LPGA Amateurs Cincinnati Chapter
Chapter News & Announcements
  • The ballots have been tallied. We are glad to present the 2020 Board of Directors for the LPGA Amateurs - Cincinnati Chapter!

    President - Michelle de la Vega
    Events Director - Gina Ruedebusch
    Finance and Records Director - Allison Mayborg
    Marketing Director - Liz Zimmer

    Continuing on the board:
    Communications Director - Lisa Lucas
    Membership Director - Vanessa Davis
  • Our Cincinnati Chapter is Well Represented!
    There are several Cup Qualifiers taking place over the next few weeks, and our Cincinnati chapter has teams/members competing at different times and places:
    August 24- Atlantic Regional Qualifier- Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA
    • Iron Maidens – Robin Carew (Co-Captain), Marcia Mollica (Co-Captain), Diane Torrence, Sue Tankersley, Jan Dorgan, Grace Reynolds, Stacie Holloway and Lili Taufa (sub for Ginny Berry)
    • Cincy Pin Gals – Terri Campbell (Captain), Alice Hoctor, Carol Neckel, Brandy Del Favero, Annette Tiesman, Janice Urbanik, Tracy Skinner, Chelsey Minch
    August 24- Central Regional Qualifier- Hot Springs Village, Hot Springs Village, AR
    • Cincy Swingers - Sally Lukemire (Captain), Rosemary Haddad, Sue Keegan-Biehl, Jackie Steele, Deb Wulfeck, Cat Sobecki, Heather Hann, Linda Cumberworth
    September 7- Northeast Regional Qualifier- Tunxis Country Club, Farmington, CT
    • golf faNATIcs - Helen Schultheiss (Captain), Diana Erhart, Sheri Duncan, Sharlene Hall, Shandy Jones, Michelle de la Vega, Candy Begnoche, Jen Pund
    September 28- Midwest Regional Qualifier- Cog Hill Country Club, Lemont, IL
    • Golfing Between Rounds- Julia Noschang (Captain), Kathy Barksdale, Marianne Heider, Trish Baker, Liz Zimmer, Shannon Kelley, Sandi East, Sharon Kerns

  • Alice Hoctor and Karen Alsip
    The Dream Team Behind Rally
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    If you have attended one of the past Rally for the Cure events, you know how much fun it is seeing so many of your favorite golf friends in one place. It is highly organized with lots of great raffles to win and caddies to bid on. Eating, drinking, playing golf, and being merry - all while supporting a great cause! In fact, if you attended last year's event, you recall that due to the torrential rain, no golf was played. Yet it was such a fun and unifying event that $23,000 was raised for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
    Meet the two amazing members behind it all, Alice Hoctor and Karen Alsip. What motivates these two ladies to tirelessly work for months creating a great chapter event that is a win/win for all involved? When asked what spurs them on, they had the following to say:
     
    Q: How long have you been a member of LPGA Amateurs?
    Alice: Eleven years.
    Karen: Over 10 years.
     
    Q: What is your favorite thing about being a member?
    A: Meeting new people.
    K: The wonderful ladies I get to play golf with each week and the golf social events.
     
    Q: What inspired you to lead Rally for the Cure events?
    A: When I took over events they (the chapter) were already doing a Rally for the Cure but it didn't have a lot of support. They did it in April (Spring Outing) and I moved it closer to October which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I got our first real sponsor (Prestige AV & Creative Services) and it just grew from there. Karen agreed to be co-chair and we have grown the event into what it is today.
     
    Q: Do you have a personal story/connection to breast cancer?  
    A: I have many connections, including my sister-in-law, Shelly, two of my closest friends, and many more.
    K: My sister and a close friend have been impacted by breast cancer.
     
    Q: Why continue to be passionate about this event, since it is so much work every year?
    A: It's not about the work, it's about the cause and having a premier event for LPGA - Amateurs.
    K: It’s just a fun outing for a great cause.
     
    Q: What was that first Rally event like?
    A: The first event was at Sharon Woods and they would not allow us to have a shotgun start - imagine how long the event is now with a shot gun and what it would be like with individual tee times - it was a very long day. We may have had 1 pro in our caddie auction. Everyone still had fun and we raised $5,000 which was the most we had ever raised at an event.
    K: My first event was at the Mill course, it has grown into a much bigger event when it moved to the Blue Ash golf course.
     
    Q: What other charities would you like to see our chapter involved in, if any?
    A: I am happy with the charities we are supporting. Susan G. Komen and The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have been great partners. I support a lot of other charities personally through other events and donations.
    K: Girls and youth golf.
  • With the season winding down, it's time to think about next year!
    If you are considering one of the board positions listed below, please contact Paige Durkee at president.lpgaacinti@gmail.com today! This is the last week for nominations, so If you have a friend who you think is a great fit for one of these positions, nudge her.

    You don't have to be a long-time member to run for a Board position! We have a transition plan to ease you in where you are mentored by the current board member in that role. Feel free to contact any board member (emails listed below) if you are curious to learn more. The Board positions that are not listed will be available in 2021, so it's never too soon to start thinking and reaching out to any of us!