Awards & Recognition
Mary-Lee Cobick honored in the
Inaugural List of the 50 Best LPGA Teachers, Presented by Women's Golf Journal
Top instructors recognized from more than 1,700 LPGA certified professionals worldwide
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 28, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership announced today the launch of an annual recognition of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional's Top 50 LPGA Teachers, presented in partnership with Women's Golf Journal. This new initiative will identify and recognize the best LPGA instructors from more than 1,700 LPGA certified professionals worldwide.
All LPGA Class A Members in good standing who meet the eligibility requirements were invited to apply. An independent golf industry selection committee reviewed eligible applications and identified the LPGA Top 50 Teachers, utilizing a weighted points formula.
"The LPGA is excited to partner with Women's Golf Journal on this annual recognition," said LPGA Chief Teaching Officer, Nancy Henderson. "More than 70 percent of our members teach the game of golf for a living and they are dedicated to the advancement of golf through teaching golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the game of golf."
LPGA professionals are uniquely trained to teach the game of golf through a holistic approach to learning golf and performing on the golf course. This people-centered approach emphasizes the communication skills that allow the teacher/coach to develop relationships built on respect and relevance. The heart of the LPGA curriculum for its members is the LPGA Integrated Performance System. This framework for the teacher and golfer addresses the physical characteristics of golfers, their motivation and goals for their game, their equipment and motor learning and control concepts.
Women's Golf Journal is an American national magazine dedicated to celebrating the lifestyle of golfing women everywhere.
"The depth of teaching expertise in the LPGA is astounding," said Women's Golf Journal Publisher Matthew Squire. "We're honored to celebrate the teaching expertise of these coaches in Women's Golf Journal, and are delighted that these incredible women are finally beginning to receive the recognition and the credit they so richly deserve."
2017-2018 LPGA Top 50 Teacher list presented by Women's Golf Journal
First Last Employer Hometown
Mary-Lee Cobick Golf Professional Services, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL
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Donna White Receives Nancy Lopez Golf
Daytona Beach,, FL., September 16, 2016 - Donna White is the recipient of the 2016 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award, which recognizes an LPGA professional who gives back to the game in the spirit of Nancy Lopez. The Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award was created in 2007 and is given to an LPGA professional who emulates qualities valued by Lopez: Leadership, Passion, Giving, and Approachability.
White joined the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals in 1997, and since then has served as an instructor at many national programs, and served on multiple committees within the organization before ultimately becoming inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame in 2014. Outside of the T&CP she has many other professional accomplishments within the LPGA such as National Professional of the Year in 2008 and the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award in 2006. She has also been nemed as one of the Top 50 Best Female Teachers by Golf Digest and Golf for Women Magazine, as well as the Bellsouth/SEC Women's Entrepreneur Award in 2000, the Samaritan Award for community service in 1998, and the Founder's Cup award presented by Golf Digest for community efforts in 1987.
"Nancy Lopez is recognized as an unsung hero," White said, "setting the stage for what women's golf is today. [Lopez's] personal and professional leadership, passion, giving, and approachability traits align with the values of the LPGA. As professionals, we strive to be like Nancy, emulating those said traits and values. I was grateful to be nominated for the 2016 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award and elated to learn I will receive it! To share an award in the namesake of an esteemed friend, competitor, and consummate professional with my business team and Keiser colleagues is truly an honor.”
White’s professional golf career began in 1977 when she was an LPGA Tour Member and winner of three tour titles. Upon retiring from the Tour, she established her flagship business Golf Professional Services, Inc., an independently contracted concessionaire that provides golf merchandise, award-winning program development, instruction, food, and beverage services. It is around this time that White embodied the idea of giving back to her community through its junior programs, co-founding the Junior Golf Foundation of America (JGFA). Currently, White enjoys her “encore” career as a professor at Keiser University, where she inspires her students to pursue a career in the golf industry. White’s Leadership, Passion, Approachability, and desire to Give back to the golf industry as a whole demonstrates the qualities of Nancy Lopez and this award.
Please click on the link below to read more about the history of this award.
Awards & Recognition
Mary-Lee Cobick Named LPGA 2016 Southeast Section Professional of the Year
September 22, 2016 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected the receipients of annual section Teacher, Professional, Coach and Junior Golf Leadership awards. Each of the six sections of the LPGA T&CP - Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Western and International - winners are selected by the Section Officers ad Section Nominating Committee Chair annually in each of the four categories.
The LPGA T&CP National Awards Selection Committee will select the overall national award winner in each category from among the section award winners. The national winners will be announced in the coming weeks.
To see all of the section winners, please click on the link below.