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!
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.
Our 2016 Central Section Coach of the Year, Kim Haddow, has been named the 2017 NAIA Character Coach of the Year. Kim is the Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at Embry Riddle in Prescott, Arizona. Congratulations Coach!
LPGA Master Professional Debbie Crews has been researching and developing educational programs for many years. She finds unique ways in her research to help students find ways to improve their performance. Click on the following link to read Golf Digest’s September 19, 2017 article “Courses with Horses”.
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.