Sandy, both an LPGA and PGA professional has been a veteran of the golf industry for over 30 years. She takes pride in her teaching philosophy: “Making your swing better for you, not that there is a way a student’s swing must be”.
Meet Connie Cramer Caouette – By Kristie Fowler & Connie Cramer Caouette
As an LPGA Member for over 30 years, Connie Cramer Caouette has worked long and hard in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, Montana! Although time has gone by like the blink of an eye, she has so many vivid memories and shares with us a few of those moments. Not only has she learned to manage two 18-hole golf facilities…. staffing, teaching, budgeting….she has also had the challenge of learning to manage the “Wildlife” as nature meets the golfing public. Ladies, please meet Connie Cramer Caouette.
I have been an LPGA member since 2006 and I was the first graduate of the Managerial Leadership Track. I strongly believe earning the accreditation of a Class A Managerial Leader has put me in position for much success professionally.
Lynn Marriott joins an elite group of their peers as inductees to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.
The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame, established in 2000, is the highest honor given to teaching and club professional members for extraordinary membership service and leadership while contributing to the game of golf and the golf industry.
Lynn Marriott has dedicated her career to discovering more about how people learn and spreading that information to others. She truly is the student’s teacher. For the entirety of her professional career, Marriott has known that she wanted to pursue golf instruction professionally. Despite pressure from parents, co-workers, and management to pursue grander ventures, Marriott was determined to follow her heart.
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!
Kristie Fowler of Tucson, Arizona, is the 2016 recipient of the LPGA T&CP Central Section Marilynn Smith Service Award. The award is given to the Central Section member who best exemplifies Marilynn Smith’s famous spirit of giving and generosity. Past honorees include Penny Zavichas, Peggy Gustafson, Marvol Barnard and Tina Tombs. The award was presented at Marilynn Smith’s annual Charity Pro-Am in Goodyear, Arizona, on October 10.
Fowler currently serves as the Central Section Secretary, a post she has held for nearly two years. She has served her section in many capacities over the years, including hosting the LPGA Central Section Championship, and as a long-time member advisor to new members coming into the organization. Kristie plays in Section and National events, and takes teams to Pro-Am events both on a Section and National level.
As a member of the officer team for the Central Section, Kristie has done a tremendous job of outreach to members throughout the Section in her capacity as Secretary, and has brought many member stories to the greater membership through the Section and National Newsletters.
“I can’t think of a better name to add to the list of those who have received the award in Marilynn’s name,” said Section President Marvol Barnard. “Kristie has truly gone ‘above and beyond’ for many, many years, and the Marilynn Smith Award is a wonderful way to honor this hard-working, caring Section member.”
Congratulations, Kristie Fowler!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Septamber 22, 2016 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected the recipients of annual section Teacher, Professional, Coach and Junior Golf Leadership awards. Each of the six sections of the LPGA T&CP—Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Western, and International—winners are selected by the Section Officers and Section Nominating Committee Chair annually in each of the four categories.
The LPGA T&CP National Awards Selection Committee will select the overall national award winner in each category from among the section award winners. The national winners will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2016 LPGA T&CP Section Award winners are as follows: