Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Stephanie George

Where do you live:

Wellington, Florida

Where do you work & what you do:

The Club at Ibis. First Assistant Golf Professional

How long have you been an LPGA member?:

Since 2008

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Excellent! It was wonderful being able to trade ideas and meet new people in the golf industry.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

To this day, have not run into one LPGA Professional who doesn’t bend over backwards to make someone feel welcome that’s new to the organization or to help with advice.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

How much the LPGA organization cares about their instructors and players of the game. It’s all about the person and their overall enjoyment of playing golf.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Go through the classes and take as many educational seminars as possible. It only helps you grow as an instructor.

What do you love most about the game of golf?:

Anyone can play it at any age. And you don’t have to be good at the sport to enjoy it.

Favorite Golf Tip:

Feet together drill! This helps a student focus on controlling their body and their tempo.

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Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Mary Hafeman

Where do you live:

Jacksonville, Florida and West Bend, Wisconsin

Where do you work & what you do:

I am the Owner of Fore in One Golf Services / Mary Hafeman Golf Experience.  MHGE provides an overview of the golf experience from exceptional golf instruction, inclusive player development programs, customized travel, tournaments and outing series and social networking opportunities for the inexperienced player to the professional golfer. I have two locations, Deercreek Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida and Missing Links Golf Club in Mequon, Wisconsin.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2001

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I was one of the first PGA members to fast track to LPGA Class A membership.  At that time, you could apply to fast track, but you must complete and pass the writing and teaching test within 3 months. I was fortunate to be able to accomplish that task within the timeframe. I am very happy that I decided to become a LPGA member.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It is very rewarding being associated with an active association promoting golf, especially to women and girls. I enjoy networking with fellow professionals and mentoring new apprentices.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The networking and LPGA Girls Golf program

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

I would encourage them to get involved, network, find a mentor and advocate that will help them navigate not only the LPGA but the golf business.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

Golf is a lifetime activity that can be played with family and friends. It’s always changing which challenges you to never give up.

Additional Information:

I have grown my golf travel portion of my business which travels within and without the USA. It has been very profitable. I’d like to share my experiences with my fellow LPGA professionals and help them to grow their travel business with their members and guests. Traveling with your clients is not only rewarding by building long term relationships but is ancillary revenue source for you. If you’d like to know more about travel and golf, contact me at mhafe@aol.com

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Monique (Mo) Gesualdi

Where you live:

Raleigh, NC

Where do you work & what you do?

TPC Wakefield Plantation, Assistant Golf Professional

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2015

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was great. It gave me an opportunity to meet some highly successful mentors along the way.  Attending the various classes located all-over the country allowed me to visit places I had never been as well as meet other fellow lady professionals, some who remain my great friends today.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It is an honor.  I’ve had to endure and overcome many life-challenging obstacles to get to this point, so having that LPGA letters by my name symbolizes achievement to me.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The network it provides. Getting connected with so many knowledgeable, skilled, and successful ladies is a huge asset.  You’re able to learn from fellow LPGA members who completed the process before you and reach out whenever you have questions.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Write down all of the Pros & Reservations you might have about joining.  Seeing it written down on paper usually helps you decide.  Once you initially start the program, don’t think about how long you have to go or how much work/studying you need to do, rather, break-up your “to-do” list into smaller chunks, and give yourself small rewards upon completing.  It will help you cruise along and you’ll be done with the process before you know it!

What do you love most about the game of golf?

I love the challenge.  I played several sports before I picked up golf as a kid, but golf I found to be the most challenging of them all, and it really grabbed hold of me.   I remember wanting to work so hard and being so determined to get better.  I love how it always challenged me! To this day 23+ years later, it still challenges me every day!

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Robin Boretti

Where you live:

Wellington, Florida

Where do you work & what you do:

PGA/LPGA Head Golf Professional at The Club at Ibis

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Class A since 1996

How was the process of becoming a member for you? 

Simple and straightforward

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

Being an LPGA member is an honor. The LPGA brand opens to the golf industry. I particularly enjoy playing in the events although they often conflict with my work demands so I do not get to play nearly as much as I would like.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The networking possibilities are terrific. I also think that the webinar sessions offer a great way to get Continuing Education Units without taking me away from my responsibilities by traveling to a destination seminar. The topics of these webinars has been a good broad range.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

I would recommend that they dive in and don’t wait. Get on the train and keep it moving. They will be very happy that they did.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

I love the instructional part of the game. Seeing someone’s ball flight change or just getting them to get it up in the air is so very rewarding. Growing the game is truly important to all of us. Juniors and women in golf are the future and I love that I am a Head Professional in this wonderful business.

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Maria Brooks

Where do you live:

The Villages, Florida

Where do you work & what you do:

Full Time Teaching Professional at The Villages Golf Academy

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1998

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Playing tests are always stressful, but I made sure I was prepared for the written and teaching evaluations and passed on my first attempts.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

To be associated with the premier professional women’s sports association means the world to me.  The T&CP members are some of the best people you will meet and the best teachers of the game.  I am honored to call them my friends and colleagues.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Teaching golf is passionate for me, and having a group of women that are members of a nationally recognized organization, who have the same passion as I have, is an amazing thing to be a part of.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

It’s a major leap of faith to start a new career, but if you want it you can have it. Be confident and patient with yourself and you can achieve anything.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

The quiet and serenity of the golf course.  It can be an escape for 4 hours. Being outside and watching the ball fly.

20 years of teaching golf and I still enjoy going to work, to help people learn the game and enjoy the game a little more

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Amy Carver

Where do you live?

Delray Beach, FL

Where do you work & what do you do?

Head Professional at The St. Andrews Club

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The process of becoming an LPGA member was made a little easier, having gone through similar testing to become a PGA member.  The biggest difference came in the Instruction portion, where observation and critiques were given.  I appreciated the emphasis on quality instruction, as that has been a significant part of my career.

 What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It is an honor to be affiliated with a talented, strong, and dynamic group as the LPGA. I love the respect shown to our founding members, who worked so hard to make it successful.  I am also appreciative of Mike Wahn and the current leaders on the National and Sectional Boards who dedicate so much of their time to make the brand strong.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

My favorite part of the membership is getting together with other members who are so willing to share their ideas and successes to help and strengthen others.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

New LPGA members should look around them to find mentors.  They should not be afraid to ask questions and/or for help when needed.  Meetings are a great way to get to know the other pros in their area.

What is the best part about golf for you?

The best part of golf is the people I have met.  Whether they were at a club where I worked, fellow competitors in an event, or Pro’s from other courses, we all have this great game of golf in common.  It is different challenge every time.  Golf is a game that you can play for a lifetime and while your competitive drive may lessen, that one great shot keeps you coming back!

 

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Carole Clark

Where do you live: 

Summer – Cape Cod, MA  Winter- North Fort Myers, FL

Where do you work & what you do:

Summer – Woods Hole Golf Club, Falmouth, MA:  Assistant Golf Professional/Director of Instruction.  Winter – Fiddlesticks CC, Fort Myers and The Club at Grandezza, Estero, FL:  Independent Contractor Golf Instructor

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1999

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was spectacular!  I took in all I could. I had great mentors guiding me through the process, got involved in everything that was available and that I had the time to participate in.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It is about the relationships that you develop within the industry.  I think I know someone in just about every state in this country through being a member of the LPGA.  I still stay in contact with so many people from east to west, north to south.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part is the true friendships that I have developed with other members.  People who work hard and share their experiences, good and bad, and do all they can to help others be successful.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

My advice would be to get involved in any way that you can.  Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, meet & greets, whatever you can.  To just be a member and not take advantage of getting to know other members doesn’t do you any good, nor does it do anything for the Association.  Step up and host an event of some kind.  Add value and you will get value.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

I love everything about the game.  I love that it is not just a game but a culture, a lifestyle.  The places it has taken me and the people it has allowed me to meet.

Additional Information:

I have had the privilege to experience so many things that have had the connection to golf.  I have hosted a radio show, caddied in a PGA tournament, worked at public, semi-private, private, and resort facilities.  I have even owned my own driving range/family fun center. I’ve met legends of the game, celebrities, and people who have had amazing lives. Golf has provided me with a good life in many beautiful locations, and created many lifelong friendships, which I treasure more than anything.