Meet Nina Krats!


My name is Nina Krats and I have been an LPGA member since 2001. I started out my career in the mountains of Steamboat Springs, CO, working at Haymaker Golf Course. In the summer months, I worked as an assistant professional taking care of tournaments and overseeing Junior Golf. In the winter months, I kept busy at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp as a supervisor in the children’s ski school. I guess you could say I had the best of both worlds!

I am busy these days at Foothills GC in Denver, CO where I have been since 2008 working as an Assistant Golf Professional and Director of Instruction. My husband Jim and an avid golfer. I am the Mom of two daughters. A 15-year-old who plays a little golf, field hockey, and lots of lacrosse; and an 18-year-old who is a freshman lacrosse player at Fresno State. For the past 10 years, I have been responsible for bringing an innovative and creative touch to the lesson program at Foothills GC. As the lead instructor at Foothills, I teach a wide variety of students, but my passion is teaching women and juniors.

On the schedule for 2018 are my very successful “Ladies Only” Clinics now in their 18th year and 9 and Wine classes… all 4 sessions were sellouts last year! My gals really get into the spirit!

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Junior golf is exploding at Foothills Golf course. We begin every spring hosting an Open House for kids 5-12! This is a free event for the first 100 kids to sign up where they are exposed to the fundamentals of putting, chipping, pitching and full swing. “Golfzilla” always makes an appearance and is the most popular of our hitting stations.



I captain 4 PGA Jr. League Teams. We have tons of fun and we get to play some amazing courses in the state of Colorado!

Girls Golf made an appearance in 2017, and while small we made sure it was extra fun! We are off and running for 2018!

I can occasionally be found at one of the local elementary schools helping administrate the Golf In School Program! #indoorputting


We are super kid friendly all over our facility. Our Par 3 boasts BIG and small cups to make playing golf fun for everyone! We LOVE our kids at Foothills GC!


We start them out young. My youngest Lil Pee Wee student is 2 years old!!!!!


Member Profile – Shannon Kneisler

We all get into the golf business for different reasons. We find our passion and somehow destiny takes us on a journey. Shannon Kneisler is no different but she has had some of the most unique and interesting experiences that I have heard of in a long time. Take a few minutes to meet her. Wait until you see how she is bringing caddies back to the game, and how she has been giving golf lessons all over the world!

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Meet Susie Myers

Susie Meyers LPGA, PGA has been coaching at Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club in Tucson, Arizona for over 20 years. In that time she has coached players to the LPGA and PGA Tours. Susie loves coaching people of all ages and skill levels. She has assisted many of the club pros in her area and also the young golfers that rise through the junior ranks. Susie’s son now plays golf at Stanford University and there have been countless others that have gone on to play collegiate golf. Recently Golf Magazine selected Susie as a Top 100 Teacher in America and she has been honored by the University of Arizona as a Silver Anniversary C.A.T.S. Award winner. Susie just published her first book, Golf From Point A. The testimonials about her book can be found on Amazon. Check it out. The reviews have been awesome! Thanks Susie for sharing your story.       Susiepointa-email


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.

Meet Fellow Members – Did you know?


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Lisa Storm – Reading, Cycling, Playing Pickleball


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Jennifer Tucker – Alpine Skiing, Mountain Biking, Pack Packing, Soccer, Sand Volleyball & Painting


Tracy Berman
Tracy Berman – Walking, Swimming, Hiking & Volunteer at Power Paws Assistance Dogs


Peggy Gustafson
Peggy Gustafson – Fishing in Alaska, Hiking, Reading & Continue to grow as an educator & ambassador for the game





Meet Fellow Members – Did you Know…


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Jan Roberts – Deep Sea Fishing, Travel & Cooking


Nina Krats
Nina Krats – Travel, Lacross & Reading


Peggy Briggs
Peggy Briggs – Traveling, Flying in own plane with Husband, Learning & Pickle ball


Heather Risk – Special Olympic Golf & Softball Coach, High School (A1A) Referee for Basketball & Volleyball


Nicole Cavarra – Running Marathons & Triathlons, Real Estate Broker, Fitness Professional & Trainer


Kim Stiner – Mosaic Art & Camping