Marissa Kulig Crow named LPGA Teacher of the Year

Marissa Kulig Crow, a full time Class A LPGA Teaching Professional at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT, was honored with being named 2021 Teacher of the Year by the LPGA.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Marissa Kulig Crow reached the pinnacle of her career this week when she was named national Teacher of the Year by the LPGA Professionals.

Kulig Crow, who has been at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield since 2013, was recognized as “the female golf professional who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments related to the teaching of golf during the year.” Kulig Crow was one of four women named to receive awards by the LPGA Professionals membership’s executive committee from the poll of Section award winners voted on by officers of the six regional sections.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Kulig Crow, who learned of her honor earlier in the week. “Teaching and growing the game of golf, especially with women, has been my passion and my calling for many years. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with thousands of students each year as they are the ones that drive me each day.

“A student once told me that teaching new skills and instilling confidence in others is one of life’s most noble paths. To be recognized with this award, among such talented and driven LPGA professionals, leaves me humbled and immensely honored.”


Kulig Crow, 44, has been a LPGA Professionals Class A member since 2017 and is an LPGA USGA Girls Golf Site Director who donates her time to serve as a volunteer golf instructor for local afterschool junior programs. As the creator of the Golf Fore Women clinic series, which has helped more than 5,000 women since 2013 improve their game, she has established a student-centered methodology with her teaching approach, ensuring her students all feel welcome and at ease from day one.

Kulig Crow is also a certified Callaway Club Fitter, Frankly Golf Putting Instructor, CardioGolf Trainer and Level II Yoga for Golfers Instructor, incorporating her eclectic skills into her clinics, individual instruction and group classes. In more than 20 years as a teaching professional, she served as a golf instructor for Jane Blalock’s Golf for Women Clinics and instructed clinics for the Executive Women’s Golf Association (now LPGA Amateur Golf Association) between 2003 and 2012.

In response to a short season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kulig Crow took her lessons online, using a variety of methods to stay connected to her students through evaluating swing videos, using simulators and via social media. She continues to incorporate both practical and technical methods in her approach.

Other awards winners were Lynne Hunter, Kenwood Golf and Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Professional of the Year; Courtney Mahon, Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City, Mo., Coach of the Year; and Charlaine Hirst, Pinehurst, N.C., Junior Golf Leader of the Year.

Worked as sports writer for The Hartford Courant for 38 years before retiring in 2008. His major beats at the paper were golf, the Hartford Whalers, University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball, Yale football, United States and World Figure Skating Championships and ski columnist. He has covered every PGA Tour stop in Connecticut since 1971, along with 30 Masters, 25 U.S. Opens, four PGA Championships, 12 Deutsche Bank Championships, 15 Westchester (N.Y.) Classics and four Ryder Cups. He has won several Golf Writers Association of America writing awards, including a first place for a feature on John Daly, and was elected to the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. He also worked for the Connecticut Whale hockey team for two years when they were renamed by former Hartford Whalers managing general partner Howard Baldwin, who had become the marketing director of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the top affiliate of the New York Rangers.

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