Nancy Bender


2012 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals

Nancy Bender

Creekside Golf Course & Training Center

2355 Clifford Road

Valparaiso, IN 46385

(219) 531-7888

Prior to membership in the LPGA, Nancy coached a high school team for over 20 years. She now mentors apprentices and is a member of the LPGA hall of fame committee. Nancy helped design of a golf course and training center at which she teaches. This facility became the first chapter in The First Tee network and is known as a model facility of the ‘Hook-a-Kid-on-Golf’. Her awards include the LPGA Teacher of the Year, LPGA Junior Golf Service Award, Golf Magazine and Golf for Women Top 50 Teachers in the Nation, Golf Digest Junior Development Award and Best 10 Teacher in Indiana.

Facility type: Public

Past awards/recognitions:

  • Golf Range Magazine Top 50 Instructor
  • Golf Magazine Top 100
  • Golf Digest Top 50
  • Golf Digest Best in State
  • LPGA awards

Technology used in instruction:

  • Swing Pro
  • Pure Launch
  • Full Swing Simulator

Approximate number of free “tune-ups” and lessons given per year: 150

Growth of the game initiatives: 

  • Special Olympics
  • LPGA Girls Golf Club
  • Camps for girls
  • SNAG classes for adults and juniors
  • Fall and Spring Scramble League for juniors
  • Middle school PE classes
  • Parent/Child classes
  • Skills Days