Q&A With SCPGA Board Member Petra Cole-LempaGet to know Petra Cole-Lempa, who serves as a Director on the SCPGA's Board of Directors
PETRA COLE-LEMPA: My name is Petra Cole, and I’m a golf instructor at Coronado Golf Course in San Diego.
What’s your favorite thing about being an SCPGA Member?
PETRA COLE-LEMPA: The SCPGA does a wonderful job of giving back to the community. I am proud to be part of an organization that is determined to always do more.
What does Women’s Golf Month mean to you?
PETRA COLE-LEMPA: Inspiring others to be who they are and have the courage to do what they enjoy. I not only teach women to love the game of golf but, for many of them, have them dig into the uncomfortable territory of stepping foot onto the course and playing.
What advice would you give to aspiring female golfers who are considering a career in the golf industry?
PETRA COLE-LEMPA: I encourage women to learn as much as they can and take guidance from those that have been in the business. Do their homework and keep an open mind. I want them to find their own niche in the industry and be a leader in what they do. Build the path they want and give credit to those who have helped them along the way.
Can you share any memorable experiences or achievements that have shaped your journey as a female golf professional?
PETRA COLE-LEMPA: My first section event was at Oak Valley, and I remember warming up on the range and not knowing anyone. After my warm-up, I started walking to my cart, and I heard someone call my name. Tom Addis walked up to me, shook my hand, and said, “Petra, Welcome to the PGA.” I appreciated this small gesture and will never forget it. To this day, I try to make every client feel welcome with a smile and a nice handshake.
What inspired you to pursue a career as a female golf professional?
PETRA COLE-LEMPA: My father was a PGA Professional and head pro at Carlton Oaks Golf Course, so I have been on that course since I was two years old. I started competing in junior golf tournaments at the age of six and played high school and college golf in San Diego. I finished graduate school and thought, what next? Without question, I entered into the PGA Program and completed it in a year and a half. I was so excited and passionate about becoming a PGA Professional, and I cherish the days I was able to teach alongside my dad and grow the game.
What’s something you wish everyone knew about the Southern California Section?
PETRA COLE-LEMPA: The organization is very unique and well-rounded. They run and operate a successful junior tour, veteran’s classes, and many more exciting programs.