Tara M. McKenna, M.S., PGA
Director, PGA Golf Management and Instructor
Phone: (239) 590-7717
Office: Sugden Hall 238 C
Tara McKenna literally grew up at a country club in upstate NY (outside of Albany) from the age of 5. Her first full Assistant time job was at the club in which she grew up -Normanside CC. However, she has spent the majority of her professional career in New England, mostly Massachusetts and yes…. shes’s a Red Sox / Patiots fan.
Attending James Madison University in Virginia, Tara played on the women’s golf team for four years and graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Psychology. Graduate studies led her further south to UNC-Greensboro for an MS in Exercise and Sport Science – with a concentration Sport Psychology. As a graduate student, Tara played an instrumental role in igniting the new Division I women’s golf team as their first coach after ten years of dormancy.
She played and won several amateur events in the northeast during the summers and turned professional in 1991 by registering with the PGA of America.
Professionally, Tara holds a “Class A” in the PGA of America and LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division – an honor held by fewer than 900 female professionals in the country. She worked at two distinctive, private 18 hole Country Clubs on Cape Cod and near Boston before landing the job as Head Professional of Tatnuck Country Club in Worcester, MA from 2003 -2009. Tatnuck CC is a private 9 hole, Donald Ross influenced gem in New England. She owned and managed a successful golf shop which won her Merchandiser of the Year for the Northeast section of the LPGA T& CP in 2005.
One of few women who compete in the New England PGA Section, Ms. McKenna is a very active player in section events and most recently served on the 2009 Tournament Committee. She hopes to remain similarly active in the SW Chapter of the South Florida PGA, In her “free time” as Head Professional, Tara served as adjunct faculty for Anna Maria College (Paxton, MA), teaching a class in the Division of Sports Management. A fitness buff of sorts, she holds a Level I accreditation as a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Certified Golf Fitness Instructor and occasionally participates in Sprint distance Triathlons when the training schedule permits.