Janet Phillips

Director of InstructionJanet
Head Golf Professional

Janet has lived in Richmond since 1969 & calls it home. She has been playing golf since she was 9 years old. She was the 1st female golfer at Monacan High School, located in Chesterfield county. While receiving her Bachelor of Science in Sports Management at James Madison University she competed for 4 years on the women’s golf team where she received a scholarship.

Turning professional in 1988 she taught in Maryland & then joined the Futures Golf Tour before returning to Richmond where she is co-owner of Windy Hill Golf & Sports Complex.

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Recent Awards/Honors

2013 St Catherine’s School Coach of the Year
2012 Ping Regional Club Fitter of the Year
2012 & 2013 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional
2012 US Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher Honorable Mention
2011 EWGA National Business Woman of the Year
2008 Outstanding Alumnus JMU Award
2007 Northeast LPGA Professional of the Year
2006 National LPGA Professional of the Year
2003 MAPGA President’s Award

janet (1)2006 Middle Atlantic PGA Section President’s Award

This award bestows special recognition on an individual whose tireless effort, unwavering dedication, and exceptional contributions to the game of golf result in significant benefit to the Middle Atlantic Section, its members and apprentices, and to the entire golf community. This Section President personally selects the outstanding recipient of this award.

Janet was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Jim and Lorraine Matsey. Her father introduced her to the game of golf when she was eight years old. Janet essentially grew up on the Stonehenge Country Club (Richmond, Virginia) golf course, playing and eventually working for PGA Professional Mike Felker. She won the girls division of the Peyton Memorial Golf Tournament at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club in Virginia Beach. Janet went to college at James Madison University to pursue a degree in sports management, all the while playing for the JMU women’s golf team.

Janet turned professional upon graduation, interning under PGA Professional Tim McCoy at Liberty Park. She played the Futures Tour in 1988-89, then moved to Windy Hill Sports Complex in 1989, where she currently works, and has been co-owner since 1990. Janet was elected to membership in The PGA in 1998 and earned her LPGA Class A status in April of 2000.

Janet’s professional life revolves around teaching and community service. Her accomplishments are truly many and varied. In 1995, Janet started the McDonald’s Junior Girls Classic and has been conducting it ever since. She was the 1998 Honorary Chairperson for the Virginia Women’s Charity Golf Classic that benefited battered women and children. Janet works with the Home for Boyes and Girls Club and teaches golf to the physically challenged at the Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital. She has supported the Virginia Special Olympics golf program the past few years through volunteering her facility and her time. Janet was also responsible for hiring one the Special Olympians to work at Windy Hill.

She runs junior golf camps throughout the summer for the Chesterfield County Recreation Department and started an after school golf enrichment program for middle and high school students. Janet also initiated and runs the Little Linksters program at Windy Hill with a rules clinic conducted prior to the youngsters (age 6 yo 1) playing on the complex’s 9-hole par 3 course. She also runs the Golf Samaritans Junior Golf Classic, a one-day event for approximately 90 children ages 4 to 14. Several years ago, Janet began coaching the University of Richmond’s women’s golf club. Due in large part to her efforts with the club team, the university now has women’s golf as an NCAA varsity sport.

This year, Janet orchestrated the fourth annual Brad McNeer Memorial Scholarship Tournament. This is an event she initiated in 2000, in memory of the 23 year old volunteer fireman, who also worked at Windy Hill, and was killed responding to a call. For several years, Janet has opened her home and her heart to numerous men and women who are experiencing difficult times or troubled relationships.

Janet’s teaching schedule keeps her quite busy as well. She teaches 8-12 lessons per day, 6 days a week, and usually conducts 2-3 clinics per week. She teaches each person with enthusiasm and with a desire to help them improve their game. Janet makes a point to always keep in mind the level of “involvement with the game” and the amount of practice time the pupil has and intends to keep. She finds teaching the fundamental s and the techniques of golf to be the most fulfilling part of her work. Janet finds it equally challenging to teach a non-athletic housewife, a handicapped adult, or a skilled athlete with swing flaws. In dealing with a “single digit handicap” golfer, she finds her role to be more valuable as a coach encouraging work on all parts of the game including the emotional, physical and mental aspects. In order to keep her skills current, Janet is constantly going to different types education seminars. She has also been trained in club fitting by nearly every major manufacturer of golf clubs.

In Janet’s opinion, junior golf is truly at the “grass roots” of the game. She realized quite some time ago that by encouraging more juniors to learn and play golf, the stronger the sport would become. When Janet teaches young people the proper etiquette, the history and the skills necessary to play golf, she believes they learn some of life’s greatest lessons:

  • honesty
  • sportsmanship
  • the benefits of practice
  • patience
  • the ability to succeed in something they really enjoy
  • learning a game to be played their entire life.

One of her greatest joys is watching the smiles and celebrations after the execution of a given task. Janet believes that by treating everyone with respect, regardless of their age and/or ability, she is giving back to the game she loves.
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2008 Outstanding Alumnus Award, JMU Department of Kinesiology

Kinesiology Department to Honor Phillips
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LPGA T&CP membership names 2007 section “of the year” award winners.

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected its annual section award winners for Teacher, Professional and Coach of the Year; the awards are presented by Etonic. The LPGA T&CP membership’s five sections–Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Western–annually select winners in each of the three categories. Among the sectional winners in each category, the LPGA T&CP Executive Committee selects the overall national award winner. The 2007 LPGA T&CP section award winners are listed below:

Professional of the Year presented by Etonic

  • Central: Sarah Johnson, Spearfish Canyon Country Club, Spearfish, S.D.
  • Midwest: Kristy Vik, Buffalo Grove Golf and Sports Center, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
  • Northeast: Janet Phillips, Windy Hill Sports Complex, Midlothian, Va.
  • Southeast: Kelly Sheehan, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.
  • Western: Patti Marquis, Links Golf Club, Post Falls, Idaho

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2006 National LPGA Professional of the Year presented by Etonic

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has announced the 2006 recipients of its prestigious annual national awards presented by Etonic: Janet Phillips, Windy Hills Sports Complex, Midlothian, Va., Professional of the Year; Cheryl Anderson, Wykagyl Country Club, New Rochelle, N.Y., Teacher of the Year; and Janet Bolle-Carl, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, Coach of the Year. The LPGA T&CP membership’s Executive Committee selects the national award winners from the pool of sectional award winners voted on by the members of the five regional sections. All three of this year’s award winners are first-time national winners.

Phillips, who had been a Class A T&CP member since 2000, has been the co-owner of the Windy Hills Sports Complex for 16 years. Her main duties include merchandising, accounting, club repair, public relations, supervising personnel and tournament organization and administration. At Windy Hills Sports Complex, she has developed numerous programs, which include: the first Special Olympics for golf in the Richmond Area, enrichment programs for underprivileged children, junior golf programs as well as women’s and senior golf leagues. She also maintains the website for the complex.

Phillips is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Executive Women’s Golf Association Greater Richmond Chapter as the golf education and player development chairwoman. She is also in charge of organizing, scheduling and producing extensive lesson brochures. She has also hosted and served as tournament director for the EWGA Chapter Championship.

A T&CP member advisor since 2001, she has belonged to the organization since 1991. Phillips was nominated for the 2006 Junior Golf Leader Award and has also been presented with multiple awards for her dedication in hosting Special Olympics, clinics and tournaments. Phillips also assisted in establishing the women’s golf program at the University of Richmond.

“This is truly an amazing honor with all of the fabulous professionals in this industry,” Phillips said. “I am proud to represent the Northeast Section. Thank you to Etonic for sponsoring this award.”

A member of the James Madison University women’s golf program from 1984-88, Phillips graduated with a sports management and recreation degree. She played on the Futures Tour in 1989 before taking over as co-owner and Director of Instruction at Windy Hills Sports Complex. She has also been a PGA Class A member since 1998 and is on the PGA President’s Council with Play Golf America.

The LPGA Professional of the Year Award presented by Etonic was established in 1980 and awarded annually to a female golf professional involved directly in the entire golf operation.
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2011 EWGA Businesswoman of the Year

JP EWGA Businesswomanof the year (2)EWGA – the trend-setting organization which enables current and aspiring business and professional women to learn, connect and play through golf – named Janet Phillips “2011 EWGA Businesswoman of the Year”.

EWGA’s Businesswoman of the Year Awards Program recognizes members who have used their success in business as a tool in enhancing and promoting the EWGA and the growth of women’s golf and whose dedication to the growth and success of her professional career includes using golf skills.

Phillips was instrumental in the Richmond Chapter’s founding nine years ago and has been on the board as well as served as Education Chairperson since its start. Due to a strong presence in the community, she has been able to reach out to golf facilities to establish relationships for chapter members to receive discounts for play, lessons and equipment at both private and public golf courses.

As a proponent of the EWGA Fairway Friends® program, Phillips trained mentors and teamed them up with mentees to encourage beginner golfers to play. Phillips has helped strengthen EWGA’s reputation with the PGA and LPGA by sharing information about the Richmond chapter both locally and nationally. She has helped increase participation in EWGA by providing discounted lessons and clinics to chapter members and hosting EWGA events targeting beginner golfers.

“This award would not be possible without the hard work and dedication from the members and board members of the Richmond chapter,” said Phillips. “I would like to thank them for recognizing me for this award and for their continued support of my endeavors in the golf community, and in helping to ‘grow the game’. For the past nine years, my involvement with the EWGA has been a labor of love and I am proud to represent the greater Richmond chapter with this award. I would also like to thank the national EWGA for recognizing me and I look forward to helping promote women’s golf in the future.”

Phillips and other EWGA award winners – including LPGA Hall of Fame member Lorena Ochoa – was formally recognized and feted in Las Vegas, April 18-21, at EWGA’s 2012 Golfpalooza (annual conference).

EWGA is the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the U.S., with 125 chapters in nearly every U.S. major market and corporate center, and in Canada and Europe. It provides affordable, organized golf, free networking, business and success insights from accomplished executives, travel and equipment discounts, and a variety of local and national benefits.
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2013 St. Catherine’s School Coach of the Year

In her 5th year as St. Catherine’s head golf coach, Janet was honored as Coach of the Year. Janet’s golf team attained a four person team scoring record of 157 on their way to a 20-2 season during 2013. Her team never lost a match to a girls’ team.
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U.S. Kids Golf recognizes 2012 class of Top 50 Kids Teachers

For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. Kids Golf announces its Top 50 Kids Teachers and its fifth class of Master Kids Teachers.

The 2012 Top 50 Kids Teachers award recognizes the world’s most outstanding youth golf instructors from a record applicant pool of over 550 golf professionals and coaches.

In addition to the instructors designated Top 50 Kids Teachers, 13 golf professionals have been named Master Kids Teachers. The Master Kids Teacher designation is earned by those professionals who have been selected to the U.S. Kids Golf list of Top 50 Kids Teachers three or more times.

Of the 18 states represented on the list, New York has the most Top 50 Kids Teachers (6), followed by Florida and Georgia (5 each). Australia and Canada are also represented.

To be considered for the award, professionals submit an online application. Award winners are selected based on several factors including percentage of time devoted to teaching young golfers, innovation in their programs, creativity and fun, communication and overall efforts to grow the game. The 2012 Top 50 list includes teachers who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.

“A Top 50 Kids Teacher has a passion for helping kids develop their skills and their love of the game,” said Dan Van Horn, founder and president of U.S. Kids Golf. “This year’s group of honorees stood out among the hundreds of qualified applicants.”
The 2012 Top 50 Kids Teachers and Master Kids Teachers will be recognized Friday, January 25, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
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2012 & 2013 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional

Janet was selected as a 2012 and a 2013 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional. Janet was selected from a group of highly regarded teachers and was be recognized in the January 2013 and 2014 issues of Golf Range Magazine and is featured on the association’s website GolfRange.org.
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PING 2012 Regional Club Fitter of the Year

Janet Phillips was selected by PING as one of their 2012 Regional Club Fitters of the Year. PING Chairman & CEO John A. Solheim states, “(The Staff at Windy Hill) are terrific ambassadors for PING’s custom-fitting principles because they work with players of all ability levels to show how a proper fitting is an essential first step to playing better golf and having more fun. For all these reasons, they are very deserving of this recognition.”

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