Teaching and Club Professional Spotlight: Jean Bartholomew

Jean Bartholomew at the 2010 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic
Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Jean Bartholomew watches her drive on the 15th hole during the first round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

The Wegmans LPGA Championship provides a special opportunity for five LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals to compete against the world’s best women golfers in a major championship. The winners of the five sectional LPGA T&CP events and the national championship receive spots in the Wegmans LPGA Championship field. This week we will spotlight LPGA T&CP members and let you get to know a little bit more about the women who dedicate themselves to the advancement of golf through teaching, coaching and managing golf facilities. Today we spotlight…Southeast Section and National Championship winner Jean Bartholomew (@JeanBGolf1).

Jean is one of the many former Tour pros turned T&CP members and played on Tour from 1996-2007. She started teaching in 2009 and said it was a no-brainer to continue her career in the golf industry and was lucky enough to have the ‘teaching gene.’

“Just because I love the game and to share all the stuff I learned,” said Bartholomew. “And I like teaching, some people don’t. Some players don’t transition well with teaching. I think it’s a skill with patience and people skills.”

But she still holds a competitive side and has played in three or four events the past two LPGA Tour seasons through her Class-A status on the priority list. Last year she defeated Lisa Grimes by three strokes in French Lick, Ind. to claim her first T&CP National Championship. She was also the T&CP Southeast Section champ and made her 10th appearance in an LPGA Championship this week.

Jean started teaching at the Creek Club on Long Island but made her way down to the Sunshine State and currently lives in Palm Beach Gardens and teaches at PGA National.

She said it’s tough to come out and perform really well at LPGA events while she’s typically spending most of her time watching and teaching rather than playing herself.

“The players are a lot younger,” said Bartholomew. “A lot of new faces. It’s hard to compete when you’re teaching all the time.”

Five Things You Should Know About Jean Bartholomew:
1. She played four years of golf at Duke University but was also recruited by other schools to play basketball and field hockey. She was a 1,000-point scorer for Garden City High on Long Island and was an All-Nassau County field hockey player.  “Back then there was not much more after college you could do with the other two.”
2. Jean is a politics junkie and majored in Sociology and Economics in college.
3. You won’t find her watching any reality TV and says her go-to shows are sports or political shows.
4. In addition to golf, she loves to play tennis.
5. Her first golf coach in New York, Gil McNally, still comes down to work with her when he’s using his winter home near PGA National.

Topics: Teaching and Club Professionals, Bartholomew, Jean

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