Did You Know? – Peggy Briggs

Solheim Cup 2015 – Peggy Briggs

St. Leon-Roc was the site of the 2015 Solheim Cup Matches. My friend Debra and I had planned our trip the day the matches concluded in Colorado 2013. There are many ways to get to the tournament but instead of an organized package, I always opt for my own “do-it-yourself” package.

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Did You Know?

Did you know…that Dr. Debbie Crews is holding Opti International Certification seminars for LPGA T&CP members to be on the cutting edge of this new technology with many applications for Optimal Performance in and outside of golf? For more information in the SE Section, contact Carole Clark, Opti International Certified Professional.

Other certified professionals are Vicki Phillips, NE Section, Kathy Murphy, NE Section, Andree Martin, Western Section, Val Patrick, Western Section, Kristin Sunderhaft, Central Section.


Did you know… that SE Section Vice President, Carole Clark, made the Dean’s List with a 4.0 GPA her first semester after returning to college full time after a 25 year hiatis? It is NEVER too late to pursue your dreams and achieve new things. Carole anticipates graduating in December with a Bachelors degree in Management from Hodges University’s Johnson School of Business in Fort Myers, FL.


Did you know…that Peggy Kirk Bell used to fly her own plane to tournaments?


Veterans and the Game of Golf — Judy Alvarez

I’ve been working with the PGA of America as one of their PGA HOPE (Help Our Patriots Everywhere) National Instructor Trainers for many years. By traveling the country and training other golf professionals how to teach golf to Veterans who are disabled, these professionals than conduct their own 6-8 week HOPE programs. We are helping change and save lives through our sport—golf. It’s amazing how powerful a sport can be to anyone after an injury or life-changing disability.

On a local level, it’s been fun being involved in two golf programs for the Veterans. One has been working alongside Donna White, LPGA/PGA and Dave McNulty, PGA at our HOPE chapter in the West Palm Beach area and a weekly winter golf program I’ve been running in the Palm City/Stuart area free of charge, for the Veteran’s.

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Troy Beck to host Golf Program for Female Veterans

NE TroyBeckTroy Beck, LPGA and PGA member and owner of the Troy Beck Golf Academy at Glenn Dale Golf Course in Glenn Dale, MD, is the host professional for one of the only PGA HOPE – Golf Program for Female Veterans-taught only to female veterans by only female golf professionals.

Troy is teaming up with PGA HOPE to provide training for female PGA and LPGA professionals on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.  The Golf Program for Female Veterans will be conducted the next 6 Saturdays, from April 16 to May 21, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you are interested in teaching at any of the sessions please contact Troy at tbgabeckster@aol.com.  Please note that you must attend the Adaptive Golf training on Saturday, April 9, 2016 to be eligible to be an instructor at any of the sessions.

Sally Dodge Celebrates 40 years at Pebble Beach on January 12th, 2016-by Rebecka Heinmert

Sally Dodge once wanted to travel the world to play golf professionally. In 1976, after missing the cut by 6 strokes at the LPGA Qualifying School, she became the first female golf professional at Pebble Beach Golf Links. For 40 years, she has had the world travel to her. Here is her story.

I meet Sally at Olive Garden in Palo Alto in the late afternoon on a Tuesday in February. I’ve met Sally once before at the pro shop at Pebble Beach. It is the perfect contrast—the fanciness of Pebble versus the chain restaurant. As our chat goes, it becomes apparent to me how Sally’s life has been—and still is—illuminated by some of the most famous celebrities in golf and on the planet. However, Sally has had the same P.O. Box since she first started 40 years ago, and lives quietly in Pacific Grove at her home of 11 years.

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World Games . . . Special Olympics LA 2015 – Judy Carls

special olympics world gamesA high-five and the most electrifying smile lights up as the young Special Olympics athlete hits a 100 yard shot onto the green and watched it land 3 feet from the hole. More smiles, high-fives and excitement as her partner sinks the 3 footer for a par. What an accomplishment for the athlete that earlier had suffered two severe epileptic seizures, yet continued to walk her 9 holes of golf competition.

Two French speaking young male athletes traveled thousands of miles from the Ivory Coast to discover their golf equipment didn’t arrive in time for the competition. With only 2 golf balls and a set of rental clubs they managed to post a low 9 hole score and remain in contention for a medal.

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