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PSA: EWGA Member Clubhouse Down for Maintenance

This weekend we'll be working to launch a brand new Member Clubhouse to enhance the membership experience! 

As a result MyEWGA.com will be offline from 5P EST on Friday until 8A EST on Monday morning. While we're down, prospective and current EWGA members will be unable to join or renew their membership, managage an event registration or update their handicap.

The new Member Clubhouse will be launched on Monday and EWGA members can expect specific details on how to access the enhancements via email.

Should you have any questions over the weekend, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the contact us page. As Monday, February 19th is a holiday, your calls for phone support will be returned beginning on Tuesday morning.

We can't wait to share what we have in store for you!
 

Geddes: A New Era for the EWGA

This is the latest entry in a monthly blog series from Jane Geddes, a two-time LPGA Major Champion and current CEO of the EWGA. In this edition, Geddes shares her thoughts on EWGA's recently announced Strategic Alliance with the LPGA.
 

As you might have already heard, the LPGA and EWGA have jointly announced the formation of a Strategic Alliance in an effort to grow the women's game. The announcement was made during the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL during the LPGA's “We Are the Women in Golf” Breakfast attended by more than 300 women from across the golf industry.

It truly is an exciting time to be involved with the EWGA.  

Now we must rise to the challenge. There is much work to do to ensure that our partnership with the LPGA meets and and exceeds our expectations. While Mike Whan has assured us that the LPGA is committed to growing the women’s game and believes the EWGA is a perfect avenue to initiate that growth, it is ultimately our responsibility, as EWGA stewards, to ensure that our thousands of members and hundreds of chapters remain our top priority.

The EWGA is proud of what we all have built over the past 27 years and our goal is to maintain the true essence of what has made the EWGA what it is today.  The “special sauce” of our association is built on friendships, camaraderie and a true love for the game of golf. This must and always will remain our focus as we embark on this journey with the LPGA.

Over the coming months, our team will be working very closely with the LPGA to ensure a smooth transition on all fronts. In the near term, our goal is to provide our Chapters with as much support as possible as we are keenly aware that there will be many questions to be answered as we move through this process.

In an effort to consolidate those questions and answers, we will build and continually update a Frequently Asked Question's section on EWGA.com. Additionally, I will be in close contact with our Chapter leaders to ensure the process is as transparent as possible.

We've already received considerable support regarding the announcement. To those of you have reached out with questions, comments, ideas and concerns we are sincerely grateful.

To use a familiar cliché, our alliance with the LPGA is a marathon, not a sprint. We are in it for the long haul with the goal of leveraging the LPGA brand and resources to provide a true “on ramp” for women interested in learning the game, offering more varied playing opportunities to current golfers and enhancing our competitive programs as we grow.

I hope that you are as excited as I am about the future.  I look forward to working with our Leaders throughout this year as we move into a new era for our organization.

 

 

 

 

Jane Geddes
CEO, Executive Women's Golf Association

 

 

LPGA and Executive Women's Golf Association to Unite in Strategic Alliance to Grow the Women's Game

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 25, 2018– The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), one of the longest-running women's professional sports associations in the world, and the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA), the largest national women’s amateur golf organization, jointly announced today plans to form a strategic alliance to further promote the growth of women's golf.

More details regarding the alliance will be communicated within the next few months, with the goal to create additional playing opportunities for women golfers which is seen by both organizations as the perfect complement to the LPGA Women’s Network, a digital platform for female golfers to share their passion for the game. The LPGA Women’s Network was officially launched earlier today.

"As we roll out the LPGA Women's Network, it was clear to us that the piece that was missing was the 'play' component," said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer for the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals and President of The LPGA Foundation. "We wanted the opportunity for all women to have the chance to know where to go to play with other women.

"By forming a strategic alliance, we are able to position the EWGA as the play component of the LPGA Women's Network. Our intention would be to take what the EWGA has built in terms of a base over their 25-plus years and to help elevate the EWGA and all that they do by putting the full resources of the LPGA behind it. Our goal would be to grow the player and chapter base to create more opportunities for women golfers in a comfortable environment."

The EWGA currently has nearly 12,000 members spanning approximately 100 communities in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and Italy. The association hosts more than 7,500 local and national activities every year, including social outings, league play, networking opportunities and competitive amateur events.

"Our strategic alliance with the LPGA and the LPGA Women’s Network marks the beginning of a new era for women’s golf,” said Jane Geddes, Chief Executive Officer of the EWGA. "With the support of the LPGA, we look forward to creating a clear pathway for women golfers to play our sport by attracting thousands of new, aspiring players to the game as well as adding more exciting playing opportunities for current EWGA members."

Together, the LPGA, LPGA Women’s Network and EWGA will create a seamless transition for women looking to go from aspiring player to recreational golfer. The two organizations believe their strategic alliance will promote the growth of women’s golf and serve as an advocate for positive change within the game.

The LPGA Women’s Network provides its members with practical golf tips and instruction from LPGA Teachers; member perks with discounts from LPGA partners; the opportunity to engage with the LPGA and its players; and a channel to connect with each other through stories of inspiration.

2018 Women on Par Scholarship Applications Open

The application period for 2018 Women on Par® Scholarship is now open. Interested applicants may:

The “Women on Par®” Scholarship Program was established in 2007 to provide financial assistance to “non-traditional” female students. These scholarships are intended for women, age 30 and older, who are attending a college or university for the first time or returning to school after an absence to complete their technical/vocational, Associate or Bachelors degree. The scholarships are designed to help these women get “on par,” or get an equal footing, with their peers, friends and other women who have had a chance to complete their college education.

Since inception, the scholarship program has helped more than half a dozen women realize their dreams.

The application period will remain open until 200 applications are received or until April 15, 2018, whichever occurs first.

 

EWGA Names Susan Stinson as President and Elects Three New Officers to Association Board of Directors

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.– Susan Stinson of the Wilmington, Delaware Chapter has been named President of the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) Board of Directors. The EWGA is the largest women-focused national amateur golf association with nearly 12,000 members spanning approximately 100 communities in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and Italy.

Stinson is a Managing Director at UBS Wealth Management Americas leading complex regulatory projects. Combined with her background as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of the UBS Trust Company, Susan brings considerable expertise in functional skillsets such as finance, compliance, risk management, operations, vendor management, business process and project management and the sale of business assets.

“In a period of organizational transformation, our Association is grateful for Susan and our board member’s proven leadership and experience,” commented Jane Geddes, Chief Executive Officer of the EWGA. “Our talented and committed board members have positioned the Association for success in the years ahead.”

Three new Directors were elected to the Association Board in 2018, including:

  • Dr. Greta Anderson, of metro Atlanta, Georgia, is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional who has received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education and has a passion for empowering and championing others.
     
  • David Higdon, of Jacksonville, Florida, is a sports marketing executive who maintains considerable strategic and digital communications experience with organizations like the LPGA Tour, NASCAR and ATP World Tour.
     
  • Leela Narang, of Westport, Connecticut, is a Partner and Executive Vice President of the Eiger Marketing Group, where she serves as Tournament Director of the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Narang is also a former Professional Golfer.

The 12-member board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and epitomizes the volunteer-led nature of the EWGA. Other members of the Association Board of Directors include Past President Hilary Tuohy of the Westchester, NY Chapter, Nona Footz of Phoenix, AZ, Diana Gats of the Dallas, TX Chapter, Denise Kulikowsky of the Westchester, NY Chapter, Shelly Pereira of the Greater Richmond, VA Chapter and EWGA CEO Jane Geddes.

Additionally, current board member Emily Phillips, a Financial Advisor with Baird Private Wealth Management and member of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Chapter has been appointed Treasurer, while Iris Rosario, an Attorney with Gray Plant Mooty and a member of the Washington D.C. Metro Chapter, has been named Secretary.
 

EWGA Foundation Awards Two 2017 Women on Par Scholarships

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.– Bridgette de Juan from Oviedo, FL and Arlene Ramirez from Pharr, TX have been awarded 2017 Women On Par Scholarships from the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) Foundation.

Now in its ninth year, this scholarship program provides financial support to women 30 years of age and older who want to begin or complete their undergraduate education to get ‘on par’ with their peers.

Bridgette and Arlene were awarded the scholarships based on need and their remarkable stories of perseverance and determination to further their education. Both women were thrilled to learn that the EWGA Foundation is helping to make their dreams a reality.

"The EWGA Foundation is committed to supporting women who are returning to school to further their education and personal circumstances," said Diana Gats, President of the EWGA Foundation. "This year, we are honored to support two deserving women, Bridgette and Arlene, in their personal and professional endeavors. It is through the generosity of EWGA members across the country that our community can ‘pay it forward’ through our annual Women on Par Scholarship program.”

In her thirties, de Juan is pursuing a bachelor’s of science dietetics and nutrition while persevering through multiple challenges, including tragic losses in her immediate family and overcoming a physical disability.

“I was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis when I was just 13 years old. I’ve had to fight a lot of adversity for my entire life, including the inability to pursue a college degree through a traditional route,” explained de Juan. “The Women on Par scholarship has allowed me to go back and achieve my dreams as a non-traditional female student. Now in my thirties, this journey has been made more attainable with the encouragement and support from organizations like the EWGA.”

Also in her thirties, Arlene Ramirez, is pursuing a degree in organizational leadership at South Texas College in Pharr, TX. A married mother of four children and working full-time, Ramirez set goal of returning to school and has already completed her associate’s degree in office management. Ramirez herself was a foster child and is the first member of her family to attend college.

Information and application forms for next year's Women on Par Scholarships will be available in early January 2018 at EWGAFoundation.com. To make a contribution to the EWGA Foundation’s Women on Par Scholarship fund contact the Foundation at (561) 691-0096 x 12 or visit EWGAFoundation.com.

2018 Competitive Schedule Revealed

The EWGA has unveiled its 2018 competitive-season schedule, including all Championship District Semi-Final events and regional Cup qualifiers. In total, more than 24 regional and national competitive golf events will be hosted for EWGA members of all skill levels.

Most notably, the 2018 EWGA Championship will be held October 12-13 at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL and the 2018 EWGA Cup Series will conclude at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, TX.

"We are thrilled to announce our entire 2018 competitive season-schedule today," commented Meaghan Francella, Director of Golf for the EWGA. "Nailing down the events schedule a year in advance provides both chapter leaders and members the opportunity to plan their playing schedules. We look forward to welcoming all competitors in 2018 and to the continued growth of both the Championship and Cup Series."

Please preview the entire 2018 competitive-season schedule below. For a detailed schedule, including course information, registration deadlines and chapter championship timeframes, please click here.

EVENT DATE FACILITY LOCATION
Southern Cal / Desert SW DSF June 9 Santa Barbara Golf Club Santa Barbara, CA
North Florida / Southeast DSF June 16 LPGA International Golf Club Daytona Beach, FL
South and Central Florida DSF June 23 Jacaranda Golf Club Plantation, FL
Texas DSF July 14 Canyon Springs Golf Club San Antonio, TX
Ohio Valley DSF July 14 Covered Bridge Golf Club Sellersburg, IN
Nothern California DSF July 21 Rancho Solano Golf Club Fairfield, CA
Central Plains DSF July 28 Mariana Butte Golf Club Loveland, CO
Eastern Midwest DSF July 28 Ridgefields Country Club Kingsport, TN
Pacific Northwest DSF August 4 OGA Golf Course Woodburn, OR
Carolinas DSF August 4 The Members Club at Wildewood Columbia, SC
Chesapeake DSF August 4 Deerfield Golf Club Newark, DE
Northeastern DSF August 11 Tunxis Country Club Farmington, CT
Metro Northeast DSF August 18 Cherry Creek Golf Links Riverhead, NY
Upper Mideast DSF August 18 Autumn Ridge Golf Club Fort Wayne, IN
Upper Midwest DSF August 25 Grand Geneva Resort Lake Geneva, WI
Pacific Cup Qualifier September 8-9 Heron Lakes Portland, OR
Western Cup Qualifier September 8-9 Mission Hills Resort Rancho Mirage, CA
Northeast Cup Qualifier September 15-16 Stockton Seaview Golf Club Galloway, NJ
Central  Cup Qualifier September 15-16 Hawks Landing Golf Club Verona, WI
Atlantic Cup Qualifier September 22-23 Bryan Park Golf Club Summit, NC
Midwest Cup Qualifier September 22-23 The Legends Golf Club Franklin, IN
Southern Cup Qualifier September 29-30 Tiburon Golf Club Naples, FL
Great Lakes Cup Qualifier September 29-30 Turning Stone Golf Club Verona, NY
EWGA Championship Finals October 12-13 Innisbrook Resort Palm Harbor, FL
EWGA Cup Finals November 2-3 Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay, TX

*While unlikely, schedule subject to change
** DSF = District Semi-Final

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!

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.