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America's 50 Best Women Teachers
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17. JULIE COLE
Dana Rader Golf School, Charlotte, N.C. danarader.com
During her years as a tour player in the '80s, Cole won 14 titles worldwide. She has been with the Dana Rader Golf School since 1991 and is now a managing partner. A two-time LPGA T&CP Southeast Section Teacher of the Year, she also serves as an LPGA National Evaluator.
18. KAMMY MAXFELDT
Birchwood C.C. Westport, Conn. birchwoodcc.org
A three-time Met PGA Section Women's Player of the Year (1997-'99), Maxfeldt was one of the first women head pros in the Northeast. She specializes in playing lessons and teaching her students on-course confidence.
T-19. REBECCA DENGLER
Ed Oliver G.C. Wilmington, Del. rebeccadengler.com
Dengler, who has studied golf fitness and mental techniques, takes a holistic approach to teaching. To give students an overhaul of their game, she works with nutritionists, psychologists and motor-control experts.
T-19. VICKI PHILLIPS
Every Body Golf School at Oak Marr, Oakton, Va. everybodygolf.com
A decorated player on the LPGA T&CP senior circuit, Phillips is a certified clubfitter and has studied educational kinesiology, fitness and personal development for peak performance.
21. NANCY QUARCELINO
Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf/King's Creek G.C. Spring Hill, Tenn. qsog.com
Quarcelino is a 31-year teaching veteran who was named the LPGA T&CP National Teacher of the Year in 2000. She also has three Tennessee PGA Section Teacher of the Year awards.
T-22. TROY BECK
Troy Beck Golf Academy/Glenn Dale (Md.) G.C. troybeckgolfacademy.com
Beck earned the LPGA's 2008 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award (given to an LPGA professional who "gives back to the game") for her commitment to junior golf. A member of the PGA of America's President's Council, Beck develops national programs to promote the game of golf to juniors.
T-22. DEB VANGELLOW
Sweetwater C.C. Sugar Land, Texas debvangellowgolf.com
Vangellow, the LPGA T&CP's national vice president, is a lead instructor for the LPGA's National Education Program. She has a master's degree in educational leadership/psychology, and her lessons cover skill development, clubfitting and wellness.
T-24. CAROL MANN
The Woodlands C.C. (Player) The Woodlands, Texas thewoodlandscc.com
During 49 years of teaching, Mann has given more than 700 clinics, but she prefers individual instruction and playing lessons. A 38-time LPGA Tour winner (including two majors) and a member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame, Mann is known as "a teacher for highly motivated people."
T-24. RENEE POWELL
Clearview G.C. East Canton, Ohio clearview-gc.com
Powell is the only African-American woman Class-A LPGA and PGA of America professional. She has earned several teaching accolades, including the PGA of America's First Lady of Golf Award (2003), the LPGA's Budget Service Award (1999) and the Rolex "For the Love of the Game" Award (2007).
26. PATTI McGOWAN
Knack 4 Golf, Orlando knack4golf.com
McGowan, who teaches primarily at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, accepts students of all ages and abilities and uses drills and training aids. She also gives online academy lessons using video.
Swing Blade Inc. Mooresville, N.C. swingbladegolf.com
Palacios-Jansen, the 2008 LPGA T&CP National Teacher of the Year, is a certified personal trainer and Pilates teacher who incorporates fitness training into her teaching. (She has developed an exercise program called Cardiogolf.)
28. SHERI HAYES
Carlsbad Golf Center Carlsbad, Calif. sherihayesgolf.com
The LPGA T&CP's 2008 Western Section Teacher of the Year and an LPGA National Education Program teacher, Hayes is a certified golf-fitness instructor who includes clubfitting and physical assessments in her teaching.
29. JENNIFER CULLY
Apollo Beach (Fla.) G.C. apollobeachgolf.com
Cully has served as an LPGA National Evaluator for the last seven years and enjoys mentoring and learning from new teachers. She has been teaching for 19 years.
30. MARDELL WILKINS
Tijeras Creek G.C.
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. golflessonsorangecounty.com
Before becoming a teacher and earning two LPGA T&CP Western Section Teacher of the Year awards (1996 and 1998), Wilkins played on the LPGA Tour from 1971 to 1984.
31. MARJORIE JONES
Chelsea Piers Golf Academy New York City chelseapiers.com
The LPGA T&CP's 2007 Northeast Section Teacher of the Year and Player of the Year, Jones followed a career as an international tour player with one as a teacher of beginners. Her background in exercise physiology helps Jones evaluate a student's motion so she can customize her teaching to the player's needs.
32. PATTI BUTCHER
Patti Butcher Golf Academy/Blythefield C.C. Belmont, Mich. blythefieldcc.org
Butcher splits her time between competitive students and beginners. A two-time LPGA T&CP Midwest Section Teacher of the Year (2002 and 2006), she offers short-game schools, weekend golf experiences, private lessons and junior programs.
T-33 M.J. SMITH
Army Navy C.C. Arlington, Va. ancc.org
The first New Zealander to play on the LPGA Tour (1974-'89), Smith became an instructor after retiring from competitive golf. She teaches men and women and enjoys giving a weekly beginners' clinic that includes course management and short-game instruction.
T-33. JAN USHER
Montreux G. & C.C. Reno, Nev. montreuxgolf.com
Usher, the LPGA T&CP's 2005 Western Section Teacher of the Year, offers instruction plans for golfers of all abilities. These include golf schools, clinics, on-course playing experiences and videotaped lessons.
T-35. KRISTA DUNTON
Berkeley Hall, Bluffton, S.C. kristaduntongolf.com
Dunton, the LPGA T&CP's National Teacher of the Year in 2002 and a two-time PGA of America Section Teacher of the Year (New Jersey in 2001 and Carolinas in 2006) is a certified Plane Truth instructor. She specializes in short-game instruction.
T-35. LYNN STELLMAN
Martin County G. & C.C. Stuart, Fla. (772-287-3747)
Stellman has had several positions within the LPGA T&CP, including serving on its Executive Committee and as president and treasurer of the Southeast section. She gives private lessons and clinics to players of all abilities.
37. PEGGY GUSTAFSON
GolfTec Arrowhead Peoria, Ariz. golftec.com
As a certified GolfTec instructor (and in 2008 the first woman to be named GolfTec's Teacher of the Year), Gustafson gives more than 2,000 lessons a year, incorporating video, Internet lessons and biomechanical motion analysis.
T-38. JOY BONHURST SMITH
ClubGolf Performance Center, Gaithersburg, Md. clubgolfmd.com
Bonhurst Smith puts her students through ClubGolf's swing-biomechanics program, which includes 3-D video swing analysis and a 30-step physical evaluation. She is a two-time LPGA T&CP Northeast Section Teacher of the Year (2004 and 2009).
T-38. KAY McMAHON
Edukaytion Golf New Lebanon, N.Y. edukaytiongolf.com
In 39 years of teaching, McMahon has received the LPGA T&CP's National Teacher of the Year Award (1995), the Northeastern New York PGA Section Teacher of the Year Award (2009) and the LPGA's Ellen Griffin Rolex Award (2009). She specializes in individual lessons.