Today’s Daily Golfer profile is Stephany Powell from Springfield, Missouri. Stephany has been involved with some sort of golf going on 48 years. She has been a player, a coach, captain and served on the MWGA board of directors, on and off since 1989.
Missouri Golf Post: Can you describe your best moment or day on the golf course?
Stephany: Wow, that’s a doozie right off the bat. One of my best moments would probably be coaching the 2001 Missouri State Women’s Golf Team to the school’s first ever conference championship and taking them to the NCAA regional tournament. My personal best moment would be finally winning a state amateur title. After 2 junior runner-up finishes and 4 amateur runner-ups, I finally won the Missouri Women’s Golf Assn. senior state am at Twin Hills C. C. in 2012.
Missouri Golf Post: Do you take lessons and have a regular teacher? Describe what you do to fix things when needed. Go to a teacher? Work things out yourself?
Stephany: I have been very fortunate throughout my golfing life to have had several instructors. Sam Reynolds was one of my first professional teachers and currently if I find myself in a “slump” I turn to Rick Neal, head pro at Hickory Hills.
Missouri Golf Post: What/who got you started into the game of golf?
Stephany: I first held a golf club at the age of 5. My grandfather, an avid golfer, started me hitting balls at the driving range and I entered my first tournament at 7.
Missouri Golf Post: Do you have a regular “game” with friends?
Stephany: Unfortunately I do not have a “regular” game. I am hoping to play a few more rounds with the gals at Twin Oaks this summer. I do however have an annual tournament with friends for some fun, sun and golf.
Missouri Golf Post: What’s your best score? Number and what was it to par?
Stephany: My best score was in the Sue Faurot Invitational, a 6 under 66 at Country Club of Missouri in 1989.
Missouri Golf Post: What’s the most beautiful/scenic course you’ve ever played?
Stephany: I think that of all the courses that I have had the opportunity to play, the most scenic was probably Edgewood in Lake Tahoe. It is right on the water and the big trees are just gorgeous. My most memorable course would be, 2011 USGA Women’s State Team Championship with Janis Clemens and Barbara Blankenship. The Landings in Savannah, Georgia. Scenic, USGA tough and a memory made with the best friends that can’t be matched.
Missouri Golf Post: Have you ever met or played with a current or former PGA Tour player?
Stephany: Like I previously mentioned, I have been blessed in many ways because of golf. I grew up with Payne Stewart and came to be good friends with him and his Springfield family. There are too many stories to tell, but I can tell you this, Payne was the most genuine, down to earth guy you would have ever met. I remain good friends with his sisters, Susan and Lora to this very day.