Jamie Taylor, LPGA, is an alumnae of Laurel School in Cleveland, OH. There she started her quest in growing the game of golf by starting the golf team her junior year. She was inducted into the Laurel School Sports Hall of Fame for this contribution. After high school, she attended Gannon University in Erie, PA, where she received a full ride to play on the women’s varsity team. As the only African American in her conference; she served as captain her junior and senior year; was president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC); and received her MBA. Her career as an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional began when she was hired as the first African American female Head Golf Professional for the Cleveland Metroparks in Cleveland, OH. There she ran 27-hole and 36-hole golf courses. During her tenure, she created several women’s golf initiatives which were recognized by the Ohio Parks and Recreation, Crain’s Business Magazine, and the African American Golf Digest. Jamie also had a unique opportunity to be the first golf professional to do weekly golf tips for WKYC. This six-week series helped her quest in inspiring minority youth by serving as a role model in the industry.
In 2015, Jamie decided she wanted to make a bigger impact on the golf community and moved to Florida, where she is currently the Event Coordinator for the LPGA Foundation. In this role, her focus is growing the game by attracting more females through the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Program. She oversees the execution of junior clinics at LPGA Tournaments, LPGA Leadership Academies, Girls Golf Academies, eLeader Program, and scholarships. In her two-years with the LPGA, Jamie developed the eLeader Program, a nationally recognized volunteer program for girls, ages 13 – 18. She designed this program to keep teenage girls in golf, and provide a way for them to give back.
Jamie’s presence at the LPGA Headquarters has already made an impact because, as one of only three African Americans on their staff, she is a role model for young women who aspire to be in her position. “Working for the LPGA is just another stepping stone for me. My life goal is to make golf accessible to everyone. I want young men and women of ethnic backgrounds to know that they can be successful in the golf business”!
- 2002 Received a full ride to Gannon University to play for Women's Varsity Team
- 2008 Hired as the first female Head golf Professional for Cleveland Metroparks
- 2008 Became a Certified Club Performance Fitting Specialist
- 2010 Inducted into the Laurel School Sports Hall of Fame
- 2012 Received 2nd place for Sports Innovation from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association for Women's Super Clinics
- 2013 Featured in Cleveland Crain's Business Magazine for Women's Golf Initiatives
- 2013 First golf professional asked to do weekly golf tips for Channel 3 WKYC on Thursday evenings
- 2014 Featured in the African American Golfer's Digest as Golfer of the Week!
- 2015 Became a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach
- 2015 Completed certification program for the USGA Handicap System
- 2008 - 2015 Head Golf Professional for the Cleveland Metroparks in Cleveland, OH
- June, 2015 Hired as the Event Coordinator for the LPGA Foundation
- 2016 Created the eLeader Program, a Girls Golf Volunteer Program for members, ages 13 - 18
- 2017 Promoted to Program Manager of LPGA Golf 101
- 2018 Promoted to LPGA Foundation Program Manager
- 2018 Designed and developed the Girls Golf app