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Nikki Gatch has an extensive background in the golf industry, specifically in Southern California as a PGA Professional and Assistant Executive Director/COO of the Southern California PGA. In 2015, Gatch was elected as the first female to the SCGA Board of Directors and is also a member to their Communications and Marketing and Governmental Affairs committees. Recently, she served as the PGA of America Player Development Regional Manager and is a former Junior Golf Director at the SCGPA. Gatch has loved the game of golf ever since she could walk, and played for the women's golf team at Oklahoma State University where she earned a degree in Journalism/Broadcasting.
Pat Hurst started playing golf at 11 years old and through hard work, commitment, and countless hours of practice, played on the LPGA Tour for 21 years. In her golf career on the Tour, she won six times including one major at Nabisco Dinah Shore. She also played on five U.S. Solheim Cup teams and will serve as the 2021 Solheim Cup captain. Hurst graduated from San Jose State University where she won seven collegiate golf titles including the NCAA individual and a team title in 1989.
Mackenzie Mack is a competitor, teaching professional, and now Callaway Golf’s first participant in its Leadership Rotational Program. In this program, she’s receiving hands-on manufacturing and retail experience across Callaway’s various business units along with mentorship to prepare her for a leadership position at the golf company. During Mack’s college career at Indiana State University where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration with high honors, she competed as the first black woman on the college’s women’s golf team and co-founded a non-profit organization, Tee it Up, Inc., focused on growing the game of golf in underserved communities.
As a former college golfer with a passion for the game and a talent for writing, Beth Ann Nichols became known as a gifted storyteller and industry influencer for Golfweek where she has been the Senior Writer for more than 14 years. Nichols started her professional career in the industry as a USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern and has worked her way up in Golfweek to become a full-time LPGA and amateur golf writer in which she has covered 42 women’s majors, five men’s majors, five Solheim Cups, four Curtis Cups, and 13 NCAA Championships. She is also a three-time winner of national awards from the Golf Writers Association of America for best feature, best column, and best news story.
With her passion for the advancement of women’s sports, Julia Pine has been able to develop industry-wide initiatives that create significant impact across the sport. Pine currently serves as Assistant Director of Championship Communications for the USGA where she oversees communications, media relations, content strategy, and public relations for eight championships, including the U.S. Women’s Open. Prior to joining the USGA, she had a seven-year career at the SCGA, where she developed, managed, and served as editor of digital and print channels including the award-winning FORE Magazine along with the digital publication she created for SCGA’s female membership, Fore Her.