Women in Golf Wednesday!



Mary Galvano-Bajohr

Where you live:

 I have been living in Jacksonville, FL for the past 9 years with my husband and our daughter Abigail, but I was born and have been living in Southwest Florida before then. I took my first steps onto a golf course at my father’s course Santa Rosa Country Club in Bradenton, FL. Golf has been a part of my life since birth. My late father, Phil Galvano, was a Life Member of the PGA and a pioneer in the golf world. He coined phrases and methods of teaching golf that are still being used today, had the very first Live TV show of golf instruction in the world and had #1 Best Seller books on golf. It was his influence that led and inspired me to the game.

Where you work & what you do:

Currently my family owns a golf development company. However, I work for a large homeschooling family of 14 children teaching both golf and voice. Each year for the past 21 years, the Galvano family hosts a memorial golf tournament to charity education in Manatee County called the Phil Galvano Classic, after my late father. The charity golf tournament has been incredibly successful in giving back to the community.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I have been a Class A Member of the LPGA since the year 2000, and joined in the process of becoming a member while I was touring with the Futures Tour in 1994.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The process of becoming a member was one I found challenging yet exciting! I was very anxious to hurry up the process, though. When I finally did become a Class A Member I felt an awesome feeling of accomplishment!

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you and what is the best part?

Being an LPGA Member is one I take great pride in. Over the years not only have I learned a great deal of knowledge and wisdom from my peers but also the LPGA has been like a family to me, which is the best part. Most of the older members of the community know that I am a singer. I had the honor of singing the funeral of the great Patty Berg in Fort Myers, FL. It doesn’t get closer than that. This is a memory I will always cherish.

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

For anyone starting the program, my advice is to enjoy the process and don’t rush through it. Step by step you will get closer to your goal. Seek the wisdom of other LPGA professionals, whether personally or learning stories about them. This will build some pride and passion in your endeavor. Having that since of pride in the community you are seeking to be a part of is golden. The LPGA didn’t just form overnight! Many women sacrificed so much so that the LPGA is what it is today.

Words of Wisdom

Above all, have fun! The purpose of the LPGA is the game of golf. And don’t forget to give back to others!