2017-09-01 / Spotlight News

Jane Huling inspires girls with golf

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By Ann Marina


Golfers with Jane Huling at a recent event at Quail Creek Country Club. 
Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Golfers with Jane Huling at a recent event at Quail Creek Country Club. Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Teaching girls to love golf is Jane Huling’s passion. In 2005, upon retiring from her PGA teaching career in Michigan, Huling moved to Florida and began volunteering for the Girls Golf program.

She is now the site director for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Naples, where 7- to 17-year olds develop team-building and leadership skills. “The better they play, the more fun it is,” Huling said. “I want them to love the game as much as I do.”

Plenty of local girls now love the game. The year she started, the Naples program had only six or seven attending. Now there are 60.

“My reward is seeing them build their skills and confidence. That’s why I do this,” Huling said.

Two of her favorite success stories are Annika Church and Lurrel Wise.

Church, a junior at Naples High School, was awarded Girl’s Golf Player of the Year for 2016, and received the Coach’s Sportsmanship Award. In one game, her friend was stuck on a hill. “I showed her how to move her shoulders parallel to the hill, which led to a perfect shot only one foot from the pin,” Church said. Church won a contest for writing about the 5 E’s of Girls Golf: Empower, Enrich, Engage, Exercise and Energize. As winner, she walked inside the ropes at a Naples tournament with Sandra Gal, a German who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. “It was great,” Church said. “I aspire to be like her, and continue golfing.”


Jane Huling, Naples site director for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. 
Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Jane Huling, Naples site director for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Lurrel Wise started golfing at age 13. “Jane showed me my strengths, and inspired me to go professional,” she said. Wise now works at Estero Country Club, running a nine-hole women’s league and small group clinic. She is assistant golf coach at Community School of Naples. Her goal is earning PGA certification and teaching juniors and women.

At age 26, Huling discovered her love for golf. “I started playing tournaments in my second year,” she said. Today Huling enjoys her own golf games at Wildcat Run Country Club and volunteers for PGA women’s clinics when they are in Naples.

Her enthusiasm for the golf program is contagious. Several Wildcat Run residents formed a booster club to assist Girls Golf by driving the snack cart. “I also have about five coaches or helpers giving instructions,” Huling said. “These gals are out there volunteering, sometimes in 95-degree heat.”

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf was founded in Arizona in 1989. The program has spread to 380 communities across the country, and has introduced more than 300,000 girls to the game. A Fort Myers program is also very active and girls are welcome at either program no matter where they live. Learn more about Girls Golf by visiting www.girlsgolf.org.

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