King will be a queen during Women’s Golf Day in Georgia

State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) co-sponsored the Women’s Golf Day in Georgia resolution that will honor Eatonton native Patrina King.

By Dave Brown

Staff Writer

Patrinia King, a trailblazer from Eatonton who is the founding mother of Golf Women Mean Business, will take center stage this summer on both the state and national level – and in the process, make her father very proud, indeed.

King is specifically mentioned in recent resolution passed by the Georgia General Assembly to have June 6, 2017 recognized as Women’s Golf Day in Georgia.

“The resolution is important because women contribute so much to the sport of golf worldwide, but the perception still remains that golf is for men,” said King.

“Having just a single day for the women's golf community, specifically in Georgia, will allow us to rally together and let the state, the nation and the world know that we do exist and we boldly exist.

King, the daughter of Eatonton golf icon Larry Dunn, has been an avid golfer since she was introduced to the sport at the age of seven by her father.

King recently won first place in the Women’s Championship Flight and was featured on the Golf Channel at the National Black Golf Hall of Fame Golf Tournament.

Golf Women Mean Business is a membership-based organization and serves as an innovative model to inspire entrepreneurs and career professionals to “play outside the box” when it comes to the sport of golf.

GWMB is based in Atlanta and focuses on creating valuable business connections through golf. It also has separate competitive play events for the more experienced golfers.

Not only is King known for her contributions toward golf, but also she speaks to corporate resource groups about the sport in an effort to grow the game through women.

 “I attribute the game of golf as being a great avenue to meeting target businesses during my career,” said King.

Women’s Golf Day also runs in concurrence with National Women’s Golf Day. According to the Golf Women Mean Business website, golf education companies, club managers, teaching professionals, and amateur associations in Georgia will work together to promote the game of golf.

The plan is for Women’s Golf Day and National Women’s Golf Day is to enhance access to golf, raise public understanding and show appreciation of women’s contributions to the state’s business and golf communities.

King encourages women to come to the Georgia State Capitol on June 6. At the Capitol, women will be able to share in the day’s activities, meet other women golfers from around Georgia and have a photo opportunity with Gov. Nathan Deal.

“Even if your interest is a little piqued about golf, come out and get a better understanding of it. This will also be great for beginners to get started,” said King.

Dunn was introduced to golf when started caddying at Uncle Remus Gold Course and would later go on to become an accomplished player who set course’s 9-hole course record of 30, as well as winning tournaments throughout the Southeast.

Dunn said his daughter’s accomplishments are a great source of pride.

“She took after me a little bit. When she was just a little girl we would have chipping contests to see who could get closest to the pin, and you could see back then how talented she was,” said Dunn.

“I tried to encourage her to play golf. Not just about playing golf, but using the sport as an opportunity. I told her that she could pursue business because of golf because of her attitude and personality.

“I’m very proud of her. She’s worked very hard and done well for herself.”

Please visit www.golfwomenmeanbusiness.com for more information on the activities that are being planned around the state of Georgia.

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