Kate Tempesta, Founder, Partner and President of Fun, is a member of the LPGA T&CP and the Director of the Junior Golf Program at Montauk Downs. As the leading junior golf professional in New York City, Kate’s groundbreaking curriculum combines golf basics with activities that extend and enrich learning in an environment that is both fun and challenging for children of all ages. Kate embraces the LPGA’s holistic view of the golfer as well as Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. She takes into account individual learning styles, group dynamics and ability levels and knows how to make the most of every learning experience. As a leading expert in
the golf industry, Kate has spoken on several panels about growing the game of golf, including the Inaugural PGA of America Junior Golf Summit and the National Golf Course Owners Association Annual Conference.
Kate’s education and early career focused on exercise science and fitness. She later transitioned to the educational arena where she created and taught the movement education program at St. Thomas More Play Group. After becoming an LPGA T&CP member, she founded UGA to combine her passion for golf, early childhood education and movement. The last several years she has successfully developed a curriculum and training program to share her gift with hand picked coaches, educators and golf professionals who are part of the UGA team.
I think the biggest part in teaching is listening and communicating to the student and using their points of reference rather than projecting your own. For the most part I keep things simple and work on bringing a fundamentally sound set up to their game. I am a big believer that the body is the most important tool in your bag and first and foremost I will address any physical concerns I see. My students tell me that they can hear me saying "posture, posture, posture" when they are out playing.
“Kate is totally engaged and student-centered, and she stands out as an instructor who is looking for the uniqueness in people as students. She has a heart full of compassion and caring for others and always strives for excellence. She wants to be an excellent golfer, but more importantly, she wants to be an excellent teacher of the game, and goes the extra mile to do so.”
“Kate is an excellent teacher and mentor, who has a great love for the game of golf. Her passion for what she does makes everyone she's around experience that same feeling. Her expertise has made me enjoy the game of golf so much more and has made me put the same effort as I do in golf in all other aspects of my life. Kate is a great mentor and an awesome person.”
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