Marci Bozarth Wins 2017 LPGA Central Section Marilynn Smith Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., October 2, 2017 – Marci Bozarth, an assistant golf professional at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, is the 2017 recipient of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Central Section Marilynn Smith Service Award.

This prestigious award is given to the Central Section member who best exemplifies Marilynn Smith’s renowned spirit of giving and generosity. Previous honorees were Penny Zavichas, Peggy Gustafson, Marvol Barnard, Tina Tombs, and Kristie Fowler.

Bozarth currently serves as an assistant golf professional at Golf Club of Houston where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of two 18-hole courses, one public and the other private. She is also an instructor at the on-site Mike McGetrick Golf Academy.

An LPGA Class A member since 1998, Bozarth conducts more than 145 golf events each year for various charities and companies on the public Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston while she also organizes and manages more than 20 member golf events there annually. Bozarth served two terms as Central Section Vice-President from 2008-2011 and two terms as Central Section Secretary from 2004-2007.

“I am humbled and honored to even be nominated for such an award!” said Bozarth, who was LPGA Central Section ‘Professional of the Year’ in 2004, 2005 and 2013. “I do what I do out of my passion for the game of golf, and I don’t think twice about it. I work long hours and long weeks, as many of us do, because I love it. I have always approached my work with a servant’s heart, and I always do my best to find a way to say: ‘Yes—I can do that for you!’”

Congratulations, Marci Bozarth!

The Marilynn Smith Service Award was established in 2012 by the Central Section in recognition of the unlimited and outstanding service, time, and dedication demonstrated by Marilynn to the LPGA Central Section, the LPGA and the game of golf.

One of 13 LPGA Founders, Smith earned the nickname “Miss Personality” on the LPGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. She served as president of the LPGA from 1958 through 1960 and was instrumental in founding the teaching division in 1959 (now known as the LPGA T&CP) along with Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks and Barbara Rotvig.

Smith helps organize the all-women’s Marilynn Smith Golf Classic, which benefits the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and the Marilynn Smith Scholarship. In 1999, she established the Marilynn Smith Scholarship within The LPGA Foundation.

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Kristie Fowler Wins 2016 LPGA Central Section Marilynn Smith Award

14610895_10210482221069715_2204422789662752559_nKristie Fowler of Tucson, Arizona, is the 2016 recipient of the LPGA T&CP Central Section Marilynn Smith Service Award.  The award is given to the Central Section member who best exemplifies Marilynn Smith’s famous spirit of giving and generosity.  Past honorees include Penny Zavichas, Peggy Gustafson, Marvol Barnard and Tina Tombs.  The award was presented at Marilynn Smith’s annual Charity Pro-Am in Goodyear, Arizona, on October 10.

Fowler currently serves as the Central Section Secretary, a post she has held for nearly two years.  She has served her section in many capacities over the years, including hosting the LPGA Central Section Championship, and as a long-time member advisor to new members coming into the organization.  Kristie plays in Section and National events, and takes teams to Pro-Am events both on a Section and National level.

As a member of the officer team for the Central Section, Kristie has done a tremendous job of outreach to members throughout the Section in her capacity as Secretary, and has brought many member stories to the greater membership through the Section and National Newsletters.

“I can’t think of a better name to add to the list of those who have received the award in Marilynn’s name,” said Section President Marvol Barnard.  “Kristie has truly gone ‘above and beyond’ for many, many years, and the Marilynn Smith Award is a wonderful way to honor this hard-working, caring Section member.”

Congratulations, Kristie Fowler!

Barnard receives LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Marilynn Smith Service award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., October 13, 2014 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Membership is pleased to announce that Marvol Barnard of Green Valley, Ariz., has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Marilynn Smith Service Award.

Smith was one of the thirteen women who founded the LPGA in 1950. She won her first tournament in 1952 at the Fort Wayne Open and would go on to win a total of 21 events on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships.

Marvol Barnard is a golf educator in her 14th year of teaching, coaching and motivating golfers at Haven Golf Course in Green Valley, Arizona.  She is a Class A member of both the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA).

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