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Mistwood aims to attract more women with LPGA pro

Nicole Jeray, a 25-year veteran of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, or LPGA, Tour, has joined the professional teaching staff at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville. Jeray, a native of Chicago who won eight events while playing collegiate golf at Northern Illinois University.
Nicole Jeray, a 25-year veteran of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, or LPGA, Tour, has joined the professional teaching staff at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville. Jeray, a native of Chicago who won eight events while playing collegiate golf at Northern Illinois University.

Nicole Jeray, a 25-year veteran of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, has joined the professional teaching staff at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.

She will use her experience and knowledge of the game in focusing on attracting more women and junior girls to golf through Mistwood’s performance center, according to a news release from the club.

Jeray, a native of Chicago who won eight events while playing collegiate golf at Northern Illinois University and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2002, first qualified for the LPGA Tour in 1994. She competed globally as a professional for more than two decades, including qualifying for three U.S. Women’s Opens and two British Opens.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of Mistwood ever since they began hosting the Illinois Women’s Open in 1998,” Jeray said. “Once the renovations were completed and the amazing performance center was added, I could not imagine the opportunity to teach the game at a better facility. Combine that with the new award-winning renovated golf course, the amazing teaching staff and programs they offer, I couldn’t be more excited.”

Jeray is looking forward to attracting more women and girls to the game.

“To be able to pay it forward and share my experiences with women and girls and teaching them the game in a fun environment at a great facility is a dream come true,” she said. “I am also eager to be part of Mistwood’s Committed Athlete Program, the elite junior program that prepares high school golfers for collegiate and tournament golf.”

Jeray started teaching at the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook. The Mistwood Performance Center staff moves its teaching operations and CAP programs from Mistwood Golf Club to the Dome for the winter months. She will move to Mistwood Golf Club in the spring where she will be further developing teaching programs geared toward women and girls.

“We are very excited to have someone with Nicole’s playing and teaching experience in the game of golf be part of Mistwood,” General Manager Dan Bradley said. “Women and young girls are the fastest-growing segments in the game of golf, and we wanted to make sure we were actively creating opportunities.”

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