Passion. It’s infectious. And it doesn’t matter if it’s the crossing guard at the local school bus stop, or the head coach giving a pre-game speech. When you see passion, you are moved. Maybe even motivated. It truly feels like, in that moment, that very moment, there is nothing more important, nothing else in the world that matters more.
Enter Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen. If you don’t know the name, that’s okay. Many don’t.
But her passion for teaching the game of golf has her sitting squarely on top. You see Kathy just happens to be the 2014 National PGA Teacher of the Year. And although her students don’t include the names of Tiger, Phil or Rory, this is an historic first.
No other woman has ever won this award!
But this is a lot more than just a barrier-breaking moment. She’s flat-out passionate about teaching the game of golf, and the PGA of America stood up and took notice.
While at the recent PGA Merchandise Show with my U/S Sports Advisors colleague David Martin, good friend and former U.S. Pro Golf Tour player turned marketing exec Eddie Heinen introduced us to Kathy, who officially endorses PnP wedges and putters. But before that, David and I had to wait our turn. She would spend endless amounts of time talking to show attendees about golf, the importance of a great short game, and anything else anyone wanted to discuss. And it was clear that regardless of the conversation, she poured everything she had into it. You couldn’t take your eyes or ears off her. All of us within a 15-foot radius marveled at the spirit in which she talked about the game, and more importantly, how to improve.
In our conversations with Kathy, her enthusiasm did not stop. We were not surprised.
Congratulations to Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen: 2014 National PGA Teacher of the Year! Your golf tips may not completely save my short game, but in the long run, I learned a lot more.