By Emma Gibson
WCHS girls golf coach Crystal Morse was promoted from the position of the Professional Golf Association Director of Player Development to Head Professional on Oct. 1, 2018. The PGA Director of Player Development provides golf lessons and creates programs for people to improve or learn the game. Morse teaches these lessons and creates these programs at The Legends Golf Club. This golf club is a 27 hole semi-private golf facility located in Franklin, Indiana, where the WCHS girls golf team plays.
Coach Morse has been coaching on The Legends since 2016, and she also worked two summers there after graduating college. After starting her career at The Legends Golf Club, she spent 11 years in Southern California working at two separate country clubs. Morse worked as a PGA Assistant Professional at The Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert, California for nine years and for two years as the Lead Golf Instructor at The Club at Morningside in Rancho Mirage, California. Her new role will make her more involved at The Legends Golf Club.
“The role of a Head Professional is to be more involved in the daily operations of the golf club, provide exceptional customer service, create programs for golfers, advertising and marketing,” Morse said.
Ted Bishop is the General Manager at The Legends and the past president of the PGA of America. Morse has known Bishop since she was a junior golfer in Indiana. Bishop offered Morse the position after she grew the junior programs and contributed to much more.
“My promotion will put me in a great position to further build junior golf programs and hopefully get more young ladies at Whiteland interested in golf so that the team will continue to grow,” Morse said.
Freshman golfer Tara Watson, who trains with Morse, discussed her strengths as a coach.
Watson has only positive things to say about Coach Morse.
“I personally believe that Crystal is the best coach out there. She is a great teacher and always wants the best for all of us,” Watson said.
Senior Bri Harwell is a junior golf player who has played with Coach Morse for three years.
Harwell stated that Morse is a supportive coach who wants the best for her players.
“She is so supportive of her athletes and adapts to her athletes’ needs to better their game. Her coaching style is dependent upon what her athlete’s practice and playing style are,” Harwell said.
Morse’s promotion will allow her to have more of a role in daily golf operations and she will be able to be more involved with the athletes.
“I will have more of a role and responsibility in daily golf operations while still organizing and promoting player development programs,” Morse said.
Morse became a golf instructor because there are many elements to the business and she enjoyed instructing others on the sport she had been playing since she was 10. As a coach, her greatest accomplishment was seeing her students reach their goals and succeed.
Coach Morse’s promotion was well deserved based on the positive affirmations made by her student athletes.
In the future, Coach Morse plans to continue working at The Legends golf course as a successful Head Professional, and keep furthering these female athletes in the game of golf.