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Students wish St. Pete golf pro luck ahead of US Senior Women’s Open


She is called the “Swing Doctor” by one of her students because, according to him, she has the ability to fix any type of issue with your golf swing. 

The “Swing Doctor” is Jennifer Cully, a professional golfer in St. Petersburg. She is competing in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in North Carolina on Thursday and she will have a fan club there with her. She tells us about 25 of her students will be following her to the course. 

News Channel 8 Sports’ Gabrielle Shirley decided to meet with those “fans” before they hit the road.

Frank Perez and Barbara Simpson, who both started taking lessons from Cully in 2007, will be in North Carolina with her. 

Casey Wilson, who is unable to make the trip, could only praise Cully.

“She just fixed a few things that I could not figure out what was causing the problem,” Wilson said. “It was mostly my elbow and golf is so tricky but it was a small fix that just made a huge difference. Also, she helps with the mental side of golf which people will say is one of the biggest keys to your success.”

Simpson shared with us how she met Cully. 

“A friend recommended Jen to me,” she said. “So I went down to a clinic and, right away, I knew that she was the one. And so I started taking lessons from her and so did Frank and it just has been many, many wonderful years.” 

When asked how often she takes lessons with Cully,  Simpson laughed.

“I take as needed now,” she said. “Because I got to be such a wonderful golfer!”

Perez, who is married to Simpson, is the man who gave Cully the “Swing Doctor” nickname. He echoed the words of his wife. 

“I knew right away at the clinic that she had a special ability to communicate with me,” he said. “And she is just an outstanding teacher.”

Cully will tee off at 2:08 on Thursday afternoon.

Gabrielle Shirley will keep you updated on her play throughout the tournament. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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