Oct 16 | PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.– The EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association), the largest women-focused national amateur golf association in the United States is pleased to announce the 2015 EWGA Championship Finals will be held at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California on Oct. 30-31.
Celebrating its 20th year, the EWGA Championship is one of the largest women’s amateur golf competitions in the nation for all skill levels, including stroke play competition and team scramble competition. More than 2,500 EWGA members participated in local qualifying events and advanced to one of 15 semi-final championships held throughout the summer. This year 224 members from 78 EWGA Chapters in 36 states, Canada and Bermuda have advanced to the EWGA Championship Finals, a two-day, 36-hole event held at the Troon-managed Westin Mission Hills.
"We are excited to bring the 2015 EWGA Championship Finals to the Westin Mission Hills as we celebrate 20 years of hosting a tournament of this magnitude,” said EWGA CEO Pam Swensen. “The competitors in all five flights will enjoy the Pete Dye and Gary Player courses, in addition to the other events surrounding the Championship, including the Champions dinner and a special Halloween-themed welcome reception. The EWGA Championship is one way our association supports our mission of connecting women to learn, play and enjoy golf for business and for fun.”
The Westin Mission Hills was selected due to the EWGA’s long-standing partnership with Troon, the leader in golf course management, development and marketing. Utilizing Troon-managed facilities for the EWGA Championship, EWGA Cup and the EWGA Par 3 Challenge has been positive, due to the quality of golf courses, plus the outstanding level of customer service experienced at Troon properties.
“We are honored to host the prestigious EWGA Championship Finals at this truly stunning Troon destination in the Westin Mission Hills,” said Kris Strauss, Troon vice president, sales and marketing. “We truly value our partnership with EWGA...from the national championships we are privileged to host, to the fun filled EWGA Chapter events that play a key role in growing the game in local communities. Thank you for that privilege and best of luck to all competitors in the Championship Finals.”
Golf Digestrecently named the Westin Million Hills Golf Resort & Spa as one of the top 75 resorts in North America and Conde’ Nast Traveler recently selected it as one of the Top 10 California Golf resorts. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy the desert scape and mountain views, a trademark of Palm Springs golf.
The EWGA is THE Golf Community for Women. As the largest women-focused national amateur golf association in the United States with chapters in nearly every U.S. major market and corporate center, the EWGA has connected more than 100,000 women who share a passion for cultivating relationships and enjoying the game. Offering a wide range of affordable organized golf activities and educational programs, this award-winning association has been bringing women together through golf since 1991. EWGA Chapters are located in more than 100 cities throughout the United States as well as international locations including Bermuda, Canada, Italy and South Africa, enabling EWGA members to become active participants in hundreds of communities. For more information about the EWGA and membership, visit ewga.com.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world's largest golf management company, with more than 250 golf courses in its portfolio. Also specializing in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues, the company oversees operations at Troon Golf®, Honours Golf and Troon Privé properties located in 36 states and 27 countries. Additionally, 53 Troon facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon properties include Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii; Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson, Ariz.; Manchester Country Club, Bedford, N.H.; The Grove, London, England; and Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, El Jadida, Morocco. For more information Troon, visit Troon.com.
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Oct 8 | Palm Beach Gardens, FL– A member of the Sacramento, CA Chapter of the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA), Karen Garcia has won the USGA's U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship held at Hillwood Country Club in Nashville, TN.
"We are so proud of Karen's accomplishment," says Pam Swensen, CEO of the EWGA. "Ever since she captured the championship, our EWGA emails and social media have been flooded with news and links about her achievement. As an organization, we pledge to help women become confident and competent golfers and Karen takes that to a new level. She is now among the USGA Championship winners forever recognized in the USGA Museum in Far Hills, NJ."
Garcia, a high school guidance counselor from Cool, CA, about an hour’s drive east of Sacramento is now exempt into the next 10 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championships and also exempt into the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, to be held at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, PA.
"I appreciate the support from everyone at EWGA. My continued involvement has always been about building friendships and helping others," says Garcia. "I love our Chapters' emphasis on education and philanthropic work with The First Tee among other groups. My friendships with fellow members are cherished and our events are always a welcome break from competitive golf. I am very proud to be a member of EWGA."
About the EWGA
The Executive Women's Golf Association is an award winning organization responsible for connecting more than 100,000 working and professional women who share a passion for cultivating relationships and enjoying the game of golf with chapters in nearly every U.S. major market. Offering a wide range of affordable organized golf activities and educational programs, the EWGA has been driving social and networking opportunities for women through the game of golf since 1991. For more information about the EWGA and its membership, visit www.ewga.com
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Aug 18 | Palm Beach Gardens, FL– Catherine Brown from Errol, NH and Scharolyn Hall from Richmond, VA have been awarded 2015 Women On Par Scholarships from the EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) Foundation.
Now in its seventh 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.
Brown and Hall were awarded the scholarships based on need and their remarkable stories of perseverance and determination to further their education. Both women are pursuing degrees in the culinary arts and were thrilled to learn that the EWGA Foundation is helping to make their dreams a reality.
Catherine Brown served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1987 to 1992. After military life, she stayed home to raise her young family. Since 2009, she has been a self-employed small-scale farmer, learning organic growing practices and growing many rare, heirloom and heritage varieties of small fruits, vegetables and herbs. Hurricane Irene wiped out her crops in 2011 and the bitter winter of 2013-14 presented another natural disaster and financial setback for her to overcome.
Her concern for the quality of local produce available in her community inspired her to return to school to formalize her many years of experience as a home cook and market gardener. Her long term goal is to open a commercial kitchen specializing in local, organic meals for individuals with specific dietary considerations such as food allergies, diabetics and those living with or recovering from severe illness.
With a dual major in Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts at White Mountains Community College, Brown will graduate with an Associate of Science degree in May 2016. She then plans to transfer to Kansas State University's Global Campus to complete online her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics.
“I am so grateful to have the financial support of the EWGA Foundation, “ says Brown. “This scholarship means I will be able to earn my associate degree and continue to pursue my education and career aspirations to nourish my community through the power of food."
Scharolyn Hall is a single mother who grew up in Queens, NY where baking or pastry arts were never in her list of goals. When she was laid off because of budget cuts almost three years ago, she had a hard time finding work. At the same time, she was struggling to break free from a physically and mentally abusive relationship. One day she mustered up enough energy to leave for good.
Her culinary journey began when a parent of another student at her son’s school inquired about her baked goods. Her cupcakes were so beautiful that the other parents were convinced they had been made by a professional bakery. Seeing the potential, she started baking to create extra income. Baking everything from cake pops to cupcakes, breads and cookies, Hall would pack up her goodies and give them away with her business cards. It wasn’t until she was approached to make a wedding cake that she felt intimidated and in need of formal training to perfect her craft.
In January 2015, Hall enrolled in Stratford University’s Baking/Pastry Arts and Hospitality Undergraduate Program. She plans on obtaining her Associate and Bachelor’s degree within the next three years, with the goal to open her own custom cakery.
"Being chosen for a Women on Par Scholarship gives me an immense sense of support from a group of women who believe that I am capable and equipped to reach every goal I have set for myself,” says Hall. " Thank EWGA and the EWGA Foundation!"
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 www.ewgafoundation.comto donate online.
About the EWGA Foundation
Established in 2003 as the charitable arm of the EWGA, the mission of the EWGA Foundation is to develop and fund education and leadership programs for women of all ages. The Women On Par Scholarship Program is at the core of the Foundation’s vision of enriching women’s lives through the game of golf.
The award winning EWGA association is responsible for connecting more than 100,000 working and professional women who share a passion for cultivating relationships and enjoying the game of golf with chapters in nearly every U.S. major market. Offering a wide range of affordable organized golf activities and educational programs, the EWGA has been driving social and networking opportunities for women through the game of golf since 1991. For more information about the EWGA and its membership, visit www.ewga.com
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, August 3, 2015) Stepping out in style with logoed Antigua apparel is a new option for EWGA members now that Antigua has signed on as a new national licensed vendor of EWGA. This agreement further demonstrates Antigua’s longstanding commitment to women’s golf.
2000 Opportunities with EWGA coast to coast in July
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, July 7, 2015) Interested in getting into playing golf, but don’t know how to get started? This month, EWGA is hosting more than 2000 events, clinics and networking activities coast to coast during the Association’s “Mentoring Month”.
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, July 1, 2015) The EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) connects women to learn, play and enjoy the game for business or for fun. Following a successful partnership with The First Tee in 2014, the two national organizations are coming together again during July for “Mentoring Month.”
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Friday June 12, 2015) The EWGA has partnered with Ontal.com to introduce custom active apparel to members across the country that is now available on EWGAStyle.com. EWGAStyle.com is powered by Ontal.com; a woman owned family business that strives for the same goal of providing specially made active apparel for golfers who are tired of the normal routine.
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Friday June 5, 2015) The EWGA is pleased to announce AerogreeN® Ladies Golf Shoes as their newest sponsor. As an industry leader in the golf space, AerogreeN’s golf shoes are amazingly unique and stylish– always identifying the woman wearing them as a person with a high demand for quality, comfort and flair.
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Monday June 1, 2015) EWGA celebrates “Let’s Go Golf” this month with over 2,000 events being hosted by the Association from coast to coast. EWGA invites all golfers to participate in one or more of these exciting playing opportunities.
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Wednesday May 6, 2015) Getting “outside” is the new “in” this season now that the golf season is here. EWGA is extending an open invitation to participate in one or more of the over 2,000 events being hosted this month across the Association.
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Tuesday May 5, 2015) – The EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association), the largest women-focused national amateur golf association in the United States and Troon,® the leader in golf course management, development and marketing announced a new multifaceted partnership designed to increase women participation, grow activities for EWGA members and provide additional value/benefits to EWGA members.