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LPGA Professionals Announces Top-50 Best Teachers

Top instructors recognized from more than 1,800 LPGA certified professionals worldwide

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 12, 2023 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Professionals announced today the list of the Top 50 LPGA Teachers for the years 2022-2023. This list identifies and recognizes the best LPGA instructors from more than 1,800 LPGA certified professionals worldwide.


All LPGA Class A Members in good standing who meet the eligibility requirements were invited to apply. An independent golf industry selection committee reviewed eligible applications and identified the LPGA Top 50 Teachers, utilizing a weighted points formula. 


"The LPGA is excited to share this list of our incredibly passionate and experienced golf educators," said Nancy Henderson, the LPGA’s Chief Teaching Officer. "More than 70 percent of our members teach the game of golf for a living and they are dedicated to the advancement of golf through teaching golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the game."


LPGA Professionals are uniquely trained to teach golf through a holistic approach to learning the game and performing on the golf course. This people-centered approach emphasizes the communication skills that allow the teacher/coach to develop relationships built on respect and relevance. The heart of the LPGA curriculum for its members is the LPGA Integrated Performance System. This framework for the teacher and golfer addresses the physical characteristics of golfers, their motivation and goals for their game, their equipment and motor learning, and control concepts.


This year four new members were added to the “Elite” category, a distinction to honor those who have reached the pinnacle of the instruction profession. The four new members added in that category are Dr. Debbie Crews, Gale Peterson, Carol Preisinger, and Deb Vangellow. They join Lynn Marriott, Kay McMahon, Nancy Quarcelino and Annette Thompson.


All LPGA Top 50 Teachers will be recognized at the LPGA Professionals Rolex Awards Reception at the 2023 PGA Show in Orlando, Fla.

2020-2021 LPGA Top 50 Best Teacher List

First Last Employer Hometown
Cheryl Anderson Mike Bender Golf Academy Heathrow, FL
Louise Ball Tennessee Golf Academy Knoxville, TN
Marvol Barnard Haven Golf Course Green Valley, AZ
Jennifer  Bermingham Club Corp Dallas, TX
Joy Bonhurst Blue Mash Golf Course Kensington, MD
Lori Brock Stadium Golf Center San Diego, CA
Anne Cain PGA Tour Golf Academy Fernandina Beach, FL
Oneda Castillo Women's Golf & Travel Concierge Fayetteville, GA
Hyunjee Chun Tee Golf Studio Seoul, Korea
Jennifer Cully The School of Positive Golf, LLC St. Petersburg, FL
Dr. Alison Curdt Wood Ranch Golf Club Reseda, CA
Dr. Nicole Damarjian BirdieBound LLC  Hebron, CT
Karen Davies Pinnacle Peak Country Club Scottsdale, AZ 
Marie Claire DeBortoli Club Med Sandpiper Port St. Lucie, FL
Katie   Detlefsen Dahl West Bay Club  Estero, FL
Becky Dengler Ed Oliver Golf Club Wilmington, DE
Krista Dunton Berkeley Hall Club  Hilton Head Island, SC
Tiffany Faucette Nantucket Golf Club Nantucket, MA
Jamie Fischer Conway Farms GC Lake Forest, IL
Kathy Gook Bighorn Golf & CC Kamloops, BC, Canada 
Anne Marie Goslak Greensboro Country Club Greensboro, NC
Peggy Gustafson ReidWest Golf Academies Phoenix, AZ
Sheri Hayes Sheri Hayes Golf Performance San Diego, CA
Charlaine Hirst The Country Club of Whispering Pines Pinehurst, NC
Marjorie Jones The Shore Club  Cape May Courthouse, NJ
Elena King CommonGround Golf Course Centennial, CO
Sandy LaBauve Talking Stick Golf Club Scottsdale, AZ
Dona Lerner Dona Lerner Golf Academy Inc Blufton, SC
Gia Liwski Golf Experiences for Her Tewksbury, NJ
Sheryl Maize Crystal Lake Golf Course Venice, FL
Courtney Mahon Falcon Ridge Golf Club Lenexa, KS
Patti Marquis Big Stone Golf Course Three Lakes, WI
Cindy Miller Cindy Miller Golf Williamsville, NY
Janean Murphy Janean Murphy Golf Academy Porter, TX
Debbie O'Connell Golf Positive, LLC Upper Saddle River, NJ
Megan Padua Buzza Bonita Bay Golf Club Bonita Springs, FL
Karen Palacios-Jansen Swing Blade Enterprises, Inc Mooresville, NC
Maria Palozola St. Louis Golf Lessons Manchester, MO
Sue Powers Pelican Pointe Country Club Venice, FL
Rita Reasons Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf Franklin, TN
CJ Reeves Century Country Club Purchase, NY
Trillium Rose Woodmont Country Club Washington, DC
Kellie Stenzel Palm Beach Par 3 and Boca Hotel Palm Beach, FL
Tina Tombs Tina Tombs Golf Phoenix, AZ
Nicole Weller Pinehurst Resort Golf Academy  Pinehurst, NC
Suzy Whaley  Country Club at Mirasol Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Kathy Hart Wood Fiddler's Elbow Country Club Califon, NJ
Megan  Younkman BethPage State Park Golf Courses Farmingdale, NY
Teresa Zamboni Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures Port Orange, FL



First Last Employer Hometown
 Dr. Debbie Crews Arizona State University Mesa, AZ
Lynn  Marriott VISION54 Scottsdale, AZ
Kay McMahon eduKaytion Golf Orlando, FL
Gale  Peterson Sea Island Golf Performance Center St. Simons Island, GA
Nancy  Quarcelino Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf Nashville, TN
Annette Thompson BallenIsles Country Club Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Deb Vangellow Riverbend Country Club Houston, TX