Member Spotlight: Gina Umeck

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Current position/work:

“Head Women’s Golf Coach, CSUN.”

LPGA Member since:

“2016”

What does your day look like?

“Up at 5:30 every day – either morning practice at 7am or some meditation before heading to the office. I pepper in a 3-mile run twice a week. I’m a mega-introvert, and love my quiet time.”

Who was your idol growing up?

“Many idols, and in adulthood, likewise many mentors. I’d give the “idol” distinction to JFK, though I’m quite politically neutral. His book “Profiles In Courage” is a bastion of political ethics; of doing what’s right when it’s not convenient. Some really great anecdotes in that book.”

What are you obsessed with right now?

“My cat, Aretha Franklin. Now and always (duh). And funky belts.”

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

“That you can’t choose a wrong path.”

What was the last time you tried something new?

“Stone crab that Angela brought home. I’m emphatically anti-seafood.”

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

“Entered UCLA as an American Lit major, so I gotta throw it way back to Moby-Dick. If you can get past the syntactical complexity of it, there is SO much in that novel. Shakespearean influence, human psychology, the search for God. Ridiculously ahead of its time. And I loved that period in American Lit.”

What book have you gifted the most?

“Malcolm Gladwell’s books get passed around a lot.”

What do you most want to be known for?

That I cared.”

What’s next for you?

“Isn’t that always a surprise? ;)”

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Member Spotlight: Molly James

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Current position/work: 

“Teaching Professional at Windsor Golf Club.”

LPGA Class A Member since:

“1995. PGA Member since 1995.” 

What does your day look like?

“A normal teaching day for me consists of a playing lesson from 8-10 am followed by 3-4 private lessons. I take a break from 2-4 pm when I get into “mom-mode” to pick up the kids from school. I live across the street from the course so I usually walk back to teach my group classes from 5-7 pm.”

Who was your idol growing up?

“My idol growing up was Babe Didrikson Zaharias. In fact, I dressed up like her for Halloween one year and I am pretty sure none of my friends knew who I was. “Babe” was an amazing athlete and successful not only at golf but other sports as well. I played many sports growing up and truly believe she is one of the greatest female athletes of all time.”

What are you obsessed with right now?

“Right now I wouldn’t say I have any obsessions but I am very interested in fitness and keeping myself healthy and strong. I turned the dreaded 50 a couple of years ago and started Cross-Fit and absolutely love it!

I walk my two dogs every day and I also play indoor soccer. I played soccer in college and it is great to be back competing in my first sport. I feel so my stronger in my 50s than I did in my 40s because how active I’ve become. It certainly helps to hit the ball farther and I love to pass on my strength tips to my students.”

What was the last time you tried something new?

“I am a creature of habit so I don’t try a lot of new things. I still have the same clubs I bought for myself when my youngest daughter was born in 2004. I love them and they work great! Why change? I joined the coaching staff at Sonoma State University a few years ago and absolutely loved it. It was a huge change from teaching and I look forward to going back someday when I have more time. Right now it is too challenging to try to juggle kids and the travel schedule of a collegiate team.”

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

“I am embarrassed to say I’ve never been a huge reader! Sorry Mom! I love to watch movies and I read a lot of articles on just about every subject. When I first started teaching golf, Dr. Dede Owens gave me her series of golf instruction handbooks and I read them cover to cover. She signed them for me and wrote a great note inside… I will treasure them forever!”

What do you most want to be known for?

“I am really passionate about what I do and sometimes take on too much of the emotions of my students, but I would really like to be known as the golf teacher who truly cared.

I love what I do and will never stop trying to help someone succeed. Balancing my schedule with being a wife and mother has been a juggle at times. Raising kids is a team effort. My husband is also a coach and we work great together. Our daughters are growing up to be very strong and independent women and this is partially due to the fact that they see the passion I have for my profession.”

What’s next for you?

“The “magic question” is what’s next? I have been in the golf business for almost 30 years and don’t see an end to it anytime soon! I love what I do and don’t think I can hangup my spikes anytime soon! I really look forward to when my husband can retire and the kids grow up so we can travel and play golf!”

 

Member Spotlight: Erin Menath

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Current position/work:

“Assistant Center Manager, ClubFitter and Coach

GOLFTEC Bellevue WA”

LPGA Member since:

“2008”

What does your day look like?

“My typical work day consists of 10-15 scheduled lessons either indoors or out.  During the winter months I mostly focus on large swing changes with my students.  Throughout the Spring we are working on transitioning the new swing to the course; as well as tightening up the short game.  This is when I also make sure each student has a solid set of clubs and that each club in their bag is not hindering their improvement or success.  Most of my club fitting fits into this portion of the year.  Throughout the summer we work on managing emotions on the course and PLAYing the game.  Outside of work I am kept very busy chasing after our 2 year old son.”

Who was your idol growing up?

“Gabrielle Reece, professional Beach Volleyball player.  She championed women’s strength and wellness.”

What are you obsessed with right now?

“Mountain Biking is certainly an obsession of mine!  Its a wonderful escape, seriously good exercise and an effective and powerful outlet to blow off steam.  It’s all about being present in the current moment. Rolling with it.  Going with the flow. Everything else, all the crap that life can throw your way, is magically blurred out.”

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

    • “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Life and it’s challenges are all uncomfortable.  So get comfortable with that.
    • Rest before you are tired! (lessons of life with a 2 year old)
    • Dont take yourself too seriously (working on this).  At the end of the day we are all ants trying to chase the same things.  Lighten up and have some fun.”

What was the last time you tried something new?

“I broke my back, compression fracture, snowboarding 16 years ago and have been fearful of getting back on the slopes.  My wife is an incredible skier and she wanted our son to learn at a young age.  This year, he and I both got up on the hill skiing.  I’ve fallen back in love with snow sports!”

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

“Influence: Malcom Gladwell’s books: The Tipping Point and Outliers.”

Gifted: My mother-in-law, S.J. McCormack, authored a book called NightWitch.  “Farm girl to aviator in the heroic WWII Russian flying unit the Germans called the Night Witches…” 

What do you most want to be known for?

“At the end of my life, I hope that people think of me as being a kind and loving individual, mom and wife.”

What’s next for you?

“My individual career long term goals are to continue growing as a coach/mentor and furthering my knowledge on Biomechanics and Golf Science. “

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Member Spotlight: Debby King

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Name:  

“Debby King”

Current position/work:  

“Co-Owner/The Kingdom of Golf Experience School”

LPGA Member since:

 “1995”

What does your day look like?

“My days are quite different now. I used to operate a 9-hole golf course for the city for the past 10 years. My last day at that job was December 31st. Now I am operating my golf school full time, even though it has been in existence for 5 years.  It  was basically dormant as my job as Head Professional & General Manager at the golf course took precedence. I have to humbly say my golf school is probably the most unique golf school ever! It is located on the bottom floor of my home. Each day has been different so far in 2018: Mondays are usually filled with a local tournament or pro-am, Tuesdays are attending to marketing and social media; Wednesdays & Thursdays will be teaching private and small group lessons for my golf school and Fridays & Saturdays I have partnered with a local public golf course in which to teach my larger group lessons, PGA Junior League, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and other programs of that nature; and Sundays are usually my day off.”

Who was your idol growing up?

“I never really had an idol. I had many influential people throughout my life who I admired along the way. I have been very blessed with the many people golf has introduced me to.”

What are you obsessed with right now?

“Building a golf simulator for my golf school.”

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

“How literally almost everything works out for the best, so quit worrying!!!”

What was the last time you tried something new?

“5 years ago my business partner and I designed and built a home business golf school from the ground up. We are on a 1/4 acre piece of land. We live upstairs and the golf school is downstairs which includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, wet bar and a living area and a golf studio. Our backyard has a 1,500 sq.ft. putting green, 3 target greens and a bunker. The studio is equipped with work-out equipment, pro-shop merchandise and soon to have its own golf simulator. This adventure was built with finances and love acquired from family members we lost to cancer. It is a true memorial to them.”

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

“Most recently I have enjoyed “The Impact Zone” by Bobby Clampett and “Be a Player” by Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilson. Other books I enjoyed which are more philosophical would be “Days of Awe and Wonder” by Marcus Borg and “You Gotta Keep Dancing” by Tim Hansel. The book I have gifted the most would be “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect” by Dr. Bob Rotella.”

What do you most want to be known for?

“Fun-loving, generous and a great golf instructor!”

What’s next for you?

“To be more involved in charitable organizations. An organization close to my heart is St. Vincent’s Home for homeless teenage girls.”

Member Spotlight: Jenn Holt

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Jenn Holt, Class A LPGA since 2012. 

Independent Teacher at Murrieta Valley Golf Range (home of Rickie Fowler).

My average day: I have morning private lessons with varied adults and few hour lunch break. I then go back to teach private half hour lessons with kids after they get out of school. On Friday mornings I volunteer teaching golf to the adults who have developmental disabilities, which I really enjoy. On Friday afternoons I take a group of high school girls out on the course for 2 hours. Weekends are my busiest time with loyal students who have had the same time for a few years. I work 7 days a week but keep Monday mornings to myself.

My idol growing up was Bjorn Borg. I found him to be so strong and stoic. Every time I was in a golf tournament as a child and wasn’t happy I had a picture of Borg in my bag and would remember his stoicism and fashioned myself after him. No crying for me!

I’m obsessed with my new Run Keeper app that allows you to track how far you walk, run or ride a bike. You make your goals and it keeps track. I am on a walking team with my mom so even though we live far apart we have a team goal to walk 1,000 miles in 2018. It sure gets me out walking!

Who I wish I knew 10 years ago: My best friend Chris Vatcher. I met her 5 years ago at the LPGA Level 1 training in Florida. I would of really appreciated her friendship 10 years ago as I was a newly divorced and a struggling single mom with three kids. I enjoy talking to her often as we are both teaching professionals in Southern California.  We help each other out and talk about how to improve our lessons.

The last time I tried something new was when I went to the Blast Certification Training to learn about using Blast in my lessons. That’s new to me since I am not a techie. Blast is a great tool for golf!

The book that is been most influential to me is called Soul Survivor by Phillip Yancey. It opened my eyes, my mind and my heart at a time when I was very regimented in my thinking towards my faith. It pointed me into a new, more freeing direction in my life. However, when I gift books I really try to think of that person and what would appeal to them, so what book I gift is different each time.

I would like to be known and remembered as being a kind, patient and gentle person that really cares about each person she encounters. I really try hard each day when I teach to be in the present and figure out what each student needs individually that would make their day happier. I want to be there to listen to them.

What’s next for me: I will continue to teach golf, and if I’m really inspired and the stars align I would like to have a kids intensive golf training academy.

To learn more about Jenn and book a lesson, check out her website.

 

 

Final Round Summary – 2017 LPGA T&CP Team Championship

Place Golfer Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Total Purse
(per Team)
1 Dormann, Dana 67 59 126* $6,000
Hurst, Pat
2 Bartholomew, Jean 65 61 126* $5,000
Neumann, Liselotte
3 Bonhurst, Joy 70 58 128 $4,000
Grimes, Lisa
4 Ferguson, Stefanie 69 60 129 $3,000
Andonian-Smith, S.
T5 Umeck, Gina 71 59 130 $2,250
Curdt, Alison
T5 Johnston-Forbes, C. 71 59 130 $2,250
Palli, Anne-Marie
7 DePaulo, Lisa 69 62 131 $1,500
Alcott, Amy
8 Hennessy, Julie 70 62 132 $1,200
Jones, Marjorie
9 Jacobs, Mary 71 62 133 $1,000
Walla, Kristin
T10 Samp, Kristen 71 63 134 $ 850
Atsedes, Lori
T10 Cusimano, Dede 70 64 134 $ 850
Brower, Laurie
12 Finney, Allison 73 62 135 $ 700
Drew, Heather
T13 Preisinger, Carol 74 62 136 $ 550
Tombs, Tina
T13 Folquet, Malia 68 68 136 $ 550
Imrie, Kathryn
T15 Gustafson, Peggy 71 66 137 $134
Teno, Christa
T15 Cully, Jennifer 72 65 137 $134
Bozarth, Marci
T15 Salmon, Bobbi 75 62 137
Palmer, Sandra
18 Rule, Shelly 74 64 138
Fischer, Jamie
T19 Hill, Carolyn 72 67 139
Austin, Sally
T19 Davis, Marlene 72 67 139
Tyler, Laura
Place Golfer Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Total Purse
           
T21 Hanley, Shannon 75 65 140
Zamprelli, Debbie
T21 Kirsch, Peggy 74 66 140
Edelen, Cathy
T23 Bates, Dana 75 66 141
Lawrence, Mary
T23 Quayle, Jessica 74 67 141
Heinmert, Rebecka
T23 Holt, Jennifer 76 65 141
Lehmann Vatcher, C.
26 Spooner, Kelley 75 67 142
Ishiguro, Teresa
T27 King, Elena 76 67 143
Ritchie, Mary
T27 Davis, Beverley 73 70 143
Nevatt, Linda
T29 Milord, Rio 79 65 144
Nelson, Audrey
T29 Gatherum, Carol 74 70 144
Furst, Judy
T31 Quinn, Christie 76 69 145
Young, Loretta
T31 Bradley, Rebecca 76 69 145
King, Debby
T31 Schindler, Kiernan 80 65 145
Palacios-Jansen, K.
34 Zamboni, Teresa 76 70 146
Henderson, Nancy
35 Clark, Kerri 77 70 147
Arnold-Langley, Keri
36 Graham, Gail 81 70 151
Moore, Mindy
37 Eckes, Dixie 81 71 152
Szekely, Erin
T38 Marquis, Patti 80 74 154
Dunphy, Karyn
T38 Lynd, Julie 87 67 154
Chamberlain, Marge
T40 Coleman, Kimberly 80 77 157
Kern, Jennifer
T40 McCammon, Cherie 79 78 157
Hillyard, Laurie
42 Rundell, Rachelle 83 75 158
Jeffries, Nicola
43 Ekfeldt, An Marie 94 69 163
Katsumata, Mie

 

 

* One Hole Sudden Death Playoff – Dormann/Hurst won

 

 

Pro-Am Results – 2017 LPGA T&CP National Team Championship presented by Volvik

Sunday, December 3, 2017: Palm Desert, CA – Beautiful Day at Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert, CA for the Pro-Am of the 2017 LPGA T&CP National Team Championship presented by Volvik.

Thank you to all the Amateurs and LPGA Professionals to support this event.

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