ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 25, 2018– The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), one of the longest-running women's professional sports associations in the world, and the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA), the largest national women’s amateur golf organization, jointly announced today plans to form a strategic alliance to further promote the growth of women's golf.
More details regarding the alliance will be communicated within the next few months, with the goal to create additional playing opportunities for women golfers which is seen by both organizations as the perfect complement to the LPGA Women’s Network, a digital platform for female golfers to share their passion for the game. The LPGA Women’s Network was officially launched earlier today.
"As we roll out the LPGA Women's Network, it was clear to us that the piece that was missing was the 'play' component," said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer for the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals and President of The LPGA Foundation. "We wanted the opportunity for all women to have the chance to know where to go to play with other women.
"By forming a strategic alliance, we are able to position the EWGA as the play component of the LPGA Women's Network. Our intention would be to take what the EWGA has built in terms of a base over their 25-plus years and to help elevate the EWGA and all that they do by putting the full resources of the LPGA behind it. Our goal would be to grow the player and chapter base to create more opportunities for women golfers in a comfortable environment."
The EWGA currently has nearly 12,000 members spanning approximately 100 communities in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and Italy. The association hosts more than 7,500 local and national activities every year, including social outings, league play, networking opportunities and competitive amateur events.
"Our strategic alliance with the LPGA and the LPGA Women’s Network marks the beginning of a new era for women’s golf,” said Jane Geddes, Chief Executive Officer of the EWGA. "With the support of the LPGA, we look forward to creating a clear pathway for women golfers to play our sport by attracting thousands of new, aspiring players to the game as well as adding more exciting playing opportunities for current EWGA members."
Together, the LPGA, LPGA Women’s Network and EWGA will create a seamless transition for women looking to go from aspiring player to recreational golfer. The two organizations believe their strategic alliance will promote the growth of women’s golf and serve as an advocate for positive change within the game.
The LPGA Women’s Network provides its members with practical golf tips and instruction from LPGA Teachers; member perks with discounts from LPGA partners; the opportunity to engage with the LPGA and its players; and a channel to connect with each other through stories of inspiration.