(PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA) – EWGA – the trend-setting organization which enables current and aspiring business and professional women to learn, connect and play through golf – captured first place in the Player Development category at the 19th Annual ING Industry Honors awards program on Jan. 27 at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.
EWGA beat out two other finalists – Tradition Golf Club and the Virginia State Golf Association Foundation – in the category, one of 12 at the awards ceremony attended by leaders in the industry last week. EWGA was lauded for connecting more than 100,000 women through golf, offering ongoing education and training to improve both their game and careers.
"At its core, golf is a social sport that connects people," said EWGA Chief Executive Officer Pam Swensen. "It's a great honor to be recognized for harnessing that power among working women, knowing it helps in keeping them in the game longer, and providing a platform of mentorship and support for golf's next generation."
EWGA is the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the U.S., with 125 chapters in nearly every U.S. major market and corporate center, and in Canada and Europe. It provides affordable, organized golf, free networking, business and success insights from accomplished executives, travel and equipment discounts, and a variety of local and national benefits. Nearly 75% play more than 25 rounds per year and are considered avid golfers. The organization welcomes an average of 3,000 new or beginner golfers annually.
ING Industry Honors were created 20 years ago to recognize outstanding achievement in numerous categories from the golf business, and are presented annually. The program is conducted by the non-profit International Network of Golf.
Nominations for the ING Industry Honors were solicited and accepted from anyone involved in the golf industry. Sub-committees, including experts related to each specific category, then reviewed all nominations and trimmed the list to three in each category. The inclusion of these sub-committee experts, who are not necessarily ING members, ensured a thorough review of all nominees. A ballot describing nominees in each category was placed on the ING voting site. Voting was open to all current ING members.
For more information about EWGA, membership and chapter locations, visit www.ewga.com.
About the EWGA
The largest women's amateur golf association in the U.S., the EWGA has connected more than 100,000 current and aspiring business and professional women who share a passion for golf and good times. EWGA membership offers many benefits, including affordable organized golf that fits a working woman's schedule, networking, competition, and learning opportunities that support career advancement. EWGA chapters throughout the United States – and in Canada and Italy – are located in over 125 corporate markets with members that are actively engaged in golf and business.
About the ING
ING is where the media and golf industry connect. The International Network of Golf is a 22-year-old, non-profit organization whose membership is open to anyone in the golf industry, related industries and media. ING's mission is to enhance and promote communication and education in golf. Highlight of the year is the 22nd Annual ING Spring Conference set for May 20-24, 2012 at Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort in Greenville, S.C. The conference includes the One-On-One Appointment Show, where exhibitors conduct a series of 15-minute meetings with various media members of their choice. The conference also consists of educational seminars, networking sessions, product testing and golf. For more information, contact ING at 407.328.0500 or visit www.inggolf.com.