Hands First Method Wins Hands Down


by Diane Cody

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – Minnesota native, Barbara Moxness, won the Senior Division of the 2018 T&CP National Championship, held on Pinehurst No. 8 in August.  It wasn’t her first win in that division – she also won in 2012 – and it probably won’t be her last.  But in some ways, it may just be her most satisfying.  Not only did Moxness outplay everyone in the Senior Division, which includes competitors age 50 and over, but she beat every player in every division in the entire National Championship, finishing with the lowest 54-hole total, a 4-under-par 212!

Moxness is no stranger to tournament play.  She qualified for the LPGA Tour in 1978, finishing in the top ten in all LPGA Majors including the USGA Women’s Open, The Nabisco Dinah Shore, The LPGA Championship and The DuMaurier Classic. She had three second-place finishes and ranked 18th on the money list in 1982.  But something was missing.  “Why didn’t I compete better?” lamented Moxness.  “I was frustrated and started to lose my love for the game.”   She left the tour in 1986 to raise her family.

Shortly thereafter, she met San Diego golf teacher, AJ Bonar, whose unconventional approach to teaching the golf swing turned her game around.  She shot a 67 in the first competitive round she played after using what he taught her.

“You need to understand how the brain works,” explains Moxness.  “Forty-two percent of brain allocation goes to your hands.  What are your hands going to do with this club?”

The “Moxie Process,” which involves focusing on your hands vs. hips or other body parts during the swing, is explained in her book, Golf from the Inside Out.  “The book defines the physical, psychological and spiritual parts of golf,“ says Moxness.  “The athlete is there; it’s a matter of bringing it out.”

The Shirley Spork Super-Senior Award

Moxness’ 2018 Senior Division win included another accolade: she also picked up the coveted Shirley Spork Super-Senior Award, which recognizes players aged 65+.  The award was established at the 2009 T&CP National Championship by LPGA Founder, Shirley Spork.

“Creating the Super Senior Division allows more active coaches and teachers to participate,” said Spork.  “I would even like to see a Super-Super Senior category for ages 66+ or 70+.  We have to recognize all our coaches and teachers, no matter what age, and encourage them to keep playing in our tournaments.”

This dual win was the first occurrence since the inception of the Super-Senior award, which is a strong testimony to the effectiveness of the “Moxie Process,” perhaps proving that anyone of any age can play to their potential by using Moxness’ hands-first method.  “It’s fun to teach this way!” adds Moxness.

Meet Connie Cramer Caouette

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.

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LPGA Founder Shirley Spork Still Teaching

Originally published on http://www.cantonrep.com/ by Jim Thomas, June 6, 2016.

Shirley Spork is a certified, living legend. The 89-year-old Spork is one of the 13 women who founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour in 1950. She is in a new movie “The Founders” about those pioneering females who changed sports forever.

Sunday and Monday, Spork came to Clearview Golf Club to pay tribute to another pioneer, the first African-American man to design, construct and own a professional golf course, William Powell, and his family. Spork spoke at Sunday evening’s Clearview Legacy Foundation dinner and then spent Monday offering putting advice to all who were playing in the Pro-Am outing.

The lady can still teach. She dances well, too.

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Founders Cup Meet and Greet

By Marvol Barnard, Central Section President

A wonderful time was had by all at the Central Section Meet and Greet held recently during the LPGA Tour Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona.  Members from Florida, Arizona, and California met in the Pioneer Pavilion to enjoy drinks and appetizers while networking and visiting with one another.  We were honored to have LPGA Founder and Western Section T&CP member Shirley Spork join us during the event, and share information about her upcoming  charity Pro-Am in California at Palm Valley Country Club.  Other members present were Peggy Gustafson, Sue Wieger, Lynn Marriott, Pia Nillson, Gwen Checho, Kiernan Schindler, Ashley Moss, Marvol Barnard, Le Ann Finger, and other members from several sections around the country.

A surprise special guest was noted teacher Mike Malaska, who dropped by to say hello and share ideas with our members.  All told, we had about 15 LPGA members in attendance, and a great time was had by all!