Teaching and Club Professional Spotlight: 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 these five amazing 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…Central Section Championship winner Stefanie Ferguson
Ferguson got her start in golf before she entered high school and was urged to pick up the game by her dad. She took it up the summer before her freshman year and played in a few scrambles. She caught the golf bug and decided it could be a good way to get a college scholarship and starting focusing on her game during her freshman year.
During her senior year of college at Colorado State University, Ferguson figured she wanted to continue with a career in golf.
“My last year in college was when I knew I wanted to be a T&CP member,” said Ferguson. “We always got to help with events in college and folks would always ask for help with their golf games, it was so fun to see people improve or learn a new shot. That's when I knew being a teaching professional was something I would like to do.”
The Denver, Colo. native edged out Sherry Andonian-Smith in a sudden-death playoff at the Central Section Championship to earn a spot in this week’s field. Ferguson fired solid rounds of 72-76 to tie for first, and said facing her friend in a playoff was a challenge.
“We played it at Redstone Golf Club in Houston which is fairly tight and has great greens, so for me it was cool to win at a course like that,” said Ferguson. “I also had to play one of my good friends in a sudden death playoff who is a very accomplished player so it felt like I really earned the spot. This week has been amazing and such a wonderful experience. It is my first LPGA event and first major so I can't even describe what a cool feeling it is to be here! I feel very lucky to get this opportunity. It will be tough to get the smile off of my face this week!”
|Five Things You Should Know About…Stefanie Ferguson|
|1.||She just got a puppy whose name is Dexter. He is half Bernese Mountain dog and half Great Pyrenees. At seven months he is almost 70 pounds|
|2.||If she wasn't a teaching professional she would have loved to have been a National Geographic photographer. “Taking pictures has been something I have loved to do since high school.”|
|3.||She is a teaching professional at Green Valley Ranch Golf Academy in Denver where the Colorado Opens are held every year.|
|4.||When she was younger she got certified to scuba dive. “I love to travel and dive on trips.”|
|5.||She comes from a very large Italian family, even though she doesn’t look like it. “Our family events can be upwards of 50 people so it is quite the gathering!”|