Sara Wold was a founding member of the Michigan Women’s Golf Association, but her service to golf and especially women’s golf covers decades of service at the state and national levels.
She was 79 in 2018 when she served as the president of the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM). She was just the second woman to serve in that role and it came after many years as a volunteer. Among her many roles in golf was serving on the USGA Public Links Committee, working as a starter and rules official for GAM and USGA events, and serving on the executive board for the GAM.
She pushed for what is now the Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship to become a GAM administered tournament, which put all of the state’s major amateur championships under one banner.
An Illinois native, Wold took up golf in 1961 at the suggestion of a co-worker at Parke-Davis and Company. She took lessons from the PGA Tour Hill brothers from Jackson, Dave and Mike, on Belle Isle, and would ride the bus with her clubs to attend. She became an accomplished player and has competed for several years in tournaments across the state.
Her early athletic interest in life was softball, and she is a member of the Illinois Softball Hall of Fame. She also served the Women’s Athletic Advisory Committee for Detroit’s Department of Recreation.