The AWGA Ambassador program is designed to introduce new women golfers to the game and keep them in the game. It establishes key relationships between the women who play regularly at a specific golf course and the LPGA or PGA Teaching Professional at that same course.
Through this relationship, the teaching professional and the experienced women golfers (AWGA Ambassadors) work together to create an environment where women can learn everything from the basic Rules and etiquette of the game, to swing and playing basics, to establishing relationships with other women golfers that help them feel comfortable navigating the golf course on their own.
We know from experience that the average new woman golfer is much more likely to develop a strong lasting interest in the game if she has a support network of other women with whom to learn, practice, and play. Since the fall of 2006, the AWGA Ambassador program has graduated over 1,000 new women golfers. Sessions are held twice a year at up to 15 locations around the valley and state.
The program consists of 6 weekly group lessons, with an approximate 9 to 1 maximum student to professional ratio. The next series of lessons is scheduled to begin the first week in February, 2012. Registration is taken through the AWGA website at www.awga.org. The program is attractively priced at $195 for the six-week session, and will be followed by a fun, stress free on-course play day with fellow Ambassador graduates, volunteers and other friendly AWGA members. Registration for this event is also through the AWGA website.
MEET A COUPLE OF OUR PROS
Dove Valley Ranch GC: Shawn Lasher, Class A PGA Professional: Shawn has been a teaching golf for the past 7 years and a member of the SWSPGA for more than 4 years.
He grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota, went to Iowa State University and finally ended up in Arizona to pursue his career. Shawn has enjoyed being a part of the Ambassador program since 2007. He says, “I have had the opportunity to meet wonderful ladies who seem to really improve over the course of the classes.
More importantly, they have fun doing it! I think the Ambassador program is a wonderful course for any age and ability. I’m looking forward to the next session this spring.”
Arizona Golf Resort: Peggy Briggs, LPGA Teaching Professional: Peggy has been an LPGA teaching professional for 9 years and has been part of our Ambassador Program since its first session in November 2006. She’s from Wisconsin and loves her home and job in Arizona. Peggy says, “It is so rewarding getting someone involved in golf! I love to be able to make them feel comfortable with themselves and their golf game!
AND A FEW OF OUR STUDENTS
“The ladies at Oakwood CC in Sun Lakes have been awesome! They are friendly, knowledgeable, encouraging and genuinely want to make sure we get everything out of the class we can. I would recommend this program to any woman wanting to get started in golf.
~ Lynn McIntyre
“My daughter and I are taking lessons at Dobson Ranch. The instructors are great and the Ambassadors are wonderful. They really make a difference. What a great program!
~ Eileen Salmon
“I’m taking the lessons at Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club. Shawn Lasher is such a great teacher and I’m enjoying the lessons so much. I am so glad that I saw the advertisement.
~ Paulette Rushton