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The Ladies Professional Golf Association is one of the longest-running women's professional sports associations in the world. Founded in 1950, the organization has grown from its roots as a playing tour into a non-profit organization involved in every facet of golf. The LPGA Tour and the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (T&CP) comprise the backbone of what has become the premier women's professional sports organization in the world today. The LPGA maintains a strong focus on charity through: its tournaments; its grassroots junior and women's programs; and the formation of The LPGA Foundation. The LPGA is under the guidance of Commissioner Michael Whan and is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Michael Whan is the eighth commissioner of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), one of the longest-running and most successful women's sports organizations in the world. Whan assumed the leadership role at the LPGA on Jan. 4, 2010 with an eye toward enhancing business relationships, increasing exposure for the players and maximizing the LPGA experience for fans.
Whan, 49 (DOB: Feb. 10, 1965), started his business career at the Procter & Gamble Company in 1987, rising within the ranks as a Brand Assistant, Brand Manager and eventually Director of Marketing, Oral Care, before pursuing his passion for sports. In 1994-95, he served as a Vice President and General Manager at the Wilson Sporting Goods Company responsible for all aspects of the golf ball and glove business. He also managed the marketing department, two manufacturing facilities and the Research & Development division.
Today's LPGA Tour features the most talented global group of professional athletes who, in 2014, will compete in 32 official money events in 13 countries. Of the more than 460 LPGA Tour members, approximately 230 are active competitors throughout the season. Of the approximately 230, 128 are international members representing 27 different countries.
The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.
More than 1,500 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.
LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, the LPGA Lesson Zone Presented by Volvik, and LPGA Golf Clinics for Women.Learn more about the LPGA T&CP Membership
The LPGA has been a leader in developing junior golf programs that introduce kids from all walks of life into this great game. The LPGA Foundation was established in 1991 and has established itself as a leader in the golf industry in youth initiatives. Junior golf programs, scholarships and other financial assistance are among the major programs supported through The LPGA Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The LPGA Foundation has four main goals: to develop and maintain junior golf programs across the country; to develop and maintain scholarship programs for junior golfers; to maintain a financial assistance fund for those in the golf industry; and to conduct research and develop educational activities related to golf instruction. The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, one of the LPGA Foundation's flagship junior golf program.
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Founded in 1981, the Symetra Tour is called "The Road to the LPGA" and is the official developmental tour of the LPGA. The Symetra Tour was acquired by the LPGA in 2007 and is now based in the LPGA's headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla. The tour operated as the Duramed FUTURES Tour from 2006 to 2010, when Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., became the title sponsor and then as the LPGA Futures Tour in 2001. The 2012 Symetra Tour schedule runs from March through September and has more than 300 players competing from around the world. The top-10 players from the LPGA Futures Tour money list earn LPGA membership for the following year. For more information
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LPGA Golf Clinics for Women from MetLife is a program designed specifically to introduce more business women to the game. The clinics offer a one-day curriculum that includes golf instruction on the practice range and putting green; playing a round of golf; and a business luncheon with guest speakers.
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LPGA-USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) is a developmental junior golf program that encourages girls ages 7-17 to learn to play golf, build friendships and sample competition in a supportive environment. Girls Golf programs also focus on inspiring girls to feel confident, build positive self-esteem and live active and healthy lifestyles by incorporating the “Five E’s of Girls Golf” into their curriculum
LPGA Tour Junior Golf Clinics are hosted “inside the ropes” at select LPGA Tour events and focus on enhancing juniors experiences with the game of golf. Juniors have the chance to learn the “Five E’s of Girls Golf” through our interactive E’s stations (Empower, Enrich, Engage, Energize and Exercise). Each clinic follows a "hands-on," two-hour format and features instruction and exhibitions and interaction with LPGA Tour Players and instruction from LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals.
In 1997 the LPGA lent its support, along with other major golf organizations, to the creation of The First Tee program. Under the auspices of the World Golf Foundation, its purpose to create facilities and programs that make golf more affordable and accessible, with a strong emphasis on introducing children of all races and economic backgrounds to golf.
The responsibility for oversight and guidance of the management of the LPGA lies with the LPGA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is composed of six independent directors; the LPGA Player Directors (Player Executive Committee); Deb Vangellow, the national president of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP); and Mike Whan, Commissioner of the LPGA.
The 2016 LPGA Player Directors are: Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, President; Katherine Kirk, Mariajo Uribe, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Morgan Pressel, Sarah Jane Smith, and Ai Miyazato.
The LPGA independent board members are: Roberta B. Bowman, former Sr. Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy; Karen Jennings, former Sr. Executive V.P., AT&T; Peter Carfagna, Chairman/CEO Magis, LLC and former chief legal officer IMG; David Fay, former Executive Director USGA; Mike Trager, Chairman The Trager Group and former chairman of Clear Channel Entertainment Television; and Peggy Mulligan, former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int’l (formerly Biovail). Roberta Bowman is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the LPGA for 2016.
LPGA International is a premier residential community in Daytona Beach, Fla., that serves as the home of the LPGA. LPGA International features two 18-hole golf courses (Jones and Hill), the LPGA Golf Academy and the LPGA's Headquarters office building. Jones, a Rees Jones-designed course that opened in July 1994, marked the first time in history that a golf course was designed specifically for professional women golfers. Hills, designed by Arthur Hills, opened in October 1998. LPGA International features a state-of-the-art teaching academy, which includes three championship practice holes, five putting greens and chipping greens, practice bunkers and a 360-yard double-ended driving range. For information on lessons and tee times, visit their official Web site.
Each year, the LPGA Tour holds two sectional qualifiers and one Final Qualifying Tournament. The top qualifiers move on to compete in the 90-hole Final Qualifying Tournament at LPGA International in December. The number of spots available at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, vary from year to year and are announced prior to each competition. For more information on how to qualify for the LPGA Tour, or to receive an application for this year's qualifying competitions, contact the LPGA Operations department at 386.274.6200. Find more information on LPGA Qualifying. >>
The Tournament Owners Association (TOA) was formally established in 1990. The association is an incorporated non-profit trade association, 501(c)6, comprised of owned and operated LPGA Tour events. The TOA is governed by an elected Board of Directors, which meets every two months and communicates regularly with the LPGA Player Directors, LPGA commissioner and the LPGA staff. The TOA President is Rob Neal.
The LPGA Foundation currently administers several scholarship programs for young women, as well as one for both young men and women. The Foundation's structure allows for the establishment of endowed scholarships in honor or memory of individuals who made a significant difference in the world of golf. Three of the existing scholarships are the Dinah Shore Scholarship, the Marilynn Smith Scholarship and the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship.
The mission of the World Golf Foundation is to develop and support initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values. In support of that mission, World Golf Foundation focuses on a variety of initiatives to grow and celebrate the game of golf around the world. Through The First Tee, the World Golf Foundation focuses on positively impacting the lives of young people.
Under the banner of the World Golf Hall of Fame, it recognizes and celebrates golf's greatest players and contributors and serves as an inspiration to golfers and fans worldwide. The World Golf Foundation's GOLF 20/20 initiative pursues programs to ensure golf's continued growth and vitality. All World Golf Foundation initiatives work together to support the growth of the game among youth, women and minorities, while also fostering diversity within the golf industry.
Located in St. Augustine, Fla., the World Golf Village is one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken in golf. At the center of the World Golf Village is the 75,000 square-foot World Golf Hall of Fame. The World Golf Hall of Fame includes interactive exhibits, one of the world's largest collections of memorabilia and an IMAX Theater. In addition, the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame - which has its own set of criteria for entrance - is now housed as part of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
For more information on the World Golf Village, visit their website www.wgv.com