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

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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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It’s Tournament Season in Ohio by Martha Mallott

If you haven’t run a large tournament, you need to do it at least once. This year is the 10th Annual Ohio Women’s Open and I have been the Executive Director and Tournament Director all 10 years.

To say this is a fun job would be a total lie.  It is a fun job when the tournament is over and I can again sleep at night without worrying about what might have been forgotten.  My golfing professional friends wonder why I don’t play in the 36-hole championship.  It’s hard already running the tournament, let alone playing in it as well.

The last two years have been especially challenging as we had to cancel the event in 2015 due to a lack of participants.  We had scheduled our usual first weekend in August start time but, unbeknownst to us, it conflicted with LPGA Q-school. With the ranks of our participants coming from the Symetra Tour, the Legends Tour, PGA professionals, and LPGA T&CP member, we lost a huge segment of our draw with so many Symetra Tour members playing at Q-School.

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Letter from the Midwest Section Secretary – Martha Mallott

IMG_1167Congratulations to our “Of the Year” winners: Pat Gray was selected for the Jeri Reid Spirit of Golf Award for 2015 and also the MW Section Professional of the Year; Maria Palazola was selected as the 2015 Teacher of the Year; and Stephanie Barker was the MW Section Coach of the year.  Very deserving award winners for our section!

As fall is in the air in Ohio, I start thinking of things that I can do in the winter to improve my teaching and business. I hope most of you enjoyed the teaching and coaching summit in San Antonio. I am coaching high school golf and wasn’t able to attend because my team was playing its sectional tournament on October 7. I am really jealous of those who were able to attend.

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Letter from the Midwest Section Secretary – Martha Mallott

IMG_1167We’ve had extremely wet conditions in Ohio and now are heading into the hot and humid part of the summer. I am hoping that all of your golf programs are heating up as well.  Vice-President Penny Porter is plugging the LPGA-USGA GG organization and I would like to also put a plug in for the organization with which I have been involved for 13 years in Defiance.   The junior golfers involved usually start at a really young age and it’s really rewarding to watch them progress into high school golfers and sometimes collegiate players.  I recently saw a photo on MW Section member Pat Gray’sFacebook page.  There were three golfers from her junior programs who are headed to play collegiate golf.  How neat!

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Did You Know? – Ohio Women’s Open Championship

INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 31:  Spectators look on during the final round of the 2010 LPGA Hana Bank Championship at Sky 72 Golf Club on October 31, 2010 in Incheon, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA – OCTOBER 31: Spectators look on during the final round of the 2010 LPGA Hana Bank Championship at Sky 72 Golf Club on October 31, 2010 in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Did You Know that Ohio has a Women’s Open Championship, which is hitting its 10th Annual Event Status?

The Ohio Women’s Open was founded in 2005 by Midwest Section LPGA Member and Secretary Martha Mallott.  The tournament took a hiatus in 2011,  so this year’s event, which will be held August 3 and 4 at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, OH, will be celebrating the 10th Annual Event.

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Letter from the Midwest Section Secretary – Martha Mallott

IMG_1167As the snow melts in NW Ohio, we can see the Spring as the “light at the end of our golfing tunnels.”  All northerners are so excited to be able to get out and golf soon.

A big thank you to those of you who have already contributed lots of news for our Midwest Section Newsletter.  I have found members who are very happy to contribute and that will make my job much easier.

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