Mackenzie Mack, PGA, LPGA, MBA, also played in the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, for Indiana State University. A role model for black women, Mack grew up the daughter of a school principal and was surrounded by mentors throughout her life. Giving back to others aspiring to a career in the game is a huge part of her mission, as well.
“I saw my mother’s passion for mentoring and helping youth along their life journey from a young age, and it naturally rubbed off on me, as well,” said Mack. “To be able to combine my passion for leading youth with my passion for the golf industry, it’s honestly been a dream come true.”
Currently serving as the Associate Executive Director for The First Tee of Tennessee in Memphis and West Tennessee Regional Director for The Tennessee Golf Foundation, Mack is in charge of managing and growing junior golf in western Tennessee.
“My job is to make sure that kids from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to enjoy this sport,” said Mack. “Our goal is to go wherever the kids and their parents are, because if we only wait for them to come to us, we won’t grow.”
Mack also hopes to pursue a leadership position within the PGA of America, so she entered the PGA LEAD emerging leaders program. PGA LEAD is designed to identify, mentor and progress PGA Professionals from diverse backgrounds into volunteer leadership roles at the Chapter, Section and National levels of the Association.
“Seeing is believing, and to me, I know that to increase African-American women’s presence in golf I need to serve as a leader,” said Mack. “Not only to share diverse perspectives on how the future of golf should look, but to also serve as an example or a mentor for young girls who look like me, but may not see someone like us in positions of influence. It’s crucial for development and diversity in the game of golf.”