Luigs Named Chairman Of USGA Women's Committee

January 12, 2005

Far Hills, N.J. - Marcia Luigs of Carmel, Ind., after serving two consecutive terms as vice chairman, has been elected to serve a one-year term as chairman of the 17-member USGA Women’s Committee for 2005.

In addition, Roberta Bolduc of Longmeadow, Mass., has been elected to a one-year term as first vice chairman of the Women’s Committee, and Barbara Douglas of Scottsdale, Ariz., has been elected to a one-year term as second vice chairman.

Luigs replaces Jeanne Myers of Farmington Hills, Mich., who is completing two years as Women’s Committee chairman. Myers is stepping down from the Committee after serving as a member since 1992, and will join the committee’s advisory board of past chairmen.

Also retiring from the Committee are Virginia Derby Grimes of Birmingham, Ala., Linda Marsh of Jamestown, N.C., and Gayle Smith of Nashville, Tenn.

The Women's Committee represents the USGA in all matters related to women's golf and its members are the leaders of women's amateur golf in the United States. The Committee conducts the USGA’s championships for women, including the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Women’s Amateur, U.S. Girls’ Junior, U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, as well as the Curtis Cup Match, when held in the United States.  It also selects the players who represent the USA on the Curtis Cup and Women’s World Amateur teams, and directs more than 300 volunteers on eight USGA women’s committees.

Luigs has been a member of the Women’s Committee since 1990.  She has served on the Green Section Committee since 2002, and is a past member of several other USGA committees, including the Joe Dey Award Committee (2003-04), Women’s Intercollegiate Relations Committee (1991-93), and the Girls’ Junior Championship Committee (1985-90).  She served as chairman of the Girls’ Junior committee from 1994-98.  Luigs will represent the USGA on the International Golf Federation (IGF) Administrative Committee.

She has been a member of the Women’s Western Golf Association since 1986 and served as the association’s Rules Chairman in 2002-01.  She also served as president of the Women’s Golf Association of Metro Indianapolis for two years.  Luigs, who attended Hanover College, and her husband Joe have two grown children, Amy Luigs and Lisa Luigs Morrissett, and one granddaughter, Amy Jayne Morrissett.

In 2003, she and her husband were both inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.

Bolduc has been a member of the Women’s Committee since 1997.  She was chairman of the Senior Women’s Amateur Championship Committee in 2003 and 2004 and has served on the USGA Handicap and Women’s Handicap Procedure Committees.  She served as chairman of the 1995 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship held at Longmeadow Country Club, where she is a former member of the Board of Governors and where she served as the club’s first woman president, from 1998-2001.  She has served on the Women’s Trans-National Executive Committee and the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts, and is a past president of the Women’s Eastern Golf Association.

She played in the first U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, in 1987, and has played in nine Senior Women’s Amateurs.  In addition, she was the 1999 and 2000 WGAM Senior champion and the 1995 Women’s Eastern Senior champion.

Bolduc and her husband, Bob, have one daughter, Kathleen, and two grandchildren, Justin and Sydney.  In addition to her numerous golf activities, she serves on the board of trustees for Bay Path College and the Baystate Health Foundation, and is a founding director of the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield (Mass.).  She is a 1965 graduate of Marymount College of Kansas.

Douglas has been a member of the Women’s Committee since 1993.  Prior to joining the Women’s Committee, she served on the Women’s Amateur Public Links Committee.  She has served on the Sectional Qualifying Committee and been chairman of the Women’s Regional Affairs and the Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship Committees.  She presently chairs the Women’s Open Format Committee and serves as a member of the Women’s Strategic Planning Committee.

She has been involved with the National Minority Golf Foundation for many years, and served as its president from 1999 to 2005.  She currently serves as a consultant to the Foundation.  Prior to joining the NMGF, Douglas, a product of the corporate world, forged a career at the IMB Corporation, where she held numerous general management and executive positions.

Douglas is a member of the board of directors of the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Fund, the Executive Women’s Golf Association, the Arizona Golf Association, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona, the Golf 20/20 Diversity Task Force and the Golf 20/20 Junior Golf Committee.  In addition, she is a member of the advisory board for Golf for Women and currently is a member of the Board of Governors of the Banner Health Foundation.  She also chairs the Banner Health Charity Auction, a key fundraiser staged during the LPGA Tour’s Safeway International in Phoenix, Ariz.

Along with Luigs, Bolduc and Douglas, 12 members were re-elected to serve a one-year term on the Women's Committee. They are: Christi Dickinson of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Cece Durbin of Winnetka, Ill.; Carolyn Hooper of Hockessin, Del., and Pat Kaufman of Fort Washington, Md.

Also re-elected were: Martha Lang of Mandeville, La.; Jean Miller of Birmingham, Ala.; Dot Paluck of Springfield, N.J.; Ann Probert of New Vernon, N.J.; Gail Rogers of Santa Cruz, Calif.; Peggy Runnette of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Laura Saf of Lincoln, Neb., and Tinker Sanger of Hydes, Md.

Two new members have been elected to the Women's Committee for a one-year term: Brigid Shanley Lamb of Mendham, N.J., and Kathy Oven of Dunmore, Pa.

Shanley Lamb has been a member of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship Committee since 1995 and was a member of the USGA Women’s Regional Associations Committee from 1999 to 2001.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association from 1993-2000, and served as president from 1998-2000. 

She is a 1969 graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart and a 1976 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1976.  She is a past member of the board of trustees at the Salisbury School and the Far Hills Country Day School, as well as the Clinton State Prison for Women.  She also sat on the board of directors for The Chubb Foundation from 1983-1991.

Shanley Lamb and her husband, James, have three children: Seamus, Sean and Abigail.

Oven served on the USGA Women’s Regional Affairs Committee from 2000-2004 and the State Team Championship Committee.  She was a member of the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Steering Committee in 2004, and was the site director and founder of the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Club of Scranton-Pocono (2002-04).  She was a member of the board of the Pennsylvania State Women’s Golf Association from 1994-1997.  She has been a walking Rules official for the past five U.S. Women’s Opens, and served as a Rules official for the Penn State University Lady Lions golf team from 1995-2004.

She has played in three USGA Senior Women’s Championships, in 1997-99.  In 2003, she was elected to the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame.

Oven graduated from Temple University in 1966, and has since 1970 served as office manager for the family dental practice.  Oven and her husband, David, have four children: David, Paul, Christopher and Karen Oven Padula, and four grandsons.

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