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 Michigan Women's Golf Hall of Fame

2016 Inductee 

Sara Wold

Sara Wold played a major role in structuring golf for Women in Michigan. Her earliest organizational experiences were as President of the Park-Davis Women’s Golf League (1971-75). She continued developing her skills as chairman of the Women’s Athletic Advisory Committee for Detroit’s Department of Recreation for nine years (1973-82). Here she chaired the Women’s Super Sports, a two-day event, and an annual women’s city golf tournament. Her early interest in women’s sports was in softball and she is a member of the Illinois Softball Hall of Fame. 

Sara applied her leadership skills to several of the top golf organizations in the state. The USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links (WAPL) Committee has benefited from Sara’s skills since 1984. During this time, she initiated three Sectional Qualifying Sites in Michigan, annually runs the Detroit Metro US WAPL Sectional Qualifier, and assists with numerous other USGA Sectional Qualifiers annually. She also attended the US WAPL Championship every year since 1984. She currently is a member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee.

Sara was a founding member in 1986 of the Michigan Women’s Publinx Golf Association (MWPGA). During Sara’s term as president, 1994 - 96, the MWPGA won the Golf for Women’s Magazine Award for Best Women’s Public Golf Association. Since its inception, the MWPGA has been a model association and assisted in the organization of other women’s golf associations in Michigan such as the Huron Valley and Capital Area Women’s Golf Associations. As an active Board member, she served as editor of the MWPGA Newsletter for eight years and is currently the Rules Chairman.

Sara served the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) since 1994 in several capacities. She was a Member-at-large on various committees: Membership, Championships and Rules, Course Relations, Site Selection, and Honor Roll. She played a leading role annually chairing various GAM Championships and the Long Range Planning Committee. She has presided as Governor of GAM since 1998 and is a member of the Executive Committee. She is currently Vice President. 

Sara promoted golf through a variety of tournaments and publications. As a founding member of the Women’s Interstate Mid-Amateur Golf Championship involving Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, she spent fourteen years (1985-1999) on the executive committee and as the Michigan representative. She has officiated the U.S. Women’s Open, the U. S. Junior Boys, and the U. S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and the World Amateur Team Championships in Puerto Rico, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Turkey, and Japan. She co-chaired the Michigan Women’s Golf Summits I, II and III - a program of seminars on women’s golf related issues with guest speakers such as Carol Mann, Kathy Whitworth and Judy Bell. Sara has acted as a Golf Digest panelist since 1986. She has been on the Michigan Golf Foundation Board of Directors since 1999.  She is currently on the Women’s Golf Alliance Board of Directors.

Sara was given the Ike Grainger Award by the United States Golf Association in 2010 for 25 years service and in 2011 she received the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association's Matthews Award for Lifetime Achievement. 

Elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2016

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