Glenmoor Head Golf Professional Darci Dehlin-Olsen was elected to the Utah Section PGA Board on October 11th and is the first-ever female to be elected to the board in Utah Section history.
“I’m honored to do it,” Dehlin-Olsen said. “I think it’s awesome and I think I will be able to be an asset to the section and continue to help grow for more opportunities for women to see that there is an avenue for them in the PGA.”
Dehlin-Olsen has been a member of the PGA for eight years and is currently the head golf professional at Glenmoor Golf Course in South Jordan, Utah. At one point the course was in danger of being shut down and the land sold for development purposes, but Dehlin-Olsen lead a “Save Glenmoor” campaign that garnered the communities’ support to help preserve the course.
In addition to being elected to the Utah Section Board, she has been asked to serve a two-year term on a national women’s leadership committee within The PGA of America.
“I’m very excited about that because I can take some of that and bring it back to our section and try to help not only in Utah, but everywhere to help grow women’s golf and help more women join the PGA.”
One of Dehlin-Olsen’s goals in helping serve the Utah Section is to strengthen the playing opportunities for women members of the PGA in Utah.
“I’m already so thrilled that we have playing opportunities in the section, I’ve missed it,” she said. “It’s fun to go play with the guys and stuff but I can’t fully compete there and there isn’t the camaraderie I feel when playing with the other women in our section. I for sure want to keep growing it and getting more women to join and play.
“Hopefully as female PGA members in Utah we can keep growing high school girls golf and girls golf in the state in general. I just want to be a good example and show that there is a place for you in the golf world and the PGA.”
The Utah Section PGA seeks to be a strong and prominent organization within the golf community by providing quality programs and services to both PGA members and others. With Dehlin-Olsen being a new addition to the board, that goal will only become more of a reality.
“We are excited to have Darci join the board,” Utah Section PGA Executive Director Devin Dehlin said. “We look forward to having a woman’s perspective as we continually look for ways to better serve our membership and grow the game of golf in Utah.
“We want to be more inclusive to all women in our section and having Darci share her ideas on increasing the participation of our women will be a great asset as we grow their involvement.”