LPGA National Junior Golf Leader: Stacy Miller-Arndt Member Profile

ne-stacy-jr-1
Stacy Miller-Arndt, LPGA Junior Golf Director Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD

How did you get into golf?

I grew up in Lewisville, Texas and began playing golf at the age of seven with my family. My father, Chuck was my main instructor. I grew up in a family of elite golfers including my father, Chuck, mother, Diane and brother, Clay. I grew up in a small junior golf program at Denton Country Club in Denton, Texas. I started competing on a national level at age 12. I knew golf was my passion when I played in my first national tournament at age 12 at Lakeway Country Club in Austin, Texas. I qualified for the match play and won my first match against an eighteen year old going to play college golf the next year.

What are some highlights/accomplishments that you have had in your career?

My biggest accomplishments are my former junior golfers who are now continuing to play golf in amateur tournaments and have become junior members at Congressional. Many ofne-stacy-jr my juniors have found that golf does not stop after junior golf but can continue to enjoy the game. I have found that helping my juniors’ find their different passions in life and seeing them succeed has been a huge highlight.

How did you become interested in coaching junior golf?

I became interested in coaching juniors the summer of my junior year at Oklahoma State University. I worked with the North Texas PGA Junior Tour with Barry Rodenhaver. I enjoyed helping with the clinics and running tournaments. Barry was a great mentor that help me come out of shy shell and be more confident in myself. I knew that I wanted to teach juniors and make an impact on the game of golf.

What is your game to play with your junior golfers?

A new game that I play with my young girls age 8 and under is called “Girl Power Middle Name”. Each girl chose a new middle name that represented the girls’ spirit. The names ranged from Brave, Power, Amazing, Super, Unstoppable and Fast. The girls wrote their name on their golf balls to remind them of their Girl Power middle names. This quick game was a great way to remind the girls about their amazing abilities as a girl.

What are some for your hobbies/interests besides golf?

I enjoyed spending time with my family and watching my sons, Gustave (10) and Hunter (7) play sports and participate in Cub Scout activities. I love photography and scrapbooking.

ne-stacy-jr-2

Advertisements

2016 NE Section Teacher of the Year: Debbie O’Connell Best Practice

Best Practices By Debbie O’Connell
LPGA NE Section Teacher of the Year

ne-debbie-o%27connell

The manner in which LPGA Professionals positively impact our students varies greatly. One student may be very competitive and striving to win the club championship, while another has a goal to not feel embarrassed on the golf course. Some students just crave the motivation, inspiration and confidence they gain from time with an LPGA instructor.

One day I asked a new student her goals and she replied, “To hit my 7-iron. I cannot hit my 7-iron!”

I replied with, “You mean you want to learn how to hit your 7-iron even better?”

She asked, “Is that Golf Positive stuff?”

I smiled and said, “Yes!”

I listen carefully to the words of my students as they explain their game and their goals. Negative words, thoughts, and beliefs get in the way of a student’s path to reaching his or her full potential. Continue reading

Tarah Miller, LPGA Shares Her Junior Golf Best Practices

NE Tarah Miller HeadshotTarah Miller, LPGA
MCG Academy Assistant Director of Instruction

Falls Road Golf Course

The MCG Golf Academy was formed in 2011 to create a more structured learning environment at our 9 golf courses in Montgomery County, MD. I was brought in at the beginning of the 2012 season as an instructor at Falls Road Golf Course. The first summer I worked at Falls Road, I observed the junior programming that was in place and how our different instructors taught their camps and clinics. At the end of 2012, our instructors met with the Director of Instruction to go over the best ways to add the needed structure to our junior programming. This way, our instructors could provide a similar message to the kids we teach. We were able to focus on four key areas in order to streamline our junior programming and make it as enjoyable as it is informative for our junior golfers. Continue reading

It’s Tournament Season in Ohio by Martha Mallott

If you haven’t run a large tournament, you need to do it at least once. This year is the 10th Annual Ohio Women’s Open and I have been the Executive Director and Tournament Director all 10 years.

To say this is a fun job would be a total lie.  It is a fun job when the tournament is over and I can again sleep at night without worrying about what might have been forgotten.  My golfing professional friends wonder why I don’t play in the 36-hole championship.  It’s hard already running the tournament, let alone playing in it as well.

The last two years have been especially challenging as we had to cancel the event in 2015 due to a lack of participants.  We had scheduled our usual first weekend in August start time but, unbeknownst to us, it conflicted with LPGA Q-school. With the ranks of our participants coming from the Symetra Tour, the Legends Tour, PGA professionals, and LPGA T&CP member, we lost a huge segment of our draw with so many Symetra Tour members playing at Q-School.

Continue reading

Women’s Programs at Walnut Creek Country Club By Pat Gray

Walnut Creek has a very active membership with many leagues, events and instructional programs for the women member.  Here are some of the programs and activities we provide which I hope may help give you some ideas of what can be done at your facility!

Instructional League
Our instructional league is designed for the beginning golfer, as well as, the higher handicapper.  It is a four week program scheduled in the month of May.  The structure of the program is 45 minutes of group instruction followed by one hour and fifteen minutes of on course guidance.  The women truly enjoy the Instructional League as it is fun with low stress.  Week four of the on the course portion of the program is a scramble with prizes.  Many of our members participate yearly as they pick up a little more information each time.

Wednesday 9 Hole AM League
This group of women is very diverse.  The league consists of low handicaps, high handicaps and everything in between.  Every Wednesday has a theme and they go all out for their once a month shotgun.  They had “Made in Michigan”, “Carnival”, “Nine, Dine and Wine”.  Please use your imagination of how the course was decorated with games as there are too many to list.  This group of women really know how to have fun on the course.  Socializing and lunch are a large part of this league’s fun.  Many of these participants cross over to the Thursday 18 Hole League. Runs from late April to the end of September. Continue reading

Pro-Am FUN – Nancy Quarcelino

Didn’t we all get into the golf business to have fun and play some golf?

I played competitive golf many years ago, and when I had the opportunity to get into the golf business I jumped on the chance to do something I loved.  Little did I know at the time, playing golf would become a thing of the past. When you work in the golf industry, playing is no longer at the top of the list!

Continue reading

Women’s Programs at Walnut Creek Country Club By Pat Gray

Walnut Creek has a very active membership with many leagues, events and instructional programs for the women member.  Here are some of the programs and activities we provide which I hope may help give you some ideas of what can be done at your facility!

Instructional League
Our instructional league is designed for the beginning golfer, as well as, the higher handicapper.  It is a four week program scheduled in the month of May.  The structure of the program is 45 minutes of group instruction followed by one hour and fifteen minutes of on course guidance.  The women truly enjoy the Instructional League as it is fun with low stress.  Week four of the on the course portion of the program is a scramble with prizes.  Many of our members participate yearly as they pick up a little more information each time.

Wednesday 9 Hole AM League
This group of women is very diverse.  The league consists of low handicaps, high handicaps and everything in between.  Every Wednesday has a theme and they go all out for their once a month shotgun.  They had “Made in Michigan”, “Carnival”, “Nine, Dine and Wine”.  Please use your imagination of how the course was decorated with games as there are too many to list.  This group of women really know how to have fun on the course.  Socializing and lunch are a large part of this league’s fun.  Many of these participants cross over to the Thursday 18 Hole League. Runs from late April to the end of September.

Wednesday 9 Hole PM League
The Wednesday PM League is very diverse, as well.  It also consists of low handicaps, high handicaps and everything in between.  The majority of the league members work outside of the home, have small children or just consider Wednesdays as women’s night out.  The structure of the league is tee times from 4:30pm-6:30pm with a once a month shotgun.  The shotguns are them based also, such as Pink Ball and Jimmy Buffet nights.  Runs from the beginning of May to the beginning of September.

Thursday 18 Hole League
The 18 Hole League is a little more serious in regards to the weekly events which include:  low net/low gross, blind partners net best ball, 3-2-1 and blind partners team total net.  Even though this league is a little more serious about their golf they still enjoy all aspects of the socialization. Runs from the end of April to the end of September.

Spring Fling
The Spring Fling is the first event of the season.  The format is a Step Aside Scramble.  We use an ABCD format for pairings so there will be a crossover in leagues.  This will enable participants to meet the members from other leagues.  This is a fun way to start the season and a great format to dust off your clubs in the spring.

Spring Member/Member
This is a two member team playing in a ringer tournament format.  A two day event using each member’s net score to combine for a team total.  On day two the player may only better her score.  This event is a big hit at Walnut Creek.

Women’s Invitational (Silver Classic)
The Silver Classic is a member/guest event in which the member gets to choose what other member/guest they would like to have as partners.  This was the main reason that participation improved.  The format is two best ball of four on day one. On day two it is three best balls of the four in the first two flights and the remainder of the flights stay with two best balls of four.  This is the first time in many years that the participation was over 100 players.

Club Championship
The championship is a 36 hole stroke play event with a gross and net division.  For some reason, we struggle to get participates for this event.  All Clubs in the Metro-Detroit Area struggle with participation for their Championship.

Fall Member/Member
Our Fall Member/Member is a two day event with a unique format.  Day one is a Scramble format followed by day two’s format of:  1-6 Best Ball, 7-12 Alternate shot and 13-18 is a Scramble.  A lot of fun is had by all due to the constant changing of the format.  It is like starting fresh with each new format.

Chicks with Sticks
This event is a Solheim Cup Event with one of the neighboring country clubs.  Everyone gets into the spirit, right down to the outfits.  It is a two day event, one day at each club followed by a luncheon at each club.  It is very competitive and fun all wrapped up in a bow.

As one can see, Walnut Creek has a very full and active women specific  golf program and schedule for the members.