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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!
 

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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.

Field Set for 2017 EWGA Cup Finals

The 2017 EWGA Cup Series, presented by Baird Private Wealth Management, continued this past weekend with the Pacific, Western and Southern regional qualifiers on September 23-24. Both the Pacific and Western regionals were held on the Mountain and Palm Courses at Angel Park in Las Vegas, NV. The Southern qualifier, which was originally postponed due to Hurricane Irma, was held at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Qualifying for the 2017 EWGA Cup Finals is now complete and the field has been set for the Cup Finals on October 27-28 in Daytona Beach, FL at LPGA International.

View full event results and a gallery of photos from each event below.

Now in its seventh year and one of the premier competitive events run by the Executive Women's Golf Association, the EWGA Cup is a team-based competition consisting of Four Ball and Singles Match Play. The Series begins with eight regional qualifiers throughout the country during the month of September, with teams competing to earn a spot in the 2017 EWGA Cup Finals, also presented by Baird Private Wealth Management. The Finals will be held October 27-28 in Daytona Beach at LPGA International.

The Cup’s format mirrors the professional golf formats used at the Ryder Cup, President’s Cup and Solheim Cup events. The event encourages women of all skill levels to compete, promoting friendly, fun competitive play among its membership. Clever team names and colorful, coordinated outfits added to the friendly competition.

For more information about the EWGA Cup, including event results and photos, please visit EWGACup.com.

 

Find Your Golf Journey with the EWGA

Are you a new or aspiring golfer and not sure where to begin?

The EWGA has more than 25 years of experience in helping women pick-up and excel at the game of golf. Whether you're playing for fun or the thrill of competition, we pride ourselves on being the golf community for women.

Use the below infographic to find out what it means to be an EWGA Member and map out your path through the game.

Click here for a high-resolution copy

 
 

EWGA Cup Regionals Continue in Northeast and Great Lakes

An EWGA Cup Team at the Northeast Regional

The 2017 EWGA Cup Series, presented by Baird Private Wealth Management, continued this past weekend with the Northeast and Great Lakes regional qualifiers on September 16-17. The Northeast regional was held on the Crystal Springs and Ballyowen Courses at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, N.J..The Great Lakes regional qualifier was held at Seven Springs Golf Course and Hidden Valley Golf Club in Hidden Valley, PA.

Qualifying for the 2017 EWGA Cup Finals is now more than halfway complete and the field is beginning to take shape for this marquee championship.

View full event results and a gallery of photos from each event below.

Now in its seventh year and one of the premier competitive events run by the Executive Women's Golf Association, the EWGA Cup is a team-based competition consisting of Four Ball and Singles Match Play. The Series begins with eight regional qualifiers throughout the country during the month of September, with teams competing to earn a spot in the 2017 EWGA Cup Finals, also presented by Baird Private Wealth Management. The Finals will be held October 27-28 in Daytona Beach at LPGA International.

The Cup’s format mirrors the professional golf formats used at the Ryder Cup, President’s Cup and Solheim Cup events. The event encourages women of all skill levels to compete, promoting friendly, fun competitive play among its membership. Clever team names and colorful, coordinated outfits added to the friendly competition.

For more information about the EWGA Cup, including event results and photos, please visit EWGACup.com.

 

2017 EWGA Cup Series Begins

EWGA Cup Teams Competed in the Atlantic, Central and Midwest Regionals on September 9-10

The 2017 EWGA Cup Series, presented by Baird Private Wealth Management, began this past weekend with the Atlantic, Midwest and Central regional qualifiers on September 9-10. The Atlantic regional was held on the Palmer Course at Bay Creek Resort & Club in Cape Charles, VA. The Central and Midwest regional qualifiers were co-hosted on the Apple Rock and Slick Rock courses at Horshoe Bay in Horseshoe Bay, TX.

The Southern regional was also scheduled for play during the same weekend, but was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The event has been rescheduled for September 23-24 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL.

View full event results and a gallery of photos from each event below.

  1. Atlantic Regional: Final Event Results | Photos Gallery
  2. Central Regional: Final Event Results
  3. Midwest Regional: Final Event Results

Now in its seventh year and one of the premier competitive events run by the Executive Women's Golf Association, the EWGA Cup is a team-based competition consisting of Four Ball and Singles Match Play. The Series begins with eight regional qualifiers throughout the country during the month of September, with teams competing to earn a spot in the 2017 EWGA Cup Finals, also presented by Baird Private Wealth Management. The Finals will be held October 27-28 in Daytona Beach at LPGA International.

The Cup’s format mirrors the professional golf formats used at the Ryder Cup, President’s Cup and Solheim Cup events. The event encourages women of all skill levels to compete, promoting friendly, fun competitive play among its membership. Clever team names and colorful, coordinated outfits added to the friendly competition.

For more information about the EWGA Cup, including event results and photos, please visit EWGACup.com.

 

EWGA Forms Member Emergency Fund

The camaraderie and relationships formed through the EWGA extend far beyond the golf course. It's only natural that an organization like ours prioritizes the safety and well-being of EWGA members, competitors and friends in good times and in challenging ones.

We're grateful to announce, in light of recent natural disasters which have impacted EWGA chapters across the country, that the EWGA Foundation is establishing an EWGA Foundation Member Emergency Fund.  

The purpose of the Fund is aid current EWGA members in good standing who have been adversely affected by a natural disaster or similar (i.e. house fire). In most cases, victims of these catastrophes will have their basic needs met by the Red Cross, FEMA, and other local Charitable Organizations, in addition to insurance coverage.

The intent of the EWGA Foundation Emergency Fund is to assist Members in ways that these organizations do not. Primarily, funds will be used to help affected members with their personal wellbeing and provide support from their EWGA family. Initial donations to the Emergency Fund could even be used to cover membership renewals for affected members so that they may continue to lean on the EWGA in good times and in bad.

More details related to the fund, including how to pledge your support or seek assistance from, will be announced in the near future.

The love of golf is what brought us together, EWGA is committed to helping us stay together in good times and bad!

Southern EWGA Cup Qualifier Postponed

The safety and well-being of EWGA Members and competitors is our primary concern during every event we host. Due to unfavorable forecasts for Hurricane Irma, the Southern Qualifier for the EWGA Cup will be postponed until September 23-24. The event will still be held at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please call (561) 691-0096 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about the EWGA Cup, presented by Baird Private Wealth Management, please visit EWGACup.com.