Louise Ball wins Jeri Reid Spirit Award

Midwest Section President and Class A T&CP Member Louise Ball has been awarded the LPGA Midwest Section Jeri Reid Spirit Award.

After joining the LPGA in 1997, she built her career in golf, starting as a teaching professional and owner of Tennessee Golf Academy at Gettysvue Polo Golf and Country Club in Knoxville, TN, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of instruction, programming, bookkeeping, lesson scheduling, and branding. And she served as EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) Teaching Professional for Greater Knoxville Chapter, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Academy Lead Instructor, and LPGA Leadership Academy Instructor.

“Jeri Reid was a fantastic member of our organization, and a great friend and confidant to so many.” Ball said upon learning she had been selected for the award. “In one word, she was inspirational!  She never missed a teachable moment.  She battled cancer 7 times in her life, and even towards the end of her life when referring to others going through challenges, she was quoted as saying ‘if they just gave a little more effort or a little more concentration towards what they want to do be doing, instead of what they don’t want to do, they would be better off.’ Jeri had a positive influence on everyone she touched, I’m so glad the MW section has named The Spirit Award in her name; it personifies Jeri perfectly.  I am truly grateful to be chosen in 2017 for this honor.”

Jeri Reid became a member of the LPGA T&CP in 1985. She was an active Tour Player whose playing career was cut short as a result of an injury sustained in a car accident.

She then picked herself up and started putting the pieces back together and began on a successful career path of teaching and inspiring golfers to play the game she loved so dearly.

But she never gave up, and, in Jeri’s words, “You have to pick yourself up and move on.”

Unfortunately, Jeri dealt with these numerous health issues until she lost her long, courageous and inspirational battle with cancer in April of 2016.

The Jeri Reid Spirit of Golf Award was established in 2014 and will be awarded annually to a Midwest Section member who inspires others by their actions just as Jeri Reid has touched countless lives throughout her career.

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2017 Section Of the Year Awards

Congratulations to our Section Of The Year Award Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Oct 9, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected the recipients of annual section Teacher, Professional, Coach and Junior Golf Leadership awards. Each of the six sections of the LPGA T&CP—Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Western, and International—winners are selected by the Section Officers and Section Nominating Committee Chair annually in each of the four categories.

The LPGA T&CP National Awards Selection Committee will select the overall national award winner in each category from among the section award winners. The national winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2017 LPGA T&CP Section Of The Year Award winners are as follows:

Central Section
Teacher – Sandy LaBauve
Professional – Kristie Fowler
Coach – Jessica Steward
Junior Leader – Kristen Samp

International Section
Teacher – Stephanie Yu
Professional – Jiyeun Seo
Junior Leader – Yoshie Koyama

Midwest Section
Teacher – Louise Ball
Professional – Sally Collins
Coach – Therese Hession
Junior Leader – Martha Mallott

Northeast Section
Teacher – Joy Bonhurst
Professional – Lynne Hunter
Coach – Patricia Frohna-Post
Junior Leader – Tarah Miller

Southeast Section
Teacher – Carol Preisinger
Professional – Jane Broderick
Coach – Kelley Hester
Junior Leader – Dona Lerner

Western Section
Teacher – Alison Curdt
Professional – Kim Coleman
Coach – Christie Quinn
Junior Leader – Jennifer Alexander

LPGA MW Officers Introduction – Louise Ball

Happy New Year everyone!

louise-ballThank you for choosing me to be your new President. I’m excited and honored to lead the LPGA Midwest section into the new year and a new era!  I’d like to first thank Rita Reasons for her six years of service to our section as President.  Her time and dedication is much appreciated!   I’ve learned a lot from Rita while serving with her as the MW Treasurer, and I hope to continue to do great things for our section in my new role as President.  I live in Knoxville TN, and I’m the Owner/Director of Instruction at the Tennessee Golf Academy.  I teach full time to a wide range of students.  I’ve been a Girls Golf Site Director for 17 years, and will be hosting a National Girls Golf Academy this summer at our facility.  We are very excited!!  I will be attending my first Executive Committee meeting at the end of January at the PGA Show in Orlando.  I look forward to jumping in and being part of the bigger picture regarding LPGA business.  I will be your voice, a responsibility I take very seriously.  Throughout my term as President, I encourage you to contact me with any good news, concerns or questions regarding your membership with the LPGA.  My goal is to bring our section closer and create a greater comradery among our members.  I want to hear from you!  I want to hear about your ideas.  I want to encourage you to get involved in some way if you never have.  If you’re looking for some guidance and direction, I will do my best to provide you with that.  We are all in the same LPGA boat, let’s row in the same direction and make 2017 a year for growth, both personally and professionally!  I look forward to working with you and for you!

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Join Me in Vegas Baby! by Louise Ball

louise-ball-vegasI am a sports nut!  It’s true, I’ve always been that way.  I grew up in a sports crazed family in Boston, a city with a rich sports history.  I guess you could say sports are in my blood.  I love everything about them.  I’ve lived in Knoxville TN now for 16 years.

Knoxville is the home of the late Pat Summitt, one of the greatest coaches in sports history.  What a treat it was for me to watch her coach, to see her love of sport, people and community.

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Letter from the Midwest Section Treasurer – Louise Ball

IMG_11679I would like to start off by congratulating our section “of the year” winners Maria Palozola, Teacher of the Year; Stephanie Barker, Coach of the Year; and Pat Gray, Professional of the Year.  Maria also won the Goldie Bateson Service Award, and Pat the Jeri Reid Spirit Award.  Nice job ladies!!

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Letter from the Midwest Section Treasurer – Louise Ball

IMG_11679Summer is in full swing. I hope everyone’s schedule is busy!  I want to encourage everyone to come up with new ideas for your summer golf programs or expand ways to make your successful programs just a little different to keep your teaching fresh.  I have incorporated some new games in to my Junior Golf camps, and I’m getting the kids on the golf course more often.  For my ladies “new golfer groups” we’re playing music on the range and have added signature cocktails to the clinics.  It has been a big hit!

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Letter from the Midwest Section Treasurer – Louise Ball

IMG_11679Happy spring!!

The bulbs are popping out of the ground and the golfers are too!  Everyone is in a great mood here in TN!

One of the committees I serve on in our section is the tournament committee.   As we get things up and running for 2015, I’d like to challenge everyone in our section to host or attend a “play day.”

This is not an “official” event or tournament;  you may pick any day you’d like and invite any LPGA members in your area to join you for an informal round of golf. Basically, just an excuse to get together and just play golf!  Remember that?

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