When I started playing the game of golf at the age of 4, I was instantly hooked. I continued to play throughout my youth and was a dedicated player in the First Tee of Miami program for the majority of my early life.
Upon graduating from high school, I earned a full scholarship to play golf as a knight at the University of Central Florida. I was a valuable member of the golf team at UCF for 3 years and was fortunate to gain a lot of great experiences playing all around the world.
After my third year playing for the UCF golf team, I turned pro in the fall of 2010 and began my professional golf career. I continued to play professionally and played full time in 2013 on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour.
I was very fortunate during the tour and decided to take the skills and knowledge I learned during my time out of the country, and put them to use in my hometown of Miami. In 2014, I joined the professionals at International Links and the First Tee of Miami where I am able to put my expertise to work everyday. I am also currently in the PGA Apprentice Program as well as a Level 3 First Tee Coach. With the experiences and knowledge I’ve gained throughout my life and through the game of golf, I feel I can reach a wide variety of people of all ages and levels to help them achieve their goals in and out of golf.
To teach each studentl with all of my knowledge and passion for the game of golf in order to maximize each individual’s potential.
Associates degree in Business, Miami-Dade Community College Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Florida International University
2008 – Present Teaching Professional, Melreese, International Links
I teach all types of golfers from beginners, weekend warriors, women, juniors, collegiate players and Professional Golfers on several tours. These lessons range from Video Analysis, Short Game, Full Swing and Playing Lessons. I assist in the weekly First Tee Advance Girls Clinic and in the summer with the Special Olympics Golf Clinics.
2005 – 2008 Director of Instruction, GolfTEC – Miami
GolfTEC is an indoor golf learning center that utilizes high tech video and motion analysis to enhance the quality of the instruction. I was responsible for the day to day operations of the store. I developed solid guerrilla marketing relationships with local partners, Capital Grille, Pro Golf, Chamber South. I have developed a great team that works together and meets or exceeds the goals I set forth on a monthly basis. I kept my staff and myself at the cutting edge of golf instruction. I enriched my knowledge of the golf swing by attending teaching seminars offered by the PGA and GolfTEC.In my three years with GolfTEC I taught over 3,500 lessons.
2002 – 2005 Head Golf Professional, Granada Golf Club
At this facility my customer service skills and keen tournament knowledge were essential. I coordinated the annual tournament schedule for two men and ladies golf associations. We hosted three major tournaments a year for each association, a Member-Member, Member-Guest, and a Club Championship. This facility had a very active membership with very high standards. Working closely with the members and developing strong and lasting relationships was my priority at this facility. I was responsible for the day to day operation of the golf shop as well as the outside staff.
1999 – 2002 1st Assistant Golf Professional, The Biltmore Golf Club
This facility gave me the opportunity to put into practice all of the knowledge that I have learned through the PGA Apprentice Program. My time is split between tournament operations and the daily operations of the shop and golf course. I do all the staff scheduling for both inside and outside personnel. I handle the golf arrangements for the V.I.P. guests of the hotel and coordinate golf outings with the hotel liaison. I order all soft goods for the shop. I oversee four different leagues and sit on the International Junior Orange Bowl Golf Tournament committee, one of the premier junior tournaments in the world. As far as teaching is concerned; I give about ten hours of lessons a week. I coordinate and teach the junior summer camp.
1996 – 1999 1St Assistant Golf Professional, La Gorce Country Club
I was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the golf shop. I was in charge of the club repair and fitting operations. Tournament Operations was my specialty at this facility. I coordinated the tournament season for the members. In one season we ran over 20 tournaments, each with an average budget of $75,000.00. I also coordinated the weekly men and ladies league. I learned and aggressively honed my customer service skills. With the member base we had, it was a must. La Gorce gave me a unique opportunity to see the industry from the private sector side.
1990 – 1996 Assistant Professional, Kendale Lakes Country Club, American Golf
In my five years with American Golf, I was exposed to many areas of the business, starting with the driving range and cart barn and progressively moving in to the pro shop. I learned to run a 27-hole tee sheet and how to maximize the amount of rounds played. I learned innovative ways to market and increase driving range revenue. I gained great insight into the close relationship between the restaurant and the golf shop. I coordinated the men and ladies league. I also helped coordinate and teach the various junior programs. The most valuable thing that American Golf taught me is the value of knowing your particular customer base and catering to them properly.
Played junior golf in Daga. Recognized golfer in the city of Miami. Member of the 2007 Men’s NCAA National Championship team for DII golf. DII All-American golffer. Currently playing professional golf in the Minor League Golf Tour.
Attended Barry University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management- Golf Industry
Hometown: Miami, FL
Birth Date: November 26th
Birthplace: Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom England
College: Pfeiffer University NC, Concord University WV
Education: Bachelor’s Degree Recreation and Tourism Management, emphasis in Sports Management
Marital Status: Single
Turned Professional: May 2014
Contact Number: 704-267-6089
Stephanie learned to play golf in her home town of Newton Aycliffe England. Stephanie played for numerous teams such as her county junior, club ladies, club juniors and county ladies teams. She also represented North East England playing #1 seed for their British Colleges of Sport team. After starting golf at the age of 14, Stephanie knew it was something she wanted to pursue as a career and made the decision to travel to United States for school to play golf as well as earn her degree. Stephanie was extremely successful in both her athletics and academics earning Deans list and academic honor roll for 5 consecutive semesters and finishing with 12 collegiate titles. Stephanie finished out her collegiate career with an epic hole in one to win her final Conference Golf Tournament. After graduating Stephanie joined the LPGA and gained her TCP Membership gaining her Class B status. Class A to be completed October 2016.
2014 LPGA TCP member since
LPGA Class B certified
2015- present LPGA Girls Golf Miami Site Director
Presently Assistant Coach First Tee of Miami
Collegiate Golfing Achievements:
#2010-2014 #1 player
2010-2014 First team All-Conference
2010-2014 12 Collegiate Golf Titles
March 2014 Conference Champion with a hole in one
2012/13 #1 East Regional individual golf ranking
2013/14 #2 East Regional individual golf ranking
2012-2014 28th National Golf ranking
Aslan Golf Representative England
2007 Under 16’s Scottish Girls Amateur Champion
2009 Quinta De Lago Ladies Champion Portugal
Ladies Course record holder: Oakleaf Golf Club England 64
2011-12-13 Mens Club Champion Oakleaf Golf Club 3 consecutive years
Womens Club Champion 5 consecutive years, Woodham Golf Course 2 years
2008-2009 Capatin NE England Team BCS Loughborogh
2008-2010 David Leadbetter Academy Durham County Girls Captain
Presently Active in the following Programs:
Community Service Awards from the following:
Partnered with The First Tee Miami in 2003. I have helped develop and made available a teaching curriculum based on golf skills and life skills combined including our 9 Core Valves which are: Sportsmanship, Responsibility, Perseverance, Confidence, Judgment, Courtesy, Honesty, and Respect. As a PGA professional I have inspired PGA members and apprentices to promote the game of golf through community involvement in all types of junior golf programs.
Listed below are chapter or section awards and years received or other honors received as they relate to my role as a golf professional:
Accomplishments and performance highlights throughout my career as a Golf Professional:
As Vice President and Board of Director with the First Tee Miami/Dade Amateur Golf Association, and reaching over 5,000 thousand youth annually both nationally and international throughout the year. The following is a list of programs I am involved with.
Our chapter is one of many in The First Tee network. The First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.