1st Annual Women’s Golf Summit and Social
The North Florida PGA, Florida State Golf Association, and the Tampa Sports Authority have partnered together to host its first annual Women’s Golf Summit and Social on October 25 at Rogers Park Golf Course in Tampa, Fla. The entry fee is $15 and will include guest speakers, golf clinic and a wine and dine social.
The event that is focused on empowering, motivating, and growing the game of golf on a local level for women.
The Women’s Golf Summit and Social is open to amateur golfers, LPGA and PGA members and business professionals in the North Florida area. This event offers networking opportunities, career building, player development, golf tips, and fun and appealing ways to grow the game of golf in your life.
A round of golf has the ability to build lasting relationships, promote your business, build your team, break down barriers, and create a stress-free and fun environment for all to enjoy. You don’t have to be an expert to receive the benefits that the game of golf has to offer, you just need a few solid fundamentals. This event is your opportunity to engage with those who share the same values as you.
The day will begin with powerful and uplifting speeches from LPGA and PGA Professionals, Jan Stephenson, Sally Dee and _______.
About the Guest Speakers:
LPGA Professional and Tour Star, Jan Stephenson, is an Australian professional golfer and was one of the top players in women’s golf in the 1970’s and 1980’s. During her career, Stephenson won three major championships, 16 LPGA Tour events and a total of 41 worldwide victories. She is one of the few women in the course design business along with her charitable efforts including being an honorary chairman of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Sally Dee, a three-time Academic All-American, attended the University of South Florida where she played for the nationally ranked women’s golf team and graduated Cum Laude in 1994. After a career on the LPGA, Dee founded Playbook Public Relations, LLC, a full-service public relations and marketing firm with a diverse portfolio of clients including transportation innovators like the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority and Real Estate market leaders like Smith & Associates Real Estate.
Linnet Carty has been a part of the PGA of America for over three years and brings great experience in diversity and inclusion. Being a first generation CuMaican, her mother is from Cuba and father is Jamaican, Linnet leads programming for the four PGA LEAD Cohorts and implements inclusion strategies. At the PGA she trains and educates Professionals across the nation. With twelve years experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion she strives for workforce diversification.
Linnet earned her B.A. from the University of Connecticut and MBA from Western New England University. She is passionate about children education and was an Elementary School Teacher, Senior Director for the Village for Families and Children, and Equity Educator for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Known for her great public speaking on global diversity and inclusion, Linnet has been an NBC-WVIT Television Talk Show Host and Producer.
Following the opening speeches, a golf clinic will be conducted by LPGA and PGA Professionals, Cheryl Anderson and Dawn Mercer.
About Our Clinic Instructors:
Cheryl Anderson brings a unique combination of teaching and playing skills to the Mike Bender Golf Academy in Lake Mary, FL. She is currently one of Golf Digest’s America’s Top 50 Teachers, and GOLF Magazine has recognized her as one of America’s Top 100 Teachers since 2013. Anderson is one of the LPGA’s Top 50 Teachers and was recognized in 2006 as the LPGA National Teacher of the Year. She taught in the Metropolitan New York area from 1992-2007.
Dawn Mercer is a Class A PGA member and was an LPGA teaching and coaching member. She has been employed as the PGA instructor at Innisbrook for more than 20 years and has been instructing for over 17 years. Mercer has won awards such as the 2007 and 2008 PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game. Mercer is always looking for ways to encourage participation from golf’s next generation and grow the game among niche groups.
“At the end of the day, golf should not have gender,” she said. “There should not be a lady’s club and a man’s club because there are short guys that need the softer flex, shorter club… and there are tall women that need a longer club.”
Wine and Dine:
Following the golf clinic, there will be a lunch and wine provided by the LPGA Superstar and Winemaker herself, Jan Stephenson.