Black History Month Member Spotlight - Reina Kearns, PGAFebruary 26th, 2021
Ontario, California: The SCPGA interviewed Reina Kearns, PGA and SCPGA Jr Tour Alumna in honor of Black History Month for her achievements thus far in the golf industry.
Thanks to the initiative of a former babysitter, Reina Kearns began playing golf tournaments hosted by the Ventura County Junior Golf Association so that her babysitter would be able to watch Reina and her two kids at the same time. Reina then became an SCPGA Jr Tour member at 13 years old. She attended CSU: Long Beach from 2007-2011, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Later, she began her golf career at River Ridge Golf Club in her hometown of Oxnard, CA and enrolled into the PGM program in 2013. Two of Reina’s most notable accomplishments are:
2015 SCPGA Women’s Match Play Champion
2016 SCPGA Women’s Apprentice Play of the Year
Whilst working at River Ridge GC Reina had her first daughter in 2019, with whom she loves to spend time with along with her husband and 3 pugs. Administering tournaments is her favorite part about working in the golf industry.
Reina is currently the Assistant Golf Professional at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake (July 2020). She aspires to become a Head Golf Professional whilst attaining her LPGA Membership.
We asked Reina, what does it mean to you to be in this industry as one of the few Black Female PGA Members?
“I hope that other young women see that it’s possible to love what you do for a living. Their background, color of their skin or gender should be embraced because it makes them unique and adds that much more character to this wonderful organization. “ – Reina Kearns, PGA