Interview with Jennifer Greggain, LPGA Western Section Teacher of the Year 2016

 

by Rebecka Heinmert

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LPGA National Junior Golf Leader: Stacy Miller-Arndt Member Profile

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Stacy Miller-Arndt, LPGA Junior Golf Director Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD

How did you get into golf?

I grew up in Lewisville, Texas and began playing golf at the age of seven with my family. My father, Chuck was my main instructor. I grew up in a family of elite golfers including my father, Chuck, mother, Diane and brother, Clay. I grew up in a small junior golf program at Denton Country Club in Denton, Texas. I started competing on a national level at age 12. I knew golf was my passion when I played in my first national tournament at age 12 at Lakeway Country Club in Austin, Texas. I qualified for the match play and won my first match against an eighteen year old going to play college golf the next year.

What are some highlights/accomplishments that you have had in your career?

My biggest accomplishments are my former junior golfers who are now continuing to play golf in amateur tournaments and have become junior members at Congressional. Many ofne-stacy-jr my juniors have found that golf does not stop after junior golf but can continue to enjoy the game. I have found that helping my juniors’ find their different passions in life and seeing them succeed has been a huge highlight.

How did you become interested in coaching junior golf?

I became interested in coaching juniors the summer of my junior year at Oklahoma State University. I worked with the North Texas PGA Junior Tour with Barry Rodenhaver. I enjoyed helping with the clinics and running tournaments. Barry was a great mentor that help me come out of shy shell and be more confident in myself. I knew that I wanted to teach juniors and make an impact on the game of golf.

What is your game to play with your junior golfers?

A new game that I play with my young girls age 8 and under is called “Girl Power Middle Name”. Each girl chose a new middle name that represented the girls’ spirit. The names ranged from Brave, Power, Amazing, Super, Unstoppable and Fast. The girls wrote their name on their golf balls to remind them of their Girl Power middle names. This quick game was a great way to remind the girls about their amazing abilities as a girl.

What are some for your hobbies/interests besides golf?

I enjoyed spending time with my family and watching my sons, Gustave (10) and Hunter (7) play sports and participate in Cub Scout activities. I love photography and scrapbooking.

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2016 NE Section Coach of the Year: Member Profile Molly Braid

Northeast Section Member Molly Braid is the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

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How did you get into golf?

I participated in summer camps with my siblings and cousins when I was very young and really enjoyed my experience at our local country club, so when I had some friends encourage me to try golf in High School I didn’t hesitate. From there, what really got me hooked was playing with my father and his friends on the weekends. My father is one of the best playing partners in the world, I can’t help but have fun and enjoy myself on the golf course when I am with him.

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Meet Janean Murphy – By Kristie Fowler

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Janean Murphy, our newly appointed Area Representative for Texas and Oklahoma. Some of you may already know her.  Some of you may get to know her soon as she reaches out to members in order to  help bridge that connected with Central Section activities.  Well, she has an interesting background that I’m going to share with you along with two of her favorite things about golf.

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Member Profile: Kate Schanuel, LPGA

NE Section Member Kate Schanuel,
Head Women’s Golf Coach at Towson  University in Towson, MD.

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How did you get into golf?

My parents sent me to golf camp at our club in Connecticut. We had putting contests, driving range activities, and trivia time. During trivia time we had Kool-Aid and cookies and sat in the shade, which was my favorite! If you answered the trivia questions right you won a head cover, balls, gloves, etc…that got me hooked.

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Member Profile – Ellen Dunne

FullSizeRender  My name is Ellen Dunne and I am in the second level of the LPGA teaching. I grew up in Lauderdale By The Sea, a little town near Fort Lauderdale. If I am not on the golf course, I enjoy going to the beach and going to movies with my friends. Because of my involvement in the game of golf, I attended Florida International University on a golf scholarship. Three out of four years, I made Sun belt all-conference. I graduated with a degree in Park and Recreation and a minor in Sports Management.

I took up the game of golf when I was six years old. The way I became interested in the game of golf is through my sister, Mary Dunne-Hembd. I would follow her to her lessons and when she was playing a golf tournament. My love for the game of golf has brought me some great experience, from playing junior and college golf, to the LPGA futures, symetra professional development tours.

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Yuri Barclay on coming into golf and working at the PGA Tour Superstore

YuriBarclayGrowing up in Japan, golf wasn’t a very accessible sport. Only the rich Japanese men were able to play. Little girls like me only occasionally saw double-decker driving ranges or a professional event on television. But golf wasn’t popular, especially with little girls. From the sports available to me, I chose ballet.

After a few years, I developed the proficiency to become a Prima Donna, which was the top in my company. At 17, I was accepted into The Royal Ballet School in London, England, but I was injured by a torn ACL weeks before entering the program. After three more years of chasing my dream, I realized I couldn’t perform at that level anymore and started teaching children.

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