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Sweetwater's Vangellow named LPGA's Teacher of the Year

on 26 September 2012.

DAYTONA BEACH—Sweetwater Country Club’s Deb Vangellow recently was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the LPGA’s Teaching and Club Professional membership.

Deb Vangellow is the LPGA's 2012 Teacher of the Year.Deb Vangellow is the LPGA's 2012 Teacher of the Year.In addition to teaching men, women, senior and junior golfers of all skill levels individually and in groups as Sweetwater’s Director of Instruction, Vangellow is the first ever National Vice-President for the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Membership. She’s also the lead instructor in the LPGA National Education Program, which is the industry-leading teacher training program for golf professionals.

“I am enormously honored and grateful for this award and I feel fortunate to be included among so many great teachers on this prestigious list,” Vangellow said. “Many on this list are mentors to me, a very special thing. To them I say, thank you for believing in me; to the LPGA, a huge thank you for giving me such great tools and experiences to help me to continue to grow as an educator and coach; to all of my students over the years, thank you for your continued support and friendship in this wonderful game of golf we all love so much!”

An LPGA Master Professional Member, Vangellow holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science Degree in Health/Physical Education/Coaching and Educational Leadership/Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and Miami (Ohio) University respectively. A multi-sport athlete who was a scholarship recipient, captain, and letter winner in soccer and track, Vangellow has chosen to devote her career path to develop into a top golf educator. Her experiences reflect this endeavor.

Vangellow has a long list of teaching accolades. She is a three-time LPGA Central Section Teacher of the Year, a Golf Digest “50 Best Women Teachers in America,” an LPGA “Top 50” Teacher, a Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine “Top Regional Teacher,” a US KIDS GOLF “Top 50 Kids Teacher,” and was continually featured in the now-retired Golf For Women magazine as a “Top 50” teacher. In addition, Vangellow was inducted into the University of Northern Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame in September and will be inducted into the University of Northern Iowa Hall of Excellence, Class of 2012, on Nov. 3.

Vangellow also serves on The LPGA Foundation Board of Directors, the National Advisory Council for Junior League Golf, The First Tee Golf Advisory Committee, and the Journal of Applied Golf Research Advisory Staff.

 The LPGA Teacher of the Year award was established in 1958 and is presented to an LPGA member who best exemplifies her profession during the year. Other 2012 LPGA award winners included Jane Broderick, PGA National Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Professional of the Year; Shelly Liddick, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb., Coach of the Year, and Kay Cornelius, Ocotillo Golf Resort, Chandler, Ariz., Junior Golf Achievement award winner. The national award winners were selected by the LPGA T&CP membership’s Executive Committee from the pool of sectional award winners voted on by the members of the five regional sections: Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Western.

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