WHEN IS A major championship more than just a major championship? When it empowers executive women and future leaders of the game.
That’s the mission of the PGA’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship; this year’s edition is scheduled for June 24–27 at the Atlanta Athletic Club, the sixth major to be held at the facility. The tournament is held in conjunction with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and an ongoing charitable initiative, the KPMG Future Leaders Program—all focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.
Another aspect of the event is a series of KPMG Women’s PGA Golf Clinics, held through-out the summer at courses across the United States. Able to meet only three times in 2020 because of the pandemic, a full slate of 12 clinics are scheduled for this year, with one set for Denver—August 30 at the TPC Colorado Golf Club in Berthoud.
The clinics, founded by 27-time LPGA Tour winner Jane Blalock, are a full-day program in which participants will learn the fundamental aspects of social and business golf; there’s also personalized instruction, play and assessments from PGA Club Professionals/LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals, a keynote speaker, breakfast, lunch, and a closing networking reception.
The clinic series was intentionally scheduled for late July in the hopes that COVID-19 vaccinations will have become more prevalent across the country.
“It is a remarkable day of immersion into golf,” Blalock said, “and a significant opportunity to build and strengthen your company’s or organization’s relationship capital, particularly at a time when so many are anxious to return to face-to- face, in person engagement.”
All skill levels are welcome, from “never touched a club” to experienced players, and each group is made up of no more than eight women who are paired with the same PGA/LPGA Certified Coach for the day. Total attendance ranges from 72–96, depending on club capacities and may be limited in some markets to adhere to COVID health and safety guidelines.
This article was also featured in the May Issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.