Hands First Method Wins Hands Down

 

by Diane Cody

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – Minnesota native, Barbara Moxness, won the Senior Division of the 2018 T&CP National Championship, held on Pinehurst No. 8 in August.  It wasn’t her first win in that division – she also won in 2012 – and it probably won’t be her last.  But in some ways, it may just be her most satisfying.  Not only did Moxness outplay everyone in the Senior Division, which includes competitors age 50 and over, but she beat every player in every division in the entire National Championship, finishing with the lowest 54-hole total, a 4-under-par 212!

Moxness is no stranger to tournament play.  She qualified for the LPGA Tour in 1978, finishing in the top ten in all LPGA Majors including the USGA Women’s Open, The Nabisco Dinah Shore, The LPGA Championship and The DuMaurier Classic. She had three second-place finishes and ranked 18th on the money list in 1982.  But something was missing.  “Why didn’t I compete better?” lamented Moxness.  “I was frustrated and started to lose my love for the game.”   She left the tour in 1986 to raise her family.

Shortly thereafter, she met San Diego golf teacher, AJ Bonar, whose unconventional approach to teaching the golf swing turned her game around.  She shot a 67 in the first competitive round she played after using what he taught her.

“You need to understand how the brain works,” explains Moxness.  “Forty-two percent of brain allocation goes to your hands.  What are your hands going to do with this club?”

The “Moxie Process,” which involves focusing on your hands vs. hips or other body parts during the swing, is explained in her book, Golf from the Inside Out.  “The book defines the physical, psychological and spiritual parts of golf,“ says Moxness.  “The athlete is there; it’s a matter of bringing it out.”

The Shirley Spork Super-Senior Award

Moxness’ 2018 Senior Division win included another accolade: she also picked up the coveted Shirley Spork Super-Senior Award, which recognizes players aged 65+.  The award was established at the 2009 T&CP National Championship by LPGA Founder, Shirley Spork.

“Creating the Super Senior Division allows more active coaches and teachers to participate,” said Spork.  “I would even like to see a Super-Super Senior category for ages 66+ or 70+.  We have to recognize all our coaches and teachers, no matter what age, and encourage them to keep playing in our tournaments.”

This dual win was the first occurrence since the inception of the Super-Senior award, which is a strong testimony to the effectiveness of the “Moxie Process,” perhaps proving that anyone of any age can play to their potential by using Moxness’ hands-first method.  “It’s fun to teach this way!” adds Moxness.

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Mallott to be inducted into Toledo Golf Hall of Fame

Martha Mallott

A storied career on the links will be recognized on Monday in Toledo as Defiance’s Martha Mallott will be inducted to the Toledo Golf Hall of Fame at a Toledo Country Club reception following a scramble fundraiser.

Mallott, who has been inducted into the Defiance College and Defiance High School Athletic Hall of Fames, has a litany of accomplishments considered for the award from a playing and coaching career spanning four decades.

“I was so excited when I was called and told that I would be inducted into this year’s Toledo Hall of Fame,” said Mallott, who coached golf at DHS for 14 years and four seasons at Defiance College. “To think that a little girl from Defiance could come to Toledo and compete and end up being inducted in its Golf Hall of Fame is really overwhelming.

“Another meaningful part of this is that I am being inducted with Sally Robinson, who was a contemporary with me while playing golf in the Toledo Women’s District Golf Association. She and I had great battles on the golf course while I was still playing in the District. What an honor to be inducted at the same time as Sally.”

Mallott has won 12 tournaments in the Defiance area while claiming 10 Toledo Women’s District championships and being named District Player or Co-player of the Year five times. Mallott also finished as runner-up in the 1998 Ohio Women’s State Amateur tournament while qualifying for the USGA Girls Junior in 1975 and the USGA Women’s Amateur in 1998.

Mallott’s journey through the golf ranks has been equally as notable when her name is not on the leaderboard as the DHS grad served as Eagle Rock Golf Club’s head professional for almost four years and has been a site director for 15 years for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Organization, this year heading things up at Inverness Club in Toledo and at White Pines Golf Course in Swanton.

Having also served as First Tee coach for five years at Auglaize and White Pines, Mallott will add to her hardware following Monday’s honors, joining her 2017 LPGA Midwest Section Junior Leader Award.

Mallott’s impact on the local golf scene is unquestioned after helping found the Ohio Women’s Open Championships 12 years ago, which had a record 83 players and 20 pro-am teams at the most recent group in June. Mallott, a previous tournament and executive director is now vice president of the championship tournament.

“I have so many people to thank for my success in the game and the love of the game,” lauded Mallott. “This honor is for many people to share. Of course I had my parents’ support and my mom was able to go to so many of my matches in Toledo and she even traveled with me when I went to some national tournaments in my later years.

“Many professionals worked with me from the time I was quite young until I stopped competing. I also have to thank coaches who made an impact on me and helped mold my competitiveness and perseverance on the golf course. As I said, this is an honor for many people to share, including my family and the Defiance community which was so supportive of me as a player and as a teaching and club professional.”

Mallott currently works and gives lessons at White Pines while also giving lessons at Auglaize Golf Course, The Golf Shop in Napoleon and at Crosswinds Golf Club in Perrysburg.

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Robin Boretti

Where you live:

Wellington, Florida

Where do you work & what you do:

PGA/LPGA Head Golf Professional at The Club at Ibis

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Class A since 1996

How was the process of becoming a member for you? 

Simple and straightforward

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

Being an LPGA member is an honor. The LPGA brand opens to the golf industry. I particularly enjoy playing in the events although they often conflict with my work demands so I do not get to play nearly as much as I would like.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The networking possibilities are terrific. I also think that the webinar sessions offer a great way to get Continuing Education Units without taking me away from my responsibilities by traveling to a destination seminar. The topics of these webinars has been a good broad range.

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

I would recommend that they dive in and don’t wait. Get on the train and keep it moving. They will be very happy that they did.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

I love the instructional part of the game. Seeing someone’s ball flight change or just getting them to get it up in the air is so very rewarding. Growing the game is truly important to all of us. Juniors and women in golf are the future and I love that I am a Head Professional in this wonderful business.

Final Round Results and Story – 2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship

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EISWERTH WINS PLAYOFF IN PINEHURST DEBUT

University of North Florida women’s golf assistant coach Stephanie Eiswerth (Fleming Island, Fla.) felt confident teeing it up at Pinehurst No. 8 this week, despite it being her first time competing at the LPGA T&CP National Championship.

 With temperatures hitting the 90s at Pinehurst on Wednesday, 54-holes wasn’t quite enough for the final grouping of Eiswerth, two-time LPGA winner Jimin Kang (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Assistant Golf Professional at Winchester Country Club Seul-Ki Park (Winchester, Mass.).

A trio of pars on the first extra hole (18) took the playoff to the par-5 17th where Eiswerth stuck her third shot inside three-feet to finish out with a birdie and take the win in her debut.

“That was very exciting, but very stressful,” Eiswerth said. “I kept leaving putts short, the first time on 18 I blew the putt like 20 feet by and I made that one. Then again, on 18 the second time I left it short and so that was stressful. It was so much fun though. We all played really well, it was a battle the entire round. I’m obviously happy to go out on top in my first try.”

Eiswerth, maiden name Connelly, competed on the Symetra Tour collecting four top-10 finishes before she turned her attention to teaching where she now coaches for UNF and is a Class A LPGA teaching professional. Her one LPGA start came at the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, and she said is looking forward to a second try at the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

“It’s always a dream when you start playing as a little girl to have that major moment. That major feeling. To be able to have that opportunity, I’m very excited. It’s going to be a very good test, it’s going to be tough I’m going to have to put a lot of work into it to get ready. I want to perform when I get there.”

TICKETS PUNCHED TO HAZELTINE

The top-eight finishers in the Championship division all earned spots in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota: Eiswerth, Kang, Park, Alison Curdt (Reseda, Calif.), Ashley Grier (Springfield, Penn.), Wendy Doolan (Lakeland, Fla.), Nicole Jeray (Berwyn, Ill.) and Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.).

Curdt, a PGA Master Professional in Instruction and LPGA Class A Member, is excited to be making her third straight trip to the major championship, “It feels great,” she said. “I definitely wanted to go play that golf course, because it’s a notable one. I always want to try to make it back to KPMG each year. This is one of the toughest fields, the competition gets better and better each year, the golf courses are getting harder. It’s very challenging each year, so I’m really proud to persevere today.”

Curdt, Grier, Doolan and Coe all made appearances at the major championship in July at Kemper Lakes based on their finishes at last year’s National Championship.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION RESULTS

  Player To Par Score
1 Stephanie Eiswerth -2 73-72­-69—214

*won with birdie on second playoff hole

T2 Jimin Kang -2 72-71-71—214
T2 Seul-Ki Park -2 72-73-69—214
4 Alison Curdt +5 76-72-73—221
5 Ashley Grier +8 73-75-76—224
6 Wendy Doolan +9 76-74-75—225
7 Nicole Jeray +10 76-73-77—226
8 Joanna Coe +11 78-72-77—227

LOCAL HIRST GOES BACK-TO-BACK IN CHALLENGE DIVISION
Defending champion Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) struggled on the front nine on Wednesday, but three birdies on the back nine were enough to blow away the Challenge division field with a final round 77. Hirst locked in back-to-back division wins beating out Joellyn Crooks (+22) (Fuquay Varina, N.C.) by 11 strokes.

“I’m very excited,” Hirst said. “My front nine was crazy, I was like a different person I didn’t swing well this morning at all. Then, I finally found my footing again on the back nine. So, it was very exciting to have hung in there on the front nine and come back and play well.”

Hirst is a Teaching Professional at the nearby Country Club of Whispering Pines and had her family and friends with her all week cheering her on to victory.

“It’s very special. We had a good time out there. I played well for three days, and I’m proud of myself for hanging in there. And to get the win at home is fantastic.”

CHALLENGE DIVISION RESULTS

  Player To Par Score
1 Charlaine Hirst +11 76-74-77—227
2 Joellyn Crooks +22 78-81-79—238
3 Liz Cooper +23 82-77-80—239
4 Susan Fasoldt +24 82-77-81—240
5 Christie Quinn +26 80-81-81—242

MOXNESS MASTERS NO. 8 AND WINS SENIOR DIVISION

It’s been six years since Barbara Moxness (Edina, Minn.) won the Senior division at the 2012 LPGA T&CP National Championship, but in her first time playing Pinehurst No. 8 she was firing on all cylinders. Moxness, who played on the LPGA Tour between 1978 and 1986, had just one bogey on the card in her final round 69 to finish with the lowest 54-hole total across all three divisions a 4-under par 212.

“I hit it close today, so I could make some putts,” Moxness said. “You have to on these greens. If you get long putts you feel fortunate to two-putt, because the greens are just so difficult. It feels great to win. I won it in 2012, but it feels better this time I actually played very well and I’m happy with that.”

Moxness, an LPGA T&CP Life member and founder/owner of the Moxie Golf Academy, topped 2017 Senior division champion Cathy Johnston-Forbes (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) by 11 strokes. Both ladies will be teeing it up at the 2018 and 2019 Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort, and Moxness is looking forward to her trip to French Lick, Indiana, “It’s a really good event,” she said. “A good golf course and a great competition. It’s going to be wonderful.”

The top five finishers in the Senior division qualify for the 2019 Senior LPGA 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.

SENIOR DIVISION RESULTS

  Player To Par Score
1 Barbara Moxness -4 72-71-69—212
2 Cathy Johnston-Forbes +7 73-77-73—223
T3 Barbara Scherbak +10 79-74-73—226
T3 Laurie Rinker +10 76-75-75—226
T5 Teresa Ishiguro +13 74-76-79—229
T5 Joy Bonhurst +13 73-78-78—229
T5 Donna Andrews +13 75-77-77—229

NOTABLE QUOTES

Stephanie Eiswerth, on her win:

“It’s exciting to be out here, I don’t play much anymore now that I’m coaching. So, it’s fun to be back in to competition with the excitement and stress of it. It’s cool, I appreciate being able to be out here. And it was nice to have my husband [Adam] on the bag keeping me calm.”

Eiswerth, on being a mentor to her UNF players:

“I hope to be a good example and play well. I’m kind of feisty, so it makes me take a step back and remember to take it one shot at a time, which is what I tell them all the time. I hope that they’re proud of me, and that I did a good job for them and represented UNF well.”

Charlaine Hirst, on her celebration plans:

“The family will probably go and have a bite to eat out to celebrate, I’m not cooking tonight.”

Member Spotlight: Sofie Aagaard

Sophie

Current position/work:

“Head Coach Women’s Golf at Cal Poly” 

LPGA Member since:

“2015. Currently Class B Member.”

What does your day look like?

“As a college Golf coach Monday looks like any other day! Variety is one of the great things I appreciate about my job. At some point during the day I will see my team in practice, at workouts, and/or in a meeting. When I’m not with my team, I spend my work day in the office planning and scheming for how to support my players individual growth. I help them develop skills and use the tools they already have.”

Who was your idol growing up?

“Annika Sörenstam”

What are you obsessed with right now?

“Essential oils.”

What do you wish you would have known 10 years ago?

“That everything will be OK and if it isn’t, I have the energy and power to make it OK.” 

What was the last time you tried something new?

“I tried a group fitness sculpt class a couple of months ago.”

What books would you say have had the biggest influence in your life? 

“One more day- Mitch Albom”

What do you most want to be known for?

“Positivity and making people around me happy.”

What’s next for you?

“Finishing up level 3 and become a class A member!”

First Round Summary – 2017 LPGA T&CP National Team Championship

Monday, December 4, 2017: Great start to the 2017 LPGA T&CP National Team Championship…  Leaders in the Clubhouse are the Team of Jean Bartholomew and Liselotte Neumann with a round of 65.

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Below is the complete First Round Summary:

Place Name

Front

Back

Total

1 Bartholomew, Jean

33

32

65

  Neumann, Liselotte      
2 Dormann, Dana

33

34

67

  Hurst, Pat      
3 Folquet, Malia

34

34

68

  Imrie, Kathryn      
T4 Ferguson, Stefanie

35

34

69

  Andonian-Smith, S.      
T4 DePaulo, Lisa

35

34

69

  Alcott, Amy      
T6 Cusimano, Dede

35

35

70

  Brower, Laurie      
T6 Hennessy, Julie

37

33

70

  Jones, Marjorie      
T6 Bonhurst, Joy

36

34

70

  Grimes, Lisa      
T9 Samp, Kristen

35

36

71

  Atsedes, Lori      
T9 Umeck, Gina

36

35

71

  Curdt, Alison      
T9 Gustafson, Peggy

37

34

71

  Teno, Christa      
T9 Johnston-Forbes, C.

37

34

71

  Palli, Anne-Marie      
T9 Jacobs, Mary

36

35

71

  Walla, Kristin      
T14 Hill, Carolyn

36

36

72

  Austin, Sally      
T14 Davis, Marlene

37

35

72

  Tyler, Laura      
T14 Cully, Jennifer

36

36

72

  Bozarth, Marci      
T17 Finney, Allison

36

37

73

  Drew, Heather      
T17 Davis, Beverley

37

36

73

  Nevatt, Linda      
T19 Rule, Shelly

37

37

74

  Fischer, Jamie      
T19 Preisinger, Carol

38

36

74

  Tombs, Tina      
T19 Quayle, Jessica

37

37

74

  Heinmert, Rebecka      
T19 Gatherum, Carol

38

36

74

  Furst, Judy      
T19 Kirsch, Peggy

36

38

74

  Edelen, Cathy      
T24 Bates, Dana

39

36

75

  Lawrence, Mary      
T24 Hanley, Shannon

39

36

75

  Zamprelli, Debbie      
T24 Spooner, Kelley

38

37

75

  Ishiguro, Teresa      
T24 Salmon, Bobbi

38

37

75

  Palmer, Sandra      
T28 Holt, Jennifer

38

38

76

  Lehmann Vatcher, C.      
T28 Quinn, Christie

38

38

76

  Young, Loretta      
T28 Zamboni, Teresa

37

39

76

  Henderson, Nancy      
T28 Bradley, Rebecca

39

37

76

  King, Debby      
T28 King, Elena

38

38

76

  Ritchie, Mary      
33 Clark, Kerri

42

35

77

  Arnold-Langley, Keri      
T34 Milord, Rio

42

37

79

  Nelson, Audrey      
T34 McCammon, Cherie

41

38

79

  Hillyard, Laurie      
T36 Marquis, Patti

39

41

80

  Dunphy, Karyn      
T36 Schindler, Kiernan

41

39

80

  Palacios-Jansen, K.      
T36 Coleman, Kimberly

40

40

80

  Kern, Jennifer      
T39 Graham, Gail

43

38

81

  Moore, Mindy      
T39 Eckes, Dixie

40

41

81

  Szekely, Erin      
41 Rundell, Rachelle

41

42

83

  Jeffries, Nicola      
42 Lynd, Julie

45

42

87

  Chamberlain, Marge      
43 Ekfeldt, An Marie

43

51

94

  Katsumata, Mie    

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Nicole Weller

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Nicole Weller

Where you live:

Savannah GA

Where you work & what you do:

The Landings Club, Head Teaching Professional (create, organize, host golf schools, clinics, new golfer league, guest speakers and golf instruction / youth golf programming as well as instruct over 700-800 lessons/year for adults and children)

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

Started the process in the late 90’s and member for over 16 years

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I entered into both the PGA and LPGA programs at the same time. Lots of studying at that time!  I loved my NEP1 experience… Carol Presinger made it really fun. I had heard and read a lot about her and took my NEP at her facility and she was so nice, I’ll never forget that first experience and enjoyed meeting new lady professionals in the making as well.  Carol also had an incredible spread of snacks J  I went to class there at City Club Marietta and then again for the Level 1 test and took other levels at LPGA International and tested at World Golf Village as well.  I remember the awesome camaraderie at LPGA International and being able to go outdoors and learn how to teach outdoors rather than just in a classroom or thought videos.  Real hands-on experience was fun… helping each other, hitting shots eyes closed or lefty… I recommend going through the LPGA Teaching Education programs for everyone who wants to be a well-rounded teacher, even for men.

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

I love being part of a bigger ‘sisterhood’ who share the sincere desire to learn and not just go to something for the points/credits.  Sharing ideas, reconnecting with those who can discuss similar experiences and are so giving of their time to help each other makes me feel like I’m a part of something very special.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

I love being connected to all ladies who like golf for various reasons… club professionals, teachers, Tour players.  We ARE the Ladies Professional Golf Association.  Love being a Girls Golf Site Director (my chapter in Knoxville gave me some of the best volunteer friends and memories of my life!) and love the support that HQ always provides no matter what.  They’re a great team of leaders!

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

Welcome to a great group of ladies who love golf and love helping other people with their golf!  Enjoy the process, network and make new friends and acquaintances and experience all the Summits / Workshops / Tournaments that you are able to… it’s special!