What becomes of a five-year-old Iowa girl whose mother “schlepps” her to local golf events and tournaments. Soon she becomes her mom’s golf partner blossoming under her encouragement. Little did she know at the time that a sunny childhood spent on the Elmcrest CC in Cedar Rapids would spark a lifelong love and successful career spent in the highest echelons of amateur and professional golf. Meet Oakmont resident Carol Pence.
Carol is a quarter century PGA of America and LPGA member. Beginning in 2008 until her retirement in January 2020, she served as a member of the PGA of America Employment Services team as an Employment Consultant and Member Support Specialist. Prior to this final position, Carol worked for four years in the Northern California PGA as Director of Professional Development, Foundation Director and Growth of the Game Director. Her efforts led to the section receiving the PGA’s inaugural Herb Graffis Award for player development. Her positions with Northern California PGA section are extensive highlighted by memberships on the Board of Directors (first female in that role), Women’s Cup Team Committee, and event captain for the professional team to name only a few. She is past winner of the section’s Merchandiser of the Year award.
Carol’s experience includes a fourteen-year stint as Head Golf Professional at Mira Vista G&CC (first female in northern California), six years at Alameda Park Municipal and Manteca Park, as well as three years as Director of Instruction at Montclair Golf Course/Executive Director of an inner-city kids’ golf program.
A collegiate standout at Iowa State and Stephens College, she had the privilege of representing her college all four years at national championships including the first championship held by the state of Hawaii. Carol considers this one of her greatest golf memories which include such awesome opportunities as being given a trophy by Patty Berg (founder of the LPGA) as well as meeting many tour players including Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
Carol’s advice for beginners to seasoned golfers — “Find what brings you joy in the game!” Are you looking for healthy activity, communing with nature and beautiful surroundings, travel opportunities, competition, friendships, solitude, or just plain fun? They are all found through golf. Carol first discovered the joy of the game as a five-year-old on the course with her mother.
It’s never too late — What brings you joy in the game?