Eastern Michigan coach Stephanie Jennings takes on historic role at Michigan PGA

Stephanie Jennings recently made history as the first female president of the Michigan PGA, a role she assumed after being a member of the PGA of America since 2007. As one of only ten women to serve as president of a section of the PGA of America, Jennings feels honored to be chosen as a leader by her fellow PGA members. In her new position, Jennings aims to grow the Michigan PGA’s foundation by establishing a foundation board and eliminating the waiting list for veterans to join the PGA HOPE program. Additionally, she hopes to reintroduce golf into physical education classes across the state.

Before becoming the head coach of Eastern Michigan University’s women’s golf program in 2018, Jennings was part of the inaugural recruiting class for the team and was named the 1998 Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Year. During her time as an assistant professional at various golf courses, Jennings developed a close relationship with LPGA founder Shirley Spork. Inspired by Spork’s impact and teachings, Jennings is determined to make a positive impact on the Michigan PGA.

When Shirley Spork passed away in April, Jennings was invited to her California home and given Eastern Michigan memorabilia. These items will be displayed at the university’s new indoor golf facility, slated to open in December. Jennings was also inspired by Spork’s resourcefulness and commitment to the game. In her later years, Spork even established an endowment at Eastern Michigan to support the golf program, enabling Jennings to hire an assistant coach. To honor Spork’s legacy, the current Eastern Michigan women’s golf team competes in a tournament named after her each fall.

Stephanie Jennings is determined to carry on Shirley Spork’s legacy and make a lasting impact on the Michigan PGA as its first female president. To learn more about Jennings’ journey and her goals for the organization, visit the GolfWeek article.


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