Michigan Women's Golf Association
Honorary Members

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Judy Figa - 2019 Honorary Member

Judy has been a dedicated member of the MWGA since 1986. She has also been a member of the WMGA, GAM, and the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Committee. She has been a Rules Official and a Course Rater for the GAM.

 

  • MWGA Member since 1986

  • MWGA Board Member 1987 – 1990

  • GAM Governor

  • Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Committee 2000 – 2014

  • MWGA, GAM, NCAA, and USGA Rules Official

  • GAM Course Rater and Captain – 1993 – 2014, 214 Rates

  • Course Rater Trainer of the Year – 2009

  • Course Rater of the Year - 2007

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Jean Murray - 2019 Honorary Member

Jean is well-known for her playing ability as well as her service to the game. She has won 10 MWGA State Championships and the very first GAM Women’s Senior Championship. She played in 7 Atlas Cups and was on the GAM Senior Women’s Honor Roll 4 times. She qualified and played in two US Senior Women’s Championships. She won the prestigious Spring Lake Invitational at the age of 70 after two hip replacements!  She has been a GAM Governor and Rules Official since 2003 and is a strong advocate of senior women’s championships. She coached the Mt. Pleasant High School Team for 9 years and was Named Coach of the Year in 1986. She also coached LPGA players Cindy Figg Currier and Kelly Robbins during that time.

 

Former Member of the MWGA

  • 40+ year Member of the Saginaw Valley Women’s Golf Association – treasurer 15 years

  • 30+ year Member of the Mid- Michigan Women’s Golf Association – President 2 years

  • 10+ year Michigan Representative for the Women’s Trans National Golf Association

  • MWGA Senior Women’s Champion – 1997, 2000, 2001, and 2005

  • MWGA Super Senior Women’s Champion – 2002, 2003 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010

  • GAM Women’s Senior Champion – 1997

  • Atlas Trophy Matches – 7 years

  • GAM Senior Women’s Player of the Year – 2003

  • GAM Senior Women’s Honor Roll – 4 years

  • Spring Lake Invitational Champion - 2009

  • Qualified and Played in two US Senior Women’s Championships

  • WMGA that conducted the MI WM’S AM Championship – 1998 – 2004

  • GAM Governor – 2003 – present (16 years)

  • GAM Rules Official – 2003 – present (16 years)

  • Golf Coach at Mt. Pleasant High School – 9 years

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Bernice Henderson

Twenty-eight years ago, Bernice joined with a group of women to become a founding member of the Tee-Set Golf Club.  As President and a Board member, Bernice and her organization banded together to put pressure on golf courses to open tee times for women and to provide tees that were more comparable to a woman’s game. Tee-Set created a strong junior program. The juniors received lessons from golf professions, then at least once a week Tee-Set members would meet the juniors on the course where they would walk with them, addressing golf etiquette, rules and helping to foster the joy and spirit of the game.

 

In the mid-80s Bernice met another group of women looking to improve the competitive playing opportunities for women playing public courses. Bernice joined this group and became a member of the original USGA Michigan WAPL Sectional Committee and served on sectional committees for a number of years. As part of this group, she became a founding member of the MWGA and served on the Board.

 

Bernice was also a Board Member of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame for several years. In addition to golf, Bernice served on the State Foster Care Review Committee and was an Administrator for Title 1. Bernice has 5 grandsons and 5 great grandchildren, many of whom play golf. Bernice was elected an MWGA Honorary Member in 2006.

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Kathy Heriford

One of the founding members of the MWGA, Kathy has qualified for the WAPL five times —
1986–1989 and 1991. She was MWGA President in 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993. In 1993 the
MWGA joined the Golf Association of Michigan and was the first women’s golf association to
do so. Kathy became one of the first two women GAM Governors in 1991 and was instrumental
in starting the Atlas Cup. She was appointed to the USGA Women’s Regional Affairs
Committee in 1989 and served on that committee until 1999. In 1995 she was appointed to the
USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Committee and remained as the representative from
Georgia until the Championship was retired. She then was appointed to the US Senior Women’s
Amateur Committee and retired from the USGA in 2018 after 30 years of service. She is a
Director Emeritus of the Golf Association of Georgia and continues to work as a Rules official of
the GSGA. She left Michigan in 1993 and was made an Honorary Member of the MWGA that
year.
Kathy is a retired Field Sales Engineer for Teleco and a past Golf Digest Panelist.

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Noreen LaJambe

Noreen was an original member of the N. MI WAPL Sectional Committee in 1985. She assisted with the Northern Michigan Sectional for many years and qualified the first year for the US WAPL Championship in Stevens Point, WI. They put in a flagpole and raised the Canadian flag for her! She ran and promoted the MWGA Northern Spring Scrambles as a fundraiser for the Michigan team for many years. The

scrambles were very successful and had full fields for many years at Hidden Valley, Drummond Island, The Natural, Marsh Ridge, Black Bear and The Loon. Noreen was appointed to the USGA Women’s Public Links Committee and ran the Northern Sectional for a few years before poor health forced her to give it up. She helps officiate the GAM Senior Women’s Championships when they are held in Northern Michigan.

 

Noreen was very active as a player and organizer in women’s golf in the UP and Northern Ontario. She spearheaded an Ontario-wide tournament for the Canadian Customs and Police Officers (men and women) and was the ladies champion 12 times. She started a ladies league of 90 women in the UP.

 

Noreen took up golf with a passion at the age of 45. She has 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Noreen was elected an MWGA Honorary Member in 2006.

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Oleane Pearsall

Oleane was an original member of the MI WAPL Sectional Committee in 1985. She was one of the founders of the MWGA and served on the Board of Directors for many years. She started the Couples Tournament, which was very successful under her guidance. The first few Couples Tournaments were at Gaylord CC and then later held at Marywood CC.

 

Oleane was active as a member of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association for 37 years and has assisted with the MI Sr. Men’s Publinx Association’s State Championship for as many years and still does.

 

She started playing golf in 1950 and is still swinging! She and Lee have been married 62 years and they have 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way! Oleane was elected an MWGA Honorary Member in 2006.