Yesterday, we spent the day in the practice area at Trinity Forest Golf Club. That isn't unusual, but what we did all day was a bit unusual. PXG flew Joel Kribel in to work with the Women's Golf Team and get our returning athletes fitted for new PXG clubs. He was awesome and meticulous in getting the right equipment into our players' hands. That also might not seem unusual, but in all my years of coaching women's golf, it's an honor my teams haven't been afforded prior to now. I'm very impressed with the commitment that Bob Parsons is making to women's golf and I want to thank him for serving us in the same way he is serving our men's team. We plan to honor his support by playing great golf with his clubs!
Today, our men's team returners will go through their fittings and order their new equipment. In my 25 years of coaching, I've seen this happen a lot. I've been on the range when other major equipment brands sent their guy out to get the men's team equipped while we watched from the other end of the range. It was an absolute joy to take part in this activity this year. Thanks Mr. Parsons!
My first job in golf was in 1975 pulling carts out and scrubbing the floor of the bar at Bunker Hill Muni in my hometown. I joined the PGA in 1983 and when I went to School 1 as it used to be called, I was one of 2 women in a room of 100 guys. I've never really worried about what I was getting and what I wasn't getting as a female in the business. Instead, I worked hard and focused on doing a great job. If you want to shine as a minority in an industry, you can't spend time on what isn't happening. As a coach of collegiate women, I've done the same. While it would've been great for us to get all that the guys have gotten over the years, we've consistently gotten more. We've gotten a better budget, better access to great facilities and better gear. My goal has been to fight for more for my team since day one and we've made progress at both programs I've headed. If I would have spent time focusing on what I didn't have, what wasn't happening or comparing our programs to others, we wouldn't have grown. That lesson was taught to me early as a female in the golf profession. No one can take away your great attitude, your hard work or your achievements, so staying focused on those things will bring results.
Now, Dave Von Ins and I are lucky enough to team with Jason Enloe and Chris Parra on our men's side, who are true team players. They make sure we are included and equal in all that happens in SMU Golf, as does the Chair of the Payne Stewart Cup, Ron Spears. Add to their inclusiveness our new relationship with PXG, who've honored our team and other women's teams around the country with equal treatment and respect. Thank you Bob Parsons for setting the bar high in the industry in so many ways! SMU Women's Golf greatly appreciates it! Now, let's go make some birdies!