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

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

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

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

1. Jean Bartholomew /59

1. Christi Dorece / 56.9


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


Mid Pines Set to Host 2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship

Eight players will earn spots in 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 1, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) will head to Southern Pines, North Carolina and the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club Sept. 4-6 for the 2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

The 54-hole, stroke-play Championship will be held on the Donald Ross-designed course, which was built in 1921 and has hosted many national championships including the 2002 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The LPGA T&CP National Championship has been contested at Mid Pines three times previously and this year will mark the first time the championship will return there since 2002.

The LPGA T&CP National Championship was originally organized in 1983 to provide additional playing opportunities for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. The three-day competition has since grown to become recognized as the premier tournament for women golf professionals in the world. The tournament features three divisions: Championship (6,359 yards), Challenge (6,001) and Senior (50+, 5,716 yards). The field will be cut to the Top 70 and ties after 36-holes.

“We are very excited to bring this Championship back to Mid Pines,” said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer of the Teaching and Club Professionals and President of the LPGA Foundation.  “The resort is the perfect setting for the championship and will provide unique challenges for our professionals, especially on the greens. Female members of the PGA of America will be competing side-by-side with our LPGA T&CP members for a share of the $100,000 purse and the opportunity to compete in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.”

The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour, which will be held at Kemper Lakes Golf Club outside Chicago next year. The top five finishers in the Senior division will qualify for the 2018 LPGA Senior Championship at the French Lick Resort as well as any competitors over the age of 45 who finish in the top 10 in the Championship division.

Defending champion, Lisa Grimes, an LPGA Teaching Professional from Austin, Minnesota, will headline the field competing for the T&CP National Championship as well as one of the eight coveted exemptions. Joining Grimes in the field will be 2015 champion Laurie Rinker as well as four-time winner Jean Bartholomew.

More than a dozen LPGA T&CP members who reside in North Carolina will also compete in this year’s Championship, including University of North Carolina at Greensboro women’s head coach Janell Howland, Kelly Cap of Pinehurst, Victoria Kuehner of Wilmington and Anne Marie Goslak of Winston-Salem.

Other notable players in the field include past T&CP National Championship Lori Atsedes of Goodyear, Arizona. Many of the top-8 finishers from last year’s Championship return including PGA Club Professional Karen Paolozzi (Ga.), Alison Curdt (Calif.), and Kristin Walla (Calif.).

In addition to the National Championship, family and friends have the opportunity to join in on the action by participating in the Titleist Pro-Am competition and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Clinic presented by Coca-Cola, which precedes the Championship.

Professionals, amateurs, and the general public will also have the opportunity to discover new products, test golf club equipment supplied by tournament sponsor-partners and meet with company representatives during the on-site Demo Days, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3.