Central and South Florida Golfers Advance to EWGA National Championship

World's Largest Amateur Tournament for Women Set For October 5-6

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA) – Port St. Lucie-native Pat Ayres took home medalist honors at the EWGA South and Central Florida Semi-Final Championship this Saturday at Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs. 

Ayres carded a low-gross score of 81 on the par-71 layout to advance to the EWGA National Championship, to be held at PGA National Resort & Spa, October 5-6, along with thirteen other women who won their respective flights during Saturday rounds. The EWGA Championship is the world's largest amateur championship for women, inviting over 2,400 women to compete each year.

The South and Central Florida Semi-Final field consisted of women members from nine EWGA chapters from Brevard to Miami who won their local qualifier this spring. The 18-hole stroke-play tournament divided players into five flights based on USGA-verified Handicap Index, with low-gross and low-net first-place winners receiving automatic entry to the national championship. A separate inter-chapter scramble team flight consisted of four-person members.

EWGA Central and South Florida Semi-Final winners are:

Championship Flight: (1 - 12.0 Handicap)
Low Gross First Place: Pat Ayres, Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Palm Beach County Chapter) – 81
Low Net First Place: Nicole Schenkelberg, Royal Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach County Chapter) – 75

First Flight (12.1 – 19.0 Handicap)
Low Gross First Place: Jacqueline Cox, Miami, Fla. (Miami and Naples Chapters) - 86
Low Net First Place: Anita Stewart, Naples, Fla. (Naples Chapter) - 74

Second Flight (19.1 – 25.0 Handicap)
Low Gross First Place: Carol Klay, Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Bay Chapter) - 94
Low Net First Place: Deborah Barnard, Melbourne, Fla. (Brevard County/Space Coast Chapter) - 72

Third Flight (25.1 - 32.0 Handicap)
Low Gross First Place: Lori Drum, Naples, Fla. (Naples Chapter) - 104
Low Net First Place: Meilene Cook, Boca Raton, Fla. (Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach Chapters) - 78

Fourth Flight (32.1 – 40.4 Handicap)
Low Gross First Place: Barbara Knutson, Lakeland, Fla. (Brevard/Space Coast Chapter) - 130
Low Net First Place: Janice Smith, Miami, Fla. (Miami Chapter) - 101

Scramble Division

First Place: Miami, Fla, Chapter Team - 67
Captain Kerstin Koenig - Miami, Fla.
Nora Liss - Lighthouse Point, Fla.
Sherri Patchen – Miami, Fla.
Danette Gossett – Coconut Grove, Fla.

The Central and South district tournament is one of 15 semi-final events that lead to the EWGA National Championship, and includes representatives of the Brevard, Ft. Lauderdale, Manatee, Miami, Naples, Palm Beach County, Polk County, Port St. Lucie and Tampa chapters of the EWGA.

This is the 17th year of the EWGA Championship. Complete results, rules and information can be found at

About the EWGA

EWGA has connected more than 100,000 current and aspiring business and professional women who share a passion for golf and good times. EWGA membership offers many benefits, including affordable organized golf that fits a working woman's schedule, networking, competition, and learning opportunities that support career advancement.

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