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 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 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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Kleiman-Daugherty Win Pro-Pro

Seniors Jan Kleiman and Diane Daugherty claimed first place in the Midwest Pro-Pro event at Aberdeen Golf Club on Monday. The duo fired a stalwart one-under 70 on Monday’s alternate shot event to go with their 72 from the best ball on Sunday.

The team came from five shots back of Hillery Wilson Sence and Alecia Larsen, who closed with an 80 (147 total) to go with their bestball score of 67. Angie Ause and Suzanne Noblett took third place with their score of 149.

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A Message from Your Midwest Section President

Hello Everyone!
Rita Reasons Headshot
I hope this finds you well and that you have had a productive and prosperous golf season thus far this year.

As we head into fall, I wanted to remind you of two great opportunities coming up to be able to connect with fellow T&CP members. Not only will you be able to catch up with friends, but also play some golf, learn new things to help elevate you within our profession, and also earn some additional CUs in the process.

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Paula Wagasky Receives Midwest Section Service Award

by Leia Schwartz (LPGA T&CP 2016 Summer Intern)


Paula Wagasky has been selected to receive the 2016 Midwest Section Service Award for her all of her contributions through the Goldie Bateson Junior Pro-Am, Goldie Bateson Scholarship Fund, and service in the Midwest section.

Goldie Bateson was considered a pioneer in the field of women’s golf instruction and became the first female head golf professional in the state of Wisconsin. In recognition of her accomplishments, she was honored as LPGA Teacher of the Year and received LPGA’s Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, the National Golf Foundation’s (NGF) Outstanding Service Award, named Honorary Golf Consultant with the NGF, and inducted into the Wisconsin State Hall of Fame.

Paula Wagasky met Goldie Bateson through the Goldie Bateson Junior-Pro Am in the 1980s. At that time, the tournament was tied in with a Midwest Section event in Wisconsin.

“Goldie had always wanted to tie in the tournament with LPGA professionals,” said Paula, “so she would have the professionals come and compete in the Pro-Am. . . . It just got to the point where she was running out of homes up there to do it, and since she wanted to keep it involved with the LPGA, I offered to move it down to my area.”

That began a legacy 31 years and counting. Since that first year in 1986, Paula has served as the tournament coordinator of the Goldie Bateson Junior Pro-Am at the Arboretum Club of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The Goldie Bateson Scholarship evolved out of Goldie’s dream to support junior golf, and the Junior Pro-Am now helps to benefit that initiative of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) Midwest Section membership. Today, the scholarship is awarded to junior golfers between the ages of 7 and 17 who have an interest in learning and playing the game of golf. Ten $250 scholarships will be awarded in 2016.

Paula Wagasky has been a T&CP member since 1978. For Paula, golf was “always in the family, always in [her] blood.” She began playing when she was about eight years old, going on to Maryland to get her degree. Combining her passion for golf and the knowledge that she never really wanted to teach in the school system, Paula turned professional, joined the teaching division, and began working at Pinehurst. She went on to play the WPGT mini-tour for five years before landing at Buffalo Grove in 1981, where she has been ever since. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Golf at Village of Buffalo Grove. She has been an active Class A member of the LPGA for almost 40 years. Throughout her career, Paula has been recognized with the LPGA Professional of the Year Award, Goldie Bateson Service Award, LPGA Midwest Junior Golf Leader Award.

On being awarded this recognition, Paula Wagasky said, “It was surprise. Running the tournament now is like second-hand nature. You got to respect your elders and their wishes, and she [Goldie Bateson] wanted somebody to carry it on, and I said, ‘Well Goldie, I’ll do it for you.’ If you knew Goldie, you’d understand. She loved golf, she loved being around it, and she cared about juniors. It’s just an honor to have known her, to do what her life’s work was all about, and keep it going. I remember following the founding members when they were little. When you saw what they did, helping out Goldie wasn’t a big deal.”