Nine SCGA Junior Girls Golf members were selected to attend this summer’s LPGA Leadership Academy presented by Acer. Hosted at The Golf Club at Newcastle, the two-day event brought together young women, ages 13 to 18, from across the country to develop their confidence, communication and leadership skills.  

Curriculum over the two days focused on teaching girls how to become better decision makers; overcome and let go of setbacks; take calculated risks and “lean in;” develop skills to accomplish specific goals; play their own game and find their own voice. 

Taking what they learned indoors, the group applied these principles to various golf and exercise stations with the instructors such as dream board building and superhero posing, giving the girls plenty of opportunity for creativity and fun. 

SCGA Junior’s Assistant Director Lauren Fesler and Program Manager Jakeishya Le (both LPGA professional apprentices and SCGA Junior Golf Foundation scholar alumni) were also invited to participate as instructors for the Academy. 

Fesler and Le led three golf fitness activities and assisted the veteran instructors throughout the golf stations. 

“Lauren and I had an amazing time meeting and connecting with everybody in attendance,” Le said. “It was a great opportunity to continue growing our partnership with the LPGA, as well as expand our instruction experience beyond our region.” 

Not only did the girls walk away from the week with more confidence and valuable life skills, they also all received a brand-new laptop from Acer – an incredible gift from the Academy’s sponsor.  

A few of the SCGA Junior Girls Golf members expressed their gratitude after returning home:  

“Not only did I learn golf there, but I also had a really great time making new friends and learning about what it means to be a leader. My favorite part of the academy was the blindfolded putting and bird type t-shirt making – they both taught me the importance of teamwork. The academy really exceeded my expectations, and I’m so grateful to LPGA and Acer.” – Momoka Takahashi 

“This academy was wonderful in showing the power and difference that a girl can make in the world. I was able to establish better social skills, learn about others, and most importantly, become a leader. What an amazing opportunity.” – Anjali Patel 


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SCGA Junior’s Girls Golf program is designed to empower girls through the game. Using golf as the vehicle, SCGA Junior connects girls with peers, mentors and local leaders and puts an emphasis on fun, social activities to complement developing golf skill. To learn more, visit .