First Round Summary – 2018 LPGA T&CP National Team Championship

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Monday, December 3, 2018
Palm Valley Country Club
Palm Desert, CA

First Round Summary

Place Team Score
1 Bartholomew, Jean 66
  Neuman, Liselotte
2 Bonhurst, Joy 67
  Grimes, Lisa
T3 DePaulo, Lisa 68
  Doolan, Wendy
T3 Palli, Anne-Marie 68
  Johnston, Cathy
T3 Edelen, Cathy 68
  Lindsey, Shari

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Lynn Stellman to be Inducted into the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals Hall of Fame

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 Stellman and fellow teaching professional Jane Frost represent the Hall of Fame class of 2018

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 21, 2018 – Lynn Stellman, a long-time member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (T&CP) who was ranked in Golf Digest’s inaugural 50 Best Women Teachers in America in 2010, has been elevated into elite company as a 2018 inductee to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.

Stellman, who was employed by Martin County Golf & Country Club in Stuart, Florida for 32 years after joining the club in 1979, joins fellow LPGA T&CP member Jane Frost in this year’s Hall of Fame class. They will both be inducted at the 2019 LPGA Teaching and Coaching Summit, at a time and place yet to be determined.

The 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.

“Great women, great careers and the ability to look past what’s ‘good enough’ and focus on making everything ‘better than it has to be’ – that is the spirit behind the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame,” said Stellman, who has held several positions within the LPGA T&CP, including serving on its executive committee. “The LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame is known as the association’s most prestigious honor. The LPGA T&CP recognizes individuals who, through their exceptional work and achievements, have made a significant contribution to the Business of Golf and Events Industry and a profound difference in the communities they serve, both locally and internationally.

“Selected from a group of their industry peers, inductees join the prestigious ranks of 28 others inducted into the hall over the past 18 years. Thank you for letting me be part of the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame. I am truly humbled!”

In 1979, Stellman began her lengthy stint at Martin County Golf & Country Club picking up golf balls on the driving range before moving on to roles as a starter, a ranger and finally as a pro-shop clerk – the perfect place from which to launch her career as a teaching professional. She steadily worked her way up the ranks, first as an assistant professional and then as head professional where she had 72 employees under her direction at the second busiest public golf course in the United States. Stellman eventually became Director of Golf before ending an association of more than three decades with the club as she began to focus her attentions on thinking globally more than on just community.

In 2006, she was a co-founder and CEO of Ladies Links Fore Golf (LL4G), a company that became the official online amateur golf community of the LPGA, designed to offer women golfers instruction, support, and mental and physical strategies to improve their golf games. L4G offered golf programs for female amateurs in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and owned the only golf magazine for women that highlighted the LPGA Tour, travel, information for beginners and merchandise.

Among her various other contributions to the game, Stellman sat on the first committee that developed the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame and she developed the LPGA T&CP ‘Front Row Experience’ where fans at LPGA Tour events could receive a complimentary 10-minute lesson from a LPGA T&CP member. This program proved to be a highly successful marketing program for LPGA T&CP members while also being an enjoyable activity for golf fans.

“Lynn excels at everything she does,” said 2010 LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame member Patti Benson. “Just read her resume and you will see a golf professional who has furthered her education; hosted events, held fundraisers; owned a business, published a golf radio show and magazine; won many teaching and club professional awards; introduced new concepts and events for the LPGA T&CP, and has given back to the golf industry in a multitude of ways. That is all about business, which, of course, this award is about. But there is more to Lynn than just being a golf professional.

“Lynn is a loving friend to many, and is a sister and an aunt. I’ve watched the love that exudes from Lynn to her family and they back to her. And when you are a friend of Lynn, she will always have your back. She will add a huge amount of credibility to the Hall and represent it with humility and grace.”

The inaugural class of Peggy Kirk Bell, Marilynn Smith, Patty Berg, Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks and Louise Suggs was officially inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame on Oct. 25, 2000, at the kickoff dinner for Celebrating Women in Golf – which was held at the World Golf Village as part of that week’s LPGA’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Inductees to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame since then have been: Goldie Bateson, Ellen Griffin, Dede Owens and Joanne Winter in 2001; Ann Casey Johnstone in 2004; S. Annette Thompson in 2006; Kerry Graham, Lorraine Klippel, Pat Lange and Penny Zavichas in 2008; Patti Benson, Carol Clark Johnson, Kay McMahon and Jane Read in 2010; Mary Dagraedt, Nell Frewin-Hays and Nancy Quarcelino in 2012; Shirley Englehorn and Donna White in 2014; Dana Rader, Gloria Armstrong and Lynn Marriott in 2016.

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics and the LPGA Lesson Zone.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Media Contact

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA

mark.lamport-stokes@lpga.com, +1 386-274-6260

Jane Frost to be Inducted into the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals Hall of Fame

 

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Frost and fellow teaching professional Lynn Stellman represent the Hall of Fame class of 2018

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 21, 2018 – Jane Frost, a long-time member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (T&CP) who has coached LPGA Tour legends such as Jane Blalock, Nancy Lopez, Sandra Haynie and Pat Bradley, has been elevated into elite company as a 2018 inductee to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.

Frost, who earlier this month was honored as the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, joins fellow LPGA T&CP member Lynn Stellman in this year’s Hall of Fame class. They will both be inducted at the 2019 LPGA Teaching and Coaching Summit, at a time and place yet to be determined.

The 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.

“I am incredibly honored to receive the Call to the Hall and thank the committee for their belief and support of my contributions to the LPGA T&CP and to the golf industry,” said Frost. “It is validation that I have made a difference along the way and to be recognized by your peers with this high honor is simply astonishing.

“To each member of the LPGA T&CP, thank you for inspiring me throughout the years. I share this recognition with each of you and will continue to challenge myself to be better each and every day. May this inspire all teachers and coaches around the world to make a difference and to strive for excellence in all they do.”

During a 36-year career as a teaching professional, Frost has demonstrated a deep passion for the game of golf and a heartfelt desire to pass along her knowledge and guidance to students and aspiring LPGA T&CP members. She is constantly studying, learning and researching the best ways to coach each person, and her methods and programs have evolved as she combines new research and technology with perceptive and sensitive personal interaction.

Frost has donned several hats as a golf teacher, including assistant professional, teaching professional, director of instruction, director of golf, general manager and head professional. In 2002, she established the Jane Frost Golf School “to better provide a variety of programs for golfers of a wide range of abilities and economic levels” and in 2014 the school transitioned into The Jane Frost Golf Performance Center. One year later, the Center opened a state-of-the-art Golf Studio affectionately called ‘The Barn’ – a direct inspiration from Miss Griffin’s ‘The Farm’.

The Center’s coaches provide club fitting, youth programs, adult new golfer programs and family programs, while the Center has also established a tradition of organizing charitable benefits for organizations such as The Sandwich Food Pantry, Breast Cancer Research, The American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s and Lupus Foundation.

“Jane’s exemplary accomplishments and accolades are well chronicled and undoubtedly speak to her worthiness of an LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame honor,” said LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Pat Bradley. “However, in my opinion, she is an LPGA and golf industry standout because of her unrelenting passion to see more and more people enjoy the experience of playing golf. She combines expert knowledge of the various components that contribute to a golfer’s ability to discover a better game.”

The inaugural class of Peggy Kirk Bell, Marilynn Smith, Patty Berg, Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks and Louise Suggs was officially inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame on Oct. 25, 2000, at the kickoff dinner for Celebrating Women in Golf – which was held at the World Golf Village as part of that week’s LPGA’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Inductees to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame since then have been: Goldie Bateson, Ellen Griffin, Dede Owens and Joanne Winter in 2001; Ann Casey Johnstone in 2004; S. Annette Thompson in 2006; Kerry Graham, Lorraine Klippel, Pat Lange and Penny Zavichas in 2008; Patti Benson, Carol Clark Johnson, Kay McMahon and Jane Read in 2010; Mary Dagraedt, Nell Frewin-Hays and Nancy Quarcelino in 2012; Shirley Englehorn and Donna White in 2014; Dana Rader, Gloria Armstrong and Lynn Marriott in 2016. 

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics and the LPGA Lesson Zone.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Media Contact

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA

mark.lamport-stokes@lpga.com, +1 386-274-6260

Kiran Kanwar Earns Master Professional Status with the LPGA T&CP

‘Achieving this landmark is very satisfying,’ says Kanwar

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 20, 2018 – LPGA Class A member Kiran Kanwar, who has developed a unique golf swing system for both short game and full swing (The Minimalist Golf Swing), has earned Master Professional status with the Ladies Professional Golf Association Teaching and Club Professionals (LPGA T&CP).

This gives Kanwar her fourth Class A teaching credential, following those she has already attained with the Professional Golfers’ Association (Great Britain and Ireland), the National Golf Academy of India and the PGA of India.

“I have always wanted to achieve the highest accolade that the LPGA offers and achieving this landmark is very satisfying,” said Kanwar. “In fact, when I was first a member, I pestered the T&CP committee to let me do the research towards the Master Professional status way back then. Luckily for me they said, ‘No, you have to have been an LPGA member for 10 years’!

“Just as well, because the thesis that I have now written is based on my eight-plus years as a full-time graduate student and could not have been written before my having acquired all the education that I now have. As a result, the thesis is on a topic which is very important for all golf instructors to learn more about – types and causes of swing-related injury.”

To attain Master Professional classification, the aspiring LPGA T&CP member is required to have been a Class A member in good standing for 10 or more years; have accumulated a minimum of 300 points as a Class A member, 50 of which have been earned as service points; and have completed and presented a golf-related thesis.

The thesis which Kanwar wrote was entitled: ‘The Mechanics of Golf Swing Related Injury: A Literature Review, Synthesis and Analysis’.

Kanwar became India’s first female golf teaching professional in 1989, six years after winning the All India Ladies’ Open Amateur Golf Championship. She went on to develop the Minimalist Golf Swing (MGS) system, which places the body in position to deliver the club at maximum speed, from an inside path and at a shallow angle. In total, this translates to better distance, direction and trajectory. The essence of her golf swing method is to reduce backswing movement by positioning joints according to their design capabilities, thereby reducing the likelihood of injury.

The only woman invited to be a speaker at the PGA of Asia’s first two Golf Teaching Conferences in 2010 and 2011, Kanwar has presented her golf swing research at three World Scientific Congresses of Golf (in 1994, 1998 and 2012). She has conducted workshops on golf swing biomechanics for the LPGA, the PGA of America’s Gateway section, the LPGA’s Mid-West section teaching professionals and Professional Golf Tour of India players.

She has nearly 30 years of experience in golf journalism and is a columnist on golf science for both My Avid Golfer magazine and Golf News Net. She is a member of the Golf Writers’ Association of America.

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics and the LPGA Lesson Zone.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Media Contact

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA

mark.lamport-stokes@lpga.com, +1 386-274-6260

Alexander to Receive 2018 LPGA T&CP President’s Award

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‘This is an incredible honor,’ says U.S. Air Force veteran Alexander

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 7, 2018 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership announced today that U.S. Air Force veteran Jennifer Alexander will receive the 2018 President’s Award during the LPGA T&CP National Awards ceremony at next year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

The President’s award is awarded by the LPGA T&CP National President to a member or a non-member who has provided exceptional service, contributions, and/or leadership to the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional membership.

This person is chosen for his or her:

  • Significant contributions to the LPGA or LPGA T&CP
  • Long-term service or leadership to the organization
  • Serving as a member of the Executive Committee or T&CP National Committees

“I believe I am the messenger of many who will wholeheartedly agree that Jennifer is an excellent choice for this special award,” said LPGA T&CP National President Deb Vangellow. “Jennifer is a tireless and passionate LPGA T&CP member who has given so much to the Association.

“Her mentoring role with new members matriculating through our Teacher Education Program is truly inspirational and her incredible work with development and implementation of two very successful Girls Golf Programs (in San Francisco and Las Vegas) speaks volumes about this beloved teacher who simply gives, and gives freely of her time and talent. We are lucky to have ‘the Colonel’ in our LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Membership. Congrats, Jennifer!”

Alexander, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, became an LPGA Class A Teaching & Club Professional in October 2008 and is now a site director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf at Las Vegas Golf Club. When she first moved to Las Vegas in 2012, she learned there was no Girls Golf program in the area and decided to start her own program. After successfully launching a site at Las Vegas Golf Club, she helped fellow LPGA Teaching Professionals start three more sites in Southern Nevada.

“To be honored with the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals Presidents Award is an incredible honor,” said Alexander. “I was truly surprised when Deb Vangellow called to inform me. I love being an LPGA T&CP member and take great pride in representing our organization with professionalism and supporting my colleagues. We have so many talented members who continually inspire me and I am thankful to be in a position working to grow our membership.

“My Girls Golf program in Las Vegas has grown to more than 70 girls (and a few boys). When I first moved to Las Vegas, my goal was to touch the lives of 1,000 girls through golf within 10 years. I easily achieved that mark a few years ago.”

Before moving to Las Vegas, Alexander ran a successful LPGA*USGA Girls Golf site in San Francisco where she had 74 girls in her program. “In California, I gave about 1,200 hours of golf instruction every year to adults and juniors,” she said.

Alexander was honored with the 2017 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award for her work with the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program. She is also a four-time recipient of the LPGA T&CP Western Section Junior Leader Award (in 2012, 2014, 2014, 2015).

Past recipients of the President’s Award have been: Karen Stellick (2018), Nancy Henderson (2014), Malia Folquet (2010), Amy Fox (1999), Executive Committee (1998), Kay McMahon (1997) and Marion Walker (1996).

 

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, and the LPGA Lesson Zone.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Media Contact

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA

mark.lamport-stokes@lpga.com, +1 386-274-6260

Tombs, Brooke, Teno and Mack Receive 2018 LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Awards

Tina Tombs is Teacher of the Year, Kelley Brooke is Professional of The Year, Christa Teno is Coach of the Year and Mackenzie Mack is Junior Leader of the Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 24, 2018 – The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership today announced the following members as winners of the 2018 national awards in acknowledgement of their dedication and achievements: Tina Tombs, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, Phoenix, Arizona, Teacher of the Year; Kelley Brooke, Bethpage Black Golf Course, Farmingdale, New York, Professional of the Year; Christa Teno, Seminole State College of Florida, Stanford, Florida, Coach of the Year; Mackenzie Mack, The First Tee of Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida, Junior Golf Leader of the Year.

The national award winners were selected by the LPGA T&CP membership’s Executive Committee from the pool of the section award winners voted on by officers of the six regional sections: Central, International, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Western.

 

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The LPGA established the National Teacher of the Year Award in 1958. The award is given annually to the female golf professional who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments related to the teaching of golf during the year.

A former LPGA Tour player whose only career win came at the 1990 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, Tombs has been an LPGA Resident Instructor at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club since 2003 and Director of Instruction there since 2009. She has developed a ‘state of the art’ educational system at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club where she implements programs at all levels, ranging from youth to amateurs, and from women and businessmen to professionals.

“I am both completely shocked and totally honored to be the 2018 recipient of the LPGA National Teacher of the Year Award,” said Tombs. “My professional career began on the LPGA Tour, but I have been the most fulfilled by this sport and my career during my time as an instructor and member of the LPGA T&CP. This game has given me so much, and because of this, I will continue to give back to it in any way I can. I can’t think of any profession that I have had that is more rewarding than what I get to do out on the course with my students, mentors, teachers and family each day. Further, I am endlessly grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn from my esteemed colleagues. Thank you for bestowing me with this great honor.”

Tombs was ranked among Golf Digest’s top-10 amateur golfers in 1984 and while a collegiate player at Arizona State University, she won two tournament titles and was a two-time NCAA All-American. She played on the LPGA Tour from 1988-1999, her best results coming with her victory at the 1990 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic and a runner-up spot at the 1993 Sara Lee Classic, where she posted a career-low 64 during the final round before losing to Meg Mallon on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.

A member of the LPGA for more than three decades, she has trained with the best psychologists, coaches and instructors the game can offer and in 2001 she decided to take this wealth of knowledge and share it with the community around her. In 2008, she joined the LPGA T&CP Membership and in 2010 she gained her Class A through the fast-track Certification process.

During her time in the golf industry, Tombs has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. In 2014, she was voted the LPGA National Teacher of the Year and the LPGA Central Section Teacher of the Year. She was ranked among Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Arizona for 2017-2018 and was listed in the T&CP’s Top 50 LPGA Teachers for 2017-2018.

 

Professional of the Year, Kelley Brooke

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The LPGA T&CP Professional of the Year was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member primarily engaged in a golf operation, golf association or industry position, promoting the game through player development, growth of the game initiatives and other golf related activities.

A veteran of three decades in the golf industry as a player, golf instructor and businesswoman, Kelley Brooke was awarded a 20-year contract in November of 2017 to operate Bethpage Golf Course and its five 18-hole layouts, winning that contract ahead of the PGA Tour and 10 other male-owned golf management companies. During a varied career in the sport, she has given 40,000 golf lessons, made multiple television appearances, and owned or co-owned several golf and entertainment venues.

“I was in shock when I received the call,” Brooke said of being named Professional of the Year. “The LPGA T&CP is filled with hundreds of talented and revered professionals. Being recognized as the Professional of the Year was not something that I even dreamed about. This is truly the highlight of my 30-year career.”

After moving to New York City in 1992, Brooke began transforming golf programming in that area from a relatively unorganized leisure activity to a highly organized and highly participated sport. Due to her dedication, thousands of women, men, juniors, seniors, children with special needs and economically disadvantaged children have learned the game and participated in leagues and programs.

The highlights of Brooke’s time in NYC include the formation of The Police Athletic League Golf Program for 4,000 economically disadvantaged kids, the NYC Dept of Ed District 75 Golf Programs for children with severe disabilities, the NYC Junior Golf Club for children who seek instruction and tournament play, The Brooklyn Women’s Golf League and the Kelley Brooke/Golf Channel Junior Golf Camp.

In 2004, Brooke was awarded the federal concession of managing Brooklyn Golf Center (the only driving range in Brooklyn) and Riis Park Golf Course. In 2006, she formed North Shore Golf Group and put in a bid to operate the busiest driving range in the country, successfully winning the contract for Alley Pond Golf Center and starting operations there in June 2007.

Brooke has also spent three decades increasing public exposure for women in golf, proving that women can compete in an industry dominated by men. In the early 1990s she created, produced and hosted an instructional golf television program called ‘On the Tee with Kelley Brooke’ which aired in NY. She currently appears as a guest on The Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible”, acting as the golf expert when the show remodels a hotel with a golf course.

 

Coach of the Year, Christa Teno

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The LPGA T&CP Coach of the Year Award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member who is actively engaged in teaching and/or coaching golf at the collegiate or high school level.

A former LPGA Tour player, Christa Teno has been the head women’s golf coach at Seminole State since 2007 and has coached the Raiders to one National Championship (in 2015), four runner-up spots and two third-place finishes. She was named Southeast Section Coach of the Year by the LPGA Membership in 2008, 2012 and 2015.

“This is an incredible honor for me, my family, my players and Seminole State College of Florida,” said Teno. “Yes, I love what I do, I’ve worked very hard, but this is also a chance for me to say thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. Every day I wake up excited to spend time with my team and my co-workers, so being recognized by the LPGA for simply doing what I love makes me blessed beyond belief!”

Teno went to North Texas State University on a golf scholarship from 1981-1985, graduating from there as a playing professional on the Futures Tour (1985-1997) and the LPGA Tour (1988-1991, 1996). She joined the LPGA Teaching Division in 1997 and won the LPGA Teaching National Championship in 1998. Teno was an LPGA National Evaluator from 2003-2013 and worked as an LPGA Teacher at several locations from 1988-2005.

She was the Head Professional and General Manager at Bainbridge Country Club from 1997-2000, and went on to become the head coach at Seminole State in 2007. Teno was inducted into the Windsor Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, and into the NJCAA Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017.

 

Junior Golf Leader of the Year, Mackenzie Mack

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The LPGA T&CP Junior Golf Leadership Award was established in 2012 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member who excels in teaching and promoting golf for juniors.

A stellar youth player who was recognized as one of GolfWeek’s top 100 junior golfers in the United States, Mackenzie Mack has been working since 2014 as Program Director for the First Tee of Tampa Bay, which reaches more than 60,000 students each year. She has created an affordable junior golf tour, developed curriculum to teach golf to middle school students with clubs in Hillsborough County, and brought a ‘Drive, Chip and Putt’ regional qualifier to Tampa Bay.

“There are so many talented women in the LPGA T&CP,” said Mack. “To be recognized amongst these women is exciting and is truly an honor.”

As a junior golfer, Mack played for and was a member of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), Teens on the Green and the Western States Golf Association (WSGA). She was awarded a full golf scholarship to Indiana State University (ISU) where she became the first black woman to compete as a member of the women’s golf team.

During her time at Indiana State, she spent one season as assistant coach with the ISU women’s golf team and co-founded a non-profit organization called Tee it Up – a conduit to grow the game of golf and share her passion with underserved communities. In 2011, Tee it Up was awarded a grant that allowed Mack and her team to teach golf to children in Bitburg, Germany.

Mack has since become a teaching professional member of both the LPGA T&CP and PGA of America. She is TPI certified, US Kids certified, First Tee certified, and High School Coach certified. She is a site director with the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program and has held status as a playing professional on the Suncoast Ladies and LPGA Symetra Tours.

 

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, the LPGA Lesson Zone presented by Volvik, and LPGA Golf Clinics for Women.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla.  For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Lynn Marriott Named 2018 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award Recipient

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 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 15, 2018 – The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals announced today Lynn Marriott as the recipient of the 2018 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award, which recognizes an LPGA professional who gives back to the game in the spirit of Nancy Lopez.

The Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award was created in 2007 and is given to an LPGA professional who emulates qualities valued by Lopez: Leadership, Passion, Giving, and Approachability. Lopez is a 48-time LPGA Tour winner and four-time Rolex Player of the Year. She was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1987 and captained the victorious 2005 U.S. Solheim Cup Team.

“I am grateful and humbled to receive the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award,” Marriott said. “Nancy has done so much for the game and her spirit, passion and leadership has inspired me since I was a young player and later as a teacher and coach. Golf is better because of Nancy Lopez. It is truly an incredible honor to receive her award.”

Marriott is globally recognized as co-founder of VISION54, and together with Pia Nilsson, has coached players to well over 100 victories on the LPGA Tour, PGA Tour, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and Japan Tour. They’ve coached nine different major winners and four top-ranked players in the world, including current Rolex Rankings No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn.

As a Class A LPGA and PGA teaching professional, Marriott is one of the highest ranked female instructors in America and is regularly featured among Golf Digest’s Top 50 Greatest Teachers. Marriott is also a best-selling co-author and has been previously honored as the 2008 LPGA Ellen Griffin Rolex Award winner and was inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame in 2016.

Marriott believes it is a coach/teacher’s responsibility to help students find their best swing and their best way of playing and nurturing their unique spirit of the game. Based on that belief, VISION54’s Golf Schools, 54GOLF, have been named the “Best Golf School in America” and VISION54’s Coach Programs, 54COACH, have repeatedly received the highest marks by peers.

Past recipients of the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award are: Debbie O’Connell (2007), Troy Beck (2008), Patti Benson (2009), Lynn Stellman (2010), Malia Folquet (2011), Suzy Whaley (2012), Marvol

Barnard (2013), Angela Aulenti (2014), Teresa Zamboni (2015), Donna White (2016) and Sandy LaBauve (2017).

 

About Nancy Lopez Golf

The Nancy Lopez Golf (NLG) line provides unprecedented choice to the woman golfer in the selection of golf equipment and apparel. The four-step NLG Match Play Process also provides selection in club configuration to best fit the game of each woman. Nancy Lopez Golf embodies the spirit and energy of women’s golf and of its namesake, Nancy Lopez, who captured the imagination of people everywhere with her remarkable playing career and the genuine warmth of her charm. For more information about Nancy Lopez Golf, visit http://www.NancyLopezGolf.com.

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

 

Media Contact

Brianne Wigley, Tour Media Official, LPGA brianne.wigley@lpga.com, 386-341-7331