GOLFTEC recognizes our outstanding group of women coaches who help their students play better golf every day

By Sabrina Naccarato

I’m definitely one of the lucky ones. I’m lucky I was taught the game of golf at a young age and it’s stuck with me my entire life. It took me to college and helped me land a pretty sweet gig here at GOLFTEC. Often known as a “boys club,” golf wasn’t always the easiest sport to be introduced into as a little girl. But as my passion for the game grew, the exclusivity of the game shrunk.

Fortunately for any female, young or old, joining the game today, it’s a little easier thanks to The World Golf Foundation for creating events like Women’s Golf Day. Women’s Golf Day (WGD) is a single-day event scheduled the first Tuesday of every June (reschedule for September 1, 2020, due to COVID19) to introduce new female participants to golf and celebrate existing players by joining them together irrespective of race, religion, language, ethnicity, or location. WGD has become a global movement and celebrates women and girls learning golf skills that last a lifetime and being part of a larger global community.

WGD strives to Engage, Empower, and Support women and girls through the event and platform. The one day, four-hour event has now taken place at more than 900 locations in 52 countries since its inception in 2016 and has introduced thousands of new golfers to the sport. WGD created an incredible global community in four years and has the support of almost every major golfing governing body and organization.

As we celebrate Women’s Golf Day, GOLFTEC wants to highlight our amazing female Coaches across North America who help every type of golfer be introduced to the game and play their best golf every single day.

Jessica Davis
Center Manger, Certified Personal Coach
LPGA Member

GOLFTEC North Raleigh

Jessica is an NCAA All-American from The University of Florida and played professional golf on The Ladies European Tour. She coached the women’s program at NC State for 2 years leading her to a career in teaching and coaching. Her drive is to help improve golfers of all abilities to play their best golf.

Katie Finney The Woodlands Coach

Katie Finney
Center Manager, Director of Instruction
PGA & LPGA Member

GOLFTEC The Woodlands, TX

PGA and LPGA Member. Callaway Master Clubfitter. Featured on The Golf Channel and CBS Sports. Katie played collegiately for the University of Kentucky. She won the inaugural PGA Women’s Section Event in South Florida. Recipient of GOLFTEC’s Outstanding Achievement in Instruction Award.

Peggy Conley Southcenter Coach

Peggy Conley
Certified Personal Coach

GOLFTEC Southcenter, Seattle, WA

PNGA Hall of Fame Inductee; 15 year LPGA/European Tour career; 3 professional wins; 2nd British Open; 2xCurtis Cup Team; USGA Jr.Champion;3xPNGA Jr.Champion. Teaching players of all abilities for over 23 years with a wealth of knowledge as a high performing player. Former Instructor for John Jacobs Golf Schools.Before GOLFTEC had instructed locally for 16 years at Newcastle and Sahalee C.C.

Lianne Ritchie
Certified Personal Coach
LPGA Member

GOLFTEC Hamilton, Toronto, CA

Lianne is a 30 year Class A member of the PGA of Canada. During her 34 years of teaching, she has taught all levels of golfers. She has taught with Sandra Post, wrote and produce a Rogers Cable Golf show, was a scholarship and letter winner of the University of Georgia. A Former Head Professional at Scarlett Woods Golf Course and Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto. She is also a Certified Club Fitter.

Karen Walker Highlands Ranch Coach

Karen Walker
Certified Personal Coach
LPGA Member

GOLFTEC Highlands Ranch, CO

Karen is a LPGA Member and has over 24 years of golf instruction experience and is excited to help you play better golf and have more fun doing it! Karen owned and operated the Karen Walker Golf Academy in Santa Clarita, CA. Other notable positions were Head Teaching Professional at Scratch Golf in Valencia, CA and General Manager of Warm Springs Golf Course in Sun Valley, ID.

Alicia Bakken
Certified Personal Coach
PGA Associate

GOLFTEC Westminster, CO

A long time competitive player, Alicia Competed in high school, Division II collegiate golf and the LPGA Amateur Association. Born and raised in golf, she has been around the game for more than 20 years, helping juniors and women play their best golf and enjoy the game. Her passion for the game influences her students to succeed.

Andrea Webster
Certified Personal Coach
PGA Associate

GOLFTEC Halsted Row, Chicago IL

‘DRE’ is a PGA Golf Associate and is interested in expanding her education as a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Golf Trainer. 7+ years of playing competitive golf. Previously worked as an Assistant Golf Professional. Approximately 10 years of experience working in the golf industry. With a passionate teaching philosophy, Andrea is determined in mentoring students in becoming the best golfers.

Ariel Jagmin
Certified Personal Coach

GOLFTEC Orland Park, IL

Ariel Jagmin is a born and raised Chicago Golf Professional. Ariel has over 14 years of experience teaching and coaching golfers of all skill levels. Ariel went to the University of St. Francis and played collegiate golf for 4 years. After college, Ariel moved to Naples, Florida and studied under a PGA Master Professional and then moved into the Professional Golfers’ Management Program.

Ashley Thomas Blue Ash Coach

Ashley Thomas
Certified Personal Coach
PGA Member


Ashley is a Class A PGA Professional and has been in the golf industry for over 10 years with a singular focus in teaching and coaching throughout her career. Played collegiate golf at Kent State University including a 2002 MAC Conference Championship. 5 Time Southern Ohio PGA Ladies Section Champion 2015 – 2019. 2018, 2019 Southern Ohio Section PGA Associate of the Year.

Erin Redfield
Certified Personal Coach

GOLFTEC Baybrook, TX

Erin graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from St. Edward’s University along with playing college golf for 4 years. She began teaching in the Houston area in 2012 and has studied under many of Houston’s greatest instructors. She has taught thousands of lessons to many skill levels and looks forward to her teaching experiences at GOLFTEC.

Caitlyn Strum GOLFTEC Herndon Coach

Caitlyn Sturm
Certified Personal Coach


Caitlyn is a Golf Academy of America- Myrtle Beach Graduate, a certified club fitter, and was one of the lead instructors at Golden Ocala Golf Club Junior Golf program.

Doreen Melucci GOLFTEC Wexford

Doreen Melucci
Franchise Owner, Certified Personal Coach
PGA Certified Professional


30 years of experience in every aspect of the golf business including extensive knowledge in club fitting. Played college golf at FIU, played 3 years on the Futures Mini Tour, Former Head Professional Grasslands G&CC, taught over 3000 lessons, one of 1200 PGA Certified Professional, and Callaway Certified Master fitter.

Emily Yi Buckhead Coach

Emily Yi
Certified Personal Coach
PGA Member

GOLFTEC Buckhead, GA

Emily has worked in many different departments within the golf industry. However, teaching has always been something that has spoken to her. She enjoys helping students with his or her golf game, as golf is a life long sport where anyone can play the game. Let’s get started and here’s to Fairways & Greens!


Hanna Cohan
Certified Personal Coach
LPGA Member

GOLFTEC Denver Tech Center

As a Class A member of the LPGA, T&CP my goal is to have people be excited and forward-thinking about their golf swing and game. I started my professional career in Jackson Hole Wyoming at Teton Pines Resort. I taught for John Jacobs Golf Schools. Jeff Symmonds Golf Schools, Pro Kids Golf and I was the Head Instructor, USGA/LPGA, Girls Golf programs. As a GTU graduate, I’m here to make you shine!

Kayland Boling Birmingham Coach

Kayland Boling
Certified Personal Coach

GOLFTEC Birmingham

Kayland is new to GOLFTEC and we are excited to have her as a Coach at GOLFTEC Birmingham. Kayland played college golf at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN.