(PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA) – EWGA – the trend-setting organization which enables current and aspiring business and professional women to learn, connect and play through golf – has named Kathryn Freshley, of Orange County, Calif., as its 2011 Nancy Oliver Founder's Award winner.
The Nancy Oliver Founder's Award goes to the EWGA members who displays exceptional long-term volunteer leadership and service to the organization. The initial award was given to EWGA Founder, Nancy Oliver.
"As a volunteer-based organization with thousands of women giving their time and talents to run EWGA Chapters, it's an honor for the EWGA to recognize Kathryn Freshley and reward our outstanding volunteer leaders," said EWGA CEO Pam Swensen.
The EWGA annually recognizes those who have made long-time and outstanding contributions to women's golf. EWGA also recognizes members who best utilize golf and the EWGA to advance their careers.
A member of the EWGA Orange County, CA Chapter, Freshley is founder and tournament director of the EWGA California Cup. She was the 2007 club champion of Laguna Woods Village (LWV) 18-Hole Women's Golf Club, a member of LWV Contract Bridge Club and former Vestry Finance Chair, St. Clement's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, San Clemente, CA.
Freshley's current civic and social activities include her being on the Laguna Woods Village HOA Board of Directors. LWV is a 6,102-unit condominium complex, and she was Treasurer the past three years. She is the current President and Seminar leader, Foreign Policy Association, of the HOA Board.
Originally from South Bend, Indiana, Freshley earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Engineering, Finance and General Management from the University of Kansas. She worked at General Electric Company for 23 years, is an owner of an ice cream distribution company, and works in management consulting in Business/Financial Planning & Controls, Human Resources & Organization Development.
Freshley and other EWGA award winners – including LPGA Hall of Fame member Lorena Ochoa – will be formally recognized and feted in Las Vegas, April 18-21, at EWGA's annual conference, the 2012 EWGA Golfpalooza being held at J.W. Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa. For more information, visit http://www.ewgagolfpalooza.com
EWGA is the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the U.S., with 125 chapters in nearly every U.S. major market and corporate center, and in Canada and Europe. It provides affordable, organized golf, free networking, business and success insights from accomplished executives, travel and equipment discounts, and a variety of local and national benefits.
"We are constantly evolving to provide meaningful experiences and connections for our diverse members, allowing them to more fully engage in a membership tailored to their needs – young or mature, beginner or established golfer, traveler or stay-at-home," said EWGA CEO Swensen. "EWGA is helping women stay in the game, through contemporary, customized programs and services, and building lifelong friendships."
For more information about EWGA and membership, visit www.ewga.com.
About the EWGA
The largest women's amateur golf association in the U.S., the 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. EWGA chapters throughout the United States – and in Canada and Italy – are located in over 125 corporate markets with members that are actively engaged in golf and business