Kay Cornelius

LPGA Class ‘A’ Teaching Professional

Foothills Golf Club and Mesa Country Club – Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona

Year Started Teaching: 1994


2004 LPGA Western Section “Teacher of the Year”

2007 LPGA Central Section “Teacher of the Year”

2005-2008 Golf Magazine “Top Regional Teacher”

2011, 2012, & 2013 “Top 50 Kids’ Teacher,” US Kids’ Golf

2012 LPGA Central Section “Junior Golf Leader”

2012 LPGA National “Junior Golf Leader”

2014 “Top 50 Master Kids’ Teacher,” US Kids’ Golf

2016 and 2019 LPGA Central Section “Junior Golf Leader”

2019-2020 Golf Digest “Best Teachers By State”

Teaching Influences:

Mr. Manuel de la Torre, “Top 100 Teacher” (WI).
Mr. Fred Shoemaker, Extraordinary Golf (CA).
Dr. Debbie Crews, Asst. Research Professor at Arizona State Univ. (AZ).
Mr. Johnny Bulla.
Mr. Mike Adams “Top 100 Teacher” (FL).
Bill & Kathy Cornelius, PGA Life Member & 27 year LPGA Tour Veteran (AZ).

College Life:

Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
1984-1988 Stanford Women’s Golf Team Member
Awards/Honors: 1988 NCAA All-American, Winter ’88 Stanford U. Honor Athlete
1985 All Pac-10.
Degree/Major: B.A., Sociology, 1988

Tour Life:

1988-1997: Ladies Asia Golf Circuit, Futures Tour, Player’s West Golf Tour, & Ladies European Tour. Played in three Weetabix Women’s British Opens.

Favorite Golf Books: Extraordinary Golf by Fred Shoemaker, Understanding the Golf Swing by Manuel de la Torre, The Inner Game of Golf, by Timothy Gallwey
Favorite Golf Courses: Pine Valley GC (NJ), Somerset Hills CC (NJ), Illahe Hills CC (OR), & Stanford University GC (CA).
Favorite Non-golf Activities:   yoga, pilates, weight training (golf specific fitness), photography, & hiking.
Favorite Quote: “That which you seek is seeking you.” -Rumi

Whatever your skill level, age, or reason for playing golf, I am here to assist you in increasing your enjoyment of the game and to improve your golf skills. My golf experience is extensive and started very early in life — having grown up traveling on the LPGA Tour with my mother, eight-time LPGA winner, Kathy Cornelius, and my father, PGA Life Member, Bill Cornelius. I began playing tournament golf at age 7 and would continue on to achieve an outstanding record as a junior golfer, which includes winning the USGA Girls’ Junior Amateur at the age of 14. My mother and I still hold the record as the only mother-daughter duo ever to have won USGA Championships — she is the 1956 US Women’s Open Champion.

Fast forwarding to today, I enjoy my daily role as an LPGA Class ‘A’ Teaching Professional at Foothills GC and Mesa Country Club in Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona. In addition to helping golfers of all ages and skill levels improve their games, I am honored to serve the LPGA as a member of the Global Education Team. This role consists of evaluating teaching professionals as they move toward earning Class ‘A’ status within the organization. In the past, I’ve also served the LPGA as a Major Evaluation Site Host and was the Director of the LPGA/USGA Girls’ Golf Future Stars Program of Phoenix.

If you’d like to schedule a lesson appointment, please contact me at 480.338.3553 or by e-mail at kay@kaycorneliusgolf.com. I look forward to meeting you and to assisting you in achieving your goals in golf!

Useful Links:

US Kids’ Golf (USKG) Website

To purchase US Kids equipment at a discount on the US Kids’ Golf website, use coupon code USK11801


Foothills Golf Club

Mesa Country Club

LPGA/USGA Girls’ Golf of Phx

Titleist TPI

Living Inline

Desert Song Yoga