Over the next few months enjoy reading the answers to several questions answered by your officers! This month we feature your Treasurer, Dona Lerner, Owner of the Dona Lerner Golf Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina.
What is your current employment?
Program Director at The First Tee of The Palm Beaches
Please share a brief golf, teaching, playing, and college bio.
I went to Lindenwood University on a golf scholarship where I also got my MBA. I regularly play in tournament events and Pro-Ams through The First Tee. I primarily teach juniors 2 to 18 years old and also adults. I am a certified SNAG instructor, Little Golf Train Conductor, TPI certified and a US Kids Golf Coach. LPGA Girls Golf Site Director. I am 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I introduced a junior golf program at The Benjamin Lower School and Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens.
Other non-golf career background?
I have a Hotel Management and Hospitality degree and an MBA. I taught Spanish at The Benjamin School.
Current job title:
Program Director at The First Tee of The Palm Beaches, Broward and The Treasure Coast.
West Palm Beach, FL
Type of facility. Driving Range with a 9-hole par 3 course and a short game practice area.
Are you an employee or independent contractor for the facility? Employee, but I also teach private lessons independently.
Types of programs and services you are involved with at your facility? After school and
Saturdays Junior Programs 2 to 18 years old. Veterans and Special Needs Programs. LPGA Girls Golf Programs and high school team practice.
Best advice you have ever received in terms of your profession or life?
Never stop learning. Observe the best and learn from them. You never fail until you quit.
Worst advice you have ever received in terms of your profession or life?
Just look pretty.
Most memorable golf lesson?
With Mr. Toski. You will never get bored and you will always learn.
Have you ever told a student anything you regret?
Best advice you would give a new golfer learning the game?
First, learn how to have FUN. Enjoy the game!
Best advice you would give a non-competitive junior golfer’s parents?
It is more important to be a good person than a good player.
Best advice you would give a highly competitive junior golfer’s parents?
Set realistic goals, work hard. Even the world best players miss shots every round.
What do you consider an ideal job setting?
It is all about having a great team; any setting with people that support and encourage me to be better.
Favorite book you have ever read!
Running on Empty by Jonice Webb.
Sports and outdoors activities: Tae Kwon Do, beach volleyball, paddle boarding with my dog, snorkeling, reading, taking my dog to the beach and dog events.
Why did you join the LPGA T&CP?
I joined the LPGA T&CP to learn more about golf and be part of a recognized professional organization. I want to be the best teacher I can be.
One unique thing no one knows about you!
My favorite painter is Salvador Dali and I have a cat named Dali. My dog’s name is Ben Hogan.
Favorite thing about being an LPGA T&CP member?
Having an excellent network of professional friends.
We would like to congratulate the following Southeast Section “Of the Year Award” Winners for 2015!
Teacher — Nancy Harvey
Professional — Mary-Lee Cobick
Coach — Kelley Hester
Junior Leader — Dona Lerner
We would also like to Congratulate all of the winners from each Section across the country! It is so wonderful to know we are an organization made up of so many talented women!
It’s summertime!! Hope everyone is enjoying the weather and not melting away.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to eat at the infamous Portillo’s with a long time First Tee friend of mine. She asked if she could bring two of her friends with her and I said of course! Come to find out the two ladies were currently in the LPGA T&CP program. I was elated to meet more LPGA professionals in the Tampa Bay area but was concerned that we hadn’t met before! I tell this story to encourage everyone to get out to the section meet and greets! Life is about who you know, so let’s make sure we at least know each other.
If you are in the Tampa Bay area we will have a Meet & Greet at GameTime October 13th. GameTime is similar to Dave& Busters. It will be a BLAST!
FYI: I am a BEAST at air hockey and welcome any and all challenges!
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
As we all navigate through the tidal waters of our golf industry, sometimes we encounter smooth sailing and other times rough waters. Some say, “that’s life”, and some say, “that’s golf”. No two days are ever the same, and our ability to adjust to this random environment of life and work is critical. All you can do is the absolute best that you can do. Especially in this digital age, which is supposed to make us more efficient, right? I don’t normally get personal in this platform, but since my 3 terms as SE Section President is almost completed, I want to share this with every Apprentice and New Member of our Section, and the T&CP.
Now, more than ever, we need to stay connected to each other, How do YOU stay connected with your Section and T&CP membership?
Visiting the T&CP Extranet?
Reading the Monday Morning Memo’s through email?
Opining on the LPGA Social Media pages…
Or, dare I say it…
Attending a T&CP National Event or a Section Meet and Greet?
Do you ever wish you could go back to your younger self and share something of value that you know now that you wished you could have known then? Every single one of us has value. We are born with many different skill sets and talents, but as women, we often look more at what we cannot do rather than what we can do! We focus on that never ending list of things to do, rather than what we have accomplished!
I know I for one would go back and yell at the top of my lungs to my younger self…”BE YOU!” Now I am not saying I was a liar, imposter, or con artist. I was just never satisfied. I was always trying to be better and nothing was ever good enough.
Hello, from Cape Cod! What a beautiful summer we are having here. I hope you all are busy if you are in the areas of our section that are in the peak of the season. If not, I hope you are taking time to rest up for the start of your busy season.
Our section has had several members that have worked their way through the process of becoming an apprentice, a Class B, or a Class A. Although a good bit of the process is now online, the dedication to completing all of the components is still challenging, especially when coupled with jobs and family. Congratulations to all those who have accomplished “the next level” in their career this year.