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Maulana  Dotch

In February, Maulana Dotch, PGA assistant professional at Cedar Crest Golf Course, was inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame. Maulana is the first black woman in Texas and the second black woman in America to earn her Class-A membership through The PGA of America. But, there a few other things you may not have known about her. She was elected to PGA Membership in 2010.

Below are a few more things that most of you may not know about her.

What do you love about the golf business? I love the fact that golf is a game that almost everyone can relate to. I love the bond and trust that golf business creates with the golf professionals and with their members or customers. I love the relationship I have developed through that connection.

Who got you started in the game? My dad introduced me to the game. He began teaching me to play golf when I was 11 years old. He would take my brothers and me to the high school across the street from our house and taught us how to hit the ball in the school yard. We did it everyday! We lived in Mobile, Alabama then. I did not like golf in the beginning. I didn't have anyone friends that played. I always felt like I didn't fit or belong.  It was always just my dad and me. I was known as golf girl. :) My dad was determine to make me a golfer. I began to like the game once I won my first high school tournament. I realized then that I can play this game and I belonged.

Did you play college golf? I played golf for Bethune-Cookman University located in Daytona Beach, FL.

What is your most memorable moment in golf? I have many. Two that are at the top of mind are my hole in one on #15 at Luna Vista and winning the PGA National Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in 2002.

Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? Doral Resort in Miami, FL.

Who makes your dream foursome? Tiger Woods, President Obama, Nancy Lopez and me. 

Have you played golf with anyone famous? I have played golf with a few famous athletes and actors. I have played golf with Malik Yoba from Empire, Chris Spencer, Dawn Lewis, Kurt Thomas and Michelle Megan. My most memorable 10-minute golf lesson is from Tiger when I was 15 years old. I was a part of the clinic he did at LB Houston in 1996.  

What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? Pebble Beach.

What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? I love music, Swing Out Dancing and Chicago Stepping. 

What are some of your hobbies? I like to cook, swing out dancing, traveling and reading. 

What is your favorite type of music? R&B, old school Hip Hop and Gospel

What is the best golf book that you would recommend? The Impact Zone by Bobby Clampett. It was one of the first books I read when I first started teaching and it really helped me understand the game more as teacher and to be able to break the swing down to help my students. It help me become a better teacher.