B.C.’s Kathy Gook Recognized For Teaching Excellence

Top instructors recognized from more than 1,800 LPGA certified professionals worldwide

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 4, 2019 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership announced today the Top 50 LPGA Teachers for the years 2020-2021. This identifies and recognizes the best LPGA instructors from more than 1,800 LPGA certified professionals worldwide.

Kathy Gook

Ed. Note: The Top 50 list includes Canada’s Kathy Gook, director of golf at Bighorn Golf and Country Club in Kamloops, B.C. She was born and raised in Northern British Columbia and moved to Phoenix in 1985 to pursue a career in golf. Gook began playing golf at age 23, after a successful college and semi-pro basketball career.

After playing golf professionally for four years on the European, Asian and U.S. mini tours, Gook found her passion in golf instruction. A member of the LPGA T&CP since 1992, she has achieved her Class A status and has taught extensively throughout Canada and the U.S. In addition to working in B.C., Gook teaches golf at Freedom Golf Course in Mesa, Az.

All LPGA Class A Members in good standing who meet the eligibility requirements were invited to apply. An independent golf industry selection committee reviewed eligible applications and identified the Top 50 LPGA Teachers, utilizing a weighted points formula.

“The LPGA is excited to share this list of our incredibly passionate and experienced golf educators,” said LPGA Chief Teaching Officer, Nancy Henderson. “More than 70 percent of our members teach the game of golf for a living and they are dedicated to the advancement of golf through teaching golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the game of golf.”

LPGA professionals are uniquely trained to teach the game of golf through a holistic approach to learning golf and performing on the golf course. This people-centered approach emphasizes the communication skills that allow the teacher/coach to develop relationships built on respect and relevance. The heart of the LPGA curriculum for its members is the LPGA Integrated Performance System. This framework for the teacher and golfer addresses the physical characteristics of golfers, their motivation and goals for their game, their equipment and motor learning and control concepts.

This year for the first time an “Elite” category of distinction has been added to honor those who have reached the pinnacle of the instruction profession. The members included in that category are Lynn Marriott, Kay McMahon, Nancy Quarcelino and Annette Thompson. All of these LPGA Professionals are members of the elite LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Fame.

The Top 50 LPGA Teachers will be recognized at the LPGA T&CP Rolex Awards Reception at the 2020 PGA Show in Orlando, Fla.

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