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America's 50 Best Women Teachers
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T-38. DEBBIE O'CONNELL
76 Golf World, Stuart, Fla. golfworld76.com
The 2007 recipient of the LPGA's Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award, O'Connell takes her teaching on the road for part of the year; in 2010, her calendar includes two golf schools with Nancy Lopez.
T-38. TERESA ZAMBONI
Crane Lakes G & C.C. Port Orange, Fla. cranelakes.com
As a certified personal trainer and TPI instructor, Zamboni -- the LPGA T&CP's 2007 National Teacher of the Year -- places great importance on conditioning. She incorporates fitness evaluations into her student assessments and builds a lesson plan around each player's physical abilities.
T-42 JEAN HARRIS
Golf Doctor Inc./Rose Hill G.C. Bluffton, S.C. golfdoctorjean.com
Harris (the LPGA T&CP's 2006 Southeast Section Teacher of the Year) has three degrees in health and physical education and a doctorate in adult education with an emphasis on gerontology (the study of aging). She specializes in teaching beginners over the age of 50.
T-42. JUDY FURST
Tradition G.C. La Quinta, Calif. traditiongolfclub.net
The LPGA T&CP's Western Section Teacher of the Year in 2007, Furst runs a weekly women's clinic but otherwise puts no gender or age limitations on her teaching. She places great emphasis on course management, setup, balance and posture.
T-42. KELLIE STENZEL
Sebonack G.C. Southampton, N.Y. kelliestenzelgolf.com
A former player on five worldwide tours, Stenzel is the author of three popular golf books for women. She splits her time between New York's Hamptons and Palm Beach and specializes in private lessons.
45. AMY FOX
Tierra Verde G.C. Arlington, Tex. arlingtongolf.com
A four-time LPGA T&CP Central Section Teacher of the Year (1996, 1999, 2003, 2008) and the 1999 National Teacher of the Year, Fox offers instruction to tour players and elite amateurs as well as beginners and players with disabilities. She focuses on the fundamentals and keeps her instruction as simple as possible.
T-46. KATHY GOOK
McCormick Ranch G.C. Scottsdale, kathygookgolf.com
Gook is a certified TPI instructor who teaches junior programs based on long-term athletic development in accordance with TPI principles. She also teaches advanced players and runs senior and women's clinics.
T-46. KATHY HART WOOD
Fiddler's Elbow C.C. Bedminster, N.J. kathyhartwood.com
Hart Wood, the sister of PGA Tour player Dudley Hart, specializes in private and corporate clinics and teaches many women and juniors. She is the founder of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf club of South Florida.
T-46. PATTI MARQUIS
The Links G.C. Post Falls, Id. golfthelinks.net
The only woman to be named the Pacific Northwest PGA Section Teacher of the Year (2003), Marquis is known for taking juniors to the level of scholarship-earning college stars. (The PGA Tour's Alex Prugh was one of her early students.)
49. LANA ORTEGA
Lana Ortega Golf, Denver, Co. lanaortegagolf.com
Ortega spent 12 years working with Mike McGetrick at the McGetrick Golf Academy before starting her golf school in 2006. The 2005 LPGA T&CP Central Section Teacher of the Year, she specializes in video instruction and is an experienced putterfitter.
50. BETSY CULLEN
Pine Forest C.C. Houston, Tex. pfcc.com
A longtime student of the late Harvey Penick and a three-time LPGA Tour winner, Cullen won the LPGA's Ellen Griffin Rolex Award in 2007 and was inducted into the Women's Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame in '08. She works with players of all abilities.