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Nicole WellerAs Head Teaching Professional at The Landings Club in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, Nicole Weller is a member of the LPGA T&CP, PGA of America and Proponent Group.  She has served on the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Savannah Board, two terms on the PGA National Youth Player Development Committee (currently 2017-2019), PGA Special Awards Committee, is a co-author of the LPGA Girls Golf Playbook and is a proud partner with both Little Linksters and The Littlest Golfer (staff ambassador).  

Nicole is a U.S. Kids Master Kids Teacher and is certified with U.S. Kids Golf and Spirit of Golf. She was given the prestigious honor of being the first professional to receive both the 2013 PGA and LPGA National Junior Golf Leader awards in the same year.  Nicole helped coordinate a U.S. Kids Golf Instructor Certification seminar for U.S. Kids Golf at The Landings Club in Decmeber, 2016 for 30 professionals.

 

             

Nicole published her children's golf book, Stick to Sports: Let's Play Golf, in 2011 and flashcard memory game, Match Play Golf, in 2014.  Please CLICK HERE to see more information, see the videos or to order books.  The books is perfect for youngsters ages 4-8+ complete with point and sticker rewards and a suggested itinerary for adult mentors to follow.  The flashcards are perfect for ages 2-6 and have several different ways in which to play.

In 2016 after a two year development phase, Nicole partnered with Dr. Patricia Donnelly to create a turnkey certification program to help golf progfessionals and those in the industry being introducing youngsters ages 2-5 into the golf culture through an online certification program complete with complete yet adaptable curricula  and optional equipment kits as needed. The Little Golf T.R.A.I.N. program is based on Teaching through Play, Research, Age-Appropriateness, Intrinsic Motivation and healthy Nutrition concepts.  Visit www.littlegolftrain.com for further information...

 

Background

Nicole began her golf career at age four through her Dad in southeastern Lakeville, Massachusetts, was co-captain of the Coyle & Cassidy High School Boys Golf Team in Taunton and rose through youth, state and national golf ranks before playing on the Wake Forest University Women's Golf Team ('94). Nicole pursued her master's degree in sport psychology from The University of Tennessee ('95) and entered into the golf industry as an assistant professional at Cherokee C.C. in Knoxville. She quickly gained footing as a successful teaching professional at Fairways & Greens Golf Center in Knoxville and was President & Site Director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Knoxville (2002-2004), growing the program from 15 to nearly 80 girls. Nicole, with husband and fellow PGA member Ty Weller, relocated to Savannah in 2005 and is currently at The Landings Club, where she leads the golf instruction program for the large community membership and club staff on Skidaway Island as the Head Teaching Professional.

                                    

Her background and education in youth golf, sport psychology, golf fitness and competition have allowed Nicole to provide an all-encompassing program for thousands of students. Creating a comfortable learning environment that is specific to all students (whether a low handicapper, new golfer, competitive youth or budding Teeny Tiny Tot golfer) is key to her. Feedback through learning tools, video  and assessment/challenge games are just a few tools she uses to enhance the learning experience. She enjoys using many fun learning tools such as BirdieBall, My Mini Golf, SNAG, Orange Whip Trainer, ParKit, among many. Her goals are simple - Nicole strives to meet the students' needs, involve them in the learning process, encourage transfer training methods, provide feedback resources and assist in making golf an anticipated and fun experience in their lives.

Nicole released an article with Dr. Patricia Donnelly targeting childhood development stages and how they relate to young golfers, with thoughts on how adults (coaches, parents, grandparents) can successfully help children ages 2-9 gain a fun and effective introduction into the game.  CLICK HERE to read the article.  

            

 

  YOU-TUBE VIDEOS

Golf Digest Putting Tip based on July 2011 Article PitchingPutting
Etiquette - Fixing DivotsChippingBunker
Etiquette - Taking Care of the Greens  Shot ShapingSwing Balance
USGA Rules of Golf Movable Obstruction video   
2013 GRAA 3-year old student lesson video   
2013 GSGA SE Youth Golf Summit at Druid Hills Golf Club     
2013 Golf Channel PGA National Award Announcement   
2014 PGA Youth & Family Summit Presentation Youth Golf Clip   
2014 PGA Youth & Family Summit Presentation Parent/Staff Comments Clip  
2014 Fox News Clip of PGA of America National Awards Presentation   
2014 PGA Awards Youth Leader Tribute Video with Jimmy Roberts   
2014 PGA Merchandise Show Floor Interview with Chip Beck  
2014 Three-year old Student Lesson Highlights with music  
2014 Three-year old Student Lesson Highlights with GRAA voice-over notes   
2014 GRAA article on use of SNAG golf equipment for youth and adult programs  
2014 Podcast from PGA Expo with Jeff Harrison of Swingpoint Media  

 

PGA SPORTS ACADEMY VIDEOS WITH DON LAW

IntroductionSafetyNutrition
Jump HurdleDribbling Station Balance, Throw & Catch 
Tic Tac Putt  Bunker RelayTower of Power
Last One Standing  Golf Assessment  Close   

 

PAST POSITIONS

Carolinas Golf Association Intern (Pinehurst, NC)

Pinehurst Jr Golf School Counselor (Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, NC)

Assistant Golf Professional (Cherokee Country Club, Knoxville, TN)

Teaching Professional (Fairways & Greens Golf Center, Knoxville, TN)

Site Director & President Girls Golf of Knoxville, Inc. (501c3), a chapter of LPGA*USGA Girls Golf

 

AWARDS

2002: Coyle & Cassidy High School Athlete Hall of Fame Inductee

2004: Isshinryu Karate Sho-Dan Black Belt

2004: Tennessee PGA Knoxville Chapter 'Junior Leader of the Year'

2005: GOLF Magazine 'Southeast Region Top Teacher' - February Issue

2007 & 2009: Georgia PGA East Chapter 'Teacher of the Year'

2010: Golf Digest Magazine Top 40 under 40  'Best Young Teacher'

2010, 2011, 2012: U.S. Kids Golf 'Top 50 Kids Teacher'

2011: LPGA T&CP Southeast 'Teacher of the Year'

2012: Golf Digest 'America's Best 50 Women Teachers'

2012, 2013: LPGA T&CP Southeast Junior Golf Achievement Winner

2012: Georgia PGA Section Horton Smith Trophy Recipient

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016: GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional

2013: PGA National Junior Golf Leader

2013: LPGA T&CP National Junior Golf Leader

2013: U.S. Kids Golf Master KidsTeacher

2015: Golf Digest Best Teacher in State (13th on Georgia list)

 

PUBLICATIONS, MEDIA & APPEARANCES

• Perceptual & Motor Skills Journal research study published article (1995)

• Scientific Golf Conference Presentations - New Orleans, University of Ulster N. Ireland, University of St. Andrews

• Golf psychology articles - East TN Golf News, TN PGA Newsletter, This Week at the Landings (TWATL)

• Ladies Links Fore Golf (Winter 2010, pp. 36-37, 'Nice Practice Swing!')

• 6 filmed golf tips for CyberLinks Golf for television (January 2011)

• 2 filmed golf tips for Golf Digest Magazine (January 2011)

• EWGA Golfapalooza National Conference Speaker (Amelia Island Florida, April 2011)

• Golf Digest Magazine Article: Learn to Be a Clutch Putter (July 2011)

Golf Digest Magazine Article: Get Your Power Back (August 2012)

• Chapter in Joel Zuckerman's book Pro's Pros: Extraordinary Professional Making Golf Great (2013)

PGA Magazine Online article on Stick to Sports: Let's Play Golf (2013)

• GRAA Boot Camp lesson with 3 year old Max (2013)    VIDEO 1    VIDEO  2     VIDEO 3

Tee It Up Radio Segment with Kris Wilson / The Littlest Golfer (2013)

Interview with Robert Blumenthal of www.golfconversations.com (aired January 2014).

The Littlest Golfer Video (aired January 2014)

The Landings Club - Club Line Article (January 2014)

Speaker NENY PGA Spring Meeting (April, 2014 Albany NY)

GRAA Golf Magazine Video (September 2014)

GRAA Golf Magazine Article (October 2014)

• 2014 Georgia PGA Teaching Summit Live Lesson Presenter

• 2015 Proponent Group Presentation with Dr. Patricia Donnelly

2015 GRAA September Issue Swing Fan Article

• 2015 PGA Las Vegas Expo Presenter

• 2015 Fall Meeting Kentucky Section PGA Presenter

• 2016 PGA Youth & Family Summit Presenter

• 2016 August WTOC Savannah News Story

• 2016 Podcast Interview (August 16, 2016) w/Dr. Patricia Donnelly hosted by Mark Croft KBLUAM.com

• 2016 Fall Meeting NFPGA Section North Chapter Presenter

• 2016 U.S. Kids Golf Instructor Certification Seminar Host for U.S. Kids Golf at The Landings Club

• 2017 Little Golf T.R.A.I.N. LIVE TRAINing Workshop Host/Presenter (January, 2017)

• 2017 Spring Meeting New England PGA Section Presenter (Boston, March 2017)

• 2017 Golf Talk Live Online Radio Show with Ted Odorico (April, 2017)

 

 

CHARITIES, BOARDS, COMMITTEES & NON-PROFIT SUPPORT

• Supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters (and a past BIG several times)

• The First Tee of Savannah Volunteer

• LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Site Director (Knoxville & Savannah Landings Club) and Committee Member (Local Savannah Chapter)

• 2013-2014, 2017-2019 PGA National Youth Player Development Committee

• 2015 Co-Author on the LPGA Girls Golf Plabook Project

• 2015-2016 PGA National Awards Selection Committee

• 2016 Launch of Little Golf T.R.A.I.N. as Co-Partner with Dr. Patricia Donnelly

 

COMPETITION BACKGROUND

AJGA Tour (1989 Rolex/Golf Magazine All-American Team)

• State, Regional and National Youth & National Women's Amateur Championships

3 USGA Girls Junior Championships & 1 U.S. Women's Publinks Championship

High School Boys Golf Team Senior Co-Captain & 1990 State High School Girls Champion

1993 NCAA Championship (7th team finish) & ACC Championships (1994 Championship team)

LPGA T&CP National Championships  & Southeast Team Championship

GA PGA East Chapter Pro-Ams

Several Knoxville karate competitions (placed in weapons and forms, competed in sparring)