Ocotillo Golf Resort’s Director of Instruction Kay Cornelius was recently honored as the Central Section award winner for the Junior Golf Leadership honor by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional membership.
Presented annually to LPGA teaching professionals who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments related to junior golf during the year, honorees are selected by the LPGA teaching and club professional section officers and section nominating committee chairperson.
Honorees were selected in each of the six sections of the LPGA’s teaching and club professionals. The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Awards Selection Committee will now select the overall national award winner in each category from among the section award winners. Cornelius is no stranger to the recognition having won the national honor in 2012.
“It’s a true honor to once again be recognized for this fantastic LPGA award,” Cornelius said. “I have a passion for sharing my love for the game of golf with my students and there is certainly no better place to learn the game, then here at Ocotillo Golf Resort.”
Cornelius began teaching at Ocotillo Golf Resort in 1995 and has been an Ocotillo community resident since 1997. An accomplished junior golfer herself, Cornelius was the youngest winner of the U.S. Girlsʼ Junior Championship in 1981 at the age of 14. She continued her success as a junior golfer winning the Junior World Championship and the Arizona State Junior Championship twice during the early ’80s.
As a junior and amateur golfer, Cornelius played in 19 USGA Championships from 1979 to 1987, including the U.S. Womenʼs Open in 1982 at age 15. Cornelius played college golf at Stanford University from 1984 to 1988, competed in four NCAA championships, and earned NCAA All-American honors in 1988.
After earning a bachelor of arts in sociology from Stanford University, she turned professional and competed on the worldwide professional tours. Since 1996, she has fulfilled her passion for teaching and coaching golfers at the Troon-managed Ocotillo Golf Resort. She has a special gift for teaching junior golfers and has taught several current and past NCAA Division I collegiate players. Even though junior golfers encompass a large part of her clientele, Cornelius teaches/coaches men and women golfers of all ages and ability levels.
“Congratulations to Kay Cornelius for being recognized by the LPGA Central Section for the Junior Golf Leadership honor,” said Mark Bakeman, director of golf, Ocotillo Golf Resort.
“Kay has done so much wonderful work growing the game here at Ocotillo Golf Resort, especially with her developmental programs for the junior golfer. She shares her passion for the game in a way that is truly contagious to all. Kay is a tremendous asset to Ocotillo Golf Resort and we are truly thankful for having such a talented individual on our staff.”
For more information on Cornelius or instructional opportunities at Ocotillo Golf Resort, visit ocotillogolf.com or call 480-917-6660
Ocotillo Golf Resort is a resort-style daily fee facility featuring 27 holes of Ted Robinson-designed golf. Ocotillo Golf Resort opened in 1986 and is recognized as a Top 50 Resort by Golf World and a 4 1/2-star golf course by Golf Digest. A traditional-style course, Ocotillo Golf Resort’s lush fairways, cascading waterfalls and colorful flora offer a unique contrast to the desert landscaped courses that permeate the Scottsdale/Phoenix region. The most iconic feature of Ocotillo is the expanse and quantity of shimmering water features.
Twenty-four of the 27 holes feature water that comes into play, creating beautiful yet dramatic hole framing for this integral part of the course design. Despite the quantity of water features, the layout offers generous fairways and landing areas, creating birdie opportunities for golfers who think their way around the course. Ocotillo Golf Resort and Bernard’s Restaurant is also a popular venue for weddings, banquets and dining events.