Harbin joins PGA of America Board

Cathy Harbin PGA

Cathy Harbin, the course owner from Texas who has built a large community of female golfers, has joined the PGA Board of Directors as the second At-Large Director.

Harbin, who is a PGA Master Professional and founded OnCourse Operations, will co-chair committees designed to help grow the game, including Adult Player Development and A Place to Play.

Growing the game is something Harbin has excelled at during her 30-year career in golf, not least as owner of Pine Ridge Golf Course in Paris, Texas, which she has taken from a club with virtually no female golfers to one with a thriving community of women who love the game.

She has also been an Executive Director of Golf 20/20 for three years, helping drive the World Golf Foundation’s mission to increase awareness and participation in the game and leading the successful launch of Get Golf Ready, a national instruction program.

“Cathy Harbin is widely recognized as a leader in the golf industry,” said PGA President Jim Richerson.

“As an executive, owner, operator and PGA Master Professional, her vast knowledge of both the game and business of golf will be invaluable to the PGA of America Board of Directors as she serves as our second-ever At-Large Director.

“We’re delighted to have her on board to help us further our focus on the success of the PGA Member and the game of golf.”

Harbin, who follows PGA Hall of Fame Member Renee Powell into the role, said: “Stepping into a role on the PGA Board of Directors is both rewarding and humbling.

“I am aware of the great responsibility to my fellow PGA Professionals and to the future of the game of golf. I am excited to put my heart, energy and experience to work on that responsibility.

“And following behind Renee Powell in this position motivates me even more to continue her great work.”

Harbin has been inducted into three Halls of Fame, including the North Florida PGA Section, Florida First Coast of Golf and Brown County High School Athletics. She also has served on several national committees and been involved with the LPGA Amateur Golf Association (formerly the Executive Women’s Golf Association) since 1991.

She has also been Golf News’ Woman of the Year, United Athletes Foundation’s Athlete of the Year and one of the Florida Times-Union’s Seven Most Powerful Women in Sports.