Alison Curdt is awarded PGA Teacher of the Year in Southern California

Alison Curdt has been recognized for her hard work the last few years, both receiving awards on a regional and national level in the LPGA. She will also be a speaker at the Las Vegas extravaganza. I caught up with her over the phone recently, and this is what she had to say.

Rebecka: I know you are currently working toward PsyD in clinical psychology. At the same time, you are teaching full-time, involved in the LPGA western section as vice-president, an officer in the Southern California PGA and you run a private practice along with being an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge. 

What motivates you to work hard and how do you have time for all of this?

I don’t have time, but I make time. I sacrifice time to do what I do, because I really enjoy what I’m doing. I also look at as my choice, and to me that’s empowering. 

Everything I do is a reflection of my brand and my character therefore it is important to me to be on time and to follow through with what I say. My tip is to say no to the things that I know I won’t be able to follow though on or exclude things from my life that don’t make me happy.

What would be your advice to someone who is starting out in the golf industry?

My advice is to surround yourself with successful people. Not only is it inspiring to have mentors but also it’s great to learn from people who have more experience. 

My other advice would be to continue to learn. Read different opinions, learn about other teaching strategies, philosophies and methods. It is all helpful and will help you grow. Also, be involved as much as possible. You’ll find out what you like and don’t like and that can help you narrow down your niche.

You are one of about 200 women who has both Pga and LPGA certifications. How do you feel that is setting you apart?

Both memberships have different connections, opportunities, and benefits.  With 30 000+ PGA members it is easy to get lost in the sea of golf professionals.  The LPGA has over 1500 members, and is known to having the best eduction for teachers. Having the benefit of both memberships puts me in a much smaller segment to succeed. It is also helpful for potential job opportunities as employees will see you have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to be a golf professional or teacher.

What have you done in your career that you would recommend more women to do?

Become a dual member. 

Strive for the continuing certifications in both organizations- e.g. Certified Professional and Master professional in the PGA and master professional in the LPGA. 

Participate as much as possible in what’s offered. 

Make time for seminars and tournaments because it helps you grow. Make friends with colleagues in the industry so you have a community that you can engage with and rely on.

Sounds like great advice! Congratulations Alison on being selected as the Southern California PGA Teacher of the year. She is the second female in the history of the Southern California Chapter to win the award. 

by Rebecka Heinmert, LPGA Western Section Secretary

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Gloria Armstrong to be Inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame after a Lifetime of Dedication to Teaching and Supporting the Game of Golf

11-gloria-armstrong2Gloria Armstrong joins an elite group of their peers as inductees to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame, established in 2000, is the highest honor given to teaching and club professional members for extraordinary membership service and leadership while contributing to the game of golf and the golf industry.

Gloria Armstrong has always been a teacher, albeit at first an unofficial one. She began on the fledgling LPGA Tour back in its beginnings from 1955-1966, becoming a member of the Teaching Division in 1958. Though she wasn’t a teacher or coach officially, several of her peers described her with the same word: “Unselfish”.

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2016 Section Of The Year Award Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Septamber 22, 2016 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected the recipients of annual section Teacher, Professional, Coach and Junior Golf Leadership awards. Each of the six sections of the LPGA T&CP—Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Western, and International—winners are selected by the Section Officers and Section Nominating Committee Chair annually in each of the four categories.

The LPGA T&CP National Awards Selection Committee will select the overall national award winner in each category from among the section award winners. The national winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2016 LPGA T&CP Section Award winners are as follows:

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Jennifer Bermingham “Can’t Beat the Experience”

originally published by PGA of America, June 12, 2016. 

LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Jennifer Bermingham, of Long Beach, California, will earn Low Club Professional honors this afternoon in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington.

Bermingham, the Director of Instruction at Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course, is the sole player among eight Club Professional qualifiers to play the weekend, and the first LPGA Teaching & Club Professional to make the cut in this championship since Karen Davies in 2007.

Playing in her first LPGA Tour event, Bermingham shot 72-76-76 over her first three rounds.

“It was definitely nerve-wracking and I just tried to stick to my routine,” said Bermingham, who earned a berth by tying for fourth in the 2015 LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals National Championship last August in Kissimmee, Florida.

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MESSAGE FROM THE VICE-PRESIDENT

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The Teaching & Education Committee is looking for members to host educational seminars for our section. If you have any topics you’d like to learn about, have a site you’d be willing to host at, or have a speaker that you think would be great for our members to hear please reach out to me with your ideas! I can be reached at alison@pga.com or you can call my cell at 562-981-4662.  Our goal is to put on at least one educational opportunity each quarter on hot topics that are pertinent to our industry. We are currently looking for topics and sites for summer and early fall. Also, please keep your calendars marked for our Regional Education Seminar in Las Vegas, NV, October 31-Nov 1. That weekend will be jam packed with playing opportunities, Pro-Am opportunities, and great speakers with a wealth of knowledge ready to share with you. Look forward to learning more with you!!

Warmly, 

Alison Curdt, PGA, LPGA

LPGA Western Section Vice-President