Irene Mackenzie came out of Saskatoon's Riverside Golf and Country Club to become a two-time president and six-year executive with the Canadian Ladies golf Association.
Irene was a longtime member at Riverside, playing in club, city and provincial championships and serving as captain and vice-captain at the club. She also assisted in organizing the Holiday Park Ladies' section.
Irene was elected to the Saskatchewan branch of the CLGA in 1964, served as its president in 1967-68 and led the drive for more junior and rural participation in the provincial championship events.
She was named president of the Canadian Association in 1967 when the national finals were played at Riverside.
In 1969, she was elected to the national executive, in 1972 became the first vice-president to be elected from outside of Ontario and was elected president in 1973-74. On the national board, she promoted the move of headquarters from Toronto to Ottawa, helped revise the national constitution and worked towards more competitions for juniors and seniors.
She was non-playing captain of the 1971 Commonwealth team in a tournament at New Zealand and was a delegate to the Commonwealth tournament in England in 1975. She was a finalist for the Air Canada amateur sports award in 1975.