Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Melanie Mark

 

Where you live:

Sebastian, FL

 

Where do you work & what you do:

I am a retired Golf Course Superintendent and currently working as an independent Golf Instructor at Sebastian Municipal Golf Course.

 

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I joined the LPGA T& CP membership in 2014

 

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

 I am currently a Class B instructor in pursuit of Class A attainment by December 2019

The process of becoming a member and a certified Class A instructor has been very exciting, interesting, challenging at times, and extremely rewarding.

 

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

Being a member of the LPGA means authentic credibility. Being a member of such a world class organization is not taken lightly, not by the members and not by the public at large. LPGA members are seriously engaged and passionate about creating a positive golfing experience for ALL golfers of ALL skill levels and growing the game of golf, particularly for women.

 

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The opportunity for continued education, networking through several medias and visiting / observing other LPGA instructors, which ultimately creates wonderful new contacts and friendships.

 

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

GO FOR IT! The experience will enrich your life in ways you’ve never even thought of….

Thank you!…. to all of  the educators, administrators, officers and members for creating and carrying on a world class organization for women!!

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Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Brittny Lott

Where you live:

Fayetteville, GA

Where you work & what you do:

The First Tee of East Lake as the Girl’s Golf Coach

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Almost 4 years

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Exciting!…not too difficult, either.

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

It means a lot! I am able to maximize my talent, helps others enjoy the game, be a role model to the young people I teach and have a network of amazing women to connect with.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Honestly, the credentials that come from a quality education and an accredited organization.

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

Just do it! Assess what it is you actually want to accomplish…if helping others flourish in the game is a part of it, then you need to join the LPGA!

I consider it an honor to be a part of this organization and I am appreciative of your consideration of me!

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Luanne Cherney

Where do you live?

Orlando, FL

Where do you work & what do you do?

Winter Pines Golf Club & Bishop Moore High School

How long have you been an LPGA member?

21 years

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The process was very interesting and full of twists and turns!

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

It is a privilege! I am appreciative and full of gratitude to be a member.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part is all the amazing people I continually get to meet.

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

Maintain your passion for people and learning!

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Ashaunta Epps

 

Where do you live?:

I’m a proud native of Kingstree, South Carolina. I currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Where do you work? & What do you do?:

I’m the CEO/Founder of A Perfect Swing, Inc. (www.aperfectswing.net), where our mission is to help individuals use golf as a networking tool to advance in their lives and careers. Our motto is “Improving Your Success in Life by Improving Your Backswing”.  Just as the backswing in golf is key to hitting the ball successfully, so is your backswing in life for achieving your goals.

Under our corporate umbrella, we have the A Perfect Swing Golf Association and the A Perfect Swing Foundation. The Association provides non-competitive and competitive opportunities for individuals of all ages and golf skill levels to come together, network, build communication skills, and share in the fun of learning and playing the game of golf. We believe that when it comes to networking while playing golf, YOUR Swing IS the Perfect Swing.  The true success factor is the mere fact that you are on the course, you know the rules and etiquette, and you are a part of the conversations.

The Foundation is our 501c3 non-profit youth initiative where we introduce golf for youth development and as a low impact alternative for sports and exercise, by teaching the technique of the sport and providing workshops to enhance their leadership, communication, and networking skills.

I also work for Microsoft Corporation as an IT Service Management Consultant to our customers.  I assist Microsoft Enterprise customers in the United States and Canada with optimizing their investments in Microsoft Cloud and non-Cloud technologies by facilitating accelerated adoption of Services through the efficient management of their people, processes, and technologies.

I’m also the Chief Operating Officer for The Coalition for Teens Helping Teens and Vice President for Polished Pearls Leadership Seminars for Teen Girls. I serve on the Board of Directors for Home and Foreign Mission Development Center (Kingstree, SC) and Healing Vine Harbor, Inc.  I’m an African American Golfers Hall of Fame Inductee and a member of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

How long have you been an LPGA member?

 I started the process last year in June and am now a Class B member.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The late Linda Jochim gave me my first golf lesson and served as a golf mentor to me for many years.  Her warm and kind demeanor was my first introduction to the LPGA. When I contacted LPGA headquarters, I received the same warmth and kindness. As I attended the education classes, I received that same warmth and kindness from the facilitators.  As I met LPGA members, I continued to get that same warmth and kindness. There was one LPGA superwoman that really went out of her way to nurture me during this process and she continues to do so today.  If it weren’t for this process I may have never met her, and I will forever be grateful for her assistance.

It was evident that the LPGA headquarters team, the facilitators, and other LPGA members genuinely wanted everyone to be successful and they were willing to help me do so. I’ve had the pleasure of matriculating through this process with a great group of women that I call my #GolfSisters4L. These are friendships that I’m proud to say I know will last a lifetime.

The LPGA Teacher Education Program (TEP) curriculum provided a solid technical foundation of biomechanics and the golf swing and club.  It was time consuming and challenging in its nature, but more importantly, it challenged me to think and respond differently.  I can see the difference it’s made in me as a golf instructor and the results of my students’ performance.

 

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

At a very young age my mom instilled in me that if I am to be the best, I must be around the best. For me, being a member of the LPGA is being a member of a recognized worldwide leader in the golf industry. Being a LPGA member means I get the honor of contributing to and continuing the work of the organization’s Founders by actively providing individuals with the opportunity to pursue their dreams through the game of golf.  I also get an opportunity to provide quality programs to my community through the various LPGA programs.

 

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part about the LPGA membership to me is the ability to continually gain and share knowledge to impact the lives of those within my sphere of influence, especially our youth. My membership opens me up to a massive group of resources (people and programs) that I can utilize, as well as contribute to, to make me and my community better.  The icing on the cake is the free golf, golf tournament entry, and discounts on golf clothing, shoes, training aids, etc. 😊

 

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

One of my golf playing mentors just signed up for the Level 1 class and I’m so excited for her. I’ll tell you what I told her. The program is demanding, informative, and fun. There is a significant commitment of time and finances, so you should be clear on why you are pursuing LPGA membership and allow that to fuel your perseverance through the process. While the focus is on the application of the written material, take the time to meet new people and build relationships because they are just as valuable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because everyone wants you to be successful. I know because I may have asked a question or two or a thousand. 😊 And last but not least…. YOU CAN DO IT!

Final words from Ashaunta

I am super proud to be a member of the LPGA! I look forward to continuing to inspire greatness in our youth through the game of golf! If you are ever in the Charlotte area… Let’s TEE It Up TOGETHER!

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Katie Detlefsen

Where you live:

Estero, FL

Where you work & what you do:

I’m the Director of Instruction at Raptor Bay Golf Academy in Bonita Springs, FL.  Previously, I spent several years as an Assistant Coach with Florida Gulf Coast University and have also worked as a Rick Smith Golf Academy Instructor. I’m a Trackman owner and TPI Certified pro.

Teaching is my main role at the Academy but I’m also in charge of marketing (which is what I studied in college), program planning, etc. I spend a few months in the summer teaching in my home state of Minnesota at Somerby Golf Club.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I’ve been an LPGA member for 7 years.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The process of becoming a member was very positive for me. From the LPGA Staff to the T&CP members I met early on, I was (and continue to be) overwhelmed by the way women in this organization encourage other women. I was also impressed by the quality and importance placed on the Teacher Education Program.

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

Everyday I’m proud to be an LPGA member.  I want to represent our organization well by providing the best possible instruction to my students.  For me being a member of the LPGA also means getting involved with efforts to change the game for the future.  Whether it’s LPGA Golf 101 or Girls Golf I think it’s important to get behind initiatives that “change the face of the game” and allow everyone the opportunity to experience this wonderful sport.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part of being an LPGA member is the relationships I’ve formed- with fellow LPGA pros and with my students.

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

One of my good friends, as well as my sister, have become LPGA members in the past two years which I’m so excited about. I would recommend to anyone thinking of starting the program to jump right in, you won’t regret it. Seek out other instructors to help mentor and guide you and never stop learning!

Additional Information:

Big thank you to all of you ladies who welcome new members, share your knowledge, lift others up, help your students to reach their potential and make a difference… you inspire me!  Also, reach out if there’s a way I can ever help YOU!

golfprokatie@gmail.com

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Mary Galvano-Bajohr

Where you live:

 I have been living in Jacksonville, FL for the past 9 years with my husband and our daughter Abigail, but I was born and have been living in Southwest Florida before then. I took my first steps onto a golf course at my father’s course Santa Rosa Country Club in Bradenton, FL. Golf has been a part of my life since birth. My late father, Phil Galvano, was a Life Member of the PGA and a pioneer in the golf world. He coined phrases and methods of teaching golf that are still being used today, had the very first Live TV show of golf instruction in the world and had #1 Best Seller books on golf. It was his influence that led and inspired me to the game.

Where you work & what you do:

Currently my family owns a golf development company. However, I work for a large homeschooling family of 14 children teaching both golf and voice. Each year for the past 21 years, the Galvano family hosts a memorial golf tournament to charity education in Manatee County called the Phil Galvano Classic, after my late father. The charity golf tournament has been incredibly successful in giving back to the community.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I have been a Class A Member of the LPGA since the year 2000, and joined in the process of becoming a member while I was touring with the Futures Tour in 1994.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The process of becoming a member was one I found challenging yet exciting! I was very anxious to hurry up the process, though. When I finally did become a Class A Member I felt an awesome feeling of accomplishment!

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you and what is the best part?

Being an LPGA Member is one I take great pride in. Over the years not only have I learned a great deal of knowledge and wisdom from my peers but also the LPGA has been like a family to me, which is the best part. Most of the older members of the community know that I am a singer. I had the honor of singing the funeral of the great Patty Berg in Fort Myers, FL. It doesn’t get closer than that. This is a memory I will always cherish.

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

For anyone starting the program, my advice is to enjoy the process and don’t rush through it. Step by step you will get closer to your goal. Seek the wisdom of other LPGA professionals, whether personally or learning stories about them. This will build some pride and passion in your endeavor. Having that since of pride in the community you are seeking to be a part of is golden. The LPGA didn’t just form overnight! Many women sacrificed so much so that the LPGA is what it is today.

Words of Wisdom

Above all, have fun! The purpose of the LPGA is the game of golf. And don’t forget to give back to others!

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Annette “Babe” Deluca

Where do you live?

Tequesta, FL & Cashiers, NC

Where do you work & what do you do?

In Florida I work at Park Ridge Golf Course and in North Carolina I own The GolfBarn

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Tour Member since 1995 & T & CP Member since 2009

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was a smooth transition from the LPGA Tour to T & CP and was able to attain Class A status in 2009.

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

It means a sisterhood of remarkable women!

What do you like about golf?

I started playing golf when I was 18 years old.  Dr. Gary Wiren is my mentor.  He gave me the nickname “Babe”.  I wanted to be on the LPGA Tour since I started this game.  Playing the Tour was a dream come true and the friendships, people you meet, and people you inspire are all icing on the cake.  To play a sport you love for a living “WOW”.  I like playing but love teaching more; making a difference is the real success in my book.

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

“I am not going to tell you it’s going to be easy, but it will be worth it” (A. Williams)

Words of Wisdom

Have fun!  Make learning fun! Take Notes!