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    SF Pride’s Third Annual Excellence in Golf Awards Party and Fifth Annual Golf Tournament

    The SF Pride Golf Tournament each year recognizes Excellence in Golf, and for 2023, the prestigious award was presented to LPGA professional and former San Francisco Bay Times sports and wellness columnist Jamie Leno Zimron. The ceremony took place in San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel’s Crown Room at 7 pm on September 29. (See the prior issue of the Bay Times, which includes a related piece from Zimron.)

    A 6th-degree Aikido Black Belt, somatic psychologist, and champion golfer (the latter since age 7), Zimron “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,” shared SF Pride in a statement.

    “I am deeply honored and excited to receive the 2023 Excellence in Golf award,” said 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 heterosexist discrimination—in golf and on all the playing fields of life!”

    The next day, the fifth annual Pride Golf Tournament took place at TPC Harding Park, with 144 LGBTQ golfers and allies coming together to promote inclusivity and community while raising money for SF Pride. The event is the first and only PGA of America sanctioned LGBTQ tournament. Since the first one was held five years ago, over a half million dollars has been raised for SF Pride.

    Published on October 5, 2023