Montreal-born Tina Tombs has won the LPGA National Teacher of the Year Award, presented annually to the female golf professional who has most exemplified her profession during the year.
As director of golf instruction at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix since 2001, Tombs has developed a teaching program for golfers of all ages and skill levels, from youth programs to corporate clinics to women’s groups to professionals.
This year, Tombs built a state-of-the-art facility at the Arizona Biltmore, including a cover shot mobile canopy system with two teaching bays.
“I am honored and very grateful to receive this prestigious award and feel very fortunate to have my name added to this distinguished list (of winners),” said Tombs.
“I’m thankful for the opportunities the LPGA has given me throughout my career and want to say thank you to all of you who have mentored me, believed in me and supported my vision to help better the game of golf through advanced teaching technologies and instruction,” she added.
Born in Montreal, Tombs was raised in New Hampshire and attended Arizona State University, where she was a two-time All-American and was eventually inducted into the ASU Athletic Hall of Fame, before joining the LPGA Tour in 1988.
In 1990, Tombs won the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic and three years later, lost in a playoff to Meg Mallon at the Sara Lee Classic, where she enjoyed a career low 64.
She still plays tournaments on the LPGA Legends Senior Tour.