By Penny Porter
Midwest Section Vice-President
Spring just arrived here and the flowers are already blooming here in central Indiana….thank you El Niño! I expect the jump start to spring has been a welcome for most of us here in the Midwest. After spending the winter in Florida, I was anxious to get home to start my LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Chapter on Indianapolis’ south side.
If you were not able to attend the We Are The Women In Golf Breakfast presented by Callaway Golf this year at the PGA Show, it was so uplifting and inspirational. The theme was “Leave No Woman Behind” and within that theme, I took from it how we as women golf professionals should feel obligated to our gender to inspire every girl we encounter and our vehicle to do this is GOLF. Through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf we have started the movement. The increase is phenomenal. In 2010, approximately 5000 girls participated and in 2015, 50,000 girls participated…..how much growth can we have this year?
Callaway Golf has made a commitment to Women’s Golf and their support of us as LPGA Golf Professionals was clear. I encourage you to look to Callaway if you are not with another club company for your personal clubs. They have a good PUD pricing format and their line of Women’s Clubs is continuing to expand.
I hope you can hear my enthusiasm in my words for LPGA USGA Girls Golf and the commitment Callaway Golf has made to us. I encourage each of you to reach out to mentor a woman golfer this year. She can be an older junior player, a local college player, the local golf coach or an LPGA Apprentice.
If you have an opening in the shop, try to hire a woman, if you need some help with your junior program ask a member of the high school girls team. Try to bring a fellow female golfer along your journey in some way this year. Being a mentor to a fellow female golfer reminds me of the last verse of Tim McGraw’s song “Humble and Kind”:
“When you get where you’re going
Don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind”