Coetzee Hirst appointed head golf junior year LPGA

Coetzee Hirst appointed head golf junior year LPGA

Women’s Golf

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – From her days as an outstanding player at Longwood, former student of girls’ golf Charlaine Coetzee Hirst has spent decades as a golf ambassador, continually seeking to help the game develop and reach new players. This week, the LPGA recognized their efforts by naming them LPGA Professionals Junior Golf Leader of the Year.

The award, established in 2012, is presented to a professional member of the LPGA who excels in teaching and promoting golf for juniors.

For Coetzee Hirst, the sole owner of her own business, Charlaine Hirst Golf LLC, headquartered at the Whispering Pines Country Club since 2009, teaching and promoting the game has been at the center of many of its programs. The Lancer legend and Hall of Fame member is constantly adapting his approach, fine-tuning his offerings to reach those who want to learn how to play so that golf is accessible. Its clientele includes future professionals, fans and newcomers to the sport.

Since 2009, Hirst has hosted weeklong junior summer camps, introducing the fundamentals of golf to students, which have reached 900 junior golfers. Some of its camp participants returned to later serve as junior camp assistants, with many employees in their first jobs.

She is also Director of the site LPGA * USGA Girls Golf-Whispering Pines, which allows him to give girls the means to learn the basics of golf while having fun. At the site, her all-female group of 24 volunteer coaches adds to the experience, and she encourages participants to give back to the community with creative fundraising campaigns.

Throughout his career golfer Coetzee Hirst has had a lasting impact, either as a teacher or student-athlete golfer in Longwood. Before being named LPGA Golf Professionals Junior Leader of the Year, she received the Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award in 2020, the most coveted honor awarded by LPGA * USGA Girls Golf. She has been inducted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame as well as the Longwood Hall of Fame. In 2006, she finished tied for first in the National LPGA teaching of division championship and also won the southeast section of Championship LPGA Teaching Division in 2009 while finishing third in 2008. This follows a nine-year career on the LPGA Futures Tour from 1996-2004 which included qualifying and competing in the 1998 American Women’s Open.

As a Lanciere, she remains one of the most decorated and distinguished student-athletes in the history of the school. She led Longwood Women’s Golf to a pair of NGCA National Championships (1993, 1995) and still holds the school record for a 54-hole round (71-71-70-212), which she established during his 1994 national title race.

Coetzee Hirst was four times member of the NGCA All-American who came to Longwood to play for the legendary head coach and member of the Hall of Fame Longwood, Dr. Barbara Smith. Coetzee Hirst was also named Athlete of the Year Honda Division II Woman of the Year and Virginia NCAA top eight today in 1995, while also being named three times in the university team NGCA.


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