Women in the Golf Industry is a group of women who have careers in the golf industry. Our goal is to create a strong bond among our members so that we can seek help, guidance, contacts, and information from each other in a meaningful way. The WIGI organization is a collaboration of passionate women involved in the game of golf—spanning all arenas… Apparel, Equipment, Instruction, Hospitality, Course Design & Management, Real Estate & Law, Media & Communications.
Le Ann Finger, PGA, LPGA,
Thank you for visiting Women in the Golf Industry (WIGI). WIGI is an organization comprised of women who have careers spanning all aspects of the golf industry.
Women in the Golf Industry began in 2001 with 11 female founders, who saw a need for a network group exclusive to women who worked in the business of golf. The core mission for the organization is “connection” for women working in all facets of the game.
Our goal is to create a strong bond amongst our members so we can share contacts and key information in a meaningful way. WIGI offers an ongoing opportunity for our members to network with others and have access to a resource contact list of leading businesswomen in our industry.
WIGI members across the country have benefitted by knowing other WIGI members. Whether it’s contacting another member for advice, collaborating on a new business opportunity, problem solving or simply asking an opinion on a particular issue, WIGI is for you. Since the golf industry employs more than two million people in the USA, there are many business professionals who could also benefit from our organization, so please help spread the “good word” about WIGI.
If you have recently joined WIGI, we welcome YOU! And, if you are thinking about joining, we strongly encourage you to be part of our network.
Le Ann Finger, PGA, LPGA
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Past President – Current Media Relations
Recent WIGI President Emmy Moore Minister’s contribution to golf, business and community, span more than two decades.
In addition to work as a Silicon Valley-based communications consulting, she is the founder of Doctor’s Orders: Play Golf and co-founder/board member of the California Alliance for Golf (CAG). She is an honorary member of the American FootGolf League (AFGL) and a team ambassador for Women’s Golf Day (WGD), a global growth of the game initiative. She is an advisory board member for the California Golf Course Owners Association (CGCOA) and holds the rare distinction as an honorary member of the Northern California Section of the Professional Golfer’s Association (NCPGA). She is a proud alum of West Valley Community College (Saratoga, CA) and San Jose State University (San Jose, CA).
Moore Minister is a former chair of the City of Santa Clara’s Planning Commission and former chair of the Santa Clara County Assessment/Tax Appeals Board. She was instrumental in the development of golf course guidelines for Santa Clara County and assisted with several California Golf Economic studies.
Founded in 2001
Women in The Golf Industry was formed in the fall of 2001 as a networking group for women in the business of golf. More women were finding careers and starting up their own businesses, and it seemed that the time was right for us to connect–to share successes and to help resolve industry challenges prevalent at the time.
Eleven women formed the 501c-3 organization and reached out to colleagues in the industry to join. Founding Members include: Pat Baldwin, PhD, then, the editor of Private Clubs magazine; Kathy Bissell, golf writer and author of “Fred Couples, Golf’s Reluctant Superstar”; the late Helen Casey, golf radio reporter and writer; Alice Dye, golf course designer and past president of ASGCA; Joann Dost, former LPGA player and renowned golf photographer; Jan Gilpin, then, Education Director for the PGA of America; Kendra Graham, then, Chairperson of the Women’s US Open; Mary Beth Lacy, Mary Beth Lacy, Inc.; Marlene Livaudais, then, Tournament Director of the Tour Championship; Jennifer Mills, then, on-air talent, The Golf Channel; and Topsy Siderowf, Associate Editor, Golf Digest.
Special Thanks to Kathy Bissell
Every great idea begins as a small thought. Kathy’s daughter, (now also a professional businesswoman and the executive director of Girlstart in Austin, TX) suggested to her mom that she should consider starting a network group for women who work in golf. Kathy’s first reaction, “Yeah, right, who would do that?” Then, she thought about it, and called her friend, Alice Dye, and ran the concept by her. “What a great idea,” exclaimed Alice. “Yes, Kathy, we do need a women’s networking organization in golf!” History emerged. In the fall of 2001, Kathy, Alice Dye and 9 other forward-thinking women formed Women in the Golf Industry (WIGI). The core mission of the organization was connection. At the time, being a woman in the business of golf was no easy feat. It was still somewhat a man’s game/world. But these 11 trailblazing women had the fortitude and vision to power connections for females who held careers within the golf industry.
WIGI is an opportunity for women in the golf space to unify, to solidify… and all it takes is effort, and the ability to recognize the value of belonging to an organization that is designed to keep women members moving forward…just like our tagline suggests. One of our primary goals is to keep us “connected” with a tremendous focus on the way we power these connections. As a WIGI member, you’ll have access to resources and member tools to keep your connections strong and growing within the golf industry and beyond.
Our Dedicated Board Members.
Jan Bel Jan
Jan formed her golf course design firm in 2009 and is a managing partner in the National Women’s Golf Alliance. She uses her experience as a registered Landscape Architect, Certified Arborist and former assistant superintendent, to improve playability, strategy, ecology, economics and aesthetics of golf courses.
Kathy heads up Coldwell Banker Commercial National Golf Course Sales. Her family has been in real estate for 50 years. With 25 years experience in the golf industry, Bissell has specialized knowledge in many golf arenas including golf course sales, golf writing, golf television production and golf public relations. Bissell has produced over 250 nationally-syndicated, golf television programs as well as a dozen high goal polo matches. She has authored three books including Fred Couples: Golf’s Reluctant Superstar.
Debbie is the Founder and CEO of Golf for Cause®, is a motivational speaker and author – Get Your Golf On! Your Guide for Getting in the Game. Golf for Cause manages tournaments, golf outings and business-golf educational conferences. Debbie is passionate about helping others leverage golf to achieve objectives – Turn Golf into Gold®, enriching their lives both personally and professionally..
Kay McMahon, a PGA Member and LPGA T&CP Hall of Famer, is one of the nation’s top female golf instructors, evidenced by her recognition as a Top 50 Women Teacher by Golf Digest. McMahon, a past national president of the LPGA’s T&CP Division, has extensive knowledge about golf swing mechanics which she shares passionately with her students─ spanning from beginners to advanced including tour players. McMahon knows how to cultivate a successful teaching business and often serves as a speaker for major golf and coaching associations.
Libby Godlove joined BigShots Golf as Senior Vice President in 2019. In her role, she oversees all company strategy and operations to build the BigShots Golf brand.
In 2018, Libby served as Chief Operating Officer for Cuma Restaurant Group, a multimillion-dollar group with Cane Rosso, Zoli’s and Cow Creamery in multiple locations throughout major Texas cities.
Before Cuma Restaurant Group, Libby was the National Director of Golf Services, Retail and Guest Care at Topgolf, where she was responsible for building the supply chain to support the company’s tremendous growth.
Christina is the Founder of Golf4Her. A popular online destination for women’s golf fashions and accessories. Let’s face it, we all want to look our best while playing golf, but finding modern and fashionable golf apparel in those big-box retail stores, pro shops or on the Internet can be just as challenging as the game itself.
Barbara Gutstadt, Founder and CEO of Women’s Golf and Travel Concierge, 6-time serial entrepreneur, co-author of “Teeing Up For Success” and public speaker has over 40 combined years of healthcare, financial and golf travel industry experience. Barbara has filled a void in the women’s golf travel market, by creating a specialty golf destination planning company designing unique golf trips for women and couples, Women’s State Golf Associations, and country clubs. Barbara combines golf adventures with creative excursions. She is a big proponent of using golf as an effective business tool in building solid relationships. A former pilot, Barbara was known for flying clients to golf courses creating unique bonding relationships wit her clients. Also a Registered Nurse, Barbara is involved in the care of 63 individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities utilizing golf, where possible, as a positive behavior reinforcer.
CHRISTINA RICCI IS LPGA CLASS A, TPI GOLF LEVEL 3 CERTIFIED AND A BEST-SELLING GOLF AUTHOR. Christina took up the game in 2000 and quickly dropped to a 5 handicap in 5 short years. Her passion and commitment to the game shifted her career from her own marketing and branding company into the publishing world where she published her first book A Girl’s On-Course Survival Guide to Golf. She currently has 4 books and her popular golf tips are featured on the Golf Channel as well as Golf For Her, an online women’s portal and popular golf magazines including Golf Tips and Golf Champion publications.
The WIGI organization is a collaboration of passionate women involved in the game of golf—spanning all arenas… Apparel, Equipment, Instruction, Hospitality, Course Design & Management, Real Estate & Law, Media & Communications.