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How Girls Golfers Used the Olympics to Learn Golf’s Most Common Formats

by Jane Huling
Site Director, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Naples, FL

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We hosted three separate events using the Olympic theme to get our girls excited about the 2016 games and to help teach them about golf’s different team formats. The girls chose the countries they wanted to represent and got dressed up in their favorite country’s colors.

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September eLeader of the Month: Marin Pena – Champion of Girls Golf

Marin has been a member of the Girls Golf of Greater Washington D.C. since its foundation in 2013. As an eLeader, she has served as an Assistant Coach, where she likes being a role model to for the younger girls and helping them learn about golf. One of her favorite games she likes to play with the girls is “What’s in the Bag” that helps them learn about what they should carry in their golf bags.

Katie Blodgett, Site Director of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Greater Washington DC, said, “Marin has been a great role model for the younger girls in the program. They all look up to up to her and love having her lead activities. I have enjoyed watching her grow into a great leader for our programs.”

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The LPGA Foundation Announces 2016 Marilynn Smith Scholarship Recipients

The LPGA Foundation announced today the 30 high-school graduates selected to receive this year’s Marilynn Smith Scholarship. Each candidate has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, leadership skills and active involvement and service to her community while also fulfilling specific requirements for each scholarship award.

The Marilynn Smith Scholarship, named in honor of one of the LPGA’s 13 founding members, is awarded to 30 high school seniors who plan to play collegiate golf while pursuing college degrees. Each of the 2016 recipients received $5,000 scholarships

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The LPGA Foundation Announces 2016 Dinah Shore and Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship Recipients

The LPGA Foundation announced today the two high school graduates selected to receive this year’s Dinah Shore and Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarships. Each candidate has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, leadership skills and active involvement and service to her community while also fulfilling specific requirements for each scholarship award.

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Girls Golf eLeader Reflection on the Girls Golf Academy

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.

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Girls Golf at the Maid Marian Cup in Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest is over 100 years old and a thriving and very active golf community. For well over 30 years, They have hosted their own adult /pro tournament and golf pros from all over the greater Washington, Baltimore, and Eastern shore are active participants and their younger girls and boys provide lots of volunteer time as caddies and event guides.

The inaugural Maid Marian event on June 30th focused on their young girl players, and it was a huge benefit to  building their interest and appreciation for all the life lessons golf offers young women.

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Girls Golf Event Ideas for a Rainy Day

by Lynette Robbins,
Co-Site Director of Girls Golf at Hickory Swing Course in Great Falls, MT

Hickory Swing Girls Golf in Great Falls got off to a rainy day start today, but that did not stop the girls from a fun day doing activities inside! Girls broke up into small groups and rotated around each station working on various activities. At the end of the program everyone went outside for a quick photo to show off their new golf shirts, visors they decorated and the name tags they made today!

Here is a list of our rainy day activities:

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LPGA Leadership Academy presented by AXA, Day 2 Recap

by Larissa Spiess

sample_d_logoDay 2 of the Leadership Academy was filled with new activities. The girls learned about different stress factors and how to manage each one. Goal setting was practiced through different activities on the golf course. Another emphasis was on teamwork, which was strengthened through exercises such as the Human Knot. This may sound fairly easy but proved to be rather difficult. Each group exemplified exceptional teamwork, even if it took a few tries. One of the highlights was certainly the Relay Race—but not your typical race. Teams were created and it required not only teamwork, but playing to each individual’s strengths.

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LPGA Leadership Academy presented by AXA, Day 1 Recap

by Larissa Spiess

sample_d_logoWe had an amazing first day at the Leadership Academy presented by AXA. The day started early and with high energy, with instructors being introduced to their walk-in songs and quickly our first dance party erupted. The theme of the day: embrace being uncomfortable. The girls learned more about their own personality traits and how to interact with other personalities. Each session started in a classroom setting, before moving outside to apply what was learned out on the golf course. The girls learned to strike their wonder woman poses to further elevate their confidence and to realize that ANYTHING is possible. There are no limiting beliefs and each and every girl can do anything that they set their mind to. Each girl was able to not only shape the ball, but everyone got it over the wall!

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