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. 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 and Proponent Group’s Power of 6 and Under presentation and most recently at the Youth & Family Golf Summit at the 2014 PGA Show. UGA is piloting a program Spring 2014 with the LPGA Foundation and has worked with the Chicago-based program Girls in the Game in previous years as well via the LPGA Foundation.
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 and considers herself to have the best job in the world!
Kate is a Starting New at Golf (SNAG) Master Trainer, a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Instructor, and a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Professional. She is a U.S. Kids Golf “Top 50 Kids Teacher” (2012, 2011) and voted one of Golf Digest’s Best Golf Teachers in New York State (2012) by her peers as well as Golf Digest’s 50 Best Women Teachers in America (2012) and “Top Young Instructor” (2010, 2012). She was one of the “40 Most Influential People in Golf under 40” by Golf Magazine.