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WGD Presents 2021 Inspire Action Awards

Spirited Facilities and Individual Contributions Recognized

Riccardo Tirotti of Marco Simone Golf & CC accepts award from Elisa Gaudet
Riccardo Tirotti of Marco Simone Golf & CC accepts award from Elisa Gaudet
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s 2021 Women’s Golf Day
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s 2021 Women’s Golf Day

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2022) – Women’s Golf Day has named the recipients of its 2021 Inspire Action awards, presented to facilities and persons who have best exemplified the spirit of Women’s Golf Day.

This year’s recipients for the most spirited locations are North Carolina’s Pinehurst Resort & Country Club and Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia RM, Italy.

“The success of WGD at both Pinehurst and Marco Simone was outstanding, both of which have been hosting WGD events since 2016,” said Elisa Gaudet, founder of Women’s Golf Day.  “It is our hope that more and more facilities around the globe will be inspired and motivated to host an event on June 7, 2022—Women’s Golf Day.”

Lavinia Biagiotti, owner of Marco Simone, the host course for the 2023 Ryder Cup, said, “I am so grateful to receive the WGD Inspire Action Award and to share it with my team. We are fully committed at every level to engage, empower, and support women through golf in accordance with our motto “Playing the Future.”

In 2021, Gabby Weis, Head Golf Professional for Pinehurst Country Club, safely hosted 120 women at her course despite the challenges of the pandemic.

“On behalf of Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, I am thrilled to accept this award,” Weis stated. “Growing women’s golf at our facility has been a goal of mine since I started in 2018. We have created so many new golfers and connected them with new friends & avenues to play the game at the ‘Cradle of American Golf.’”

Honored in the individual impact category were Tom Addis, CEO of the Southern California PGA, and Jill Spiegel, Senior Vice President of Merchandising for PGA TOUR Superstore.

Addis said, “I am humbled by the award and recognition for doing what I love to do, always.  I’ll do my best to continue to support WGD.”

“Tom was instrumental in arranging for PGA professionals to receive Member Service Requirement (MSR) credits for participating in various WGD programs,” explained Gaudet.  “Jill and PGA Tour Superstores have been wonderful partners and worked especially hard to offer an array of WGD-branded products for consumers. PGA Tour Superstores have hosted WGD events in all 50 stores since 2016. They actively engage women throughout the year with fittings, instruction and events.”

The WGD Inspire Action award itself marks a new partnership with Prestige Flag and beautifully framed pin flags are the awards.

For clubs and courses looking to host a WGD event, online registration and additional information may be found at

To register for WGD VIP Membership visit

Women’s Golf Day Official Partners: Callaway Golf, ClubCorp, FootJoy, GloveIt, Golf Town, Titleist, The R&A, and PGA TOUR Superstore.  Women’s Golf Day is also proudly supported by:  All Square, Annika Foundation, Asian Golf, The California Alliance for Golf, Chronogolf, ClubCorp, Cutter & Buck,  EGCOA, European Tour, European Tour Properties, The First Tee, Gallus Golf, The Golf Channel, GolfNow, International Golf Federation, LET, LPGA, LPGA Amateur, Modest Golf Management, NGCOA, NGCOA Canada, PGA of America, PGA TOUR,  Players First, Prestige Flag, Sky Sports,  TopGolf, TopTracer, TPC Properties, Troon Golf, Troon International, USGA, WE ARE GOLF, Women & Golf, Women’s Golf & Travel, The World Golf Foundation and more.

About Women’s Golf Day:  Women’s Golf Day (WGD) is a global movement that Engages, Empowers, and Supports women and girls through golf and facilities them learning the skills that last a lifetime. The one-day, four-hour event, has now taken place at more than 1000 locations in nearly 80 countries since its inception in 2016, and has introduced thousands of new golfers to the sport. WGD is the fastest-growing female golf development initiative.

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All are welcome to participate in Women’s Golf Day except where prohibited by law. Women’s Golf Day does not discriminate against anyone based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, material status or sexual orientation.



Karen Moraghan

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Kristen Hunter

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