Four founders of SF Pride Golf Tournament. Left to right Greg Fitzgerald, Nguyen Pham, Suzanne Ford and Tom Smith.
Four founders of SF Pride Golf Tournament. Left to right Greg Fitzgerald, Nguyen Pham, Suzanne Ford and Tom Smith. - Credit Cheryl Niesen
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San Francisco’s World Class Golf Course TPC Harding Park will host the first LGBTQ+ golf tournament to be officially endorsed by the country’s Professional Golf Association(PGA).

Swinging into history to honour excellence in golf, the highly anticipated San Francisco Pride Golf Tournament is back, and it’s set to take place at the world-renowned TPC Harding Park, San Francisco’s historic golf gem, on Saturday, September 30, preceded by an awards ceremony on Friday, September 29, at the Fairmont Hotel, Nob Hill, San Francisco.

Presented by SF Pride, this prestigious tournament is the first-ever LGBTQ+ sporting event to be officially endorsed by the US PGA. Since its inception in 2019, the SF Pride Golf Tournament has become a potent symbol of increased LGBTQ+ representation in the realm of professional athletics.


Each year, the SF Pride Golf Tournament recognizes Excellence In Golf, and this year, the prestigious award will be presented to LPGA Professional Jamie Leno Zimron at the Fairmont Hotel’s Crown Room at 7 p.m. on September 29.

A 6th-degree Aikido Black Belt, Somatic Psychologist, and champion golfer since age 7, Jamie is a pioneering holistic leader whose contributions to the game and its growth are exceptional. Along with her brother Mark Leno, former San Francisco Supervisor and State Senator, Jamie has been a lifelong LGBTQ+ advocate and activist, always blazing trails and making a difference.

“I am deeply honoured and excited to receive the 2023 Excellence in Golf award,” said Jamie Leno Zimron.

“While sport remains one of the hardest places to come out, the PGA/SF Pride partnership is a brilliant initiative to finally do away with gender stereotyping and hetero-sexist discrimination — in golf and on all the playing fields of life!”

TopGolf is the headline sponsor – the tournament’s primary goal is to raise funds for the SF Pride Community Partners Program. This vital initiative supports LGBTQ+ organizations working tirelessly to advance LGBTQ+ rights, equality, and social justice.

“We are thrilled to return to TPC Harding Park for the SF Pride Golf Tournament, and we are especially honoured to have the endorsement of the PGA,” said Suzanne Ford, Executive Director of SF Pride.

“This event embodies the spirit of inclusion and highlights the strides the LGBTQ+ community is making in the world of professional athletics. It’s not just about golf; it’s about making a difference.”

Golf Awards Ceremony Details:
Date: Sept. 29, 7pm
Location, Fairmont Hotel Crown Room, San Francisco

Tournament Event Details:
Date: Saturday, September 30
Time: Shotgun start at 11:00 am
Location: TPC Harding Park

Registration for the event can be found here.

Last Updated on Sep 26, 2023

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