IRGF Snag Coordinator; Site Director – LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, Treasure Coast Chapter
I was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. When I was three years old, our next-door neighbor was leaving his house and putting golf clubs in his truck and I asked mom if he was going to work? She laughed every time she told that story! My dad was an avid golfer until us kids came along and then he had to stop playing golf in order to work and take care of us. I now know how he loved us so greatly and made a big sacrifice for us. One time my dad shot a par 72! At age seven, I went with my dad to a PGA event in Winston-Salem. While we were there, I ran out on the course and asked Arnold Palmer for his autograph for my mom, as she was a big fan! My dad almost fainted and Mr. Palmer graciously signed a scorecard with the golf pencil and when I presented it to mom, she almost fainted too!
I loved basketball and the game of tennis most. As I said, my dad wasn’t playing golf when my brother and I were small. So, I didn’t really know about golf. When I turned 18 years old, my dad said he thought I’d be a good golfer and had me take a lesson with his golf professional. The pro said if I worked at it, I could do quite well.
My mom and dad bought me a pair of yellow patent leather golf shoes with spikes and I knew I would look like Rodney Dangerfield in the movie Caddy Shack, so golf was not my cup of tea. I did not take to it.
I went to the University of North Carolina and got my Bachelor of Science in public health. I then went on to the University Kentucky for a Master of Science in clinical nutrition, where I was trained to intravenously feeding for advanced regimens to very sick patients.
After working in the hospital, a pharmaceutical sales rep said she thought I was a natural born salesperson and suggested I get into medical sales. I did for the next 25 years. Ironically, my dad was a pharmacist!
While in sales, it was clear all the upper executives played and loved golf, as a past time. We had sales meetings and I was invited to play. They thought I’d be great for scramble because they thought I could putt. I started getting an interest in golf. I took a few lessons. I ended up playing in the EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) in New Jersey and went on to win a regional event and went on to the nationals in my flight.
I decided golf trumped sales and I wanted to test my dad’s theory that I could play well. I quit medical sales and moved to Florida to work on my game exclusively and was fortunate enough to end up in Vero Beach. I ultimately worked for Roger Van Dyke, PGA Master professional and Director of Golf at Hawks Nest Golf Club. While working for Roger, I was honored and asked to be the Assistant Golf Coach for the Saint Edwards Girls Golf Team & did so for three seasons. I enjoy being a coach and encouraging players to do their best and have fun and believe in themselves. To be positive!
I played in the FSGA Women’s Amateur and the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational in Sebring, Florida. It was a wonderful experience to be able to play in an event that hosted greats Joanne Carner and Natalie Gulbis.
I have volunteered for two First Tee chapters and recently became a SNAG Certified Golf Instructor! I taught a preschool summer camp with three, four, five and one six-year-old with SNAG and they were amazing in their comprehension!
I am excited to be a part of the Indian River Golf Foundation.
Certified SNAG Golf Instructor
Pre-Schools Elementary Schools