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As a ten-year member of the Girls Golf Program, there is no wonder why 17-year-old Caroline Rea is the August eLeader of the month! Caroline’s role as an eLeader did not just begin this year; she has been. Over the years, one of her favorite roles is being a junior instructor at her local Girls Golf program.
by Catherine Solis
During the three days I spent at the LPGA USGA Girls Golf Academy as an eLeader, I truly did learn a lot. I learned how to let my true, outgoing personality shine while leading a group of young, fun, ambitious girls to become better golfers and human beings. When the camp first started, I found myself being more quiet than I usually am, but as the day progressed I began open up. At times throughout the event, I would go over and talk to the little girl who was standing alone and bring her into the crowd in hopes that she would make a new friend and feel more comfortable.
by Caroline Rea (Pinehurst LPGA Girls Golf Chapter)
I really enjoyed my time as an eLeader at the LPGA Girls Golf Academy this past week. In the end I think I learned more than the participants did!
The first of my favorite experiences was that I got to meet people from all around the U.S. who shared my love for golf. These people were other eLeaders my age, very inspiring coaches, and Nancy Lopez!!!
by Dani Swaggerty
My experience at the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Academy was definitely a great one. Even before the actual academy started, I was welcomed with open arms by all the LPGA staff. The first day was a big day for me, since this was my first trip by myself. The whole LPGA staff made it very easy for me to adjust to the unfamiliar. As an eLeader, I enjoyed watching all the girls grow over the course of two days, and I loved being exposed to the true power of the game of golf. The top three things that I took away from this experience were: building new and existing relationships, meeting the next generation of girls in golf, and learning more about myself.
eLeader of the month, Wynne Aldrich, has been a member of Girl Golf of Valparaiso since she was just 6 years-old. Now, at age 13, Wynne is enthusiastic about having the opportunity to give back to her local chapter!
Wynne is very active as an eLeader, having volunteered 9 hours since the program launched. She loves teaching the girls and has helped at every event so far this year!
by Abbey Algiers
When I’m feeling frustrated with my game, my mind floats back to my first year golfing, when my dad and I would spend hours at the range and around the green. I’d beg him to “really play golf.” meaning I wanted to play nine holes, or at least the practice course. But we didn’t even hit the practice course that first year, as my dad insisted we “start with the basics.” He told me that I needed to lay down the groundwork first. So, we started from scratch. Grip. Stance. Swing. Learn the clubs. Then we put it all together at the range and on the greens. Those range balls didn’t go far, and my chips were pathetic.
In February of this year, the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf started the eLeader program, a new national volunteer and mentorship opportunity for Girls Golf members, ages 13 – 17, looking for ways to give back to their local program. In addition to making a difference in their community, they build professional and leadership skills that will help prepare them for life beyond high school.
Madison Murr, age 13, has already volunteered 27 hours since the inauguration of the eLeader program.
By Abbey Algiers
When I was in high school and told adults that I was on the golf team, I always got the same reactions. First, they’d be surprised. Golf? Really? Then, they’d have one of two responses. They’d either tell me that they golfed too (and look at me with approval), or they’d say they wished they had learned to play when they were younger (and look a little envious of me). As a teenager, I never really “got” what the big deal was about golf, or why my being on the team seemed so unusual and heroic. Yes, I knew golf wasn’t the mainstream choice for a girl’s sport, but I didn’t understand why adults thought it was so great.
By Abbey Algiers
That moment comes for everyone… the time when, as teenagers, we realize we need to get a job. As the youngest in my family, I knew early on that I’d have to work as a teenager. I’d seen my older sisters work at stores, pools, and golf courses. Their summer jobs always looked very fun to me, probably because they were working in the places they had been hanging out their entire lives. Sure, maybe my sister was stuck inside a store all day—but she was in a fabric store where she could learn more about her passion for design. My other sister loved to golf, and chose a job at the country club. Yes, she was inside waitressing, but she was in an environment where she felt at home. To this day, she still talks about the people she met and things she learned from golfers, co-workers, and country club managers.