Marriott, Frost Capture Nancy Lopez, Ellen Griffin Awards

Congratulations to Golf Channel Academy lead coaches Lynn Marriott (pictured) and Jane Frost, who on Monday were awarded two very prestigious awards by the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional division.

Marriott, the co-creator of VISION54 (Talking Stick Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ), was the recipient of the 2018 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award, which recognizes an LPGA professional who gives back to the game in the spirit of LPGA legend and World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez. Marriott was previously honored as the 1992 LPGA National Teacher of the Year and 2008 LPGA Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, and was inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame in 2016. The second-highest ranking female instructor on Golf Digest’s list of  “The 50 Best Teachers in America,” she has also been a mainstay on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers” list since its inception in 1996. Together with Pia Nilsson, she has coached nine different major winners and four No. 1-ranked players, including 2018 U.S. Women’s Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn.

“I am grateful and humbled to receive the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award,” Marriott told the LPGA T&CP. “Nancy has done so much for the game and her spirit, passion and leadership has inspired me since I was a young player and later as a teacher and coach. Golf is better because of Nancy Lopez. It is truly an incredible honor to receive her award.”

Frost, owner and founder of the Jane Frost Golf Performance Center at Sandwich Hollows Golf Club in East Sandwich, Mass., was the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, which recognizes an individual who emulates the late teaching professional’s spirit, love and dedication to students, teachers, teaching skills and the game of golf. A 36-year teaching professional, Frost was previously honored as the 1994 LPGA National Teacher of the Year and 1996 New England PGA Teacher of the Year. An accomplished player, Jane made a dozen appearances on the LPGA Tour and played a full season on the Futures Tour, falling just two shots short of earning her LPGA Tour card. Current and past students of Jane’s include LPGA Tour legends Lopez, Pat Bradley, Sandra Haynie and Jane Blalock.

“I am humbled and extremely honored to be recognized as the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award,” Frost told the LPGA T&CP. “Along my journey in the LPGA, I have always been inspired to contribute all I can to the Association and to be a better teacher every day I step on the lesson tee. Ellen Griffin certainly was one of my key spark plugs that ignited a passion for teaching that has brought so many incredible opportunities around the world. Thank you to Rolex for contributing and supporting Ellen’s joy for this great game we all love. Her legacy lives on.”