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NFL Chief Marketing Officer Dawn Hudson to Keynote EWGA 25th Anniversary Celebration

Feb 2 | Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. -  Dawn Hudson, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the National Football League will be the Saturday Night Gala keynote speaker on April 23 during the EWGA 25th Anniversary Celebration and Golf Experience in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Founded in 1991 as the Executive Women's Golf Association, EWGA 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.

The highest ranking woman in professional football, responsible for building the fan base of the NFL and growing the NFL brand, Hudson joined the league in September 2014. In November 2015, she topped the Adweek 50 List of Vital Leaders in Tech, Media and Marketing recognized for "managing to keep the league humming along despite some very high-profile challenges". Recently, she was named to Forbes Most Powerful Women in Sports and previously has been among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women.

Prior to the NFL, Hudson was Vice-Chairman of the Parthenon Group, a global boutique consulting firm.  Prior to Parthenon, she spent 11 years at PepsiCo.  She was the Global CMO of Frito-Lay, then CMO of Pepsi-Cola North America, then became President and the CEO of Pepsi-Cola North America.  While running the 5.5 billion dollar division, she also ran the consolidated food service U.S. operations of PepsiCo.

Hudson has extensive governance experience as she has served on the boards of Lowes Home Improvement stores, Allergan, PF Chang’s, and the Ladies Professional Golf Association, where she served as Chairman of the Board for two years. 

"With such an accomplished career in both business and sports, Dawn is the ideal speaker to keynote our 25th Anniversary Gala dinner,” said Pam Swensen, CEO of the EWGA.  “She is an inspiring role model, accomplished business leader and savvy marketer. We are extremely honored to have Dawn with us.  Her presence and keynote at the Gala dinner will make for a very special evening."

Other notables in the star-studded line-up include golf legends Nancy Lopez and Jan Stephenson and PGA of America board officer Suzy Whaley.

The  EWGA 25th Anniversary Celebration and Golf Experience starts on Friday April 22 at the Golden Horseshoe Driving Range with a Fueling Your Game opening event leading into the Welcome Reception and Marketplace.  Golf in a choice of formats on both Saturday and Sunday is included in the conference package along with several dinners and other meals, parties and fun activities, admission to historic Colonial Williamsburg and a commemorative gift bag. For more details and to register see http://www.ewgaconference.com/home

With chapters in over 100 communities throughout the United States, EWGA is locally connected and nationally respected. 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 beginners to experienced golfers and a broad spectrum of career paths.                               ###

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Nancy Lopez to Receive EWGA Leadership Award

Jan 26 | Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member, Nancy Lopez, will be honored with the EWGA Leadership Award during the EWGA 25th Anniversary Celebration and Golf Experience in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia from April 22-24.  Founded in 1991 as the Executive Women's Golf Association, EWGA 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.

The EWGA Leadership Award honors those who have made longtime and outstanding contributions to women’s golf and whose dedication to the game has inspired others to follow in their footsteps. Previous recipients include Carol Mann, Lorena Ochoa, Judy Rankin, Annika Sorenstam, Kathy Whitworth and Judy Bell.

"We are so pleased to be able to honor Nancy with the EWGA Leadership Award. She has done so much for women's golf and continues to be a driving force in bringing more women into the game," said EWGA CEO Pam Swensen.

Lopez, the winner of 48 LPGA Tour events, including three majors, has been recognized as the greatest female golfer of her generation. During her first full season on the LPGA Tour in 1978, Lopez won nine tournaments, including five consecutive.  She is the only woman to win LPGA Rookie of the Year, LPGA Player of the Year and the Vare Trophy for scoring average in the same season (1978). Noticing a void in women’s golf equipment and apparel market, Lopez started Nancy Lopez Golf, to provide choices to the women golfer with a full line of golf clubs, apparel and accessories.  In 2014, Lopez began Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures to share her love of golf instilled by her father Domingo, with golfers of all ages and skill levels.

“I want to thank the EWGA for this wonderful award,” said Nancy Lopez.  “It is always a great honor to be recognized for my contribution to golf.  It is the best game and I am so grateful that I was able to play the game competitively.  It has opened so many doors for me and it has been wonderful to be able to help women, by introducing them to the game.”  

Lopez will receive the EWGA Leadership Award at the Saturday Night Gala on April 23. The star-studded evening will include a toast from LPGA and Legends Tour professional, Jan Stephenson as well as a keynote address from Dawn Hudson, Chief Marketing Officer of the National Football League.

The EWGA 25th Anniversary Celebration and Golf Experience starts on Friday April 22 at the Golden Horseshoe Driving Range with a Fueling Your Game opening event leading into the Welcome Reception and Marketplace.  The conference package includes two rounds of golf (in a choice of formats) on both Saturday and Sunday along with several dinners and other meals, parties and fun activities, admission to historic Colonial Williamsburg and a commemorative gift bag. For more details and to register visit EWGA Conference.

With Chapters in more than 100 communities throughout the United States, EWGA is locally connected and nationally respected. 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. For more information visit EWGA.      ###

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'25 Days of Gifts' Launches EWGA 25th Anniversary Celebration

Jan 6 | Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - From January 5th through 29th, the EWGA (Executive Women's Golf Association) is celebrating the start of its 25th Anniversary with a daily drawing for '25 Days of Gifts' at www.ewga.com. Anyone can enter to win a wide array of gifts -- from golf umbrellas and visors to sunglasses, books, golf clubs and much more. There is a different gift each day and the winner is selected from all who have entered during that specific day.

"We have been opening doors and welcoming women into golf for 25 years. So why not launch our 25th Anniversary celebration by sharing golf gifts?” says Pam Swensen, CEO of EWGA.  "It’s a fun way to engage members and introduce others to expect more from golf by being part of EWGA’s golf community for women. Just enter each day online at www.ewga.comfor a chance to win the 'Gift of the Day'."

Founded in 1991, EWGA is the only women’s golf community with a national chapter footprint in more than 100 major cities in the United States as well as international chapters in Bermuda, Canada and Italy. 

The EWGA golf community for women is comprised of a broad range of golfers from beginners to experienced players who take fun seriously. Annually, EWGA hosts thousands of golf, social and networking opportunities throughout the country as well as major national competitions and events. Members are accomplished, interesting professional women from a collection of diverse backgrounds. EWGA is locally connected and nationally respected. For more information see www.ewga.com

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EWGA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Women On Par Scholarship® Program

Jan 12 | Palm Beach Gardens, FL – The EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) Foundation recognizes the importance of education regardless of age. The Women On Par® Scholarship program provides financial assistance to nontraditional female students -- women thirty years of age and older -- who want to begin or complete their undergraduate education to get “on par” with their peers and advance themselves both professionally and personally. 

Since the program’s inception in 2007, 14 women have received scholarships. Applications for 2016 are now being accepted until April 15, 2016, or until 200 applications are received, whichever occurs first. There will be two (2) scholarships awarded: One (1) $1,000 Women On Par® scholarship and one (1) $500 Women On Par® scholarship.

EWGA membership is not a requirement to apply or receive a scholarship. Applicants are required to be pursuing a technical/vocational degree, associates or bachelor’s degree and currently be enrolled or accepted to enroll in an accredited school, college or university. The scholarships are awarded based on need and women who have previously earned degrees are not eligible.  Click here to learn more about the 2016 Women on Par® Scholarship program, access the eligibility criteria and read Frequently Asked Questions.

“The ‘Women On Par®’ scholarship program is one of the most important and rewarding programs we have,” says Nona Footz, president of the EWGA Foundation. “It provides a sense of hope and gives nontraditional “older” students a chance to pursue their academic dreams. This program is one of the many facets that truly delivers on EWGA’s vision, enriching the lives of women both personally and professionally.”

The 2016 "Women On Par®" Scholarship Application Form is available for download in either WORD format for those who prefer to complete the application using a computer or as a non-editable PDF file. Download either version of the application by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Download the 2016 "Women On Par®" Scholarship Application Form (PDF format)

Download the 2016 "Women On Par®" Scholarship Application Form (WORD format) 

Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the EWGA Foundation’s Women On Par® scholarship fund may contact the foundation at (561) 691-0096 x 112 or visit www.ewgafoundation.comto donate online.

About the EWGA Foundation

The EWGA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization formed and supported by the EWGA, a golf organization for current and aspiring business and professional women. The Foundation’s mission is to create and fund education and leadership programs for women of all ages. In addition to its efforts to endow the Women On Par® Scholarship Program, other fundraising initiatives include the development of a golf education curriculum, the funding of nationally recognized speakers to provide leadership training at EWGA’s annual conference and other such events to empower women and enrich their lives.

About the EWGA

The EWGA is THE Golf Community for Women. As the largest women-focused national amateur golf association in the United States the EWGA has connected more than 125,000 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. Locally connected and nationally respected, EWGA has Chapters in more than 100 cities throughout the United States as well as international locations including Bermuda, Canada and Italy.

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EWGA Announces Partnership With Luggage Forward®

Association  teams up with leading golf club delivery service to ease members’ golf travel

Oct 27 | BOSTON, MA  and PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the United States, and Luggage Forward, the world’s leading luggage and golf club shipping service, today announced a partnership focused on easing the burden of traveling with golf clubs for EWGA members.

Luggage Forward collects golf clubs at the traveler’s home, office, or club and sends them directly to virtually any golf course or resort worldwide. With more than a decade of global luggage and golf club shipping experience, Luggage Forward will provide EWGA members with peace of mind when flying on an airplane knowing that their clubs are guaranteed to be waiting for them at the course.

“EWGA members know all too well the inconvenience of carrying and checking their golf bag at the airport,” said Pam Swensen, CEO  of EWGA. “Having a partner like Luggage Forward to help alleviate that burden will be a great value to our membership.”

Under the terms of the partnership, EWGA members will receive an annual credit towards any shipment with Luggage Forward.  Additionally, Luggage Forward will provide special rates for shipping to and from EWGA events throughout the year.

“We admire the mission of the EWGA as they continue to be at the forefront of growing the women’s game,” said Zeke Adkins, Co-Founder of Luggage Forward. “Over the past decade, Luggage Forward has been proud to support the growth in women’s golf as more female golfers travel in search of memorable golf experiences.”

As air travel becomes increasingly challenging, Luggage Forward and EWGA are committed to making every trip a bit easier with this door-to-door golf club shipping service that will save members up to 60% versus traditional shippers. This partnership will allow every EWGA member to eliminate the most inconvenient part of every golf trip – hauling golf clubs to and from the airport.

About EWGA

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.

About Luggage Forward

Since 2004, Luggage Forward has provided reliable and guaranteed delivery of luggage and sports equipment to travelers worldwide through a global network of logistics partners, innovative technology and unparalleled customer care. Luggage Forward is the smart and convenient alternative to carrying and checking bags. We are a Virtuoso® Preferred Supplier and an exclusive luggage delivery provider for world leading travel brands including Abercrombie & Kent, Club Glove, Inspirato, Haversham & Baker, Perry Golf, Seabourn Cruise Line and Visa. Experience Luggage Forward at: www.luggageforward.com.

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Westin Mission Hills to host 2015 EWGA Championship Finals

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.     

About EWGA

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.

About Troon
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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EWGA Salutes Sacramento Member Karen Garcia, Winner of U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship

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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EWGA Awards Two 2015 Women On Par® Scholarships

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

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ANTIGUA SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH EWGA

(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. 

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FINDING FUN ON THE FAIRWAYS

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”.

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EWGA AND THE FIRST TEE RENEW PARTNERSHIP

(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.”

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SONGBIRDIE TEES UP THE TUNES FOR EWGA

(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, June 29, 2015) The EWGA welcomes songBirdie as their newest National Member Benefit Provider.

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