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.
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