Pi­nay cops LPGA teacher award

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

A Filip­ina has been named Sec­tion Teacher of the Year by the Ladies Pro­fes­sional Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (LPGA), the world’s pre­mier as­so­ci­a­tion for fe­male pro­fes­sional golfers.

Stephanie Yu, a teach­ing pro at the Manila Golf Club and Wack Wack Golf & Coun­try Club, was cho­sen from among 450 teach­ing pros in the LPGA’s in­ter­na­tional sec­tion.

She joins win­ners from the other sec­tions – Coach of the Year, Pro­fes­sional of the Year and Ju­nior Leader – in the na­tional awards to be held later in the year.

Yu is cur­rently the only LPGA ac­cred­ited teach­ing pro in the coun­try. She was ac­cepted into the LPGA in 2007 and got her Class A cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in 2013. She is cur­rently work­ing to­wards el­i­gi­bil­ity for Master Pro­fes­sional. She reg­u­larly at­tends work­shops and sem­i­nars con­ducted by ac­claimed golf teach­ers like Lynn Mar­riott and Pia Nils­son of Vi­sion 54, the top golf school in the US, as well as Mike Adams of Bioswing­dy­nam­ics and Lance Gill of Titleist Per­for­mance In­sti­tute.

Yu gives one-on-one lessons to golfers of all ages, lev­els and abil­i­ties, tai­lor­ing lessons to suit in­di­vid­ual needs. She says she en­joys the chal­lenge of teach­ing golfers of all ages and very dif­fer­ent back­grounds and skill lev­els, from week­end war­riors to first-time golfers to elite ju­niors. She even Stephanie Yu teaches non-English and nonFilipino speak­ers, re­ly­ing on in­ter­preters, trans­la­tion apps, sign lan­guage and vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Sev­eral of her younger stu­dents have be­gun mak­ing a mark in the in­ter­na­tional ju­nior golf cir­cuit and are eye­ing slots in golf pro­grams in top US uni­ver­si­ties.

Yu de­vel­ops her own pro­grams and sys­tems to max­i­mize the time her stu­dents spend train­ing. For ex­am­ple, she cre­ated a lev­el­ing sys­tem to as­sess a player’s skill and per­for­mance through a se­ries of chal­lenges, en­cour­ag­ing her stu­dents to achieve the goal of 20 stars. Her 2-2 pro­gram has seen her stu­dents drop strokes and im­prove in com­pe­ti­tions with­out adding much prac­tice time.

“LPGA is a great foun­da­tion for teach­ing, open­ing your mind to what’s out there and teach­ing you to think for your­self,” she says of the LPGA teach­ing phi­los­o­phy. “They give you all the tools then you go out and learn and fig­ure things out your­self, then make your own teach­ing philoso­phies and be­liefs.”

Yu is also sought af­ter for or­ga­niz­ing tour­na­ments, clin­ics and sem­i­nars for cor­po­ra­tions, or­ga­ni­za­tions and other clubs. She is a found­ing mem­ber of Peak Per­for­mance Golf Academy Philip­pines.

Although armed with an engi­neer­ing de­gree, golf is in her blood. Yu comes from a golf­ing fam­ily; her fa­ther is a sin­gle-digit hand­i­cap­per, as was her grand­fa­ther. She started play­ing golf at age six, chip­ping and putting in her grand­par­ents’ back­yard. She says she de­vel­oped ac­cu­racy by not hit­ting her grand­mother’s flow­er­ing plants. She also played in the ju­nior golf cir­cuit.

Be­fore con­cen­trat­ing on teach­ing, she played com­pet­i­tively. She was the 2004 Viet­nam Open cham­pion, sec­ond Can­lubang Open Am­a­teur cham­pion, sev­enth Sta. Elena Cup team cham­pion and top seed of the 12th WGAP Luzvimin cham­pion team.

Yu ex­pressed hope that more Filip­inas would join the LPGA, not only on tour but also as teach­ing and club pro­fes­sion­als.

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