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Whaley selected as 2012 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award recipient
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September, 12, 2012 – Suzy Whaley, an 18-year veteran of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) is the recipient of the 2012 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award, which recognizes an LPGA professional who gives back to the game in the spirit of Nancy Lopez. Whaley is currently the teaching professional at the TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.
The Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award was created in 2007 and is given to an LPGA professional who emulates qualities valued by Lopez: Leadership; Passion; Giving; and Approachability. Lopez is a 48-time LPGA Tour winner and four-time Rolex Player of the Year. She was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1987 and captained the victorious 2005 U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In June of 2003, Whaley participated in The Greater Hartford Open, only the second woman ever to qualify for a PGA Tour event, following the legendary Babe Zaharias, 58 years before her.
Whaley is actively involved in her profession. She is a member of the Connecticut PGA Board of Directors and is the 2011 Growth of the Game chairperson. Whaley also serves on the National Board of Directors and is the National Junior Golf Chairperson. Whaley also hosted an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Fair in 2012 with close to 1000 participants.
“Suzy is the perfect example of an LPGA member who goes above and beyond to share her love of the game with others,” said Nancy Henderson, Executive Director for the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Membership.” “She certainly embodies the LPGA Values of Leadership, Passion, Giving and Approachability.”
Whaley’s teaching accolades include: Top 50 Teacher by Golf Digest, America’s 50 Best Women Teachers by Golf Digest, nominated for GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Teacher list, and a Top 50 US Kids Teacher. She is also a two-time LPGA Northeast Teacher of the Year and a two-time PGA Teacher of the Year honoree in the Connecticut PGA Section.
“I am very excited to receive the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award from the LPGA. Nancy's spirit, graciousness, and enthusiasm for golf have inspired me during my career as a golf professional over the last 20 years. To receive an award in her name is so humbling. I will continue to strive each and every day to live up to this incredible honor."
Whaley was born in Cherry Hill, N.J., but spent much of her young life with her family in Syracuse, N.Y. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a full four-year athletic scholarship. In 1989, Whaley graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in economics. She earned her LPGA Tour status immediately after completing college. She played on the LPGA Tour for two years before starting a family.
In 1991, Suzy married Bill Whaley, a PGA Professional and Suzy's coach. Bill is the National Director of Golf for PGA Tour Properties and the General Manager and PGA Director of Golf at TPC River Highlands.
The Whaleys live in Farmington, Conn., and have two daughters, Jennifer, 17, and Kelly, 15; and a black lab, Bella. Jennifer will play Division 1 Golf for Quinnipiac College in the fall of 2012 and Kelly is the 2011 CT Amateur Golf Champion and the 2011 CT PGA Junior Champion.
About Nancy Lopez Golf
The Nancy Lopez Golf (NLG) line provides unprecedented choice to the woman golfer in the selection of golf equipment and apparel. The four-step NLG Match Play Process also provides selection in club configuration to best fit the game of each woman. Nancy Lopez Golf embodies the spirit and energy of women's golf and of its namesake Nancy Lopez, who captured the imagination of people everywhere with her remarkable playing career and the genuine warmth of her charm. For more information about Nancy Lopez and Nancy Lopez Golf, visit www.NancyLopezGolf.com.
About the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals
The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 has enjoyed an unprecedented rate of growth in recent years and boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. With over 1,400 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, the 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.