Hoffman, Graham lead way with team, NCCGA
By: Garrett Osterode/GCU Staff
Grand Canyon University Club Golf, often recognized for their unparalleled national success on the men’s side, made waves this season on the women’s side – especially when it came to leadership.
GCU’s Chloe Graham (far right in photo above) and December’s GCU Club Sports Student Athlete of the Month, Claire Hoffman (above far left), managed key leadership positions during the 2019-20 campaign.
Hoffman’s leadership expanded beyond the reach of GCU, where she serves as club president, and into the National Collegiate Club Golf Association when she accepted the position of women’s golf ambassador in hopes of spreading her passion and love for the game to women around the country.
“Golf has allowed me to meet new people and grow as an individual,” said Hoffman. “I am looking forward to helping encourage women to be more involved with the NCCGA and golf in general.”
Hoffman has been innovative in her leadership, and has come up with creative and new ways to grow the club and build a stronger bond – on and off the course.
“We had a fun Trackman event that allowed for us all to get a clearer picture of our swings, along with group outings at Topgolf,” said Hoffman. “It is fun to see how my teammates grow and develop relationships.”
Meanwhile, in just her second year with the club, Graham accepted the role of philanthropy chair this past season with the Lopes. A club that seemingly had everything going for them was hoping to give back to the community more in 2019-20, and Graham was the perfect woman for the job.
“(Lopes’ Head Coach) John [Wasson] asked if I would be up for the challenge,” said Graham. “As a Christian, it has always been a passion of mine to give back as much as possible, and it was something I was wanting to do.”
In her first year helming the philanthropy, the club was active in the community, working with Feeding My Starving Children, a Christian nonprofit organization that aims at feeding children in third world countries.
“Working with them was an incredible opportunity and something we were planning to do once again before COVID,” said Graham. “I believe that serving others is the best way to build strong connections within the team.”
Graham doesn’t want to stop there.
“Serving the community builds new community,” said Graham. “We want to shine a light for GCU within our golf community, and allow every team we compete against to know we serve a greater purpose.”
Interested in joining GCU Club Golf? Contact Lopes’ Head Coach John Wasson today!