Tee-Set Golf Club 35th Anniversary Celebration to Honor Julia Baldwin on July 12, 2014
Written by: Geri Tigner
Detroit, Michigan, April 28, 2014 – This summer, the Tee-Set Golf Club (TSGC) will honor a woman who fell in love with the game of golf almost 40 years ago and was motivated to complete the rigorous LPGA certification process to become one of the few African-American female LPGA Class B Teaching Professionals in the U.S. in 1994. Until her recent retirement, Julia Baldwin dedicated over 20 years to teaching junior golfers in the City of Detroit through golf initiatives sponsored by the Police Athletic League (PAL) Golf Program, the First Tee Program, the Detroit Parks & Recreation Junior Golf Program and the Michigan Women’s Golf Association (MWGA) Girls Golf Program, just to name a few. Ms. Baldwin will be honored on Saturday, July 12, 2014, with a Woman of Distinction Golf Award at the Tee-Set Golf Club 35th Anniversary & Memorial Tournament at the Links of Novi Golf Club in Novi, Michigan.
The Tee-Set Golf Club was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1979 by a group of fourteen spirited African-American women, including Ms. Baldwin, who shared a vision of playing quality golf, improving their golf skills, encouraging and supporting other women golfers and mentoring junior golfers. Shortly after forming the club, the Founders invited five other women to join TSGC as Charter Members. Over the years, the TSGC has sustained its membership by inviting other women to join the club who share their vision and love for the game of golf.
In 1980, TSGC established a junior golf program under the direction of the late Lavinia Wingo. To support the junior golf program, the Club hosted annual individual stroke play tournaments for women and men that became overwhelmingly popular and regularly resulted in a waiting list for entry. Also, in 1986, two of the Founders, the late Lavinia Wingo and the late Bernice Henderson, became charter members of the newly founded Michigan Women’s Publinx Golf Association which subsequently became the current day Michigan Women’s Golf Association (MWGA).
Over the years, eight founding, three charter, as well as other members have passed, however, their spirits and the legacy they helped to establish endures as a part of the TSGC. Each year, TSGC members host a Memorial Outing to pay tribute to all Tee-Set sisters who have passed on and in 2014, the memorial will be combined with the TSGC 35th anniversary celebration at the Links of Novi Golf Club on, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Three TSGC Founders, Laytha Danley, Ida (Peggy) Owens and Mary Watson, have been continuously active members since 1979, playing competitive golf with other TSGC members on the weekly play date schedule which begins the first Saturday in May and ends the last Saturday in August.
The Tee-Set Golf Club Founders and Charter Members were forward-focused pioneers in their time and the golf club they established has been sustained by their legacy of determination to be successful and create their own stories of excellence.
For more information regarding the TSGC Stroke Play Tournament, go to www.teeset.org.