Member Spotlight: Gina Umeck



Current position/work:

“Head Women’s Golf Coach, CSUN.”

LPGA Member since:


What does your day look like?

“Up at 5:30 every day – either morning practice at 7am or some meditation before heading to the office. I pepper in a 3-mile run twice a week. I’m a mega-introvert, and love my quiet time.”

Who was your idol growing up?

“Many idols, and in adulthood, likewise many mentors. I’d give the “idol” distinction to JFK, though I’m quite politically neutral. His book “Profiles In Courage” is a bastion of political ethics; of doing what’s right when it’s not convenient. Some really great anecdotes in that book.”

What are you obsessed with right now?

“My cat, Aretha Franklin. Now and always (duh). And funky belts.”

What do you wish you would have known 10 years ago?

“That you can’t choose a wrong path.”

What was the last time you tried something new?

“Stone crab that Angela brought home. I’m emphatically anti-seafood.”

What books would you say have had the biggest influence in your life? 

“Entered UCLA as an American Lit major, so I gotta throw it way back to Moby-Dick. If you can get past the syntactical complexity of it, there is SO much in that novel. Shakespearean influence, human psychology, the search for God. Ridiculously ahead of its time. And I loved that period in American Lit.”

What book have you gifted the most?

“Malcolm Gladwell’s books get passed around a lot.”

What do you most want to be known for?

That I cared.”

What’s next for you?

“Isn’t that always a surprise? ;)”

Women in Golf Wednesday!


Carole Clark

Where do you live: 

Summer – Cape Cod, MA  Winter- North Fort Myers, FL

Where do you work & what you do:

Summer – Woods Hole Golf Club, Falmouth, MA:  Assistant Golf Professional/Director of Instruction.  Winter – Fiddlesticks CC, Fort Myers and The Club at Grandezza, Estero, FL:  Independent Contractor Golf Instructor

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1999

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was spectacular!  I took in all I could. I had great mentors guiding me through the process, got involved in everything that was available and that I had the time to participate in.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It is about the relationships that you develop within the industry.  I think I know someone in just about every state in this country through being a member of the LPGA.  I still stay in contact with so many people from east to west, north to south.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part is the true friendships that I have developed with other members.  People who work hard and share their experiences, good and bad, and do all they can to help others be successful.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

My advice would be to get involved in any way that you can.  Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, meet & greets, whatever you can.  To just be a member and not take advantage of getting to know other members doesn’t do you any good, nor does it do anything for the Association.  Step up and host an event of some kind.  Add value and you will get value.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

I love everything about the game.  I love that it is not just a game but a culture, a lifestyle.  The places it has taken me and the people it has allowed me to meet.

Additional Information:

I have had the privilege to experience so many things that have had the connection to golf.  I have hosted a radio show, caddied in a PGA tournament, worked at public, semi-private, private, and resort facilities.  I have even owned my own driving range/family fun center. I’ve met legends of the game, celebrities, and people who have had amazing lives. Golf has provided me with a good life in many beautiful locations, and created many lifelong friendships, which I treasure more than anything.