Bridget Ackley, PGA Teaching Professional at Don Law Golf Academy is one of 15 PGA Members selected for the PGA LEAD Cohort VI, Class of 2021-2022.
PGA LEAD is designed to mentor and assist Class A PGA Professionals from diverse backgrounds in ascending to and through the volunteer leadership ranks of the Association governance.
Ackley’s push to apply for PGA LEAD came from her long-time mentor Stephanie Jennings, PGA. Jennings encouraged her to apply as well as become more involved within the South Florida PGA Section. After much consideration and input from other PGA Members, Ackley decided it was time to apply and share her story in hopes to normalize the role of a strong, female leader in a male-dominated industry as well as to provide inclusivity for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
For Ackley, the most rewarding aspect of being a PGA Member is the opportunity to share her love and passion for the game with everyone who aspires to advance. More specifically, with the juniors she encounters.
“Being able to watch a child fall in love with the game, whether they are in the early stages or looking to advance their skills, is a special moment I look forward to on a daily basis at Don Law Golf Academy,” said Ackley.
Ackley knew at an early age she wanted to pursue PGA Membership. Even more so, she wanted to continue giving back to a game that has provided her endless joy and countless opportunities.
While Ackley is eager about the opportunities ahead, she is looking forward to developing her presence within the PGA the most. Her first official interaction with her PGA LEAD Cohort will be during the week of the PGA Merchandise Show.
“These individuals are strong and like-minded,” said Ackley. “They want to create some type of change within the PGA, even if only on a Section level.”
Ackley continues to surround herself with strong and passionate people. People who are passionate about chasing their dreams and trying to create some type of change within their respective careers.
“Creating some type of change for women and LGBTQ members within the golf industry has always been a dream of mine,” said Ackley. “I look forward to making those dreams a reality.”