Charlotte's Rader inducted into LPGA Teaching Hall of Fame

Charlotte's Rader inducted into LPGA Teaching Hall of Fame

Renowned teacher honored during recent LPGA National Summit in Iowa

Metro Golf Notes Posted by Reid Spencer
image (Photo courtesy of Dana Rader Golf School)
Charlotte's Dana Rader was inducted into the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Fame on Aug. 21.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 28, 2017) – Dana Rader, founder and owner of Dana Rader Golf School, was inducted into the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame at the LPGA National Summit in West Des Moines, Iowa on August 21.

With a career spanning nearly 40 years, Rader was honored for her involvement in the LPGA and the golf industry overall, efforts toward growing the game of golf, teaching prowess and business achievements.

The T&CP Hall of Fame is the highest honor given to teaching and club professional members for extraordinary membership service and leadership while contributing to the game of golf and the golf industry.

After gaining her Golf Professional status in 1980, Rader started as an assistant professional at Myers Park Country Club and worked her way up in the industry until 1987, when she opened Dana Rader Golf School, which today is one of the most renowned in the golf world and instructs over 17,000 students of all ages and skill levels, including more than 500 juniors—a passion for Rader.

Julie Cole, fellow LPGA Member and manager/partner at Dana Rader Golf School, said, “Dana’s recent induction into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame is well-deserved because of her extended influence in the golf industry and the lives she has touched because of her leadership, her experience in teaching and willingness to do what others will not.”

Emblematic of Cole’s statement, Rader has been the recipient of many prestigious awards in the industry. Golf Magazine added Rader to its Top 100 Teachers in America list in 1996, a title she still holds today.

She was also named number three in the country and number one in the state on Golf Digest’s Top 50 Greatest Teachers in America list in 2003-2005 and 2008-Present. The Golf Channel Academy made her Lead Charter Coach.

In the LPGA, Rader was named LPGA T&CP National Teacher of the Year in 1990 and won the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award in 2015. Within the LPGA T&CP, Rader served in many positions, including Treasurer, Vice President and then President of her section before being elected into the position of National President of the LPGA T&CP in 2010, a position she held until 2015.

“Being inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame is truly a dream come true. I am humbled that my life’s work is worthy of such a great honor,” Rader said.

Others familiar with her work are effusive in their praise. David DeNunzio, managing editor of instruction for Golf Magazine, said, “In my opinion, there are only a handful of current instructors who have had as much of an influence on nurturing and developing future generations of instructors as Dana.”

For more information on upcoming programs at Dana Rader Golf School, please visit

About the Dana Rader Golf School

Dana Rader Golf School is North Carolina’s most complete state-of-the-art teaching and practice facility and the sole Golf Channel Academy in the Carolinas. Selected to Golf Magazine’s prestigious list of Top 25 Golf Schools in America and ranked #1 in North Carolina, Dana Rader Golf School specializes in quality golf schools, clinics, camps, corporate events, club fitting and year-round private lessons for players of all ages and skill levels. School Founder Dana Rader, consistently named by Golf Magazine as a Top 100 Instructor and ranked #1 in North Carolina by Golf, is a nationally recognized leader in the golf industry. For more information, call 704-542-7635 or visit

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