Michigan Women's Golf 2022
Hall of Fame Inductees

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Francine Pegues

Francine Pegues became involved with the MWGA in the mid ‘90s when she was the Sales Director and Vice President of Blue Cross Blue Shield. She was responsible for the MWGA receiving grants for several special projects. She had been a MWGA member for several years and when she retired, she joined the MWGA Board of Directors in 2002, and 2009 – present (15 years). She has been the director of the MWGA LPGA*USGA Girl’s Golf Program (GGP) for 14 years. She operated the Driving Range on Belle Isle from 2015 – 2017, which hosted our GGP during that time. She became a GAM Foundation Board Member in 2019 and a GAM Governor in 2021.

Francine has taken the GGP to a whole new level. With her organizational skills, community connections and lots of passion, she has developed a program superior to other GGPs. The program has two different age groups which meet 10 times during the summer. She hires qualified professional golf pros to instruct the kids in proper techniques and has provided the kids with healthy snacks, lessons in nutrition and health, and information about future education and careers. Several participants have played on high school golf teams and some play on college golf teams.

 

Annually, she takes a bus load of kids to an LPGA Tour Event to participate in the GGP at the Tournament and to witness the great professional women golfers. The program received the 2022 GAM DE &I Champions Award for providing opportunities for girls in an underserved area to learn how to play golf. The program has received the LPGA Sandy LeBove Award and a grant from the Renee Powell Foundation. Debbie Williams-Hoak, one of the pro golf instructors, has received several LPGA Awards for her work with the program.  Francine was recognized in Crain’s Detroit Business magazine in “One hundred Black Business Leaders”. She has received several awards in Detroit for her work with women and girls and in mental health. Francine is also involved with the Girl scouts of SE Michigan, the Board of Directors, of Wayne Regional Jobs and Growth Foundation, and is Board President of Global Ties Detroit.  

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Barbara Porter

Barbara Porter was a MWGA Board Member for 16 years. She served as Membership Chair,  Promotions Chair, and Course Coordinator, scheduling all competitions at various locations throughout the state. She and Lori Rogers were instrumental in developing the first MWGA Competitions Handbook outlining all the necessary steps to run a first-class event with the aid of the computer. The Handbook gave consistent quality to MWGA Tournaments.

She served as President for 6 years. During those years, she expanded MWGA focus and broadened its horizons during the inception of the Girls Golf Program and the involvement of the MWGA in the Women’s Golf Alliance, a nation-wide organization of Women’s Golf Associations. For several years, she coordinated the Girls Golf Program at Rouge Park and processed the budgeting for all the programs through 2015 in order to secure grant money from the LPGA.

In 2009, she guided the MWGA into the Women’s Golf Alliance, an association bringing together leaders of female golf associations throughout the US via their WARM (Women’s Alliance Roundtable Meetings) Annual Conference. She saw an opportunity for the MWGA to increase their visibility as a local group, to share their talents on a national level, to absorb knowledge from a variety of resources and, most importantly, to kindle relationships to increase the visibility of women’s golf. Several MWGA members attended the conferences. One became a member of their Board of Directors and three were speakers at the conferences.

In 2014, Barbara took an active part in the successful Legacy Celebration (Mary Fossum, Betty Richart and Shirley Spork) and fundraiser for the U of M, MSU, and EMU Women’s Golf Teams held at Travis Pointe CC. She remains an active volunteer for the MWGA Girls Golf Program.  

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Darci Stocker

Darci Stocker has won 5 MWGA Golfer of the Year Awards and has won 5 MWGA State Championships. She has participated in 12 Atlas Cup Trophy Matches. She has been a successful girls and boys high school golf coach for the past 17 years. She has received several awards as a coach and her teams have also won many awards. Darci served on the MWGA Board of Directors in 2007 and 2008 and is currently on the Flint Junior Golf Association Board of Directors.

  • Oakland University Women’s Golf team – lettered two years

  • Medalist at Tri-State University Invitational

  • MWGA Board of Directors – 2007 and 2008

  • MWGA Golfer of the Year – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015 and 2020

  • MWGA Player of the Year – 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011

  • Played in 12 Atlas Cup Matches

  • GAM Top Ten Honor Roll – 2012 and 2013

  • Sweet Sixteen Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship - 2006

  • GAM Top Ten Women’s Mid-Am – 7 times

  • GAM Women’s Championship – Top Ten – 2008

  • Club Championships – Flint (6), Fortress (5), and Davison (6)

  • Coach of Girls and Boys High school Golf teams – 17 years (2002 – 2019)

  • Big 9 Coach of the Year – 2011

  • Regional Coach of the Year – 2011

  • Michigan High School Golf Coaches Division 1 Coach of the Year 2012

  • Teams have won two Regional Championships and one League Championship

  • Eight Consecutive Team Appearances in the High School State Championship

  • Coached 8 All State Players and 9 College Players

  • Serves on the Flint Junior Golf Association Board of Directors