Cincinnati women’s golf scene is on upward swing thanks to these women

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour is returning to Cincinnati in early September for the Kroger Queen City Championship presented by Procter & Gamble.

But, with the excitement around an event, it’s appropriate to highlight those working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly and promote Cincinnati women’s golf.

So, The Cincinnati Inquirer is profiling eight of those women, some who are contributing to the inaugural event Sept. 5-11 at Kenwood Country Club and some who have opened doors to golf opportunities elsewhere around the river.

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Emily Norell, lead director, Kroger Queen City Championship

Norell has been working for Excel Sports Management, the owner and operator of the event, for nine months now preparing for the Kroger Queen City Championship.

Prior to joining ESM’s team, Norell worked for the LPGA Tour as its director of tournament business affairs from September 2018 to October 2021 and with Global Golf Management as its tournament director from 2013-2018 in the Bahamas and Augusta, Georgia.

Emily Norell is the director of the Kroger Queen City Championship

“To be honest, I never thought golf was in my future,” she said. “I played it growing up, but when I graduated from college I fell into my first job – working in the food and beverage space on the golf tour – and it snowballed from there. I fell in love with it, clearly.”

Norell graduated from the University of St. Thomas, which is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, her home state, in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature.

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