Sandy LaBauve receives Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf founder wins both LPGA T&CP national awards, marking the first time one individual has received both honors in the same year.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 4, 2017 – For the first time in history, the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Membership announces one winner of both the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award in the same year – LPGA*USGA Girls Golf founder and national ambassador Sandy LaBauve.

“Sandy’s dedication to the LPGA and her accomplishments speak for themselves, but it is nice to see her contributions acknowledged through these awards,” said Nancy Henderson, the LPGA’s Chief Teaching Officer. “Sandy had the vision for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and is still a driver for the unquestionable success it is today, and for that I am thankful. If anyone deserves to win both awards, it is Sandy.”

The Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, instituted by the LPGA T&CP Membership in 1989 to honor the late teaching professional Ellen Griffin, recognizes an individual, male or female, who made a major contribution to the teaching of golf and who emulates Griffin’s spirit, love and dedication to students, teachers, teaching skills and the game of golf.

“Winning the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award is surreal,” LaBauve said. “Like Ellen was, I am passionate about growing the game by empowering others. I am especially grateful to the LPGA Foundation and our members that have grown my initiatives like LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. I celebrate this award in their honor.”

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Donna White Receives Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 15, 2016 – Donna White is the recipient of the 2016 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award, which recognizes an LPGA professional who gives back to the game in the spirit of Nancy Lopez. whitedonna

The Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award was created in 2007 and is given to an LPGA professional who emulates qualities valued by Lopez: Leadership, Passion, Giving, and Approachability. Lopez is a 48-time LPGA Tour winner and four-time Rolex Player of the Year. She was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1987 and captained the victorious 2005 US Solheim Cup Team.

White joined the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals in 1997, and since then has served as an instructor at many national program, and served on multiple committees within the organization before ultimately becoming inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame in 2014. Outside of the T&CP she has many other professional accomplishments within the LPGA such as the National Professional of the Year Award in 2008 and the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award in 2006. She has also been named as one of the Top 50 Best Female Teachers by Golf Digest and Golf for Women Magazine, as well as the Bellsouth/SEC Women’s Entrepreneur Award in 2000, the Samaritan Award for community service in 1988, and the Founder’s Cup award presented by Golf Digest for community efforts in 1987.

White’s professional golf career began in 1977 when she was an LPGA Tour Member and winner of three tour titles. Upon retiring from the Tour, she established her flagship business Golf Professional Services, Inc., an independently contracted concessionaire that provides golf merchandise, award-winning program development, instruction, food, and beverage services. It is around this time that White embodied the idea of giving back to her community through its junior programs, co-founding the Junior Golf Foundation of America (JGFA). Currently, White enjoys her “encore” career as a professor at Keiser University, where she inspires her students to pursue a career in the golf industry. White’s Leadership, Passion, Approachability, and desire to Give back to the golf industry as a whole demonstrates the qualities of Nancy Lopez and this award.

“Nancy Lopez is recognized as an unsung hero,” White said, “setting the stage for what women’s golf is today. [Lopez’s] personal and professional leadership, passion, giving, and approachability traits align with the values of the LPGA.  As professionals, we strive to be like Nancy, emulating those said traits and values.  I was grateful to be nominated for the 2016 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award and elated to learn I will receive it!  To share an award in the namesake of an esteemed friend, competitor, and consummate professional with my business team and Keiser colleagues is truly an honor.”

About Nancy Lopez Golf

The Nancy Lopez Golf (NLG) line provides unprecedented choice to the woman golfer in the selection of golf equipment and apparel. The four-step NLG Match Play Process also provides selection in club configuration to best fit the game of each woman. Nancy Lopez Golf embodies the spirit and energy of women’s golf and of its namesake, Nancy Lopez, who captured the imagination of people everywhere with her remarkable playing career and the genuine warmth of her charm. For more information about Nancy Lopez Golf, visit http://www.NancyLopezGolf.com.

Aulenti receives 2014 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 16, 2014 —  Angela Aulenti, a 30+ year veteran of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) as well as a PGA member, is the recipient of the 2014 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award, which recognizes an LPGA professional who gives back to the game in the spirit of Nancy Lopez. Aulenti is the Head Golf Pro at Sterling Farms Golf Club, Stamford, Conn., and the Director of Golf at E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course, Stamford, Conn.
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