Marvol Barnard Elected as LPGA Professionals National President. Dr. Alison Curdt chosen as the membership’s Vice President.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 7, 2019Marvol Barnard, a Class A member of both the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the PGA of America, has been elected as National President of the LPGA Professionals membership in a vote by the members.

Barnard, who is Director of Instruction at Haven Golf Course in Green Valley, Ariz., and Director of Player Development at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M., will work alongside fellow teacher Dr. Alison Curdt, who has been voted in as the LPGA Professionals National Vice President. Barnard and Curdt started their three-year terms in office on Jan. 1, 2019.

“It is the honor of my professional life to have been recently elected as the next National President of the LPGA Professionals,” Barnard said. “From the moment I joined this organization in 2002, I have been so inspired by my fellow members and by our leadership and staff, and so to be elected to this position is really a tremendous privilege. I really think there has never been a better or more exciting time to be a woman in the golf industry, and there are so many wonderful possibilities ahead for all of us. Alison and I look very forward to serving our members and continuing to build on the growth and success of all the past leaders who have made the LPGA  Professionals such a strong and vibrant women’s organization.”

Barnard, who served three terms as President of the LPGA Central Section, joined the LPGA in 2002 and became a Class A member in 2006. She has piled up an impressive array of accolades and achievements over the years, including the LPGA Marilynn Smith Service Award in 2014 and the LPGA Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award in 2013. Barnard was honored as the LPGA’s National Teacher of the Year in 2016 and listed among the LPGA’s Top 50 Best Teachers for 2017-2018. She was included as one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Women Teachers in 2012.

One of Southern Arizona’s most accomplished instructors, Barnard was the recipient of the PGA’s Southwest Section Player Development Award in 2013 and 2017, and the PGA’s Southwest Section Southern Chapter Player Development Award in 2015 and 2016.

In 2018, she received the National PGA Player Development Award, an honor that bestows special recognition on a PGA member who has displayed “extraordinary and exemplary contribution and achievement” in player development. The award was given during the PGA’s Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, California in November.

Dr. Curdt, who has more than 29 years of golf competition background, turned professional in 2004 and moved to Palm Springs, Calif., to begin her teaching and professional playing career. She is currently the Director of Instruction at Alison Curdt Golf at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, California, where she oversees all programs related to men, women and juniors while also running, coordinating and teaching camps and clinics.

A two-time Academic All American at Florida State University where she attained degrees in psychology and professional golf management, Dr. Curdt last year celebrated a rare double when she became just the second person to earn Master Professional status with both the LPGA Professionals and the PGA of America. She was voted by her LPGA peers as the Western Section Teacher of the Year in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018. In 2015, Dr. Curdt was honored as the LPGA’s National Teacher of the Year.

About the LPGA Professionals

The LPGA Teaching Division was founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour. The newly renamed LPGA Professionals boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA Professionals 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 1,800 strong, LPGA Professionals 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 Professionals 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 include LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, the LPGA Lesson Zone and LPGA Golf 101 programs. For more information, log onto

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Barnard, Cobick, Miller-Arndt, and Ritchie Receive 2016 LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals National Awards

Daytona Beach, Fla., October 13, 2016—The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership has selected the following members for national recognition as a result of their achievements: Marvol Barnard, Haven Golf Course, Green Valley, Arizona, Teacher of the Year; Mary-Lee Cobick, Golf Professional Services, Inc., West Palm Beach, Florida, Professional of the Year; Stacy Miller-Arndt, Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland, Junior Golf Leadership of the Year; and Mary Ritchie, UC Riverside, Riverside, California Coach 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.

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2016 Section Of The Year Award Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Septamber 22, 2016 – 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 2016 LPGA T&CP Section Award winners are as follows:

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Marvol Barnard – Drills That WORK!!

53035_1715756731658_619411_oI am VERY excited to facilitate the Drills That Work session at the Las Vegas Conference.

Here’s how it will go:

  • All conference registrants will be asked to submit your three favorite drills to our Vegas committee.
  • 8 drills will be selected to be presented during this session of the seminar
  • You and your drill—why it works and what it’s used for—will be front and center and up on stage!

The best part?  All attendees will go home with a complete toolbox of every drill submitted. Fresh, new, and innovative drills that work!


Register for the Las Vegas Conference Here>>

A Woman’s Game: Teaching Pro Targets Untapped Market

Originally published by Green Valley News ( on May 15, 2016. Written by Christopher Boan.

Photo by Christopher Boan

It’s a toasty Friday in April on the sun-baked grounds of Haven Golf Course in Green Valley, where a small group of women will soon discover a love for golf — at least if their teacher has anything to say about it.

She’s longtime Haven teaching pro Marvol Barnard, whose influence and reputation reach across the nation. But who’s most at home right here.

Barnard, 57, guides the women through each shot in meticulous detail, ensuring they’ll catch the same bug she did two decades ago when she learned the game on the same grounds.

Founders Cup Meet and Greet

By Marvol Barnard, Central Section President

A wonderful time was had by all at the Central Section Meet and Greet held recently during the LPGA Tour Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona.  Members from Florida, Arizona, and California met in the Pioneer Pavilion to enjoy drinks and appetizers while networking and visiting with one another.  We were honored to have LPGA Founder and Western Section T&CP member Shirley Spork join us during the event, and share information about her upcoming  charity Pro-Am in California at Palm Valley Country Club.  Other members present were Peggy Gustafson, Sue Wieger, Lynn Marriott, Pia Nillson, Gwen Checho, Kiernan Schindler, Ashley Moss, Marvol Barnard, Le Ann Finger, and other members from several sections around the country.

A surprise special guest was noted teacher Mike Malaska, who dropped by to say hello and share ideas with our members.  All told, we had about 15 LPGA members in attendance, and a great time was had by all!

Letter form the Central Section President – Marvol Barnard

53035_1715756731658_619411_oHello Central Section Friends!

I would like to congratulate our “Of the Year” award recipients for 2015. Teacher of the Year: Sue Wieger; Professional of the Year: Kristie Fowler; Coach of the Year: Kimberly Self; and Junior Golf Leader of the Year: Sally Krystyn. You are all outstanding golf professionals, and I know I speak for our entire Section when I say congratulations, and well done! I also congratulate all the nominees for these prestigious awards. The golf professionals in our organization work hard, care deeply, and create wonderfully, and you are all to be applauded for all that you do for our association and for our industry.

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