Dr. Betsy Clark
Named Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) vice president of professional development in January 2002 after serving as LPGA director of education and research since 1994, Dr. Betsy Clark has worked in the golf industry for more than 30 years as a teaching professional, director of instruction for a golf facility management company, coach and education consultant. During this time she created and conducted numerous player development clinics and teacher/coach workshops throughout the country.
Prior to her full-time position with the LPGA in 1994, Dr. Clark taught at the college and university level for 17 years as a teacher educator/coach. As an educational consultant for the National Golf Foundation she spearheaded the 1993-1994 NGF Welcome to Golf project and was co-author of the NGF Welcome to Golf publications. Dr. Clark was also on the LPGA planning committee for the industry-wide Women in Golf summits (1991, 1993, and 1995).
As LPGA vice president of professional development, Dr. Clark was responsible for overseeing the education, research, career development and certification programs for the LPGA membership. She currently serves on a variety of golf industry committees and task forces. In 2009 she was appointed President of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf. She is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Diversity Task Group, Play Golf America-Women’s Golf Month Steering Committee and the Athlete Development Summit Steering Committee.
An LPGA Class A certified teaching professional since 1984, Dr. Clark was voted LPGA National Teacher of the Year in 1991 and, in 2001, was honored with the inaugural Office Depot Visionary Award for Women in Sports. In 2005, Dr. Clark directed the first-ever LPGA Professional Athlete Forum: Phenoms to Professionals. She earned her doctorate from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque), focusing her studies and research on teacher education, curriculum and instruction and educational psychology.
In May 2009, Dr. Clark established dbc consulting focusing her practice on strategic sport and golf education program initiatives. Specifically she is currently involved in growth of the game, professional athlete development, special academic adjunct teaching assignments and serving as an expert witness in legal cases involving golf education.