Azucena Maldonado is the founder of the Latina Golfers Association (LGA), established in 2008 with a mission to empower women through golf. The LGA introduces women of all ages to golf, emphasizing its value for professional growth, personal enjoyment, and a healthy lifestyle. By teaching women how to leverage golf as a business tool, the LGA enables women to break through the glass ceiling and transcend gender and cultural barriers while enriching their personal lives.
From a personal passion, the LGA has grown into a movement, with over 3,000 Southern California Latinas participating in golf clinics, lessons, events, and tournaments. Although based in Southern California, the Latina Golfers Association has a national focus.
Maldonado is a recognized industry leader, featured in prestigious publications like Golf Digest, Golf Business, Southern California Golf Association’s FORE Magazine, PGA of America Magazine, NBC Latino, New Latina, La Opinión, and Latina Style Magazine. She was profiled in golf legend Arnold Palmer’s Kingdom Magazine in 2015, gracing the cover of Southland Golf Magazine, and gaining recognition in the PGA of America’s national magazine.
Notably, Maldonado was invited to join the advisory board of the Women’s Golf Journal, alongside golf legends Anika Sorenstam and Ladies Professional Golf Association tour player Paula Creamer.
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