Daytona Beach, Fla., October 22, 2021 — Marvol Barnard, a Class A member of both the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the PGA of America, has been re-elected as National President of the LPGA Professionals division in a vote by the members.
Barnard, who is Director of Instruction at Haven Golf Course in Green Valley, Ariz., will work alongside fellow teacher Louise Ball, who has been voted in as the LPGA Professionals National Vice President. Barnard and Ball will begin their three-year term in office on January 1, 2022.
“It is once again a tremendous honor to be elected LPGA Professionals National President,” Barnard said. “To have the confidence and support of my peers means so much to me, and it is truly humbling to be selected once again to serve the LPGA membership. It’s especially exciting to take what we’ve learned, despite the challenges of COVID-19 and create new initiatives to serve our members and the industry we love. Vice President-elect Ball has been a tremendous leader for the past five years on our Executive Committee, and I look so forward to continuing to work with her and the rest of our amazing leadership team.”
Barnard, who served one previous term as National President and three terms as President of the LPGA Central Section, joined the LPGA in 2002 and became a Class A member in 2006. She has piled up an impressive array of accolades and achievements over the years, including the LPGA Marilynn Smith Service Award in 2014 and the LPGA Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award in 2013. Barnard was honored as the LPGA’s National Teacher of the Year in 2016 and listed among the LPGA Top-50 Best Teachers for 2017-2018. She was included as one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Women Teachers in 2012.
One of southern Arizona’s most accomplished instructors, Barnard was the recipient of the PGA’s Southwest Section Player Development Award in 2013 and 2017, and the PGA’s Southwest Section Southern Chapter Player Development Award in 2015 and 2016.
In 2018, she received the National PGA Player Development Award, an honor that bestows special recognition on a PGA member who has displayed “extraordinary and exemplary contribution and achievement” in player development. The award was given during the PGA’s Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, California in November.
Ball, who is the owner of the Tennessee Golf Academy in Knoxville, Tenn., has been an LPGA Professionals Class A member since 1997. In her over twenty years of teaching, she has received the LPGA Midwest Junior Golf Leadership Award in 2012, 2014, and 2019, and the LPGA National Junior Golf Leadership Award in 2014. In 2017, she was given the LPGA Jeri Reid Spirit Award and the LPGA Midwest Teacher of the Year Award. She has also been an LPGA Top 50 Teacher from 2017-2021.
“Serving the LPGA on a National level is something I’ve always dreamt about doing, but never felt I would have the opportunity,” Ball said. “I am honored and excited to be elected to the office of National Vice President by my LPGA peers, that’s what means the most to me. I look forward to working with our National President Marvol Barnard and our talented Executive Committee members to continue to elevate our LPGA brand, as we find ways together to make our membership a stronger advantage in the golf industry.”
About the LPGA Professionals
The LPGA Professionals membership (formerly the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional membership), founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA Professionals members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.
More than 1,700 strong, LPGA Professionals 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 Professionals 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 include LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, the LPGA Lesson Zone and LPGA Golf 101 programs. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla.