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Congratulations Stasia Collins


stasia-collinsThe USGA appoints former EWGA Association Board member, Stasia Collins, of Baltimore, MD, to a one-year term as chairman of the USGA Women's Committee in 2015. Collins succeeds Dot Paluck, of Bernardsville, NJ. Pam Murray, of Richardson, TX, has been appointed to a one-year term as vice chairman.

EWGA Cyber Auction Now Open

The EWGA Foundation on-line auction has an amazing selection of great gifts and priceless memorabilia - just in time to get your holiday shopping done early.

How about a Bruce Springsteen or George Strait autographed guitar?

Interested in a quick golf resort getaway to The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, South Carolina; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, California; The Pacific Palms Resort, California; Dorado Los Cabos Resort and Spa or Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico?

How about some sports memorabilia? Bid on a Derek Jeter signed baseball bat and for NASCAR fans there is a Danica Patrick autographed photo. Choose a Masters signed Pin Flag, a Peyton Manning autographed jersey, or a Larry Bird signed basketball.

There are dozens of great gift ideas to please everyone on your list - and don't forget to treat yourself, as well.

The Cyber Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday online auction benefits the educational development programs of the EWGA Foundation. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Start shopping. The auction is now open and will end on Wednesday, December 3rd at 9 p.m. EST.

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PGA of America elects its first female officer

Milestones for women's achievements, especially in golf, are a cause for great celebration. On Saturday, Suzy Whaley was elected by more than 52% of the delegate votes assembled in Indianapolis at the PGA of America's annual meeting. This is a milestone for the golf industry's leadership. Suzy is on track to become the first female president of this nearly 100 year old organization which is charged with growing golf with the support and influence of its 28,000 PGA professionals from coast to coast. She has worked tirelessly as a crusader for welcoming women in the game as well as youth as a top teacher of this great game. Congratulations Suzy!

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As for EWGA, Suzy served on the EWGA Foundation Board in the past and has been a highlight as a speaker and celebrity at several EWGA Conferences in the past. We look forward to our continued involvement with Suzy and the PGA of America as her role evolves. This is great news for golf and for women's golf.

EWGA Celebrates Champions

November marks a new year for EWGA Chapter Boards.  It is a great time to thank your 2014 volunteer leaders and welcome the new board members who will lead your Chapter in the coming year.

Around the country, Chapters are recognizing and thanking members for their service and saluting Volunteers of the Year.

Are there EWGA women you want to recognize and thank for being a champion in your Chapter?  We want to recognize these worthy members throughout the month.  Send your EWGA Champion stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. CelebratingChampionsSyndicated

Le Ann Finger Earns Advanced PGA Certification

“Some of the most recognized and respected PGA Professionals in the country continue to enhance their skill sets through PGA Education,” said Pam Swensen, EWGA CEO. “Le Ann understands the importance of Player Development in the industry and how the value of this education and expertise can be used to elevate EWGA programs. It’s tremendous for our organization and a great honor for her. ”

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EWGA CEO leads the way at Power Lunch

Pam Swensen is a guest this Friday (10/24) on The Power Lunch radio show. Tune in with the EWGA powerhouse woman featured on the program. Listen in while Pam Swensen, CEO of EWGA (Executive Women's Golf Association)  speaks about the power and influence behind golf's fastest growing segment - women. Listen and learn why golf has been the success behind male executives & entrepreneurs and why women have much to benefit as well.PamSwensenheadshot

Katie (Tewell) Brinker 2014 EWGA Champion

The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) crowned Katie (Tewell) Brinker the 2014 EWGA Championship Finals Champion at The Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tennessee on Saturday evening October 11, 2014, with husband Zach on the bag as her caddie. With four consecutive birdies starting at the 312-yard, par 4, 15th hole to finish her final round, the 29-year old medalist begins her reign over EWGA’s 14,000 members.20140717dj katie brinker 5

October is Discover EWGA month

How much do you know about EWGA? Well, this month we are testing your knowledge via a scavenger hunt. Clues, quests and questions will be posted via ewga.com, the Member Clubhouse, EWGA Connections newsletter, EWGA Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn sites. The first bonus quest was posted in yesterday’s Connections Newsletter. This week’s quest can be found on your local Chapter website under the title of "Hot News from EWGA HQ – October 2014”.

Good luck to everyone! If you are stumped, there are two lifelines that you may use during the contest (you can only contact EWGA Headquarters 3 times for hints). Please email your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The goal is for you to discover and learn more about EWGA. Be empowered, be an Explorer, be an EWGAer.

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Positive Step Forward by Royal & Ancient Golf Club

The Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) applauds today's announcement by the R&A that recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion to move the game of golf forward.

The significance of women to the future of this game cannot be underestimated. As gatekeepers of the family, decision-makers in business; the values represented by this great game and by-products generated from the goodwill it generates, have been embraced by our inclusive grassroots-based organization for over 23 years. We are the leaders in connecting women to learn, play and enjoy the game of golf for business and for fun.

Pam Swensen

CEO, EWGA

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The Home of Golf Welcomes Women

Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews ended a 260-drought by voting to allow women to become members. 

 The global membership of roughly 2,400 members, “voted overwhelmingly” Thursday to allow female members, effective immediately.

“This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club,” Dawson said, before adding: “I think it’s a very positive message for the game of golf. The R&A, in its position as a governing body for the game, I think it’s quite right that the members have agreed to embrace this concept and welcome women members to the club.”st andrews

EWGA Going for the Greens

“It’s no secret that golf opens doors for business opportunities and forges relationships” says Pam Swensen, featured panelist at the "Go for the Greens" conference (September 11-13, 2014), whose organization has been harnessing golf’s power for over 23 years. “Integrating business and sports into your life can be a game changer. I look forward to discussing what the game offers both personally and professionally and how the EWGA delivers on making the women’s golf experience welcoming, productive and of course, fun!”   

The event is run by Go For The Greens Foundation, Inc., a Florida nonprofit as well as by a volunteer team from organizations that include the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and EWGA among others.

EWGA CEO Pam Swensen was a speaker for two of the sessions, with Becky Macaluso, EWGA Managing Director, Chapter & Member Services and Penny Larson, a Past President of the EWGA Board of Directors participating.

Go for the Greens is a not-for-profit venture operated by the Go for the Greens Foundation Inc., a 501c3 based in Orlando, Florida. Its all-volunteer board of directors and planning team consist of leaders from the foundation’s supporting organizations. Corporate partners include Go for the Greens co-founders and 2014 Title Sponsors UPS and Walt Disney World. Strategic partners include 2014 Title Partners WBENC and Rally for the Cure.goforthegreensbeckypennypam140

Golf – for the Health of It

 

In honor of EWGA's Staying Fit Through Fall month, here are some quick facts from a report by Walker Research Group: 

  • A walked 18-hole round, carrying a bag or using a hand/pull cart, is approximately equal to a 5-mile walk.
  • The total caloric expenditure for an 18-hole round is approximately 2,000 calories for walking while carrying clubs, and 1,300 calories when riding in a cart.
  • Since walking is biomechanically more efficient than running, playing an 18-hole round of golf walking is roughly equivalent to a 3.5 to 4-mile run.
  • When walking 18-holes of golf, blood glucose levels fall by up to 20% for the young, 10% for the middle-aged, and 30% for the elderly players, and body weight is slightly reduced among all age groups.
  • Repeated golf practice enhances balance control and confidence among all age ranges.
  • Older golfers tend to have better static and dynamic balance control and confidence than non-golfing older, healthy adults.
  • Regardless of handicap, sex, or course played, golfers exceed 10,000 steps during a typical round of golf – which meets the guideline for exercise recommended by most medical and clinical physicians.

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