- RACE TO CME GLOBE
Member of the LPGA Amateurs Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group; Former President, EWGA (now LPGA Amateurs)
Joined the LPGA Amateur Golf Association in 1999
Indiana University (Bloomington), Georgetown University Law Center
My husband purchased a set of starter golf clubs for me on a wedding anniversary. I immediately arranged for lessons with Noel Jablonski (LPGA Professionals Class A Member), joined the LPGA Amateurs, and began traveling with a diverse group of professional women who played some of the top courses in the U.S.
Golf is challenging, but it is also fun. It allows people with different abilities to compete against one another, is a great way to exercise, offers some of the most beautiful vistas, enhances your social and professional network, and instills valuable life lessons.
There are too few golf programs to mentor girls of color. Girls need access to lessons, equipment and welcoming local facilities to practice and play with. Nearly every sport was offered to me in my youth, except golf. I did not have access to golf equipment, instructions, a driving range, or golf course within walking distance of my home. Instead, I played tennis and basketball because a teacher and family member provided me with the proper equipment, and I was able to play on local community courts as well as on my junior and high school teams. Women's golf programs must be varied and accommodate their members' challenging careers and family obligations. As a young professional, I was fortunate to join the LPGA Amateurs, which provided me with countless partners to play with around the world, league and tournament play that fit my schedule, and life-long friends.
Never compromise your values. Live within your means so that you can be open to change. Use your God-given talents to serve others.
Renee Powell, Althea Gibson, Noel Jablonski and me.