LPGA Recognizes Alumna Jennifer Alexander for Girls Golf Program
May 31, 2017
One day, when Jennifer Alexander was playing in an LPGA National Teaching Championship in Virginia, an LPGA member asked her if she had ever thought about starting an LPGA Girls Golf program.
That simple question would alter the course of Alexander’s life and career.
She went back to California, where she was currently living, and started the Girls Golf program there. The first year, there were six girls in the program. The second year, there were 24. The year after that, 72.
When Alexander and her husband moved to Las Vegas, she started a similar program there. Today, this program is her passion. Alexander runs the Girls Golf program in addition to a junior program. Just like in California, this program has grown exponentially.
“It’s a labor of love. It’s changed my life,” she says.
Best Girls Golf Program
In recognition of all her hard work on the Girls Golf program, Alexander received the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf 2017 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award. The honor is named after the founder of the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program.
Alexander says she is honored to receive this award, but she is not stopping, yet. According to Alexander, females represent the fastest-growing market in golf.
“When I moved to Las Vegas, I had a goal: I said in the next 10 years, I want to touch the lives of 1,000 girls, and I’m well on my way toward that,” she says. “I’ve worked with about 600 girls.”
Alexander was also named one of Golf Academy of America’s Top 100 Alumni in 2016. She says doesn’t do this for recognition or the awards, though. Through her Girls Golf program, she’s able to give back to the community.
“I feel really good about what I’m doing,” she says. “You just see the smiles. They’re tremendous.”
Learning the Business of Golf
Alexander is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, and because Golf Academy of America was approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, she was able to use her veteran’s education benefits to enroll.
“It was a no-brainer,” Alexander explains. “Every course that I took at GAA was invaluable to me. When I went to the LPGA teaching division program, I waltzed through it.”
She emphasizes how helpful it was that her classes covered a wide scope of topics, from accounting for a golf shop to food and beverage.
“The golf companies will hire you. You’re tailor-made when you come from GAA,” she says. “I’m honored to have graduated from Golf Academy of America.”
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