Women in Golf Wednesday!

denise.pngName: Denise Lavigne

Where do you live? 

Boca Raton, Florida

Where do you work & what do you do?

I work in two places, Florida and Canada.

Deerfield Beach, Florida: Deer Creek Golf Club

Montreal, Canada: Golf Club Pinegrove and Club de Golf Le Mirage.

I am a golf teacher and coach that teaches at all levels. I coached the Quebec amateur junior team and was the ladies golf coach for the first “Canada Games” in 2009. I had the opportunity to teach 16 Years in Switzerland where I became the National Ladies Coach in 2010. I have trained a few players to play at the professional level such as Maude-Aimée Leblanc, Raphael de Sousa, and others.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1982.

How was the process of becoming a member for you? 

Very nice, and I felt I was welcomed.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

I am proud to be a member of a women’s organization that seems to care about our needs and that opens up doors to different populations. I can see a huge growth of the game through the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals division and I am glad that over the years we got closer to the LPGA touring division.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

It is nice to be recognized as an LPGA Member.  LPGA is a great name and brand to be associated with.

At this stage of my life, I would say social, informative, fun meetings, networking and helping grow the game together in a fun way.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Do not wait!  Join the LPGA as soon as possible!

I feel that the LPGA is the association that helped me the most in my structure as a teacher and teaching style over the years. They are also good communicators where you feel like you are part of a big family exchanging and learning.

Words of Wisdom:

Let’s keep being proactive and make the game of golf a fun experience!

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Women in Golf Wednesday! – Dona Lerner

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Name: Dona Lerner

Where do you live?

Cary, NC

Where do you work & what do you do?

Dona Lerner Golf Academy, Director of Instruction

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2000

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I loved it; the education and the interaction with experts was exactly how I hoped I would be trained and mentored. Kathy Murphy, Dr Debbie Crews and Jane Frost inspired me and I knew from the start I had made the right choice.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

I am a member of an organization of highly competent, qualified and passionate women who share the same respect for the game of golf as I do. It means everything to me.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The interpersonal relationships I have been able to develop and the opportunities to learn from so many incredible women.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Find a mentor…….seek someone to help guide, inspire and support you through the certification process and beyond. Invest in yourself so you are worthy to be invested in.

Words of Wisdom:

I am a proud member of the LPGA T&CP. This is a second career for me, and one I have never regretted choosing. I immersed myself in the process, respect those who came before me, and am grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization. I welcome the newer members who ask my advice or guidance and hope to give back as I was given to.

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name: Abby Welch

Where do you live?

Charleston, SC

Where do you work & what do you do?

LPGA, Certified PGA Golf Instructor at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2007

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was amazing! The testing process was a very educational experience for me. I had first gone through the PGA, which was over the entire golf business. Going through the LPGA helped me become a better instructor. I loved learning that you have to understand your student so that you can cater your instruction to them personally. I felt after the education process, it really added value to my instruction.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

I feel that I am a part of an elite group of women specifically who enjoy the game themselves and want to grow the game to other people so that they can enjoy this wonderful game too.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

A place to go to teach with other women like myself who want to grow the game but also meet new women who we can learn from to grow our own businesses/teachings.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

My first question would be “Why Not!?!” There is nothing that the LPGA hasn’t helped with, supported, me with, or given me an opportunity with. It is just like a family. If you are just beginning the process it is a great place for support, education, and opportunity. If you have been in the business awhile the LPGA can only increase your business by these attributes. The beginning is hard with going through the education and testing, but it only makes you a better member, teacher, golfer in the end. That is why it is here!

I am a member of both the LPGA and PGA and I am a proud member of both. But it is a great privilege to be a member of an all-women’s association dedicated to golf.

Abby Welch
abby_welch@kiawahresort.com
www.abbywelchgolf.com

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name: Megan Younkman

 

Where you live: St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Where you work & what you do: I am the Owner/Director of Instruction of MYPRO Golf School in Tampa, Florida. I also work for the LPGA Global Education Team as an Evaluator, an LPGA PTE Workshop Leader and Chair for the LPGA National Continuing Education Committee.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I’ve been an LPGA Class A Member since 2007!

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

My process went smoothly, yet challenging.  The Education Team served as my textbook, by biggest supporter and my largest critic.  I was well prepared to teach upon completion.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you? 

For me, being an LPGA member means that I have a power within golf’s global community to be an effective teacher, both introducing and keeping a club in the hands of many players. The LPGA makes me so proud as it continues to grow.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part about the membership is being a part of a women’s organization where women support women. I know I can call any other LPGA member if I need assistance or advice.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

I would encourage a future candidate that the LPGA provides you with a platform to succeed, supplies you with an opportunity to continue growth throughout your career and surrounds you with other successful and inspirational women in the industry.

 Fun Fact: “SnowBalls to GolfBalls”. I decided to focus on golf at age 16 after spending 8 years training as a downhill mogul snow-ski racer. My knees thank me now for making the right choice!

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:  Brianne Murphy

Where you live?

St. Petersburg, Florida

Where you work & what you do:

Director of Instruction at Feather Sound Country Club

How long have you been an LPGA member?

2002

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was great!  My advisor was there to answer questions whenever I had them.  The education and schools were fun, extremely informative and have several friendships all over the US because of traveling to attend.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It is an absolute honor to be a part of this organization!  I feel that we have made a growing impact and name in women’s sports. The LPGA maintains a “Cheers” feel where everyone knows your name throughout the membership  🙂

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Feeling like I am a part of something that matters and makes a difference.  I value the playing opportunities and continuing education as well.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Take advantage of all the opportunities, the knowledge of the members, and don’t be afraid to get involved.

 

 

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name: Camille Surdi

Where you live?

St. Petersburg, Florida

Where you work & what you do?

Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf and Sports Complex

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Joined in 1987 and became Class A in 1992

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The membership process was very rewarding. I was late to the game of golf, and my mentors at the time gave me great leadership to guide me.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

Everything! To be an accredited member of an organization that promotes a woman’s sport is a dream come true.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part of membership is simply being able to use my skills as a communicator to help golfers improve and grow the game. The best part about the internal membership of the T&CP is the camaraderie and respect we have for one another.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

I would tell them to Just Do It! The rewards they will receive from whatever career path they take using the organization will be amazing. I took a leap of faith when I joined and 30 years later I’m still going strong!

Special Thanks:

I would just like to say thank you to all the women that are not only in the T&CP, but on the Tour as well. We as women have the tools to be the best women’s sports organization worldwide! I am proud to be a part of that!

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Gennifer Garvin

Women in Golf Wednesday 11-22Name: Gennifer Garvin

Where you live?

Stuart, FL

Where you work & what you do?

I work for The First Tee of The Treasure Coast and am their Director of Operations. Meaning I oversee all areas of operations, programming, coaches, volunteers, budgets, fundraising, and report these back to our parent chapter The First Tee of the Palm Beaches

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I started my track in September of 2011 when I passed my PAT at LPGA International in Daytona.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I just recently became a Class A member this summer, so it took me about 6 years to complete the process. All along the way, I learned and grew as a professional with the instruction I received at the national trainings, and even more so from the amount of networking with other professionals made possible by the commitment and care of each LPGA member. I was encouraged by an LPGA member to begin the process in 2011 and can honestly say I was continually encouraged along the way, I am not sure I would have completed if not for the persistence of my peers. 🙂

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It means I am part of a strong network of professional ladies who are serious about their passion to help others. LPGA T&CP is committed to student focused teaching and excels in teaching teachers. I am proud that being an LPGA member means I am trained to introduce and grow the game because I can help any golfer improve and have more fun.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

I work in the sector of junior golf, so for me the best part is our mission of growing the game for young ladies through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. This organization is a perfect partner because girls really do excel and love the game more when we provide them opportunities to play and learn together.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Keep at it and reach out to those around you for help! As I mentioned, everyone is so willing to help and their insights and lessons they’ve learned throughout their career is icing on the cake to your LPGA book work. Also, take your time; each “assignment” is carefully designed to make you a better teacher, and they will if you take your time to assess your current ability and make improvements along the way.