Sister Act: Zavier Prep

November 10, 2007

Lots of mail on John Strege's "Sister Act" story in the Nov. 2 issue, one from Betty Burfeindt, now living in Rancho Mirage, the New Yorker who won for times on the LPGA Tour, including a major, the 1976 LPGA Championship.

What a wonderful and well deserved article about Xavier Prep and "Sista Lynn" (as her teams affectionally call her). I would like to add that the small all-Catholic girls school produced an additional LPGA member, Sue Tubman, who played the tour in the 70's for seven years until a back injury forced her to retire. Sue was honored last year at Xavier as having started the golf team in 1963.>

We also got a thoughtful note from Jody Kirkpatrick of Longview, Washington about it:

With respect to Xavier Prep and Sister Lynn Winsor, their more recent successes share a common denominator. > Mike LaBauve, top 50 U.S. teaching pro, has been the swing coach for several of their standout players. >

LaBauve, a former Golf Digest Schools instructor and frequent contributor to Golf Digest, teaches Grace Park, a Xavier grad, among many others. He's ranked on the Golf Digest America's 50 Greatest 50 Teachers list.

--Bob Carney