Golf Experiences for Her – Gia Bocra

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LPGA member Gia Bocra thinks outside the box when it comes to being a female golf instructor. Partnering with fellow professionals from different clubs, Gia offers women an enjoyable customized experience around their favorite sport, golf.
Read below about Gia’s Golf Experiences for Her.

Since accepting my first golf job as a teenager 24 years ago, I’ve been blessed to have grown in the industry and to have taught professionally alongside some of the best instructors the game has to offer. Today, I’m heading into my 8th season as the Teaching Professional at Hamilton Farm Golf Club—a beautiful course nestled in the quiet countryside of Gladstone, NJ.

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Building Your Golf Confidence

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At some point in our golf career, we have all felt a lack of confidence in a certain aspect of our game. Perhaps after a few poor putting rounds we lose confidence over three-footers. The chipping yips is a sign of a loss of confidence also. We have even seen professional tour players lose confidence right in front our eyes when we spectate in person or watch their performance on television. Although confidence may be temporarily lost, it can be restored. It will take some work and mental effort, but rebuilding confidence is a possibility.

Create a confidence profile of 12 aspects of your game. List out these aspects such as driving, putting, sand game, punch shots, driving, etc. and evaluate how confident you feel in each area. Using a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is the most confident you feel and 1 is the least confident you feel, complete your profile to examine your areas of confidence.

The aspects that you have ranked 5 or less in are the areas you want to begin rebuilding confidence. Start with one area, such as putting. Now, devise a practice plan to make you feel good about improvement. This may include taking a lesson to improve your skill set, adding additional focus during practice time, or creating challenging interval practices to make the time spent practicing more golf course relatable. Create tasks that are challenging, yet allow you to achieve goals. For example, if you want to build confidence in your three-foot putts—make 25 putts in a row from 2 feet. Progress to two and a half feet and attempt the same exercise. Next move back to three feet. While you see yourself succeed, and you put yourself in opportunities to make progress, make sure to reinforce your efforts with positive self-statements. You must be your own best cheerleader during this stage.

Lastly, when you are back on the course and are faced with a shot you are working to build confidence in, remind yourself of the hard work you have put into improving this area. Take a deep breath, relax, and attempt the shot. Be kind to yourself as you work on the course to avoid being overly critical during this building stage. If you feel your confidence has been lost, start with a confidence assessment to begin building it back up.

Alison Curdt is a PGA Master Professional and LPGA Class Professional at Wood Ranch Golf Club. She is the 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year and 2016 SCPGA Teacher of the Year. For golf instruction and mental coaching contact her at alison@alisoncurdtgolf.com or visit www.alisoncurdtgolf.com.

2017 LPGA National Pro-Am presented by Volvik – Final Results

The 2017 LPGA National Pro-Am presented by Volvik was held at the Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, TN  May 20 – 21, 2017.  Please click the link for the Final Results below.  NPA17 Pro-Am Winners and Prizes

 

After Two Terms As T&CP President, Dana Rader Enters Hall of Fame

By Lisa D. Mickey

 

When former LPGA T&CP President Dana Rader reflects on her career en route to this year’s Hall of Fame induction, she credits those who helped her along the way.

She also describes the two terms she served as the T&CP’s President as the “best six years of my life.”

“Sometimes it was tough,” admitted Rader, owner/operator of the Dana Rader Golf School in Charlotte, N.C. “We had to make cuts and some changes that not everybody liked, but it was necessary. It was fun work.” Continue reading

The College Golf Seminar is an Eye Opening Glimpse into what it takes to Play College Golf.

Contributor – Stacy Miller ArndtLPGA Junior Golf Director, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland

This past February many Northeast Section LPGA T&CP professionals attended the Fourth Annual MAPGA (Mid Atlantic PGA) College Golf Seminar at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The goal of the College Golf Seminar is to educate golf professionals, parents and juniors on college golf opportunities at various playing levels.

The panel of  experts at the seminar included the following collegiate golf coaches: Matt Ball, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rob Ferguson, Marymount University, Jay Hardwick, Virginia Tech, Scott Moyer, McDaniel College, Pat Owen, US Naval Academy, Kate Schanuel and Brian Yaniger, Towson University, Scott Singhass, Shenandoah University, and LeRoy Williams, Bridgewater College.

The morning session began with coach introduction and a short tip and a word from Penn State and University of Maryland at Eastern Shore PGM (Professional Golf Management) representatives.

Then, the seminar broke out into three smaller sessions: How do I Choose the Right School for Me, Scholarship 101 and How do I Get the Attention of Coaches.

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25 Hours in a Day!

In the How do I Get the Attention of Coaches session, the coaches agreed that juniors should always play in their state junior championship. College coaches are also looking at multi-day tournament results.

In Scholarship 101, the Division III coaches explained there are no athletic scholarships. Rather, players are awarded Academic scholarships and Grant money. Many times, the academic scholarship and grant money can equal what is offered at Division I schools.

Jay Hardwick of Virginia Tech showed us what a typical student athlete day and a typical tournament competition week is like in  How do I Choose the Right School for Me.

Above is just a brief overview of what was covered that day. Below, see what a couple of our members had to say about the MAPGA College Golf Seminar:

Linda Gaudi, LPGA/PGA Director of Instruction at CC at Fairfax said “I never miss an opportunity to attend the College Golf Seminar. Each year, I bring a couple of students. The information shared is vital and gives a true understanding of the process needed to play college golf at any level. Due to the MAPGA College Golf Seminar, I added a feature to my coaching programs helping my students with a pathway to playing college golf.”

Liz Cooper, LPGA/PGA Director of Player Development at Army Navy CC said “The College Golf Seminar is an eye opening glimpse into what it takes to play competitive golf in college. I would encourage all golf professionals who work with juniors to attend this event as it provides the unique opportunity to interact with coaches from Division I to Division III. I think, most importantly, I walked away with a network of college coaches that I can reach out to with any questions I have in the future.

MAPGA will again host the College Golf Seminar in 2018 at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.

Liz Gentile, Secretary, NE LPGA T&CP

PGA Jr. Golf League-Carol Rhoades

The PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.

Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development – both on and off course.
Registration will open for PGA Junior League Golf on February 1.

In 2016 LPGA & PGA members captained teams to the National Championship. I encourage you to visit the http://www.PGAJLG.comfor information on the most rapidly growing program in golf. For registration and support documents visit http://www.PGA.org/PGAJLG. There is a “Pre-Registration” Questionnaire & Planning Guide that will take you through the process. There are also 8 Regional Player Development Specialists that can answer questions specific to your area. If you have any have questions please feel free to contact me at carol@pga.com. As the Captain of a National Finals Team last year, I encourage you to consider participating in this program.