Published On: Tue, Feb 23rd, 2021

Local PGA Pro Selected to PGA of America’s Leadership Development Program

Diverse Group of 15 PGA Members Selected as Emerging Leaders to Further
the PGA’s Commitment to Diversity in Governance and Volunteer Leadership

Boca Raton, FL – The PGA of America has selected 15 PGA Members who will comprise its sixth PGA LEAD class for 2021-’22.

Established in 2016, PGA LEAD is the Association’s leadership development program, which was created to identify, mentor and progress PGA Members from diverse backgrounds into volunteer leadership positions within Association governance.

Through PGA LEAD, PGA Members are prepared to ascend into volunteer leadership positions within the Association at the Chapter, Section and National levels. PGA LEAD also helps PGA Members who have a desire to serve and make an impact on nonprofit boards within the communities where they work and live.

Since the inception of PGA LEAD, six PGA Professionals in the program have ascended into Board leadership positions within their PGA Sections and another 18 PGA LEAD alumni have served on PGA of America National Committees.

“The goal of PGA LEAD is to establish a deep bench of diverse PGA Members who are prepared to ascend to the volunteer leadership ranks of the Association,” said PGA President Jim Richerson.  “Through PGA LEAD, this distinguished class will be well-positioned to serve as future leaders within the Association and throughout the golf industry. The PGA remains committed to attracting and mentoring talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.”

PGA LEAD is a complement to PGA WORKS, a strategic initiative designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce. 

2021-2022 PGA LEAD Class Members

  • Bridget Ackley, PGA –  Don Law Golf Academy  
    Boca Raton, Florida  (South Florida PGA Section)
  • Jennifer Bermingham, PGA – ClubCorp  
    Dallas  (Northern Texas PGA Section)
  • Brian Bussinger, PGA  Chambers Bay 
    University Place, Washington  (Pacific Northwest PGA Section)
  • Claire Castetter, PGA – Onwentsia Club
    Lake Forest, Illinois (Illinois PGA Section)
  • Demarkis Cooper, PGA – CitySwing
    Washington, D.C. (Middle Atlantic PGA Section)
  • Jasmin Cunningham, PGA – Titleist
    Fairhaven, Massachusetts (New England PGA Section)
  • Marko Hardin, PGA – Woodhaven Country Club
    Palm Desert, California (Southern California PGA Section)
  • Carl Hetterle, PGA – Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club
    Blaine, Washington (Pacific Northwest PGA Section)
  • Tiana Jones, PGA – Topgolf
    Independence, Ohio (Northern Ohio PGA Section)
  • Vince Juarez, PGA – Kemper Sports
    Northbrook, Illinois (Illinois PGA Section)
  • Sarah Lewallen, PGA – Governor’s Club
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Carolinas PGA Section)  
  • Patrick Oropallo, PGA – Oak Knoll Golf Course
    Ashland, Oregon (Pacific Northwest PGA Section)
  • Alphonse Peterson III, PGA – Country Club of Lincoln 
    Lincoln, Nebraska (Nebraska PGA Section)
  • Cassandra Prue, PGA – Shady Valley Country Club
    Arlington, Texas (Northern Texas Section)
  • Tom Son, PGA – Arrowood Golf Course
    Oceanside, California (Southern California Section)

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