Pro Donna H. White
Class A LPGA Tour Division
Class A LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Member
PGA Member Donna's tenacity and commitment to excellence drives her passion to promote the game of golf to any and all ages and abilities. Her students vary from beginner to tour player. She strives daily to improve her operation and efforts to provide the municipal golfer a pleasurable golfing experience by providing quality service, merchandise, programs and activities.
A native of North Carolina, Donna enjoyed a successful junior, amateur and collegiate career winning many titles including the United States Women's Amateur Championship in 1976. While attending the University of North Carolina-Greensboro she teamed with Candy Sibbick to win the 1973 Women's Two Person National Championship. Transferring to the University of Florida in 1974, she won multiple collegiate titles, graduating in 1976 with a BSPE degree with certification for grades K-12.
Immediately upon graduation, Donna represented the United States as a member of the 1976 Curtis Cup and World Cup teams. Donna moved to Wellington, Florida in 1976. Turning professional in 1977, Donna joined the LPGA tour and won three LPGA tour titles. In the "off season" from the tour, she coached the Women's' Golf Team at Palm Beach Community College, conducted golf schools for the residents of Wellington and for 14 years hosted the Donna H. White Special Olympics LPGA Pro-am for the Palm Beach County Special Olympics.
A severe sinus and lung infection forced her retirement from the tour in 1992 with nearly one million in earnings. After retirement Donna was Director of Golf at Wellington Country Club from 1992-1994 and in 1995 formed a professional concession management company when awarded the contract for Okeeheelee Golf Course. The company's mission is to provide the golfing public quality golf instruction programs, activities, merchandise, rental clubs, handicap services and food and beverage services at affordable competitive rates. In 2007, Golf Professional Services, Inc was awarded a concession contract with Park Ridge Golf Course.
Featuring a staff of fourteen golf professionals and nine golf attendants, program participation, sales and service goals are surpassed annually. The opportunity to operate in partnership with the Palm Beach County Park's and Recreation Department has enabled Golf Professional Services, Inc. to develop golf development programs appealing to all skill levels and abilities. Donna works closely with the Palm Beach County Special Olympics program and the therapeutic recreation department at St. Mary's Hospital to also provide golf opportunities for persons with an intellectual or physical challenge. In 1997, knowing the potential for junior golf in the area was untapped, White encouraged former Head Professional, Bobby Brown to form a non-profit foundation, Okeeeheelee Junior Golf Foundation, later renamed Junior Golf Foundation of America to fund instruction and competitive opportunities for junior golfers. Supported by grants and donations, the foundation provides affordable golf instruction and competitive opportunities to the youth of South Florida.
Golf Professional Services, Inc.'s professional staff has received numerous awards and recognition from various associations for golf instruction, merchandising and community service. All professionals are commited to growing the game supporting initiatives with various associations such as Get Golf Ready, Play Golf America, Special Olympics, EWGA and multiple junior golf affiliations.
Kristin White and Mary-Lee Cobick, with support of each facility's head professional now run most of the day-day operations allowing Donna to pursue her true passion of teaching and education. She teaches five days a week either as a professor at Keiser University College of Golf and at each one of her facilities. In her spare time she is pursuing her MSE in teaching and learning. An avid runner and fisherwoman, leisure time is on the trail or in a kayak.