Northeast LPGA T&CP Member Receives National Award for Junior Leadership

The 2016 LPGA T&CP National Awards Reception was held at the PGA Show on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  Congratulations to the 2016 Junior Golf Leadership Award winner, Northeast Section member, Stacy Miller-Arndt.  Stacy is the Junior Golf Director at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.  Her family made the trip from Texas to help her celebrate her achievement by attending the Rolex Awards Reception.  Pictured left to right, Stacy’s father Chuck and mother Diane, her husband Gus, sister-in-law Rebekah, brother, Clay and her sons Hunter and Gustave.

Congratulations to all of the LPGA T&CP National Award winners: Teacher of the Year, Marvol Barnard; Golf Professional of the Year Mary-Lee Cobick, and Coach of the Year Mary Ritchie.

Save the Date! College Golf Seminar and NE Section Cracker Barrel

Do you have students that want to play college golf?

Have you been asked questions about playing college golf by parents?

Would you like to have a clear plan of how to guide your students successfully into a college program?

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Junior Golf With Suzie Fisher – by Kristie Fowler

After graduating High School in Coffs Harbour, Australia, Suzie Fisher moved to the United States to pursue a career in golf. She played four years at The University of Tulsa, graduating in 2004 with a degree in Exercise Sports Science.  While playing The Australian LPGA and U.S. Futures Tours she had a lot of success.  In addition, her biggest achievement was winning the 2000 Australian Amateur Championship at Royal Sydney Golf Club. She took these experiences, turned her focus and now is having very successful Junior Golf Programs in Oklahoma.

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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

In the News – Junior Golf Tournament

Toski Junior Golf Tournament
Sunday, August 21, 2016
@ Seagate Country Club
Cost: $65 for 18 holers
$45 for 9 holers
Entry Fee includes one competitive round, lunch and a chance to win two tickets to the 2017 Masters Par 3 Competition.
Register at www.toskijuniorgolf.com

If any kids are college bound, we offer scholarships and they can apply online. Last year we gave $9,000 in scholarships.

How Golf Helps Children – Donna Serino

Donna SerinoAs teachers and coaches, what is our goal with junior golf? Is it to train a future Tiger Woods? Is it to get them to make some kind of contact with the ball? Or is it to be a cheerleader?

I’m going to tell you a story about a boy and his mother.

I teach a lot of juniors and coach a girls golf team. A mother (let’s call her Mary) reached out to me. She was looking for her son, Todd, to belong somewhere in the golf community. The boy was very attached to his mother, and she wanted him to play golf with other kids and become more independent. As I listened to Mary, I could see how much she loved her son and also see the pain in her eyes that Todd didn’t quite fit in.

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Junior Golf – Cori Alberdi

Are you ready to share your junior golf stories?  Here’s one from last summer to help put you in the mood!

Girls Golf Day, breaking records!!!

Girls Golf Day, a record breaking day for the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Phoenix, had a STAMP OF APPROVAL FROM THE CITY OF PHOENIX! It was official!!!!  City of Phoenix, Mayor Stanton offered a proclamation to declare a city recognized GIRLS GOLF DAY on Saturday, September 5th, 2015!

 

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Member Profile: Michelle Holmes

Member Profile:

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Michelle Holmes, LPGA

Director of Instruction, Michelle Holmes School of Golf

How did you get into golf?

I began to develop an interest in the game at ten years of age. My Dad and his family always had a great love and passion for the game. He took me to a local driving range where I was approached by the local Golf Professional. He asked me if I would compete in a few junior activities that night, simply to even out the numbers. I won myself two movie theater tickets and I couldn’t wait to return the following week. 

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MONICA SANDERS

Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Monica Sanders 1Shortly after I began playing as a junior golfer I began a new practice in my teen years: yoga. Even then, it was apparent to me the number of benefits Yoga had on my golf game. Not only the physical benefits of flexibility, balance and core strength, but also the mental practices of staying in the moment, quieting the mind chatter when things occasionally get uncomfortable. 

When I began the process of becoming an LPGA T&CP Member I also started my journey with The First Tee. Going through the two programs concurrently was an eye-opening experience. The two programs mesh together so well and provided me with a foundation of understanding learning styles, creating a safe and fun learning environment and taking a student-centered approach to teaching.  Continue reading

Create a “Ticket” Program to Drive Participation and Engagement

by LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of San Antonio, TX Co-Site Director Manny Guerra

My wife and I wanted to start an incentive program for Girls Golf that would encourage participation, engagement and of course, fun!  As we know, one of the biggest challenges of any program is retention.  That is to keep our participants interested to keep them coming back. We really strive for them to get the most out of our programs, so we thought that by increasing their level of engagement would increase their level of commitment, which in turn would challenge us to offer them a fun and supportive learning environment.

So how could we add the fun factor while maintaining the integrity of the core lessons of the program? We decided to create an incentive program using tickets.

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