Women in Golf Wednesday!

Women in Golf Wednesday Template (12)

Name:

Mary Hafeman

Where do you live:

Jacksonville, Florida and West Bend, Wisconsin

Where do you work & what you do:

I am the Owner of Fore in One Golf Services / Mary Hafeman Golf Experience.  MHGE provides an overview of the golf experience from exceptional golf instruction, inclusive player development programs, customized travel, tournaments and outing series and social networking opportunities for the inexperienced player to the professional golfer. I have two locations, Deercreek Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida and Missing Links Golf Club in Mequon, Wisconsin.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2001

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I was one of the first PGA members to fast track to LPGA Class A membership.  At that time, you could apply to fast track, but you must complete and pass the writing and teaching test within 3 months. I was fortunate to be able to accomplish that task within the timeframe. I am very happy that I decided to become a LPGA member.

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

It is very rewarding being associated with an active association promoting golf, especially to women and girls. I enjoy networking with fellow professionals and mentoring new apprentices.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The networking and LPGA Girls Golf program

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

I would encourage them to get involved, network, find a mentor and advocate that will help them navigate not only the LPGA but the golf business.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

Golf is a lifetime activity that can be played with family and friends. It’s always changing which challenges you to never give up.

Additional Information:

I have grown my golf travel portion of my business which travels within and without the USA. It has been very profitable. I’d like to share my experiences with my fellow LPGA professionals and help them to grow their travel business with their members and guests. Traveling with your clients is not only rewarding by building long term relationships but is ancillary revenue source for you. If you’d like to know more about travel and golf, contact me at mhafe@aol.com

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Women in Golf Wednesday!

Women in Golf Wednesday Template (11)

Name:

Monique (Mo) Gesualdi

Where you live:

Raleigh, NC

Where do you work & what you do?

TPC Wakefield Plantation, Assistant Golf Professional

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2015

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was great. It gave me an opportunity to meet some highly successful mentors along the way.  Attending the various classes located all-over the country allowed me to visit places I had never been as well as meet other fellow lady professionals, some who remain my great friends today.

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

It is an honor.  I’ve had to endure and overcome many life-challenging obstacles to get to this point, so having that LPGA letters by my name symbolizes achievement to me.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The network it provides. Getting connected with so many knowledgeable, skilled, and successful ladies is a huge asset.  You’re able to learn from fellow LPGA members who completed the process before you and reach out whenever you have questions.

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

Write down all of the Pros & Reservations you might have about joining.  Seeing it written down on paper usually helps you decide.  Once you initially start the program, don’t think about how long you have to go or how much work/studying you need to do, rather, break-up your “to-do” list into smaller chunks, and give yourself small rewards upon completing.  It will help you cruise along and you’ll be done with the process before you know it!

What do you love most about the game of golf?

I love the challenge.  I played several sports before I picked up golf as a kid, but golf I found to be the most challenging of them all, and it really grabbed hold of me.   I remember wanting to work so hard and being so determined to get better.  I love how it always challenged me! To this day 23+ years later, it still challenges me every day!

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Maria

Name:

Maria Brooks

Where do you live:

The Villages, Florida

Where do you work & what you do:

Full Time Teaching Professional at The Villages Golf Academy

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1998

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Playing tests are always stressful, but I made sure I was prepared for the written and teaching evaluations and passed on my first attempts.

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

To be associated with the premier professional women’s sports association means the world to me.  The T&CP members are some of the best people you will meet and the best teachers of the game.  I am honored to call them my friends and colleagues.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Teaching golf is passionate for me, and having a group of women that are members of a nationally recognized organization, who have the same passion as I have, is an amazing thing to be a part of.

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

It’s a major leap of faith to start a new career, but if you want it you can have it. Be confident and patient with yourself and you can achieve anything.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

The quiet and serenity of the golf course.  It can be an escape for 4 hours. Being outside and watching the ball fly.

20 years of teaching golf and I still enjoy going to work, to help people learn the game and enjoy the game a little more

Women in Golf Wednesday!

AmyCarver

Name:

Amy Carver

Where do you live?

Delray Beach, FL

Where do you work & what do you do?

Head Professional at The St. Andrews Club

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The process of becoming an LPGA member was made a little easier, having gone through similar testing to become a PGA member.  The biggest difference came in the Instruction portion, where observation and critiques were given.  I appreciated the emphasis on quality instruction, as that has been a significant part of my career.

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

It is an honor to be affiliated with a talented, strong, and dynamic group as the LPGA. I love the respect shown to our founding members, who worked so hard to make it successful.  I am also appreciative of Mike Wahn and the current leaders on the National and Sectional Boards who dedicate so much of their time to make the brand strong.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

My favorite part of the membership is getting together with other members who are so willing to share their ideas and successes to help and strengthen others.

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

New LPGA members should look around them to find mentors.  They should not be afraid to ask questions and/or for help when needed.  Meetings are a great way to get to know the other pros in their area.

What is the best part about golf for you?

The best part of golf is the people I have met.  Whether they were at a club where I worked, fellow competitors in an event, or Pro’s from other courses, we all have this great game of golf in common.  It is different challenge every time.  Golf is a game that you can play for a lifetime and while your competitive drive may lessen, that one great shot keeps you coming back!

 

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Carole Clark

Where do you live: 

Summer – Cape Cod, MA  Winter- North Fort Myers, FL

Where do you work & what you do:

Summer – Woods Hole Golf Club, Falmouth, MA:  Assistant Golf Professional/Director of Instruction.  Winter – Fiddlesticks CC, Fort Myers and The Club at Grandezza, Estero, FL:  Independent Contractor Golf Instructor

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1999

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was spectacular!  I took in all I could. I had great mentors guiding me through the process, got involved in everything that was available and that I had the time to participate in.

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

It is about the relationships that you develop within the industry.  I think I know someone in just about every state in this country through being a member of the LPGA.  I still stay in contact with so many people from east to west, north to south.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part is the true friendships that I have developed with other members.  People who work hard and share their experiences, good and bad, and do all they can to help others be successful.

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

My advice would be to get involved in any way that you can.  Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, meet & greets, whatever you can.  To just be a member and not take advantage of getting to know other members doesn’t do you any good, nor does it do anything for the Association.  Step up and host an event of some kind.  Add value and you will get value.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

I love everything about the game.  I love that it is not just a game but a culture, a lifestyle.  The places it has taken me and the people it has allowed me to meet.

Additional Information:

I have had the privilege to experience so many things that have had the connection to golf.  I have hosted a radio show, caddied in a PGA tournament, worked at public, semi-private, private, and resort facilities.  I have even owned my own driving range/family fun center. I’ve met legends of the game, celebrities, and people who have had amazing lives. Golf has provided me with a good life in many beautiful locations, and created many lifelong friendships, which I treasure more than anything.

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Michele Conte

 

Where you live:

Coral Springs, FL

 

Where do you work & what you do: 

Conte’s Palm Aire Golf Academy Owner and Director of Instruction

I have had my Golf Academy at Palm Aire for 23 years along with my husband, Stephen, who is a PGA member. We have three wonderful children and 4 dogs.

 

How long have you been an LPGA member?

20 years

 

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Great experience, met many super LPGA peers!

 

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

Honored to be part of the LPGA which consists of many wonderfully smart and talented women.

 

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part of membership is the continuing education, the camaraderie, and support from fellow LPGA members .

 

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

It’s a great organization of woman and you will have the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount of information pertaining to the business profession we have chosen .

 

What do you love most about the game of golf?

Golf is a fantastic game that I have played since I was three. Not only did I have a wonderful childhood and high school career playing in tournaments but this sport also allowed me to achieve a full ride scholarship to Lynn University and then start my career as a Golf Professional which has blessed me with many opportunities and given me the chance to help others on this journey.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness.” Mother Teresa

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Melanie Mark

 

Where you live:

Sebastian, FL

 

Where do you work & what you do:

I am a retired Golf Course Superintendent and currently working as an independent Golf Instructor at Sebastian Municipal Golf Course.

 

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I joined the LPGA T& CP membership in 2014

 

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

 I am currently a Class B instructor in pursuit of Class A attainment by December 2019

The process of becoming a member and a certified Class A instructor has been very exciting, interesting, challenging at times, and extremely rewarding.

 

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

Being a member of the LPGA means authentic credibility. Being a member of such a world class organization is not taken lightly, not by the members and not by the public at large. LPGA members are seriously engaged and passionate about creating a positive golfing experience for ALL golfers of ALL skill levels and growing the game of golf, particularly for women.

 

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The opportunity for continued education, networking through several medias and visiting / observing other LPGA instructors, which ultimately creates wonderful new contacts and friendships.

 

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

GO FOR IT! The experience will enrich your life in ways you’ve never even thought of….

Thank you!…. to all of  the educators, administrators, officers and members for creating and carrying on a world class organization for women!!