Marci Bozarth Wins 2017 LPGA Central Section Marilynn Smith Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., October 2, 2017 – Marci Bozarth, an assistant golf professional at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, is the 2017 recipient of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Central Section Marilynn Smith Service Award.

This prestigious award is given to the Central Section member who best exemplifies Marilynn Smith’s renowned spirit of giving and generosity. Previous honorees were Penny Zavichas, Peggy Gustafson, Marvol Barnard, Tina Tombs, and Kristie Fowler.

Bozarth currently serves as an assistant golf professional at Golf Club of Houston where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of two 18-hole courses, one public and the other private. She is also an instructor at the on-site Mike McGetrick Golf Academy.

An LPGA Class A member since 1998, Bozarth conducts more than 145 golf events each year for various charities and companies on the public Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston while she also organizes and manages more than 20 member golf events there annually. Bozarth served two terms as Central Section Vice-President from 2008-2011 and two terms as Central Section Secretary from 2004-2007.

“I am humbled and honored to even be nominated for such an award!” said Bozarth, who was LPGA Central Section ‘Professional of the Year’ in 2004, 2005 and 2013. “I do what I do out of my passion for the game of golf, and I don’t think twice about it. I work long hours and long weeks, as many of us do, because I love it. I have always approached my work with a servant’s heart, and I always do my best to find a way to say: ‘Yes—I can do that for you!’”

Congratulations, Marci Bozarth!

The Marilynn Smith Service Award was established in 2012 by the Central Section in recognition of the unlimited and outstanding service, time, and dedication demonstrated by Marilynn to the LPGA Central Section, the LPGA and the game of golf.

One of 13 LPGA Founders, Smith earned the nickname “Miss Personality” on the LPGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. She served as president of the LPGA from 1958 through 1960 and was instrumental in founding the teaching division in 1959 (now known as the LPGA T&CP) along with Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks and Barbara Rotvig.

Smith helps organize the all-women’s Marilynn Smith Golf Classic, which benefits the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and the Marilynn Smith Scholarship. In 1999, she established the Marilynn Smith Scholarship within The LPGA Foundation.

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Suzanne Noblett wins LPGA Midwest Section Goldie Bateson Service Award

Goldie Bateson was an active member of the LPGA and the first President of the Midwest Section. She was one of the original T&CP members who helped to provide the structure for our organization by developing the Constitution and By-Laws, the testing of teachers, establishing the different sections, and everything else to get the T&CP started.

The Goldie Bateson Service Award was established in 1992 in recognition of the unlimited and outstanding service, time and dedication demonstrated by Goldie Bateson to the LPGA Midwest Section, the LPGA, and the game of golf.

“I am truly honored to receive this high honor,” Suzanne Noblett said. “Goldie was a pioneer, not only in our Midwest Section, but also nationally for the LPGA.  Thank you to my peers and the LPGA for this honor; I have enjoyed serving my section and the LPGA, and I look forward to continuing to serve in the spirit of Goldie Bateson along with the many talented previous recipients of the award which bears her name.”

Suzanne Noblett has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Goldie Bateson Service Award.

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Women in Golf Wednesday! – Ashley Malaska Moss

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Name:  Ashley Malaska Moss

Where you live?

Mesa, Arizona

Where you work & what you do?

Director of Instruction at Mesa Country Club, Owner of Born2Golf, and Malaska Golf Instructor. I teach full-time and have spent the last year and a half developing Born2Golf and growing my own teaching

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

I have been a member since May of 2014 and received my Class A in December of 2016

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

This is how I really knew this was the right thing for me, because it was a really easy process. When I decided that I wasn’t going to pursue playing for a living, I knew I wanted to continue a career in golf. Since my father is a PGA professional, I knew that was an option, but felt as though I really didn’t want to ever be a Head Pro or work in a golf shop. As soon as I found out about the LPGA T&CP and how it focuses its curriculum on teaching and coaching, I registered immediately. I wanted to get through the program as quickly as I could so I could take advantage of all the wonderful things a Class A member gets to experience.

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

It’s a huge honor! It was a goal of mine ever since I began playing golf to be a member of the LPGA, I just thought it would be through playing on the LPGA Tour. I never, in a million years, thought I would end up teaching golf, since that’s what my dad does. I am proud to say that earning my LPGA Credentials through the T&CP actually means more to me than playing on tour, because I now know it’s where I was meant to end up. I feel as though my purpose in life is to be able to connect with people through helping them with their golf game and having that LPGA credibility has helped me with that.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

In this industry, sometimes it can feel like you are alone as a female, and it’s really nice that I have been able to meet other women all over the world that are a part of the same organization and doing the same things I am. I have still kept in contact with several of the women I went through the education program with, and I love getting to share ideas on how we can continue to grow the game.

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

Go for it! Immerse yourself completely and you won’t regret it. The more you can get involved, the more opportunities that you will find present themselves. If you are looking at a career in teaching or coaching, there is no better education program to learn from and help develop your confidence as a teacher. Everyone has been so nice and helpful along the way it’s really been such an amazing thing to be a part of. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and reach out to any local LPGA members for guidance and advice.

Additional Comments:

This is such an incredible game that gives us an opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life and leave a lasting impression. I love seeing more women take up the game and getting involved at every level. I will do whatever I can to grow the game and continue to change the world… one golf swing at a time!

Meet Fellow Members – Did you know?

 

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Lisa Storm – Reading, Cycling, Playing Pickleball

 

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Jennifer Tucker – Alpine Skiing, Mountain Biking, Pack Packing, Soccer, Sand Volleyball & Painting

 

Tracy Berman
Tracy Berman – Walking, Swimming, Hiking & Volunteer at Power Paws Assistance Dogs

 

Peggy Gustafson
Peggy Gustafson – Fishing in Alaska, Hiking, Reading & Continue to grow as an educator & ambassador for the game

 

 

 

 

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Kelly Cap

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Kelly Cap

Where you live?

Pinehurst, NC

Where do you work & what do you do?

I am the Owner of a Fitness, Sports and Therapy Studio in Whispering Pines, NC called TriMov. One of my main specialties is Golf Fitness and Biomechanics.

 How long have you been an LPGA member? 

I’ve been an LPGA T&CP Member since 2008. I was a part of the LPGA Tour as a Playing Professional from 2001 – 2007.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

When I stopped playing after the 2007 season, I began teaching at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. It was here that I began the process of becoming a part of the T&CP Division. I still wanted to be a part of the LPGA, and I knew that the Teaching Division had such a great reputation for developing great teachers. The education process is second to none and was certainly valuable in every aspect. Going through the process took a lot of patience because there was so much to learn. I really enjoyed quality of education that was presented. The wealth of knowledge at each education seminar from the staff members to everyone I met along the way. The other thing to mention about the process is that I had a lot of support from several Class A Members at the time. Everyone was so helpful and kind. They were there for me when I had questions along the way and offered so much encouragement

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

It has always been very special to be a part of the LPGA. I’m humbled to be a part  of such a group of great teachers and coaches who are so passionate about spreading the knowledge of the game, helping it grow.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

To have the chance to attend some great seminars, hear some great speakers and learn from each other. I also still enjoy being able to play in a tournament from time-to-time.

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

I would tell someone who is starting out, or thinking about it, that they are making one of the best decisions / career paths to enhance their development. And no matter which direction they wanted to take their education….teaching, managing, coaching, golf fitness, etc . . . the LPGA is one of the best. The best on how to communicate, listen treat your students as individuals, and most importantly provide a FUN environment for learning.

Additional Words of Wisdom:

 I’ve followed my passion for teaching by taking it indoors and blending it with my college education in Health Sciences and Fellowship in Biomechanics from The Gray Institute and my LPGA Teaching background to better enhance the lives of my students/clients/athletes. They are able to enjoy the game of golf with greater vitality and energy and even for some pain free. Working in a Fitness / Sports and Therapy training environment has enabled me to help each of my athletes play more enjoyable rounds of golf for the long run.

I’m certainly doing what I love to do and the LPGA has been such a big part of it!

LPGA Headquarters Closing due to Hurricane Irma

Due to the potentially dangerous Hurricane Irma, LPGA Headquarters will be closed Friday, September 8 at 12:00 pm EST through early next week. We anticipate all offices to be open again shortly.

We pray for all who may be in the path of Hurricane Irma. Please take this storm seriously as it appears imminent that it is going to head up the east coast of the US.

In the event of an emergency, please contact tcpmembership@lpga.com.

Take care and be safe.

The LPGA T&CP Team

2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship Final-Round Notes

LPGA T&CP National Championship
Mid-Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines, NC
Final-Round Notes | Sept. 6, 2017

Despite her 17-year career on the LPGA Tour, Wendy Doolan had never experienced the feeling of entering a final round with a lead. So it was understandable that the veteran player had some nerves entering Wednesday’s final round of the LPGA T&CP Championship, but she didn’t need to worry as she carded a final-round 74 to capture a five-shot victory, a $10,000 winner’s check and her first ever title in this championship.

“I feel grateful to be a part of the T&CP, and I feel grateful that there is an opportunity to play after my LPGA career and I’m enjoying the challenge of golf again,” Doolan said. “It’s nice to have my name on the trophy. I’m just more grateful to be a part of this organization and to have the opportunity to play again.”

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