Cathy Harbin appointed to PGA Board of Directors; PGA Master Professional of Paris named second-ever At-Large Director
She is the owner of Pine Ridge Golf Course, the founder of OnCourse Operations, a PGA Master Professional, and now the second At-Large Director ever selected to the PGA Board of Directors. Local golfing icon Cathy Harbin, a PGA Member since 1992, achieved her latest feat after already accomplishing and achieving a great deal in both the realms of golf and golf-related business throughout her life, which was announced by the PGA on Tuesday.
“I have always tried to keep my finger on the pulse of what is happening within golf. So, when the PGA of America President, Jim Richerson, called me I was thinking that he might like me to help with one of the committees. When he asked me about serving as the At-Large Director on the National Board, I was thrilled. I immediately thought about all the important initiatives our Association is working on and how I might be able to contribute. I have been committed to introducing new people to golf for my entire career. This new role gives me a chance to help pave the way for new golfers to enter the game as well as helping make life better for my fellow PGA Professionals.”
Harbin, who is widely respected throughout the golfing world, has specifically aimed to enhance the golfing experience for any aspiring golfers in Paris. With the new addition of Toptracer technology, similar to that of popular venue TopGolf, at the Pine Ridge Golf Course. Thanks to some new amenities, coupled with her years of skill in both management and hospitality, Harbin has been pleased to see the progress in this community and is eager to see the significant growth continue.
“Golf has so many wonderful benefits; especially for families that play together. Watching people enjoy this great game has put me on a mission to introduce new people to golf and to find ways to eliminate the fear and intimidation of trying golf,” Harbin said. “That certainly has been my goal in Paris, Texas. I stated early on that I wanted to elevate golf in Paris and watch golf change the lives of those it touched. In a few short years, we have gone from very few women playing and no juniors playing to an abundance of women, juniors, and families playing golf every day. The addition of Toptracer at Pine Ridge has brought families and friends from all walks of life out to the golf course.”
Before her highly-decorated resume through her career paths in golf, Harbin was a graduate of Indiana State University, where she played as a part of the women’s golf team and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Out of 22 total members on the PGA Board of Directors, Harbin is the lone At-Large Director, along with 18 other directors, the Association’s president, vice president, and secretary.
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