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

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2016 LPGA Las Vegas Extravaganza – Women at the Top of Their Game!

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I attended the 2016 Las Vegas Extravaganza at the Suncoast Resort and Casino at the end of October, and I am so glad I did.  I have been involved with the T&CP since 2009 and this was the best Teaching Summit I have ever attended. The all-female line up of speakers were educational, inspirational and relevant.  The passion of the members that attended the summit was evident by the quality of the interaction with the speakers.  Below are some of the takeaways from the day and a half summit that I wanted to share with you:

  • “A leader is a person with a vision and the influence to make it happen.”
  • Find your power pose and use it! It can change the way you feel in just two minutes.
  • It is possible to quietly break glass ceilings.
  • “People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do what you do.”
  • “Listen actively, listen with empathy, and listen with awareness.”
  • “It is not what you know, it is not who you know, it is who knows you.”
  • It is not too early or too late to start when it comes to your retirement; the important thing is to make sure you do.
  • Find your passion, and ask yourself what you want your legacy to be.
  • The conversations and networking that takes place during breaks, at lunches, dinners and breakfasts are just as important as the knowledge gained from the speakers.
  • People buy the “WHY” not the “what”; DISTANCE, not drivers, IMPROVEMENT, not lessons; EXPERIENCES, not tee times.
  • What you and I do every day matters. It matters to the LPGA Tour, LPGA T&CP and the LPGA Board of Directors.  It matters to your fellow professionals.  And it matters to your students, customers and members.

It is the members that make the T&CP such a wonderful organization to belong to.  It was so rewarding to see and reconnect with friends and to start to build new relationships.  If your schedule and budget allow I would strongly encourage you to attend the next LPGA Teaching Summit, you will not be sorry you did!

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