LINKS PLAYERS FELLOWSHIPS FOR WOMEN

Changing the Conversation at Your Club.

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At Links Players, we help men and women change the conversation at their clubs and courses where they play golf—from surface to substance, me to others, and temporal to eternal. This happens through a ministry of presence, where a Links Fellowship allows participants to explore the life and words of Jesus Christ through examination of the Scriptures, to pray together in support of each other’s walk of faith, and to reach out to those in their club who need the heart change that salvation in Jesus produces.

Links Fellowships get started when three or more people in a club come together in agreement around the five tenets of Links Players: Love God and others, Integrate Christ’s reign and integrity into all of life, Network friends together in Christ, Kindle compassion for the poor and needy, Share Christ through the great game of golf. Once this happens, a Fellowship begins to meet and invites others to join them.

To help these local Fellowships flourish, we provide guidance through our regional and area staff, who have helped more than 200 groups like these get started across the country. Additionally, we create and provide free resources for the Fellowships to use, including the Links Daily Devotional, with Friday videos and Bible studies, around which the Fellowships can center their discussions. This means Fellowships can start and be supported anywhere in the world, even if we don’t have staff nearby.

With no overhead in buildings and a nimble, hard-working team, we have been able to advance the work of Links Players over the past 35 years through the generous support of our donors, who understand the vision of reaching influential men and women who have the ability to impact many others when their hearts are changed and they follow Jesus with new intent.
If you recognize the spiritual emptiness of women where you play golf, your heart may already be inclined toward starting a Links Fellowship where friends can meet to discuss things that truly matter, centered around the words of the Bible. From there, they support one another in prayer and reach out to others who have no anchor in Jesus, often by their steady presence in the club.

How does this happen? It commonly begins with just three or four initiators who commit to meeting as often as weekly. Most choose to use the Links Friday Devotional and Bible study as their resource. It’s free, quick-to-print, and usually includes an introductory video. It also begins with a golf illustration and golf-related starter questions, so even inexperienced attendees can feel like part of the Fellowship. See a sample on the 'Bible Resource' page.

Our “Starting a Links Fellowship” PDF gives you information and ideas for getting started and includes a signature page so you can become “official” and list your Fellowship among the many others around the country. We can also answer questions, coach you through those opening sessions, and welcome you to one of our leader retreats.

Click here to Download the "Starting A Links Fellowship".
How to Start a Links Fellowship



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Meet Your national director image

Meredith Kirk is a nationally ranked LPGA Class A Teaching Professional with 25 years of teaching experience. Golf Digest has recognized her as a "Best Young Teacher in America” and a "Best Teacher in South Carolina” multiple years in a row and she has appeared on national radio, cable, and television programs, including The Golf Channel.

In addition, she is a former Mrs. South Carolina America and achieved recognition by Golf Magazine as being selected as a top "Innovator" in the golf industry for her creative development of a national non-profit junior golf program that provided fitted golf equipment to youth.

Meredith is a graduate of Luther Rice Seminary with a masters degree in Christian Studies. She has authored multiple faith-based books and a bestselling golf instructional book, entitled "Skill Drills". In August 2022 Meredith was called into the mission field in the 'fairways' of life with Links Players International serving as the Women's National Ministry Director. She is excited to serve the Lord as a missionary in the 'Fairways of Life'.

Meredith and her husband, Dr. Landon Kirk, live in Murrells Inlet, SC, and have three sons, two daughter-in-love's, and three grandchildren.

KATHY KNAPP

Women's Devotional Leader

Kathy is a LPI Facilitator, Writer, Editor, and Bible Teacher. If you are interested in writing and being part of LPI women's writing team, contact Kathy at: kathyknapp2018@gmail.com

LISA MAJOR

Women's Lead Facilitator

Lisa is LPI's Women's Lead Facilitator. She can help assist, support, and encourage you as you start and lead a LPI women's fellowship. Questions? Contact Lisa: lisamike@me.com

TRACY HANSON, LPGA

Women's Ministry Coach

Tracy is an LPGA Tour professional 1995-2009, ministers to golfers and to people suffering harm (via Tracy Hanson Initiative) Contact Tracy: tracyhanson@tracyhanson.com

KELLI SCHWARTZ

SoCal Regional Ambassador

Kelli Schwartz lives in Corona Del Mar, CA with her husband, Mark. They have 2 daughters, 2 son-in-loves and are expecting a 4th grandson to add to their zoo, I mean family. She enjoys family life, church life, golf(at NBCC), Bible study and any fun travel opportunity that comes her way. Contact Kelli: schwartzfamilyx4@gmail.com

PAULA SCHUBERT RUSSELL

Upstate South Carolina Regional Ambassador

Paula lives in the Cliffs Valley in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, with her husband, Keith. She enjoys her family time, her church and life group that she meets with weekly, and loves playing golf in all the Cliffs Communities. Contact Paula at: pschubert1974@gmail.com

Carol 'Charlie' Buxton

South Florida Regional Ambassador

Carol (Charlie) Buxton lives in Stuart, FL, with her husband Dick and dog, Sammi. They have 2 sons (career Marines), 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 granddaughters. From 2007-2017, she was an LPGA teaching and coaching professional. She now enjoys playing golf at Stuart Yacht and CC and participating in competitive tournaments. She enjoys weekly LINKS and church Bible study, reading, and sewing. Contact Charlie at: coachbuxton@gmail.com

Litchfield Country Club (Pawley's Island, South Carolina)

Litchfield Country Club (Pawley's Island, South Carolina)

Welcome to the Litchfield Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. We meet every Tuesday upstairs in the Clubhouse. Come join us! Contact Meredith Kirk for more information. Meredith@LinksPlayers.com

Pine Lakes Country Club (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Pine Lakes Country Club (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Welcome to the PIne Lakes Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. We meet every Thursday in the History Hall Room. Come join us! Contact Meredith Kirk for more information. Meredith@LinksPlayers.com

Greystone Golf & Country Club (Birmingham, Alabama)

Greystone Golf & Country Club (Birmingham, Alabama)

Welcome to the Greystone Golf & Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. Come join us! Contact Liz Mattioli for more information. Liz@blackburngolf.com

Thornblade Club (Greenville, South Carolina)

Thornblade Club (Greenville, South Carolina)

Welcome to the Thornblade Club Links Women's Fellowship. We would love for you to come join us! Contact Pam Carlson for more information. Pam_Carlson@mac.com

Moss Creek Golf Club (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina)

Moss Creek Golf Club (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina)

Welcome to the Moss Creek Links Women's Fellowship. We would love for you to join us! Contact Georgene for more information. Grisko@me.com

Upstate SC Links Women Fellowship (Greenville, South Carolina)

Upstate SC Links Women Fellowship (Greenville, South Carolina)

Welcome to the Upstate South Carolina Links Women Fellowship. We meet at Cliffs Valley Golf Club. If you are in the upstate of South Carolina and would like to attend this fellowship, contact Paula Russell and Liz Yacavone for more information. Come join us! pschubert1974@gmail.com and lizyac@bellsouth.net

Druid Hills Golf Club (Crossville, Tennessee)

Druid Hills Golf Club (Crossville, Tennessee)

Welcome to the Druid Hills Golf Club Links Women's Fellowship. We would love for you to join us! Contact Jean Kraft for more information. CharleK@icoud.com

Cobblestone Park Golf Women's Links Fellowship (Columbia, South Carolina)

Cobblestone Park Golf Women's Links Fellowship (Columbia, South Carolina)

Welcome to the Cobblestone Park Golf Links Women's Fellowship. Come join us! For more information, please contact Nancy Ross at nanaross7@aol.com.

The Yacht and Country Club (Stuart, Florida)

The Yacht and Country Club (Stuart, Florida)

Welcome to the YCC Links Women's Fellowship. Come join us! For more information, please contact Charlie Buxton at coachbuxton@gmail.com

Cherokee Country Club (Atlanta, Georgia)

Cherokee Country Club (Atlanta, Georgia)

Welcome to Cherokee Country Club Links Player's Women's Fellowship. We would love for you join us! For more information, contact Lynda McNeeley at lyndaticklemcneeley@gmail.com

Lakewood Country Club (Dallas, Texas)

Lakewood Country Club (Dallas, Texas)

Welcome to the Lakewood Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. We meet every Tuesday at Lakewood Country Club. Come join us! For more information, contact Mary Renwick. maryrenwick@sbcglobal.net

Onion Creek Club (Austin, Texas)

Onion Creek Club (Austin, Texas)

Welcome to the Onion Creek Links Women's Fellowship. We would love to have you join us! For more information, contact Mary Haught at maryhaught@haught-group.com.

Wildflower Country Club (Temple, Texas)

Wildflower Country Club (Temple, Texas)

Welcome to the Wildflower Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. Our Fellowship meets once a month. Come join us! For more information, contact Lydia Santibanez. lrs.chap@gmail.com

Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas)

Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas)

Welcome to the Fair Oaks Ranch and Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. We would love for you join us! For more information, contact Kathy Knapp at kathyknapp2018@gmail.com

Pine Forest Country Club (Houston, Texas)

Pine Forest Country Club (Houston, Texas)

Welcome to the Pine Forest Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. We would love for you join us! For more information, contact Val Lankford at valerie.lankford38@gmail.com

Escondido Golf Club (Horseshoe Bay, Texas)

Escondido Golf Club (Horseshoe Bay, Texas)

Welcome to the Escondido Golf Club Links Women's Fellowship. We would love for you join us! For more information, contact Mary Graves at marygraves23@gmail.com

Oakmont Country Club (Glendale, California)

Oakmont Country Club (Glendale, California)

Welcome to the Oakmont Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in the ladies locker room. Come join us! Contact Linda Pearson for more information. dinahschicken@aol.com

Anthem Country Club (Anthem, Arizona)

Anthem Country Club (Anthem, Arizona)

Welcome to the Anthem Country Club LINKS Women's Fellowship. We meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Come join us! Contact Mary Lou Townsend for more information. mlsirot@hotmail.com

Newport Beach Country Club, (Newport Beach, California)

Newport Beach Country Club, (Newport Beach, California)

Welcome to the Newport Beach Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. We meet every Friday (rain or shine, year-round) at Newport Beach CC. Contact Judy Muncy or Kelli Schwartz for more information. muncymail@yahoo.com or schwartzfamilyx4@gmail.com

Alta Vista Country Club (Placentia, California)

Alta Vista Country Club (Placentia, California)

Welcome to the Alta Vista Links Women's Fellowship. We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Come join us! For more information, contact jstubbe@roadrunner.com

Mesa Verde Country Club (Costa Mesa, California)

Mesa Verde Country Club (Costa Mesa, California)

Welcome to the Costa Mesa Women's Fellowship. For more information about this group, contact Sang at sangbukaty@yahoo.com

Coral Mountain Country Club (La Quinta, California)

Coral Mountain Country Club (La Quinta, California)

Welcome to the La Quinta Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. Come join us! Contact Lisa Major for more information. Lisamike@mac.com

Ironwood Country Club (Palm Desert, California)

Ironwood Country Club (Palm Desert, California)

Welcome to the Ironwood Links Women's Fellowship. We would love for you to come join us! For more information, please contact Nancy McNett at nbmcnett@gmail.com

Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Pebble Beach, California)

Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Pebble Beach, California)

Welcome to the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. Come join us! For more information, please contact Betsy Davis betsytoheavens9@gmail.com

San Joaquin Country Club, (Fresno, California)

San Joaquin Country Club, (Fresno, California)

Welcome to the San Joaquin Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. Come join us! For more information, please contact Caren Myers caren@fresnolexus.com

Birnam Wood Golf Club (Santa Barbara, California)

Birnam Wood Golf Club (Santa Barbara, California)

Welcome to the Birnam Wood Golf Club Links Women's Fellowship. Come join us! For more information, please contact Diana Branning. dianna.branning@gmail.com

Almaden Golf & Country Club (San Jose, California)

Almaden Golf & Country Club (San Jose, California)

Welcome to the Almaden Golf & Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. Come join us! For more information, please contact Cathy Smith. cathy.smith@elrepco.com

Robson Ranch Golf Club (Eloy, Arizona)

Robson Ranch Golf Club (Eloy, Arizona)

Welcome to the Robson Ranch Golf Club Links Players Women's Fellowship. October-May: We meet Tuesdays following golf/lunch. Specific times vary depending on golf start times. June-September: We meet Tuesdays following golf -around 10:15am Come join us! For more information, contact Candy Burtis: candybgolfin@live.com

ALISO VIEJO COUNTRY CLUB (ALISO VIEJO, CALIFORNIA)

ALISO VIEJO COUNTRY CLUB (ALISO VIEJO, CALIFORNIA)

Welcome to the Aliso Viejo Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. For more information about joining this fellowship, please contact Kari Shone Email: ladieslinksavcc@gmail.com

YORBA LINDA COUNTRY CLUB (YORBA LINDA, CALIFORNIA)

YORBA LINDA COUNTRY CLUB (YORBA LINDA, CALIFORNIA)

Welcome to the Yorba Linda Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. For more information about joining this fellowship, please contact Patrice Werschmidt atpwerschmidt@gmail.com

Red Hill Country Club (Rancho Cucamonga, California)

Red Hill Country Club (Rancho Cucamonga, California)

Welcome to the Red Hill Country Club Links Women's Fellowship. We meet on Thursdays at 8:30am. For more information about this fellowship, please contact Alicia Webb at webb_alicia@yahoo.com

Links Players Women Fellowships (Anchorage, Alaska)

Links Players Women Fellowships (Anchorage, Alaska)

Welcome to Links Players Women's Alaskan Fellowships! Group meets weekly during the golf season at one of five different golf locations.

Tam O'Shanter Golf and Country Club (Bellevue, Washington)

Tam O'Shanter Golf and Country Club (Bellevue, Washington)

Welcome to the Tam O'Shanter Golf Links Players Women's Fellowship. We would love for you to be part of our women's group. Come join us! For more information, contact Julie Gray at: jgray@ifclegacy.com

New Fellowships

New Fellowships

While we’d love to see Links Fellowships in every golf club in the world, we still have a ways to go. But you can help! If our current roster of Fellowships does not include one in your area, you can start one with two partners and a plan. Please contact: Meredith@LinksPlayers.com for more information.

New Fellowships

New Fellowships

While we’d love to see Links Fellowships in every golf club in the world, we still have a ways to go. But you can help! If our current roster of Fellowships does not include one in your area, you can start one with two partners and a plan. Please contact: Meredith@LinksPlayers.com for more information.

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What is a “fellowship” anyway?

Is it only used in movies about knights and armor..."Let us go and fellowship one with another!” and then they go and eat a leg of mutton together...Is it some secret religious club where all the “fellows” memorize the Bible and test each other on their knowledge? Is it a club where everyone wears the same outfit and there are strict rules about attendance and a secret handshake?

What “fellowship” is not:

  • It’s not where you have to wear armor and eat large pieces of meat.
  • It’s not a religious club or sect that test each other on their knowledge of the Bible.
  • It’s not a scary place where you are judged, criticized or penalized for your past or present or your ideas or your opinions.
  • It’s not a place where attendance is mandatory.

What a“fellowship” is:

  • It is a group of people living in the same place, or neighborhood or having something in common like activities, interests, feelings and experiences.
  • It’s a company of friends.
  • It’s a safe place to share your fears, hopes and dreams for yourself and the people you love.
  • It’s a place where you don’t have to share if you don’t want to but if you do what you share is held in strictest confidence.
  • It’s a place that accepts you as you are and where you are in your spiritual walk.
  • It’s a place where there is respect for different opinions, experiences and backgrounds.

What a “fellowship” can be:

  • It can be a place of comfort and peace.
  • It can be a place of support.
  • It can be a place of learning.
  • It can be a place of building up and strengthening.
  • It can be a place of growth…in all aspects of your life.
  • It can be the start of long lasting and strong friendships.

Yes. Links Players Women’s Fellowships can meet outside of a golf club or golf facility. Some groups have had to meet outside of their golf clubs due to various reasons. One group has met at a Chick-fil-a, and another group has met at a restaurant.
Yes, you may belong to more than one fellowship.
Each fellowship is unique, and some feel led to be part of multiple fellowships. Additionally, some women are in different parts of the country throughout the year and would like to have fellowship in the region there are visiting in.
Absolutely! Links Players provides resources—nearly all of it free—to support your Fellowship. These include the Links Players Handbook, a great five-week study to get your Fellowship going. Beyond this, the Links Daily Devotional provides daily talking points for your participants. On Fridays, the devotion is accompanied by a Bible study and often an introductory video. As much as you want it to be, the content for your Fellowship’s discussions can be “plug and play.” You’ll also find topical Bible studies on our site, or you might choose a curriculum of your own—anything that fits the five Links Players tenets. But, if you feel lead to use another biblical material to support your fellowship, feel free to do so.
No, you do not have to be a golfer to be part of a Links Players Women’s Fellowship. In fact, many women that attend Links Players fellowships are not golfers. Some women have spouses that attend the men’s fellowships, other women are members at their golf clubs and want to be part of the fellowship. Each fellowship varies. Some fellowships have mostly golfers, and others have very few golfers.
No. There is no cost in starting or being part of a Links Players Women's Fellowship.
There is no requirement to how often a Links Players Women’s Fellowship should meet. Some fellowships meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Others meet seasonally.
Yes. The more the merrier!
Some Links Players Women’s Fellowships may be at a private club. If that is the case, then there may be a golf club membership requirement to be part of that fellowship. Most Links Players Women’s Fellowships are open to the public.
This is a helpful article written by Links Player, Mark 'Ole' Olson
Keeping Your Fellowship A Safe Space​​​
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