Get to know our ambassadors
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“Just get out and play. Have fun. Enjoy every moment and don’t take it too seriously. People have a perception that golf is such a rigid sport, but it doesn’t have to be.”
Nelly has quickly become one of the brightest stars in women’s golf. Born in Bradenton, FL, Nelly began her golf career at a young age and found early success — making the cut after competing in the 2013 Women’s U.S. Open as a 13-year-old amateur. Since joining the TOUR, Nelly has won seven times, captured a major title and brought home gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A testament to her success and talent, she was named No. 2 in the World of Golf Rankings and continues to push the boundaries of the game. Her older sister, Jessica, is also a successful LPGA Professional as well as a Grant Thornton ambassador.
“We share a vision for bringing more people to the game and are passionate about working to improve the communities that we live in.”
Tony is an accomplished professional golfer from Utah who plays on the PGA TOUR. He has earned five wins on TOUR, competed in two Presidents Cups and two Ryder Cups since turning pro in 2007. When he’s not competing at the highest level, Tony is focused on giving back to his community and changing lives however he can through his extensive involvement with the Tony Finau Foundation. Through his impactful charitable work, Tony gives back to underserved neighborhoods like the one he grew up in, equipping kids in those communities with the resources and support they need to discover, develop and achieve their goals. The first PGA TOUR player of Tongan and American Samoan descent, Tony lives in Lehi, UT with his wife and five children.
“I think golf can modernize a bit, which would definitely open its doors wider. I do think golf course attire and feeling like you need to look a certain way can be a barrier.”
Rickie is a fan-favorite professional golfer from Murrieta, CA, best known for winning THE PLAYERS® Championship in 2015 and for representing Team USA in four Ryder Cups as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rickie won two PGA TOUR events in 2017, finished solo second at the 2018 Masters Tournament and, most recently, claimed victory at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. In 2014, Rickie recorded top-five finishes in all four major championships, becoming the first golfer to do so since Tiger Woods in 2005. Off the course, he is even more proud to have the titles of husband to Allison and dad to daughter, Maya.
“That’s one of the reasons I love it. Really any one can physically play—we just have to make sure they have the opportunity and confidence to do it.”
Jessica has already had an impressive LPGA career, even as a relatively young player. Considered one of the top Americans on tour, she has won six times, competed in three Solheim Cups and cracked the Top 10 in World of Golf Rankings. It’s no wonder that Jessica was raised in a family of world-class athletes. Both parents as well as her brother are international tennis stars. Her father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open singles title (major) and her mother, Regina, was a 1988 Summer Olympics competitor. Her younger sister, Nelly, is also a decorated LPGA professional and Grant Thornton ambassador. When she’s not competing, Jessica resides in Jupiter, FL, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and photogenic goldendoodle, Charlie.
“Without help, I personally don’t think I would have been able to get into golf, so I’m determined to try and remove that barrier for others.”
Cameron Champ is a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, but his ambitions go beyond the green. Cameron is also committed to growing golf and giving back through the Cameron Champ Foundation, which aims to transform the lives of youth from underserved and underrepresented communities through athletics, academics and healthy living. Champ was introduced to golf when he was just 18 months old by his grandfather, Mack Champ, and has established himself as one of the longest hitters in the game with his impressive driving distance and swing speed. Off the course, Cameron is passionate about working with the animals on his farm, building cars and trucks, and spending time with his wife, Jessica.
“Greater representation of unique and diverse voices on the largest stages. You have to see someone in order to believe you can be them. Representation matters. Inclusivity matters.”
A LPGA Tour champion and six-time Ladies European Tour winner, Mel Reid has been a star since she turned pro in 2007. Reid earned the coveted LET Rookie of the Year honor in 2008 and has continued to become a global steward for golf, representing Great Britain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Team Europe during five Solheim Cup appearances as a player in 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2021 and as a Vice Captain in 2019. Off the course, Mel is an action sports fanatic and snowboarder at heart. She’s also an active advocate in the LGBTQ+ community continually fighting for equality and inclusion in sport.
“Co-ed sports as it was meant to be excites me. Having both the best women and men on location at the same time excites me.”
Michael Wilbon is a co-host of ESPN’s Emmy award-winning show, Pardon the Interruption, and an NBA reporter and analyst for NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN. Wilbon left The Washington Post in December of 2010 after 30 years as a reporter and columnist to assume an expanded role for ESPN. In 2020 Wilbon was named a Curt Gowdy Media Award recipient by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and elected to the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame. In 2017 Wilbon and Kornheiser were awarded the National Press Club’s most prestigious prize, The Fourth Estate Award, which recognizes journalists who have made significant contributions to the field. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Wilbon currently resides in Maryland with his wife, Sheryl, and son, Matthew.
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Put a Finger Down
What happens when some little kids think they can putt better than you? We surprised our ambassadors on the green to see how they would react.
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Cameron Champ and Morgan Rodriguez discuss opportunities in golf
Getting into golf can seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Listen to Cameron Champ and Morgan Rodriguez talk about how ACE Grant gave them opportunities they never thought they’d have.