Member Spotlight: Debby King

rebeckaheinmert

Name:  

“Debby King”

Current position/work:  

“Co-Owner/The Kingdom of Golf Experience School”

LPGA Member since:

 “1995”

What does your day look like?

“My days are quite different now. I used to operate a 9-hole golf course for the city for the past 10 years. My last day at that job was December 31st. Now I am operating my golf school full time, even though it has been in existence for 5 years.  It  was basically dormant as my job as Head Professional & General Manager at the golf course took precedence. I have to humbly say my golf school is probably the most unique golf school ever! It is located on the bottom floor of my home. Each day has been different so far in 2018: Mondays are usually filled with a local tournament or pro-am, Tuesdays are attending to marketing and social media; Wednesdays & Thursdays will be teaching private and small group lessons for my golf school and Fridays & Saturdays I have partnered with a local public golf course in which to teach my larger group lessons, PGA Junior League, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and other programs of that nature; and Sundays are usually my day off.”

Who was your idol growing up?

“I never really had an idol. I had many influential people throughout my life who I admired along the way. I have been very blessed with the many people golf has introduced me to.”

What are you obsessed with right now?

“Building a golf simulator for my golf school.”

What do you wish you would have known 10 years ago?

“How literally almost everything works out for the best, so quit worrying!!!”

What was the last time you tried something new?

“5 years ago my business partner and I designed and built a home business golf school from the ground up. We are on a 1/4 acre piece of land. We live upstairs and the golf school is downstairs which includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, wet bar and a living area and a golf studio. Our backyard has a 1,500 sq.ft. putting green, 3 target greens and a bunker. The studio is equipped with work-out equipment, pro-shop merchandise and soon to have its own golf simulator. This adventure was built with finances and love acquired from family members we lost to cancer. It is a true memorial to them.”

What books would you say have had the biggest influence in your life? What book have you gifted the most?

“Most recently I have enjoyed “The Impact Zone” by Bobby Clampett and “Be a Player” by Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilson. Other books I enjoyed which are more philosophical would be “Days of Awe and Wonder” by Marcus Borg and “You Gotta Keep Dancing” by Tim Hansel. The book I have gifted the most would be “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect” by Dr. Bob Rotella.”

What do you most want to be known for?

“Fun-loving, generous and a great golf instructor!”

What’s next for you?

“To be more involved in charitable organizations. An organization close to my heart is St. Vincent’s Home for homeless teenage girls.”

Advertisements

Member Spotlight: Jenn Holt

wqedfrgb

Jenn Holt, Class A LPGA since 2012. 

Independent Teacher at Murrieta Valley Golf Range (home of Rickie Fowler).

My average day: I have morning private lessons with varied adults and few hour lunch break. I then go back to teach private half hour lessons with kids after they get out of school. On Friday mornings I volunteer teaching golf to the adults who have developmental disabilities, which I really enjoy. On Friday afternoons I take a group of high school girls out on the course for 2 hours. Weekends are my busiest time with loyal students who have had the same time for a few years. I work 7 days a week but keep Monday mornings to myself.

My idol growing up was Bjorn Borg. I found him to be so strong and stoic. Every time I was in a golf tournament as a child and wasn’t happy I had a picture of Borg in my bag and would remember his stoicism and fashioned myself after him. No crying for me!

I’m obsessed with my new Run Keeper app that allows you to track how far you walk, run or ride a bike. You make your goals and it keeps track. I am on a walking team with my mom so even though we live far apart we have a team goal to walk 1,000 miles in 2018. It sure gets me out walking!

Who I wish I knew 10 years ago: My best friend Chris Vatcher. I met her 5 years ago at the LPGA Level 1 training in Florida. I would of really appreciated her friendship 10 years ago as I was a newly divorced and a struggling single mom with three kids. I enjoy talking to her often as we are both teaching professionals in Southern California.  We help each other out and talk about how to improve our lessons.

The last time I tried something new was when I went to the Blast Certification Training to learn about using Blast in my lessons. That’s new to me since I am not a techie. Blast is a great tool for golf!

The book that is been most influential to me is called Soul Survivor by Phillip Yancey. It opened my eyes, my mind and my heart at a time when I was very regimented in my thinking towards my faith. It pointed me into a new, more freeing direction in my life. However, when I gift books I really try to think of that person and what would appeal to them, so what book I gift is different each time.

I would like to be known and remembered as being a kind, patient and gentle person that really cares about each person she encounters. I really try hard each day when I teach to be in the present and figure out what each student needs individually that would make their day happier. I want to be there to listen to them.

What’s next for me: I will continue to teach golf, and if I’m really inspired and the stars align I would like to have a kids intensive golf training academy.

To learn more about Jenn and book a lesson, check out her website.