Written by Dr. Eric Wilson, PGA Master Professional:
I had the distinct honor of attending Ms. Donna White’s LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony this past week, and what a ceremony it was! Donna was only the 25th inductee into this prestigious group of elite professionals since its inception in 2000. The LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Hall of Fame is the highest honor given to Teaching and Club Professional members for extraordinary service and leadership in the LPGA, while contributing to the game of golf and the golf industry.
After graduating from The University of Florida in 1976, Donna earned her LPGA Tour card in 1977, winning three times on the LPGA Tour before retiring in 1992. She transitioned from a professional golfer to a golf professional, becoming one of the first women to own and operate a golf professional concession company, Golf Professional Services, Inc., which currently services three Palm Beach County municipal golf facilities. In 1995, Donna co-founded the Junior Golf Foundation of America to serve as the junior golf development arm of her business. In 2010, Donna semi-retired from her company and now enjoys her “encore career” as a professor at Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management, where she recently earned her Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in Teaching and Learning.
A few of Donna’s awards and honors include: Top 50 Best Female Teachers in Golf Digest Magazine from 2010 to present; LPGA Top 50 Instructor; LPGA Ellen Griffin Rolex Award winner in 2006; LPGA Southeast Section and National Professional of the Year in 2008; and Bell South/SEC Women’s Entrepreneur Award in 2000. She is also a member of the following Halls of Fame: University of Florida Hall of Fame; University of North Carolina-Greensboro Hall of Fame; Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame; and Special Olympics-Palm Beach County Hall of Fame. The Staff and Faculty of Keiser University College of Golf & Sport Management offer their sincere congratulations to Donna and wish her continued success as a faculty member of Keiser University.