In addition to being chosen to join this coalition, which comprises close to 90 young people across the country from all walks of life, Catherine was also one of just 20 students chosen to serve on a Leadership Team based on the strength of her application. As a member of this Leadership Team, Catherine will join a collection of young voices who will work together to generate recommendations and eventually a proposal as it relates to how we can all do better from the realm of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
As a member of the Gen Z Council’s leadership team, Catherine was one of six high school and college golfers who were selected to speak at a Town Hall panel, led by former Top Golf and LPGA golfer Jeehae Lee, on how the golf world can do better in the realm of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives from their unique vantage point. Over 100 attendees, including members of the USGA, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour, Golf Canada, Youth on Tour, First Tee, Latin Golfers Association, and members of Allied Golf Associations from around the world, listened in on the panel discussion. Catherine and her fellow panelists spoke about their shared experiences and perspectives on the current state of golf, what they hope the future of the game looks like and to offer solutions for the current social and economic issues currently surrounding the game.
About the application process and being selected, Catherine shares, “I submitted an application a few months ago, then at the end of January, I received the email letting me know that I was selected for the Council, which is a coalition of about 90 people. Then I was incredibly honored to be selected to serve on both the Leadership Team and the panel, based on the strength of my application. It was very rewarding to serve on the panel with this group of individuals.”
Catherine, whose home course is Worcester Golf Course, has been playing golf for eight years. She plans to spend quite a bit of time at Worcester this summer, as an assistant coach under Diane Rama. In addition to golf, Catherine keeps herself very busy at Notre Dame, participating in Model UN, attending both the Columbia and Harvard Conferences; the Global Leadership Student Board, which in past years included preparing for the STEM Symposium, and now this year, features virtual events that can be held on campus; the Global Scholar Program; and National History Day. To round out her busy schedule, Catherine is also a vocalist classically trained in Italian arias.
Tom Verdi, Notre Dame Golf Coach, shares, “As a golfer, Catherine is one of the hardest working members of the team, she listens and leads by example. Catherine enthusiastically goes about her business on and off the course. She is someone who has always completed every individual practice and workout, even all the optional ones. Catherine has been inclusive and welcoming, pairing well with girls from every grade, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she will do this season after we got cut short last year.”