(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, April 27, 2015) The Executive Women’s Golf Association announces the opening of its first-ever collegiate chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) on April 30, 2015.
“This is a milestone as we welcome UMES as the first collegiate chapter of the EWGA,” says CEO Pam Swensen. “We anticipate this to be the first of many collegiate chapters to come. EWGA excels at creating opportunities for women to use golf personally and professionally. We are delighted to provide our collegiate members with leadership tools to be successful both on and off the course.”
The chapter launch is part of UMES’s ‘Pink on the Green’ initiative to get more women playing golf. On April 30, 2015, UMES will host an all campus event from 11AM - 2PM at its driving range to promote the game of golf to their students, faculty and staff. At noon, a ceremony with EWGA representatives and University dignitaries will culminate with the signing of the first collegiate Chapter Affiliation Agreement.
An early evening gathering for women in the community is also planned. Anyone interested in learning more about the game of golf is invited to the University driving range from 5-7 PM, April 30th. Golf professionals and EWGA leaders from the nearby EWGA Eastern Shore, Maryland Chapter will be present to talk about the many benefits of golf and upcoming learning and playing opportunities around the area.
“UMES is honored to partner with the EWGA in this pioneering effort to form a collegiate chapter on our campus,” University President Juliette B. Bell said. “This is an innovative approach to diversifying the golf industry, which has been our motivation since our golf management program accepted its first students in 2008.”
Also joining in this growth of the game celebration will be Ohio Golf Hall of Famer and former LPGA Tour player, Renee Powell. Powell, a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service Degree from UMES, was awarded EWGA’s 2002 Leadership Award recognizing her outstanding contributions to women’s golf. Named the First Lady of Golf by the PGA in 2003, her history making continues, as she becomes one of the first female members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
The EWGA is THE Golf Community for Women. As the largest women-focused national 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 women who share a passion for cultivating relationships and enjoying the game. Offering a wide range of affordable organized golf activities and educational programs, this award-winning association has been bringing women together through golf since 1991. EWGA Chapters are located in more than 100 cities throughout the United States as well as international locations including Bermuda, Canada, Italy and South Africa, enabling EWGA members to connect and network with fellow members across the world.