Nancy Bender

Valparaiso IN

Creekside GC & TC

Every person who comes to the lesson tee is unique and has the ability to learn. As a teacher, the differences of each student is honored. When partnering with me, I need communication skills that will facilitate learning. My desire is to have a student leave me having a greater self-esteem and ready to 'tee it up' again.

Nancy Bender
219-476-7980
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  • Life Member of the LPGA

  • Recognized Coach in the First Tee program 

  • Certified as a LPGA *USGA Girls Director; ADM certification

  • LPGA National Teacher of the Year

  • First Tee Recognized Coach

As a country girl, I fortunately lived across the road from a golf course. Little did I know that the course was a private country club. Although beyond the financial means of my parents, they supported my efforts. By allowing me to work in the golf shop, cleaning clubs, I had practice and playing opportunities. I began becoming a student of the game and became passionate about golf. I attended a university in my community before Title 9. No collegiate golf experience, but the desire to teach became my focus. I graduated with a Master's in education and taught high school social studies along with coaching the girls golf team. Some 25 years later, I began my journey into a second career with the LPGA teaching division. When I earned Class A membership, I became a national evaluator, mentoring other women to be successful teachers. Presently, I teach men and women of all abilities and ages plus volunteering my expertise to Special Olympians and youth in the First Tee