The Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, instituted by the LPGA T&CP membership in 1989 to honor the late Ellen Griffin, recognizes an individual, male or female, who has made a major contribution to the teaching of golf and who emulates Griffin's spirit, love and dedication to students, teachers, teaching skills and the game of golf. Griffin, who passed away in 1986, was one of the best-known women's golf teaching professionals in American history.
"Kay McMahon truly represents the best of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals," Leslie Andrews, executive director of the LPGA T&CP. "Not only is she an outstanding and widely respected teacher, she has dedicated years of service to the LPGA. She is a continuing source of inspiration to me and to all our members."
A native of Minnesota, McMahon graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a Bachelor of Science in education. She became a LPGA T&CP member in 1979 and received her Class A status five years later. For more than 25 years, she was a teacher for all ages in Palm Springs, Calif., and later created, developed and operated golf business for City Golf Boston (Boston, Mass.) and Innerform Golf (Saugatuck, Mich.). In 1995, she was recognized as the LPGA National Teacher of the Year. McMahon is currently head of eduKaytion golf, which she established eight years ago and has expanded to include several locations in the Berkshires (Mass.) and was just recently named head golf professional at Egremont Country Club in Great Barrington, Mass.
"The name Ellen Griffin and teaching are synonymous with the finest and purest form of teaching in the country," McMahon said. "I'm very thrilled to have followed in the footsteps of Ellen and the other award recipients, from whom I have learned so much from along every step of my career. I am very thrilled to have received this award - the highest honor from the LPGA."
While progressing through a successful professional career, McMahon also managed to give her time back to the LPGA T&CP membership as the national president (1998-99) and has twice been nominated for the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame (2006, 2008).
The 2009 PGA NENY Section Teacher of the Year - bestowed by the PGA of America - McMahon was also recognized by Golf For Women magazine as a Top 50 Teacher (2000) and one of GOLF Magazine's Top Regional Teachers (2007). In 2001, she was also named a Top 400 instructor for both GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest.
Past recipients of the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award are: Peggy Kirk Bell, 1989; Linda Craft, 1990; Shirley Englehorn, 1991; Harvey Penick, 1992; Goldie Bateson, 1993; Carol Clark Johnson, 1994; Joanne Winter, 1995; Ann Casey Johnstone, 1996; Dr. DeDe Owens, 1997; Shirley Spork, 1998; Betty Hicks, 1999; Gary Wiren, 2000; Penny Zavichas, 2001; Annette Thompson, 2002; Dr. Barbara B. Smith, 2003; Marjorie Burns, 2004; Pat Lange, 2005; Donna White, 2006; Betsy Cullen, 2007; and Lynn Marriott.
Rolex is the official timepiece of the LPGA and sponsors of many of the LPGA's annual awards, including the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, Rolex Player of the Year and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year awards. Rolex honors the LPGA Tour's Rolex First-Time Winners, and is a supporting sponsor of the annual LPGA T&CP National Championship. At tournament sites, Rolex has a presence by providing the official time at selected tournaments and advertises in many event programs.
About the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals
The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 and celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has enjoyed an unprecedented rate of growth in recent years and boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. With nearly 1,300 members, the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals are dedicated to the advancement of golf through teaching, coaching and managing golf facilities. Its national member programs including teaching, coaching, business management and leadership skills training programs and conferences, tournaments, employment services, online education and junior golf programs. LPGA T&CP members also teach and support the LPGA's various grassroots programs that are working to increase the involvement of women and youth in golf, as well as contribute to the growth of the sport overall including LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, Ronald McDonald House Charities LPGA Tour Junior Clinics and the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information on the LPGA, log on to www.LPGA.com.