2 x Golfer of the Year - Utah Junior Golf Association
3 x Jr. America Cup team member
LPGA Class A Member
Former Lone Peak HS Girls Golf Coach 6 time 6A region champs and 3 time 6A state champs
Former Director of Golf at Cedar Hills Golf Club
Largest golf academy in Utah at Fox Hollow Golf Club
currently a LPGA Pro at Black Desert Resort in St George Utah
And Director of Volunteers Championship Series For Black Desert Resort for the LPGA and PGA
Gina grew up in Highland, Utah as Gina Poulsen, and unlike many young golfers of today who start hitting while in diapers, didn't begin golfing until the age of 12. Her father took her golfing one day and she was hooked. Before long she had her own set of clubs and was playing in every junior tournament in the state.
Gina was twice named golfer of the year by the Utah Junior Golf Association and was a member of the Jr. America's Cup team three times. After playing high school golf for American Fork High, Gina went to school down the road at Utah Valley State College. Following two years there, she accepted a full ride scholarship to Idaho State University where she was captain and played No. 1 for the Big Sky Conference championship team and received a Bachelor’s Degree.
During her first year there, she married her high school sweetheart, Wes Higbee and they lived in Pocatello for the first year and a half of their marriage. After graduating from college, Gina decided she wanted to pursue golf as a career and turned professional in 1994. She moved back to Utah and worked at Thanksgiving Point and Hidden Valley Country Club. The Higbee’s then decided to start a family and had four beautiful children, three daughters and one son.
In July of 2002 she was hired at Cedar Hills Golf Club and closely watched the young course take shape. She actually put the first cut on most of the greens, tees and fairways. Gina served as the Director of Golf, at Cedar Hills Golf Club until March 2005. In September 2008 she attended her LPGA Teaching Certification and graduated with honors in the class. She now teaches private lessons, golf camps and clinics at Fox Hollow Golf Club in American Fork, and is currently LPGA Golf PRO at Black Desert Golf club located in St George Utah.
And Director of Volunteers for the Championship Series For Black Desert Resort for the LPGA and PGA
Gina is a Class A member of the LPGA and runs the only LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program in Utah County. She coached the Lone Peak girls team to 2016, 2018 and 2019 state championships, with another 6 regional championships.
She continues to play with great passion for the game of golf and loves to teach and share that passion with others. Gina has built the largest golf academy in the state of Utah.