Louise Ball wins Jeri Reid Spirit Award

Midwest Section President and Class A T&CP Member Louise Ball has been awarded the LPGA Midwest Section Jeri Reid Spirit Award.

After joining the LPGA in 1997, she built her career in golf, starting as a teaching professional and owner of Tennessee Golf Academy at Gettysvue Polo Golf and Country Club in Knoxville, TN, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of instruction, programming, bookkeeping, lesson scheduling, and branding. And she served as EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) Teaching Professional for Greater Knoxville Chapter, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Academy Lead Instructor, and LPGA Leadership Academy Instructor.

“Jeri Reid was a fantastic member of our organization, and a great friend and confidant to so many.” Ball said upon learning she had been selected for the award. “In one word, she was inspirational!  She never missed a teachable moment.  She battled cancer 7 times in her life, and even towards the end of her life when referring to others going through challenges, she was quoted as saying ‘if they just gave a little more effort or a little more concentration towards what they want to do be doing, instead of what they don’t want to do, they would be better off.’ Jeri had a positive influence on everyone she touched, I’m so glad the MW section has named The Spirit Award in her name; it personifies Jeri perfectly.  I am truly grateful to be chosen in 2017 for this honor.”

Jeri Reid became a member of the LPGA T&CP in 1985. She was an active Tour Player whose playing career was cut short as a result of an injury sustained in a car accident.

She then picked herself up and started putting the pieces back together and began on a successful career path of teaching and inspiring golfers to play the game she loved so dearly.

But she never gave up, and, in Jeri’s words, “You have to pick yourself up and move on.”

Unfortunately, Jeri dealt with these numerous health issues until she lost her long, courageous and inspirational battle with cancer in April of 2016.

The Jeri Reid Spirit of Golf Award was established in 2014 and will be awarded annually to a Midwest Section member who inspires others by their actions just as Jeri Reid has touched countless lives throughout her career.

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Karen McMeekin Proclaimed “Certified Humane Animal Investigator”

by Ken Steadman and others

Not Only is Midwest Section Class A Member, Karen McMeekin a great teaching professional, she also has taken on a passion of hers in fighting cruelty to animals.

When Karen moved to Tennessee from South Florida in 2004, she learned the plight of the homeless pets in the area. Her original intention was to move to Crossville to teach golf. She relocated to the mountains after teaching school for 11 years following her graduation from the University of South Florida.

She eventually began playing amateur golf across the State and then climbed to the ranks of the LPGA Class “A” status. While building a golf business in Fairfield Glade at the former 4 Seasons Par 3, she became more involved in animal welfare.

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Suzanne Noblett wins LPGA Midwest Section Goldie Bateson Service Award

Goldie Bateson was an active member of the LPGA and the first President of the Midwest Section. She was one of the original T&CP members who helped to provide the structure for our organization by developing the Constitution and By-Laws, the testing of teachers, establishing the different sections, and everything else to get the T&CP started.

The Goldie Bateson Service Award was established in 1992 in recognition of the unlimited and outstanding service, time and dedication demonstrated by Goldie Bateson to the LPGA Midwest Section, the LPGA, and the game of golf.

“I am truly honored to receive this high honor,” Suzanne Noblett said. “Goldie was a pioneer, not only in our Midwest Section, but also nationally for the LPGA.  Thank you to my peers and the LPGA for this honor; I have enjoyed serving my section and the LPGA, and I look forward to continuing to serve in the spirit of Goldie Bateson along with the many talented previous recipients of the award which bears her name.”

Suzanne Noblett has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Goldie Bateson Service Award.

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PGA Jr. Golf League-Carol Rhoades

The PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.

Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development – both on and off course.
Registration will open for PGA Junior League Golf on February 1.

In 2016 LPGA & PGA members captained teams to the National Championship. I encourage you to visit the http://www.PGAJLG.comfor information on the most rapidly growing program in golf. For registration and support documents visit http://www.PGA.org/PGAJLG. There is a “Pre-Registration” Questionnaire & Planning Guide that will take you through the process. There are also 8 Regional Player Development Specialists that can answer questions specific to your area. If you have any have questions please feel free to contact me at carol@pga.com. As the Captain of a National Finals Team last year, I encourage you to consider participating in this program.

LPGA MW Officers Introduction – Louise Ball

Happy New Year everyone!

louise-ballThank you for choosing me to be your new President. I’m excited and honored to lead the LPGA Midwest section into the new year and a new era!  I’d like to first thank Rita Reasons for her six years of service to our section as President.  Her time and dedication is much appreciated!   I’ve learned a lot from Rita while serving with her as the MW Treasurer, and I hope to continue to do great things for our section in my new role as President.  I live in Knoxville TN, and I’m the Owner/Director of Instruction at the Tennessee Golf Academy.  I teach full time to a wide range of students.  I’ve been a Girls Golf Site Director for 17 years, and will be hosting a National Girls Golf Academy this summer at our facility.  We are very excited!!  I will be attending my first Executive Committee meeting at the end of January at the PGA Show in Orlando.  I look forward to jumping in and being part of the bigger picture regarding LPGA business.  I will be your voice, a responsibility I take very seriously.  Throughout my term as President, I encourage you to contact me with any good news, concerns or questions regarding your membership with the LPGA.  My goal is to bring our section closer and create a greater comradery among our members.  I want to hear from you!  I want to hear about your ideas.  I want to encourage you to get involved in some way if you never have.  If you’re looking for some guidance and direction, I will do my best to provide you with that.  We are all in the same LPGA boat, let’s row in the same direction and make 2017 a year for growth, both personally and professionally!  I look forward to working with you and for you!

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Join Me in Vegas Baby! by Louise Ball

louise-ball-vegasI am a sports nut!  It’s true, I’ve always been that way.  I grew up in a sports crazed family in Boston, a city with a rich sports history.  I guess you could say sports are in my blood.  I love everything about them.  I’ve lived in Knoxville TN now for 16 years.

Knoxville is the home of the late Pat Summitt, one of the greatest coaches in sports history.  What a treat it was for me to watch her coach, to see her love of sport, people and community.

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2016 Section Of The Year Award Winners

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:

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