When you think of junior girls’ golf in Southern Arizona, one name should spring to mind: Rose Nehring (her last name rhymes with “earring”). Rose has been active in developing junior golfers in the Tucson area for over 20 years, and in fact was recently awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Chapter Southwest Section PGA for her extensive work with juniors.
Rose started playing golf so she could play with friends when she and her husband traveled. In the early 1990s, she had gained enough courage to join the Rolling Hills Women’s League. She quickly fell in love with the game, and in 1992 assisted at a girls’ clinic sponsored by the Tucson Roadrunners WGA, which got her hooked on helping young golfers. Over the next few years she helped establish both the Tucson Roadrunners Girls Golf Club and Southern Arizona Junior Golf Association, which sponsored developmental golf programs for girls and boys in Tucson and Green Valley. Soon after, she became Team Captain for Arizona’s Girls Junior Americas Cup team, a position she has held for twenty consecutive years. She also assisted in bringing the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program to Tucson in 2007, and has been the Site Director there since 2010.
Rose idolized her mother’s unwavering spirit growing up, and that same spirit shines through Rose herself. While she never got to have children of her own, she has become an inspiration to the girls she mentors, and a positive influence in their lives. It’s telling that she doesn’t just want them to compete, she wants them to have the opportunity to have fun, try new things, realize their potential, and gain satisfaction from their accomplishments and successes.
Rose is honored that professional golfers recognize the success of the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program and her role in that success. She looks at the Distinguished Service Award sometimes and thinks “Wow, look what we’ve accomplished!” But modesty prevents her from taking full credit. She considers it to be a community award, for all of the volunteers and parents who have stepped forward to help girls’ golf through the years.
Rose’s Handicap has never been in single digits, and in fact she was carrying a 30 Handicap a few years ago when she won her club’s President’s Cup. She is a prime example that you don’t have to have a low Handicap to compete, or to have a major influence on the game.
By Robyn Noll, AWGA Staff
Robyn Noll, Arizona Women’s Golf Association Executive Assistant │ www.awga.org
Robyn has an extensive background in non-profit management, and performs a wide range of functions for the AWGA including contributing content for the newsletter and other publications, grant writing, project management, volunteer onboarding, and fundraising. The AWGA, which is a 501(c)(3) charity, currently serves over 23,500 members of all skill levels as well as the larger Arizona golf community, and strives to preserve, promote, and enhance the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf among women in Arizona.