Board

Rachelle Pearson

GJAC Executive Board
President:
Rachelle Pearson, Wyoming

From Gillette, Wyoming. Along with my husband, Bob, and our two daughters, Morgan and Ashlyn, we love the game of golf. I first became involved with Junior Golf in Wyoming in 1998 when Morgan played in her first tournament. Ashlyn soon followed and since then it has been a summer tradition to be a part of the Wyoming golf community. I have been on the Wyoming State Golf Association Board for 15 years and have been serving as Treasurer for the past 3 years.   I am also on the First Tee of Wyoming Board that was established in 2015.   My first Girls Junior Americas Cup was in Las Vegas in 1999 and I have attended every tournament to date. I came on the Board of Directors for the GJAC in 2006. I was Vice President from 2008 to 2014 and became President in 2015. The history and traditions of the GJAC are second to none and I proudly continue to serve as one of its strongest advocates.

Rachelle Pearson

Vice President:
Cathy Torchiana, Hawaii

LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division Life Member
Started in the golf business in 1976 -as a pro shop assistant.
Head Coach of Cal State University Women’s Golf Team 1978 – 80
1980 – 1993 Head Coach University of Southern California Women’s Golf Team.
1990 – 1993,Assistant director of Athletics USC and golf coach.
1987 LPGA National Coach of the Year.
1985 PAC- West conference Coach of the year
1986 PAC -Ten Coach of the year
1995 Inducted into the National Collegiate Golf Coaches Hall of Fame.
1993 to present Teaching professional at Wailea Resort Maui, Hawaii
2005 -to present Board member and officer of Hawaii State Junior Golf Assoc.
Captain of the GJAC team from Hawaii for 9 years.
As a Division I college Coach I always attended the GJAC tournament.  It gave me an insight into the personality and team member qualifications of the girl junior golfers. There are lots of good golfers. TEAM players are very important and their true colors are showcased in this wonderful event.
I am honored to be on the board and perpetuate this treasure of Junior Golf.

Cathy Torchiana

Cathy Torchiana

Treasurer:
Megan Mahoney, San Diego

Played in GJAC in 1990, 1991 and 1992 (Edmonton, Utah, San Diego)
Member of Women’s Golf Team at San Diego State- 1993-1997
Junior World Tournament Director- 2001 – Present
SDJGA Executive Director- 2008 – Present
Charley Hoffman Foundation Executive Director- 2013-Present
Member of the SDSU Varsity Board- 2015-Present
San Diego Municipal Golf Committee Member- 2014-Present

Megan Mahoney

Megan Mahoney

Board Member:
Rose Nehring, Arizona

I was born and raised in Elmira, New York, one of 14 children. I graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Elmira in 1961, worked at Los Alamos Medical Center from 1962 to 1965,  worked in Tanzania, E. Africa in a mission dispensary from 1966 to 1968.  Upon  my return to the United States I attended the University of New Mexico and served in the United States Air Force in from 1972-1975, stationed at Davis Monthan AFB. I married Art Nehring in 1978.  I graduated from the University of Arizona in 1980 with a BS in Education. I enjoy gardening and playing golf for fun. I have been involved in local and state junior girl’s golf programs for 24 years and I have proudly serve on the GJAC Board for 16 years.

Rose Nehring

Rose Nehring

Board Member:
Patty Curtiss, Washington

Daughter of the Founder of GJAC, Joan Teats, played golf since she was 9, and really felt a “pull” to continue the vision of Joan.  Patty has been the Washington State Team Captain for 15 years.  Patty was a competitive junior golfer & played collegiate golf at the University of New Mexico from 1977-81.
‘Class A’ member of the LPGA
Certified Athletic Trainer (ACT) since 1983
Immediate Past President of GJAC.
Currently works as both faculty and Certified Athletic Trainer at College of the Desert, Palm Springs, CA. and founder of  Athletic Health Advocacy, inspired again by her mother, advocating for the health and safety of young athletes.

 

Patty Curtiss

Patty Curtiss

Secretary:
Kerri Clark, Nevada

Born 5/26/1963 and raised Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada State Girls High School Champion 1979. Attended Weber State University 1981-1985. 1983 NCAA Long Drive Champion. Member of 1982 and 1985 Division 2 National Champions. 2time inductee Weber State University. Played on the LPGA Tour 1986&1981. Played Women’s European Golf Tour. Currently Class A Teaching Professional.

Kerri Clark Nevada

Board Member:
Pam Whalen, Nevada

1975 – started  a Tournament Organization for Women  called St. Louis Women’s Golf Association, St. Louis, Missouri.   Served as the Executive Director from 1975 to 1983.  The Organization is going strong today, 44 years later, offering Tournament Golf for Women.

1977 – appointed to the USGA Women’s Public Links Committee to do Rules at this “new”  National Championship – WAPL. I served on this Committee 1977 to 1985.

1998-2006  Served on the USGA Regional Affairs Committee

1983-1998 Served as Assistant Executive Director for Northern Nevada Golf Association.

1998-2006 Served as Executive Director of the Northern Nevada Golf Association In charge of all aspects of Golf Administration.

1983 to present – Executive Director of the Northern Nevada Jr. Golf Association –provide competition and facilitate programs serving young golfers of all skill levels.

Served as Captain for the Northern Nevada Team for the Girls Junior America’s Cup Championship.

1995- 2008:  Member of the LPGA Teaching Division.

2015 to current – Assistant Coach for the Reno High School Girls Golf Team.  Named Coach of the Year.

Pam Whalen

Team Rotation

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