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  • Writer's pictureKelli VanDenBerg

Kendy Vierling, LPGA receives the 2023 David Wortman Citizen of the Year Award

Dr. Kendy K. Vierling, LPGA, a volunteer at Links to Freedom, in Lorton, Va., is the recipient of the 2023 Middle Atlantic PGA’s (MAPGA) David Wortman Citizen of the Year Award, which recognizes an outstanding amateur or amateurs whose contributions to the MAPGA include the promotion of golf, promotion of the MAPGA & PGA Professionals, & recognition by the MAPGA & business community as a leader in his/her field. As a volunteer in Links to Freedom, Dr. Vierling is part of an organization that helps provide injured military service members & disabled veterans with an adaptive golf program taught by PGA & LPGA professionals.

Dr. Vierling received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Advertising from Southern Methodist University and her Masters in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. Vierling then earned her Ph.D. in Exercise Science from Arizona State University, where she focused on social psychological and psychophysiological factors of human performance.

She grew up in Arizona playing golf and her first job in the golf industry was on the ASU Women’s Golf Team coaching staff as the Manager/Graduate Assistant for a few years, and Assistant Coach for a year. There she was able to pursue her graduate degrees; learn about coaching, golf instruction, golf operations such as hosting tournaments, teach undergraduate human performance related academic courses, and conduct human performance related research.

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