Trillium Rose Guests on Women’s Golf Report

Join host Rick Woelfel as he visits with PGA and LPGA teaching professional Trillium Rose on Women’s Golf Report.

Their discussion focuses on how to get the most out of a golf lesson and correct bad habits.

Women’s Golf Report is available HERE

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Doolan Wins T&CP National Title

 Despite her 17-year career on the LPGA Tour, Wendy Doolan had never experienced the feeling of entering a final round with a lead. So it was understandable that the veteran player had some nerves entering Wednesday’s final round of the LPGA T&CP Championship but she didn’t need to worry as she carded a final-round 74 to capture a five-shot victory, a $10,000 winner’s check and her first ever title in this championship.

 

“I feel grateful to be a part of the T&CP and I feel grateful that there is an opportunity to play after my LPGA career and I’m enjoying the challenge of golf again,” Doolan said. “It’s nice to have my name on the trophy. I’m just more grateful to be a part of this organization and to have the opportunity to play again.”

 

Doolan came into the week with a little extra motivation after learning on the first day that a  very close friend of hers named Herb had passed away.

 

“He was my age and I just had an attitude of gratitude all week that I had an opportunity to do what I loved to do,” Doolan said. “I think that there was a peace involved in that. It really wasn’t stressful. Maybe a little anxiety today based on my forward thinking but it was a fun week. I’m just in an attitude of gratitude right now.”

 

Doolan’s three-day total of 4-under 212 was five shots better than runner-up Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.), who shot a final-round 73 to record her best-ever finish in this Championship. And finishing tied for third at 6-over-par were Heather Angell (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Karen Paolozzi (Atlanta, Ga.).

 

The victory for Doolan also earned her a spot in next year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The top-eight finishers in the Champ earned their way into the event and for Doolan, the opportunity to continue competing at a high level is so important to her current role.

 

“I like to play because it keeps me current with my students. I teach all levels, from beginners all the way through Tour players. To play, when someone says to me I felt like this or they call me and say I’m five shots in front going into the last round, now I’ll know how they feel because I didn’t until today. I’d never been in the lead before going into the last round. That was a cool experience. But competing keeps me current with my students and helps me be a better teacher I think.”

Johnston-Forbes Wins Senior Title

For nearly all of the competitors in the Senior Division of the LPGA T&CP National Championship, it appeared as it North Carolina native Cathy Johnston-Forbes was playing a different golf course. Johnston-Forbes continued her impressive play in Wednesday’s final round at Mid Pines, shooting a 2-over 74 to complete a nine-shot victory over runner-up Sherry Andonian-Smith (Parker, Colo.). This was Johnston-Forbes’ first win in the Senior Division, which earned her $8,000, and it came in her first time competiting in this category.

 

“I love Pinehurst, I’ve been coming here since I was a junior golfer,” Johnston-Forbes said. “It’s nice to come here and just feel comfortable, feel at home. I felt like I had an advantage because I had played here quite a bit so I was probably was just  more comfortable than a lot of other players.”

Johnston-Forbes (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) put together a great week with rounds of 70-70-74 to capture the Senior Division and overall she was pleased with her play.

 

“I played very smart,” Johnston-Forbes said. “I hit the ball very solid. When I got into trouble today, I just made sure that i didn’t make it worse by compounding the mistakes. I made a couple bogeys but I was very pleased with the way I hit it. I could have made some more putts but who can complain?”

The top-five finishers in the Seniors division qualified for the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort.

Hirst Wins Challenge Division

Playing at home can sometimes come with extra pressure but for Charlaine Hirst, the opportunity to compete in the LPGA T&CP Championship in her backyard was one that she relished. And it showed with her play all week.

The local teaching professional from nearby Pinehurst won the Challenge Division on Wednesday, shooting a final-round 78 to complete a seven-shot victory over fellow North Carolinian Joellyn Crooks (Fuquay Varina, N.C.) and to take home a $3,000 winner’s check.

“It has been great being home, having all of my friends and fans that were out here including my mom who got to see me play,” Hirst said. “It’s been a very relaxed place to be. It’s been a fantastic week.”

Hirst came into the final day of play with a seven-shot lead but started to feel a little bit of pressure after she bogeyed four of her first six holes. Still, she managed to recover and played her remaining 12 holes in just 2-over-par.

“I started thinking and that’s what I haven’t done all week,” Hirst said. “ It was nice to finally settle down.

“I think for a lot of us we get up once a year and this is it for us. We’re not playing a lot of golf. We’re out teaching, we’re out with our members, perhaps playing lessons is all we get out on the course. So this is a big one and it’s fun to be able to come away with the win. Now I’m going to go enjoy this win.”

Complete scores for all three divisions are available HERE

 

An Appreciation

The LPGA T&CP National Championship is more than just a golf tournament. It is an opportunity for members of the LPGA T&CP and the PGA of America to mingle and ideas with friends and professional colleagues they may not see at any other time of the year.

And it is a wonderful advertisement for the golf industry and for all that golf professionals, male and female, members of the LPGA T&CP, the PGA of America, (or both) do for the game, the people who play it and for those involved in the industry.

This coming weekend, one of the contestants might be fitting one of her members for a new set of clubs.

Or she might be giving an 8-year old their first golf lesson and sharing in their joy when they get a ball in the air for the first time.

She might be providing a visitor with some historical information about her club.

Or helping arrange the pairings for her club’s member-guest event.

Next Monday, she might be loading golf bags onto carts for an outing.

Or helping someone with his swing, so they can enjoy the game and swing a golf club without pain.

Perhaps she spent part of her summer running a junior golf camp.

Or helping a friend write a book.

A golf professional will influence countless lives from day to day, season to season, and year to year. In some cases, she’ll be aware of the impact she’s having. In others, she will not, but that does not make her impact any less meaningful.

Golf professionals, whether male or female, whether members of the PGA of America or the LPGA T&CP are the oil in the engine of the golf industry. Their passion for the game and their dedication to what they do go a long way toward making the golf experience what it is. And that fact must never be forgotten or overlooked.

 

 

 

Doolan Continues to Lead at T&CP National Championship

Wendy Doolan has opened up a six-stroke lead through the second round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Doolan, a former LPGA Tour player who now teaches in Lakeland, Florida, fired a 5-under par 67 on Tuesday at the Mid Pines Club and stands at 6-under par 138 after 36 holes. Doolan birded five of her first seven holes and went out in 4-under par 32.

Doolan carded an impressive seven birdies in her round along with two bogeys and took advantage of her morning tee time when the greens played a tad easier than they had the previous day. But for Doolan, the focus this week has been to continue working on a mental approach where she focuses on taking one shot at a time. It’s an approach that sounds cliché but it seems to be working well lately for the veteran pro.

“I played a little bit of golf over the summer and really I’ve had the same goal all summer,” Doolan said. “Golf is a funny game. You just never know when it’s going to show up and obviously a 67, that’s a good round and I’m happy with that. But the goal is the same and that’s one shot at a time. I’m fighting myself at times to do that but I’m really enjoying the challenge of staying in the moment.”

Doolan has put herself in position to win the LPGA T&CP National Championship for the first time in her career. The title would also earn her a spot in next year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The top-eight finishers will earn their way into the event and Doolan is looking to make a return trip as she finished eighth at the 2016 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

 

Doolan’s closest pursuer is Joanna Coe, a South Jersey native who teaches in Baltimore. Coe carded her second consecutive 72 on Tuesday and stands at even par 144. Heather Angel and Ashley Grier share third place at 148 after rounds of 74 and 73, respectively.

Cathy Johnston-Forbes continues to lead the Senior Division for players age 50 and up who are playing from shorter tees. She shot her second consecutive 70 and stands at 4-under par 140

 

North Carolina native Cathy Johnston-Forbes leads the Senior Division at 4-under-par 140 following two straight rounds of 70, while local favorite Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) sits atop the Challenge Division by seven shots with a two-day total of 8-over 152.

The 36-hole cut was made with 34 players making it in the Championship Division (19-over 163), 29 players in the Senior Division (20-over 164) and 10 players in the Challenge Division (28-over 172).

Complete results can be found HERE

 

Doolan Takes the Lead at T&CP National Championship

Wendy Doolan fired a 1-under par 71 on Monday to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship in Pine Hills, North Carolina.

Doolan, a former LPGA Tour player, is now a teaching professional based in Lakeland, Florida. She was the only player in the Championship Division field of 51 to break par Monday at the Mid Pines Club, which Doolan had three birdies in the final five holes of her front nine and made only one bogey on the back side to take a one-shot lead over Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.

“Today I put the ball in the fairway and a lot of my shots I kept below the hole and that gave me some opportunities to make some putts,” Doolan said after her round. “The greens are really tricky. if you hit above the hole, it’s a real defensive type of putting situation.  If you get it below the hole and into the grain you can be a little more aggressive.  So my goal was to stay below the pin and I did that a lot today which I was really happy with.

Doolan will have plenty of competition chasing her for the Championship division crown. In addition to Coe, who is one shot back, Heather Angell (Winston-Salem, NC) sits three back following an opening round 74.  2015 champion Laurie Rinker (Stuart, Fla.) is tied with Alison Curdt (Woodland Hills, Calif.) as they both sit four shots behind Doolan. Four-time LPGA T&CP champion Jean Bartholomew birdied the fourth hole and followed it with an eagle on the par-5 fifth but shot 40 on her back nine to finish with a 77, six shots behind the first-round leader.

The 54-hole event concludes on Wednesday and features female professionals from both the LPGA T&CP and the PGA of America. The top eight finishers will earn slots in the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

 

Cathy Johnston-Forbes shot a 2-under par 70 to take the lead in the Senior Division for players age 50 and over on a layout that maxed out at 5,800 yards.

 

There is also a Challenge Division open to players of all ages who are playing to a maximum of 6,000 yards. Charlaine Hirst leads after the opening round with a 3-over par 75.

 

Complete results for all three divisions are available HERE.

 

LPGA T&CP National Championship Begins Monday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 1, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) will head to Southern Pines, North Carolina and the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club Sept. 4-6 for the 2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

 

The 54-hole, stroke-play Championship will be held on the Donald Ross-designed course, which was built in 1921 and has hosted many national championships including the 2002 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The LPGA T&CP National Championship has been contested at Mid Pines three times previously and this year will mark the first time the championship will return there since 2002.

 

The LPGA T&CP National Championship was originally organized in 1983 to provide additional playing opportunities for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. The three-day competition has since grown to become recognized as the premier tournament for women golf professionals in the world. The tournament features three divisions: Championship (6,359 yards), Challenge (6,001) and Senior (50+, 5,716 yards). The field will be cut to the Top 70 and ties after 36-holes.

 

“We are very excited to bring this Championship back to Mid Pines,” said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer of the Teaching and Club Professionals and President of the LPGA Foundation.  “The resort is the perfect setting for the championship and will provide unique challenges for our professionals, especially on the greens. Female members of the PGA of America will be competing side-by-side with our LPGA T&CP members for a share of the $100,000 purse and the opportunity to compete in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.”

 

The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour, which will be held at Kemper Lakes Golf Club outside Chicago next year. The top five finishers in the Senior division will qualify for the 2018 LPGA Senior Championship at the French Lick Resort as well as any competitors over the age of 45 who finish in the top 10 in the Championship division.

 

Defending champion, Lisa Grimes, an LPGA Teaching Professional from Austin, Minnesota, will headline the field competing for the T&CP National Championship as well as one of the eight coveted exemptions. Joining Grimes in the field will be 2015 champion Laurie Rinker as well as four-time winner Jean Bartholomew.

 

More than a dozen LPGA T&CP members who reside in North Carolina will also compete in this year’s Championship, including University of North Carolina at Greensboro women’s head coach Janell Howland, Kelly Cap of Pinehurst, Victoria Kuehner of Wilmington and Ann Marie Goslak of Winston-Salem.

 

Other notable players in the field include past T&CP National Championship Lisa DePaulo of Goodyear, Arizona. Many of the top-8 finishers from last year’s Championship return including PGA Club Professional Karen Paolozzi (Ga.), Alison Curdt (Calif.), and Kristin Walla (Calif.).

 

In addition to the National Championship, family and friends have the opportunity to join in on the action by participating in the Titleist Pro-Am competition and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Clinic presented by Coca-Cola, which precedes the Championship.

 

Professionals, amateurs, and the general public will also have the opportunity to discover new products, test golf club equipment supplied by tournament sponsor-partners and meet with company representatives during the on-site Demo Days, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3.