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Support the EWGA Foundation this Holiday

As the year winds down, families reunite and holiday deals start flowing, we ask that you consider a few easy ways in which you can support the EWGA Foundation and all the work it does to introduce underserved women and children to the game of golf.

First, is a simple, no-cost way to support the EWGA Foundation through every purchase you make on Amazon.com. When you designate the EWGA Foundation as your preferred charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of every purchase made the EWGA Foundation.  Simply visit smile.amazon.com, login to your account, and select 'EWGA Foundation' as your charity of choice.

Secondly, as the 2017 fiscal period draws to a close, now is the time to complete all of your charitable giving. All donations greater than $25 will receive a tax deduction statement. If you feel so inclined this holiday season, please consider making a direct donation to the EWGA Foundation by mailing your contribution to:

EWGA Foundation
13860 Wellington Trace, Suite 38-200
Wellington, FL 33414

Happy holidays from the EWGA Foundation!

TOPS Committee Volunteers Wanted

The EWGA TOPS Committee at the 2016 EWGA Cup Finals

Do you enjoy participating in EWGA's national events, have an interest in tournament operations and are passionate about connecting with other EWGA Members? The Tournament Operations Committee (TOPS) is seeking volunteers for 2018. 

The TOPS Committee is a group of volunteers who donate their time and energy year-round to establish tournament policy, run stroke play semi-final events, Cup qualifiers and the two end of season Championships. They participate in committee calls once a month, attend USGA Rules of Golf school (at least every two years) and are able to work a minimum of two events. Participation in both the Championship Finals and Cup Finals is based on skill and ability demonstrated throughout the season.

Travel is a necessary part of the committee and requires five days on site for a semi-final or qualifier event and a full seven days for a finals event. Ideal committee members would possess some skill or interest in tournament operations, the rules of golf and course set-up.

If you are interested in helping the EWGA Members have incredible golf experiences please inidcate your willingness to participate on the TOPS Committee by contacting EWGA's Golf Department (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Starting from Scratch

This is the first entry in a monthly blog series from Jane Geddes, a two-time LPGA Major Champion and current CEO of the EWGA. "My plan with this blog is to routinely check-in with our Membership on a monthly basis," said Jane. "I will do my best to inform the membership of our progress and report on any developments along the way. It's been great meeting EWGA Members during the past few months and I'm looking forward to meeting many more in the months to come."

 

 

When the final putt dropped at the 2017 EWGA Cup Finals, presented by Baird Private Wealth Management, and the winning team's danced their way to the podium to receive their just rewards, the official 2017 EWGA competitive season came to a close! It was October 31st and it's the day that I've been talking about with EWGA Members for the last few months. I often teasingly referred to it as "my first real day on the job!"

 

Alright, that's not entirely true but I personally highlighted that particular day as the "new beginning" for myself and the rest of our Association. I've now been on the job for six months and have seen first-hand the passion and enthusiasm that EWGA Members bring to every social, professional or golf event they attend. Six months, in some respects feels like a long time, while in others, it feels as though we've only just begun.

 

As I've discussed during Leader Calls, Town Halls or with whomever would listen, the EWGA has morphed into an interesting variety of golf personalities.

 

On one hand, we are a competitive home for women who love to compete on a national level. On the other hand, we are a local “club” organized for women who have chosen golf as their connection to other women in their communities. Somewhere in the middle,  we are a little bit of something-for-everyone with golf as the common thread.

 

That middle, however, is where the vast majority of our members live… our secret sauce, as some say.  While this middle ground seems like a comfortable little niche that probably could be left alone, something about that “middle” has intrigued me on a regular basis.

 

Some of you have probably heard me say, “2,000 women attempt to qualify for EWGA national events, but what about the nearly 10,000 who don't?”

 

It begs the question (a lot of questions, actually):

  • What are we doing for those 10,000 EWGA Members across the United States, Canada and Bermuda?
  • Are these Members happy?
  • Do they find value in their EWGA Membership?
  • Would they suggest to others in their community that the EWGA is a worthwhile organization to join?
  • What more can we do to ensure these Members stay with our Association and help spread the word?

And that brings me back to October 31st, the end of the Cup Finals and where we go from here.

 

First, as many of you are already aware, the EWGA will be rebranding. While we don't have specifics to share this exact moment, I can tell you one thing for certain: the word “Executive” will no longer be a part of our name.

 

To be clear, we're not saying that the "E" of EWGA will no longer be a focus. Some already substitute "Executive" for "Every" or "Energetic". The "E" of EWGA is who we are and how we got to where we are today. It represents all the amazing women who work full-time jobs and volunteer for full-time leadership roles with each of your Chapters. These people are the ones who deserve all the credit for making the EWGA what it is today.

 

But it's time to broaden our horizons and expand our reach to all women who play or aspire to play this great game.

 

The future of the EWGA not only holds a new name and a new identity, but also a new national event or two that hopefully caters to those 10,000 plus members who I spoke of earlier. The future of the EWGA means an increased focus on our Chapters, including better succession planning, effective governance, enhanced programming tools, improved touchpoints with EWGA staff and greater regional connectivity among existing Chapters.

 

From where I stand now the future does indeed look bright. Our Association has plenty of work to do but we are committed to making our golf community for women bigger and better than ever.

 

2017 EWGA Cup Finals Recap

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The 2017 EWGA Cup Finals was contested Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th on the Rees Jones and Aruthur Hills courses at LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona Beach, Florida. 400 EWGA Members competed on 50 teams of eight in this team-based national championship. The event was presented by Baird Private Wealth Management and represented the largest gathering of EWGA Members this year. 

The "Magnificent 8", composed of  EWGA Members from the Orlando and Tampa chapters, emerged from a scorecard playoff based on quality of wins to take the 2017 title. The Westchester Eagles, of the Westchester EWGA chapter, went undefeated by drawing two of their matches to claim second place honors. In third place were the Windy City Warriors of the Chicago Metro EWGA chapter.

"This year's Cup Finals was very competitive," said Meaghan Francella, Director of Golf for the EWGA. "In fact, with a tie for first place our eventual champion was decided based on the quality of wins each team had - meaning how well each team performed in their respective match play matches."

LPGA International, just down the road from LPGA headquarters, provided a memorable venue for this year's event. For three EWGA members in particular, the course played host to another once-in-a-lifetime memory: a hole-in-one.

Connie Palagi, of the Rhode Island "Par Tee" team, summed it up best when discussing her "badass nine-iron" that she used to ace the 97-yard third hole on the Jones Course during her Saturday's singles match: "I'm not even that kind of golfer! I love the game and we play all over, but this is my first Cup experience. I was actually thinking about changing clubs on the tee box, but somehow convinced myself to just play my game."

Julie Smack of the team "Delaware Destroyers" and Jill Rosen of the Palm Beach County chapter's team "Play 2 Stay" also carded their first aces during the weekend.

"The 2017 EWGA Cup was a huge success both on and off the course thanks to all of our sponsors, in particular, our presenting sponsor Baird Private Wealth Management," commented Jane Geddes, CEO of the EWGA. "The Cup served as great finale to our 2017 championship season and provides our Association with momentum as we look towards 2018 and beyond."

For more information regarding the 2017 EWGA Cup, including results and photos from the event, please use the following links:

 

EWGA Goes Virtual to Enhance Member Experience

In an effort to enhance the EWGA member experience and deliver unparalleled golf events for EWGA Members, the EWGA office located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida will transition into a virtual office, effective November 1, 2017. Aside from a new mailing address, there is no anticipated impact to the way EWGA Members, Chapter leadership and volunteers communicate with EWGA staff.

"Months of planning and due diligence has prepared our team for the move into a virtual environment and we feel confident there will be little disruption to the day-to-day operations of the Association," said Jane Geddes, CEO of the EWGA. "This move will enable the EWGA to improve the quality of our member experiences, increase flexibility in responding to member requests and enhance the well-being of the Association’s long-term financial outlook – ensuring we remain the golf community for women for years to come!"

While the Association's email addresses and phone numbers remain the same, there is a new mailing address for those members who prefer to use the postal service for sending of physical membership renewal forms and checks for membership dues.

"EWGA's move to a virtual office allows us to focus staffing and financial resources back into the member experience," commented Lauren Farrell, EWGA's recently appointed Vice President of Development. "Remote workforces drive cost savings, increased productivity, and more accessibility than traditional workforces, and we are excited to bring these benefits to our Members."

To view all current contact information, please visit the Contact Us page.

Live from the 2017 EWGA Cup Finals!

LPGA International in Daytona Beach hosts the 2017 EWGA Cup Finals October 27-28


The 2017 EWGA Cup Finals, presented by Baird Private Wealth Management, is complete! Congratulations to the Magnificent 8 from the Tampa and Orlando EWGA Chapters for claiming this year's title in at LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona Beach, Florida on the the Rees Jones and Arthur Hills courses. The 2017 EWGA Cup Finals was the largest gathering of EWGA members of the year, with 400 competitors and 50 teams representing 44 EWGA chapters across the United States and Canada.
 

How to Follow Along:

What's In Store:

Welcome Reception - Thursday at the EWGA Cup Finals is filled with arrivals, registration and reunions! Participants will be greeted by EWGA staff, volunteers and supporting partners as they collect their player packets, gift bags and play their practice rounds. The event officially gets underway on Thursday evening with a warm welcome reception to celebrate everyone's arrival.

The Competition - 400 EWGA members will compete on 50 teams eight split among the Rees Jones and Arthur Hills Courses at LPGA International. Friday will feature morning and afternoon shotguns of four-ball competition on both courses and Saturday will feature morning and afternoon shotguns of singles match play, also on both courses. This team-based, match play competition mirrors the format of other popular team-based events like the Ryder Cup, President's Cup and Solheim Cup. 

Town Hall - Recently appointed EWGA CEO, Jane Geddes, will hold a town hall meeting with EWGA chapter and volunteer leaders from across the country to share her vision for the organization and learn from our leaders where they'd like to see our organization go in the future.

Awards Banquet - There isn't a party like an EWGA party! After the thrill of competition concludes, the fun and games don't stop. We'll celebrate this year's EWGA Cup champions with dinner, music and camaraderie. Cheers!

You can view the full schedule of events here.
 

2017 EWGA Cup Finals Preview

The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), the largest women-focused national amateur golf association, will conclude the 2017 EWGA Cup Series, presented by Baird Private Wealth Management, with the 2017 EWGA Cup Finals on October 27th and 28th. The event will be held at LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona Beach, Florida and represent the year's largest gathering of EWGA members.

Now in its seventh year and as one of the premier competitive events run by the EWGA, the EWGA Cup is a team-based competition consisting of Four Ball and Singles Match Play. The Series began with eight regional qualifiers throughout the country during the month of September, as 133 teams and over 1,000 members from 31 states and three Canadian territories competed to earn a spot in the 2017 EWGA Cup Finals.

The Cup’s format mirrors highly successful team-based events like the Ryder Cup, President’s Cup and Solheim Cup to generate unrivaled excitement and thrilling competition. The event encourages women of all skill levels to compete, promoting friendly, fun competitive play among EWGA members. Clever team names and colorful, coordinated outfits add to the atmosphere surrounding the friendly competition.

This year's event is composed of 400 competitors representing 50 teams of eight women. Competitors will be split among the Rees Jones and Arthur Hills Courses at LPGA International. Hundreds of practice rounds are already underway, while Friday will feature morning and afternoon shotguns of four-ball competition on both courses and Saturday will feature morning and afternoon shotguns of singles match play, also on both courses.

Last year's Cup Finals was held at the Troon-managed Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort in Ranch Mirage, California. The Birdie Badgers of Madison, Wisconsin will return to defend their title at this year's event. 

To learn more about the EWGA Cup, including course details, event agenda and qualifying results, please visit EWGACup.com.

 
 

Baird and EWGA: An Origin Story

Baird Private Wealth Mangement is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 EWGA Cup Series

This article was written by Baird Private Wealth Management, presenting sponsor of the 2017 EWGA Cup Series and  a champion of women both on and off the golf course.

It started with a simple conversation in the spring of 2016, and it quickly gained steam as a potential partnership idea that made a whole lot of sense for both parties.

Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Private Wealth Management, known at Baird as "PWM," focuses on helping individuals and families preserve and grow their wealth. In addition to its network of Financial Advisors and Client Specialists, Baird has a team of in-house specialists in such areas as retirement planning, charitable giving and estate planning who provide individualized help to clients.

Emily Phillips, a Financial Advisor for Baird PWM, the EWGA Treasurer on the Association board of directors and an EWGA member since 2011, approached a few of the key leaders within Baird’s PWM and Marketing groups with an idea for a potential partnership idea. At the time, Baird was looking for a company or organization they could work with to expand their audience of women, as well as an area Baird could potentially find women Advisors who would be interested in joining Baird.

“One of PWM’s key initiatives for years, now, has been to grow its female audience and find more women Advisors,” Emily explained. “Given my experience with the EWGA, and knowing the kind of great, rewarding relationships I’ve been able to build with the amazing ladies I’ve met through the EWGA, it seemed clear to our leadership here at Baird that the EWGA would be a good fit."

At the same time Baird was exploring the possibility of reaching out to the EWGA about a potential partnership, leaders within the EWGA were looking for a partner within the financial services industry. With the help of Emily, Baird emerged as a top candidate. However, there was another firm that EWGA leadership was considering; a larger firm with more name recognition.

Despite the appeal that would have come from partnering with a larger firm, EWGA leadership determined Baird was a better fit for a variety of reasons that outweighed its relative size.

“Baird and the EWGA have a lot in common in terms of culture; Baird’s clients are EWGA members and vice versa,” Emily said. “They operate similarly, with how they work with clients and how they treat their employees. Plus, working with Baird was much easier because of how flexible and nimble they are when coordinating partnerships. There’s less bureaucracy, which helps both sides maximize the benefits of working together.”

So with both sides working on making the partnership a reality, the last piece in the puzzle was getting the resources in place to close the deal. As it turns out, the timing was impeccable, because Baird PWM had just allocated a new budget for the BWA – Baird’s Women Advisors – and their marketing efforts. Given that allocation, Baird PWM, working with the BWA, had the resources in place to engineer the partnership.

“It was the first time the BWA actually had a pre-determined marketing budget, so all of the work we had done to identify a partner and work with the EWGA on what a sponsorship would look like was a worthwhile effort that eventually led to a great partnership,” Emily explained.

With much of the heavy lifting out of the way – shared interest in a partnership, resources in place and a relationship structure outlined – the two sides finalized the commitment in early 2017 and Baird officially became the Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 EWGA Cup Series.

Throughout the year, Baird Women Advisors have been given the opportunity to join the EWGA as members, meet with their local chapters, build relationships with new, professional women and, of course, play some golf! And with a successful partnership in the books and a relationship to continue into the future, Baird PWM continues to grow its BWA marketing effort to help grow its female audience. 

 

2017 EWGA Championship Recap

Participants in the 2017 EWGA Championship post for a group photo on Saturday, October 7

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. - The 2017 EWGA Championship was contested Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th at the Granada, Desoto and Ponce de Leon courses in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. 265 EWGA Members competed in this marquee national championship, representing 79 chapters, 39 states, Canada and Bermuda. Medalist honors in the Championship flight were claimed by Nadia Luttner of the Palm Beach County Chapter.

"What an unbelievable experience," commented Luttner. "I'm so grateful to be a part of such an amazing Championship and to be surrounded by so many amazing women! On top of that, to actually win the event, is such a personal accomplishment and something I’ve been really working hard for. I can't thank the EWGA enough for providing me the opportunity to connect with so many incredible individuals from all across the country!"

Luttner fired two rounds of 4-over 76 on the Granada course, totaling an 8-over 152 for the two-day competition. She held off fellow competitors including Sarah Dekraay of Madison, WI, who claimed second place and Katyna Rabain of EWGA Bermuda who claimed first-place low net in the Championship Flight. The Granda course also hosted the First flight competitors, where Laura Boes of Greenville, SC and Liping Zhang claimed low gross and low net honors, respectively.

Over on the Desoto Golf Course, the second through fourth flights competed in earnest. Rivia Brown of Piedmont Triad, NC took the low gross victory in the second flight, whiel Cindy Darwal of Canton, OH claimed low net. Jeanne Miller of Central Arkansas won the low gross title in the third flight, followed by Terri Walsh of the Albany/Capital Region, NY Chapter who claimed low net in the same division. The final stroke play division, Fourth flight, saw Shauna Judd of Salt Lake City, UT take the low gross victory and Tammy Dearborn of the Quad Cities, IA chapter claim low net.

Dearborn recently joined the EWGA in 2017 after traveling to watch her daughter, Kathy Davies of the Chicago Metro Chapter, compete in the 2016 EWGA Championship. While initially skeptical that the EWGA wouldn't be appropriate for Dearborn's golfing skill, she was pleasantly surprised to find women of all abilities competing - and having fun - in last year's Championship and it motivated her to join and try to compete alongside her daughter this year. A beaming Kathy commented on how proud she was of her mother after learning of her victory at the Awards Banquet on Sunday evening.

The final division of competition was the scramble event, held on the Ponce de Leon course. Fittingly, the host-chapter of Central Arkansas EWGA scramble team consisting of Christy Mahan, Pam Evans, Melissa Scheidt and Ainslee Sikole claimed victory by firing a 32-under par gross score of 126.

"The 2017 EWGA Championship was an unbelievable success," said Jane Geddes, EWGA CEO. "Both on and off the course, our Members epitomized the women's golf community we are working to foster. While the competition spoke for itself, the friendships formed and memories made have left a lasting impression on nearly all of us in attendance. We couldn't have hosted such a memorable event without the unwavering support of our staff, volunteers, host-chapter Central Arkansas EWGA and the incredible staff at Hot Springs Village."

One participant in particular went home with a special memory from the Troon-managed property. Scramble competitor Angela Kenison of the team "Team Factor" from Atlanta, GA used a pitching wedge to ace the 104-yard, par-3 16th hole on the Ponce de Leon course during her Thursday practice round.

For more information regarding the 2017 EWGA Championship, including results and photos from the event, please use the following links:

Update on the EWGA Foundation

Recently, the EWGA Foundation began exploring ways to assist members were negatively impacted or displaced by ongoing natural disasters.

Since that time, the EWGA Foundation has formed a Committee to research and develop a program to help members with catastrophic issues arising from these natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods, wildfires and more.

In researching IRS guidelines for such a program, the Foundation's committee determined that a 501c3 (the EWGA Foundation) is not eligible to provide funds to a 501c6 (EWGA Association). This means the Foundation committee will need more time to identify the best way to support EWGA Members in their time of need.

During 2018, the Foundation Board will explore and evaluate, in conjunction with other strategic programs, the feasibility and optimal strategy for a future member aid initiative.

 

Live from the 2017 EWGA Championship!

Nadia Lutner, of Palm Beach County, claimed medalist honors at the 2017 EWGA Championship

Round  2 of the 2017 EWGA Championship is complete from Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, at the Granada, DeSoto and Ponce de Leon Courses! The 2017 EWGA Championship represented the largest gathering of EWGA members thus far in 2017, with 265 participants representing 79 chapters, 39 states and Canada. Thank you to all the members, volunteers and staff who made the event possible!
 

How to Follow Along:

What's In Store:

Past Champions Dinner - Returning Champions from 2016 and the overall winners from the past four years will gather for this invite-only event.

Welcome Reception - Thursday at the EWGA Championship is filled with arrivals, registration and reunions! Participants will be greeted by EWGA staff, volunteers and supporting partners as they collect their player packets, gift bags and play their practice rounds. The event officially gets underway on Thursday evening with a warm welcome reception to celebrate everyone's arrival!

The Competition - Over the next two days, EWGA members will compete in five flights of individual stroke play and in a scramble division across the Granada (Championship and First Flight Stroke Play), DeSoto (Second through Fifth Flights of Stroke Play) and Ponce de Leon (Scramble Division) courses to determine our 2017 EWGA Champions!

Town Hall - Recently appointed EWGA CEO, Jane Geddes, will hold a townhall meeting with EWGA chapter and volunteer leaders from across the country to share her vision for the organization and learn from our leaders where they'd like to see our organization go in the future.

Awards Banquet - There isn't a party like an EWGA party! After the thrill of competition concludes, the fun and games don't stop. We'll celebate this year's EWGA Champions with dinner, music and camraderie. Cheers!

You can view the full schedule of events here.

 
 
 
 

2017 EWGA Championship Preview

The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), the largest women-focused national amateur golf association, will hold its 2017 EWGA Championship at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6th and 7th.

The EWGA Championship is one of the largest women’s amateur golf competitions for all skill levels, including stroke play competition and team scramble competition. More than 2,200 EWGA members participated in local qualifying events and advanced to one of 15 semi-final championships held throughout the summer. This year 265 members representing 79 chapters, 39 states and Canada have advanced to the EWGA Championship Finals, a two-day, 36-hole event to be played on the Granada, DeSoto and Ponce de Leon courses at Troon-managed Hot Springs Village.

"Championship season is upon us," said Jane Geddes, EWGA CEO. "Congratulations to all those who qualified for the 2017 edition of our marquee Championship. We're looking forward to a great weekend of golf and fun in Hot Springs and are grateful to our hosts Troon and Hot Springs Village."

With five flights of individual stroke play and 31 teams competing in the scramble division, the EWGA Championship is contested amongst a wide-range of abilities, including scratch golfers and women with 32 plus handicaps. This eclectic collection of skill, combined with balanced competition and social comraderie, epitomizes the many ways the EWGA aims to connect women to learn, play and enjoy the game.

Last year's Championship was held at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia, where Katie Brinker of Greenwood, Indiana took medalist honors for a third consecutive year. The Cincinatti Chapter claimed medalist honors in the scramble division.

To learn more about the EWGA Championship, including course details, event agenda and qualifying results, please visit EWGAChampionship.com.