Wendy Doolan’s introduction to the game of golf began at age 14, when she played with a handicap of 28. After her family moved to Sydney from Bundarra in New South Wales in Australia, she joined the Asquith Golf Club. Shortly thereafter, her parents heard about the Australian Junior Championship (only five weeks away). This meant Doolan had just two weeks to get her handicap to 19 if she wanted to compete. After achieving that (her first significant achievement), she played the tournament and never looked back.
At age 16, she represented her state, New South Wales in the Ansett Sub-Junior Championship. This competition marked the real beginning of her career. In the next four years, Doolan won 11 titles and represented her country on the national team seven times.
Wendy’s professional career began in 1991, when she met Steve and Sherrin Smyers. They offered Doolan a place to live in the United States as she worked on her game. In 1992, she moved to the United States with her dream of playing golf on the LPGA tour in the forefront of her mind.
Her first step was the Futures Golf Tour, where she placed in the top 10 and made enough money to make ends meet. She went on to win the Victorian Heart Health
Open in Australia later that year. After several years of traveling back and forth between Australia and the U.S. she finally joined the LPGA Tour in 1996. She continued to improve her game until her first LPGA win in 2001 at the Champions Classic. It was here that Doolan claims she learned that “anything you want in life is possible if you’re willing to sacrifice to achieve what you want”. Doolan finished that year in the Top 30 (27th on the money list) Doolan recognizes that golf has brought many life-changing opportunities to her life.
Doolan followed up her 1st win with winning the year opening event in Tuscon AZ in 2003 and then she won the Evian Masters in August 2004.
During the off-season, the three-time LPGA champion likes to share her talent while giving back to others by doing clinics and mentoring upcoming golfers.
Wendy was the Australian Junior Champion in 1991 and was inducted into the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation Hall of Fame in 2003.
Dreams do come true as long as you believe everything is possible and you know where you are going!
While at home in Australia during the off season, three-time LPGA champion Wendy Doolan shared her talents with young golfers at the New England Credit Union Golf Camp in Armidale, New South Wales. Doolan’s parents Jeannie and Greg managed the camp in association with the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation.
Wendy was inducted into the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation Hall of Fame in 2004.
Golf Coach Grasslands Country Club Lakeland Florida – April 2010 – Present
Director of the Golf Mental Program WSG Academy Orlando Florida – January 2014 – Present
Director of the Golf Mental Program Lee Westwood Golf School Orlando Florida – January 2013 – January 2014
Director of the Golf Mental Program GGGA (Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy) – April 2010 – December 2011 ( 1 year 9 months)
The First Tee of Lakeland – Wendy has been a major donor and participated in many events that have been instrumental in bringing the First Tee of Lakeland to the Lakeland community. Over 800 youth have participated in programs at the
facility since its opening in May 2005.
LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Club – Wendy assists with their efforts to introduce and teach the game of golf to girls.
Lakeland Christian Girls Golf – Wendy has given her time and expertise to coaching the team the basics of golf and encouraging these newcomers to learning the game.
Steven Christopher Morgan Memorial Golf Tournament – Wendy participated in this fundraiser that help local charities through the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland.
Cedarville University Golf Team – Each March the Cedarville University Golf Team travels to Lakeland for a winter break and to prepare for their season. Wendy has spent time talking with the athletes and teaching them how to prepare their games to perform to their potential
Education – Wendy has participated in many local schools fundraising efforts in the Lakeland community.
Jupiter Medical Center – Wendy participates in a pro am each year that raises money for the medical center.
Grasslands Women’s Golf Association –Wendy enjoys doing a clinic for the Grassland Ladies during their annual Ladies Invitational that benefits The First Tee of Lakeland.
CWE – Construction for Worldwide Evangelism and Christian Medical services. In August of 2011, I was part of a team that built a church in Managua, Nicaragua. My week was “windows and roof, my job general labour. This was a great experience, I had the opportunity to help build a place of worship and learn a little about this third-world country and the people who live there.
I Partner with YFC to present our Golf tournament in October of each year, we raise money for YFC Lakeland to use in their local efforts to change lives.
2014 we raised over $20,000 “May no Kid be left behind” www.YFC.net