Victor, N.Y. – The EWGA’s Rochester Region Chapter served as the host chapter for the Northeastern District Semi-Final (DSF) that was held at the North Course of the Victor Hills Golf Course in Victor, NY on Saturday, August 12, 2017. This DSF event is one of 15 held all across the country during a three-month period for EWGA golfers who have advanced from their local Chapter Championships.
Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually. The tournament is open to all EWGA members and includes five flights of stroke play competition and a scramble division to accommodate golfers of every skill level. Participants first compete in their local Chapter Championship, presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the respective DSFs. The entire tournament concludes with the EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day competition that will be held this year at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.
The Victor Hills Golf Course, the gracious host for our Northeastern DSF, boasts a four-generation history as a family-owned golf business. We spoke with Audrey Dianetti, the matriarch of the Dianetti family who has also celebrated six holes-in-one during her golfing career. She noted that her now-deceased husband, Jack, always had a clear vision for designing and developing the various holes as the facility grew from its original nine holes in 1974 to its current 63 holes. Numerous family members across the Dianetti generations now serve many roles to maintain the facility, all with the perspective of providing the highest level of service to its course patrons. Audrey Dianetti said that Jack’s motto was, “Never stand still. Always improve everything.” The EWGA definitely experienced that dedication to quality during this past weekend.
The Northeastern DSF included a field of 84 EWGA golfers who represented 8 Chapters, including Rochester Region, Central New York, and Albany/Capital Region from NY, Boston and Greater Springfield from MA, as well as chapters from Rhode Island, Central Connecticut, and EWGA-Bermuda. The efforts of 18 competitors were rewarded with advancement to the EWGA Championship Finals. The Low Gross honors in the Championship Flight were awarded to Katyna Rabain from the EWGA-Bermuda Chapter with a score of 82 and Tracy Nash from that same chapter who won the Low Net honors with a score of 74. Earning advancement to the Finals were the following Low Gross and Low Net winners in each flight: First Flight – Michele Walls from Albany/Capital Region (81 gross) and Kathi Sieminski from Rhode Island (67 net); Second Flight – Ashley Lindeman from Central Connecticut (89 gross) and Colleen Roche from Central NY (69 net); Third Flight – Dulce Fernandez from Central New York (95 gross) and Anne Levitt (68 net) from Rochester Region; and Fourth Flight – Alison Kirchgasser from Boston (99 gross) and Catherine Becker from Albany/Capital Region (71 net).
The Senior and Super Senior recognition awards were presented to Katyna Rabain from EWGA-Bermuda (Senior-Low Gross 82); C. Patricia Reynolds from Albany/Capital Region (Senior-Low Net 70); Anne Levitt from Rochester Region (Super Senior-Low Gross 100); and Janice Schillaci from Rochester Region (Super Senior-Low Net 80).
Moving on to compete in Arkansas will be the Rochester Region scramble team of Kelly Kaye, Yvette Burri, Tara Henry, and Susan Traniello who captured first place honors in their division as well as the second place finishers from Boston on the team that included Arlene Franklin, Adriana Carrillo, Susan Guszcza, and Amy Soisson.
Diane Desmarais, Chief Volunteer Coordinator for the DSF from the Rochester Chapter, organized a great team of volunteers to support the event. She was delighted that all went so smoothly and that the rain held off until after the last golfers had finished. She wished all the best to the competitors who will be advancing to the EWGA Championship Finals in Hot Springs Village.