Donna White Inducted into LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame
Donna White, born and raised in Kinston, North Carolina, attended the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, transferring to and graduating from the University of Florida in 1976. She attained her LPGA tour card in 1977, capturing her first two tournament titles in 1980 and her third in 1983 at the Sarasota Classic.
“I was truly elated to learn of my selection into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame. Knowing many of the past inductees, several were/are instrumental in guiding, inspiring, and directing me throughout my professional career, both as a player, instructor, and business owner,” said White. “This recognition is simply a reflection of those past, present, and future mentors who continue to touch peoples’ lives each and every day. They challenge us to equip ourselves with the tools and knowledge to be even better tomorrow and to pass their passion of learning forward!”
Moving to Palm Beach County in 1976, she immediately connected to her local community by hosting golf clinics, coaching at the local junior college, substitute teaching at a middle school in Belle Glade, and serving as Honorary Chair of the Palm Beach County Special Olympics.
Retiring from the tour in 1992, White transitioned from a career as a professional golfer into that of a golf professional. One of the first women in the industry to own and operate a golf professional concession company, Golf Professional Services, Inc., currently services three Palm Beach County municipal facilities. The company provides all merchandising, instruction, food and beverage, tournament operation assistance, club repair, and handicap services for each facility. In 1995, White co-founded the Junior Golf Foundation of America to serve as the junior golf development arm of her business.
In 2010, White semi-retired from the day-to-day operations of the company, but stays involved in strategic planning and development. Blending knowledge gained from both careers, White enjoys her “encore career” as a college professor at Keiser University College of Golf and Sport Management. She recently completed her Masters in Teaching and Learning. A professed “lifelong learner,” White spends most of her time pursuing her passion of education, learning not only from casual golfers who take lessons but from those college students interested in pursuing a career in the golf industry.
A few of White’s awards and honors include Top 50 Best Female Teachers, Golf Digest 2010 – present; LPGA Southeast Section Eagle Award, 2005; LPGA Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, 2006; LPGA Southeast Section and National Professional of the Year, 2008; LPGA Top 50 Instructor, 2009; PGA of America, SE Chapter, Merchandiser of the Year-Public Facility, 2003; Bell South/SEC Women’s Entrepreneur Award, 2000; Bell South/SEC Women’s Entrepreneur Award, 2000 and many other industry and community service awards.
White is also a member of the following Halls of Fame: University of Florida, Hall of Fame and Letterman’s Association; University of North Carolina-Greensboro; National Golf Coaches Association Players Hall of Fame; Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. In 1999 White received special recognition when she was inducted into the Special Olympics-Palm Beach County Hall of Fame for her service on the Special Olympics International Golf Committee for over a decade. White travels throughout the world training and educating golf professionals about methods of teaching the game of golf to people with disabilities.
Meet 2015 LPGA National Junior Golf Leader Sheryl Maize
The LPGA T&CP Junior Golf Leadership Award was established in 2012 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member who excels in the area of teaching and promoting golf for juniors.
Sheryl Maize divides her time between two golf courses in two different states, serving as Director of Instruction at Crystal Lake Golf Course in Lakeville, Minnesota, in the summer and Teaching Professional at Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Florida, in the winter.
“It is such a great honor to be recognized as the LPGA’s 2015 National Junior Leader of the Year Award winner,” said Maize. “I am truly humbled considering the depth of talent within our LPGA organization, and I’m so thankful for the many people who have poured into my life. I feel truly blessed to be recognized for doing something I love, impacting kids’ lives through golf and having fun doing it!”
Maize has enjoyed much success as a professional golfer, having played on the Futures Tour from 1992 – 1994, the Pacific Coast Tour in 1994, and the Central Florida Challenge Tour from 1991 – 1992.
She has also written various golf tips and articles for the Minnesota Tee Times Press Golf Newspaper/Magazine, filmed and aired eighteen TV golf tips and featured on two live, in-studio episodes of CBS’s WCCO Rosen Sports Sunday Show.
Her career has also allowed her to be a guest speaker at several events, including EWGA Women’s Spring Luncheon in 2012, and the Florida Women’s Gulf Coast Luncheon in 2014. These days, Maize focuses on growing the game with her junior golfers. She offers after school lessons and summer programs that handle instructing junior golfers in putting, short game, long game, and developing their motor skills. In the past 3 years, she has grown her LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program to almost 40 girls, where she is dedicated to ensuring her girls are energized, engaged, empowered, enriched, and exercised!
Her involvement in other Junior Golf Programs include assisting in the City of Lakeville Junior Golf Lesson Programs, Youth & Family Golf Day, Symetra Tour Junior Clinics, FCA Junior Golf Camp, and Vision54 Junior & College Workshops.