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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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Christina’s Tip of the Week: 4 Steps to Great Chipping

Originally published by Golf for Her (golfforher.com) on June 15, 2016.

Check out NE Section Member, Christina Ricci’s chipping tip from published by Golf for Her!

Imagine the number of strokes you could save if you could get up and down in two every time you’re just off the green? The short shots can be intimidating, but chipping is actually EASY—if you have a good setup and use the right technique. LPGA professional Christina Ricci shows us how it’s done (hint: remember her mantra to maintain your angles and keep your hands “low toward the hole” throughout the swing).

Click here to see Christina’s video