Meet the Board: Meet Sheila McMurphy
Meet Sheila McMurphy
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 Sheila McMurphy, the PWGA North Central Area Director.
I was raised in Santa Rosa, California, with two sisters, two brothers, and loving parents. As I attended grade school, high school, and moved through the school system—taking classes to set me up for college—I discovered that I liked business much better than academic classes. I switched to a business curriculum and fell in love with bookkeeping.
When my parents decided to move to Susanville, California, we decided we loved the area and moved right along with them, even though I was already grown and had two children of my own. After the move, my husband and I started a road construction business building forest service roads, mainly throughout Lassen and Plumas Counties. Looking back, it’s hard to picture myself at the wheel of a monster road grader pushing dirt, or driving a belly dump or water wagon. But, when you’re starting out, you do just about anything to make it work (although most of my time was spent working in the office). I took a few more accounting classes and had lots of help from a friend who was a CPA, so I was able to keep the books and attend the finances.
MY GOLF JOURNEY
When the business finally became successful, my husband John would take time off to golf. At the time I thought it was a silly game of which I had no interest, but John challenged me to try it. I was athletic in high school, where I played field hockey, volleyball, and basketball; so I thought golf would be a snap. Wow, was I wrong. But, the minute that ball finally got airborne, I was hooked. It’s been an addiction ever since. I joined the ladies club at Diamond Mt. Golf Course in Susanville and served in various positions furthering my love for all things golf.
When my husband passed away in 1999, I kept the business for a few more years. By that time, we had been in business for almost 30 years, so I decided it was time to retire. I then met Tom, who has a golf car business in Chico. We got married after a few years, and I moved to Chico as well.
HOW I FOUND PWGA
I joined the ladies club at Bidwell Golf Course where I have served in various positions, but my current office as treasurer is the one I really enjoy. I then discovered PWGA and the many playdays and majors that are provided for all golfers from public courses. Since becoming a director and serving on the board of PWGA since 2015, it has been a lot of fun getting to know golfers from many different courses.
Through the years, my family has grown and given me grandchildren and great grandchildren. They’re spread across many states, so getting together is a real treat. I continue to play golf as much as I can as well as serving in my church because loving God is what keeps me centered.