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.
Home Course, The Landings Club (TLC) Career: 17 years with Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. and 5 Years with Atlantic Mutual Ins. Co., moving through various assignments from Claim Adjuster, to Personal Insurance Sales and Marketing Exec.
Golf History:GWGA Tournament Tee Division winnerGSGA Sr. Director and Rating Capt, SE zoneTLC Board of Governors and Golf & Green Chair, Ladies Club Champion and Ladies Sr. Club ChampionLWGA ChairSavannah Golf Championship, Vice Chair
I was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia. After attending the University of North Carolina, I moved to New York City and pursued a career in television commercial production initially as a producer/first assistant director traveling around the world producing commercials. In the early 80’s, I opened my first production company working with major advertising agencies, producing over 1500 commercials for major advertisers. In 2008, after more than 30 years in tv commercial production, I decided to change gears and follow my passion for the game of golf. I became first executive director of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association in Elmsford, NY. The WMGA provides services to 2,500 individual women members and over 200 private golf facilities in NY/NJ/CT metropolitan region. In addition, I became a certified USGA Rules of Golf official and travelled across the US providing this service. In 2016, my husband and I bought our home in The Landings in Savannah and once we both retired, we moved here in 2017. We have three adult children who are scattered across the country - San Francisco, Aspen, CO and Philadelphia. We enjoy visiting with them as often as possible. I have continued to give back to the game of golf by volunteering as a USGA rules official for the GSGA, the PGA, the SEC Conference and USGA. I currently serve as a member of The Landings Club Green Committee; Treasurer of the Landings Women’s GA, the GSGA Tournament Committee; and the GWGA Board of Directors.
Brenda Greer Evans – Fort Valley
Home Course: Houston Lake Country Club
Career: Co-Owner of Evans Farms GP. Brenda and her husband, Chop, have been in the Pecan Industry for 24 years. Together, along with two of their sons, they have grown from 1900 acres to over 9,000 acres while farming in nine (9) counties. She has served on the boards of Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, Southeastern Pecan Association, Georgia Pecan Growers Association (Vice President), and Farm Service Agency Committee Board. She recently became the first woman appointed to the Georgia Agricultural Pecan Commodity Commissions by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Gary Black.
While on the board of Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, she started a golf tournament as a fundraiser and chaired it for the duration of her term. She has also chaired a golf tournament to support Westfield Schools for the last 25 years. Brenda has been a member of Houston Lake Country Club since 1974. She is on the Houston Lake Advisory Board and has served as President of the Ladies Golf Association for the last five (5) years. She has promoted women’s golf and has participated in GWGA and GSGA tournaments for years. During her off season from harvest, she spends most of her free time playing golf and encouraging and introducing her Grandchildren to the game of golf.
Home Course Twin City Country Club in Sandersville Georgia
An avid golfer from a small town in middle Georgia Beth loves meeting golfers and making new friends. The joy of playing in golf tournaments combined with exploring areas across the state with friends has been a fun experience for a little over a decade now.
Her home course is known for hosting the Ham & Bacon Tournament where participants love “bringing home the bacon!” The thrill of hosting an event where golfers come from all over the state to her home course is always a special occasion.
She enjoys participating in and serving with TWGA and CSRAWGA which each hold monthly golf events for women in her area. Gordon Lakes and Champions Retreat are other courses that Beth belongs to.
Beth has spent her entire adult life working in the convenience store business. Her husband Charles along with his cousin own Jet Food Stores, a 54 store chain whose corporate office is based in Sandersville. Beth is the controller for the chain and has been employed with the company since 1982.
Traveling across the country in a motorhome with her family during the summer months over the past twenty years has been a great passion. Visiting our country’s beautiful National Parks, having streamside picnics and hiking mountainside trails fills her love language of quality time with family.
The mother of a son and daughter Beth counts her role as a parent as her greatest gift in life second to her salvation. She is looking forward to hopefully becoming a grandparent someday.
She is excited to serve on the GWGA board and helping to grow the game.
Thankful to be a recipient of grace…Ephesians 3:20
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.
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.
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
Home Course: Houston Co Country Club
Career Financial Planning 45 years , and still counting. After college resided in Houston County 50 years serving in several professional and civic organizations ,as well as in the Houston County Country Club LGA where she was a member for 40 years. Rode motorcycles for 20 years. Now an avid bicyclist and travels as often as can. Darla resides at St Simons Island Ga.