EWGA Announces the Names of the latest Troon Golf Club Hole-In-One Members

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, September 30, 2013 - The chances of hitting a hole-in-one, for the average handicap golfer, are approximately 12,000 to 1. Today, the EWGA announced the names of twenty members who recently beat those odds and recorded an ace during an EWGA sanctioned event and earned a complimentary round of golf at participating Troon Golf facilities within the United States. Program details are posted in the members’ only area at

“One of our more recent holes-in-one was recorded by Karen Johnson from the Atlanta, Georgia Chapter,” reports EWGA CEO Pam Swensen. Johnson was playing a practice round for the EWGA Championship Finals. She was on the 4th Hole of the Patriot Course at the Wigwam Resort. From 135 yards out with a 5 iron, Karen hit her ball, but didn’t see it go in. “I was looking all over for it when my friend called out to me, ‘Karen, you just hit a hole in one!’ I jumped and cheered, but I didn’t even get to see it go in!” says Johnson. This was Karen’s first hole-in-one ever. “I didn’t see it go in and it was during a practice round, but nonetheless, it was still very exciting!”

Diane Darnall, a member of the Orlando, Florida chapter, shares her hole-in-one experience along with an insightful message. She recalls playing in an “EWGA Nine and Dine League” on a Saturday morning at Marriott Grande Vista. On this particular morning, she decided to play it forward one tee box. “I am not a long hitter and this was a particularly vexing Par 3 with a long carry over water. I rarely had gotten over the water, never mind on the green so it was particularly sweet to put it in the hole on that one,” says Darnall. When asked for her advice to other women who aspire to improve their chances of a hole-in-one, “Short hitters should "tee it forward!” says Diane, “it worked for me!”

Dottie Dube, a member and President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter, remembers her hole-in-one a bit differently. Playing in the Midwest Semi-finals at the Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove- Highlands in Alabama, Dube hit her second hole-in-one in her life. “I was on hole #11 and it was a blind shot from 108 yards out. When I hit the ball, the other ladies I was playing with said ‘I think that went in.’ I just kept saying that there was no way. I walked up to the green and sure enough the ball was in the hole,” says Dottie. “It was just one of those great shots.”

Additional EWGA Troon Golf Hole-In-One Club Members from this year are:

N.J. Pierce, Houston TX Chapter
Course: Longwood Golf Club - Post Oak Course
Hole #4
Yardage: 100 Yards
Club: 8-Iron
Date: September 11, 2013

Danielle Phillips
Greater Grand Rapids MI Chapter
Course: Tullymore Golf Resort
Hole #15
Yardage: 115 Yards
Club: Adams 7 Iron
Date: June 24, 2013

Yasue Shimizu
Central New Jersey Chapter
Course: Knob Hill Golf Club
Hole #9
Yardage: 107 Yards
Club: 6 Iron
Date: August 17, 2013

Pegi M Gage
Chicago Metro Chapter
Course: Cantigny Hillside
Hole #5
Yardage: 106 Yards
Club: 8 Iron
Date: August 3, 2013

Sarah DeKraay
Madison Wisconsin Chapter
Course: Meadows of Sixmile Creek
Hole #14
Yardage: 71 Yards
Club: Sand Wedge
Date: July 30, 2013

Lee Ellsworth
Central Connecticut Chapter
Course: Wintonbury Hills
Hole #3
Yardage: 125 Yards
Club: 9 Iron
Date: August 18, 2013

Marie Greene
Dayton Ohion Chapter
EWGA Ohio Valley District Semi-Final Championship
Course: The Legends of Massillon
Hole #7 South
Yardage: 94 Yards
Club: PW 

Date: July 19, 2013

Nancy Casperite
Easterm Shore, MD Chapter
Course: Rum Shore Seaside Golf Links
Hole #5
Yardage: 100 Yards
Club: Adams Idea 8 Iron Hybrid
Date: July 17, 2013

Nancy Jennings
Houston, TX Chapter
Course: Cypress Lakes Golf Course
Hole #11
Yardage: 137 Yards
Club: 5-Hybrid
Date: July 14, 2013

Francine Reed
Portland, OR Chapter
Course:Lake Oswego Golf Course
Hole #14
Yardage: 136 Yards
Club: 3-Wood
Date: July 9, 2013

Gail Prete
Chicago Metro, IL Chapter
Course: Willow Hill Golf Course
Hole #5
Yardage: 100 Yards
Club: 7 Iron
Date: June 27, 2013

Barbara Ulch
Jacksonville, FL Chapter
Course: Deercreek Country Club
Hole #15
Yardage: 96 Yards
Club: 6 Hybrid
Date: June 9, 2013

Deborah Reilly
Raleigh Triangle, NC Chapter
Course: Sandpiper Bay Golf Course
Hole #3
Yardage: 108 Yards
Club: Adams 7 Iron 

Date: May 26, 2013

Carol Wilsey
Southwest Florida Chapter
Course: Wyndemere Country Club
Hole #3
Yardage: 143 Yards
Club: 5 Hybrid
Date: May 23, 2013

Janet Amodie
Long Island, NY Chapter
Course: The Woods at Cherry Creek
Hole #2
Yardage: 132 Yards
Club: 11 Wood
Date: May 19, 2013

Sue Madden
Washington DC Metro Chapter
Course: Cross Creek Colf Club
Hole #5
Yardage: 101 Yards
Club: 7 Iron
Date: April 30, 2013

About EWGA

As the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the United States with chapters in nearly every U.S. major market and corporate center, the EWGA has connected more than 100,000 working and professional women who share a passion for cultivating relationships and enjoying the game of golf. Offering a wide range of affordable organized golf activities and educational programs, this award-winning association has been driving social and networking opportunities for women through the game of golf since 1991. With EWGA Chapters located in more than 120 cities throughout the United States as well as in international locations including Bermuda, Canada, Italy and South Africa, EWGA members are active participants in hundreds of communities and influence an average of $64 million annually in golf-related spending. EWGA is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 6 membership association.   For more information about the EWGA and its membership, visit

About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon, is the world's largest golf management company also specializing in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf (daily-fee & resort) and Troon Privé (private) properties located in 32 states and 27 countries. Additionally, 48 Troon facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon properties include The Grove, London, England; Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; and Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, El Jadida, Morocco.

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