(September 16, 2021) - Marissa Kulig Crow of Lyman Orchards Golf Club has been named the 2021 Teacher of the Year by the LPGA Professionals.
Kulig Crow has been a teaching professional at Lyman Orchards GC since 2013 and an LPGA Professionals Class A member since 2017. She is an LPGA USGA Girls Golf Site Director and donates her time to serve as a volunteer golf instructor for local afterschool junior programs. As the creator of the Golf Fore Women clinic series, which has helped over 5,000 women since 2013 improve their golf game, she has established a student-centered methodology with her teaching approach, ensuring her students all feel welcome and at ease from day one.
She is also a certified Callaway Club Fitter, Frankly Golf Putting Instructor, CardioGolf Trainer, and Level II Yoga for Golfers Instructor, incorporating her eclectic skills into her clinics, individual instruction, and group classes. In her over 20 years as a teaching professional, she served as a golf instructor for Jane Blalock’s Golf for Women Clinics and instructed clinics for the Executive Women’s Golf Association (now LPGA Amateur Golf Association) between 2003-2012.
In response to a short season in 2020, Kulig Crow took her lessons online, using a variety of methods to stay connected to her students through evaluating swing videos, using simulators, and via social media. She continues to incorporate both practical and technical methods in her approach today.
“Teaching and growing the game of golf, especially with women, has been my passion and my calling for many years,” said Kulig Crow. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with thousands of students each year as they are the ones that drive me each day. A student once told me that teaching new skills and instilling confidence in others is one of life's most noble paths. To be recognized with this award, among such talented and driven LPGA professionals, leaves me humbled and immensely honored."
Additional award winners were Lynne Hunter (Professional of the Year), Courtney Mahon (Coach of the Year), and Charlaine Hirst (Junior Golf Leader of the Year).
Information courtesy of LPGA Professionals Press Release
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The Connecticut State Golf Association functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. Founded in 1899, it is the country’s oldest state golf association and conducts over 60 Championships, Qualifiers, and One Day Tournaments throughout the year.