Tulsa Group Combines Networking With Golf

Thursday, April 9th 2009, 5:43 pm
By: News On 6

By Rick Wells, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Both traditional networking and a round of golf are historically successful in developing business relationships.

A group in Tulsa believes combining the two just doubles the chance, particularly in today's business climate.

The businessmen and women were at the Golf Club of Oklahoma doing a little business networking.

At the Golf Business Network monthly meeting, everyone got to do a 60-second infomercial, telling everyone what they do.

They pass out business cards and talk business over lunch. Then it's golf.

"When you're out riding around the golf course for three or four hours with somebody you get to know them pretty well," said Sam Wells, membership chairman.

Wells says networking is about building relationships, and he says this works.

Two women were also in attendance.

"There just aren't a lot of women who own businesses that play golf," Lee Ann Nelson said.

Nelson is a real estate appraiser, a pretty good golfer and successful networker.

Isabelle Beisiegel is a financial planner for Merrill Lynch and also a good golfer. She played at OU and on the LPGA tour.

Networking is a tried and true way of developing business relationships, and so is golf. Putting the two together is working for some.

"It's a unique opportunity to network, and then play golf, and have fun on top of it," Joe Francella said.

Learn more about the Golf Business Network.