Women in Golf Wednesday!

jamie taylorName: Jamie Taylor

Where you live?

Orlando, FL

Where you work & what you do?

LPGA Foundation, Event Coordinator

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2011

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was great! I was a head pro for the Cleveland Metroparks in Cleveland, OH and was blessed to have my certification paid for as part of my job benefits. I was the first female golf professional to work for them, so I educated them and my male counterparts on the process as well. I’m glad that I took my time and did each level over a one-year period because it really allowed me to mature in how I taught.

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

Being a member of the LPGA is special because I get to do what I love and have done since the age of 7 every day. This membership is such a unique certification and has opened doors for me that I could not have been able to do with my MBA. I’ve also met other women who share my passion and are doing amazing things in this industry. Since coming to work for the Foundation, my eyes have been open to so many opportunities that other members are doing and that is why I joined the LPGA T&CP family.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part of the membership is being able to represent a group of women that are doing their passion and breaking barriers. I meet at least one person every week, who tells me they have never met a female golf pro before. To be the first contact someone has with a certified pro makes my membership even more valuable. I feel like I get to break stereotypes without really doing a lot.

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

I would advise a newbie to find their niche. A lot of people think they must go the traditional route and be an assistant pro, then head pro. But our options in this industry are limitless. In fact, if I started all over again, I think I would consider being a contractor for a least the first year or two of my career, so that I could really figure out my passion. Fortunately for me, I broke away from what I thought was the best route and chose to do work that gives instant gratification every day!

Words of Wisdom:

As a former site director and current member of the LPGA Foundation, I am compelled to encourage members new and seasoned to get involved with the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program. This is our program and its focus is to purely get more females into the game. Who doesn’t want that??? So, volunteer, donate, or darnit run a site!

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Women in Golf Wednesday! – Sue Powers

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Name:  Sue Powers

Where you live?

Venice, Fl

Where you work & what you do?

I have several, golf-related jobs.  I am the financial Controller and LPGA Teaching Professional at Pelican Pointe G & CC.  I am co-owner of Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures. I wear many different hats, which makes my career interesting and challenging at times.

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

Member since 2003

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Since this was my second career (corporate/ manufacturing for first career), it was a new and exciting process for me.  I had envisioned learning all about the mechanics of the golf swing and to my surprise, the first educational session I attended was all about ME! and how we learn and process information.  I was fortunate to fast track through the NEP program and became a Class A member in three years.

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

I am so proud to be a member of our elite group and thank my lucky stars every day that I was introduced to the game of golf and the LPGA. Because of my LPGA educational, mentoring, and hands-on experience, I am very fortunate to be in a position where I can give back to the game that has given me so many wonderful memories throughout my life. I love what I do and enjoy sharing my passion, energy and positive attitude with others. One of the most satisfying things in my life is helping my students—especially children and females—appreciate the game and the joy that it brings as their skills and accomplishments develop.  There is nothing more rewarding than the energy and enthusiasm of your student as they tell you about a great golf shot, their best round of golf, an “ah-ha” moment, or a new golfing buddy.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Friendships, networking, and energy after attending events and educational seminars/summits.

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

JOIN and GET INVOLVED!  Having come from a male-dominated industry, it was so refreshing for me to find the place I belonged that was female friendly.  We all have many things in common, and you will get so much support from other LPGA members and staff at LPGA headquarters.  Don’t wait for someone to ask you to something; put yourself out there, get involved and great things will happen.

Words of Wisdom

Be yourself and don’t be afraid to try something new or different. Play Happy!

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Ashley Malaska Moss

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Name:  Ashley Malaska Moss

Where you live?

Mesa, Arizona

Where you work & what you do?

Director of Instruction at Mesa Country Club, Owner of Born2Golf, and Malaska Golf Instructor. I teach full-time and have spent the last year and a half developing Born2Golf and growing my own teaching

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

I have been a member since May of 2014 and received my Class A in December of 2016

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

This is how I really knew this was the right thing for me, because it was a really easy process. When I decided that I wasn’t going to pursue playing for a living, I knew I wanted to continue a career in golf. Since my father is a PGA professional, I knew that was an option, but felt as though I really didn’t want to ever be a Head Pro or work in a golf shop. As soon as I found out about the LPGA T&CP and how it focuses its curriculum on teaching and coaching, I registered immediately. I wanted to get through the program as quickly as I could so I could take advantage of all the wonderful things a Class A member gets to experience.

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

It’s a huge honor! It was a goal of mine ever since I began playing golf to be a member of the LPGA, I just thought it would be through playing on the LPGA Tour. I never, in a million years, thought I would end up teaching golf, since that’s what my dad does. I am proud to say that earning my LPGA Credentials through the T&CP actually means more to me than playing on tour, because I now know it’s where I was meant to end up. I feel as though my purpose in life is to be able to connect with people through helping them with their golf game and having that LPGA credibility has helped me with that.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

In this industry, sometimes it can feel like you are alone as a female, and it’s really nice that I have been able to meet other women all over the world that are a part of the same organization and doing the same things I am. I have still kept in contact with several of the women I went through the education program with, and I love getting to share ideas on how we can continue to grow the game.

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

Go for it! Immerse yourself completely and you won’t regret it. The more you can get involved, the more opportunities that you will find present themselves. If you are looking at a career in teaching or coaching, there is no better education program to learn from and help develop your confidence as a teacher. Everyone has been so nice and helpful along the way it’s really been such an amazing thing to be a part of. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and reach out to any local LPGA members for guidance and advice.

Additional Comments:

This is such an incredible game that gives us an opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life and leave a lasting impression. I love seeing more women take up the game and getting involved at every level. I will do whatever I can to grow the game and continue to change the world… one golf swing at a time!

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Kelly Cap

KellyCapName:

Kelly Cap

Where you live?

Pinehurst, NC

Where do you work & what do you do?

I am the Owner of a Fitness, Sports and Therapy Studio in Whispering Pines, NC called TriMov. One of my main specialties is Golf Fitness and Biomechanics.

 How long have you been an LPGA member? 

I’ve been an LPGA T&CP Member since 2008. I was a part of the LPGA Tour as a Playing Professional from 2001 – 2007.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

When I stopped playing after the 2007 season, I began teaching at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. It was here that I began the process of becoming a part of the T&CP Division. I still wanted to be a part of the LPGA, and I knew that the Teaching Division had such a great reputation for developing great teachers. The education process is second to none and was certainly valuable in every aspect. Going through the process took a lot of patience because there was so much to learn. I really enjoyed quality of education that was presented. The wealth of knowledge at each education seminar from the staff members to everyone I met along the way. The other thing to mention about the process is that I had a lot of support from several Class A Members at the time. Everyone was so helpful and kind. They were there for me when I had questions along the way and offered so much encouragement

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

It has always been very special to be a part of the LPGA. I’m humbled to be a part  of such a group of great teachers and coaches who are so passionate about spreading the knowledge of the game, helping it grow.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

To have the chance to attend some great seminars, hear some great speakers and learn from each other. I also still enjoy being able to play in a tournament from time-to-time.

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

I would tell someone who is starting out, or thinking about it, that they are making one of the best decisions / career paths to enhance their development. And no matter which direction they wanted to take their education….teaching, managing, coaching, golf fitness, etc . . . the LPGA is one of the best. The best on how to communicate, listen treat your students as individuals, and most importantly provide a FUN environment for learning.

Additional Words of Wisdom:

 I’ve followed my passion for teaching by taking it indoors and blending it with my college education in Health Sciences and Fellowship in Biomechanics from The Gray Institute and my LPGA Teaching background to better enhance the lives of my students/clients/athletes. They are able to enjoy the game of golf with greater vitality and energy and even for some pain free. Working in a Fitness / Sports and Therapy training environment has enabled me to help each of my athletes play more enjoyable rounds of golf for the long run.

I’m certainly doing what I love to do and the LPGA has been such a big part of it!

Women in Golf Wednesday – Michelle Holmes

Name:

Michelle Holmes

Where you live?

Norfolk, Virginia

Where you work & what you do?

Director of Instruction for Michelle Holmes School of Golf.

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

3 Years

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The learning process of becoming an LPGA Member for me has been invaluable. I love that the program’s main focus is teaching-based. Teaching is my passion, and I learned so much not only from the program but from my LPGA peers.

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

The LPGA T&CP badge is one I wear proudly. I am honored to be part of such a strong community of people who are all dedicated to growing the game.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The friendships I have made along the way is by far the best part for me. I have made some lifelong friends in other LPGA Members who I can learn from, share ideas with, and rely on.

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

First off, I can’t recommend the program enough. In this business, you need to find your niche and run with it. Focus on what you are great at and use what you learn in the program to further enhance your strengths.

The greatest advice I can give is to take advantage of the connections you make through the LPGA program. You will meet so many people who look at the game in so many different ways. Be open to their opinions and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

Women in Golf Wednesdays: Cathy Edelen

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Cathy Edelen

Where you live?

Born in Louisville, Kentucky and currently living in North Port, Florida

Where you work & what you do?

I am the Director of Golf at The Cove Golf Center in Port Charlotte, Florida

 How long have you been an LPGA member?

I have been a PGA member since 1993 and have been an LPGA member since July 2003

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

One of our current members (Cindy Booker) encouraged me to join the LPGA T&CP at the time, and I am so grateful that she did. She helped me through the testing stages and showed me how great it is to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

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

I am proud to be an LPGA member because it connects me to so many great teachers of the game. I share their passion and desire to help others enjoy a lifetime of fun or competition. The LPGA helps so many people get acquainted with, understand, and continue to grow in their knowledge of the game.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

I have been the Southeast Section Tournament Coordinator for the past 5 years. Shari Lindsey encouraged me to take the position. I’m very grateful to her for the opportunity to bring our members together and showcase their many talents. I have met a lot of great members from all over the country, and I have been able to work with them on various projects.

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

I would strongly encourage anyone that has the ability to play and a passion for the game to join the LPGA. They are a very strong network made up of talented individuals that know how to practice what they preach. I’m excited to be a part of their organization and would gladly help anyone that wants to become a member.

I would like to acknowledge Nancy Henderson and her terrific leadership in both the LPGA Foundation and the T&CP. She has put in countless hours and spearheaded many projects to improve the growth of the game. She is also a leader on the course—as we were tied for the lead in the Pro-Pro with 3 holes to go—Nancy chipped it in—for the Win. Way to go, partner!!

 

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Kathy Bounds

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Kathy Bounds

Where you live?

Cary, North Carolina

Where do you work & what do you do?

Dona Lerner Golf Academy @ Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh NC. I am the Co-Owner as well as the LPGA Head Teaching Professional. We pride ourselves in empowering our students to overcome challenges by holding them to the correct level of expectation. “Golf is a game and games are meant to be fun.”

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

I have been a member since 2010, receiving my LPGA T&CP Class A certification in 2013.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

After being in the corporate world for many years I wanted to get back to the game that I loved so much. After a long discussion and review with Dona Lerner, we set a plan in place to start the teaching certification process. She mentored me through the process as well helping me develop as an instructor and today we own and run a very successful fun Academy. I encourage everyone who is going through the process to reach out to a LPGA mentor.

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

It is a dream come true and an honor that I don’t take lightly or for granted. The game of golf has the opportunity to teach so many life skills and lessons. Being a part of this organization has given me the tools, relationships, avenues and means to be a successful teacher.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The LPGA membership has given me the opportunity to have the sky as my office. The friends that I would have never known and relationship that strengthens my career make me feel I belong to an organization that truly cares about a game I dearly love.

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

Get a mentor as soon as possible. Locate your local LPGA professionals in your area and discuss the process face to face. The process demands time, financial commitment, dedication and travel; the mentor can guide you through these items. Take your time and enjoy the ride…..

Life does not have a remote, get up and change it yourself…..the LPGA did just that for me and today I am living a dream.