In 2005, Kendra graduated from the University of Southern California receiving a degree in communications and marketing. She completed this degree in 3 years – one year ahead of schedule – while maintaining a full-time position with the Walt Disney Company. Here, she performed as some of the world’s most famous Princesses including Cinderella and the Little Mermaid and earned the prestigious “Character of the Year Award”. Kendra then went on to establish The Merchant Tea Company, an internet sales based operation selling retail teas.
In 2005 Kendra accepted a sales position for DHL express focusing on the express division for both domestic and international logistics. At DHL, she shortly became one of the top sales representatives in the Western Region earning the “Top Gun Achievement Award” awarded bi-annually .
In 2008, Kendra left her lucrative sales career to pursue a life long goal in Professional Golf. She competed on the Futures Tour, Cactus Tour, Cal Players Tour, and Golden State Tour earning several top-ten finishes and a tie for first (which was lost in a playoff). During this time she also created an online website with fan followings and weekly viewings to promote products and lessons through writing and video postings.
In 2010, Kendra entered into another entrepreneurial venture creating the NibNobs Sweet Company and ended her professional golf career. Kendra has since moved her focus from the kitchen to the business and marketing side of the product. In addition Kendra has traveled around the country public speaking to schools as well as women organizations about Igniting Passion Through Cake in an effort to motivate audiences about staying on goals and dreaming big. Her most recent events include Key Speaker at the Women’s Vital Minds Convention as well as the Athletic Dept at St. Mary’s University in Dallas, TX.
Irene Cho, LPGA Advisory Board
Graduating in 2006 with a Communications Major Cho turned professional late in the year and tied 10th at Q-school; earning her exempt status on the LPGA Tour. She began her professional rookie year in 2007 and proceeded to have two top ten finishes in 2008 one of which included tying for 6th place at the LPGA Championship. In 2009 Cho challenged the Bulle Rock course record by one shot with an unbelievable 65 stroke round and placed inside the top ten yet again in 2010. With almost US$500,000 in winnings since her rookie year Cho has proven herself time and again. Regrettably she had to take leave due to injury for the majority of the 2011 season and will return to competitive golf in early 2012 playing in Australia and Asia.
Niki Vens, Chief Operation Liaison Belle Email
We were fortunate to meet Niki at the recently PGA Show in Orlando, and she immediately wanted to get involved with us. With her extensive background in the merchandising and management side of golf we are excited for Niki to be a part of our operations team. Niki has been playing golf since she was 14 years old and attended ASU to obtain her degree in Professional Golf Management, where you graduate as a PGA Member with a business degree. Although she has completed the schooling side of both college and the PGA, she has yet to complete her final requirement, the playing ability test. Therefore our relationship with Niki fits perfectly into our mission: “Aspire to live your dream ~ Inspire others to live theirs!”
Golf Belles plans to help Niki achieve her dream and she will be a perfect contribution to help us achieve ours! Whether you are interested in growing your current business or planning the most memorable golf event ever Niki will be happy to help! We are so happy to have Niki in this mentorship role with the Golf Belles, and as a volunteer, she is here to serve the best interests of all our clients. If you have any questions of just want to chat, please feel free to Niki.
Kay Cornelius Jeanquartier, Golf Belles Golf Whisperer & LPGA Advisor Email
My golf experience is extensive and started very early in life -- having grown up traveling on the LPGA Tour with my mother, eight-time LPGA winner, Kathy Cornelius, and my father, PGA Life Member, Bill Cornelius. I began playing tournament golf at age 7 and would continue on to have an outstanding record as a junior golfer, which includes winning the USGA Girls’ Junior Amateur at the age of 14. My mother and I still hold the record as the only mother-daughter duo ever to have won USGA Championships -- she is the 1956 US Women’s Open Champion.
Fast forwarding to today, I enjoy my daily role as an LPGA Class ‘A’ Teaching Professional & Director of Instruction at the beautiful Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona. In addition to helping golfers of all ages and skill levels improve their games, I am honored to serve the LPGA as a National Evaluator. This role consists of evaluating teaching professionals as they move toward earning their Class ‘A’ status within the organization. In the recent past, I’ve also served the LPGA as a Major Evaluation Site Host and was the Director of the LPGA/USGA Girls’ Golf Future Stars Program of Phoenix.
To Learn more about Kay visit her professional website