Following a thorough study and due process, a 2013 decision allowed for women's and men's amateur golf in Utah to officially be governed by one body – the Utah Golf Association. With a 95% vote of approval from the members of the former Utah Women's Golf Association the merger of the two organizations was a success.
The merger created a Women's Advisory Committee to ensure women golfers and competitors are represented in measure with male golfers and competitors. With geographic balance throughout the state, the first committee included Linda Olsen, Karen Gardiner, Julie McMullin, Mary Herman, Rose Roberts and Jodi White. Among other goals, the committee will provide some context and history of women's golf in Utah.
The UGA already was working closely with the women's association by conducting the State Women's Amateur and assisting with other events. The benefit for women golfers involves no longer having to join a separate organization in addition to paying UGA membership dues for handicapping purposes. The UGA now conducts six other major events: the State Women's Senior Amateur, the Women's Senior Amateur Championship, the Stroke Play Championship, the Mary Lou Baker Open, the Four-Ball Championship, and the Spring Open, with its full-time staff offering easy access to registration and other administrative advantages.