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In 1989, the LPGA established the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award. Ellen Griffin was considered by many to be the best-known woman golf teacher in American history. Griffin taught near Greensboro, NC, at “The Farm.” She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the game many times, including the 1970 National Golf Foundation Graffis Award.

The Ellen Griffin Rolex Award is awarded annually to a male or female golf teacher who has done the following:

  • Demonstrated in their teaching, the same spirit, love and dedication as Ellen did to the golf student, teaching skills and the game of golf; and
  • Made a major contribution to the teaching of golf.

By honoring teachers who dedicate their lives to this purpose, the LPGA honors Ellen Griffin and encourages golf teachers to seek the same spirit and ideals.

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2006 Donna White
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2004 Marge Burns
2003 Dr. Barbara B. Smith
2002 Annette Thompson
2001 Penny Zavichas
2000 Dr. Gary Wiren
1999 Betty Hicks
1998 Shirley Spork
1997 Dr. DeDe Owens
1996 Ann Casey Johnstone
1995 Joanne Winter
1994 Carol Clark Johnson
1993 Goldie Bateson
1992 Harvey Penick
1991 Shirley Englehorn
1990 Linda Craft
1989 Peggy Kirk Bell
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