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

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Vision 54, Talking Stick G.C., Scottsdale; vision54.com

__2. Lynn Marriott

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Vision 54, Talking Stick G.C., Scottsdale; vision54.com

3. Dana Rader

Dana Rader Golf School, Charlotte; danarader.com

4. Suzy Whaley

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.; suzywhaleygolf.com

5. Peggy Kirk Bell

Pine Needles Lodge & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C.; pineneedles-midpines.com

6. Gale Peterson

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

7. Cheryl Anderson

Mike Bender Golf Academy, Lake Mary, Fla.; mikebender.com

8. Carol Preisinger

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

9. Sandy LaBauve

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale; westinkierland.com

10. Renee Powell

Clearview G.C., East Canton, Ohio; clearview-gc.com

11. Debbie Crews

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

12. Carol Mann

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

13. Jane K. Frost

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

14. Cindy Miller

Wehrle Golf Dome, Williamsville, N.Y.; cindymillergolf.com

15. Nancy Quarcelino

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

Pia Nilsson Tip

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

17. Deb Vangellow

Sweetwater C.C., Sugar Land, Texas; debvangellowgolf.com

T-18. Patti Benson

Palm Beach (Fla.) C.C.; palmbeachcountryclub.org

T-18. Kathy Murphy

Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Academy, Fayetteville, Pa.; kathymurphygolf.com

20. Annette Thompson

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

21. Donna White

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

22. Krista Dunton

Berkeley Hall, Bluffton, S.C.; kristaduntongolf.com

23. Julie Cole

Dana Rader Golf School, Charlotte; danarader.com

24. Kellie Stenzel

Kellie Stenzel Golf Academy, Palm Beach; kelliestenzelgolf.com

25. Kammy Maxfeldt

Birchwood C.C., Westport, Conn.; birchwoodcc.org

26. Judy Alvarez

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

T-27. Patti McGowan

Knack 4 Golf, Orlando; knack4golf.com

T-27. Kate Tempesta

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

29. Rebecca Dengler

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

Lynn Marriott Tip

30. Nicole Weller

The Landings Club, Savannah, Ga.; nicoleweller.com

31. Kathy O'Kelly

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

32. Vicki Phillips

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

33. Troy Beck

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

34. Lori Van Sickle

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

35. Patti Marquis

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

36. Kathy Hart Wood

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

37. Patti Butcher

Patti Butcher Golf Academy/Blythefield C.C.; blythefieldcc.org

38. Jamie Fischer

Conway Farms, Lake Forest, Ill.; jamiefischergolf.com

39. C.J. Reeves

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

40. Lorraine G. Klippel

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

41. M.J. Smith

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

42. Sheri Hayes

Sheri Hayes Golf, Carlsbad, Calif.; sherihayesgolf.com

43. Marvol Barnard

Haven G. Cse., Green Valley, Ariz. marvolbarnardgolf.com

44. Debbie O'Connell

Ladies Links Fore Golf, Palm City, Fla.; ll4g.com

45. Teresa Zamboni

Ladies Links Fore Golf, Daytona Beach, Fla.; ll4g.com

T-46. Holly Anderson

Woodholme C.C., Pikesville, Md; hollyandersongolf.com

T-46. Lori Brock

Stadium Golf Center, San Diego; loribrock.com

T-46. Mardell Wilkins

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

T-49. Jennifer Cully

Apollo Beach (Fla.) G.C.; apollobeachgolf.com

T-49. Debbie Doniger

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