Golf Digest WomanJune 6, 2012

America's 50 Best Women Teachers

Presenting our biennial ranking of female golf instructors as voted by their peers

There are more than 2,000 female teaching professionals in the United States, and their popularity is growing among women and men--not just because we see more of them working with tour players, but because golfers of all skill levels appreciate their expertise, nurturing and communication abilities.

Golf Digest's biennial ranking of America's 50 Best Women Teachers is based entirely on peer voting. (This year, we had three times more voters than in 2010.) Ballots were sent to all female Class A PGA of America and LPGA Teaching and Club Professional members, as well as the teachers on Golf Digest's Best Teachers In Your State ranking

--a total of more than 1,600 pros. We're excited to welcome 12 new teachers to our ranking.

Award-winning instructors Pia Nilsson, Lynn Marriott and Dana Rader top the list again and, like all the pros listed here, offer lessons to the public. Find a teacher near you, and schedule a lesson.

•=New / •=moved up 10 spots or more

Dana Rader Tip

__1. Pia Nilsson


Vision 54, Talking Stick G.C., Scottsdale;

__2. Lynn Marriott


Vision 54, Talking Stick G.C., Scottsdale;

3. Dana Rader

Dana Rader Golf School, Charlotte;

4. Suzy Whaley

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.;

5. Peggy Kirk Bell

Pine Needles Lodge & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C.;

6. Gale Peterson

Sea Island Golf Learning Ctr., St. Simons Island, Ga.;

7. Cheryl Anderson

Mike Bender Golf Academy, Lake Mary, Fla.;

8. Carol Preisinger

Kiawah Island Club Golf Academy, Kiawah Island, S.C.;

9. Sandy LaBauve

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale;

10. Renee Powell

Clearview G.C., East Canton, Ohio;

11. Debbie Crews

Arizona State University/ASU Karsten G. Cse., Tempe, Ariz.;

12. Carol Mann

The Woodlands C.C. (Player), The Woodlands, Texas;

13. Jane K. Frost

Sandwich Hollows G.C., East Sandwich, Mass.;

14. Cindy Miller

Wehrle Golf Dome, Williamsville, N.Y.;

15. Nancy Quarcelino

Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf/King's Creek G.C., Spring Hill, Tenn.;

Pia Nilsson Tip

16. Karen Palacios-Jansen• Swing Blade Enterprises, Mooresville, N.C.;

17. Deb Vangellow

Sweetwater C.C., Sugar Land, Texas;

T-18. Patti Benson

Palm Beach (Fla.) C.C.;

T-18. Kathy Murphy

Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Academy, Fayetteville, Pa.;

20. Annette Thompson

BallenIsles C.C., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.;

21. Donna White

Golf Professional Services Inc./Okeeheelee G. Cse., West Palm Beach;

22. Krista Dunton

Berkeley Hall, Bluffton, S.C.;

23. Julie Cole

Dana Rader Golf School, Charlotte;

24. Kellie Stenzel

Kellie Stenzel Golf Academy, Palm Beach;

25. Kammy Maxfeldt

Birchwood C.C., Westport, Conn.;

26. Judy Alvarez

The Legends G.C., Franklin, Ind.;

T-27. Patti McGowan

Knack 4 Golf, Orlando;

T-27. Kate Tempesta

Kate Tempesta's Urban Golf Academy, New York City;

29. Rebecca Dengler

Ed Oliver G.C., Wilmington, Del.;

Lynn Marriott Tip

30. Nicole Weller

The Landings Club, Savannah, Ga.;

31. Kathy O'Kelly

Tumwater Valley G. Cse., Tumwater, Wash.;

32. Vicki Phillips

Every Body Golf School at Oak Marr, Oakton, Va.;

33. Troy Beck

Troy Beck Golf Academy/Glenn Dale (Md.) G.C.;

34. Lori Van Sickle

Radley Run C.C., West Chester, Pa.;

35. Patti Marquis

The Links G.C., Post Falls, Idaho;

36. Kathy Hart Wood

Fiddler's Elbow C.C., Bedminster, N.J.;

37. Patti Butcher

Patti Butcher Golf Academy/Blythefield C.C.;

38. Jamie Fischer

Conway Farms, Lake Forest, Ill.;

39. C.J. Reeves

Century C.C., Purchase, N.Y.;

40. Lorraine G. Klippel

Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Ctr., Harrisburg, Pa.;

41. M.J. Smith

Army Navy C.C., Arlington, Va.;

42. Sheri Hayes

Sheri Hayes Golf, Carlsbad, Calif.;

43. Marvol Barnard

Haven G. Cse., Green Valley, Ariz.

44. Debbie O'Connell

Ladies Links Fore Golf, Palm City, Fla.;

45. Teresa Zamboni

Ladies Links Fore Golf, Daytona Beach, Fla.;

T-46. Holly Anderson

Woodholme C.C., Pikesville, Md;

T-46. Lori Brock

Stadium Golf Center, San Diego;

T-46. Mardell Wilkins

Tijeras Creek G.C., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.;

T-49. Jennifer Cully

Apollo Beach (Fla.) G.C.;

T-49. Debbie Doniger

GlenArbor G.C., Bedford, N.Y.;