The LPGA Professionals introduced the next members as winners of the 2021 nationwide awards in acknowledgement of their dedication and achievements: Marissa Kulig Crow, Lyman Orchards Golf Membership in Middlefield, Conn., Trainer of the Yr; Lynne Hunter, Kenwood Golf and Nation Membership in Bethesda, Md., Skilled of the Yr; Courtney Mahon, Notre Dame de Sion Excessive Faculty in Kansas Metropolis, Mo., Coach of the Yr; and Charlaine Hirst, Pinehurst, N.C., Junior Golf Chief of the Yr.
The nationwide award winners had been chosen by the LPGA Professionals membership’s Govt Committee from the pool of Part Award winners voted on by officers of the six regional sections: Central, Worldwide, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Western.
Trainer of the Yr, Marissa Kulig Crow The LPGA established the Nationwide Trainer of the Yr Award in 1958. The award is given yearly to the feminine golf skilled who has demonstrated excellent accomplishments associated to the educating of golf in the course of the 12 months.
Kulig Crow has been an LPGA Professionals Class A member since 2017, and she or he is at the moment a educating skilled on the Lyman Orchards Golf Membership in Middlefield, Conn. She is an LPGA*USGA Ladies Golf Web site Director and donates her time to function a volunteer golf teacher for native afterschool junior packages.
Because the creator of the Golf Fore Ladies clinic sequence, which has helped over 5,000 girls since 2013 enhance their golf sport, she has established a student-centered methodology together with her educating strategy, making certain her college students all really feel welcome and comfortable from day one.
She can be a licensed Callaway Membership Fitter, Frankly Golf Placing Teacher, CardioGolf Coach and Degree II Yoga for Golfers Teacher, incorporating her eclectic abilities into her clinics, particular person instruction, and group courses.
In her over 20 years as a educating skilled, she served as a golf teacher for Jane Blalock’s Golf for Ladies Clinics and instructed clinics for the Govt Ladies’s Golf Affiliation (now LPGA Novice Golf Affiliation) between 2003-2012.
In response to a brief season in 2020, Kulig Crow took her classes on-line, utilizing a wide range of strategies to remain related to her college students by means of evaluating swing movies, utilizing simulators, and through social media. She continues to include each sensible and technical strategies in her strategy right this moment.
“Instructing and rising the sport of golf, particularly with girls, has been my ardour and my calling for a few years,” stated Kulig Crow. “I’m blessed to have the chance to work with hundreds of scholars annually as they’re those that drive me every day.
A pupil as soon as advised me that educating new abilities and instilling confidence in others is one among life’s most noble paths. To be acknowledged with this award, amongst such proficient and pushed LPGA professionals, leaves me humbled and immensely honored.”
Skilled of the Yr, Lynne Hunter The LPGA Skilled of the Yr was established in 1980 and is awarded yearly to an LPGA Professionals member primarily engaged in a golf operation, golf affiliation or business place, selling the sport by means of participant improvement, progress of the sport initiatives and different golf-related actions.
Hunter has been an LPGA Professionals Class A member since 2007 and at the moment serves because the LPGA/PGA Head Skilled for the Kenwood Golf and Nation Membership in Bethesda, Md. With a formidable background as a golf teacher, that is the third time Hunter has been awarded the Northeast Part Skilled of the Yr and her first nationwide honor.
All through her profession, she has additionally acquired the LPGA Northeast Part Junior Golf Management Award (2012), was named a U.S. Youngsters Golf High 50 Youngsters Trainer (2008, 2009, 2011), given the Center Atlantic PGA Invoice Strausbaugh Award (2019) and granted the Kenwood Golf and Nation Membership Jack Weber Award for long-term dedication to the development of golf packages (2006).
Her profession started in 1987 when she was a Summer season Intern on the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm earlier than turning into the Golf Store Assistant in 1990 at Hobbit’s Glen Golf Course in Columbia, Md. From there, she labored her approach as much as Assistant Supervisor at Jay Perkins Golf Store (1993-1996) and Merchandise Supervisor at Westwinds Nation Membership (1996-1997).
Her subsequent profession transfer can be to Kenwood Golf and Nation Membership the place she started because the Assistant Golf Skilled (1997-2011) earlier than settling into the Head Golf Skilled position in 2012. Although the previous 12 months was difficult for her and her membership, Hunter was capable of efficiently lead her crew by means of a surge in member progress and a rise in total variety of rounds being performed.
She created security tips for her course to make sure workers and members had been staying wholesome and educated the workers relating to new protocols and procedures. She did this all whereas spearheading a membership outreach program and mentoring a feminine Skilled Golf Administration intern to assist her study the ropes for her future profession.
“I’m really honored to obtain this prestigious award and to signify this excellent group,” stated Hunter. “I couldn’t have had this success with out the help of a robust crew behind me, so this award can be a thanks to my household, buddies, workers, and Kenwood ‘household’ which have supported me as I observe my ardour for serving to others to benefit from the sport of golf”.
Exterior of her tasks as Kenwood’s Head Skilled, Hunter can be the Secretary of the Center Atlantic PGA, Center Atlantic Consultant for the PGA Journal Ladies Leaders platform and was a Guidelines Official and Host for a 2021 U.S.
Ladies’s Novice Qualifier. Coach of the Yr, Courtney Mahon The LPGA Professionals Coach of the Yr Award was established in 1980 and is awarded yearly to an LPGA Professionals member who’s actively engaged in educating and/or teaching golf on the collegiate or highschool stage.
LPGA Professionals Class A member Courtney Mahon’s teaching profession began again in 2008 when she was named the Head Ladies’s Golf Coach on the College of Missouri – Kansas Metropolis. Throughout her time at UMKC, she signed one of many prime gamers within the state of Texas and Arkansas.
By way of structured observe, constructive reinforcement, and laborious work every participant improved their scoring common by a minimal of 5 photographs. Along with the enhancements on the course, she additionally modified the tradition and status of the varsity’s girls’s golf program.
Mahon returned to the teaching enviornment in 2017 because the Head Ladies Golf Coach at Olathe Northwest Excessive Faculty. She spent three seasons educating her gamers self-discipline, group, and the right way to work laborious to perform their objectives.
Her crew certified for the Kansas State Excessive Faculty Championship all three years and gained a number of tournaments individually and as a crew. 5 of her gamers earned All-State Honors. In 2020, Mahon was provided the Head Ladies Golf teaching place at Notre Dame de Sion Excessive Faculty.
She labored alongside long-time coach Dana Hoeper. In Mahon’s first season at Sion, the crew gained a number of tournaments individually and as a crew. Coach Hoeper and Mahon have led their crew to many successes on the course, but additionally concentrate on creating the particular person for all times after golf.
“It’s an absolute honor to be the LPGA Nationwide Coach of the Yr! I’m grateful to have had the chance to teach highschool women golf in Kansas at Olathe Northwest Excessive Faculty and Missouri at Notre Dame de Sion Excessive Faculty,” stated Mahon.
“Each packages have made large strides in direction of excellence, and each are extraordinarily particular to me. I’m so grateful to obtain this unbelievable award”. Mahon is closely concerned with the LPGA Professionals group, the place she has served because the LPGA Central Part Treasurer and has been a member of the LPGA Professionals Match Committee since 2017.
She is also the LPGA Professionals Nationwide Chair for the New Member Committees. In 2020, Mahon acquired the LPGA Nationwide Trainer of the Yr Award. Junior Golf Chief of the Yr, Charlaine Hirst The LPGA Professionals Junior Golf Chief of the Yr Award was established in 2012 and is awarded yearly to an LPGA Professionals member who excels in educating and selling golf for juniors.
Hirst is the only proprietor of Charlaine Hirst Golf LLC, based mostly at The Nation Membership of Whispering Pines since 2009. The evolution of her educating enterprise has occurred from pilot packages, group periods and is frequently tweaked.
A core area of interest that she has stuffed at CCWP and Moore County has been as a frontrunner in rising junior golf, particularly rising the variety of women taking part in the sport. The audience with lots of her packages, particularly her junior lesson choices, is the golfer that needs to study to play golf or simply play at a primary stage with buddies, household, or entry stage tournaments.
She enjoys getting gamers snug taking part in on the course, even when their capability, entry, or objectives don’t embody taking part in the sport at a better stage. Each summer season since 2009, Hirst has hosted “Chipper’s Camps,” week-long junior summer season camps that happen over eight weeks.
The camps are restricted to eight college students every week, introducing them to the basics of the sport and etiquette. Hirst employs junior assistants for every camp, lots of whom are employed of their first jobs. Her present assistants are all younger adults who participated in her very first Chipper’s Camp 13 years in the past.
Over this system’s historical past, 900 juniors have been impacted and are actually having fun with the sport for all times. Hirst can be the Web site Director for LPGA*USGA Ladies Golf – Whispering Pines. She served as a volunteer coach with the native First Tee chapter for eight years and noticed the will for women to be nurtured in their very own setting.
Ladies Golf has been a implausible approach for her to empower women, serving to them study the basics of the sport and have lots of enjoyable alongside the best way. Hirst’s website has an all-female group of 24 devoted, volunteer coaches which have added to the expertise for this system.
She additionally encourages her individuals to present again to the group, placing on campaigns corresponding to “Howl-O-Ween” for pet meals assortment for his or her native pet rescue and Operation Christmas Baby shoeboxes. “I like what I do.
I like sharing my ardour for the sport with the subsequent era of golfers and to be acknowledged alongside so many different LPGA Professionals doing their half to develop the sport may be very particular,” stated Hirst. Hirst acquired the 2020 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award, probably the most coveted honor bestowed by LPGA*USGA Ladies Golf, for her continued dedication and fervour for empowering women by means of golf.
She was additionally inducted into the Longwood Athletics Corridor of Fame in 2007 and the Ladies’s Golf Coaches Affiliation Participant Corridor of Fame in 2014.