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Golf for Women: Are you going to Play9™ on Wednesday?

Golf for Women: Are you going to Play9™ on Wednesday?The USGA is sponsoring and promoting the second annual Play9 ™Day across the U.S.  on Wednesday, July 29.  This day is to encourage golfers of all ages and abilities to take time to play 9 holes. 

Most golfers feel that 9-hole rounds introduce non-golfers to the game. To read more about Play9 ™Day read this week's Forecaddie. And remember to get out and play 9-holes on Play9 ™Day ! [MORE]

Women's Golf: Your Next Joy Ride Might be in a Golf Cart

Yamaha Golf CartHow much greener can you get than a golf cart? Women golfers use these electric vehicles to get around the golf course. In Nashville, they are now a substitute for taxis.  

Local taxi companies aren't happy with the loss of business. The golf cart ride is free. The driver makes money from tips. “Competition has changed and people are going to have to change the way they operate to compete,” said Billy Fields with the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission. [MORE]

(Photo credits: YamahaGolfCar.com)

EWGA Championship Semi-Finals Heat Up

EWGA Championship Semi-Finals at Norman K. Probstein Golf Course, St. Louis, MO

Congratulations to everyone that participated at the Eastern Midwest Semi-Finals held on July 18.  Here are the results.

The countdown clock is ticking. Nine more Semi-Finals to go to determine the EWGA Championship field of competitors. Mark your calendars for October 30-31st for the EWGA Championship Finals.  The host venue is Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California.

Good Luck!

Golf for Women - Renee Powell Makes History

Renee Powell makes history in St. Andrews

LPGA legend Renee Powell, became an honorary members at the R&A in Scotland this month. Ms. Powell was a record breaker in many ways. She was the second African American to join the LPGA back in 1976.

"I think back to the times that as a young Black girl playing golf, there were many places I could not play or unpleasant situations when I was finally allowed to play, and now I belong to the most exclusive private golf club in the world,” Powell told the Times.

Ms. Powell's involvement with golf has extended long past her professional playing days. She has served as a consultant for The First Tee Program. In 2000, began the LPGA Girls Golf Club in East Canton at her family golf course in Clearview, OH.  In 2002, Powell received the EWGA Leadership Award.  The PGA of America’s First Lady of Golf award (2003) and four years later the inaugural Rolex For the Love of the Game Award. In 2008 she received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of St Andrews. This past May, Renee joined EWGA Board President Sheryl Wilkerson during the opening ceremonies of the first EWGA Collegiate Chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shores.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews Scotland, considered the birthplace of golf, decided to open it's membership to women last September. [MORE]

[Photo credits www.golfnewsnow.ca)

Golf for Business Women

Pace of Play

Efficiency is the key for business women that golf. It comes in the form of pace of play. What encompasses pace of play? Planning ahead, striving to hit your shot in 20 seconds and a few other tips from the USGA.

The most time sensitive tip? If you don't have time for 18-holes, play nine. The article "14 Useful Tips For Playing Faster" suggests, nine is better than none! [Read More]

(Photo Credits: Golf for Her.com) 

Golf for Women: Why we love getting fit, and you should too!

Golf for Women: Why we love getting fit, and you should too!

Did you know that 68 percent of golfers have not been fit for their driver?

What are the benefits of getting fit? Greater speed on your ball and longer shot distance. Read more about club fitting from the EWGA Forecaddie blog.

Women's Golf: Meet the Korean Godmother of Golf

Women's Golf: Meet the Korean Godmother of Golf

Ku Ok-hee was never an all-star athlete. She earned her accolades the old fashioned way.  Practice, practice, practice.

“When I asked Ku to do five things, she always accomplished 10,” said Han. “She was a mentally strong person, practicing more than any man.”

She became a professional title three years after first picking up a club.

(Photo Credits: Korea JoonGang Daily. Photo by JoongAng Ibo)

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GOLF and TENNIS: Serena Wins Big

In every sport there is a crowd-pleasing wow factor. In golf it’s the big drive. In tennis it is the serve. Serena Williams stands alone in this area – so much so they named one after her. The “Serena Serve” is the most powerful in the history of women’s tennis.

Williams won at Wimbledon to complete the "Serena Slam" -- winning four straight majors -- for the second time, and is now well on the way to making more history at the season's final grand slam.

Serena Williams says she was unfazed by the challenge of winning all four Grand Slams in a year, with her Wimbledon training including a hit on the grass courts of golf great Jack Nicklaus.

(Photo via facebook.com/Wimbledon) [MORE]

Golf for Women – Back to Basics

We all know the mantra - the longer the club, the wider the stance.

When questioning your golf swing, it’s a good time to start over and go back to basics. Review your grip, stance and alignment with the EWGA Forecaddie blog.

Golf for Women: Getting over your Initial Fears

Iron Lady GolfSome women have hangups about golf. They fear the unknown golf course. Canadian golf professional Lindsay Knowlton honed her skills as a golfer with her father. She grew up in Toronto in a home where golf was the great gender divide. Her father golfed and her mother didn't.

That’s when she realized there was a  golf phobia.  Women had feelings of embarrassment and shame. She understood this and knew she could help. That's when Iron Lady Golf was born.

(Photo via The Globe and Mail of Lindsay Knowlton) [MORE]

Golf for Women: Music to Soothe Your Mind

Golf for Women: Music to Soothe Your Mind

Golf has been the great stress reliever and now you can add a music for relaxation! Listen to slow music with a 10-second repetitive cycles. Listening to  Giuseppe Verdi, is more effective in lowering blood pressure than other music.

"Verdi, along with the slow movements of Ludwig Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the arias in Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot, are among the most calming pieces of music because they happen to be rich in 10-second cycles that match perfectly the control rhythm of the cardiovascular system." said Professor Peter Sleight of Oxford University.

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Women's Golf: Watch out, here comes Wiesy

Watch out world, here comes Michelle Wie

2014 was a banner year for professional golf. The U.S. Open and the U.S. Women's Open were back to back on Pinehurst #2. And Michelle Wie won the U.S. Women's Open. Can she repeat this year?

Michelle started as a child star and took women's golf by storm. At the age of 13, she qualified for the Kraft Nabisco Championship.  She finished in the top 10 and turned pro before her 16th birthday. Adding to her achievements, Michelle graduated from Stanford University with a degree in communications. Next on her list? Qualifying for the 2016 Olympic team. "I’m going to do everything I can to do that. And you know, fortunately, I have some time to make the team, so I’m going to try to do my best this week and every single week. Rankings [are] one of those things that you can’t worry too much about. You have to focus on playing well; and if you play well and do the correct steps, then the rankings will take care of themselves.”

(Photo via Twitter: @TheMichelleWie

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