Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club will host The Ladies Professional Golf Association Foundation’s Leadership Academy to help develop the next generation of female leaders in North Carolina.

The two-day event, presented by Blue Cross NC, will be held from July 24-25 at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, a venue which has held three U.S. Women’s Opens and has a fourth scheduled for 2022.

A key component of the Leadership Academy will be an executive women’s panel discussion. Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Women’s World Cup soccer champion and Blue Cross NC “Live Fearless” Brand Ambassador Mia Hamm, and twice LPGA Tour winner Laura Diaz, will be among the panelists.

“We are committed to empowering, inspiring and transforming the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf,” said Nancy Henderson, President of The LPGA Foundation. “We are very excited about the impact that The LPGA Leadership Academy is having in North Carolina on the young girls who participate in the program.”

The LPGA Foundation introduced the two-day LPGA Leadership Academy in 2015 to engage teenage girls in golf and provide them with a framework to develop confidence and enhance their communication and leadership skills.

Group leadership exercises, expert-led discussions, journaling and interaction with female executives and mentors help young women focus on their individual strengths and leadership style.

The LPGA Leadership Academy uses the game of golf as a platform and learning tool to:

–           Teach young women how to become better decision makers                          

–           Overcome and let go of setbacks

–           Take calculated risks and embrace opportunities

–           Develop skills to accomplish specific goals

–           Play their own game and find their own voice

The LPGA Leadership Academy hosts 40 girls aged 13-18.

In addition to attending the Academy, each participant will be eligible to apply for The LPGA Foundation Scholars Program which includes invitations to LPGA events, mentoring programs and a $5,000 college scholarship.

Details about The LPGA Leadership Academy, the 2018 locations and applications for participation can be found on The LPGA Foundation website at:



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