Site: LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Whispering Pines, NC
Charlaine “Coach Chip” Hirst is a champion of the 5E’s, the organization’s commitment to Energize, Exercise, Enrich, and Empower. Each of her initiatives in her Girls Golf chapter helps her junior golfers grow both their skills and as people. Outside of her chapter’s programs, she serves as an ambassador and subject matter expert on all things Girls Golf for the LPGA Foundation as well as mentoring and advising other Girls Golf Site Directors new and old through webinars and sharing her experiences.
“Coach Chip is involved with more than golf as she teaches the girls that charity and working for others is just as rewarding as sinking a putt,” said Hunter Miller, a parent to two girls involved in Hirst’s Girls Golf program. “She’s an advocate for pet rescue and supports the local community by collecting donations for Caring Hearts for Canines. This subtle act demonstrates both the person and program that Coach Chip teaches each week.”
Part of the award honor comes with a special seat in the Founders Perch, where LPGA Founder Shirley Spork, LPGA Pioneers Nancy Lopez, Sally Little, and Mary Mills, and the two Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award winners can enjoy the tournament.