October 6 | Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.– The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), the largest women-focused national amateur golf association, will hold its 2016 EWGA Championship Finals at the Lansdowne Resort & Spa in Leesburg, Virginia on Oct. 14 and 15.
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 226 members from 77 EWGA Chapters in 38 states, Canada and Bermuda have advanced to the EWGA Championship Finals, a two-day, 36-hole event to be played on the Greg Norman and Robert Trent Jones II courses at the Troon-managed Golf Club of Lansdowne.
"As an association, we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary and the Championship has been held for 21 of those years,” says EWGA CEO Pam Swensen. “With five flights of individual stroke play, we have scratch golfers in the Championship flight and women with 32 plus handicaps in the Fourth Flight, as well as 16 teams in the scramble division -- all excited to be competing in the Finals. The EWGA Championship is one of the many ways we connect women to learn, play and enjoy golf for business and for fun.”
Katie Brinker of Greenwood, Indiana is returning to defend her medalist honor for the third consecutive year. She will face steep competition from several past Champions, including multi-time winners Pat Ayres of Port St Lucie, Florida and Rachael Moreaux of San Rafael, California and a strong field of other past and new competitors vying for the title. The first place gross and net winners in each flight and the winning scramble team are invited to return to the Finals to compete the following year.
"For some of our members, the EWGA Championship is their first experience in competitive play," says Swensen. " It is so rewarding to bring together this diverse group of women from so many places and different backgrounds all united by their love of golf."
The EWGA is THE Golf Community for Women, locally connected and nationally respected. It is the largest women-focused national amateur golf association in the United States with Chapters located in more than 100 cities as well as international Chapters in Bermuda, Canada and Italy. A recent survey conducted by the PGA of America found that EWGA members are avid golfers and annually generate over $63 million in golf-related spending for the golf industry.
The organization holds thousands of golf, social and networking opportunities throughout the country as well as major national competitions and events. Its members are a diverse group of women from new to experienced golfers and cover a broad spectrum of career paths.