Sissi Gann - Houston County
Home Course: Houston Lakes
Career: Served as Clerk of the State Court of Houston County for over 20 years. Elected 6 times for each four year term.
GWGA Honorary Life Member
Lisa Murdock- Augusta/Lincolnton
Home Course- Rocky Branch Golf Club – Lincolnton
Career – Chief Radiologic Technologist at Augusta University Medical Center. Lisa is a 1993 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, School of Allied Health with a degree in Radiography. She holds advanced registries in CT, Mammography and Quality Management. She loves the field of diagnostic imaging and taking care of her patients.
Lisa is a cowgirl at heart. She has owned and showed Quarter Horses for over 25 years. She competed all over the southeast in Western Pleasure and Hunt Seat on her horses. She served as President for the South Carolina Amateur Quarter Horses Association for several years. She still owns one horse, Casey. She and Casey have traded the show pen for nice quiet rides through the woods these days.
Lisa lives on Clark Hill lake in Lincolnton and loves spending time enjoying the lake with friends.
Lisa served at a GWGA Director from 2010-2015. She also serves as Captain for the greenside scorers on Hole 17 at the Master’s Tournament in Augusta. She and her team are responsible to real-time tournament scoring and PGA stats. Lisa is also Past President of the Rocky Branch LGA.
JoAnn Timm - Hampton
Home Course: Sun City Peachtree Golf Club - Griffin
Career: Military retiree - 35 years of service.
A graduate of the Minnesota School of Business in computer programming JoAnn went on to join the Air Force. Assignments included Grand Forks, ND, Kwang Ju Korea, Clark Air Base Philippines and then back to Minnesota.
After 13 years of service JoAnn joined the Army. Specializing in logistics she worked directly for the Commander of Headquarters. She was responsible for inventory control of all soldier equipment accomplishing this task with 100% accuracy. During her military career she earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration and General Business as well as a Master of Science in Research Management and Human Resources.
In retirement JoAnn is busy golfing and volunteering within the golf community. She volunteers with GSGA as a rules official. A few favorite assignments are with the Georgia State Junior and High School golf teams. She also volunteers with the Symetra, PGA and LPGA tours. In addition, she is Chairman of the board for the Mid-GA Ladies Golf Association and a former President of the Griffin Ladies Golf Association.
Nina Fanning - Newnan
Home Course: Newnan Country Club - Newnan
Career: Owner - Secretaries Unlimited, RN - Department of Surgery UAB, Surgical Nurse - private practice General Surgeon
While working as a Surgical Nurse for a private practice General Surgeon in Atlanta, Nina realized medical satellite offices were becoming popular and necessary. She began assisting physicians in setting up and managing their second office. This led her to start her own business, Secretaries Unlimited. A secretarial service and executive suite center which she operated for ten years. Taking many years off to raise children she went back to work for another ten years outsourcing HR services to small businesses.
Nina has served as President of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Alumni of Leadership North Fulton and Leadership Coweta. She has logged over 800 hours as a single engine pilot and, co-researched “A Pilot’s Guide to the Bahamas.” as well as completing the Coweta-UGA Master’s Gardner’s program.
Her love affair with golf began when she was 37. She has been a Ladies Club Champion at two different clubs as well as a Senior Ladies Champion. As a member of The Hole In One Club she continues to perfect her game.
Karen Sagon - Peachtree City
Home Course: Flat Creek Country Club
Career: Current business owner / Physical Education teacher/coach 19 years
I think of my resume like steps in life. I graduated from Georgia Southern College in 1986 with a BS in Health and Physical Education and began my career as a teacher in the Fayette County School system. By 1995, I had obtained a Masters and Specialist Degree in Education from the University of West Georgia. I loved teaching and coaching for 19 years in my hometown and very proud to be a voted a member of the Fayette County High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 2004 I stepped out on a limb and became an entrepreneur, co-founding a real estate company and project management company. Morningside Realty was developed with 28 Realtors and later sold to a National Real Estate firm in 2010. My experience in real estate lead me to open my own company, Morningside Medical, where I worked in procuring real estate sites for medical practices as a licensed realtor, then planning and building facilities with owners and contractors.
These past experiences landed me here today at Ageless Wellness Center with Dr. Walraven and Linda Faulkner, FNP-C. I am serving as a co-owner, Chief Financial Officer and Project Manager. What a pleasure it is each day to be part of this organization…no matter how well designed, it is only as good as the people who live and work in it.
My off time is absorbed with the love of golf and I am honored to be part of GWGA and helping this organization grow in a positive way to encourage women in golf.
Jo Higgins - Marietta
Home Course: Pinetree - Kennesaw
Career: transportation consulting
Jo Higgins has been passionate about golf since she was a child, thanks to her father. One of six siblings with four of them brothers, she has been involved in sports her entire life and tries to compete as best her body will let her these days.
For over 20 years, Jo has served on state and local golf related boards in varying capacities including BOD president, rules official, treasurer, tournament chair and many other volunteer positions that helped grow the game of golf. She is a recent transplant from Colorado, arriving in Georgia in 2017. On the education front,
Jo has dual degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has an analytical mind, thus a natural fit to have a career in the transportation planning and engineering profession for the past 32 years. She has worked on projects all over the world, and continues to provide transportation consulting services to clients today.
Mary Woodfin - Villa Rica
Home Course: Mirror Lake - Villa Rica
Mary worked in education for 31 years and now loves to spend her time playing golf. She participates in the GWGA Four Ball and State Am Tournaments, as well as GSGA events.
She's an avid LGA member and has been in key rolls in organizing Play Days and other tournament events.
She has joined GWGA to encourage women of all ages to play golf.
Jackie Elliott – Macon
Home Course: River Forest Golf Club – Forsyth
Career: Received a BBA from Mercer
University. Started Medical Billing Resources, Inc. with her husband in 1992, providing revenue cycle management services to healthcare providers all over the state of Georgia. Retired in 2014 after selling their business.
Jackie spends much of her free time playing golf and loves traveling to different tournaments throughout the year. She served on the LGA board at River Forest Golf Club for many years, with 2 of those years as President. Jackie has also been a volunteer with the RSM Classic at Sea Island for the past 2 years.
Tracy Lindsey - Jesup
Home Course: Pine Forest Country Club - Jesup
Career: Partner - Bennett & Lindsey PC, Special Assistant Attorney General, Consultant/Webmaster - Rayonier Corporate Communications Southeast
Tracy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism and received her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. Her law firm provides pro bono services to the Wayne CountyIndustrial Development Authority, Boys & Girls Club of the Altamaha area, and Fairhaven Domestic Abuse Shelter.
Tracy is the Treasurer of the Jesup Bar Association and Wayne County Law Library, as well as Wayne County of Commerce & Vice Chair 2008-2015.
As a native of eastern North Carolina her love of all things nautical was born. Growing up she spent her time water skiing and sailing the Ablemarle Sound. In 2004 she earned her Captain’s license. She loved piloting her Boston Whaler, until her love of golf consumed her free time.
Pam Mitchell - Atlanta
Home Course: Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee - Eatonton
Career: Marketing Coordinator - Lanier Business Products
Forever busy with her properties, Pam is the Owner/President of Petty LLC. An
upscale retail commercial property in Seaside, FL. In addition, she is Owner/President of SWK Liam LLC, an oceanfront rental condominium in the beautiful Watersound Community in Florida. She also enjoys spending time in the prestigious Cuscowilla golf
community where she is Co-Owner and Managing Partner of AIGT LLC. A multiplex condominium complex located on Lake Oconee. A lifetime member of the Auburn University Alumni Association with a B.S. in Business, Pam has also worked for Gap Inc, and Banana Republic.
Pam serves as the Secretary of the Claude A. and Johann S. Petty Foundation which provides funds to charitable causes. In addition, she served on the board of the Atlanta Country Club Ladies Golf Association for six years. This is her fourth year serving on the GWGA board.
When she’s not promoting golf, Pam is a very dedicated to her family. She has two sons Spencer and Will and two grandchildren Liam and Rylin. Her favorite colors are orange and blue. Go War Eagle!
Maria Johnson - Jesup
Home Course: Pine Forest Country Club - Jesup
Career: Payroll Supervisor/Cost Accountant - Rayonier Inc.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Maria came to the states to study at the University of Hawaii. She received her BS in Accounting at City University in Seattle.
She has one son Kevin, who has participated in the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour and American Junior Golf Tour.
Maria enjoys participating in national and state level competitions. Earning the title of top medalist at the Washington State Sectional she qualified to compete in the 1995 US Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in Essex, MA. Partnered with Danielle Davis in 2004, they won the GSGA State Team held at Wilmington Island Country Club in Savannah, GA. She participated as a co-captain in the GA-FL Team Match Competition, now known as the Women’s Southeastern Challenge Match. At Doublegate Country Club in Albany she was runner up in the Inaugural Women’s Match Play 2011. She has been the Pine Forest Country Club Champion since 1997.
Currently the Pine Forest Ladies Golf Association in-house Tournament Chair and Treasurer of the Pine Forest Country Club Homeowner’s Association.
Betsy Butler - Atlanta
Home Course: Cullasaja Club
Career: Founder - Blue Sky Real Estate Group, Associate Broker - Remax Metro
With a B.S. degree in Biology and an MBA degree in Finance from Georgia State University, Betsy has a proven track record in business. Early in her career she worked as a Financial Advisor for Smith Barney. She then joined the investment banking division of Central Bank of the South in Birmingham, AL. As Vice President in the investment division she led the division’s move from using a service bureau to its own in-house hardware and software systems. Subsequent positions in the investment division include, Manager of Central Bank Discount Brokerage and Manager of the retail bond sales department.
In other roles, Betsy owned a Central Park restaurant franchise, the first drive-thru only chain in the country.
She has also served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Foundation for Athletic Excellence whose mission is to support Georgia athletes in their pursuit of competing in the Olympics. As Executive Director, Betsy led fundraising campaigns and established innovative counseling and coaching programs for young athletes. Most recently she served on the Board of Sally Ride Science for three years.
Betsy competed on the women’s professional tennis circuit in the late 1970’s.
As a single digit handicap golfer, she won the 2012 GSGA Team Championship.
Patti Martin – Macon, GA
Home Course - Idle Hour Country Club & River Forest Golf Club
Career: Spent majority of of time raising sons and very involved in their activities but after they finished school Patti enjoyed assisting in husband’s surgery office in exam rooms and handled accounts payable.
Patti was raised in Gray, GA, the youngest of four and baby sister to three brothers. How could she not be competitive? She graduated with a B.S. from Georgia Southern. Several years ago, after raising 3 sons, Patti traded her tennis racket for golf clubs and quickly realized golf was her true love. She has served as Idle Hour LGA President and is the current Club Champion. She joined River Forest in 2019 and recently became the Senior Women's Club Champion. She enjoys volunteering for various golf tournaments including the RSM Classic at Sea Island each year. Patti enjoys playing in GWGA, GSWGA and GSGA tournaments throughout the state. When not playing golf she loves spending time at St. Simons Island riding her Vespa.
Home Course: Pinetree Country Club - Kennesaw
Career:Co-Owner - America’s Home Lender
For the last fifteen years JoAnn has enjoyed playing and promoting women’s golf. She has served in various capacities in her local LGA including President, Tournament Chair and Publicity Chair. In 2010 she served as President of the Georgia Women’s Tournament of Champions. She is also actively involved in organizing golf tournaments to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Prior to golf JoAnn worked in many capacities in the field of electronics. She has been employed as a Department Manager, Operations/Project Manager, Account Executive of computer sales and spent many years as a Computer Technician.
JoAnn received an Associate of Science degree from Oxnard College, California.