As a countdown to our 25th Anniversary Celebration in Colonial Williamsburg in April, EWGA Founder Nancy Oliver has agreed to write a weekly column and share her amazing collection of newsletters and press clips revealing the early years.
More and more chapters were born and by the end of 1994, we had established six regions within the organization. Each region had an experienced chapter leader who was appointed as a Regional Director. In addition to helping chapters with leadership issues, they were also the ones who helped new chapters get their feet on the ground. Each region had an annual event to which all the chapters within that region were invited. Each chapter had a flighted chapter championship, with the opportunity for the winners of each flight to advance to compete at the Regional Championship. And the winner of each flight of the Regional Championships had the opportunity to compete at the National Championship. Yes – these were exciting times for our competitive members!
But just as importantly, most of the chapters started their Mentor Programs, where experienced golfers would take newcomers under their wing, help teach them the practical side of playing ready golf, and encouraging them to work their way from the 9-hole scrambles to a full 18-hole round of golf. Without this critical element of each chapter’s existence, we would never have had the “full circle” complement that I had always dreamed of. It was through these mentor programs that women would truly be welcomed into the game!
And it was our second year of marshalling a hole at the U. S. Women’s Open (which later lead to the first time a hole at the Men’s US OPEN was ever marshalled by women!!). We were no longer an emerging organization. According to the national association for executive directors, EWG was the fastest growing non-profit in the country. And we were the largest businesswomen’s golf association in the US as well. Thanks to ALL of the women who made this possible coast to coast, and a terrific staff!
I invite you to check out this issue of Tee to Green (without the six full-page ads that we garnered) and imagine being involved back in the early 1990’s – STILL without a website nor email addresses! Indeed exciting times for EWG – less than four years old!