Professional of the Year, Lynne Hunter
The LPGA Professional of the Year was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Professionals member primarily engaged in a golf operation, golf association or industry position, promoting the game through player development, growth of the game initiatives and other golf-related activities.
Hunter has been an LPGA Professionals Class A member since 2007 and currently serves as the LPGA/PGA Head Professional for the Kenwood Golf and Country Club in Bethesda, Md. With an impressive background as a golf instructor, this is the third time Hunter has been awarded the Northeast Section Professional of the Year and her first national honor. Throughout her career, she has also received the LPGA Northeast Section Junior Golf Leadership Award (2012), was named a U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher (2008, 2009, 2011), given the Middle Atlantic PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award (2019) and granted the Kenwood Golf and Country Club Jack Weber Award for long-term commitment to the improvement of golf programs (2006).
Her career began in 1987 when she was a Summer Intern at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm before becoming the Golf Shop Assistant in 1990 at Hobbit’s Glen Golf Course in Columbia, Md. From there, she worked her way up to Assistant Manager at Jay Perkins Golf Shop (1993-1996) and Merchandise Manager at Westwinds Country Club (1996-1997). Her next career move would be to Kenwood Golf and Country Club where she began as the Assistant Golf Professional (1997-2011) before settling into the Head Golf Professional role in 2012.
Though the past year was challenging for her and her club, Hunter was able to successfully lead her team through a surge in member growth and an increase in overall number of rounds being played. She created safety guidelines for her course to ensure staff and members were staying healthy and trained the staff regarding new protocols and procedures. She did this all while spearheading a membership outreach program and mentoring a female Professional Golf Management intern to help her learn the ropes for her future career.
“I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award and to represent this outstanding organization,” said Hunter. “I could not have had this success without the support of a strong team behind me, so this award is also a thank you to my family, friends, staff, and Kenwood ‘family’ that have supported me as I follow my passion for helping others to enjoy the game of golf.”
Outside of her responsibilities as Kenwood’s Head Professional, Hunter is also the Secretary of the Middle Atlantic PGA, Middle Atlantic Representative for the PGA Magazine Women Leaders platform and was a Rules Official and Host for a 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier.