LPGA Girls Golf is the only national junior golf program that specializes in providing girl-friendly environments. Our local Lowcountry chapter is celebrating its 14th year. 

The LPGA Girls Golf Club has partnered with the First Tee of the Lowcountry which gives more girls the opportunity to learn golf in a fun and supportive environment. Girls are one of the fastest growing populations to take up the great game of golf.

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

The major fundraiser for the program is the Women Growing the Game Clinic for local women who want to support the girls’ program. The clinic will be held May 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Berkeley Hall Learning Center, a state of-the-art facility with four full-size 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 by registering for the clinic or by making a donation. The money raised by this clinic helps with scholarships, purchasing of golf equipment, and motor skill development teaching aids. 

Funding also goes to the Girls Golf field trip to the RBC Heritage.  Each girl is given a shirt or hoodie to wear during the sessions so that they feel like they are on a team.

The cost for the two-hour clinic is $85. Checks should be made out to LPGA Girls Golf – First Tee Lowcountry and mailed to 38 Millwright Drive, Hilton Head Island 29926. Please include phone number and email address so confirmations can be sent.

The LPGA professionals teaching the clinic are, in alphabetical order:

• Jordan Britt is an up-and-coming professional golfer. She was a two-time All-American golfer at the University of Tennessee. Played on the LPGA Symetra tour. 

• Julie Cole is director of Women’s Golf at Sea Pines Resort Golf Learning Center. Ranked an LPGA Top 50 instructor.  

• Krista Dunton is director of instruction at Berkeley Hall and site director for the local Girls golf program. Top 100 teacher for Golf Magazine, Golf Digest Top 50 teacher and 2023 South Carolina PGA Teacher of the Year.

• Stephanie George is head golf professional at Berkeley Hall. 

• Dr. Jean Harris has been a teaching professional for 45 years. Master Teaching Professional who has been Section Teacher of the Year and a Top 50 Best Women teacher by Golf Digest. Currently teaches 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 has won numerous Coach of the Year awards.

• Carol Preisinger is the lead teaching professional at the Landings Club in Savannah. Top 100 instructor for Golf Magazine, Golf Digest Top 50 Elite Teacher, a two- time LPGA National Teacher of the Year. Recently inducted in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

• Rita Slavetskas is a local teaching professional who has worked with the LPGA Girls Golf Program. LPGA Top 50 Teaching Professional. 

Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local golf courses. jean.golfdoctor.harris@gmail.com; golfdoctorjean.com