Sandy LaBauve receives Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf founder wins both LPGA T&CP national awards, marking the first time one individual has received both honors in the same year.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 4, 2017 – For the first time in history, the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Membership announces one winner of both the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award in the same year – LPGA*USGA Girls Golf founder and national ambassador Sandy LaBauve.

“Sandy’s dedication to the LPGA and her accomplishments speak for themselves, but it is nice to see her contributions acknowledged through these awards,” said Nancy Henderson, the LPGA’s Chief Teaching Officer. “Sandy had the vision for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and is still a driver for the unquestionable success it is today, and for that I am thankful. If anyone deserves to win both awards, it is Sandy.”

The Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, instituted by the LPGA T&CP Membership in 1989 to honor the late teaching professional Ellen Griffin, recognizes an individual, male or female, who made a major contribution to the teaching of golf and who emulates Griffin’s spirit, love and dedication to students, teachers, teaching skills and the game of golf.

“Winning the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award is surreal,” LaBauve said. “Like Ellen was, I am passionate about growing the game by empowering others. I am especially grateful to the LPGA Foundation and our members that have grown my initiatives like LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. I celebrate this award in their honor.”

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Marci Bozarth Wins 2017 LPGA Central Section Marilynn Smith Award

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.

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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LPGA Headquarters Closing due to Hurricane Irma

Due to the potentially dangerous Hurricane Irma, LPGA Headquarters will be closed Friday, September 8 at 12:00 pm EST through early next week. We anticipate all offices to be open again shortly.

We pray for all who may be in the path of Hurricane Irma. Please take this storm seriously as it appears imminent that it is going to head up the east coast of the US.

In the event of an emergency, please contact tcpmembership@lpga.com.

Take care and be safe.

The LPGA T&CP Team

2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship Final-Round Notes

LPGA T&CP National Championship
Mid-Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines, NC
Final-Round Notes | Sept. 6, 2017

Despite her 17-year career on the LPGA Tour, Wendy Doolan had never experienced the feeling of entering a final round with a lead. So it was understandable that the veteran player had some nerves entering Wednesday’s final round of the LPGA T&CP Championship, but she didn’t need to worry as she carded a final-round 74 to capture a five-shot victory, a $10,000 winner’s check and her first ever title in this championship.

“I feel grateful to be a part of the T&CP, and I feel grateful that there is an opportunity to play after my LPGA career and I’m enjoying the challenge of golf again,” Doolan said. “It’s nice to have my name on the trophy. I’m just more grateful to be a part of this organization and to have the opportunity to play again.”

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2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship First Round

LPGA T&CP National Championship
Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines, NC
First-Round Notes | Sept. 4, 2017

 The first round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship kicked off at the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club on Monday, and competitors were welcomed by hot temperatures and sunny skies. The heat became a factor in the afternoon with temperatures reaching the high 80s and a scorching sun that made already difficult greens that much tougher.

Wendy Doolan, a 17-year LPGA Tour professional and current teaching pro in Lakeland, Fla., took the early lead in the Championship division as she fired a 1-under 71. Doolan had three birdies in the final five holes of her front nine and made only one bogey on the back side to take a one-shot lead over Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.) on day 1 of the LPGA T&CP National Championship.

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Results – 2017 Titleist Pro-Am


SUNDAY, September 3, 2017 at Mid Pines Golf Club the LPGA T&CP National Championship Titleist Pro-Am was held in Southern Pines, NC.

It was a perfect weather day with lots of golf.  Below are the results

GROSS
1. Gail Graham / 58
2. Jamie Zimron / 59
3. Audrey Nelson / 59
4. Charlaine Hirst / 60

NET
1. Cindy Miller / 55.2
2. Cathy Edelen / 56.4
3. Penny Dell / 57.5
4. Liz Cooper / 57.8

ALL LADIES – GROSS
1. Jean Bartholomew /59

ALL LADIES -NET
1. Christi Dorece / 56.9

SPECIAL CONTESTS

CLOSEST TO THE PIN CONTEST presented by Barrington
Male: Rick Edelen
Female: Susie Watterson
LPGA Pro: Louise Ball

LONGEST DRIVE CONTEST presented by Titleist
Male: John Miller
Female: Yvonne Cox