WGD Team
The Women’s Golf Day Team
Elisa Gaudet Founder
President of Executive Golf International, a strategic consulting and marketing firm. Author of Two Good Rounds book series. Worked for the Tour de las Americas and PGA TOUR including executing the EMC World Cup in 2002. Overseeing strategy, partner development and activation. Passionate about growing golf and emerging international golf markets. Enjoy team building and empowering others especially through golf.
Golf Trivia: Golfed underwater with a dive tank at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay in the Bahamas while filmed with a GoPro on YouTube.
The Women’s Golf Day Team
Our philosophy is simple — is create a supportive and inclusive community of women who can come together to learn, play, and grow through the sport of golf.

Cathy Harbin

Cathy Harbin’s pedigree includes Class A PGA Master Professional status since 2000. She is also a member of the LPGA and NGCOA. With over 20 years as an operator in the golf business, Cathy has perfected training and operational systems that create a consistent world class experience and sustainable profits. Cathy has a diverse path through golf that few others match. She served as Executive Director of Golf 20/20, worked as Vice President of Golf for ClubCorp, has her operational experience and she purchased her own golf course.

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Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk


7-Time Canadian Long Drive Champion, LDA Tour Champion, currently ranked Top 5 in the World in ladies long drive

15 years experience as a golf entertainer at over 600 corporate/charity golf outings. International keynote speaker at conferences and conventions sharing strategies for peak performance and resiliency with corporations. 15 years experience as a golf instruction & golf travel journalist including a column in Golf Digest Canada. Owner of the Lisa Longball Golf School for Women hosting schools in both Canada and the US. Overseeing and developing the growth of Women’s Golf Day in Canada.

Golf Trivia: First women to hit it over 3 ½ NFL football fields in competition (350 yards, 2 feet, 2 inches) and made one of her two hole-in-one’s in a golf tournament when she was pregnant.

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Nicole Wheatley


Founder of Medi8, a global marketing communications agency dedicated to golf, Nicole began her career 20 years ago working with players. She is a passionate believer in the importance of attracting more women to the sport in a business and playing capacity. Nicole has been a mentor for the R&A Women’s Leadership program and is the writer / producer of the critically acclaimed documentary Breaking with Tradition which examines the relationship between women and golf.

Golf Trivia: Nicole’s first job in golf was as a client assistant for Jean Van de Velde who, just 3 weeks after she started, famously took his shoes and socks off and got into the Barry Burn in Carnoustie!

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Leslee Moger


A passionate sportswoman, Leslee has participated in sport all of her life. Playing Division I Tennis for St. Bonaventure University in her 20's, personal Training in London, England throughout her 30s and to taking up golf in her 40s-- she has lived an active life and embraced all of the challenges and opportunities that sports have given her along the way. Having returned to the UK after 4 years in Florida with her own golf operations company, she has continued to follow her sporting heart by working for Play More Golf—the UK’s first fully flexible golf membership. With her two teenage boys, also active golfers, and PGA husband, she rounds out a fun family foursome on the course. Encouraging and inspiring women to participate and enjoy sport will always be at the core of everything she does.

Fun Fact: Leslee was on the bag / caddied for her husband in the Senior British Open 2016

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Hally Leadbetter


Hally has an extensive background in golf and social media. 

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Miklós Breitner


Founder of Golf Business Monitor, the highly acclaimed B2B golf business blog, and golf club marketing consultant: Recognized by Golf Inc. Magazine as "one of the savviest consultants in Europe and runs a very popular golf business blog.".

Golf Trivia: I have 3 common things with Michael Jordan: 1. I used to be a basketball player, 2. lefty. and 3. 198 cm tall.

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Emma Ballard


Emma Ballard is Head of Digital at Medi8 Limited, a Marketing Communications Agency in the UK. A keen golfer from an early age, calling herself lucky to have Wentworth Golf Club as her home club growing up. Although her playing became sporadic, Emma’s love for golf has always been there, and after a degree in Sport Development & Coaching Sciences, she has spent her whole career in the golf industry. She wants to use her industry knowledge and passion for the game to get more people playing golf.

Golf Trivia: As Head Pro at Wentworth, Bernard Gallacher would often coach her Saturday group lesson as a teenager. Her ability to get out of greenside bunkers is all down to him!

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Asmaa Bensalah


Asmaa has a Ph.d. in Biology and teaches at the Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco. Asmaa is a passionate golfer who has learned a great deal about herself and propel through golf. She has played in the prestigious Hassan II Golf Trophy and Lalla Meryem Cup Pro Am and has played with Laura Davis in 2016. Through the WGD she would like to encourage more girls and women to play golf, a sport she feels can uplift and give women independence.

Golf Trivia: Won the Lalla Meryem Pro Am Cup gross

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Julio Soto


Over 18 years of experience in Golf Administration with the Puerto Rico Golf Association, a member of the Host Committee for the 2004 World Amateur Team Championship organized by the IGF and participated in numerous international events. Also worked as Sports Commissioner for the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee (#EquipoPUR)

Golf Trivia: Husband. Daddy of Three Amazing Kids and promoter of my beloved country Puerto Rico and all its beautiful courses.

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Elżbieta Panas Women's Golf Day Ambassador - Poland

Elżbieta Panas


Elżbieta Panas - film and theater actress has been involved in Polish golf for 30 years. Former member of the board of directors of the Polish Golf Union. More recently, also a member of the Women's Sports Commission at the Polish Olympic Committee. Among other things, she was co-producer of the first television golf magazine, co-authored an exhibition on the history of golf in Poland and around the world - the exhibition was held at the Museum of Sport and Tourism in Warsaw, and she co-edited the first printed album on the history of golf in Poland. Originator and co-founder of the Polish Women's Golf Association. She was re-elected as President of this association being a supporting member of the Polish Golf Union.

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Renate Roeleveld


For over 22 years Renate has been a Director of various golf courses in the Netherlands. Making golfers feel at home is her main ambition. She is the President of the NVG (Dutch NGCOA) so actively involved in growing the game of golf. Her specific focus is on customer satisfaction, on the golf-ecosystem where course, club and professionals collaborate to create avid golfers and off course Women’s golf. With her highly successful FAB Friday program on her golf course she has encouraged already 100’s of women to become active golfers and unraveled ways to get them enthusiastic. Golf is her passion and an inseparable part of her life.

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Stefano Ghirardi


Over 25 years specialist in Marketing, Communications & Events; Golf Tourism Specialist of Italian Market. Founder of Prosecco Golf Cup "The First Tournament of Prosecco Tasting" International Amateur Tournament.

Creator of the Tourist Golf Project: "Golf In Veneto" Winner in 2012 “IAGTO AWARD - Undiscovered golf destination of the year".

Golf Trivia: I'm proud of having organized in ITALY, the first golf lessons for kindergartners, with Professional Golfer Andrea Signor

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Lynn McCool


Lynn is Director of Golf & Head Professional at N.Ireland’s Lough Erne 5* Resort in County Fermanagh N.Ireland where she oversees the management of The Faldo Course (Top 100 UK & Ireland) and Castle Hume Course. Lynn a former Irish International Golfer, competed on the Ladies European and Asian Tour before embarking onto a PGA Club Professional Career. Lynn has 24 years’ experience specializing in Golf Event Management, Customer Service, Golf Marketing , Golf Memberships and growing the game.

Golf Trivia: Co- HOSTED series ‘Golfing The World’ broadcast in the USA. Studied at University of Hawaii where I lost my Irish Accent for a day or two!!

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Earnie Ellison


Managing Partner of Ellison Consulting Group, LLC; a sports industry diversity and inclusion consultancy. Formerly the PGA of America Director of Business and Community Relations, Earnie is widely recognized for his vanguard approach to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion within the world’s largest working sports organization.

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Christina Ricci

Ambassador USA

Christina is an LPGA member, TPI Level 2 Certified and a top-selling golf author of four Golf Survival Guide books. She has helped grow and promote the game of golf to women in her very unique way since 2008 and is a strong advocate of women’s golf.

Golf Trivia: Only female golf amateur to get published for instructional golf books.

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Danielle Tucker


Head Women's Golf Coach, Georgetown University

19 years hosting and producing “The Golf Club”, a golf radio show she owns and created. The show airs live on 5 Hawaii radio stations every Saturday, live streams at and found as podcast on all podcast platforms. Golf writer, columns are at, and member of GWAA. Enthusiastic junior golf supporter, helps coach youngsters Saturday with the Aloha State Junior Golf Association. Founding member of EWGA Hawaii.

Golf Trivia: Watching mongoose sneak up to snatch musubi and sandwiches out of golf carts while unsuspecting golfers are playing their golf balls

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Shon Crewe


Shon Crewe is the creator and host of the Northwest Golf Show, which broadcasts on 710 ESPN Seattle, the No. 1 sports station in the Pacific Northwest. A strong advocate for giving back, Shon serves on the Pets for Patriots Board of Directors, has been nominated to the First Tee’s National Board of Governors, and was previously President of the Executive Board for the Women of SU (Seattle University).

Golf Trivia: I hit at least one shot at every new course I play with a club made by a dear friend, since passed, who loved the game and always wanted to travel more.

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Sofia Blacker


Enthausiatic business student currently obtaining a bachelor at University of Bocconi in Milan, Italy that is passionate about Marketing.

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Bruno Hernot

Country Ambassador

Passionate about sports in general, and golf in particular. Bruno changed his professional career to sports management, and recently completed his Masters in Sports Management. He did not have the opportunity to discover golf when he was younger, his goal and motivation is to help and develop golf in France. His thesis concentrated on how to get more Millennials and women to play golf.

Golf Trivia: A fantastic adventure attend the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in France.

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Charlene Williams


Charlene Williams is a highly-decorated 26-year U.S. Navy veteran. She is an Afghanistan Operation Enduring and Iraq Freedom veteran, president of C.T. Williams VETS Adaptive Sports & Beyond, LLC, and chief of staff for Beatty Golf Ventures LLC. She was the first female Sailor of the Year on the Naval ship USS Nassau and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Stars, and the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Stars and medals and ribbons. Williams has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Organizational Guidance Counseling and is pursuing an EdD. In addition to her many service awards, her involvement in golf is extensive. She has worked on the African American Golf EXPO, the PGA Show’s Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable Forum, the MOVE UNITED Diversity Task Force Committee, Adaptive Golf Sports and numerous other initiatives dedicated to helping individuals thrive through golf.

Golf Trivia: I have an insatiable appetite for everything that the game of golf entails and a “Great” appreciation for golf course Superintendents. Because superintendents are pertinent in ensuring that our golf courses are golf-course-ready.

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Mitsuru Hidaka

Country Ambassador

President of AIE Japan, Inc. a destination management and strategic marketing firm. Reciprocal Coordinator of Ladies Asian Golf Tour. Lecturer of University for Hotel industry and Hospitality theory Passionate about the sustainable development of golf tourism regarding International Exchange in the golf industry. Arranged The Memorandum of Understanding was entered in to by and between "Japan Golf Courses Employers Association” in Japan and “Thailand Golf Courses Association” in Thailand.

Golf Trivia: My mother played the Ladies Asian Golf Tour as a top amateur player. Presently I am a coordinator for the Ladies Asian Golf Tour Needless to say, I haven't inherited the golf DNA from my mother.

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Kim Alexis

Kim is a Model, Author and Healthy Living Advocate, whose aim is to inspire healthy living around the world. Kim is new to golf but enjoys playing and can often be seen participating in celebrity and charity golf outings.

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Sarah Bennett

Sarah is an ex-LET player, and fellow PGA professional who takes pride in sharing the love and knowledge of the game.

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Cynthia Howard

Corporate Female Engagement

Over 20 years of Sponsorship Marketing and Advertising Sales Experience. Currently Director of Media Sales for the PGA TOUR. BS Sports Management from the University of Virginia, Two-sport Division I athlete (field hockey and lacrosse). Mother of 3 boys and cares deeply about introducing girls and boys to golf.

Golf Trivia: On the board of The First Tee of Metro New York

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Lissette De Los Santos

Country Ambassador
Dominican Republic

Graduate as Financial accountant at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. As a passionate golfer, I spend a lot of time on golf courses, both in my country and abroad with my husband. VP in a family fuel company. Mother of Four, one grandson. I have been working organizing golf tournaments since 2012; The Ladies DR, first season of the Golf Channel Amateur tour Dominican Republic and now work as a member of the Pink Golf Tour board. As I like to innovate in golf, with the WGD I enjoy motivating as many ladies as possible to experience golf and see it as a lifestyle.

Golf Trivia: I’ve had the honor of representing my country at the Caribbean Classic golf tournament.

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Benedikte Brynestad Grøtvedt

Country Ambassador

Previous touring professional (Symetra tour and the Ladies European Tour). Currently working for the Norwegian Golf federation as project manager for girls and women’s golf. Benedikte absolutely loves the game of golf and what it means to people in many ways. She sees her position to make an impact on girls and woman’s participation in golf as a huge opportunity and will always make the most of it..

Golf Trivia: Started playing golf at age 21 after loosing a bet. Never looked back and played professionally on two tours from 2007-2014.

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Fame Tate

WGD Ambassador

Director and owner of Stanedge Golf Club, Chesterfield and AA PGA Professional. Fame turned professional with a handicap of +5 and played on the Ladies European and Asian Tours for a number of years. She has successfully run and managed The Fame Golf Academy and is extremely passionate about coaching and getting more people involved in the game of golf. In 2019 Fame purchased Stanedge Golf Club, Chesterfield. Fame is on the board of directors for the UK Golf Federation. "As a golf club owner, AA PGA professional and former tour player, I feel very privileged to be able to give something back to the game of golf. I have been involved in sport for nearly 30 years and I have experienced what it is like firsthand to start at grassroots level and go through the various stages of development, coaching, golf club ownership and management."

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Rachel Carter

Rachel is Senior Director of Membership for National Golf Course Owner’s Association and is very passionate about getting women on the golf course and working in the business of golf.

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Haya AlSulaiman

Haya is the owner of GOLFTEC in Dubai and is the only Saudi female golf business owner in the UAE. Haya is passionate about golf and is keen to empower more women through golf as well as grow the game.

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Karen Palacious-Jansen

Karen is a LPGA Master Teaching Golf Professional with over 20 years’ experience. Karen owns golf events company Swing Blade Enterprises and is a certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor. Karen has helped thousands of golfers improve their golf games.

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Sonia Minisini

Ambassador France

Passionate about sports and golf in particular. Sonia worked in HR for over 10+ years and specialized in recruitment as a headhunter and Business Development. Certified NLP Coach with focus in neurosciences, she help women to develop a positive and strong mindset to perform in their lives and careers and continues to work in leadership training focused on Leadership for Women.

Trivia: Worked as on camera personality interviewing and promoting Jack Nicklaus Designs and courses.

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Dove Jones

Dove has been involved in all aspects of international golf tourism for over two decades. She is currently the Director of Business Development for and is on National Club Golfer's Top 100 panel.

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The Women’s Golf Day Junior Ambassadors

Carolina Ricci

AGE 12

Gianna Ricci

AGE 10

Sadie Lee

AGE 11