Cindy Miller of Silver Creek captured an unprecedented double in 2005, receiving both teacher and player of the year honors for the Northeast Section of the LPGA.
Miller, 49, an instructor at the Wehrle Golf Dome, won the player of the year points race with the help of a victory in partnership with her husband, Allen, in the sectional mixed team event. She was selected as teacher of the year in a vote of her peers, becoming the first player from the section to garner both honors in the same season.
Her other top performances on the season included a second-place finish worth $33,000 in the Hy-Vee Classic, a stop on the Women's Senior Golf Tour. She was seventh at the tour's Boston event and fourth in the LPGA National Teaching Professionals Championship.
Miller and Marlene Davis, an instructor at the Paddock Golf Dome, were members of the East team that won the LPGA Civil Cup at PGA National in West Palm Beach, Fla., in mid-December. Paired on the opening day, Miller and Davis won two of a possible three points in various matches. Separated on the second day, their pairs combined to secure seven of a possible eight points.
This is the second time Miller has been selected as sectional teacher of the year. She gained a measure of national fame by making the final three on The Golf Channel's "Big Break III - Ladies Only!" shortly after re-devoting herself to her game.
-- Bob DiCesare