Marissa Kulig Crow

Marissa Kulig Crow

Lyman Orchards Golf Club

Lyman Orchards

700 Main Street

Lyman Orchards 700 Main Street, Middlefield, Connecticut 06455, US

Please indicate past awards won/recognitions:
GRAA Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional, LPGA Awards, Other (Indicate specific awards below in 3-a)

Other awards won:
2021 LPGA National Teacher of the Year, 2022 LPGA National Professional of the Year, 2021 & 2022 GFAA Award Winner

Total number of individual lessons given per year:
Male: 12
Female: 200
Junior: 5

Total number of individual clinics given per year:

Please indicate any Growth of the Game initiatives your facility/academy has launched over the past year (please give specifics on such programs):
Our women’s program has had 1,400 students attend our classes this past season with the ladies league capped at 300 the last three seasons. With the program busting at the seams, we haven’t had the need to launch a Growth of the Game initiative. The program is so popular that we fill and overbook all of our classes. If we saw some slowing down, we would then for sure add new programming to attract more students.

Please share any programming you have made to keep your customers & students engaged:
Director of Women’s Golf Instruction
Created the “Golf FORE Women” Program and offers four levels, Golf Fore Women 101 progressing to 401. This program provides golf enrichment for beginning golfers to seasoned golfers looking to enhance their overall playing performance. To sustain steady growth, a detailed program with specific curriculum and scheduling was created, promoting next level registration in a seamless, uncomplicated manner. What makes this program successful is that the women are put at ease and welcomed with open arms on day one. The instruction is kept simple but is informative and relevant. Students are learning as well as laughing and having fun and are extremely excited and anxious for the next class. From 2021-2023 alone, 4,500 women have taken Golf Fore Women classes meeting five consecutive weeks each program session. There are five sessions in one season. Extra classes that I have created and offer are Spring Tune Ups, Practice with the Pros, Summer Tune Ups and Yoga for Golfer’s (YFG). The Spring Tune Up class has a maximum of four students and is a three week refresher course in March and April. Practice with the Pro sessions are one hour supervised range time with a pro spot checking and reviewing the fundamentals on one specific topic. Yoga for Golfer’s is a class that incorporates flexibility, strength, balance, core conditioning, and breathing awareness. YFG also teaches focus, relaxation and visualization techniques. The sequence of postures is carefully designed to meet a golfer’s specific needs. These classes take place on the golf course with beautiful views.
Overall our Ladies Golf Program helps generate over $380,000 for the golf course.
Ladies Golf League – 300 players (85% of the players have or currently taking Golf Fore Women classes)

I teach 90-95% clinic instruction and I believe that when students start in Golf Fore Women 101 and progress through the program be it to Golf Fore Women 301 or Golf Fore Women 401 with more than 50% taking multiple classes in one season – that is success. The amount of women who return each season to retake on course classes, Spring Tuneup, Summer Tunup classes and who have joined the women’s golf league is a measurement of success. The women’s golf league had 300 players in both 2022 and 2023. We had to cap it off each season with a waitlist. Having been at Lyman Orchards the last eleven seasons, I have seen the growth and I may not have specific student golf accomplishments to list, I would list the thousands of women’s names who have become core golfers; joining the leagues, playing golf not only on the par 3 course but on our two 18 hole Championship courses and exploring other facilities as well; spending money on food and beverage, on apparel, season passes, outings and remaining loyal to our facility. It’s been so rewarding to see the relationships being cultivated and how everyone comes together as a family. Another accomplishment, for all of my ladies who have participated in our Women’s Golf Day each year since its inception in 2016 except for 2020 due to Covid. We had two shotgun events in 2021, 2022 & 2023 totaling 218, 247 and 243 players! In early October, we host an event called “Putt Fore Pink” and all raffle proceeds go to the Middlesex Comprehensive Breast Cancer. In 2021 our event raised $8,500 with 220 women and 20 men participating. In 2022, we had to cancel our golf outing due to inclement weather but hosted the dinner portion of the event and 248 women showed up to show their support and still raise just over $8,000 for the hospital! The thousands of students continuing to take classes, participate in events and play in our golf leagues season over season is the ultimate accomplishment.