Meet the Board: Meet Karen Mabe

Karen Mabe, PWGA Tournament Director.

Karen Mabe, PWGA Tournament Director.

Meet Karen Mabe

By Alejandra Duffy

As you can see, we're starting a new series on our blog to help you get to know our Board members. Maybe you already know some of them, but hopefully you'll understand why they give so much time and love to the Pacific Women's Golf Association after reading each of their stories. 

Today, we're interviewing Karen Mabe, the PWGA Tournament Director.


I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. My mother and father were both in the Navy. Over the years, my family found their way to Clovis, California, where I graduated from Clovis High and Fresno State University.

I then married my high school sweetheart. Next year we will be married for forty years. He has also been a Chiropractor for thirty-two years. We have a wonderful son and daughter, and five awesome grandchildren.


I started golf about twenty years ago. My mother retired and decided she was going to take up golf. I decided to tag along to the driving range and a small par-3 course. I had played softball for many years, and now found that I really enjoyed golf as well. A good friend had taken up golf and we began meeting up once a month to play golf and catch up.


When my kids were in high school and able to drive themselves to all their activities, I decided to start playing golf with a ladies’ group. I found the Dryden Women’s Golf Club in Modesto. They were a great group of ladies that welcomed me with open arms.

Three weeks after joining the group, they talked me into playing in my first golf tournament. I started with the biggie, the Helen Lengfeld Tournament. I was fortunate enough to get paired with a great lady, Past President Joanne Holman. I had so much fun, I was hooked.


I met so many wonderful ladies at Playdays and Tournaments. I became friends with Kathy Darden, then the Course Rating director. She invited me to learn about course rating and be on the team. I loved it, and three years later, I became the Course Rating Director for the next seven years. I thoroughly enjoyed being on the Board.

I took a couple years off the Board, but helped Marilyn Domingo with the Tournaments. I always thought I might like being involved with the tournaments. As it turned out, I did enjoy it. I took over as the Tournament Director this year and am having a great time.


I am hoping to run some great tournaments, providing competition, camaraderie, and overall, just a great time. My goal is to increase our participation numbers at the tournaments. Hope to see you all at a tournament this year.