Vanzant Becomes 1st Female President of Pennsylvania Golf Association
Annie Vanzant of Valley Brook Country Club was elected as President of the Pennsylvania Golf Association during its Fall Meeting at Pittsburgh Field Club.
She is the first female to serve in that role in the Association’s 113-year history. Her commitment and passion for the game of golf in the Commonwealth led to the merger of the Pennsylvania State Women’s Golf Association (PSWGA) and Pennsylvania Golf Association (PAGA) in 2019.
“I can’t express how honored I am to be the next President of the PAGA. Being the first woman to hold this office is truly exciting and a milestone for women’s golf in the Commonwealth,” Vanzant, 60, of Presto, Pa., said. “I am looking forward to serving all Pennsylvania golfers with a championship season filled with outstanding venues and great competitive golf.”
Prior to her PAGA election, Vanzant served as president of the PSWGA. She also served on various committees for the Women’s Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania.
Vanzant fell in love with the game of golf by following her dad down the fairways with a club that he cut down for her. She joined Valley Brook in McMurray, Pa.
When Vanzant isn’t giving back to the game, you can find her working Oakmont Country Club’s golf shop as its Director of Merchandise. She’s served in that role for last 22 years and has been the lead merchandise coordinator through numerous USGA Championship.
During Vanzant’s presidency, she, in conjunction with the PAGA Executive Committee, will look continue to promote and strengthen the game of golf for both men and women. In an effort to continue the success of this year’s Women’s Amateur Championship at Lancaster Country Club, another premier venue is set to host in 2023: Sunnehanna Country Club.
Created in 1909 with the intention of promoting the interests of golf throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Golf Association (PGA) is the authoritative body of amateur golf in the state. The Association’s focus is to promote growth, preserve traditions and protect the integrity of the game through its competitions and member services. The Association’s individual members and 300 Member Clubs are spread across the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.