LPGA Foundation Announces 2018 Marilynn Smith Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships awarded to 30 high-school graduates

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 15, 2018 – 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 high-school seniors who plan to play golf at an accredited college or university in the United States. Each of the 2018 recipients will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Abigail Douglas graduated from Lynnwood High School in Bothell, WA, where she was the No. 1 seed and MVP on her varsity golf team for all four years at high school. She was named an All-Conference honorable mention in her 10th-grade year and a 1st team All-Conference selection in 11th grade.

Douglas plans to attend Whitworth University where she is leaning towards majors in accounting, business, marketing or sports management, with the ultimate goal of getting a master’s degree in one of those fields.

Alexis Green graduated summa cum laude from Hoover High School in Canton, OH, where she was captain of the varsity golf team for three years, captain of the varsity basketball team for two years and a member of the Student Council, Leadership Club, Spanish Club and National Honors Society. In her senior year, she was a 1st Team All-League and 1st Team All-County selection.

Green plans to attend Walsh University, where she is leaning towards business, marketing and possibly law.

Ashley Zhu graduated from South Salem High School in Salem, OR, where she was a member of the National French Honor Society and Environmental Club, and also served as vice-president of the National Honor Society. She captained the varsity golf team, played on the 2017 Girls’ Junior Americas Cup Team and was a three-time selection for the All-State First Team.

Zhu will be attending Oregon Institute of Technology, where she plans to pursue a dual major in environmental and renewable energy engineering. Beyond that, she has a career goal of improving methods of energy usage while mitigating issues associated with non-renewable resources.

Avery Pool graduated from Caledonia High School in Caledonia, MS. She was the number one player on her varsity golf team for four years, earning Mississippi State Game player of the year honors in 2016 and 2017. She was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, vice-president of the Future Business Leaders of America and a member of the Anchor Club and National Honors Society.

Pool will attend University of Montevallo, where she would like to major in nutrition and dietetics before obtaining her masters in sports nutrition.

Bailey Hubbard graduated from Clay County High School in Manchester, KY, where she was captain of the varsity golf team, a member of the Student Advisory Council, a team leader with Tiger Vision and a social ambassador for American Red Cross. A recipient of the Governor’s Scholars Program in 2017, she was an All-Region Golf Team Honoree and an All-State Golf Team Honoree in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Hubbard will be attending Eastern Kentucky University where she plans to major in biology before going on to dental school at either the University of Kentucky or University of Louisville.

Blakely Arp graduated from LaGrange High School in LaGrange, GA, where she played on the varsity golf team for all four years and was captain for three. She was a member of the Student Council, the Service Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Foreign Language Club.

Arp will attend Point University, where she plans to earn a degree in management. From there, she would like to work in the fashion industry and eventually establish her own boutique.

Elaena Steffen graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in Tecumseh, KS, where she was on the varsity golf team for all four years, won the MVP award in 2015 and earned the “Coaches Choice” award in 2016. She was a Kansas Honor Scholar, an Academic Letter Winner from 2014-2018 and made the All A’s Honor Roll from 2014-2018.

Steffen will attend Baker University on an engineering program and plans to graduate with a degree in physics. Her goal after that is to obtain a mechanical engineering degree from either Kansas State University or Kansas University, and then design items which can improve people’s lives.

Emma Germann graduated from Watseka Community High School in Watseka, IL. She played on the Lady Warriors varsity golf team for all four years, was a varsity letterman from 2014-2018 and the team’s MVP in 2017. A QuestBridge National College Prep Scholar, she was the first chair alto saxophone and a soloist on her school’s concert band and the lead tenor and soloist on the jazz band.

Germann will attend Elmhurst College in the fall and plans to major in music education. She hopes to have a successful career as a public school music teacher in Illinois, and lead her own concert band. She would also like to serve as the coach on a high school golf team.

Faith Hopkins graduated from Bartlesville High School in Bartlesville, OK, where she was a four-year letterman on the varsity golf team, served on the Bartlesville Leadership Class and was captain of the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. She was a Special Olympics Coach at local and state level in 2017 and a member of the National Honor Society from 2016-2018.

Hopkins will be attending Oklahoma State University and plans to major in business and entrepreneurship. Her long-term goal is to open her own school and academy focused on education and golf.

Jenally Nolan graduated from Farragut High School in Knoxville, TN. A member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honors Society, she was president of the French Club and vice-president of the French Honor Society. She was an AP Scholar with Distinction, competed on the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour for four years and was the Farragut High School Golf Lady Admiral Scholar of the Year in 2017.

Nolan will be attending Centre College, where she plans to major in English and economics with a possible minor in French. Post-graduation, she hopes to intern with the Disney College Program. Long-term, she would like to publish children’s and young adult literature.

Josie Patterson graduated from Chandler High School in Chandler, OK, where she was captain of both the golf and basketball teams. President of the Business Professionals of America, she was a member of the National Honor Society and qualified for the Superintendent’s Honor Roll for all four years.

Patterson will attend Oklahoma Baptist University where she plans to obtain a degree in biology. After that, she would like to attend Oklahoma State University and become a veterinarian with the ultimate goal of going on to establish her own practice.

Kate Owens graduated from Lambert High School in Suwanee, GA, where she played on the varsity golf team from 2014-2018 and was a member of the National Honors Society and National Technical Honors Society. Environmental Science Student of the Year in 2016 and 2017, she was the 2016 women’s golf player of the year and the women’s golf scholar athlete in both 2016 and 2017.

Owens will be attending James Madison University, where she has been accepted in to the Honors College and will pursue a degree in engineering and mathematics. Long-term, she would like to carve out a career in design with a focus on golf equipment.

Kendel Abrams graduated from Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock, PA, where she captained the varsity golf team, was a representative on the Principal Advisory Board and a member of the National Honor Society. She earned the Distinguished Honor Roll from 2014-2018 and the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award in 2017, and she was voted the Girl’s Golf Player of the Year in 2017.

Abrams will attend Converse College, where she plans to play on the women’s golf team and obtain a business degree. Long-term, she would like to compete on the LPGA Tour, start her own business and help junior golfers learn how to play the game.

Leila Dizon graduated from Marlborough School in Los Angeles where she co-captain of the varsity golf team in her senior year, a Cum Laude Society member and a winner of the Princeton Book award. She was also a four-time MVP on the varsity golf team and placed second in the Big I National Championship 2016 where she represented California.

Dizon will attend the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Undergraduate Program with the hope of earning an MBA to become an influential female leader who will be able to inspire positive change in the business world.

Mateya Peters graduated from Griswold High School in Griswold, IA, where she was a talented all-round athlete who captained the varsity golf, volleyball, basketball, softball and track teams. She was also president of the Student Council and the National Honor Society. In varsity golf, she made the All-District team in 2016 and 2017, the All-Conference team in 2017 and was a two-time state qualifier.

Peters will attend Midland University where she plans to major in nursing with the longer-term objective of becoming a nurse practitioner. Beyond that, she has hopes of starting a non-profit organization that will help provide free medical care in various parts of the world for people in need.

Megan Whittaker graduated from Elkhorn South High School in Omaha, NE, where she captained the varsity golf team and also the track and field team. She became Nebraska Junior Girls Match Play Champion in 2016 and was runner-up in the Nebraska Junior Girls Amateur in 2017. A member of the National Honors Society, she was a junior class officer and a senior class officer for Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Whittaker will be attending the University of Nebraska, where she hopes to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business before one day establishing her own business.

Meryl Castle graduated from Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, TN, where she was a member of the Student Council, the BETA Club, the National Honors Society and the Spanish Club. She led her varsity golf team to an undefeated season in 2016, making both the District and All-District teams that year. Competing as the top player on her team, she won nine of 12 matches in 2016 and 2017.

Castle will be attending Milligan College where she plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in either science and nursing or as a physician assistant. Her career goal is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

Mia Kurkechian graduated from Naperville Central High School in Naperville, IL, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and a National Merit Finalist. In her junior year, she was selected as a leader for Link Crew, the school’s freshman mentoring program. She was co-captain of the varsity golf team, was selected as an All-Conference honorable mention and competed in conference, regional and sectional tournaments.

Kurkechian will be attending Calvin College where she will pursue a career as a special education teacher, with the ultimate objective of making a difference in the lives of her future students.

Olivia Cunningham graduated from Father Ryan High School in Nashville, TN, where she was highly involved in academics and extra-curricular activities. She was a varsity golf team member all four years, a member of the National Honor Society and Latin Club, a peer mentor and student ambassador.

Cunningham will be attending Tusculum College, majoring in nursing. Her goal is to become a registered nurse and pursue a master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner or CRNA to help others and improve society.

Olivia Whitten graduated from Flagler Palm Coast High School in Palm Coast, FL, where she was Player of the Year all four years and captain of her golf team, a member of the National Honor Society and a candidate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, in addition to being drum major in the Marching Band and first chair in the Symphonic Band.

Whitten will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an aviation business administration major and has set her sights on working for The Boeing Company at some point in the future.

Rachel Oh graduated from La Canada High School in Flintridge, CA, where she was captain of the golf team, player of the year and most valuable player in both her freshman and sophomore years, secretary of the Korean National Honor Society and president of the Technology Help Club.

Oh will attend UC Davis as a member of the golf team and major in biological sciences. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field and also develop her passion for helping others.

Rachel Rudd graduated from Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, FL, where she was a varsity golfer (four years), a tennis player (three years) and softball player (one year). She was also a Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps academic commander, color guard commander and class leader.

Rudd will be attending Faulkner University in the fall. Her goal is to major in criminal justice with minors in Spanish and psychology while pursuing her LPGA Tour card. She hopes to become a criminal behavior analyst.

Sarah Hinton graduated from Elizabethtown High School in Elizabethtown, KY, where she was on the varsity golf team and a regional champion as Golf House Kentucky Girls Player of the Year, Kentucky Junior Amateur Girls Champion and Kentucky PGA Junior Tour Champion.

Hinton will attend Lipscomb University, playing on the golf team and pursuing her bachelor’s degree to work with children as an elementary school teacher.

Sarah Willis graduated from Eaton High School in Eaton, OH, where she was a varsity letterman and a student leader. She was on the EHS boys golf team and served as captain in both her junior and senior years while setting Ohio High School State Championship 18-hole (2017) and 36-hole (2016) scoring records. She was also a student council class officer throughout her high school career.

Willis will be attending Penn State University in the Smeal College of Business. Her goal is to apply her competitive background in the business field and become a mergers and acquisitions consultant.

Sierra O’Keefe graduated from Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, CT, where she was vice-president of her senior class, captain of the girls’ golf and ice hockey teams and a member of the All-Academic Team.

O’Keefe will head to Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Her career ambition is to become a doctor and help those in need.

Skylar Thompson graduated from Georgia Connections Academy in Duluth, GA, where she was on the honor roll, served as chapter president of the National Honor Society and was a member of the National England and Science Honor Societies.

Thompson will be attending University of South Carolina as a member of the golf team and majoring in environment science. It is her goal to play golf professionally or attend law school with a focus in environmental law.

Sophia Koester graduated from Grandview Heights High School in Columbus, OH, where she was one of the first students to play on the girls’ golf team and served as captain of the Varsity team in both her junior and senior year. She was a member of the National Honors Society and chapter president of Best Buddies.

Koester will be attending Suffolk University in Boston, MA, where she plans to study film and media a she pursues her passion for film making and photography.

Sydney Regalado graduated from Rosemount High School in Rosemount, MN, where she was a Triple A Award winner (Academics, Athletics and the Arts). She was named an Academic All-Conference athlete and Outstanding Academic Athlete as a member of the cross country team. She also made the All-Conference team for golf.

Regalado will be attending Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Her goal is to major in biochemistry and molecular biology and begin her medical career path.

Thomaphorn Supakit graduated from Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, CA, where she was captain of her school’s golf team. She was involved in Key Club and volunteered in several community service programs in her local community.

Supakit will be attending California State University Maritime Academy. She plans to major in business administration or international business and then serve in the United States Navy for several years.

Vreni Todd graduated from Snohomish High School in WA, where she was a founding member of the Science Club, a National Honor Society member, a four-year varsity golfer and team captain, the 2017 district golf champion, player of the year and received the Joan Teats Inspirational Award. She also volunteered for the Social Science Club Outreach Program and Math Club.

Todd will attend Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where she plans to study computer science or environmental studies. Her goal is to continue her education with a master’s degree in her field of study.

 

About The LPGA Foundation
Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives.

Key priorities include: LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, The LPGA Leadership Academy, scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry who are experiencing severe hardship. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to The LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA Headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, +1 386-274-6200 and on the web: https://lpgafoundation.org/donate.

LPGA Foundation Announces 2018 Dinah Shore and Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship Recipients

Peterson earns the Dinah Shore Scholarship, Carr receives the Phyllis G. Meekins award.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 14, 2018 – Andrea Peterson and Christyn Carr have been selected by The LPGA Foundation as the two high school graduates who will receive this year’s Dinah Shore and Phyllis G. Meekins scholarships.

Both candidates have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence and leadership skills, as well as active involvement and service to their communities, while also fulfilling the specific requirements for each scholarship award.

 

Dinah Shore Scholarship

Peterson, a graduate of Western High School in Russiaville, Indiana, is this year’s Dinah Shore Scholarship recipient. The $5,000 scholarship was established in 1994 to honor the late Dinah Shore, a Hollywood legend and honorary member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. The annual Dinah Shore Scholarship is awarded to a female high school senior who will attend college but not play collegiate golf.

Peterson fully embraced school life and served as her senior class president, golf team captain, tennis team captain and president of the CEO Entrepreneurship club. A U.S. Presidential Scholar, Peterson racked up multiple awards, including the All-A Honor Roll, the Dean Reseller Academic Excellence Award, had a cumulative grade point average of 4.03 and appeared on the current three-year Dean’s list. As a golfer, she placed top 10 in the Hoosier Conference and helped her team win the Sectional Championship for two years in a row. She also made time to co-found Veritas, a high school youth group; served as a leader for the St. Joan of Arc Youth Group and worked as a tutor for both middle school and high school students.

Peterson plans to enroll into the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where she will study finance and marketing, before going on to Vanderbilt University where she has her sights set on getting an MBA “on my way to becoming the CEO of my own company,” she says.

To qualify for the Dinah Shore Scholarship, the applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2; must have played in a minimum of 50 percent of her high school golf team’s scheduled events or regularly played golf for the past two years; must have demonstrated leadership skills and/or extraordinary community involvement; and must have been accepted to an accredited undergraduate academic program.

 

Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship

Established in 2006, the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship awards $1,250 to a female high school senior from a minority background, who will be pursuing a full-time course of study and playing collegiate golf at an accredited college or university in the United States. Carr, a 2018 graduate of Northview High School in Johns Creek, Georgia, where she had a cumulative grade point average of 4.0, is this year’s recipient.

President of both the Black History Club and the Step Team at her school, Carr won the 2017 Georgia 6A state title with a birdie on the fifth hole of a playoff. She also won four Hurricane Junior Georgia Tournaments (HJGT) during her prep career, her most recent HJGT victory coming in May last year. She also won the 2017 William (Bill) Dickey Jr., Invitational, gaining full exemption for the Girls Junior PGA Championship later that year. At the end of 2017, she was ranked 15th on the Junior Golf Scoreboard in Georgia and seventh on the Junior Golf Scoreboard for Grade Class in Georgia. Carr is the daughter of a golf professional, Chris Carr.

Carr will be attending North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she plans to play on the Aggie women’s golf team and major in nursing. She also has hopes of trying to qualify for the LPGA Tour at some point in her future.

The namesake of the scholarship, the late Phyllis G. Meekins, became a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals in 1981, earning Life Member status in 2001. Known for her dedication to junior golf, Meekins established the Phyllis G. Meekins (PGM) Golf Clinic, Inc. at Mount Airy’s Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1973. Under Meekins’ guidance, thousands of students have participated in the PGM Golf Clinics, and through developing life skills such as perseverance, goal setting, self-discipline and leadership, many have also gone on to achieve significant success, both in the classroom, as well as in their careers.

Meekins was inducted into the National African American Golfers Hall of Fame in 1984 and was nominated for the 1993 LPGA Teacher of the Year award. She was recognized by the National Golf Foundation (NGF) with the NGF Out-standing Service Award.

 

About The LPGA Foundation

Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives.

Key priorities include: LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, The LPGA Leadership Academy, scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry who are experiencing severe hardship. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to The LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA Headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, +1 386-274-6200 and on the web: https://lpgafoundation.org/donate.

LPGA Foundation and Christina Zacamy Bring LPGA Leadership Academy Back to Westchester Country Club

Executive women’s panel to headline the two-day academy

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 31, 2018 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation and Christina Zacamy will join together to help develop the next generation of female leaders at a LPGA Leadership Academy in New York state next month.

The two-day event, sponsored by Zacamy, who is a member of the LPGA Foundation Board of Directors and the Chair of its Leadership Committee, will be held from August 7-8 at Westchester Country Club in Rye.

A key component of the Leadership Academy will be an executive women’s panel discussion. Ida Liu, Managing Director at Citi Private Bank and Global Market Manager for New York; Elizabeth Everett Krisberg, Managing Director at BofA Merrill Lynch and Head of Global Corporate Access; and Elizabeth Simmons, Vice President – Government Relations and Workforce Development at the National Retail Federation, will be among the panelists.

“We are committed to empowering, inspiring and transforming the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf,” said Nancy Henderson, President of The LPGA Foundation. “We are very excited about the impact that The LPGA Leadership Academy is having on the young girls who participate in the program.”

“It is a privilege to be part of a program that is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of female leaders and encouraging young women to create opportunities for themselves and others,” said Zacamy. “Since we began this initiative, we have reached over 400 high potential teenage girls from across the country through the LPGA Leadership Academy Program to create a community of highly engaged and motivated young leaders.”

The LPGA Foundation introduced the two-day LPGA Leadership Academy in 2015 to engage teenage girls in golf and provide them with a framework to develop confidence and enhance their communication and leadership skills. Group leadership exercises, expert-led discussions, journaling and interaction with female executives and mentors help young women focus on their individual strengths and leadership style.

The LPGA Leadership Academy uses the game of golf as a platform and learning tool to:

  • Teach young women how to become better decision makers
  • Overcome and let go of setbacks
  • Take calculated risks and embrace opportunities
  • Develop skills to accomplish specific goals
  • Play their own game and find their own voice

LPGA Leadership Academy events have already been held this year in Minneapolis; Atlanta; San Francisco; and Southern Pines, North Carolina. Each LPGA Leadership Academy hosts 40 girls aged 13-18.

About The LPGA Foundation
Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives.

Key priorities include: LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, The LPGA Leadership Academy, scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry who are experiencing severe hardship. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to The LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA Headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, +1 386-274-6200 and on the web: https://lpgafoundation.org/donate.

About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

LPGA Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Develop Next Generation of Female Leaders

Executive women’s panel to headline two-day LPGA Leadership Academy at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club where the theme will be “Live Fearless”

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 12, 2018 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation will join forces with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) to help develop the next generation of female leaders in North Carolina at the LPGA Leadership Academy later this month.

The two-day event, presented by Blue Cross NC, will be held from July 24-25 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina – a venue which has held three U.S. Women’s Opens and has a fourth scheduled for 2022.

A key component of the Leadership Academy will be an executive women’s panel discussion. Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Women’s World Cup soccer champion and Blue Cross NC “Live Fearless” Brand Ambassador Mia Hamm, and twice LPGA Tour winner Laura Diaz, will be among the panelists.

“We are committed to empowering, inspiring and transforming the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf,” said Nancy Henderson, President of The LPGA Foundation. “We are very excited about the impact that The LPGA Leadership Academy is having in North Carolina on the young girls who participate in the program.”

“At Blue Cross NC, we are committed to the future of our state, and young female leaders are a big part of that future,” said Reagan Greene Pruitt, Blue Cross NC Vice President of Integrated Marketing and Community Engagement. “The LPGA Academy is all about encouraging young women take a Live Fearless approach to life. We are excited to bring the Academy to North Carolina.”

The LPGA Foundation introduced the two-day LPGA Leadership Academy in 2015 to engage teenage girls in golf and provide them with a framework to develop confidence and enhance their communication and leadership skills. Group leadership exercises, expert-led discussions, journaling and interaction with female executives and mentors help young women focus on their individual strengths and leadership style.

The LPGA Leadership Academy uses the game of golf as a platform and learning tool to:

  • Teach young women how to become better decision makers
  • Overcome and let go of setbacks
  • Take calculated risks and embrace opportunities
  • Develop skills to accomplish specific goals
  • Play their own game and find their own voice

Leadership Academy events have already been held this year in Minnesota and Georgia with three more to come, in California and in North Carolina this month and in New York in August. Each LPGA Leadership Academy hosts 40 girls aged 13-18.

In addition to attending the Academy, each participant will be eligible to apply for The LPGA Foundation Scholars Program which includes invitations to LPGA events, mentoring programs and a $5,000 college scholarship. Details about The LPGA Leadership Academy, the 2018 locations and applications for participation can be found on The LPGA Foundation website at: https://www.girlsgolf.org/events/leadership-academy.

 


 

About The LPGA Foundation
Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives.
Key priorities include: LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, The LPGA Leadership Academy, scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry who are experiencing severe hardship. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to The LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA Headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, +1 386-274-6200 and on the web: https://lpgafoundation.org/donate.

About Blue Cross NC
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina improves the health and well-being of our customers and communities by providing innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.89 million members, including approximately 1 million served on behalf of other Blue Plans. Since 1933, we have worked to make North Carolina a better place to live through our support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. We have been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute every year since 2012. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit Blue Cross online at bcbsnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via http://www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at http://www.facebook.com/lpga, http://www.twitter.com/lpga and http://www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

We All Need Rangefinders by Kayla Guru (eLeader)

We all need rangefinders. We all need a compass of sorts that we can rely on, that will help us when we’re indecisive, overwhelmed, and delirious from a day in the sun. To not only lead us towards our goals, but to help us make the right decisions on how to get there. From loft, to backswing, to club choice, there are a multitude of decisions to make and we invariably desire help from the very beginning. From the time when all that matters is learning the basics to the time when making the next cut is all that matters, every comment carries so much worth and inspires unique ideas in the golfer. It’s almost like a personalized gift delivered to you when you need it most!

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2017 LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup – Jr Course Reporters – THURSDAY

Thursday Recap
by Mary Beth Doss:

Today, I arrived at the course early and decided to start off by watching my favorite LPGA Pro Golfer Morgan Pressel play. The moment she saw us on Hole 3 watching, she came over to say hello and give us a hug! I was able to watch her play all the way through to Hole 13; it was wonderful because she’s one of my biggest inspirations! After this, I walked back to The Girl’s Golf tent to check in with Cori and all the other girls.

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2017 LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup – Junior Course Reporters – WEDNESDAY

Wednesday Recap
by Mary Beth Doss:

Day Two for Meg and I at the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup! In the morning, I checked in for Course reporting and once that was done, I had some free time to watch my favorite player, Morgan Pressel, play in the Bank of Hope Pro-Am. The Pro-Am is typically played the day before the first round of the real tournament, and is when the people who sponsor the events get to play with two different pros (One pro plays the front 9 with the sponsors, the other plays the back 9).

After I watched Morgan, two golf members accompanied us to film a PR Promo for The Golf Channel. The clips were little teasers and it was super fun to film! One hour later, Meg and I had the opportunity to go to The Golf Channel trailer area. We had the opportunity to sit and listen to The Golf Channel recording, and this was very cool to experience since we had never seen behind-the-scenes access like this before. When the reporters were finished, they gave us a shout-out and we were able to introduce ourselves and answer some simple questions.

One of my favorite parts of the interview was when Meg and I had the chance to turn the tables around and interview Tom Abbott. We both asked a few simple questions and a few challenging questions and he answered them very well and seemed to enjoy it. During this time, there were many photos being taken and we sometimes had to pose during the interview, which brought about some very comical pictures. After the cameras stopped rolling, we talked to a few of other Golf Channel workers who also happened to be ex-tour players, which allowed us to ask even more questions that we had come up with throughout the day.

Next, we went to The Girls Golf press conference held in the Media Center, where we sat with reporters and listened to Nancy Lopez, Sandra Gal, and one of our own members, Kyla Wilde, answer questions. This press conference, which was moderated by Nancy Henderson, the LPGA Foundation President, focused on the past, the present, and the future for women in the game of golf. Each lady up there did such an amazing job answering questions, but I especially enjoyed watching one of my friends, Kyla, responding back with great answers. Nancy Lopez and Sandra Gal both talked about their careers and specifically what golf meant to them as women.

Aside from these major events on Day Two, Meg and I had a good amount of time to walk around and get to know the course, as well as the players. It was an incredible day, and I can’t wait for what the rest of the tournament will bring!


Wednesday Recap
by Meg Marty:

 Mary Beth and I kicked off Day Two of the Founder’s Cup by heading down to The Golf Channel’s “Player Room”, where the tournament players were flowing in and out for interviews. This gave us the opportunity to see what goes on behind the camera, and how both the reporters and the players prepare for interviews.

We also had the privilege of being filmed for an intro for The Founder’s Cup. We were placed in front of the camera and had to say a few lines from a script; I felt like an actress! Our lines were based off the 5 E’s and the girls who represent them. My line was, “When I grow up I want to be on the LPGA Tour!”

After this, we had a mini-photo shoot with Cori; we took pictures high-fiving the players of the tournament, as well as the girls participating in the Pro-Am!! This was so much fun.

One of my favorite parts of the day was having the honor of speaking with Marilynn Smith, who is one of the thirteen founders of the LPGA! It was incredibly exciting to be able to speak with someone who helped start it all! On our way back to the Media Center, Beth and I saw Sadena Parks and her caddie. We were able to take pictures with her and she gave us each one of her own head covers!

Finally, Beth and I made our way over to The Golf Channel’s trailer with Scott Wood, the LPGA BofH Founders Cup Tournament Director. Here, we sat in on a meeting with the crew of The Golf Channel and learned what events are happening this week. We were able to interview the people who worked there, including Tom Abbott, the co-host of Big Break Florida!

Directly after this we went to the Girls Golf press conference in the Media Center! We listened to Sandra Gal and Nancy Lopez answer questions about the past, present, and future of women in golf. It was a very great learning experience!

Once we checked off these events off our to-do list for the day, we walked around the course and got to see the players finishing their practice rounds. We can’t wait for the tournament to start!

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2017 Bank of Hope Founders Cup – Girls Golf – Junior Course Reporters

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Media Check In, Player Meeting & Pairings Party
Tuesday Recap by MaryBeth Doss:

Today, the other Junior Reporter, Meg, and I checked in for our first day at the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup! First stop, we got to see the official Media Center to grab credentials and meet the official PR team! We also met some of the people who worked there and told us about what they do and their roles. Some people were interns but most were writers or involved with media.

That evening, we had a special invite to go to the Players Meeting for all the LPGA professionals. It was a long chat and lots of info was shared. The meeting pretty much explained the fundamentals and whatnot of all the week’s expectations. LPGA Commissioner, Mike Whan, lead the meeting where they talked about the player constitution, rules for the week and more. They also took time to chat with the players about security and how to be safe in person with people and on social media. It was long and all business. It was good to see that side of being a player.

The last stop of the night was Bank of Hope Pro-Am Pairings Party. The Pairings Party is when the players (not the pros) who are playing in the Pro-Am get to see what professional is playing with them for the next day’s round of golf. Throughout the night, we saw many pros all dressed up and even got the chance with talk and visit with a few of them. To close out the night, we had nice chat with Natalie Gulbis – she has a sponsor exemption spot to play!

Day 1 complete! Today was really fun…The first day of being a course reporter in the books…


Tuesday Recap
by Meg Marty:

Today was Day One of the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup!!!

Upon arrival, we got our first look at the tournament Media Center! We meet Al, who works for LPGA, he is a liaison with the media at many tour events. After that, we had the opportunity to attend the LPGA Players Meeting, which is where the LPGA players check in and learn about rules and expectations for the week. The gathering was kind of like a board meeting where they go over the LPGA Constitution and approve rules. It was a side of the players jobs I had never seen.

After the Players Meeting, we went to the Pro-Am Pairings Party! At this special party, we meet the Tour Players and we learned the parings for the Pro-Am taking place on Wednesday! We socialized at the party, mingled at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge to meet as many supporters as possible and had some super yummy food!!!

My favorite part of the Pairings party was the photo booth and chatting with the LPGA players about their experiences. Tonight, we were welcomed with the sponsors and LPGA players as equals, tonight we were not just fans asking for autographs — we were included, welcomed and feel really grateful for a special evening.

Signing out for Day 1 at the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup. What a blast!

The LPGA Launches “Changing the Face of the Game” Campaign

PHOENIX, March 15, 2017 – As girls’ golf continues to ride a remarkably strong surge of growth in  the United States, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) will today launch a “Changing the Face of the Game” campaign ahead of this week’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Girls under the age of 18 represent the fastest growing sector in the U.S. golf population since 2010 and more than 60,000 girls were engaged last year by the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf initiative, a staggering increase of 1,000 percent since the Founders Cup was launched in 2011.

The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, which began in Phoenix in 1989, specializes in providing a “girl-friendly” environment for juniors to learn and play the game of golf and the program has expanded to nearly 400 sites across the United States, with close to 40 being added just this year.

To mark the campaign’s launch, Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan and LPGA Foundation President Nancy Henderson will hold a press conference at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, along with Kyla Wilde, a product of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Phoenix.

“We learned early on with Girls Golf that if you let young women come together in an all-girls environment, they begin to really enjoy the game and the retention rate is unbelievable,” said LPGA Commissioner Whan. “We introduced the Founders Cup, back in 2011, when we all decided to play for no purse and just pass it all forward to support Girls Golf — acting with a Founder mentality. When I talk to an LPGA Founder today, she is proud of what has happened to television and excited about our growth in purses, but what she really likes is what we are doing in terms of leaving the game better for the next generation of young women, and building a pipeline that can truly change the ‘face’ of golf longer-term.”

The Girls Golf campaign includes a new PSA (public service announcement), available below, which will be first aired on Golf Channel during television coverage of the 2017 Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

More than 40 members of the LPGA and Symetra Tours kickstarted their golf careers at a Girls Golf program, including Cheyenne Woods, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Mariah Stackhouse, Vicky Hurst and Kathleen Ekey.

“When I became President of the LPGA Foundation, it didn’t take long for me to realize how important LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is to the LPGA and to the future of the game of golf,” said LPGA Foundation President Henderson. ” What our LPGA players and teachers are doing in inspiring young girls is a testament to their dedication and passion for the game of golf. Together, we are truly making a difference in the lives of girls and helping to change the face of golf.”

Girls are getting, and accepting, the message that golf can be both welcoming and fun. Over the last 20 years, the growth of girls’ golf in the U.S. has far outpaced that of the boys. In 1995, girls made up only 17% of all junior golfers — today they total one third, according to the National Golf Foundation.

There has been similar growth in the numbers of non-white junior golfers in the U.S. during that time. Twenty years ago, only 1 out of 17 junior players was non-Caucasian, according to the NGF. Today, that number is nearly 1 out of 3.

Today’s emerging golfers are coming to the game at a much younger age in the U.S. where there are 50% more junior players under 12 than there were in 1995. The NGF’s research also found that Millennials who started playing before the age of 14 are nearly twice as likely to become regular golfers than players who picked up the game at a later stage.

Junior golf has increased in participation by 600,000 from 2011 to 2015, according to a study by the Sports Industry Association. This is the largest jump in total volume compared to other youth sports such as soccer, basketball, football and baseball.