NSU’s Petersen joins South Central PGA staff to run PGA Reach programs

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Broken Arrow – PGA REACH South Central, the charitable arm of The South Central PGA, has named Northeastern State graduate assistant coach Kaylee Petersen as Director of Foundation Programs.

Petersen grew up in Enid near Oakwood Country Club, where she learned the game from veteran PGA professional Tim Mendenhall. She is a former member of The South Central PGA Junior Tour where she was named Player of the Year and was also crowned Walter Hopper Junior Tour Champion during her junior golf career.

After graduating high school, Petersen attended both Southern Nazarene University and Northeastern State University playing collegiate golf and obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration in Digital Marketing. In May she will graduate from NSU with a Master of Business Administration degree. She has been helping coach the NSU women’s team for head coach Scott Varner.

“I’m proud of Kaylee beyond words,” Varner said. “She’s a treasure.”

At NSU, Petersen was a playing captain, Academic All American, All NCAA Central Region and All-Conference player. She was named the 2022 winner of the Everett Dobson Award by the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame, an award that helps a deserving senior graduating from an Oklahoma university with a $5,000 cash award to start their career.

Petersen  currently serves as The PGA WORKS Fellow for PGA REACH South Central. Funded by PGA REACH, PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce by leveraging fellowships, scholarships and career exploration events to inspire and engage talent from diverse backgrounds to pursue key employment positions across the golf industry.

In her new role with PGA REACH South Central, Petersen will manage programs such as PGA HOPE, PGA Jr League, Drive Chip & Putt and along with other foundation fundraising and scholarship programs. She will join the section office full time following the conclusion of the NSU spring season.

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