, Power, Amazing, Super, Unstoppable and Fast. The girls wrote their name on their golf balls to remind them of their Girl Power middle names. This quick game was a great way to remind the girls about their amazing abilities as a girl.
What are some for your hobbies/interests besides golf?
I enjoyed spending time with my family and watching my sons, Gustave (10) and Hunter (7) play sports and participate in Cub Scout activities. I love photography and scrapbooking.
Best Practices By Debbie O’Connell
LPGA NE Section Teacher of the Year
The manner in which LPGA Professionals positively impact our students varies greatly. One student may be very competitive and striving to win the club championship, while another has a goal to not feel embarrassed on the golf course. Some students just crave the motivation, inspiration and confidence they gain from time with an LPGA instructor.
One day I asked a new student her goals and she replied, “To hit my 7-iron. I cannot hit my 7-iron!”
I replied with, “You mean you want to learn how to hit your 7-iron even better?”
She asked, “Is that Golf Positive stuff?”
I smiled and said, “Yes!”
I listen carefully to the words of my students as they explain their game and their goals. Negative words, thoughts, and beliefs get in the way of a student’s path to reaching his or her full potential. Continue reading →
Northeast Section Member Molly Braid is the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.
How did you get into golf?
I participated in summer camps with my siblings and cousins when I was very young and really enjoyed my experience at our local country club, so when I had some friends encourage me to try golf in High School I didn’t hesitate. From there, what really got me hooked was playing with my father and his friends on the weekends. My father is one of the best playing partners in the world, I can’t help but have fun and enjoy myself on the golf course when I am with him.
Tarah Miller, LPGA
MCG Academy Assistant Director of Instruction Falls Road Golf Course
The MCG Golf Academy was formed in 2011 to create a more structured learning environment at our 9 golf courses in Montgomery County, MD. I was brought in at the beginning of the 2012 season as an instructor at Falls Road Golf Course. The first summer I worked at Falls Road, I observed the junior programming that was in place and how our different instructors taught their camps and clinics. At the end of 2012, our instructors met with the Director of Instruction to go over the best ways to add the needed structure to our junior programming. This way, our instructors could provide a similar message to the kids we teach. We were able to focus on four key areas in order to streamline our junior programming and make it as enjoyable as it is informative for our junior golfers. Continue reading →