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EWGA Honors PGA of America with Spirit of Partnership Award

Recognizes 20 Year Relationship at EWGA Conference Awards Dinner

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., April 20, 2011 – The EWGA has presented The PGA of America with its inaugural Spirit of Partnership Award in recognition of "twenty years of support of the Executive Women's Golf Association and its efforts to grow the game of golf for women."

The plaque was bestowed at the 20th Anniversary Red Carpet Gala Awards Dinner during the 2011 EWGA Golfpalooza (previously known as the association's annual conference) at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Fla. The presentation was made by EWGA CEO, Pam Swensen to Joe Steranka, CEO and Allen Wronowski, president of The PGA of America.

"You know something is great when it fits like a glove – and that is our relationship, working together for our collective interests in growing the game of golf," said Swensen. "The PGA of America is the longest partner of the EWGA and instrumental in our 20-year history. It is so fitting to salute and thank The PGA of America and its 27,000 dedicated men and women professionals during this 20th Anniversary celebration."

During the 2011 EWGA Golfpalooza, over 400 women from throughout the United States and Canada converged in the Jacksonville area for four days of networking, keynote presentations, golf, clinics, parties and fun. Others honored at the conference include LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Judy Rankin as recipient of the EWGA Leadership Award; and Lawren Just, owner of the Persimmon Ridge Golf Course near Louisville, Kentucky as the 2010 EWGA Businesswoman of the Year.

About The PGA of America
Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf. For more information about The PGA of America, visit www.PGA.com.

About the EWGA
Since its founding in 1991 as the Executive Women's Golf Association, the EWGA has touched the lives of more than 100,000 women by connecting women to learn, play, and enjoy golf for business and for fun. This tax-exempt association delivers a wide range of golf, social and networking activities for both new and experienced golfers. There are chapters throughout the United States with international chapters in Canada, each run by volunteer leaders.

A 2010 survey of EWGA members conducted by the PGA of America found that the average EWGA member plays 35 rounds per year. EWGA members spent an average of $4,533 on golf activities, merchandise and golf related travel, with each local EWGA chapter annually generating $550,000 in golf related spending and an average of 4,300 rounds of golf. With over 120 chapters throughout the United States, as well as international chapters in Canada, the EWGA represents nearly $70 million to the golf industry.

A survey of former EWGA members found that 90% of these women continued to play golf. While the former EWGA member survey did not include golf-related travel, this group's golf spending accounted for an additional $98 million, totaling over $168 million and 1.7 million rounds of golf per year.

The EWGA is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. For more information about the association and its membership, visit www.ewga.com

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