Sept. 19, 2013
LPGA Release and Complete List of Winners
CHICAGO – DePaul golf coach Betty Kaufmann has been named the Midwest Section Coach of the Year by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional membership. Kaufmann, who begins her 16th season at the helm of the Blue Demon golf program in 2013-14, is one of four section winners while the national winner will be announced in the coming weeks.
Last season, Kaufmann’s Blue Demon program took sixth place at the BIG EAST Championship, while three players - John Pavelko, Moritz Ackerhans and Adrian Halimi all placed in the top 25. Pavelko became just the second golfer to earn All-Conference honors after placing seventh at the league championship. As a team, the Blue Demons finished off their season strong, placing in the top 10 in their last three tournaments and placed second at their own John Dallio Memorial in the fall.
Away from the course, Kaufmann’s team distinguished itself in the classroom by earning the 2012-13 Golf Coaches Association of America President's Special Recognition for having a cumulative team GPA above a 3.5. The Blue Demons were also awarded the BIG EAST Team Academic Award for having the highest cumulative GPA among their league counterparts while all 10 DePaul golfers were named to BIG EAST All-Academic team.
The 2013-14 golf season gets underway, Sept. 22-23 at the Windon Memorial Classic in Lake Forest, Ill. The two-day, 16-team tournament is hosted by Northwestern and will be played at the Knollwood Club.
About the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Membership:
The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 has enjoyed an unprecedented rate of growth in recent years and boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. With over 1,500 members, the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals are dedicated to the advancement of golf through teaching, coaching and managing golf facilities. Its national member programs including teaching, coaching, business management and leadership skills training programs and conferences, tournaments, employment services, online education and junior golf programs.
LPGA T&CP members also teach and support the LPGA's various grassroots programs that are working to increase the involvement of women and youth in golf, as well as contribute to the growth of the sport overall, including LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics and the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla.