Quesnel golf pro earns spot on LPGA Best Teachers list

Kathy Gook honoured as the only Canadian to make Top-50 Best Teachers list

Kathy Gook, head golf professional at Quesnel Golf Club, has made the 2017/18 Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Top-50 Best Teachers list, presented in partnership with Women’s Golf Journal.

Gook is an LPGA class-A pro and is the sole Canadian golfer to make the LPGA Best Teachers list. She has taught golf extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada and is the current B.C. provincial golf coach.

Quesnel Ladies Club captain Mary Braithwaite is one of many who recommended Gook for the honour.

“Kathy’s knowledge of the game and excellent teaching techniques are a great asset to the golf course and especially to our Ladies Golf Club,” she said.

“She’s extremely passionate about building the game through her junior clinics, Junior Girls Club, Ladies Practice Club and individual lessons.”

Gook said she was pleased to receive the honour.

“I feel humble and grateful for having the opportunity to get on the list. There are so many ladies on the list that are my mentors and are people I’ve learned from. It was cool being the only one from Canada on there.”

The Top-50 Best Teachers list was compiled by an independent golf industry selection committee, using a weighted points formula.

“The LPGA is excited to partner with Women’s Golf Journal on this annual recognition,” said LPGA chief teaching officer Nancy Henderson. “More than 70 per cent of our members teach the game of golf for a living and they are dedicated to the advancement of golf through teaching golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the game of golf.”