Women in Golf Wednesday!


Karen Palacios-Jansen

Where you live:

Mooresville, North Carolina (suburb of Charlotte)

Where you work & what you do:

I own my own golf events company called Swing Blade Enterprises and I operate out of Trump National Charlotte in Mooresville, North Carolina.  I teach golf, Pilates, and do golf-fitness training.  I developed a golf-fitness system called Cardiogolf.  It is a class that I teach at Trump National Charlotte and at 15 to Fit Pilates, Barre and Fitness Studio. It is also a program offered online at Cardiogolf.com.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I became a member in 1994.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

To be honest, I remember it being a little overwhelming at first, but now looking back I realize why it was so important to learn all aspects of teaching the game.  I couldn’t have accomplished all I have without my LPGA T&CP credentials and the education they gave me. Now as a member of the LPGA T&CP Education Committee and Vice-President of the LPGA, I am getting to go through the process all over again and am I able to witness first-hand how our education programs are transforming the game and how it is taught.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

Sometimes I pinch myself because I can’t believe that I am a member of the LPGA T&CP. Being a part of the LPGA is one of my most important accomplishments of my life.  I didn’t come from a golf family or ever have any ties to the LPGA, so for me to work myself all the way up to VP of the T&CP was a lot of work, but I would do it all over again.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

I love being part of a prestigious organization that is known all over the world. I love being a part of an organization that is comprised of powerful women who want to make a difference in the lives of golfers and now young women with our Girls Golf Sites. Everyone knows the LPGA is comprised of the world’s best players, teachers, and coaches and now we are inspiring young girls to take up the game and helping them become leaders.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Write a diary and write down all the funny things that happen to you on the lesson tee and golf course. I have hundreds of interesting and funny stories, but have forgotten a lot of them because I didn’t write them down. Keep a diary and maybe you will write a book like Harvey Penick too.

What do you love most about the game of golf?:

I am sort of a pack rat and I love to shop, so golf is very conducive to a person that likes to shop and get free stuff like me. I own just about every new piece of equipment that has come out, I have a separate closet just for my golf clothes. I am always looking into the new training aid. I collect logo-ed towels and golf balls. I pretty much keep everything too.  As a joke, at my husband’s family golf outing, they gave one group a gift certificate to ‘Dan and Karen’s garage to pick out any golf equipment that they wanted.  So that kind of tells you how much golf stuff I have….

Special Thanks:

I have a lot of fellow LPGA members that I would like to thank for helping me in my career and supporting me all these years including-Deb Vangellow, Nancy Henderson, Kiernan Schindler, Oneda Castillo, Joanne Forman, Gwen Checho, Debbie Doniger, Carol Preisinger, Abby Welsh, the late Dede Owens, Sue Gintar, Christi Dorce, Cheryl Anderson, and Christina Ricci. Also anyone that I have played with in a LPGA national or section tournament that laughed and cried with me before, during, and after the round!


The Top 10 Reasons to Attend the LPGA Vegas Extravaganza

by Karen Palacios-Jansen,
LPGA T&CP Vice President

10.  It’s in Vegas – Why wouldn’t I go?

9.  I need the CU’s – What better way to accumulate LPGA CU’s than to attend the National Summit and support the LPGA T&CP?  The more seminars that we attend and are successful, the more seminars that will be available to us in the future.  I never miss an opportunity to support our organization.

8. To Socialize – It’s a way to socialize and catch up on gossip and the goings on of my colleagues and friends that I only see once or twice a year.  Great excuse to have a couple of glasses of wine during a weekday!

7. Networking – It’s a great way to find new business and networking opportunities.  I get to find out how others conduct business, I learn new techniques and I get to meet new people that can help me further my career. And maybe I can help someone else out with their career in the process. It feels good to mentor and help others out.

6. Do Something Different – It gets me away from my daily mundane routine. Not only do I get to dress in something different other than golf clothes; attending the National Summit gives me a break from standing on the lesson tee for 8 hours.  This year’s Summit is packed with speakers who are some of the most successful women in our business. I get to see how others operate and get inspired to shake things up in my world.

5. Get to Travel – It’s a way to travel and see the country, rack up airline miles and hotel points.  I love to see different parts of the country and act like a tourist. Who doesn’t love to stay in a hotel for a couple of days where someone else cleans your bathroom and makes the bed for you. All expenses are tax deductible.

4. Learn Something New – A chance to learn new material for my business and teaching from the top teaching gurus and business experts. It broadens my knowledge and challenges me to change the way I teach and do business.

3. Free Stuff – We always get cool free stuff, swag bags and discounted merchandise at the National Summit.  I love to see what is new in the golf world.  It always amazes me how people are always coming up with new teaching aids and devices. Always fun to come home with a few souvenirs.

2. To Be with Other Like-Minded People – Sometimes I get lonely at my job. But when I attend the LPGA National Summit, I never feel alone.  I get to be with other people that ‘get me’, that have the same goals, issues and desires as I do.  I am never alone when I’m with fellow LPGA teachers.

1. It’s in Vegas!

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Teaching & Coaching Summit – Janean Murphy

While the Newsletter was in transition at the start of this year, there were a few events that were not publicized.  This  information, although old news, is still worth sharing.  A lot of hard work went into this event so we are bringing it to you now.  Hope you enjoy it!


2015 Teaching and Coaching Summit Review

Theme was on Your Work/Life Balance

By Janean Murphy, LPGA Class A

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