Thursday, Jan. 23
ICYMI — PGA Show Recap section
The PGA Magazine Women Leaders Platform met on Wednesday for the fifth straight year at the PGA Merchandising Show, celebrating the growth of the organization and the number of women PGA Professionals in the game, as well as four national award winners in 2019.
“We needed someone to spearhead women’s initiatives and to let us know we’re not alone,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley about the organization and its mission of helping PGA women leaders grow the game for all women. “We all have an incredible opportunity to shape the future of the PGA of America and the LPGA. It’s important you know the resources at your disposal. We need your voice in the room.”
The Women Leaders Platform now has 852 members and hosts 32 regional meetings and eight to 10 AGA/PGA Section conferences. Group members also recognized the first Women’s PGA Cup in 2019 — with two of the team members on hand to share their experiences — as well as the fact that a Section Women Leader has now been named in all 41 PGA sections.
The more than 150 members and guests who attended the event also heard from Sara Muldoon, PGA Head Professional at Hershey Country Club and the PGA Merchandiser of the Year for Resorts, and Judy Alvarez, PGA Head Professional at Sunken Meadow State Park & Golf Courses and the winner of the Patriot Award – two of four national winners this year.
Pamela Shelley, PGA Head Professional at the Landings Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia, praised the organization for the new networking opportunities it provides for women golf professionals. “There are so many new young women coming into this business, and they don’t necessarily have a mentor or a female head pro who came before them,” she says. “It’s programs like this that allow them to reach across the network for support and stay engaged in the game.”
Stephanie Malone, PGA Assistant Professional at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, has been in the golf industry for 22 years, and she looks forward to more rapid growth to the ranks going forward. “We’re such a small percentage of golf professionals, and if we’re going to grow we need role models and examples – young or old,” she said.
The PGA Magazine Women Leaders Conference was sponsored by Belyn Key, Amy Sport, San Soleil, KT Tape, Premier Golf, Orange Whip, Celtic Golf, Pinehurst, Yamaha, Boomer Golf and the PGA of America.