WGA Honors Janet Phillips (Richmond, Va.) as Businesswoman of the Year

(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 Janet Phillips "2011 EWGA Businesswoman of the Year".

EWGA's Businesswoman of the Year Awards Program recognizes members who have used their success in business as a tool in enhancing and promoting the EWGA and the growth of women's golf and whose dedication to the growth and success of her professional career includes using golf skills.

Phillips was instrumental in the Richmond Chapter's founding nine years ago and has been on the board as well as served as Education Chairperson since its start. Due to a strong presence in the community, she has been able to reach out to golf facilities to establish relationships for chapter members to receive discounts for play, lessons and equipment at both private and public golf courses.

As a proponent of the EWGA Fairway Friends® program, Phillips trained mentors and teamed them up with mentees to encourage beginner golfers to play. Phillips has helped strengthen EWGA's reputation with the PGA and LPGA by sharing information about the Richmond chapter both locally and nationally. She has helped increase participation in EWGA by providing discounted lessons and clinics to chapter members and hosting EWGA events targeting beginner golfers.

"This award would not be possible without the hard work and dedication from the members and board members of the Richmond chapter," said Phillips. "I would like to thank them for recognizing me for this award and for their continued support of my endeavors in the golf community, and in helping to 'grow the game'. For the past nine years, my involvement with the EWGA has been a labor of love and I am proud to represent the greater Richmond chapter with this award. I would also like to thank the national EWGA for recognizing me and I look forward to helping promote women's golf in the future."

Phillips 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 2012 Golfpalooza (annual conference). For more information on the conference being held at J.W. Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa, visit

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 Chief Executive Officer Pam Swensen. "EWGA is helping women stay in the game, through contemporary, customized programs and services, and building lifelong friendships."

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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.

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