Tombs, Brooke, Teno and Mack Receive 2018 LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Awards

Tina Tombs is Teacher of the Year, Kelley Brooke is Professional of The Year, Christa Teno is Coach of the Year and Mackenzie Mack is Junior Leader of the Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 24, 2018 – The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership today announced the following members as winners of the 2018 national awards in acknowledgement of their dedication and achievements: Tina Tombs, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, Phoenix, Arizona, Teacher of the Year; Kelley Brooke, Bethpage Black Golf Course, Farmingdale, New York, Professional of the Year; Christa Teno, Seminole State College of Florida, Stanford, Florida, Coach of the Year; Mackenzie Mack, The First Tee of Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida, Junior Golf Leader of the Year.

The national award winners were selected by the LPGA T&CP membership’s Executive Committee from the pool of the section award winners voted on by officers of the six regional sections: Central, International, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Western.

 

Teacher of the Year, Tina Tombstinatombs2

The LPGA established the National Teacher of the Year Award in 1958. The award is given annually to the female golf professional who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments related to the teaching of golf during the year.

A former LPGA Tour player whose only career win came at the 1990 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, Tombs has been an LPGA Resident Instructor at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club since 2003 and Director of Instruction there since 2009. She has developed a ‘state of the art’ educational system at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club where she implements programs at all levels, ranging from youth to amateurs, and from women and businessmen to professionals.

“I am both completely shocked and totally honored to be the 2018 recipient of the LPGA National Teacher of the Year Award,” said Tombs. “My professional career began on the LPGA Tour, but I have been the most fulfilled by this sport and my career during my time as an instructor and member of the LPGA T&CP. This game has given me so much, and because of this, I will continue to give back to it in any way I can. I can’t think of any profession that I have had that is more rewarding than what I get to do out on the course with my students, mentors, teachers and family each day. Further, I am endlessly grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn from my esteemed colleagues. Thank you for bestowing me with this great honor.”

Tombs was ranked among Golf Digest’s top-10 amateur golfers in 1984 and while a collegiate player at Arizona State University, she won two tournament titles and was a two-time NCAA All-American. She played on the LPGA Tour from 1988-1999, her best results coming with her victory at the 1990 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic and a runner-up spot at the 1993 Sara Lee Classic, where she posted a career-low 64 during the final round before losing to Meg Mallon on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.

A member of the LPGA for more than three decades, she has trained with the best psychologists, coaches and instructors the game can offer and in 2001 she decided to take this wealth of knowledge and share it with the community around her. In 2008, she joined the LPGA T&CP Membership and in 2010 she gained her Class A through the fast-track Certification process.

During her time in the golf industry, Tombs has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. In 2014, she was voted the LPGA National Teacher of the Year and the LPGA Central Section Teacher of the Year. She was ranked among Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Arizona for 2017-2018 and was listed in the T&CP’s Top 50 LPGA Teachers for 2017-2018.

 

Professional of the Year, Kelley Brooke

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The LPGA T&CP Professional of the Year was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member primarily engaged in a golf operation, golf association or industry position, promoting the game through player development, growth of the game initiatives and other golf related activities.

A veteran of three decades in the golf industry as a player, golf instructor and businesswoman, Kelley Brooke was awarded a 20-year contract in November of 2017 to operate Bethpage Golf Course and its five 18-hole layouts, winning that contract ahead of the PGA Tour and 10 other male-owned golf management companies. During a varied career in the sport, she has given 40,000 golf lessons, made multiple television appearances, and owned or co-owned several golf and entertainment venues.

“I was in shock when I received the call,” Brooke said of being named Professional of the Year. “The LPGA T&CP is filled with hundreds of talented and revered professionals. Being recognized as the Professional of the Year was not something that I even dreamed about. This is truly the highlight of my 30-year career.”

After moving to New York City in 1992, Brooke began transforming golf programming in that area from a relatively unorganized leisure activity to a highly organized and highly participated sport. Due to her dedication, thousands of women, men, juniors, seniors, children with special needs and economically disadvantaged children have learned the game and participated in leagues and programs.

The highlights of Brooke’s time in NYC include the formation of The Police Athletic League Golf Program for 4,000 economically disadvantaged kids, the NYC Dept of Ed District 75 Golf Programs for children with severe disabilities, the NYC Junior Golf Club for children who seek instruction and tournament play, The Brooklyn Women’s Golf League and the Kelley Brooke/Golf Channel Junior Golf Camp.

In 2004, Brooke was awarded the federal concession of managing Brooklyn Golf Center (the only driving range in Brooklyn) and Riis Park Golf Course. In 2006, she formed North Shore Golf Group and put in a bid to operate the busiest driving range in the country, successfully winning the contract for Alley Pond Golf Center and starting operations there in June 2007.

Brooke has also spent three decades increasing public exposure for women in golf, proving that women can compete in an industry dominated by men. In the early 1990s she created, produced and hosted an instructional golf television program called ‘On the Tee with Kelley Brooke’ which aired in NY. She currently appears as a guest on The Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible”, acting as the golf expert when the show remodels a hotel with a golf course.

 

Coach of the Year, Christa Teno

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The LPGA T&CP Coach of the Year Award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member who is actively engaged in teaching and/or coaching golf at the collegiate or high school level.

A former LPGA Tour player, Christa Teno has been the head women’s golf coach at Seminole State since 2007 and has coached the Raiders to one National Championship (in 2015), four runner-up spots and two third-place finishes. She was named Southeast Section Coach of the Year by the LPGA Membership in 2008, 2012 and 2015.

“This is an incredible honor for me, my family, my players and Seminole State College of Florida,” said Teno. “Yes, I love what I do, I’ve worked very hard, but this is also a chance for me to say thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. Every day I wake up excited to spend time with my team and my co-workers, so being recognized by the LPGA for simply doing what I love makes me blessed beyond belief!”

Teno went to North Texas State University on a golf scholarship from 1981-1985, graduating from there as a playing professional on the Futures Tour (1985-1997) and the LPGA Tour (1988-1991, 1996). She joined the LPGA Teaching Division in 1997 and won the LPGA Teaching National Championship in 1998. Teno was an LPGA National Evaluator from 2003-2013 and worked as an LPGA Teacher at several locations from 1988-2005.

She was the Head Professional and General Manager at Bainbridge Country Club from 1997-2000, and went on to become the head coach at Seminole State in 2007. Teno was inducted into the Windsor Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, and into the NJCAA Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017.

 

Junior Golf Leader of the Year, Mackenzie Mack

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The LPGA T&CP Junior Golf Leadership Award was established in 2012 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member who excels in teaching and promoting golf for juniors.

A stellar youth player who was recognized as one of GolfWeek’s top 100 junior golfers in the United States, Mackenzie Mack has been working since 2014 as Program Director for the First Tee of Tampa Bay, which reaches more than 60,000 students each year. She has created an affordable junior golf tour, developed curriculum to teach golf to middle school students with clubs in Hillsborough County, and brought a ‘Drive, Chip and Putt’ regional qualifier to Tampa Bay.

“There are so many talented women in the LPGA T&CP,” said Mack. “To be recognized amongst these women is exciting and is truly an honor.”

As a junior golfer, Mack played for and was a member of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), Teens on the Green and the Western States Golf Association (WSGA). She was awarded a full golf scholarship to Indiana State University (ISU) where she became the first black woman to compete as a member of the women’s golf team.

During her time at Indiana State, she spent one season as assistant coach with the ISU women’s golf team and co-founded a non-profit organization called Tee it Up – a conduit to grow the game of golf and share her passion with underserved communities. In 2011, Tee it Up was awarded a grant that allowed Mack and her team to teach golf to children in Bitburg, Germany.

Mack has since become a teaching professional member of both the LPGA T&CP and PGA of America. She is TPI certified, US Kids certified, First Tee certified, and High School Coach certified. She is a site director with the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program and has held status as a playing professional on the Suncoast Ladies and LPGA Symetra Tours.

 

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP 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 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP 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 T&CP 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, the LPGA Lesson Zone presented by Volvik, and LPGA Golf Clinics for Women.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla.  For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Second Round – 2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship

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Pinehurst No. 8 | Pinehurst, N.C. | Aug. 27-29, 2018

Second-Round Notes – Aug. 28, 2018

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LPGA WINNER KANG ON TOP AT PINEHURST

Through two rounds at the 2018 LPGA T&CP National Championship, a familiar face is on top of the leaderboard. Two-time LPGA winner Jimin Kang (Scottsdale, Ariz.) fired a one-under par 71 at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday and holds a one-shot lead in the Championship division over Seul-Ki Park (Winchester, Mass.) and Stephanie Eiswerth (Fleming Island, S.C.).

After being misdiagnosed and over-medicated for moderate allergies, Kang was forced to take time away from golf in 2013 and has been slowly mounting a comeback to the LPGA Tour while also working on her LPGA Class A teaching certification.

Kang’s first taste of LPGA golf in 2018 was at the Monday qualifier for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix, she missed qualifying by two strokes but left with a lot of confidence.

“I wasn’t really ready, but it was down the street, so I was like alright let me see if I can do something. Then, all the sudden I’m trying to get back on the Tour. It wasn’t really like I planned it, but then I saw myself and I could shoot low out there and I was like I know what I need to work on: consistency.”

Kang’s big personality was evident as she sat down to sign her scorecard after posting the low round of the day, and took a sigh of relief and said, “I don’t know what I shot, but progress!” If Kang keeps it rolling on Wednesday, she’ll have a chance to play in her first LPGA major since the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open.

The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour, which will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

2017 Championship division winner, Wendy Doolan (+6) (Lakeland, Fla.) got things back on track on Tuesday with a 2-over par 74 to sit in a tie for seventh heading into the final round. Ashley Grier (Springfield, Penn.) is looking to qualify for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for a second-straight year and is in good position to do so at 4-over par through two rounds.

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” Grier said, “and not think about anything different. It’s just one more round. I’m going to try to keep the exact same mindset, it’s been working so far.”

After 36-holes the field was cut to the top 70 players and ties.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Jimin Kang -1 72-71­—143
T2 Seul-Ki Park +1 72-73—145
T2 Stephanie Eiswerth +1 73-72—145
T4 Ashley Grier +4 73-75—148
T4 Alison Curdt +4 76-72—148
6 Nicole Jeray +5 76-73—149
T7 Joanna Coe +6 78-72—150
T7 Wendy Doolan +6 76-74—150

COE HOPES TO QUALIFY BACK-TO-BACK

Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.) had a busier Summer than usual after she Monday qualified into the ShopRite LPGA Classic outside her hometown in June. Coe, a PGA Professional at Baltimore Country Club, then played a few weeks later at the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes in July, thanks to her runner-up finish at the 2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

This week, Coe is playing for the first time at Pinehurst No. 8 and is drawing motivation from her experiences over the Summer to stay in the top eight.

“It was so cool to Monday qualify in my hometown,” Coe said. “Then I played in KPMG two weeks later, I felt like I was back on Tour with two LPGA events in June so that was super cool. I always like to test my game against the best in the world. Got to get one more good round in tomorrow and see what happens.”

LOCAL LOOKING FOR BACK-TO-BACK CHALLENGE DIVISION WINS
Defending champion in the Challenge division, Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) may have only played her fourth round of golf all year on Tuesday, but any rust she had wore off quickly as she posted a 6-over par 150 36-hole total. Hirst holds a nine-stroke lead over Liz Cooper (Woodbridge, Va.), Joellyn Crooks (Fuquay Varina, N.C.) and Susan Fasoldt (Sarasota, Fla.).

Hirst is a Teaching Professional at the nearby Country Club of Whispering Pines, and with her busy schedule doesn’t get to play a lot of golf but every year she relishes the opportunity to play the LPGA T&CP National Championship.

“I just love to compete, and this is my one time a year I do it,” Hirst said. “I don’t really get to prepare for it, but no matter where this event is it’s the one time I get to come travel and play tournament golf again. When I work with my students I have something to draw on and can speak from experience, not just that I played way back when.”

CHALLENGE DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Charlaine Hirst +6 76-74—150
T2 Liz Cooper +15 82-77—159
T2 Joellyn Crooks +15 78-81—159
T2 Susan Fasoldt +15 82-77—159
T5 Stephanie Peareth +17 83-78—161
T5 Christie Quinn +17 80-81—161

FORMER SENIOR DIVISION CHAMP ENJOYING PINEHURST TEST

Barbara Moxness (Edina, Minn.), who played on the LPGA Tour between 1978 and 1986, is playing Pinehurst No. 8 for the first time this week and is finding it to be a really fun challenge as she holds a five-shot lead over Kelley Brooke (Belle Harbor, N.Y.).

“I didn’t miss a green today,” Moxness said. “Just trying to figure out where to land it and what it’s going to do is the key, because these greens are really difficult.”

Moxness, an LPGA T&CP Life member and founder/owner of the Moxie Golf Academy, has good memories at French Lick Resort as it was the site of her 2012 Senior division win, and thanks to a T3 finish at this event in 2017 she is set to compete at the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship.

“Absolutely, I’m looking forward to playing. That’s a great event at French Lick, it’s one of the most difficult courses we play.”

The top five finishers in the Senior division will qualify for the 2019 Senior LPGA Championship at the French Lick Resort as well as any competitors over the age of 45 who finish in the top 10 in the Championship division.

SENIOR DIVISION LEADERBOARD

  Player To Par Score
1 Barbara Moxness -1 72-71—143
2 Kelley Brooke +4 74-74—148
T3 Kathleen Ricci +6 73-77—150
T3 Cathy Johnston-Forbes +6 73-77—150
T3 Teresa Ishiguro +6 74-76—150
T6 Joy Bonhurst +7 73-78—151
T6 Laurie Rinker +7 76-75—151

NOTABLE QUOTES

Jimin Kang, on her second round:

“All the instructors always say, ‘take it one shot at a time.’ I think that’s what I did today. I won’t say that I listened to my own advice, but I think that’s what happened.”

Charlaine Hirst, on playing close to home:

“I love this course, it’s one of my favorites in the area. Being local I’ve got a lot of friends in the area, and people that I work with and give lessons to so it’s fun to have them come out and watch me play. Being at home is always fun, sleeping in my own bed and getting to relax at home at the end of the day is always nice.”

Joanna Coe, on her second-round play:

“Definitely happy with the way I played today. I hit it so much better today, and I actually made some pretty good par saves. I hit it well, I probably could’ve shot a couple under, but you have to protect some of these putts you could slam some by that you don’t mean to. It’s hard to make birdies out here.” 

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