Golf Experiences for Her – Gia Bocra

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LPGA member Gia Bocra thinks outside the box when it comes to being a female golf instructor. Partnering with fellow professionals from different clubs, Gia offers women an enjoyable customized experience around their favorite sport, golf.
Read below about Gia’s Golf Experiences for Her.

Since accepting my first golf job as a teenager 24 years ago, I’ve been blessed to have grown in the industry and to have taught professionally alongside some of the best instructors the game has to offer. Today, I’m heading into my 8th season as the Teaching Professional at Hamilton Farm Golf Club—a beautiful course nestled in the quiet countryside of Gladstone, NJ.

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The College Golf Seminar is an Eye Opening Glimpse into what it takes to Play College Golf.

Contributor – Stacy Miller ArndtLPGA Junior Golf Director, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland

This past February many Northeast Section LPGA T&CP professionals attended the Fourth Annual MAPGA (Mid Atlantic PGA) College Golf Seminar at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The goal of the College Golf Seminar is to educate golf professionals, parents and juniors on college golf opportunities at various playing levels.

The panel of  experts at the seminar included the following collegiate golf coaches: Matt Ball, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rob Ferguson, Marymount University, Jay Hardwick, Virginia Tech, Scott Moyer, McDaniel College, Pat Owen, US Naval Academy, Kate Schanuel and Brian Yaniger, Towson University, Scott Singhass, Shenandoah University, and LeRoy Williams, Bridgewater College.

The morning session began with coach introduction and a short tip and a word from Penn State and University of Maryland at Eastern Shore PGM (Professional Golf Management) representatives.

Then, the seminar broke out into three smaller sessions: How do I Choose the Right School for Me, Scholarship 101 and How do I Get the Attention of Coaches.

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25 Hours in a Day!

In the How do I Get the Attention of Coaches session, the coaches agreed that juniors should always play in their state junior championship. College coaches are also looking at multi-day tournament results.

In Scholarship 101, the Division III coaches explained there are no athletic scholarships. Rather, players are awarded Academic scholarships and Grant money. Many times, the academic scholarship and grant money can equal what is offered at Division I schools.

Jay Hardwick of Virginia Tech showed us what a typical student athlete day and a typical tournament competition week is like in  How do I Choose the Right School for Me.

Above is just a brief overview of what was covered that day. Below, see what a couple of our members had to say about the MAPGA College Golf Seminar:

Linda Gaudi, LPGA/PGA Director of Instruction at CC at Fairfax said “I never miss an opportunity to attend the College Golf Seminar. Each year, I bring a couple of students. The information shared is vital and gives a true understanding of the process needed to play college golf at any level. Due to the MAPGA College Golf Seminar, I added a feature to my coaching programs helping my students with a pathway to playing college golf.”

Liz Cooper, LPGA/PGA Director of Player Development at Army Navy CC said “The College Golf Seminar is an eye opening glimpse into what it takes to play competitive golf in college. I would encourage all golf professionals who work with juniors to attend this event as it provides the unique opportunity to interact with coaches from Division I to Division III. I think, most importantly, I walked away with a network of college coaches that I can reach out to with any questions I have in the future.

MAPGA will again host the College Golf Seminar in 2018 at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.

Liz Gentile, Secretary, NE LPGA T&CP

Save the Date! College Golf Seminar and NE Section Cracker Barrel

Do you have students that want to play college golf?

Have you been asked questions about playing college golf by parents?

Would you like to have a clear plan of how to guide your students successfully into a college program?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then The College Golf Seminar is for you! Continue reading

Meet and Greets are Here! – Valerie Moore

12801284_10208916266129622_3290584495410744396_nWe are off and running on the east coast of Florida with the start of our very own monthly Meet and Greets inspired by the west coast’s own Carole Clark!  These LPGA/PGA Meet and Greets were designed to bring local golf professionals together to network, share some food and spirits, as well as good laughs.  They will be held the third week of the month on different days of the week so we can accommodate as many schedules as possible.  Our first Meet and Greet was held at Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza in Delray Beach and it was an amazing time had by all!  We know a lot of you are up north for the summer or traveling so we look forward to seeing you upon your return!  Please spread the word about our gatherings with your LPGA and PGA friends so we can continue to grow both professionally and personally!  The next Meet and Greet on the east coast of Florida will be on Thursday, August 18th at 7:00pm.  We will be meeting again at Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza in Delray Beach.  Please email Valerie at val@mooremobile.golf if you plan to attend.  Hope to see you all there!

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