SHELBYVILLE, Ky. -- Betty Baird Kregor, former nine-time Kentucky PGA Junior Champion and two-time All-American junior golfer, has received the highest ranking in the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division. Kregor joined an elite group of only 16 individuals who have earned Master Professional status within the 1,500 member LPGA teaching division. She received her award on October 6, 2013 at the LPGA Midwest Section Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, after presenting her work entitled "The Vanishing Golfer: A Study on the African American Female Junior Golfer and Knowledge of Opportunities to Play Collegiate Golf."
According to the LPGA, requirements for Master Professional certification include Class A status 10 or more years, a minimum of 300 certification units and writing a golf-related thesis with a study. "My passion for helping African American girls learn more about college golf opportunities was the driving force behind my thesis. I was disheartened to learn the number of African American female NCAA golfers has been declining in the last decade even though more girls have gotten into the game. I wanted to know why," said Kregor. She is hoping her recommendations will be seen by golf organizations around the world to help increase the number of minority female college golfers.
Kregor has been teaching golf for over 24 years, with students ranging from beginners to professional golfers. Her large junior client base resulted in another venture, StraightShot Inc., where she mentors and advises high school athletes in finding the right college fit. "I am not a recruiter, but simply a guide in the often stressful college search providing personality profiling, mentoring and support in everything from resume creating to learning to ask college coaches questions." This knowledge helped Kregor find the focus to write her thesis and hopes this recognition will create more opportunities for minority girl golfers and change the future of golf.
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Thesis available upon request