In celebration of Women's Golf Day 2020, we wanted to shine some light on the women in golf who are making a lasting impact.
To accomplish this, we put out a call to the golf community to submit nominations for women who have had an impact on people's personal journey in golf or the golf community. We couldn't be more pleased with the results! We received so many thoughtful nominations, praising women in golf for their commitment to growing the game.
Today, in no particular order, we are highlighting 10 nominations that we felt embodied the spirit and values of Women's Golf Day.
We hope you enjoy reading about these incredible women as much as we did!
Home course: Rosedale Golf Course, Ontario
Nominated by Robyn McDonald
With over 30 years experience in this amazing sport of golf, Lindsay has dedicated the last 7 years to a passion for encouraging girls and women to feel more comfortable and confident on the course and to say YES to golf. Since she started her company Iron Lady Golf, Lindsay has taught over 8000 women how to play golf.
Lindsay started a non-profit called Iron Girl Golf last year, and with the support of volunteer golf instructors, she brought her program into an all-girls school in Toronto and taught them how to play. She worked tirelessly over the winter putting together more programs for school kids and if Covid had not intervened, she was all set to teach more girls throughout the months of April, May & June. This is in addition to her 2 ladies golf leagues, travel, golf retreats, corporate clinics & events, group clinics and private lessons! Lindsay Knowlton is definitely what Women’s Golf Day 2020 represents!
Home course: Beaumaris Golf Club, Ontario
Nominated by Alexis Folk
Ever since I can remember our mom has always encouraged us and all women she knows to become involved with golf. It is truly her life's passion, favourite sport, and hobby.
When she joined our current family's club in Ontario called Beaumaris over 15 years ago, she noticed there was a two-day Men's Member-Guest Tournament, but strangely, no Women's Member-Guest Tournament. Without missing a beat in her first year at the club, she took the initiative herself to even the playing field and organized the first Women's Member-Guest Tournament. This involved coordinating all of the event details, and personally calling each female member, encouraging them to sign up with their guest. To her delight, it completely filled up in its first year, and has become one of the most anticipated events of the season for all of the female members ever since.
Home course: Oakfield Golf & Country Club, Nova Scotia
Nominated by Brenda MacDonald
Sara Wilson, PGA of Canada Professional, is a leader when it comes to empowering other women. Sara is an innovator and created Metro Ladies Golf Inc with a vision to support the growth of women in golf. Sara's strong leadership and commitment to supporting women in golf has led to the growth of the Metro Ladies membership over the seven years since it was established. Sara has independently contributed to the increased engagement, interest and involvement of women and young girls of all ages and skill sets in the game of golf, in the Halifax community, and beyond. As a PGA Pro in demand, Sara is also Director of Golf Instruction, Oakfield Golf and Country Club and is the Head Coach of Team Nova Scotia Golf team for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games.
Sara is a busy mother of three, wife, hockey coach, golf instructor and entrepreneur who spends her days teaching, coaching and supporting other women to learn about, and more importantly to enjoy, the game of golf.
Nicole Mendelman Forshner
Home course: Banff Springs Golf Course, Alberta
Nominated by Mike Stevenson
Nicole was the first person I thought of when I saw this opportunity and is certainly someone who personifies the love of growing the game of golf while empowering women in the process. Nicole played for Arkansas on a full golf scholarship and also played professionally. Nicole brought all of this knowledge back with her to Banff where you could find her teaching kids, adults, beginners to scratch golfers constantly.
She has a beautiful way of engaging everyone both on and off the golf course and was constantly looking out for ways to grow the game for women. She did this by starting an amazingly successful program called Women Can Golf. The intent was to golf, understand the game, prepare your body (yoga is included in her package) and most of all have fun and enjoy a glass of wine or two during and after the round is finished. She runs her own business as well as coaches and runs this amazing 'Women Can Golf' program. She does it effortlessly and personifies the growth of the game for women.
Home Course: The Lakes Golf Club, Nova Scotia
Nominated By: Aaron Barrington
Cait is a local business owner and a big supporter of local groups, including women’s golf tournaments here on Cape Breton Island through sponsorships, entry fees and word of mouth. Cait is always looking to get young women involved in the game of golf and she is working on improving as a player each golf season.
She has been working at Seaview Golf Club’s ladies’ clinics and is always looking to get young professionals involved in the game. Cait is always getting involved in local golf events and encourages many young women to get involved right alongside her. Her exuberance is contagious and anyone who has ever been fortunate enough to play a round with Cait would tell you how much they enjoyed it. Cabot is also a special place for Cait as it is the spot her and her fiancé got engaged in October.
Home course: Royal Dornoch, Scotland
Nominated by: Dr. Michael H Mac Eachern
Former Ladies European Tour (LET) Champion, now a media celebrity, Ambassador for Titleist, fitness guru, woman's health issues patron, an inspirational person.
Charm beyond measure, poise and athleticism.
Home course: The Digby Pines, Nova Scotia
Nominated by Anne Balser
My mom has been a member of The Digby Pines Golf Course for the past 44 years. During that time, she was the President, Secretary/ Treasurer, Match Play Captain, Director, Tournament Chair of Two Provincial Tournaments and Junior Coordinator. During her 12 years as Junior Coordinator, my mom embraced the challenge of teaching, organizing and developing young minds in all aspects of the game of golf. She organized all club Junior events including, clinics, tournaments and club championships. In addition, she spent her summers driving me, my two sisters and other junior golfers to golf tournaments throughout Nova Scotia. After a 15 year absence, she is back teaching and organizing the Junior Girls' Golf Club at The Digby Pines.
My mom has spent the last 4 years introducing senior woman to the game of golf. She has taken them to driving ranges to practice their swing and to 9 hole golf courses to practice golf etiquette. She also has taken the ladies to play in the Special Olympic Golf Scramble, King's Theatre Golf Scramble, Golf Fore Cure Scramble and Annapolis High School Scramble. These woman are now playing golf 2-3 times a week.
Laurie Rusk Sewell
Home course: Banyan Creek Golf Club, Florida
Nominated by Jackson Sewell
A former LPGA pro, and now my mother. She has a passion for golf that she has shared with me since I was young. My dad was actually her caddy on tour, and with his recent passing we have found more refuge on the golf course than ever. She loves to help anyone get better, and definitely enjoys seeing the women’s game grow through her involvement at our club and The First Tee.
My mom loves to get people involved in golf. As a young player in the 80’s she saw a need for woman player representation in negotiating sponsorships. Back then, nobody knew how the LPGA would grow and she was the first to promote these types of things that we see as normal in the women’s game today.
Home course: Cabot, Nova Scotia
Nominated by Annick Boudreau
Kristen is a phenomenal woman who has touched the hearts of many. Her ability to empower women is nothing short of amazing. As a caddie at Cabot, she motivates her players every round by offering support and helpful tips for a successful game. Kristen has been involved in the golf community for many years and it shows. The bonds she created and continues to create with her players are truly inspirational.
When Kristen was in high school she was obsessed with golf. We did not have a female golf team, so Kristen got some girls together and created our women’s team. She then led the team as captain to the provincial banner.
Home course: Grey Silo, Waterloo, Ontario
Nominated by: Debra Boustead
Dale spent her working life as a Phys Ed teacher and a Guidance Counselor at Blue Vale High School in Waterloo. An avid golfer, she joined Grey Silo more than 10 years ago and within a couple of years she started the women's league, which she has continued to lead, both from an administrative and a golf perspective. More than 75 women, on average, participate in the league, including special events, tournaments, lessons and the closing banquet.
She is a driving force at the club, and I am sure, beyond a doubt, that the league would not be as large and successful as it is if it hadn't been for her tireless work, year after year. As a Club Champion many times over, she is the epitome of a leader who inspires not just by her enthusiasm, but by example. On top of her normal duties, she also rallied many, many volunteers who spent an amazing amount of time supporting the LPGA Canadian Championship Tournament for many years at Grey Silo.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination, and to all of the nominees for their hard work and dedication. Clearly, it has not gone unnoticed!