The national award winners were selected by the LPGA T&CP membership's Executive Committee from the pool of sectional award winners voted on by the members of the five regional sections: Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Western.
Teacher of the Year, Sue Powers
Established in 1958, the LPGA National Teacher of the Year is awarded annually to the woman golf professional who most exemplified her profession during the year.
Sue Powers is a full-time teaching professional at Pelican Pointe Country Club in Venice, Fla., as well as a partner and Chief Financial Officer of Ladies Links Fore Golf, LLC, (www.ll4g.com) the official online golf community of the LPGA. Powersconducts lessons, golf schools, clinics, and seminars and travels throughout the U.S. with Ladies Links Fore Golf as one of their expert teaching instructors, sharing her golf and teaching knowledge through education, improvement and promotion of the enjoyment of the game to individuals and groups.
"I am proud to be a member of the LPGA T&CP and am greatly honored to be selected as the recipient for this prestigious award,” said Powers. “I would like to thank the LPGA T&CP members and selection committee for recognizing my contributions to the game of golf through my teaching efforts. I was so excited, it felt as if I had made back-to-back holes-in-one!”
Powers joined the LPGA in 2003 and took the “fast track” to LPGA Certification, obtaining her Class A Teaching status in just three years—an education process that usually takes up to six years. She served as Secretary of the LPGA Southeast section before being elected as President of the section for the – 2009-11term. She has been a Member Advisor for the LPGA, an instructor for the LPGA National Education Program in Managerial Leadership and Teaching Certification and an instructor for LPGA’s Front Row Experience. In addition, Powers is a TPI-certified Golf Fitness Instructor and a Frankly Frog Putting Instructor.
Powers gives back to the community as Head Coach for Sarasota County’s Special Olympics golf program, mentoring special needs athletes to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents while increasing public awareness about Special Olympics.
Professional of the Year, Kammy Maxfeldt
The LPGA T&CP Professional of the Year award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA T&CP member directly involved in the entire golf operation.
Kammy Maxfeldt, a Class A member of the PGA and LPGA, has been sharing her expertise in the game of golf for more than 25 years. She is currently the Head Golf Professional at Birchwood Country Club during the summer and teaches in the Port St. Lucie, Fla., area in the winter months. At Birchwood, she oversees the management of the entire golf operation, including tournaments, merchandising and instruction programs.
“I am humbly honored to receive the National LPGA Professional of the Year award,” said Maxfeldt. “It has always been my goal to grow the game and use the game of golf to keep families and friends together. My mission while serving the LPGA and PGA has always been to share my experiences with fellow professionals, so they might excel in their own careers. Thank you for selecting me and I would like to share this honor with all those who have influenced my career as a Head Golf Professional.”
Maxfeldt is a native of Holdrege, Neb., and played college golf at the University of Oklahoma. Since turning pro, Maxfeltd has won the Massachusetts Women’s Open, New England Open, Met Open, and LPGA T&CP Team Championship.
Maxfeldt has received several accolades for her contributions to the game of golf including 2013 LPGA Northeast Section Professional of the Year, top-10 Golf Instructor in the state of Connecticut by Golf Digest and a Golf Digest top-50 Female Instructor. She has also served as Northeast Section President (2008-09), Northeast Section Vice President (2004-07), and is on the Board of Directors of the Met PGA and New York State Golf Advisory Board.
Coach of the Year, Shelly Liddick The LPGA T&CP Coach of the Year award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA T&CP member who is actively engaged in teaching and/or coaching golf at the collegiate or high school level.
For the second year in a row, LPGA Class A member, Shelly Liddick has been named the LPGA T&CP National Coach of the Year as well as Central Section Coach of the Year. Liddick serves as the women’s golf coach at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb., a program she started in 2010.
During the 2012-13 season, the Bruins won seven team titles, including six individual tournament wins. Liddick coached the MCAC Golfer of the Year and Newcomer of the Year and was named MCAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Last year, the Bellevue University women’s golf team tallied four team wins, including the Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Championship, and six individual titles. Five members of the team were named to the MCAC All-Conference Team while Liddick was named the MCAC Coach of the Year.
“I am tremendously honored to be recognized two consecutive years by my LPGA T&CP peers and the LPGA Executive Committee for the LPGA National Coach of the Year Award,” said Liddick. “I am filled with deep gratitude for the opportunity to step into the coaching area every day where I have the freedom to express my passion for the game of golf and the opportunity to create a space for young women to discover and unleash their own unique greatness. Coaching golf is such a privilege, and I am thankful to the LPGA, my mentors and teachers for igniting my passion for coaching golf.”
A native of Lincoln, Neb. and Ottumwa, Iowa, Liddick played collegiately at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Immediately following, she stepped into the coaching position at her alma matter before becoming the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Wichita State University from 2003-04.
Liddick, a member of the LPGA since 1993, is a certified professional club fitter and has taught golf schools in Alabama, Arizona, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, Hawaii and California. She has worked closely with several PGA and LPGA touring professionals.
Junior Golf Leadership Award, Nicole Weller
The LPGA T&CP Junior Golf Leadership award was established in 2012 and is awarded annually to an LPGA T&CP member who excels in the area of teaching and promoting golf for juniors.
Nicole Weller, a member of both the PGA of America and the LPGA T&CPDivision, is the head teaching professional at The Landings Club in Savannah, Ga. As author of the first ever golf sticker books for children ages four to eight titled Stick to Sports: Let's Play Golf, Weller has received several accolades including 2012 and 2012 LPGA T&CP Southeast Section Junior Golf Leader, 2013 PGA of America National Junior Golf Leader, and 2010-12 U.S. Kids Top-50 Teacher.
“I am overwhelmingly honored to have been selected at the LPGA T&CP 2013 Junior Golf Leader by the confidence of my peers and the LPGA,” said Weller. “The Section winners are all extremely top notch and represent what so many of us in the LPGA T&CP aspire to do each and every day with our students in golf and life. Thank you for the chance to follow in some amazing footsteps of previous winners, and I look forward to helping continue to grow the game as a team through the LPGA.”
Weller played on scholarship for and graduated from Wake Forest University in 1994 with a degree in Psychology then went on to receive her Masters in Sports Psychology at the University of Tennessee. After graduating, Weller became an assistant professional at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., then accepted a full-time teaching position at Fairways & Greens Learning Center in Knoxville, where she took over and grew the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf chapter from 15 to nearly 80 girls. As Site Director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Knoxville, Weller received the 2004 Knoxville Chapter PGA Junior Leader Award.
About the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Membership
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 Front Row Experience Presented by Volvik, and LPGA Golf Clinics for Women.
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