Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Linked In: Women Find Fellowship on the Golf Course

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Linked In: Women Find Fellowship on the Golf Course

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Perriann Pulliam was selling real estate in 2005 when one of her clients asked if she would like to learn to play golf.

"I said I always wanted to learn to play golf," she said.

So Pulliam started hitting the links.

"That summer there were a group of eight of us who met at Coffee Creek and we started playing once a week," Pulliam said.

That core group of women golfers founded the Executive Women's Golf Association Metro Oklahoma City Chapter. In 10 years, the group has grown to 70 members, said Cindy Johnson, president of the Oklahoma City chapter.

The Executive Women's Golf Association is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and has more than 120 chapters.

The Oklahoma City chapter meets one evening a week from April to October to play nine holes as a group. Once a month they meet on a Saturday to play 18.

The weekly nine-hole sessions are necessary because many of the chapter's members are professionals.

"Most of us are wives and mothers and have jobs," said Pulliam, who is director of the Travelers Aid volunteer program at Will Rogers World Airport. "Some of the other groups play during the day, but we do not have the luxury to play during the day, so we try to be flexible."

During the season, the chapter alternates weekly between Lincoln Park Golf Course and Lake Hefner Golf Course.

"We are very excited about the new facilities at Lincoln Park," Johnson said. "It is really beautiful."

Lincoln Park has a new 10,000-square-foot clubhouse.

The club also meets monthly on a Saturday at different courses around the Oklahoma City area for an 18-hole scramble, Johnson said.

"It is really a beautiful network of women," she said. "It is very, very enriching for all of us women who love the sport of golf."

Golf outings also provide networking opportunities.

"We have members who are accountants, attorneys and real estate agents," Johnson said. "Several are federal employees and some are executives."

Johnson retired after a career as a division manager at the Federal Aviation Administration. …

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