DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Ladies Professional Golf Association Teaching and Club Professional membership has selected the following members for national recognition as a result of their achievements in 2012: Deb Vangellow, Sweetwater Country Club, Sugarland, Texas., Teacher of the Year; 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.
Broderick is a 1979 Johnstown High School graduate and this marks this second time she earned the award from the LPGA. She has also won the the section level for the LPGA five times in 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012.
Broderick is the director of golf operations at PGA National Resort & Spa, a 90-hole private golf resort destination in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Elected to membership in the PGA of America in 1990, and the LPGA T&CP in 1994, Broderick is a PGA and LPGA master professional, certified in tournament operations with the PGA of America, and is a member of both the PGA master professional adjunct faculty, and the PGA Connecting with her committee.
"Being recognized by ones' peers is the highest of honors one can receive. My sincere congratulations go out to the other honorees along with all of those who were considered. Just to be 'on the list' is more than I could have hoped for," said Broderick in a news release. "I try to set a good example for my staff and other professionals and to continually uphold the brand of the LPGA, the PGA and PGA National. I have been extremely fortunate to have spent the majority of my career working alongside a wonderfully talented staff, at an incredible facility, and to be supported by the most loving and devoted family one can imagine, because without that combination, I would not have received this award."
In addition to her LPGA and PGA responsiblities, Broderick is on the advisory board of the golf association of Florida, is a Board Member of the Northern Palm Beaches Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Tournament Committee for the Leta Lindley Prader Willi Classic.
The LPGA T&CP Professional of the Year award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member directly involved in the entire golf operation.
Broderick is the first dual member to hold both the LPGA and PGA Master Professional titles.
"I am very honored to have attained Master Professional Status with the LPGA, but it's really a team effort," Broderick said in the release. "I am fortunate to work at a tremendous facility, with a group of incredibly talented people and with very supportive owners here at PGA National."
Broderick was first hired in the outside operations at PGA National in December 1985. In ensuing years, she succeeded in every aspect of PGA National's noteworthy golf amenities where she worked in the award winning golf shop becoming golf shop manager, tournament coordinator, director of tournament operations, head professional and her current position as director of golf.
"Jane is one of the major reasons we are known as one the best golf operations in the U.S. and we're thrilled she has attained the well deserved honor of LPGA Master Professional," Vice President and Managing Director Joel Paige said in the release. "In addition to her supreme professionalism and expertise, she's a highly esteemed member of our PGA National family."
Broderick is the daughter of Jim and Carolyn Stewart of Johnstown.
For more information about Broderick or PGA National, visit www.pgaresort.com.
Vangellow is the director of instruction at Sweetwater Country Club in Houston, Texas.
In addition to teaching men, women, senior and junior golfers of all skill levels individually and in groups, Vangellow is the first ever National Vice-President for the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Membership and a lead instructor in the LPGA National Education Program, 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," said Vangellow in the release. "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."
In August of 2010, Liddick started the women's golf program at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. She was also hired to serve as the assistant Men's Golf Coach. The 2011-12 season marked the first year of Bellevue University's competitive golf program.
"I am absolutely honored beyond words to receive such a high honor from the LPGA and my professional peers," said Liddick. "Many of the previous honorees of the LPGA Coach of the Year award are women whom I have looked up to for years. I am so humbled to now be on that list with so many legendary golf coaches. I feel a great responsibility to continue on the journey of coaching others to discover their own unique greatness."
Cornelius has been the teaching professional at Ocotillo Golf Resort, in Chandler, Ariz., since 1995. Cornelius has a long history in junior golf, having grown up on the LPGA Tour as a "tour baby" (mother Kathy Cornelius is a 27-year LPGA Tour veteran and the 1956 U.S. Women's Open Champion, and father, Bill, is a PGA Life Member).
The LPGA T&CP Junior Golf Achievement award was established in 2012 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member who excels in the area of teaching and promoting golf for juniors.