Board

GJAC Executive Board
President:
Rachelle Pearson, Wyoming

Rachelle and her husband Bob, along with their two daughters, Morgan and Ashlyn, love the game of golf. They are from Gillette, Wyoming and first became involved with Junior Golf in 1998 when Morgan played in her first tournament. Ashlyn soon followed and since then it has been a summer tradition for them to be a part of the Wyoming golf community. Rachelle has been on the Wyoming State Golf Association Board since 2000. She has been the Captain for team Wyoming since 1999, where she attended her first Girls Junior Americas Cup in Las Vegas. Rachelle joined the Board of Directors for the GJAC in 2006, 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
Cathy is a LPGA Life member and her impressive resume as a Division 1 golf coach includes LPGA Coach of the year, PAC-West and PAC 10 Coach of the year and she was inducted into the National Collegiate Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995. Cathy started as team captain for Hawaii in 2007 and later joined the GJAC board. As a former Division 1 coach, Cathy always attended the GJAC tournament as it gave her insight into the personality and team member qualifications of the junior girl golfers.

"There are a lot of good golfers and team players are very important and their true colors are showcased in the 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
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Megan started playing golf when she was 7 years-old with the San Diego Junior Golf Association. She is a past GJAC player having participated in 1990 (Edmonton), 1991 (Utah) and 1992 ( San Diego). She was a member of the Women's Golf Team at San Diego State University from 1993-1997. Megan has served the San Diego Junior Golf Association at the Junior World Golf Championships Tournament Director since 2001 and its Executive Director since 2008.

"Participating in GJAC as a player in the early 90's was the highlight of my junior golf experience. It is my honor and privilege to support this event and watch the development of these talented young women"

Megan Mahoney

Megan Mahoney

Board Member:
Patty Curtiss, Washington

Patty is the daughter of Joan Teats, who is the founder of both Washington Junior Golf and the GJAC. Joan helped develop Patty's game before there were many tournaments for girls. Patty played golf since she was 9, became a competitive junior golfer & played collegiate golf at the University of New Mexico from 1977-81. She pursued a career in Sports Medicine and joined the LPGA in 1998 to bring her two passions together. Patty has been the Washington State Team Captain since 2000 and immediate Past President of GJAC.

"It is inspiring to see the progress these junior girls have made over the last 20 years. I appreciate the opportunity to play a part in their development and see that the original vision of GJAC is alive and well!"

Patty Curtiss

Secretary:
Kerri Clark, Nevada

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Kerri started playing golf at the age of nine, and her first competition was at twelve years of age. Golf became a passion for her and in 1977, the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association (SNJGA) was formed by parents whose kids were playing golf. Kerri was a charter member of the SNJGA and that same year was invited to the first GJAC in Tumwater, Washington. She was a member of the first three GJAC's and her team finished second at Elkhorn GC. "I was honored to be on those teams, and the experience helped me to launch my college career as well as my professional career." Kerri played college golf at Weber State College and played on the LPGA Tour as well as the European Tour. In 2017 Kerri became Co-Captain for the SNJGA in Las Vegas and joined the GJAC board the same year.

"I am honored to be part of this great organization that helps young women to launch their career in whatever life path they choose."

Kerri Clark Nevada

Board Member:
Pam Whalen, Nevada

Pam started playing golf at age 13. She has vast experience in tournament organization and founded the St. Louis Women's Golf Association, served on the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Committee, and then moved to Reno Nevada where she was appointed the Executive Director of the Northern Nevada Junior Golf Association and in 1998 started serving as the Executive Director of the Northern Nevada Golf Association. Pam has enjoyed over 30 years of running the NNJGA and watching the juniors grow up to become leaders in their community and now have their children in the NNJGA program as it continues to grow each year. She finds her job as a Golf Administrator the most fulfilling job she could ever have and has enjoyed 40 plus years running events for all golfers, juniors, Men and Women. Pam has had the privilege of hosting two GJAC Championships in 1995 and 2011 and has served on the GJAC board since 2018.

"It is truly a tremendous Championship to conduct and to watch these young ladies represent their State and play excellent golf. The GJAC is rich in History and tradition."

Pam Whalen

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