Sara Stephens, PGA
2017 Kentucky PGA Player Development Award Winner
Sara Stephens is a Class A PGA Professional and the co-founder of the Stephens Golf Academy. Sara’s love for the game started at the age of 5 where she was introduced to the game of golf by her parents. Sara went on to become a standout junior golfer in Northern Virginia and was heavily recruited by colleges around the country. Sara ultimately decided on the University of Central Florida, but after two years decided to transfer and chose the University of Kentucky as the place she wanted to finish her college career. She also ended up meeting Andrew through friends at Kentucky and the rest was history.
Upon graduating from Kentucky in 2010, Sara had already earned full exempt status on the LPGA Symetra Tour and began a full playing schedule that summer. Sara competed professionally full time for 3 seasons, highlighted by a victory on the Cactus Tour in Phoenix in February of 2012 and winning the professional division at the 2012 Kentucky Open in July. Sara also won the Southern Ohio PGA Ladies Championship in 2014 just 4 weeks after giving birth to her son Nolan.
Sara began her teaching career at Losantiville Country Club in Cincinnati and then Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati. Sara developed the junior golf curriculum at Maketewah and helped form the club’s PGA Junior League team which she also coached. Much like her husband, Sara utilizes Trackman, K-Vest 3D, and Boditrak to help her not only make accurate assessments but to help promote and establish the proper feel. Sara specializes in the instruction of junior golfers, beginners, and ladies. In 2014-2016, Sara was recognized as a U.S. Kids Top 50 Instructor Honorable Mention. She believes in giving students a fun, non-judgmental environment during lessons to maximize the learning potential for the student. Sara was elected to PGA Membership in the spring of 2015 and is currently the only female Class A PGA Professional in the Northern Kentucky area. Sara was also elected to the Board of Directors for the Kentucky PGA in 2016, becoming the first female in history to serve on the Kentucky PGA Board of Directors. Sara won the Kentucky PGA Player Development award in 2017 for her outstanding work in junior golf. Sara's "Golf In Schools" program has introduced over 2000 children in Boone and Kenton county to the game of golf through their school gym classes.