Michigan Women's Golf Hall of Fame
2017 Inductees 

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JANINA JACOBS

Janina Jacobs is an accomplished golfer, former TV host, a writer, a tireless worker in promoting golf courses, events, organizations, and a business woman and a professional musician. She played on her High School Boys Golf Team and won a scholarship and played on the Wayne State University (WSU) Men’s Golf Team. In 2000, she was inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame. She has been a member and advisor to the MWGA for many years.

 

Contributions and Awards

# Elected to the Wayne State University Hall of Fame in 2000

# Played in 19 US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships and made match play 3 times

# In the Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship, she was Medalist in 1991 and Runner-up in 1978 and 1993

# GAM Honor Roll 4 times

# A member of the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Committee 1984-1985

# Founder of the EWGAMD

# Golf Digest Panelist since 1986

# Past President of the WMGA and Advisor for the MWGA for many years

# Governor of the Golf Association of Michigan 2015 –

 

Other Contributions

# International Golf and Travel Writer, Editor

# President, Metro Detroit Council, Navy League of the U.S.

# USS Detroit Commissioning Committee, Special Events Chairperson

# Advisory Board, Metro Detroit Veterans Coalition

# Board Member, Eastpointe Cruisin’ Gratiot

# Board Member, Catholic Youth Organization

# Professional Musician and Performer

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CYNTHIA PINKARD

Cynthia Pinkard is an avid golfer and has given back to the game of golf with a tremendous amount of time, effort and talent. She has been a member or advisor of the MWGA Board of Directors for 22 years and is currently the Technology Director and Webmaster and a key player in the operations and administration of all MWGA Competitions.  She has been Captain of the Atlas Cup Public Team since 2006. She has been a Governor of the GAM since 2001 and serves on the membership, handicap, technologies and competitions committees. She was made a GAM  Honorary Governor in 2016.

 

MWGA Contributions

# MWGA Board Member or advisor for 22 years

# MWGA Vice President and Technology, Handicap, Rules, Membership and Newsletter Director

# Designed the original MWGA Website and has been the sole administrator since 1999

# Automated many processes and created several tools to help the organization run more efficiently

# MWGA Statistician

# Governor of the Golf Association of Michigan from 2001 – 2016

# Honorary Governor of the Golf Association of Michigan 2016

# MWGA WAPL Committee – 1995 - 2014

# Captain of the Atlas Cup Public Team from 2006 to the present

# Rules Official for USGA Qualifiers, GAM, MWGA, and MHSAA Championships

# Michigan Golfer Magazine Contributor

# Member of 2014 MWGA Legacy Committee

# Member of the 100th Anniversary of the Michigan Women’s Amateur Committee

# Member of the 30th Anniversary of the MWGA Committee

# Member of the 2017 Michigan Women’s Golf Summit Committee

 

Other Contributions

# President of the WMGA 2017

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BETTY RICHART

Betty Richart grew up on a golf course in New Jersey and played on the Boys High School Team for 4 years in 1938 – 1941. She played in several Open events where Patty Berg, Babe Zaharias and Louise Suggs were featured players. She has won regional, city and club championships in 6 states. She has contributed to golf at the highest levels nationally and internationally. She served on the USGA Women’s Committee for 17 years, the last 3 years as chairperson and during that time chaired the US Women’s Open at Indianwood G &CC. She later hosted the US Women’s Amateur and the US Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships at her club, Barton Hills CC. She received the GAM Distinguished Service Award in 1992 and was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2002. She has been a mentor and advisor to most women’s golf leaders in Michigan. In 2014, the MWGA selected her as one of three women to honor at the MWGA Legacy Celebration.

 

Contributions to Golf and Awards

# Won regional, city and club championships in 6 states

# Served on USGA Women’s Committee for 17 years, the last 3 years as chairperson

# Chaired the 1989 US Women’s Open

# Hosted the US Women’s Amateur in 1998 and the US Women’s Mid-Am in 2008

# Received the Ike Grainger Award for 25 years of service to the USGA in 1999

# Received the Jean McGregor Dodds Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s District GA in 2001

#  Honorary Member of the MWGA in 1994

# Board of Directors, Michigan Golf Foundation and Golf Hall of Fame Committee

# Honorary Governor of the Golf Association of Michigan in 1999

# Received the Golf Association of Michigan Distinguished Service Award in 1992

# Received the Spirit of Michigan Golf Award in 1997

# Elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2002

 

Other Contributions

# Board of Directors, Ann Arbor YMCA

# Board of Directors, Washtenaw United Way

# Board of Directors, Ann Arbor Community Foundation