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Celebrating Women's History Month

Join us in celebrating the incredible women who help grow the game of golf.

At Indigo Golf Partners we lead with inclusion and a sense of belonging and we work together to collectively grow the game of golf. This month is Women’s History Month and we are honored to celebrate the incredible women in our organization that continue to lead and inspire the future of golf.

Kellie Hines, PGA

Head Golf Professional

Ocean Course Hokuala

Elise Guirao

Merchandise Buyer

Ocean Course Hokuala

Cyd Okino

Golf Assistant

Pearl Country Club

Dawn Crozier

Merchandise Buyer & Marketing Manager

Pearl Country Club

Sherrie Golden, PGA

Merchandise Buyer & Pro Shop Manager

Ka’anapali Golf Courses

Debbie Pulawa

Golf Operations Manager

Kukuiolono Park & Golf Course

Melissa Dupuis

Regional Operations Manager

Hawaii

Patty Karpinski

Assistant Golf Professional

Colony West

Tracy Clark

Assistant General Manager

Prince William

Denise Utterson

Office Administrator

Dubsdread Learning Center

Ashley Ogorzalek

Assistant General Manager/Outing Sales Director

Lyman Orchards

Marissa Kulig Crow

Instructor

Lyman Orchards

Andra Frappier

Instructor

Lyman Orchards

Cassie Smith

Director of Golf

Pinch Brook

Bethanie Checo

Assistant Golf Professional

Pinch Brook

Jenna Del Polito

Sales Director

Flanders Valley

Tami Henery

Director of Golf

Berkshire Valley

Christina Ferrari

General Manager

Pine Ridge

Rachelle Campbell

General Manager

The Windham Club

Lynn Sexton

Membership Director

Royce Brook

Hualani Duncan

Golf Sales Manager

Hokuala

Dawn Bugenhagen

Director of Sales

Antelope Hills

Patty Snyder

Director of Instruction and LPGA Life Member

Lincoln Hills Golf Club

Jorgene Barton

Assistant Golf Professional

Spanish Wells

Below are a few spotlights of our amazing women in golf!

Patty Karpinski, Assistant Golf Professional, Colony West

Patty's golf career, and first job, began in high school. The Head Golf Professional of Glen Cove Golf Course on Long Island took her under his wing and taught her the game of golf.

After graduating, Patty joined the Metropolitan PGA and in 1978, pursued playing golf competitively on the Florida Mini Tour. Realizing that teaching the game of golf was her true passion, she returned to New York and became the Assistant Golf Professional at Lake Success Golf Course. Following Lake Success, Patty became the General Manager at Ally Pond Driving Range which was an 80 stall range that also housed a mini golf course and a restaurant.

Having enough of the cold weather, Patty moved to South Florida where she was hired as the General Manager at Normandy Shores Golf Course. After working at Normandy Shores, a terrific opportunity outside of a golf course presented itself. Patty was offered a great opportunity to open Sunset Tavern and restaurant in South Miami. While there, Patty learned all of the aspects of the food and beverage business. Missing her real passion, the game of golf, she applied to work part time at Colony West Golf Club here in Tamarac. Patty worked herself up to become the Assistant Head Golf Professional where she continues, to this day, to teach, merchandise the golf shop and embrace the game! Outside of golf, Patty is an avid road biker, pet lover and gourmet cook.

Tracy Clark, Assistant General Manager, Prince William

Tracy started in the Pro Shop at Prince William before becoming assistant General Manager. She has built a great rapport with customers, leading her colleagues to foresee her as a General Manager in the near future.

Denise Utterson, Office Administrator, Dubsdread Golf Learning Center

Denise Utterson joined the Learning Center team in November 2020.

She organizes all the Learning Center calendars for classes in addition to marketing. She prepares weekly reports including many of the key metrics we use to identify the impact the Learning Center has on our property. She also assists students and parents with registration for our Op36 Academy. The feedback we get from all of our students on Denise is so incredibly positive.

When she first joined the Learning Center team, she was asked if she would like to participate in one of the Adult Tee It Up classes and learn to play golf. She had never played golf before, but we knew it would help her explain to prospective students what the class was all about. She said, “I’d love to take the class and I’m so excited to learn to play golf." Denise recently got her first set of clubs and loves them. She also participated in our first Operation 36 Adult On-Course Event last month. She said she had a blast!

Denise also plays a big role in the new Learning Center Monthly Newsletter and handles our Social Media campaigns. She is such a huge asset to the Learning Center team and we are lucky to have her!

Hualani Duncan, Golf Sales Manager, Hokuala

Hualani is the epitome of the Aloha Spirit. Aloha oozes out of Hualani to our staff, owners, guests and of course our residents. Returning guests always seek Hualani when they arrive. Hua has been our Scramble ambassador, encouraging the golfers to have fun. Because of her relationship with these golfers, they repeatedly come back to play and shop. Our residents call her at home to book their tee time, and she never denies a phone call from our regulars on her personal phone.

Sherrie Golden, Merchandise Manager, Kaanapali

The first impression you get from Sherrie is her friendliness and upbeat energy. Her demeanor brings a sense of harmony to Kaanapali Golf Courses. Her humble nature would never clue you in about her playing prowess. Sherrie is one of the most accomplished women golfers in Hawaii. She grew up on the island of Oahu playing competitive golf as a junior and winning a flurry of events. She blossomed to win high profile Hawaii state tournaments such as the Hawaii Women’s Stroke Play and Jenny K Women’s Invitational. Sherrie later moved to Maui at the start of her golf business career, leading various golf courses before settling down at Kaanapali for the past 13 years. Every day she makes the beautiful journey to Kaanapali Resort from the opposite side of Maui. Her vibrant touch is displayed in the Pro Shop as Sherrie manages the merchandise of one of the top retail shops in golf. Her depth in the golf business is well respected and her influence on golf from playing to growing the game has been inspirational. Please join us in acknowledging Sherrie Golden!

Cyd Okino, Pearl Country Club

Cyd has garnered just about every female golf accolade one could earn, from one of the youngest to compete in the US Women’s Open at age 14, to being the youngest girl to compete in one of Hawaii’s women’s “major”, the “Jennie K” at age 9. Since a young age, Cyd has grown up and played under the spotlight.

Currently, Cyd is working at Pearl Country Club as an Outside Guest Service employee and playing on the Japan’s JLPGA Step Up Tour. She is also an assistant coach with Hawaii Pacific University and at Casey Nakama Golf Development Center (junior golf lessons for ages 7-18) located at Pearl. This month, Cyd will be starting a new position at Pearl as a PGA Apprentice Assistant Professional.

Dawn Bugenhagen, Director of Sales, Antelope Hills

Dawn started at Antelope Hills as a Beverage Cart Attendant and has moved up to Director of Sales. She has been a tremendous addition to the team and wears many hats. Her energy is contagious and truly ACEs the customers experience, going that extra mile to make the customer feel appreciated. She has been managing the front of the house and bar in the restaurant as well and has truly changed the atmosphere for the better. Staff and customers speak very highly of Dawn and we couldn’t imagine not having her on our team.

Patty Snyder, Director of Instruction and LPGA Life Member, Lincoln Hills Golf Club

  • Former LPGA Tour Player
  • Certified as an LPGA T & CP Class A Member

Patty Snyder Golf Tips:

  • Humor is the absence of self-importance. It is lightness, a basic sense of enjoyment. This does not mean frivolous or “cronyism”...a good time at someone’s expense...but a genuinely simple good time. Because of discipline, we can understand.
  • That humor overcomes the seriousness of putting too much emphasis on results. Therefore, we can relax and help each other.
  • Playing the game of golf is simply one way of engaging the world: it is neither important nor unimportant. With virtue, discipline and humor, the simplicity of the game becomes a stepping stone for making a heart connection with others. Making that heart connection is friendship, accepting the good and bad qualities of our fellow human beings.

Jorgene Barton, Assistant Golf Professional, Spanish Wells

Jorgene's path to becoming a golf professional is a long and winding one. She was the first Girls Junior Club Champion in 1966 at a club her father opened, one of the few that did not discriminate against women and children at that time. She attended Stephens College and then the University of Vermont, where she made the Men's Golf Team.

In 1998, Jorgene made it to Florida where she worked with a club in Estero, Florida, assisting the course designer with tips on tee placement, pivot points and yardage. She joined the team at Spanish Wells in 2020. She says, "Life is hectic at Spanish Wells during season. But I've never worked with a better or more fun staff."

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