Get to Know:
Nikki Gatch, PGA, Treasurer
Name: Nikki Gatch, PGA
City of Residence: San Marcos
Club: PGA of America, SC Media Club
Profession: PGA Professional, Player Development Regional Manager for the PGA of America
Family: Husband, Don (PGA Professional also), daughter Jamie (14), son Andrew (10) and two beagles (Blue and Sparky)
What you Didn't Know:
A singer that Nikki listens to: Snoop Dogg
First car: Ford Escort
Favorite book: Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek
Guilty-pleasure food: Pizza
Favorite non-golf item: Autographed Tony Romo football (I'm a huge Dallas Cowboys fan!)
Favorite Southland hotspot: Disneyland
One gadget you can't live without: Cell phone for sure!
Favorite quote: "If you can dream it, you can achieve it." -Zig Ziglar
If Nikki couldn't do what she does now as a profession, she would: Not be happy!
Greatest pride: My two kids
Most-visited website that's not work-related: Amazon.com
On volunteering: It's so important to give back. I try my absolute best to give back as much as I can to this great game!
On the Course:
Has golfed for: Since I could walk!
What Nikki would like to see more of on the course: Welcoming environments for everyone, relaxed dress code and cell phone policies, more music, dogs and families!
Favorite Tour player: Past: Arnold Palmer and Nancy Lopez. Present: Rickie Fowler and Lizette Salas
What part of the game of golf needs to change: Our game is great, but we need to be open to new ideas – creating fun environments, and offering options other than 18 holes are just two suggestions.
One Rule of Golf that Nikki would like to change: Out of Bounds – play like a Lateral Hazard!
On junior golf: I have such a strong passion for junior golf. It is what gave me so many opportunities in the game, and is probably a big reason I am doing what I am doing now. I had the privilege of being the Junior Golf Director for the SCPGA for many years, and the relationships and friendships created with parents and the juniors are very special to me. That part of my career was by far the most rewarding. We all have to do all we can to embrace junior golfers and welcome them to our game.