Just back in from the LPGA T&CP (Teaching and Club Professional) National 2011 Summit and WOW, what an experience. Held at Grand Cypress in Orlando, we had two day chock-full of seminars while the LPGA Tour was prepping for the CME Titleholders. How fun to be in class and also see Lexi Thompson practicing in the background and Michelle Wie passing our room in her practice round with no one else around. Very cool to be up close with the players!
The summit was sold out with 200 professionals and also 280 attendees at the Hall of Fame Induction for Kay McMahon, Jane Read, Carol Johnson and Patti Benson. Huge dinner, great evening. The daily sessions included Nancy Quarcelino, the famous Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott, Dr. Rick Jensen, Stack & Tilt's Andy Plummer & Mike Bennett, Cindy Miller, speeches by LPGA T&CP President Dana Rader and LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan, as well as Todd Anderson, Cheryl Anderson and more. What a great two days of exchanging ideas, networking, catching up with colleagues and learning new concepts. Check out these pictures from the summit.
We recently held a complimentary Golf Fitness Speech highlighting the importance of warming up for better golf and health.
It was well attended with nearly 80 people and I really enjoyed teaching with Brigitte and Jennifer from the fitness center. Also in attendance were our two special guest speakers, Tommy Schaff and Tim O'Neil from Savannah, both of whom play on mini-tours such as the Nationwide, Hooters and Etour. They gave great ideas on how to get the muscles warmed (cardio) and stretched (various key body parts) before AND after the round as well as ways to loosen up the swing at the range.
Participants even stretched with the instructors near the end of the session. I plan on revamping our TPI (Titleist Fitness) program in the near future - please keep an eye out for news on TPI!
I hope you all will come out and support a special golf clinic for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters! Here is the press release to give you more information. I hope to see everyone there!
SAVANNAH, Ga., November 1, 2011 – Continuing its outreach and support for local community organizations, The Landings Club has created a special afternoon of golf instruction just for participants in the Savannah-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire, to be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at Deer Creek Golf Course.
The clinic is scheduled from 1-3:30 p.m. at Deer Creek’s state-of-the-art practice area, which was developed as part of the 2009 renovation of the Tom Fazio-designed golf course and this year celebrated its 20th anniversary. A variety of instructional stations are to be set up at the facility, each featuring a member of The Landings Club's PGA Professional Teaching Staff, focusing on individual parts of the golf swing.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters clinic represents one of many events coordinated by the members and staff of The Landings Club. The generous Club members consistently raise funds and provide resources for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Hoskins Center at Memorial Health University Hospital and America’s Second Harvest food program.
“We are looking forward to passing along some of our passion for the game of golf to our friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Steven Freund, executive director of The Landings Club. “Golf has a way of making a positive influence on the lives of children, which goes together with the objectives of Big Brothers Big Sisters.”
For more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has worked to improve the general health, lives and future of thousands of children. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a donor and volunteer supported mentoring program for youth, providing needed support to children in communities across the nation through professionally supported one-to-one relationships. Its mission includes promoting self-esteem in youngsters, expanding their awareness of life’s opportunities and providing guidance and support through long-term, one-to-one mentoring with caring adults.
For more details about the Big Brothers Big Sisters event at The Landings Club, contact Nicole Weller, head golf teaching professional, at 912.695.5211.