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Powers, Maxfeldt, Liddick and Weller receive LPGA Professionals national awards
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., October 3, 2013 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Professionals membership has selected the following members for national recognition as a result of their achievements: Sue Powers, Pelican Pointe Country Club, Venice, Fla., Teacher of the Year; Kammy Maxfeldt, Birchwood Country Club, Westport, Conn., Professional of the Year; Shelly Liddick, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb., Coach of the Year, and Nicole Weller, The Landings Club, Savannah, Ga., Junior Golf Leadership award.
The national award winners were selected by the LPGA Professionals 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
The LPGA established the LPGA National Teacher of the Year Award in 1958. The award is given annually to the woman golf professional who has 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. She conducts 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 and am greatly honored to be selected as the recipient for this prestigious award,” said Powers. “I would like to thank the LPGA 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 5- 6 years. She served as Secretary of the LPGA Southeast section before being elected as President of the section for the 2009 - 2011 term. 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 Professional of the Year award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Professionals 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. It has always been my goal to grow the game and use the game of golf to keep families and friends together,” said Maxfeldt. “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. 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. She has a reputation for competitive play, at various times winning the Mass Open, New England Open, Met Open twice and the LPGA Professionals Team Championship.
Maxfeldt has served the LPGA on numerous committees, as a member advisor, as Northeast Section Vice President (2004-2007) and as Northeast Section President (2008-2009) and received 2013 LPGA Northeast Section Professional of the year honors. Maxfeldt also serves on the Board of Directors of the Met PGA and NY State Golf Advisory Board, and is a PGA Ambassador for PGA Magazine. Maxfeldt has been listed as a Top 10 Golf Instructor in the State of Connecticut by Golf Digest and as a Golf Digest Top 50 Female Instructor.
Coach of the Year, Shelly Liddick
The LPGA Professionals Coach of the Year award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Professionals 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 received LPGA National Coach of the Year as well as Central Section Coach of the Year honors. 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. She 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.
Highlights of the 2011-12 season, the first year of Bellevue University’s women’s competitive golf program, include 4 team wins, 6 individual titles, 17 top-5 individual finishes and 29 top-10 individual finishes. Additionally, the Bellevue Women’s Team became the 2012 Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Champions in the inaugural season. Five team members were named to MCAC All-Conference Team, including the Conference Individual Champion and Runner-up. Liddick was named MCAC Coach of the Year.
“I am tremendously honored to be recognized two consecutive years by my LPGA 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. She also coached at her alma mater and was the head women’s golf coach at Wichita State University from 2003-04. She was also the girls golf coach at Summit High School in Bend, Ore.
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 Junior Golf Leadership award was established in 2012 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Professionals 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 Professionals Division, is the head teaching professional at The Landings Club in Savannah, Ga. As author of the first ever golf sticker books for children ages 4-8 titled Stick to Sports: Let's Play Golf, Nicole has earned past recognition as the 2011 LPGA Professionals Southeast Section Teacher of the Year, 2012 and 2013 LPGA Professionals Southeast Section Junior Golf Leader, 2013 PGA of America National Junior Golf Leader, 2012 Georgia PGA Section Horton Smith Winner, 2010-2012 U.S. Kids Top 50 Teacher and has been on several top lists, including Golf Digest Best Young Teachers, Golf Digest Top 50 Women Teachers in America and GRAA Growth of the Game Teacher.
“I am overwhelmingly honored to have been selected at the LPGA Professionals 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 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. She received her Master's Degree in Sport Psychology from The University of Tennessee. She 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, Nicole received the 2004 Knoxville Chapter PGA Junior Leader Award.
Weller met future husband, Ty, at a PGA Level 2 testing site and was married in 2000. They moved to Savannah, Georgia in 2005 where they currently reside and work at The Landings Club on Skidaway Island.
About the LPGA Professionals Membership
The LPGA Professionals membership, founded in 1959, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA Professionals 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 1,700 strong, LPGA Professionals 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 Professionals 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 and LPGA Golf Clinics for Women.
The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.