ABOUT WOMEN'S GOLF DAY
Women’s Golf Day is a one day event celebrating girls and women playing golf and learning the skills that last a lifetime.
It is a collaborative effort by a dedicated team, golf management companies, retailers and organizations all working together to engage, empower and support girls and women through golf.
The four hour experience allows a simple and accessible platform to build a foundation and creates a network to support the continuation of golf no matter what skill level or interest.
ENGAGEThis is an opportunity for any girl or woman to try golf for the first time in a fun, non-intimidating environment alongside existing golfers. Participants of all ages can either take a lesson or play 9 holes of golf with others who are playing for the first time, or have been playing for years.
This one day event, a four hour experience, creates critical mass through a collaborative effort and allows women anywhere to go to a golf course or retail location and enjoy a few hours of golf and mingling.
Women’s Golf Day is a one day event encouraging females to engage in golf.
EMPOWERWe are all looking for ways to interact in a meaningful way. Socializing and staying connected with family, friends and work colleagues is very important. Golf offers a perfect platform to create connections and to be part of a larger initiative.
On the same day at multiple locations around the world, everyone is participating either in a store or on a golf course. Don’t wait for an invitation to make a difference.
Women’s Golf Day events empower new and experienced golfers alike and teach skills that last a lifetime.
SUPPORTThis is a collaborative effort that supports the interest of women wanting to learn golf and get more involved. This growing network of women are joining together to support each other and enjoy all the benefits of golf. There are numerous resources to engage and support any skill and interest level.
Everyone is encouraged from the beginner golfer, those playing just for fun, business networker or competitive player. We are working with golf management companies, retailers and organizations to create a one day experience that leads to a greater interest in golf by women for themselves and their families.
Women’s Golf Day is a growing support network for golfers.
Over 15 years of golf sports marketing experience
President of Executive Golf International, a strategic consulting and marketing firm. Author of Two Good Rounds book series. Worked for the Tour de las Americas and PGA TOUR including executing the EMC World Cup in 2002. Overseeing strategy, partner development and activation. Passionate about growing golf and emerging international golf markets. Enjoy team building and empowering others especially through golf.
Golf Trivia: Golfed underwater with a dive tank at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay in the Bahamas while filmed with a GoPro on YouTube.
Technology & Business
Nathan Phillips has been building brands and marketing tools for companies around the world for over ten years, and has passionately promoted the positive effects of sports in people's lives by playing, forming organizations, and introducing sports to others since he was young.
Golf Trivia: Expert Golf Cart Driver & Refreshment Manager
Emma Ballard is Head of Digital at Medi8 Limited, a Marketing Communications Agency in the UK. A keen golfer from an early age, calling herself lucky to have Wentworth Golf Club as her home club growing up. Although her playing became sporadic, Emma’s love for golf has always been there, and after a degree in Sport Development & Coaching Sciences, she has spent her whole career in the golf industry. She wants to use her industry knowledge and passion for the game to get more people playing golf.
Golf Trivia: As Head Pro at Wentworth, Bernard Gallacher would often coach her Saturday group lesson as a teenager. Her ability to get out of greenside bunkers is all down to him!
With her extensive background in golf and social media, Hally will be helping Women’s Golf Day increase their reach through social media as well as assisting in the creation of new content to keep the Women’s Golf Day community informed. Hally is the social media coordinator at Golf Digest, a freelance journalist, and a social media/ content consultant.
Golf Trivia: Hally graduated from Rollins College in 2016 and played a crucial role in the golf team’s 13th national championship.
Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk
7-Time Canadian Long Drive Champion, LDA Tour Champion, currently ranked Top 5 in the World in ladies long drive
15 years experience as a golf entertainer at over 600 corporate/charity golf outings. International keynote speaker at conferences and conventions sharing strategies for peak performance and resiliency with corporations. 15 years experience as a golf instruction & golf travel journalist including a column in Golf Digest Canada. Owner of the Lisa Longball Golf School for Women hosting schools in both Canada and the US. Overseeing and developing the growth of Women’s Golf Day in Canada.
Golf Trivia: First women to hit it over 3 ½ NFL football fields in competition (350 yards, 2 feet, 2 inches) and made one of her two hole-in-one’s in a golf tournament when she was pregnant.
Alida is passionate about golf and is very familiar to golf courses in Switzerland and Florida. As a medical doctor she appreciates the healthy effect of golf game on mind and body. She encourages people, particularly women in her community to play golf. Alida is very comfortable in various cultural settings, speaks a number of languages and well traveled.
Golf Trivia: As a mother of three lovely children, all golf players, I have spent a lot of time on a golf courses.
Asmaa has a Phd in Biology and teaches at the Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco. Asmaa is a passionate golfer who has learned a great deal about herself and propel through golf. She has played in the prestigious Hassan II Golf Trophy and Lalla Meryem Cup Pro Am and has played with Laura Davis in 2016. Through the WGD she would like to encourage more girls and women to play golf, a sport she feels can uplift and give women independence.
Golf Trivia: Won the Lalla Meryem Pro Am Cup gross
Over 18 years of experience in Golf Administration with the Puerto Rico Golf Association, a member of the Host Committee for the 2004 World Amateur Team Championship organized by the IGF and participated in numerous international events. Also worked as Sports Commissioner for the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee (#EquipoPUR)
Golf Trivia: Husband. Daddy of Three Amazing Kids and promoter of my beloved country Puerto Rico and all its beautiful courses.
Avid golfer for the past 10 years, former Polish National Team player. Member of Polish Ladies Golf Association board. Has been working in golf industry for the past four years while also studying Dentistry at Medical University of Warsaw. Worked in Atlungstad Golf Klubb Norway, University of St Andrews Summer Program, World University Games player and British Open Steward. Participant of "Golf 20/20" 2014 Ambassador program.
Golf Trivia: Played snowgolf during New Years Eve 2012/2013. Spreading golf love wherever she goes.
Over 25 years specialist in Marketing, Communications & Events; Golf Tourism Specialist of Italian Market.
Founder of Prosecco Golf Cup "The First Tournament of Prosecco Tasting" International Amateur Tournament.
Creator of the Tourist Golf Project: "Golf In Veneto" Winner in 2012 “IAGTO AWARD - Undiscovered golf destination of the year".
Golf Trivia: I'm proud of having organized in ITALY, the first golf lessons for kindergartners, with Professional Golfer Andrea Signor
Lynn is Director of Golf & Head Professional at N.Ireland’s Lough Erne 5* Resort in County Fermanagh N.Ireland where she oversees the management of The Faldo Course (Top 100 UK & Ireland) and Castle Hume Course. Lynn a former Irish International Golfer, competed on the Ladies European and Asian Tour before embarking onto a PGA Club Professional Career. Lynn has 24 years’ experience specializing in Golf Event Management, Customer Service, Golf Marketing , Golf Memberships and growing the game.
Golf Trivia: Co- HOSTED series ‘Golfing The World’ broadcast in the USA. Studied at University of Hawaii where I lost my Irish Accent for a day or two!!
United Arab Emirates
Social media machine, golf community organizer, and nature lover - Marlon started Arabian Golf TV to promote the game of golf and more importantly the healthy and social lifestyle around it. AGTV has grown to be the leading digital platform and resource for golf and leisure lifestyle in the Middle East region.
Golf Trivia: Got into golf to see the world!
Kay McMahon, LPGA Teaching Hall of Famer, Past President of the LPGA T&CP Membership, currently NENY PGA Section Board of Directors, National LPGA T&CP Teacher of the Year, NENY PGA Section Teacher of the Year - 3 times, continues to bring her leadership and dedication to the game of golf.
She has been teaching for 30 years, growing the game through her extraordinarily simplistic approach known as Golf 8.5. Kay is recognized in the golf world as a well-renowned instructor, a teacher of teachers, and an outstanding, entertaining, enthusiastic speaker exhibiting her passion for the game of golf.
Diversity & Inclusion
Managing Partner of Ellison Consulting Group, LLC; a sports industry diversity and inclusion consultancy. Formerly the PGA of America Director of Business and Community Relations, Earnie is widely recognized for his vanguard approach to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion within the world’s largest working sports organization.
Director of Commerce at the National Golf Course Owners Association, helping to enhance golf’s economic growth and vitality through sound and progressive commercial programs and services for golf courses. Accomplished, values-driven professional with over 25 years experience in project, program, and relationship management across diverse industries. EWGA Westchester NY Chapter leader for 6 years, including Past President. Working on the re-launch of an EWGA Chapter in her new home city of Charleston SC.
Golf Trivia: Played 9 holes with Lorena Ochoa at the EWGA National Conference in 2012. Looking forward to my first hole in one.
Finance | Business
Paul has over thirty years experience working with both large multinationals and start ups on their international finance, tax, treasury and business matters. He will assist WGD with various finance and operating matters.
Golf Trivia: Paul played with his father's Tommy Armour clubs until just a few years ago (yes, he did change the grips!)
Christina is an LPGA member, TPI Level 2 Certified and a top-selling golf author of four Golf Survival Guide books. She has helped grow and promote the game of golf to women in her very unique way since 2008 and is a strong advocate of women’s golf.
Golf Trivia: Only female golf amateur to get published for instructional golf books.
Georgetown University, Head Women's Golf Coach
19 years hosting and producing “The Golf Club”, a golf radio show she owns and created. The show airs live on 5 Hawaii radio stations every Saturday, live streams at radiogolfclub.com and found as podcast on all podcast platforms. Golf writer, columns are at AroundHawaii.com, and member of GWAA. Enthusiastic junior golf supporter, helps coach youngsters Saturday with the Aloha State Junior Golf Association. Founding member of EWGA Hawaii.
Golf Trivia: Watching mongoose sneak up to snatch musubi and sandwiches out of golf carts while unsuspecting golfers are playing their golf balls
Management & Technology
With a comprehensive background in business including Finance, Technology, Operations and Project Management and significant start up experience, Hilary will be overseeing the technology and business management aspects of Women's Golf Day. She is also the Current President of National Board for Executive Women’s Golf Association.
Golf Trivia:Played 100+ rounds of golf 2015 season
NCAA Teams & Coaches
Georgetown University, Head Women's Golf Coach
10 Years in Division I NCAA Coaching. BA from University of Notre Dame, MS in Sports Management from Indiana University. Completed coursework for Ph.D. in Human Performance. Member of The First Tee of DC Young Professionals Council. Passionate about growing the game globally and getting more women in the game
Golf Trivia: Played or coached golf in 13 different countries
Corporate Female Engagement
Over 20 years of Sponsorship Marketing and Advertising Sales Experience. Currently Director of Media Sales for the PGA TOUR. BS Sports Management from the University of Virginia, Two-sport Division I athlete (field hockey and lacrosse). Mother of 3 boys and cares deeply about introducing girls and boys to golf.
Golf Trivia On the board of The First Tee of Metro New York
Currently a marketing student at Aurora University. Lauren is a member of Aurora's chapter of the American Marketing Association where they are currently ranked first out of three-hundred chapters worldwide. She grew up with a passion for golf and enjoys spreading her love for the game with others. She has represented her school twice at the NCAA division three women’s golf championships and and was awarded the NCAA Elite 90 award for her achievements both on and off the course.
Golf Trivia: Collects bag tags from popular/famous courses that she visits and then uses them as ornaments on her Christmas tree. Loves traveling and playing golf with her dad.
Emmy Moore Minister
Emmy Moore Minister is a golf communications specialist and founder of Doctors Orders: Play Golf, an education initiative that encourages individuals to play the game of golf for renewed health and wellness. Emmy is passionate about the game of golf and holds the coveted distinction as an Honorary Member of the Northern California Section of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA).
Golf Trivia: Met her husband at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and later, they were married there, overlooking the 18th hole.
Nancy Berkley is a golf writer and has has broad experience marketing women’s golf and junior-girls golf. She is a feature writer for www.womensgolf.com --one of the top ranked sites for women's golf with over 100,000 followers. Nancy is a member of the Women’s Committee of the World Golf Foundation and a member of the National Golf Foundation.
Golf Trivia: Nancy wrote the first book about marketing golf to women for the National Golf Foundation: "Women Welcome Here: A Guide to Growing Women's Golf".
Mary Kay Willson
Strategic consultant for 20 years to multiple industries including golf, real estate, country club, membership associations, travel & hospitality and the non-profit sector. Sponsorship marketing and operations consultant to multi-sport events including 5 Olympic Games and Goodwill Games. Most recently, initiated #GameON Autism Golf program and raised over $15.5 million in 5 years spearheading The Golf Challenge event series of 100+ golf tournaments for the autism foundation of World of Golf Hall of Famer, Ernie Els.
Golf Trivia: Granddaughter of Johnny Farrell, 1928 US Open Champion and winner of 25 PGA Tour events, a fine gentleman who tossed MK off of the 1st hole at Baltusrol at the age of 9 for a rather unsightly reaction to a bad bunker shot during a junior event.