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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., Nov. 4, 2019 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association Professionals (LPGA Professionals) membership announced today the LPGA Top-50 BestTeachers for the years 2020-2021. This 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 Best Teachers, utilizing a weighted points formula. 

"The LPGA is excited to share this list of our incredibly passionate and experienced golf educators," said LPGA Chief Teaching Officer, Nancy Henderson. "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 of golf."

LPGA Professionals members are uniquely trained to teach the game of golf through a holistic approach to learning golf 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 for the first time an “Elite” category of distinction has been added to honor those who have reached the pinnacle of the instruction profession. The members included in that category are Lynn Marriott, Kay McMahon, Nancy Quarcelino and Annette Thompson. All of these LPGA Professionals are members of the elite LPGA Professionals Hall of Fame.

The Top 50 LPGA Teachers will be recognized at the LPGA Professionals Rolex Awards Reception at the 2020 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 Coto De Caza Golf & Racquet Club Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Gia Bocra Liwski Hamilton Farm Golf Club Lebanon, NJ
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 In Golf Foundation Fayetteville, GA
Hyunjee Chun Tee Golf Studio Seoul, Korea
Liz Cooper Springfield Golf & Country Club Springfield, VA
Debbie Crews Arizona State University Mesa, AZ
Jennifer Cully The School of Positive Golf, LLC St. Petersburg, FL
Alison Curdt Wood Ranch Golf Club Woodland Hills, CA
Nicole Damarjian Tallwood Country Club Hebron, CT
Karen Davies Pinnacle Peak Country Club Scottsdale, AZ 
Marie Claire DeBortoli Club Med Sandpiper Port St. Lucie, FL
Katie   Detlefsen Raptor Bay Golf Club Bonita Springs, 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 Tina Tombs Golf  Phoenix, AZ
Sheri Hayes Sheri Hayes Golf Performance San Diego, CA
Marjorie Jones Chelsea Piers Golf Club New York, NY 
Elena King CommonGround Golf Course Centennial, CO
Sandy LaBauve Westin Kierland Resort GC Scottsdale, AZ
Dona Lerner Dona Lerner Golf Academy Inc Cary, NC
Patti Marquis Eagle River GC Eagle River, WI
Lynn Marriott VISION54 Scottsdale, AZ
Kay McMahon eduKaytion golf Canaan, NY
Cindy Miller Cindy Miller Golf Williamsville, NY
Debbie O'Connell Golf Positive, LLC Upper Saddle River, NJ
Megan Padua Bonita Bay Golf Club Bonita Springs, FL
Karen Palacios-Jansen Swing Blade Enterprises, Inc Mooresville, NC
Maria Palozola St. Louis Golf Lessons Manchester, MO
Gale Peterson Sea Island Golf Performance Center St. Simons Island, GA
Sue Powers Pelican Pointe Country Club Venice, FL
Carol Preisinger The Kiawah Island Club Johns Island, SC
Rita Reasons Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf Franklin, TN
Cindy Reeves Century Country Club Bedford, NY
Trillium Rose Woodmont Country Club Washington DC
Kellie Stenzel Palm Beach Country Club Palm Beach, FL
Tina Tombs Tina Tombs Golf LLC Phoenix, AZ
Deb Vangellow Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land, TX
Nicole Weller The Landings Club Savannah, GA
Suzy Whaley Mirasol Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Kathy Hart Wood Fiddler's Elbow Country Club Califon, NJ
Teresa Zamboni Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures Port Orange, FL



First Last Employer Hometown
Lynn  Marriott VISION54 Scottsdale, AZ
Kay McMahon MetroWest Golf Club Orlando, FL
Nancy  Quarcelino Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf Nashville, TN
Annette Thompson BallenIsles Country Club Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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