LPGA member Gia Bocra thinks outside the box when it comes to being a female golf instructor. Partnering with fellow professionals from different clubs, Gia offers women an enjoyable customized experience around their favorite sport, golf.
Read below about Gia’s Golf Experiences for Her.
Since accepting my first golf job as a teenager 24 years ago, I’ve been blessed to have grown in the industry and to have taught professionally alongside some of the best instructors the game has to offer. Today, I’m heading into my 8th season as the Teaching Professional at Hamilton Farm Golf Club—a beautiful course nestled in the quiet countryside of Gladstone, NJ.
Then, the seminar broke out into three smaller sessions: How do I Choose the Right School for Me, Scholarship 101 and How do I Get the Attention of Coaches.
In the How do I Get the Attention of Coaches session, the coaches agreed that juniors should always play in their state junior championship. College coaches are also looking at multi-day tournament results.
In Scholarship 101, the Division III coaches explained there are no athletic scholarships. Rather, players are awarded Academic scholarships and Grant money. Many times, the academic scholarship and grant money can equal what is offered at Division I schools.
Jay Hardwick of Virginia Tech showed us what a typical student athlete day and a typical tournament competition week is like in How do I Choose the Right School for Me.
Above is just a brief overview of what was covered that day. Below, see what a couple of our members had to say about the MAPGA College Golf Seminar:
Linda Gaudi, LPGA/PGA Director of Instruction at CC at Fairfax said “I never miss an opportunity to attend the College Golf Seminar. Each year, I bring a couple of students. The information shared is vital and gives a true understanding of the process needed to play college golf at any level. Due to the MAPGA College Golf Seminar, I added a feature to my coaching programs helping my students with a pathway to playing college golf.”
Liz Cooper, LPGA/PGA Director of Player Development at Army Navy CC said “The College Golf Seminar is an eye opening glimpse into what it takes to play competitive golf in college. I would encourage all golf professionals who work with juniors to attend this event as it provides the unique opportunity to interact with coaches from Division I to Division III. I think, most importantly, I walked away with a network of college coaches that I can reach out to with any questions I have in the future.
MAPGA will again host the College Golf Seminar in 2018 at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.
This is an interview with LPGA member Heather Drew. She joined the LPGA Tour in 1983, and the Teaching & Club Pro Division in 2011. She loves to compete and currently plays on the Legends Tour when she can. In addition to having been a player on tour, she also caddied for several players. Please listen to the interview for some good stories!
Learn about how Erin got started in golf, and what she is up to now! Erin is also the Tournament Director for the Northwest Women’s Open which will be held at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Washington. For more info, visit www.northwestwomensopen.com
by Rebecka Heinmert, LPGA Western Section Secretary
May 18, 2016 marked the ninth annual National Golf Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
This year’s event featured LPGA legend Nancy Lopez, 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and Vice Captain Steve Stricker.
Golf industry leaders met with members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss the game’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Throughout the day, participants shared stories about the game’s nearly 15,000-plus diverse businesses (there more golf courses than McDonald’s in America), the two million jobs that are impacted by the industry, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value.