National Women’s History Month – Mickey Wright

Our final honoree of National Women’s History Month is Mary Kathryn “Mickey” Wright, arguably the greatest female golfer of all time.  Mickey was a successful LPGA member, winning thirteen major championships and eighty-two tour events in all.  She is also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Hailing from San Diego, California, Mickey won the 1954 World Amateur Championship and turned professional, joining the LPGA later that same year.  Her eighty-two tour wins slot her at second place on the all-time win list behind Kathy Whitworth who won eighty-eight times.  She also holds second place for all-time championship wins behind Patty Berg, who won fifteen majors.  Mickey was a perennial winner, winning at least one LPGA title for fourteen consecutive  seasons from 1956 to 1969.

At certain points in her career she held records for lowest score in LPGA history and largest final round comeback in LPGA history.  Ben Hogan stated that Wright’s swing was the best one he had ever seen.  She is the only player in LPGA Tour history to hold all four major titles at the same time. In the most recent decade, golf experts have consistently voted Mickey Wright as the ninth greatest golfer of all time, the eighth best player of all time, and the top female player of all time.

Today we remember Mickey’s beautiful gift of the game of golf, her passion for the sport, and her status as a competitor.

Private Club Symposium a Progressive and Insightful Success, Many Thanks to All

Many thanks to all that attended the first GGA Private Club Symposium!  The attendees in particular made the event such a great occasion; thank you for joining us.  We are very grateful for your time and engagement and we learned a great deal from everyone yesterday.

Please feel welcome to download any and all of the several PowerPoint presentations from the Symposium, you are most welcome to them.  If you prefer to speak one-on-one with a GGA team member, we stand ready to help out.

1) Opening Session and Symposium Schedule

2) Henry DeLozier and Derek Johnston present on Market Advantage and Strategic Planning Perspectives

3) Panel Discussion with Joseph Murphy, Vito Cirone, Rob Jeske, Jim Singerling, and Henry DeLozier

4) Round Table Question and Answer Session

5) CMAA’s Jim Singerling presents on the State of the Golf Industry

6) CMAA’s Jeff Magoon presents on SVP Risk Management and ClubSolutions

The Symposium offered us a unique opportunity to collect more valuable industry data, be on the lookout for statistical data and survey results about emerging trends and best practices!

GGA to Host Canadian Private Club Symposium

Global Golf Advisors is proud to announce that tomorrow, 27 March 2013, we will be hosting a Private Club Symposium at the St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.

CMAA leaders and representatives of Canada’s top private golf clubs gather to attend presentations from the likes of Jim Singerling CEO – CMAA, Jeff Magoon Senior VP – CMAA, Joseph Murphy CEO/GM – St. George’s, Vito Cirone Director – Burnside Golf Services, Rob Jeske CBD Sales Manager – John Deere Golf, and several members of the GGA team as well.

The goal of the symposium is to impart valuable knowledge that we have gained from extensive market and club research to the top club owners of Canada in the interest of developing an increased insight on emerging trends and best practices of the golf industry.

An outline of our opening session can be found here.

National Women’s History Month – Betsy Rawls

Another woman of significance was LPGA Tour icon Elizabeth Earle “Betsy” Rawls.  A former American professional golfer, she won eight major championships and fifty-five LPGA Tour events which earned her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Betsy began playing golf as a seventeen-year-old, winning back-to-back Texas Amateur victories in 1949 and 1950.  At the same time, she won the 1949 Trans-National and the 1950 Broadmoor Invitational.  She finished second place at the U.S. Women’s Open as an amateur that same year.

After attending the University of Texas, Betsy joined the LPGA Tour in 1951 and began an illustrious golf career.  In 1959 she earned the LPGA Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average.  She was the tour’s leading money winner in 1952 and 1959 and finished in the Top 10 on the money list a total of nine times.  She served as LPGA President from 1961 to 1962 and was one of the six inaugural inductees to the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame in 1967.

After retiring from tournament play in 1975, she served as a tournament director for the LPGA Tour.  In 1966 she was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.  She was also inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women in 2006.

Betsy is also a breast cancer survivor, having been diagnosed in 1999 she shows no evidence of the disease in 2006.  When asked to comment on the issue, she simply reported that it was a “small blip in my life.”  Betsy is recognized as an athletic champion, natural leader, exemplar sportsman, and a fearless competitor.  Let’s remember Betsy Rawls and her commitment to the game we love so much.

National Women’s History Month – Mary Bea Porter

Our second honoree of National Women’s History Month is LPGA Tour professional Mary Bea Porter.  An accomplished athlete, Porter played golf, basketball, volleyball, and softball while attending Arizona State University and would later go on to be inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

After her time as a multi-sport athlete, Porter’s subsequent years focused exclusively on the game of golf with her joining the LPGA Tour in 1973 after winning the qualifying tournament that same year.  Two quick years later, Porter emerged from the 1975 LPGA Tour victorious.

Without doubt, Porter’s most estimable moment came during a 1988 qualifying round for the Samaritan Turquoise Classic.  While playing the thirteenth hole at the Moon Valley Country Club, Porter spotted a child floating facedown in a pool adjacent to the golf course.  By the time Porter arrived on scene, the boy had been retrieved by his father but was without a heartbeat or lung function.  Having no training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Porter made several failed attempts to revive the child and eventually succeeded, saving the child’s life.

In 1989 Porter-King moved to Hawaii after her marriage and helped found the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association.  She was inducted into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded the PGA First Lady of Golf Award in 2011 by the PGA of America.

Mary Bea Porter-King is credited for being an accomplished professional golfer, for growing the game of golf within the United States, and for her selfless concern for the well-being of others.

Boom or Bust

GGA believes the rejuvenation of the Texas housing market will be closely followed by the development of new club communities. What about the rest of the nation?

In the 2012 summary of single-family housing permits which was recently reported by the U.S. Census Bureau and John Burns Consulting, Texas cities make up 25 percent of the list of most active markets.  Conspicuous by their absence are the once burgeoning markets of California and south Florida.  No California city cracked the top 20 based on permits drawn.

What should those in the golf and club businesses take away from these numbers? At Global Golf Advisors, we forecast the rejuvenation in the housing market will be followed by the development of a number of new club communities in Texas.

Naples and Miami/Palm Beach have not restarted yet; but new permit activity – now underway – will increase as south Florida projects clear planning and entitlement hurdles.  Water access in south Florida will continue to be a drawdown on new club activity in the Sunshine State.

What about the formerly white-hot housing markets such as Phoenix, No. 3 on the list, and Las Vegas, at No. 10?  In those markets, a recovery is underway after a four-year dry spell.  Phoenix and Las Vegas clubs may decline as a result of water policies and operational costs.


National Women’s History Month – Renee Powell

In honor of National Women’s History Month we recently recognized Renee Powell who is a pioneer and woman of note in our day.  Renee is currently Head Professional at her family’s Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio and was previously a professional golfer on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour.

Joining in 1967, Renee was just the second African-American woman ever to play the LPGA Tour, starting a mere four years after the LPGA’s first African-American female competitor, Althea Gibson.

Renee’s golf career began early at the age of three and she competed in her first tournament at age twelve, winning her division and then moving on to play at Ohio University and the Ohio State University, serving as team captain of the women’s golf team at both institutions.  After making her debut on the LPGA Tour in 1967, Renee won the 1973 Kelly Springfield Open in Brisbane, Australia.  At the same time she began what would become a lifetime of goodwill missions on behalf of golf, visiting U.S. troops in Vietnam as part of a USO tour.  Renee made history again in 1979 when she became the first female to ever be appointed head professional at a golf course in the United Kingdom.  In 2001, the Powell family established the Clearview Legacy Foundation which provides education and research facilities to preserve the game of golf for future generations.

Recognized as an accomplished player, acclaimed globally for her selfless commitment to golf, and awarded for her remarkable character, Renee Powell serves as an exemplary leader, innovator, and participant in the game of golf.  Let us not forget her great accomplishments and contributions to the game we love so much.

National Women’s History Month

Last Friday marked the start of National Women’s History Month, a celebration of the diverse and historic accomplishments of women.

This year the theme of the month is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination which honors generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, tenacity, and sense of wonder to make extraordinary contributions to STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

In support of this effort, GGA will be honoring a specific female individual from history every Friday for the remainder of the month. We encourage you to participate with us and learn more about National Women’s History Month by visting their homepage here.

Does the system work?

Industry leader and club operations expert Henry DeLozier tackles the subject of reporting and review for club leaders and staff members in this exclusive Q&A interview with PGA Magazine Industry Insider.

Read the article here.