Now in its 13th year, the LPGA Girls Golf Bluffton/Hilton Head group welcomes girls ages 6 to 17 for its annual spring program. COURTESY GIRLS GOLF

LPGA Girls Golf is the only national junior golf program that specializes in providing girl-friendly environments, with 500 sites in the United States. Our local program is celebrating its 13th year serving girls ages 6 to 17 in Bluffton and Hilton Head.

The girls get to practice at the First Tee of the Lowcountry, Berkeley Hall and the Colleton River Par 3 course. The instructors of the program are some of the best teachers in the nation.

The major fundraiser for the program is the Women Growing the Game Clinic for local women who want to support the girls golf program. The clinic features some of the best female instructors in the country.

The clinic will be held May 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Berkeley Hall Learning Center, a state of-the-art facility with four full-size practice greens with practice bunkers, an undulated practice putting green and a driving range with target greens for full-swing practice.

Women can show their support for LPGA Girls Golf of Bluffton/Hilton Head by registering for the clinic or by making a donation. The money raised by this clinic helps us give scholarships, purchase golf equipment, motor skill equipment and take girls on field trips. Cost of the clinic is $85. Send checks made out to LPGA Girls Golf of Bluffton/Hilton Head to 38 Millwright Drive, Hilton Head Island 29926. Please include your phone number and email address so confirmations can be sent.

For more information about this fabulous golf clinic, you can email

The LPGA professionals for the clinic include in alphabetical order:

• Julie Cole is the director of Women’s Golf at Sea Pines Resort Golf Learning Center. She has been ranked an LPGA Top 50 instructor. Julie had a great playing career on the LPGA Tour, having six holes-in-one and playing in six U.S. Opens.

• Krista Dunton is the director of instruction at Berkeley Hall, and site director for the local Girls Golf program. She is a top 100 teacher for Golf Magazine, Golf Digest Top 50 teacher, and former LPGA National Teacher of the Year. She is a member of both the PGA and LPGA.

• Stephanie George is the head golf professional at Berkeley Hall. She was a member of the LPGA tour during her 10-year playing career. She now enjoys teaching the game that she loves.

• Dr. Jean Harris has been a teaching professional for 43 years. She is a Master Teaching Professional who has been Section Teacher of the Year and a Top 50 Best Women Teacher by Golf Digest. She has taught locally for 14 years and is currently teaching at Pinecrest Golf Club.

• Betty Kaufmann was the men’s golf coach at DePaul University for 20 years and has traveled internationally working with junior golfers. She won numerous Coach of the Year awards. As a golfer, she was outstanding, and played in the 1982 U.S. Open.

• Carol Preisinger is the lead teaching professional at the Landings Club in Savannah. She is a Top 100 instructor for Golf Magazine, a two-time National Teacher of the Year, and has been ranked Golf Digest Best in State.

• Dana Rader, a member of the LPGA Professional Hall of Fame, is one of the most accomplished female instructors in the country. She is a Top 100 Instructor for Golf Magazine, and ranked No. 1 in South Carolina by Golf Digest Magazine. She is a Master Golf Professional and past president of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional membership. She is director of instruction at the Belfair Learning Center.

• Rita Slavetskas is a local teaching pro who has worked with the LPGA Girls golf program for years. She is an LPGA Top 50 Teaching Pro.

Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses.;