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LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals induct three to Hall of Fame

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) will induct three members into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows in Lone Tree, Colo.

New inductees, which include Mary Dagraedt of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nell Frewin-Hays of Lake Placid, Fla., and Nancy Quarcelino of Franklin, Tenn., will be honored during the LPGA T&CP Rolex Hall of Fame Induction Celebration. The induction is part of the 2-day LPGA T&CP National Teaching and Coaching Summit being held in the two days following the conclusion of The 2013 Solheim Cup.

"These individuals have given so much not only to the LPGA T&CP membership, but also to the entire golf industry," said Nancy Henderson, senior vice president and executive director of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals. "We are proud to have these women as members of the LPGA and thrilled to honor them as the newest additions to the prestigious LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame."

The LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame was established in 2000 to recognize LPGA T&CP members who, through extraordinary dedication and outstanding achievement, have positioned themselves among the greatest women professionals in the game of golf.

2012 LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame inductees include:
Mary Dagraedt, a 45-year veteran of women's professional golf, is one of the LPGA's foremost teaching professionals. Often called a women's golf pioneer, Dagraedt was instrumental in the development and standardization of the LPGA's programs and testing used to train and certify golf teachers. She also served as the LPGA National Chairperson for three years (1973-1975).

"I am very grateful for all the LPGA has done for me over my 45-year career," said Dagraedt. "I am grateful for all its members and mentors like Marilynn Smith and Shirley Spork. This has been the most meaningful time of my life."

At Miami-Dade Community College—North Campus, Professor Emeritus Dagraedt introduced thousands of students, faculty, community members, and golf professionals to the sport. In her beginning and advanced golf classes, as well as her professional clinics, students were highly motivated to learn and improve the game of golf as a result of her innovative teaching methods and sound skill and rule analyses, while having an enjoyable learning experience themselves.

Hundreds of national and international student-athletes came to Miami-Dade Community College to compete on "Coach's D's" prestigious golf teams. Over an eighteen year span her teams were undefeated in the Florida Collegiate Golf State Championships. Her teams also captured three National Championships and one second-place. In 1975, Golf World Magazine ranked her team number one over all junior and senior collegiate teams in the country.

After graduation, over eighty of these women golfers went on to distinguish themselves in golf careers of their own on the LPGA Tour, Future's Tour and European Tour. Many became LPGA teaching professionals. With pride, Coach Dagraedt accompanied former student athlete, Pat Bradley, on stage at her Hall of Fame Induction at the Florida International University Athletics Banquet.

Miami-Dade Community College recognized her teaching and coaching excellence by awarding her its highest honor, a Teaching Chair. Dagraedt has been recognized as a charter member of the National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame, the Illinois State University Athletics Hall of Fame, and the Florida Community College Activities Association Hall of Fame. She is currently the only LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member to have received all three National Awards: National Teacher of the Year in 1974, National Coach of the Year in 1981 and National Professional of the Year in 1984.

Despite a lifelong record of outstanding achievements in professional golf, to this day, "Coach D" does not miss an opportunity to motivate, encourage, and remind her friends to improve their golf skills and learn the rules of golf.

Nell Frewin-Hays is a Master Professional member of the LPGA and a Class A member of the PGA of America. She began her teaching career in Biloxi, Miss., and moved to Florida in 1979, following a short stint on the mini tour.

For eight years, Frewin-Hays was the head professional at Placid Lakes Country Club in Lake Placid, Florida. Pursuing a golf course management goal, she signed on with American Golf Corporation, the largest golf course management company in the nation. Nell was assigned to the south Florida market where she managed AGC courses for over nine years. In 1997 she returned to Highlands County and managed Golf Hammock Country Club until 2001.

Since that time Nell has retired from course management and devotes herself full time to teaching golf. During her 30+ year career, Nell has held positions of teaching professional, head golf professional, Director of Golf and General Manager at several facilities across the country.

"I am overwhelmed by my selection to the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Fame," said Frewin-Hayes. "I have great respect for all the members who currently are members and for Mary Dagraedt and Nancy Quarcelino who will join me as inductees this year. I am humbled and very honored to be among them."

Frewin-Hays also served 14 years in various officer positions in the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division, including a two-year stint as National President. Nell was voted National LPGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1982. In 2000 she was honored as being one of the most influential people in the development of the LPGA during the past 50 years. In 2001, 2005 and 2006 she was voted the People's Choice Best Golf Professional by the Sebring (FL) News-Sun. Nell's career has been dedicated to enhancing her client's love and enjoyment of the game of golf through various teaching, tournament and daily golf activities.

"It has been my privilege to be a member of the LPGA T&CP for over 30 years, to have been allowed to be in a leadership role during those years and to have been influenced and guided by people like Patty Berg, Marge Burns, Jane Read, Annette Thompson and many others who had tremendous vision for our organization. Being inducted into our Hall of Fame is the epitome of my golf career," added Frewin-Hayes.

Nancy Quarcelino, co-owner of the Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf is a member of both the LPGA and PGA of America. With over 30 years of experience in the golf industry, Quarcelino is known nationally for her teaching expertise. She has coached a wide range of golfers including: amateur men and women of all abilities, players on the LPGA Tour and Futures Tour, the PGA developmental tour, LPGA and PGA club professionals, and collegiate golfers.

While working on her Master's degree at Florida State University, Quarcelino began her career in golf as an assistant coach for the women's golf team. A few years later she returned to her alma mater at Western Kentucky University where she also coached the women's golf team as she pursued her career as a golf professional.

Quarcelino has served as the Head Professional/General Manager at Indian Hills Country Club in Bowling Green, Ky., and was the Head Professional at Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tenn., Nancy was the host professional for the LPGA Sara Lee Classic Tournament for many years while at Hermitage golf Course.

"To be named to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame is the greatest honor I have ever received in my golfing career," commented Quarcelino. "To be included with this elite group of women, knowing what they have done and accomplished for the game of golf and the LPGA, is a moment I will forever cherish."

On a national level, Nancy proudly displays her LPGA membership while having been selected as a member of such prestigious lists as a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher, Golf Digest Top 50 Women's Teacher, Golf for Women magazine Top 50 Teacher and an LPGA Top 50 Teacher. She was named as the LPGA National Teacher of the Year in 2000 and twice named as the LPGA Southeast Section Teacher of the Year.

The Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf, which just completed its 20th year as a successful business in the Nashville, TN area, is located at King's Creek Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, in Spring Hill, TN.

The three new inductees will join current LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals already in the Hall of Fame. They are as follows (listed in order of induction): Peggy Kirk Bell, Marilynn Smith, Patty Berg, Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks, Louise Suggs, Goldie Bateson, Ellen Griffin, Dr. DeDe Owens, Joanne Winter, Ann Casey Johnstone, S. Annette Thompson, Kerry Graham, Lorraine Klippel, Pat Lange and Penny Zavichas, Patti Benson, Carol Johnson, Kay McMahon and Jane Read.

About the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals
The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf professionals through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,500 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA's various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics presented by RR Donnelley, the LPGA Front Row Experience Presented by Volvik, and LPGA Golf Clinics for Women.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, visit www.lpga.com.

Media Contact:
Diane Cody, 386-274-6293, diane.cody@lpga.com