09 April 19  |  Golf   |  

Women in Golf

Growing Golf Program

The golf program at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club continues to grow — benefitting members under the guidance of Director of Golf Ryan Gray and his PGA-trained team members. With clinics, as well as year-round tournaments that have inspired a rising female golf audience, we’re ensuring flawless execution and a fun-spirited and friendly competition for all members at all skill levels.


Tournament Prep

A flawless execution of an array of upscale golf tournaments takes just as much professional coordination as it does participant practice. The Golden Ocala management team, golf professional staff and golf operations team meet to discuss the event, as well as its purpose. Each party has certain tasks to complete and confirm via the creation of daily to-do sheets that contain anticipated needs for the upcoming tournament.

The results come with successful tournaments like Battle For The Belts — a stroke-play, member-member format. While this is a second-year event for us, it’s the first time we teamed up with BMW Ocala, with proceeds going to the PACE Center for Girls. Now, Richard Juntilla and Ian Bancroft will make their way to Pinehurst Resort in late September for the Annual BMW Cup that will determine which low-gross and low-net winners qualify for the national championship the following month. What a most exciting time to be a Golden Ocala golf member!


Leading Ladies

The ladies have certainly taken the lead on the golf course, as well. From clinics to real-time play, our participating female members are growing by the dozens. This was especially evident during our 6th Annual Derby-themed Ladies Invitational — including 18 holes of golf and trophies. A record-breaking 112 women turned out for the event. With an opportunity to meet new people and create long-lasting relationships, these ladies are redefining GOLF — Great Opportunities Lifetime Friendships.

And of course, the driving force behind this thriving event was a female member — Marian Speed — whose involvement brought her peers together. She was also one of the Winning Colors Flight winners, along with Lynn Reardon, Leslie Richman and Patty Hooker. Meanwhile, the Rags to Riches Flight winners were Jean Won, Kyung Short, Sun Ok Kilgore and Myong Martin.


If you’re interested in joining this fast-moving golf program, be it for tournaments or instructional sessions, call the Golf Pro Shop at (352) 629-6229.