A LITTLE ABOUT US
Kathy Knadler is a former director of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Phoenix program of 18 years and a passionate advocate of girls’ developmental programs.
Kathy, was born and raised in Colorado where she played competitive golf as a junior and amateur winning the 1986 Colorado State Stroke Play and Match Play Junior Championships and the 1988 Colorado State Amateur Championship. She earned a scholarship and competed on the University of Wyoming women’s golf team graduating with a degree in teaching. She taught at both the elementary and high school level and headed up a large junior golf program in Northern Colorado prior to moving to Phoenix. In 1994 she earned PGA Class A and LPGA Class A status and began her teaching and coaching career with the pilot LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program in Phoenix. She was hired in 1997 to direct the program where her passion for girls’ golf and commitment to providing engaging opportunities for youth flourished. For nearly 20 years, Kathy touched the lives of thousands of junior golfers ages 3-18 through developmental golf clinics, tournaments and family golf outings and has had the pleasure of helping girls reach their goals and potential in the game through an environment which nurtures camaraderie, social skills, greater self esteem and specific golf skills.
Kathy is a mother of 3 daughters, twins who have competed on the University of Wyoming Women's Golf team and youngest attending Maryville University in Missouri competing on the Women's Volleyball team.
Kathy directed the JGAA Linkster Program, served on the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf National Advisory committee, the JGAA Board of Directors and Arizona Silverbelle Board of Directors as Tournament Director and was voted the 2013 Youth Coach of the Year by the Phoenix Sports Commission and winner of the 2013 LPGA Central Section Junior Golf Achievement Award.
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Austin Umland is a PGA Associate, who has spent the last 9 years working in the golf industry. Austin loves nothing more than to impart his passion for the game of golf through instruction of players of all ages and skill levels.
Austin was born and raised in Colorado and grew up playing baseball and golf before transitioning to golf full time in high school. He was a 2 time state tournament qualifier for Praire View High School. After his high school golf career concluded, he played one year of collegiate golf at Letourneau University in Texas, before moving back to Colorado to attend Colorado State University and pursue a career in golf. During the summer season Austin worked at Buffalo Run Golf Course in Commerce City, Colorado where he had grown up playing and had worked in high school. He assisted in running and teaching the First Tee program at Buffalo Run as well as teaching at their summer junior camp. In 2018 he moved to Fort Collins full time with his wife and began working at Collindale Golf Course as the Assistant Golf Professional.
Austin has a passion for fostering the growth of the game, through the introduction of golf to juniors and their continual development as both players and people through life skills that the game of golf can teach. He is excited to continue the great work that Kathy has headed up with both the PGA Jr League and junior camps and clinics. In addition to the Junior program Austin is experienced in the instruction of players of all skill levels and ages, having worked with and taught beginner golfers through aspiring and former collegiate players.