‘This is an incredible honor,’ says U.S. Air Force veteran Alexander
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 7, 2018 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Professionals membership announced today that U.S. Air Force veteran Jennifer Alexander will receive the 2018 President’s Award during the LPGA Professionals National Awards ceremony at next year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.
The President’s award is awarded by the LPGA Professionals National President to a member or a non-member who has provided exceptional service, contributions, and/or leadership to the LPGA Professionals membership.
This person is chosen for his or her:
- Significant contributions to the LPGA or LPGA Professionals
- Long-term service or leadership to the organization
- Serving as a member of the Executive Committee or LPGA Professionals National Committees
“I believe I am the messenger of many who will wholeheartedly agree that Jennifer is an excellent choice for this special award,” said LPGA Professionals National President Deb Vangellow. “Jennifer is a tireless and passionate LPGA Professionals member who has given so much to the Association.
“Her mentoring role with new members matriculating through our Teacher Education Program is truly inspirational and her incredible work with development and implementation of two very successful Girls Golf Programs (in San Francisco and Las Vegas) speaks volumes about this beloved teacher who simply gives, and gives freely of her time and talent. We are lucky to have ‘the Colonel’ in our LPGA Professionals Membership. Congrats, Jennifer!”
Alexander, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, became an LPGA Class A member in October 2008 and is now a site director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf at Las Vegas Golf Club. When she first moved to Las Vegas in 2012, she learned there was no Girls Golf program in the area and decided to start her own program. After successfully launching a site at Las Vegas Golf Club, she helped fellow LPGA Professionals start three more sites in Southern Nevada.
“To be honored with the LPGA Professionals Presidents Award is an incredible honor,” said Alexander. “I was truly surprised when Deb Vangellow called to inform me. I love being an LPGA member and take great pride in representing our organization with professionalism and supporting my colleagues. We have so many talented members who continually inspire me and I am thankful to be in a position working to grow our membership.
“My Girls Golf program in Las Vegas has grown to more than 70 girls (and a few boys). When I first moved to Las Vegas, my goal was to touch the lives of 1,000 girls through golf within 10 years. I easily achieved that mark a few years ago.”
Before moving to Las Vegas, Alexander ran a successful LPGA*USGA Girls Golf site in San Francisco where she had 74 girls in her program. “In California, I gave about 1,200 hours of golf instruction every year to adults and juniors,” she said.
Alexander was honored with the 2017 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award for her work with the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program. She is also a four-time recipient of the LPGA Professionals Western Section Junior Leader Award (in 2012, 2014, 2014, 2015).
Past recipients of the President’s Award have been: Karen Stellick (2018), Nancy Henderson (2014), Malia Folquet (2010), Amy Fox (1999), Executive Committee (1998), Kay McMahon (1997) and Marion Walker (1996).
About the LPGA Professionals
The LPGA Professionals membership (formerly the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals), founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA Professionals members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.
More than 1,800 strong, LPGA Professionals members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.
LPGA Professionals members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, and the LPGA Lesson Zone.
The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.
Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA
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