Kandi has been a PGA professional since 1992 and has been mentoring players of all skill levels by providing them with a firm knowledge of the basic fundamentals of the game, with a special emphasis on the short game and course management. Evidenced by her being recognized four straight years by Golf For Women as a Top 50 Teaching Professional, and nominated several times for Golf Digest’s Top 100, she brings to her teaching the lessons learned from some excellent mentors, including the late Davis Love, Jr. Kandi has extended her knowledge of psychology by working with noted sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella, and applies that to her work as a golf instructor.
She became the instructor of the LPGA Tour star Dottie Pepper, winner of 17 tour events, including two majors and has coached Leah Wigger while she successfully earned her LPGA credentials. Kandi continues to give her attention to developing up-and-coming talent. Kandi has sent 40+ juniors on to play college golf. She has had players compete in the USGA Juniors, USGA Amateur, USGA Mid-Amateur and the USGA Open. She has developed players to win junior championships, college championships, amateur championships and to win at the professional level. Her proven record speaks for itself and she truly loves developing golfers to be the best they can be.
Kandi developed into one of the finest amateur golfers in the country, culminating in her selection to the U.S. team for the 1986 Curtis Cup. As a professional golfer, Kandi qualified for five U.S. Opens finishing in the top 15 in the 1987 event.
Kandi graduated from the University of North Carolina where she played golf and was named one of the Top 50 all-time golfers in the ACC.
Kandi enjoys teaching all levels of golfers from the beginner to the tour player and she thinks it is important to treat every student as an individual. Kandi learned the game from the late Davis Love, Jr. and he focused on the fundamentals of the golf swing from the putter to the driver and she carries that same philosophy through her teaching. She also likes to keep the lessons simple with only a couple thoughts to work on at a time. It is important to give out information in small doses for the golfer to work on and then keep building from there. This keeps the frustration level down and through her experience finds that the golfers build a solid foundation quickly.
Getting ready to play golf for the first time this year? Our Swing into Spring series continues with Holly Sonders and Karen Palacios-Jansen. They provide practical tips and warm up drills to help you overcome excessive first tee nervousness.