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Marissa Kulig Crow named LPGA 'Teacher of the Year'

(MIDDLEFIELD, Conn.) – Marissa Kulig Crow, teaching professional at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, Conn., was named LPGA’s 2021 National “Teacher of the Year.”

The LPGA National “Teacher of the Year” Award was established in 1958. Throughout 2021, Kulig Crow demonstrated outstanding accomplishments related to teaching the game and guiding players on their golf journey.

Marissa Kulig Crow

The hardships of the pandemic made in-person teaching especially tough in 2020. Kulig Crow was able to bring her lessons online, evaluate swing videos, use simulators, and remain the effective coach she is. Kulig Crow continues to incorporate both in-person and technical methods in her revamped coaching style today.

“My calling has always been to grow the game of golf, especially with women,” says Kulig Crow. “To have the opportunity to instill confidence in others and be recognized among my peers in the LPGA community, I am truly humbled and honored.”

Since 2017, Kulig Crow has been a “Class A” LPGA Professionals member. Creator of the “Golf Fore Women” clinic series, she has helped over 5,000 women since 2013 improve their golf game. Kulig Crow is also certified Callaway Club Fitter, Frankly Golf Putting Instructor, CardioGolf Trainer and Level II Yoga for Golfers Instructor, incorporating her wide-ranging skillset into clinics, individual instruction and group classes.

“I have been very lucky to be surrounded by such a talented team at Lyman Orchards and learn from my students as much as they learn from me,” continues Kulig Crow. “This past year taught everyone how to adapt and we are all better golfers and people because of it.”

“We are extremely fortunate to have Marissa as part of the professional golf team at Lyman Orchards,” says Executive Vice President, John Lyman. “She is an incredibly talented player and person who excels at helping people improve their game.”

About Lyman Orchards Golf Club
Located in Middlefield, Conn., Lyman Orchards opened in 1969 after Jack Lyman, then President of Lyman Orchards, hired Robert Trent Jones Sr. in the mid-1960s to help transform the business. He envisioned Lyman Orchards as central Connecticut's premier recreational and family destination anchored by an 18-hole championship golf course. The golf course opened to rave reviews and the Jones Course continues to be one of the best in Connecticut.

In 1994, Lyman opened the Player Course in honor of World Golf Hall of Fame golfer and designer, Gary Player. The cornerstone of Player’s design approach is to create playable and memorable golf courses within the constraints of a given site while being sensitive to the surrounding environment. The Player Course is sprinkled with deciduous trees and classic white pines and rewards well-positioned drives and accurate iron play with 34 bunkers protecting relatively small greens.

In 2012, the Apple Nine opened and was honored by the American Society of Golf Course Architects with its inaugural “Design Excellence” award. Designed by Mark Mungeam, the par-29 course was ranked as the top Par-3 course in Connecticut and 10th overall in New England by New England Golf Monthly magazine.

For more information:, 860.349.6031.

About Indigo Golf Partners
Dedicated to optimizing all that the sport and business of golf offers, Indigo Golf Partners is a division of Troon and manages more than 160 golf courses, country clubs and resorts in 29 states. Headquartered in Reston, Va. with regional offices and teams across America, the company subscribes to a #GolfForEveryone purpose. Leveraging over 30 years of expertise, Indigo Golf Partners specializes in full-service property management as well as assistance in specific segments of the golf business. They include modern-day golf and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing, public relations, HOA integration, technology, special events and financial management.

More information:, 703.761.1444.

Dan Wooters
Buffalo Agency