Kaelyn Seymour still thinks about that sweet 7-iron shot. Emily Bradford has no issue with the blister on her left pointer finger from gripping a club. Becky Downing cleared the water hazard at No. 16, an effort that brought cheers. Becky Gonzales is convinced that she may have no more reliable friend than the hybrid club.
No question that these ladies are on a mission. For themselves — and for their employer.
At GCSAA, the mission statement is clear. Serving its members. Advancing their profession. Enhancing the enjoyment, growth, and vitality of the game of golf. Seymour, Bradford, Downing, Gonzales and some of their coworkers have taken the mission to heart by taking themselves to the golf course.
Recently at Lawrence (Kan.) Country Club, a 15-minute drive from GCSAA headquarters, they completed the Get Golf Ready initiative, a program that includes five group lessons and is designed to attract adults to the game in a fun and affordable fashion. In 2015 alone, more than 107,000 were introduced to the game in Get Golf Ready.
The idea for rounding up females at GCSAA was hatched during a meeting of GCSAA departmental leaders when the topic of the company’s golf league that is open to male and females surfaced. The ladies who formed a group for Get Golf Ready shared a goal of playing in an environment that lacked intimidation but was packed with encouragement, learning, and smiles.
“I think we all were wanting to do it, but we were a little hesitant,” says Eileen Bangalan, senior director, business strategy. “Doing it together made it easier. By going out there with folks at your level, the intimidation factor goes away. That’s when you find enjoyment in playing the game.”
Read more about these GCSAA ladies in the August issue of GCM.