Great Parks Women Golf Pros
Women’s Golf Month cannot come to a close without highlighting two female Great Parks’ golf pros! These women embody the passion, patience and talent required of the sport. They are accomplished players who are always happy to help someone improve his or her game, so stop by and visit them this summer at their courses!
Jennifer Ridle began working at Great Parks golf courses in 2001 and has been an assistant golf professional since 2002. A natural athlete, Jennifer picked up the sport when she was younger but didn’t start playing seriously until 2000. Since that time, though, her accomplishments include the 2004 Greater Cincinnati PGA Ladies Stroke Play Champion and 2010 Southern Ohio PGA Ladies Champion. Managing Little Miami Golf Center, Jennifer provides beginner through advanced lessons and also leads her successful “Golf 101” group clinics for new golfers. “I really enjoy teaching golf,” explains Jennifer. “That is a big passion of mine.” Her teaching philosophy is that every golfer needs to master the basic fundamentals, so that his or her swing can feel effortless.
Heather McKee began working for Great Parks when she turned 16 and has been here ever since. She practically grew up on Great Parks golf courses, playing Meadow Links with her dad at 7 years old before playing competitively for Northwest High School and Northern Kentucky University. Heather now teaches instructional 6-hole leagues, junior golf clinics and camps and manages the golf shop at Sharon Woods Golf Course. She says the best piece of golf advice she ever received was, “You can’t always have the best shot, on or off the course. Try your best regardless.” She is thankful for the help and support she’s received from her parents and other Great Parks golf pros, and wants to encourage women golfers not to be intimidated by playing, because everyone has to start somewhere.