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.

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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!

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.”

Second Round – 2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship

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Pinehurst No. 8 | Pinehurst, N.C. | Aug. 27-29, 2018

Second-Round Notes – Aug. 28, 2018

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LPGA WINNER KANG ON TOP AT PINEHURST

Through two rounds at the 2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship, a familiar face is on top of the leaderboard. Two-time LPGA winner Jimin Kang (Scottsdale, Ariz.) fired a one-under par 71 at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday and holds a one-shot lead in the Championship division over Seul-Ki Park (Winchester, Mass.) and Stephanie Eiswerth (Fleming Island, S.C.).

After being misdiagnosed and over-medicated for moderate allergies, Kang was forced to take time away from golf in 2013 and has been slowly mounting a comeback to the LPGA Tour while also working on her LPGA Class A teaching certification.

Kang’s first taste of LPGA golf in 2018 was at the Monday qualifier for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix, she missed qualifying by two strokes but left with a lot of confidence.

“I wasn’t really ready, but it was down the street, so I was like alright let me see if I can do something. Then, all the sudden I’m trying to get back on the Tour. It wasn’t really like I planned it, but then I saw myself and I could shoot low out there and I was like I know what I need to work on: consistency.”

Kang’s big personality was evident as she sat down to sign her scorecard after posting the low round of the day, and took a sigh of relief and said, “I don’t know what I shot, but progress!” If Kang keeps it rolling on Wednesday, she’ll have a chance to play in her first LPGA major since the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open.

The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour, which will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

2017 Championship division winner, Wendy Doolan (+6) (Lakeland, Fla.) got things back on track on Tuesday with a 2-over par 74 to sit in a tie for seventh heading into the final round. Ashley Grier (Springfield, Penn.) is looking to qualify for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for a second-straight year and is in good position to do so at 4-over par through two rounds.

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” Grier said, “and not think about anything different. It’s just one more round. I’m going to try to keep the exact same mindset, it’s been working so far.”

After 36-holes the field was cut to the top 70 players and ties.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Jimin Kang -1 72-71­—143
T2 Seul-Ki Park +1 72-73—145
T2 Stephanie Eiswerth +1 73-72—145
T4 Ashley Grier +4 73-75—148
T4 Alison Curdt +4 76-72—148
6 Nicole Jeray +5 76-73—149
T7 Joanna Coe +6 78-72—150
T7 Wendy Doolan +6 76-74—150

COE HOPES TO QUALIFY BACK-TO-BACK

Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.) had a busier Summer than usual after she Monday qualified into the ShopRite LPGA Classic outside her hometown in June. Coe, a PGA Professional at Baltimore Country Club, then played a few weeks later at the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes in July, thanks to her runner-up finish at the 2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

This week, Coe is playing for the first time at Pinehurst No. 8 and is drawing motivation from her experiences over the Summer to stay in the top eight.

“It was so cool to Monday qualify in my hometown,” Coe said. “Then I played in KPMG two weeks later, I felt like I was back on Tour with two LPGA events in June so that was super cool. I always like to test my game against the best in the world. Got to get one more good round in tomorrow and see what happens.”

LOCAL LOOKING FOR BACK-TO-BACK CHALLENGE DIVISION WINS
Defending champion in the Challenge division, Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) may have only played her fourth round of golf all year on Tuesday, but any rust she had wore off quickly as she posted a 6-over par 150 36-hole total. Hirst holds a nine-stroke lead over Liz Cooper (Woodbridge, Va.), Joellyn Crooks (Fuquay Varina, N.C.) and Susan Fasoldt (Sarasota, Fla.).

Hirst is a Teaching Professional at the nearby Country Club of Whispering Pines, and with her busy schedule doesn’t get to play a lot of golf but every year she relishes the opportunity to play the LPGA T&CP National Championship.

“I just love to compete, and this is my one time a year I do it,” Hirst said. “I don’t really get to prepare for it, but no matter where this event is it’s the one time I get to come travel and play tournament golf again. When I work with my students I have something to draw on and can speak from experience, not just that I played way back when.”

CHALLENGE DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Charlaine Hirst +6 76-74—150
T2 Liz Cooper +15 82-77—159
T2 Joellyn Crooks +15 78-81—159
T2 Susan Fasoldt +15 82-77—159
T5 Stephanie Peareth +17 83-78—161
T5 Christie Quinn +17 80-81—161

FORMER SENIOR DIVISION CHAMP ENJOYING PINEHURST TEST

Barbara Moxness (Edina, Minn.), who played on the LPGA Tour between 1978 and 1986, is playing Pinehurst No. 8 for the first time this week and is finding it to be a really fun challenge as she holds a five-shot lead over Kelley Brooke (Belle Harbor, N.Y.).

“I didn’t miss a green today,” Moxness said. “Just trying to figure out where to land it and what it’s going to do is the key, because these greens are really difficult.”

Moxness, an LPGA T&CP Life member and founder/owner of the Moxie Golf Academy, has good memories at French Lick Resort as it was the site of her 2012 Senior division win, and thanks to a T3 finish at this event in 2017 she is set to compete at the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship.

“Absolutely, I’m looking forward to playing. That’s a great event at French Lick, it’s one of the most difficult courses we play.”

The top five finishers in the Senior division will 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 LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Barbara Moxness -1 72-71—143
2 Kelley Brooke +4 74-74—148
T3 Kathleen Ricci +6 73-77—150
T3 Cathy Johnston-Forbes +6 73-77—150
T3 Teresa Ishiguro +6 74-76—150
T6 Joy Bonhurst +7 73-78—151
T6 Laurie Rinker +7 76-75—151

NOTABLE QUOTES

Jimin Kang, on her second round:

“All the instructors always say, ‘take it one shot at a time.’ I think that’s what I did today. I won’t say that I listened to my own advice, but I think that’s what happened.”

Charlaine Hirst, on playing close to home:

“I love this course, it’s one of my favorites in the area. Being local I’ve got a lot of friends in the area, and people that I work with and give lessons to so it’s fun to have them come out and watch me play. Being at home is always fun, sleeping in my own bed and getting to relax at home at the end of the day is always nice.”

Joanna Coe, on her second-round play:

“Definitely happy with the way I played today. I hit it so much better today, and I actually made some pretty good par saves. I hit it well, I probably could’ve shot a couple under, but you have to protect some of these putts you could slam some by that you don’t mean to. It’s hard to make birdies out here.” 

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2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship First-Round Notes

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Pinehurst No. 8 | Pinehurst, N.C. | Aug. 27-29, 2018
Aug. 27, 2018

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 BERMINGHAM ON TOP THROUGH FIRST ROUND

The first-round of the 2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship got off to a hot start on Monday at Pinehurst No. 8, with afternoon temperatures hitting the 90s. The heat was no problem for Long Beach, California native Jennifer Bermingham as she was the only player across all three divisions to shoot under par on Monday with a one-under 71. Bermingham holds a one-shot lead in the Championship division over Jimin Kang (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Seul-Ki Park (Winchester, Mass.).

“I hit it really good, I putted really good,” Bermingham said of her first round. “It’s nice to be here. I really enjoy being a T&CP member and to be playing at the National Championship means a lot to me, so I’m really happy to be here and it gives me some extra motivation to play well.”

The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour, which will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

Bermingham qualified for the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship where she made the cut and said she has been itching to play in the major championship again. “I want to qualify,” Bermingham said. “I want to be in the top eight.”

The LPGA T&CP National Championship was originally organized in 1983 to provide additional playing opportunities for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. The three-day competition has since grown to become recognized as the premier tournament for women golf professionals in the world. The tournament features three divisions: Championship (6,292 yards), Challenge (5,972) and Senior (50+, 5,710 yards). The field will be cut to the Top 70 and ties after 36 holes.

The 54-hole, stroke-play Championship is being held on the Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst No. 8 course for the third-time in event history and the first since 2008.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Jennifer Bermingham -1 71
T2 Jimin Kang E 72
T2 Seul-Ki Park E 72
T2 Maggie Will E 72
T4 Ashley Grier +1 73
T4 Lisa Grimes +1 73
T4 Stephanie Eiswerth +1 73

KANG MAKES LPGA T&CP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT

Two-time LPGA Tour winner Jimin Kang (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is no stranger to competition, however she was a newbie on Monday playing in her first-ever LPGA T&CP National Championship. Kang was two-under on the front nine at Pinehurst No. 8, with one slip-up double bogey on No. 16 she finished even par and just one shot off the first-round Championship division lead.

In 2013, Kang was forced to take time off from golf and she summarized her experience simply on Monday: “I was misdiagnosed, and I was over-medicated. I couldn’t even talk or walk. I almost died.”

While Kang is healthy now, it’s been a long road to recovery and she said she needs to get stronger to accomplish her goal of returning to the LPGA Tour. “This is one of the tournaments I wanted to play in to test myself. To see if my strength was there to do it. I need to get stronger still. I’m learning to listen to my body, but sometimes it’s hard.”

Kang has kept busy this season, playing in five LPGA Tour events, and she was clear about three goals she has for her future: play on the LPGA Tour again, finish in the top eight at the LPGA T&CP National Championship, and get her LPGA Class A teaching certification. She then noted, “my goal is to play decent golf first, and I know the result will come afterwards.”

 PINEHURST NATIVE LEADS WAY IN CHALLENGE DIVISION
Defending champion in the Challenge division, Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) picked up where she left off on Monday with a 4-over 76 to lead the division by two strokes. Hirst is a Teaching Professional at the nearby Country Club of Whispering Pines and estimated she’s played just two rounds of golf all year, so was quite happy with the first day’s results.

 CHALLENGE DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Charlaine Hirst +4 76
2 Joellyn Crooks +6 78
3 Christie Quinn +8 80
T4 Janean Murphy +9 81
T4 Bobbi Salmon +9 81

REIGNING SENIOR DIVISION CHAMP OFF TO GOOD START

North Carolina native Cathy Johnston-Forbes (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) got off to a solid start in her title defense with a 1-over 73 on Monday morning, just one shot behind first-round co-leaders Barbara Moxness (Edina, Minn.) and Maggie Will (Richmond, Va.).

“It’s fun,” Johnston-Forbes said about returning as the defending champion. “I felt like I had good local knowledge being from North Carolina that helped me last year. I haven’t played this course though, just one time, so I knew I had a challenge today. It’s fun to come back to this event and feel like I have something new in front of me.”

In 2017, Johnston-Forbes won the Senior division, in her first time competing in the category. At the 2017 Senior LPGA Championship she finished T9 on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.

Marjorie Jones (New York, N.Y.) the Head Professional/Director of Instruction at The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, had a hole-in-one on Monday at Pinehurst No. 8 on the par-3 fifth hole en route to a first-round 76.

The top five finishers in the Senior division will 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 LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Barbara Moxness E 72
T2 Cathy Johnston-Forbes +1 73
T2 Kathleen Ricci +1 73
T2 Joy Bonhurst +1 73
T3 Sherry Andonian-Smith +2 74
T3 Kelley Brooke +2 74
T3 Teresa Ishiguro +2 74

NOTABLE QUOTES

Jimin Kang, on her even par round:

“It’s been a while since I’ve played in competition. I really enjoyed it. It’s a learning process. At the same time, I was trying to figure out these greens during the round. I won’t complain about my round. If I can improve tomorrow, then it will definitely show that I learned something today.”

Ashley Grier, on playing in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship:

“I was overwhelmed with all the messages I got leading up to it. I didn’t score great, but I feel like I hit the ball well, and I handled the difficulty of the course better than I expected. It gave me confidence knowing that I can still do it. This is a great event, it’s cool they give out the exemptions. I look forward to staying patient and making it back again.”

2017 Championship division winner, Wendy Doolan (+4), on her first experience at Pinehurst No. 8:

“The course is fantastic. It’s a great challenge to get the ball close to the hole. I’m looking forward to another opportunity tomorrow.”

Cathy Johnston-Forbes, on her strategy for Pinehurst No. 8:

“I played well, I hit a lot of good shots into greens. I didn’t drive the ball well, so I hit 3-wood most of the day, I had a few wayward drives. I really just tried to play smart.”

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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