By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf
Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp notwithstanding, the LPGA Tour is not exactly being over-run by Canadian content these days. But behind the scenes, one other Canadian is playing a significant role in another key area of the LPGA’s business.
Jody Jackson, a longtime resident of southern Vancouver Island and a former coach with British Columbia Golf, was named this past fall as the LPGA’s technical lead of instruction.
“It is really cool for them to have hired a Canuck as second in command on the teaching education side,” Jackson says with a touch of pride in her voice.
Jackson had been doing some part-time work with the LPGA for about 10 years before this new role was offered her. It came at a most opportune time for Jackson, who had been teaching out of Arbutus Ridge Golf Course in Cobble Hill.
“The ownership changed at Arbutus Ridge and unfortunately I was not met with open arms to move into what I thought would be an evolution of teaching there and then I was offered something else, so I left the green-grass facility and have been working with the (LPGA’s) global education team in a greater capacity,” she says.