Rackel becomes first female RCGA president

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Karen Rackel

EDMONTON, Alberta — Karen Rackel has been inducted as president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association (also known as Golf Canada), becoming the first female president in the governing body's 116-year history.

"I am privileged and deeply honored to be appointed the 108th president of this storied association," the Alberta attorney said Saturday. "Like so many golf enthusiasts across the country, I am passionate about the game and I believe that this organization has done and will continue to do great things to grow participation and excellence in the sport of golf in Canada."

Rackel served as director of the Alberta Ladies Golf Association in 1998-2000 and became president of the amalgamated Alberta Golf Association in 2003. She became an RCGA governor when the former Canadian Ladies Golf Association and the RCGA merged in 2005. She also was tournament chair of the 2007 Canadian Women's Open.

She succeeds Jack McDonald.

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