Where do you live?:
I’m a proud native of Kingstree, South Carolina. I currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Where do you work? & What do you do?:
I’m the CEO/Founder of A Perfect Swing, Inc. (www.aperfectswing.net), where our mission is to help individuals use golf as a networking tool to advance in their lives and careers. Our motto is “Improving Your Success in Life by Improving Your Backswing”. Just as the backswing in golf is key to hitting the ball successfully, so is your backswing in life for achieving your goals.
Under our corporate umbrella, we have the A Perfect Swing Golf Association and the A Perfect Swing Foundation. The Association provides non-competitive and competitive opportunities for individuals of all ages and golf skill levels to come together, network, build communication skills, and share in the fun of learning and playing the game of golf. We believe that when it comes to networking while playing golf, YOUR Swing IS the Perfect Swing. The true success factor is the mere fact that you are on the course, you know the rules and etiquette, and you are a part of the conversations.
The Foundation is our 501c3 non-profit youth initiative where we introduce golf for youth development and as a low impact alternative for sports and exercise, by teaching the technique of the sport and providing workshops to enhance their leadership, communication, and networking skills.
I also work for Microsoft Corporation as an IT Service Management Consultant to our customers. I assist Microsoft Enterprise customers in the United States and Canada with optimizing their investments in Microsoft Cloud and non-Cloud technologies by facilitating accelerated adoption of Services through the efficient management of their people, processes, and technologies.
I’m also the Chief Operating Officer for The Coalition for Teens Helping Teens and Vice President for Polished Pearls Leadership Seminars for Teen Girls. I serve on the Board of Directors for Home and Foreign Mission Development Center (Kingstree, SC) and Healing Vine Harbor, Inc. I’m an African American Golfers Hall of Fame Inductee and a member of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
How long have you been an LPGA member?
I started the process last year in June and am now a Class B member.
How was the process of becoming a member for you?
The late Linda Jochim gave me my first golf lesson and served as a golf mentor to me for many years. Her warm and kind demeanor was my first introduction to the LPGA. When I contacted LPGA headquarters, I received the same warmth and kindness. As I attended the education classes, I received that same warmth and kindness from the facilitators. As I met LPGA members, I continued to get that same warmth and kindness. There was one LPGA superwoman that really went out of her way to nurture me during this process and she continues to do so today. If it weren’t for this process I may have never met her, and I will forever be grateful for her assistance.
It was evident that the LPGA headquarters team, the facilitators, and other LPGA members genuinely wanted everyone to be successful and they were willing to help me do so. I’ve had the pleasure of matriculating through this process with a great group of women that I call my #GolfSisters4L. These are friendships that I’m proud to say I know will last a lifetime.
The LPGA Teacher Education Program (TEP) curriculum provided a solid technical foundation of biomechanics and the golf swing and club. It was time consuming and challenging in its nature, but more importantly, it challenged me to think and respond differently. I can see the difference it’s made in me as a golf instructor and the results of my students’ performance.
What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?
At a very young age my mom instilled in me that if I am to be the best, I must be around the best. For me, being a member of the LPGA is being a member of a recognized worldwide leader in the golf industry. Being a LPGA member means I get the honor of contributing to and continuing the work of the organization’s Founders by actively providing individuals with the opportunity to pursue their dreams through the game of golf. I also get an opportunity to provide quality programs to my community through the various LPGA programs.
What is the best part about the membership for you?
The best part about the LPGA membership to me is the ability to continually gain and share knowledge to impact the lives of those within my sphere of influence, especially our youth. My membership opens me up to a massive group of resources (people and programs) that I can utilize, as well as contribute to, to make me and my community better. The icing on the cake is the free golf, golf tournament entry, and discounts on golf clothing, shoes, training aids, etc. 😊
What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?
One of my golf playing mentors just signed up for the Level 1 class and I’m so excited for her. I’ll tell you what I told her. The program is demanding, informative, and fun. There is a significant commitment of time and finances, so you should be clear on why you are pursuing LPGA membership and allow that to fuel your perseverance through the process. While the focus is on the application of the written material, take the time to meet new people and build relationships because they are just as valuable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because everyone wants you to be successful. I know because I may have asked a question or two or a thousand. 😊 And last but not least…. YOU CAN DO IT!
Final words from Ashaunta
I am super proud to be a member of the LPGA! I look forward to continuing to inspire greatness in our youth through the game of golf! If you are ever in the Charlotte area… Let’s TEE It Up TOGETHER!