EVERY individual has the capacity to influence those around them and instigate change for good.
That is the view of Suzy Whaley, the first female PGA of America president and among some of the prominent figures in golf over the last three decades.
“You don’t have to be the president of the PGA of America to make dramatic change,” said Whaley, speaking on the Women in Sports series.
“You can make change where you are, right in your community because that’s the most impactful. You have the power to do that.
“I tell people all the time that being a leader is just empowering other people to succeed. To do that I have a little mantra of my own which is something I’d advise – just be kind, be over prepared and bring joy to your every day.
“When that happens, opportunity will explode for you. Please note that you can make a difference right where you are. You just have to start wanting to do it.”
Whaley did her part to make a difference, becoming a role model for many and not only those with aspirations of wanting to be a leader.
“For anybody that’s looking to be a leader, to be a part of making a difference, we have that opportunity every day in the golf profession. That’s why I do what I do, because I have a chance to change somebody’s life every day.”
In another development, the European Club Education Foundation, the education arm of the Club Managers Association of Europe, has teamed up with the R&A to provide three bursaries for aspiring female golf club managers for the next three years.
The bursaries will fund a place on CMAE’s successful MDP education programme.
Starting with a place on MDP 1, it is hoped that each successful applicant will progress to obtain their Club Management Diploma, widely regarded as the club industry’s benchmark management qualification.