November 22, 2010
Lissa Bradford Honored with the NGCA Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Belmont Head Women's Golf Coach Lissa Bradford has been named the 2011 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) most prestigious honor. Bradford will be formally recognized at the NGCA Hall of Fame Luncheon which will take place on Tuesday afternoon, December 7, 2010. The ceremony will take place at Rio All-Suite Hotel Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"It is such an honor to be recognized with this award," said Bradford. "To be acknowledged by your peers for doing something that you are passionate about is very humbling and it is great to be a part of a community that gives back so much to the game we all love."
Bradford has been at the helm of the Belmont women's golf program since January 2001. In her first nine seasons as head coach, the Bruins have taken enormous strides. During the 2009-2010 season, the Bruins posted seven top-10 finishes, including a season-best third place finish at the Austin Peay Intercollegiate. Lissa has embraced Belmont's ideal of crafting true student-athletes, as her team continues to earn academic recognition year after year. In 2009-10, every member of the women's golf team earned Academic All-Conference honors. All told, 29 golfers have earned Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors during Bradford's tenure at Belmont. In addition to those conference awards, three BU golfers were honored nationally for their academic work. Kelly Maguigan
, Jennifer Newman
, and Janet Steen
were named to the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Scholar Team.
"Lissa is very much deserving of this honor from the NGCA," said Mike Strickland, Belmont's Director of Athletics. "She has not only done an outstanding job in developing our women's golf program, but promoting junior golf in Tennessee."
In addition to her Belmont duties, Bradford serves as Junior Golf Director for the Tennessee Golf Foundation. As director, she oversees the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour and conducts Junior Competitions. As well, she developed and conducts many teaching and educational activities for junior golfers throughout the state and at Golf House Tennessee. In 1998, Bradford received the PGA National Junior Golf Leader award as well as the Tennessee Section PGA Junior Golf Leader Award in 1997 and 1998.
Bradford's spirit of volunteerism is prevalent in everything she does. She volunteers for the local LPGA/USGA Girl's Golf Club local chapter as well as serving on the Board of The Vinny, Vince Gill's Pro/Celebrity/Junior/Am conducted by the Tennessee Golf Foundation. She teaches several rules classes to junior golfers every year and has developed a Junior Rule Book that incorporates pictures and easier language for juniors to understand. Bradford developed the Tennessee Girls Golf Network as well as assisting with the Bonnie Blackburn Girls Golf Fest.
Bradford has known success both on and off the course on many levels. As a senior in high school at Nashville's Harpeth Hall, she won the TSSAA State High School Individual Championship. After her prep career, she was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Alabama. While playing for the Crimson Tide, she served as team captain for two years and was named to the Southeastern Conference All- Academic team. Also during this time, she captured two Tennessee Women's Amateur Championships.
About National Golf Coaches Association
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents over 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.