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Kendra Graham

Kendra GrahamFormer Director of Women’s Competition for the United States Golf Association (USGA)Breast Cancer survivor

Kendra Graham has been extremely influential in the game of golf having formerly worked at the United States Golf Association (USGA) for 16 years. While at the USGA, she served as the director of women’s competitions, which involved overseeing the U.S. Women’s Open Championship and other significant women’s events; was an instructor at PGA/USGA rules seminars; and was a rules official for some of the men’s major championships including The Masters, U.S. Open and British Open.

Graham is also a breast cancer survivor, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1999 just after her mother was diagnosed in 1998. Because of her mother’s diagnosis, she had her first mammogram before the recommended age of 40. At the age of 36, Graham underwent a double mastectomy. “All along, I considered myself very lucky. My cancer was caught very early and I had choices.”

Despite her cancer, Graham continued to be productive in her work. “Going to the office and preparing for the subsequent championship season was a very positive endeavor. Knowing that I could still do what I had done before was empowering.”

Graham is now a stay-at-home mom and currently resides with her husband Jack and their 3-year-old son in Summit, New Jersey.

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