Barbara Douglas Reappointed Chairman Of USGA Women's Committee

Far Hills, N.J. (Jan. 7) – Barbara Douglas of Scottsdale, Ariz., has been appointed by the USGA Executive Committee to serve a second one-year term in 2010 as chairman of the United States Golf Association’s Women’s Committee.

Prior to becoming chairman last year, Douglas served as vice chairman of the committee in 2007-08. Martha Lang of Birmingham,  

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Barbara Douglas has been appointed to a second one-year term as chairman of the Women's Committee. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)
 Ala., has been appointed to a second one-year term as vice-chairman. 

Twelve other members were reappointed to another one-year term on the Women’s Committee, including: Barbara Barrow of San Diego, Calif.; Stacey Collins of Cockeysville, Md.; Cece Durbin of Winnetka, Ill.; Lew Ellen Erickson of Tulsa, Okla.; Sarah Haas of Carterville, Ill.; Martha Kirouac of Norcross, Ga.; Linda Lester of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.; Dot Paluck of Bernardsville, N.J.; Cindy Reimers of Missoula, Mont.; Ede Rice of Edina, Minn.; Gail Rogers of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and Laura Saf of Lincoln, Neb.

The Women’s Committee, which is appointed annually by the USGA Executive Committee, advises the Executive Committee in matters relating to women’s golf. Its principal responsibilities include overseeing the administration of the women’s championships conducted by the USGA, making recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding key policies and strategies to enhance the game, and supporting the development and promotion of women’s golf.

Douglas has been a member of the Women’s Committee since 1993. Prior to that, she served on the Women’s Amateur Public Links, Sectional Qualifying and Women’s Regional Affairs Committees and was chairman of the Women’s Regional Affairs and Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship Committees. She is a currently member of the USGA’s International Team Selection and the Future Sites Committees.

Douglas is active in several golf initiatives and served as president of the National Minority Golf Foundation (NMGF) from 1999 to 2005. Additionally, Douglas served on the board of directors of the Executive Women’s Golf Association from 2005 to 2008. Douglas is active with the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Championship and the Women In Golf Foundation, serving as a member of the Rules and Competition committees. She also is a board member of the Arizona Golf Foundation and president of the board of directors of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. Prior to joining the NMGF, Douglas was an executive with IBM Corporation.

Lang has been on the Women’s Committee since 1999, was chairman of the Girls’ Junior Committee from 2002 to 2004 and was chairman of the Women’s International Team Selection Committee from 2003 to 2009. She now serves on the USGA International Team Selection, Intercollegiate Relations and Future Sites Committees. She is currently a director of the Women’s Southern Golf Association and was on the USGA Women’s Regional Affairs Committee and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Committee before being appointed to the Women’s Committee.

Lang won the 1988 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, played on the 1992 USA Curtis Cup Team and captained the  

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Martha Lang is set to serve a second one-year term as vice chairman of the Women's Committee. (Sam Greenwood/USGA)
 1996 USA Curtis Cup Team. In addition, she played in seven U.S. Women’s Opens, making the cut twice. In 2009, she was inducted into the Birmingham Golf Association’s Hall of Fame.

The 2011 USGA Women’s Nominating Committee will consist of chairman Marcia Luigs of Carmel, Ind.; Christie Dickinson of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Carolyn Hooper of Wilmington, Del.; Lorraine Thies of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Mindy Zamzow of Reno, Nev. The 2009 Women’s Nominating Committee consisted of chairman Jeanne Myers of Farmington Hills, Mich.; Sue Ewart of Seal Beach, Calif.; Ann Probert of Bernardsville, N.J.; Thies and Zamzow.   


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