We all get into the golf business for different reasons. We find our passion and somehow destiny takes us on a journey. Shannon Kneisler is no different but she has had some of the most unique and interesting experiences that I have heard of in a long time. Take a few minutes to meet her. Wait until you see how she is bringing caddies back to the game, and how she has been giving golf lessons all over the world!
Susie Meyers LPGA, PGA has been coaching at Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club in Tucson, Arizona for over 20 years. In that time she has coached players to the LPGA and PGA Tours. Susie loves coaching people of all ages and skill levels. She has assisted many of the club pros in her area and also the young golfers that rise through the junior ranks. Susie’s son now plays golf at Stanford University and there have been countless others that have gone on to play collegiate golf. Recently Golf Magazine selected Susie as a Top 100 Teacher in America and she has been honored by the University of Arizona as a Silver Anniversary C.A.T.S. Award winner. Susie just published her first book, Golf From Point A. The testimonials about her book can be found on Amazon. Check it out. The reviews have been awesome! Thanks Susie for sharing your story.
by Ken Steadman and others
Not Only is Midwest Section Class A Member, Karen McMeekin a great teaching professional, she also has taken on a passion of hers in fighting cruelty to animals.
When Karen moved to Tennessee from South Florida in 2004, she learned the plight of the homeless pets in the area. Her original intention was to move to Crossville to teach golf. She relocated to the mountains after teaching school for 11 years following her graduation from the University of South Florida.
She eventually began playing amateur golf across the State and then climbed to the ranks of the LPGA Class “A” status. While building a golf business in Fairfield Glade at the former 4 Seasons Par 3, she became more involved in animal welfare.
Where you live
Where you work & what you do?
I do a lot of things! In addition to my work as an LPGA Teaching Professional, I also keep busy as a business builder, strategist, and educator (feel free to learn more about all of that at www.DrGretaAnderson.com)! I’m also the co-owner of BreatheWear, Inc. – a company that designs and distributes products that support sleep disorders.
In my life as an LPGA teaching professional, I serve as the co-site director for Girls Golf @ SheSteams in Henry County, GA, which is just south of Atlanta. We’ve had an exciting summer program, and are looking forward to expanding our fall programming.
Additionally, I provide instruction individual and small group programming for adults through an innovative partnership I’ve established with a private club here in Atlanta. We’ve found that this relationship allows each party to achieve their respective goals with greater flexibility, quality, and success.
How long have you been an LPGA member?
How was the process of becoming a member for you?
The process was very informative, interesting and fun for me. I just LOVE to learn, so I really enjoyed the process. It was amazing to see for myself how research-focused and evidence-based the LPGA’s approach to instruction really is. So, I’d have to say that the process was also quite affirming!
What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?
I’m SO very proud to be a member of the LPGA!! This distinction really does have value and meaning in so many ways, and it is a privilege to have earned membership. It motivates me to keep working to become better and better as a teacher, and as a person in general.
What is the best part about the membership for you?
I’m really enjoying the camaraderie; most every colleague I’ve met is positive, encouraging and so helpful. It’s always great to be in an environment that fosters growth and continuous development.
What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?
Before starting the program, I’d encourage the person to really examine their goals to ensure that this credential is a good fit. That is, if you’re not focused on becoming a great instructor (that is, you’re more focused on another niche within the golf industry), take the time to more fully review and understand the TEP program.
Going into the program, it’s important to remember that a substantial commitment of resources (time, financial, mental) will be required to successfully navigate this program. So like anything else in life – go in with your eyes wide open!
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
Meet Connie Cramer Caouette – By Kristie Fowler & Connie Cramer Caouette
As an LPGA Member for over 30 years, Connie Cramer Caouette has worked long and hard in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, Montana! Although time has gone by like the blink of an eye, she has so many vivid memories and shares with us a few of those moments. Not only has she learned to manage two 18-hole golf facilities…. staffing, teaching, budgeting….she has also had the challenge of learning to manage the “Wildlife” as nature meets the golfing public. Ladies, please meet Connie Cramer Caouette.
I have been an LPGA member since 2006 and I was the first graduate of the Managerial Leadership Track. I strongly believe earning the accreditation of a Class A Managerial Leader has put me in position for much success professionally.