Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:  Brianne Murphy

Where you live?

St. Petersburg, Florida

Where you work & what you do:

Director of Instruction at Feather Sound Country Club

How long have you been an LPGA member?

2002

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was great!  My advisor was there to answer questions whenever I had them.  The education and schools were fun, extremely informative and have several friendships all over the US because of traveling to attend.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It is an absolute honor to be a part of this organization!  I feel that we have made a growing impact and name in women’s sports. The LPGA maintains a “Cheers” feel where everyone knows your name throughout the membership  🙂

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Feeling like I am a part of something that matters and makes a difference.  I value the playing opportunities and continuing education as well.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Take advantage of all the opportunities, the knowledge of the members, and don’t be afraid to get involved.

 

 

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Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name: Camille Surdi

Where you live?

St. Petersburg, Florida

Where you work & what you do?

Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf and Sports Complex

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Joined in 1987 and became Class A in 1992

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The membership process was very rewarding. I was late to the game of golf, and my mentors at the time gave me great leadership to guide me.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

Everything! To be an accredited member of an organization that promotes a woman’s sport is a dream come true.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part of membership is simply being able to use my skills as a communicator to help golfers improve and grow the game. The best part about the internal membership of the T&CP is the camaraderie and respect we have for one another.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

I would tell them to Just Do It! The rewards they will receive from whatever career path they take using the organization will be amazing. I took a leap of faith when I joined and 30 years later I’m still going strong!

Special Thanks:

I would just like to say thank you to all the women that are not only in the T&CP, but on the Tour as well. We as women have the tools to be the best women’s sports organization worldwide! I am proud to be a part of that!

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Gennifer Garvin

Women in Golf Wednesday 11-22Name: Gennifer Garvin

Where you live?

Stuart, FL

Where you work & what you do?

I work for The First Tee of The Treasure Coast and am their Director of Operations. Meaning I oversee all areas of operations, programming, coaches, volunteers, budgets, fundraising, and report these back to our parent chapter The First Tee of the Palm Beaches

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I started my track in September of 2011 when I passed my PAT at LPGA International in Daytona.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I just recently became a Class A member this summer, so it took me about 6 years to complete the process. All along the way, I learned and grew as a professional with the instruction I received at the national trainings, and even more so from the amount of networking with other professionals made possible by the commitment and care of each LPGA member. I was encouraged by an LPGA member to begin the process in 2011 and can honestly say I was continually encouraged along the way, I am not sure I would have completed if not for the persistence of my peers. 🙂

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It means I am part of a strong network of professional ladies who are serious about their passion to help others. LPGA T&CP is committed to student focused teaching and excels in teaching teachers. I am proud that being an LPGA member means I am trained to introduce and grow the game because I can help any golfer improve and have more fun.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

I work in the sector of junior golf, so for me the best part is our mission of growing the game for young ladies through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. This organization is a perfect partner because girls really do excel and love the game more when we provide them opportunities to play and learn together.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Keep at it and reach out to those around you for help! As I mentioned, everyone is so willing to help and their insights and lessons they’ve learned throughout their career is icing on the cake to your LPGA book work. Also, take your time; each “assignment” is carefully designed to make you a better teacher, and they will if you take your time to assess your current ability and make improvements along the way.

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Anne Cain

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Name: Anne Cain

Where you live?

Amelia Island, FL

Where you work & what you do?:

The PGA TOUR Academy at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1995

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was fun and educational; I think it is even much better now

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

I feel I am part of bigger organization and have the support of the LPGA.  When I joined, there were so few women in the golf industry it was easy to feel isolated.  I really like how the LPGA education system has prioritized teaching and coaching.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The friendships, professional relationships, and education

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Most LPGA members are willing to mentor and support each other. Reach out to as many people as you can and seek guidance and advice.

Words of Wisdom:

I encourage everyone to be involved and serve the organization either on a sectional or national level.   I hope the LPGA organization will continue to offer opportunities for people with areas of expertise to contribute to the education curriculum moving into the future.

Women in Golf Wednesday – Dawn Pentesco

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Name: Dawn Pentesco

Where you live? 

Venice, FL

Where you work & what you do?

Plantation Golf & Country Club, Sales and Marketing Director

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2009

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Life transforming!  I have met so many wonderful people. It was a long road but worth it.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It is a huge feather in my cap. I am proud of this accomplishment and being one of few Class A LPGA Professionals in the world. The LPGA has helped me become a better golf professional and a better person.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The people you meet and sharing best practices.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Do it! The LPGA is the best organization in the world to help you with your golf career and personal development.

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Charlotta Sorenstam

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Name:  

Charlotta Sorenstam

Where you live?

Orlando, FL

Where you work & what you do:

Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club as Director of Instruction

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

Tour member since 1997 and T&CP member since 2008

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Since I had been a Tour player, I was already qualified with the PAT. I did some studying about the membership requirements and was well prepped for my evaluations and for the questions, I thought it was fairly easy to tell the truth.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

LPGA has a good credibility around the world for a high educational organization where they focus on the students and that is what I like.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Feels I have an extended family and if I need any help from another member, they are always there and willing to help and share their experiences.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

That you seek advice from someone who has done the program themselves so that you can get advice or even have them evaluate you before you take the tests.

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Nicole Weller

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Nicole Weller

Where you live:

Savannah GA

Where you work & what you do:

The Landings Club, Head Teaching Professional (create, organize, host golf schools, clinics, new golfer league, guest speakers and golf instruction / youth golf programming as well as instruct over 700-800 lessons/year for adults and children)

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

Started the process in the late 90’s and member for over 16 years

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I entered into both the PGA and LPGA programs at the same time. Lots of studying at that time!  I loved my NEP1 experience… Carol Presinger made it really fun. I had heard and read a lot about her and took my NEP at her facility and she was so nice, I’ll never forget that first experience and enjoyed meeting new lady professionals in the making as well.  Carol also had an incredible spread of snacks J  I went to class there at City Club Marietta and then again for the Level 1 test and took other levels at LPGA International and tested at World Golf Village as well.  I remember the awesome camaraderie at LPGA International and being able to go outdoors and learn how to teach outdoors rather than just in a classroom or thought videos.  Real hands-on experience was fun… helping each other, hitting shots eyes closed or lefty… I recommend going through the LPGA Teaching Education programs for everyone who wants to be a well-rounded teacher, even for men.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

I love being part of a bigger ‘sisterhood’ who share the sincere desire to learn and not just go to something for the points/credits.  Sharing ideas, reconnecting with those who can discuss similar experiences and are so giving of their time to help each other makes me feel like I’m a part of something very special.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

I love being connected to all ladies who like golf for various reasons… club professionals, teachers, Tour players.  We ARE the Ladies Professional Golf Association.  Love being a Girls Golf Site Director (my chapter in Knoxville gave me some of the best volunteer friends and memories of my life!) and love the support that HQ always provides no matter what.  They’re a great team of leaders!

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Welcome to a great group of ladies who love golf and love helping other people with their golf!  Enjoy the process, network and make new friends and acquaintances and experience all the Summits / Workshops / Tournaments that you are able to… it’s special!