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EWGA Hires Vice President of Development

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.– The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) has named Lauren Farrell as the organization’s first ever Vice President of Development. Farrell will lead the Association’s outreach to new and existing female players while simultaneously championing the role local EWGA chapters play in golf communities across the globe. With nearly 12,000 EWGA members in over 100 local chapters, Lauren’s appointment will help strengthen the Association’s position as the largest amateur women’s golf organization in the world.

“Lauren comes to the EWGA with a very impressive association management background,” said Jane Geddes, EWGA CEO. “We look forward to working with Lauren and drawing upon her vast professional knowledge to enhance both the EWGA Chapter and Member experiences.”

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Farrell’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Indiana State University and a Certified Association Executive (CAE) certificate from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Lauren brings more than 17 years of membership and stakeholder marketing experience with organizations such as the American Sociological Association, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), Laboratory Products Association and National Grocers Association. Uniquely, in her previous role as the Vice President of Stakeholder Relations for the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association (HBA), Farrell was primarily responsible for expanding diversity and outreach to underrepresented women in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries.

"I look forward to joining Jane and the EWGA’s staff and volunteer leaders in their mission to connect women through golf,” commented Lauren. “We have an exciting opportunity to enhance the organization’s value proposition for our members and create a lasting impact for the Association and its hundreds of chapters.”

Lauren has spent most of her adult life as a new and beginning golfer. She looks forward to continuing her journey with the game and joining thousands of aspiring golfers at the EWGA.

Crystal Springs Golf Resort Hosts EWGA Metro Northeast District Semi-Final Event

Participants in the Metro Northeast Championship Semi-Final

HAMBURG, N.J.  – The Northern New Jersey Chapter of the EWGA recently hosted the Metro Northeast District Semi-Final at Crystal Springs Golf Resort on August 26, 2017. The EWGA District Semi-Final events take place at 15 venues nationwide during a three month period for golfers who advance from their local Chapter Championship. 

Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually. The competitive tournament appeals to EWGA members of all skill levels as it includes five flights of Stroke Play Competition and as well as a Scramble Division. Participants compete in a local Chapter Championship , presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the district semi-finals at one of 15 venues nationwide. The event concludes with the national EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day finals competition that will be held at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.

The Metro Northeast semi-final was held August 26, 2017 at Crystal Springs Golf Resort. There were 93 EWGA members competing from nine Chapters. The low gross honors went to Yong Park from Long Island with a score of 92. Hilary Touhy from Westchester won the Low net honors with a score of 87.

The Senior Flight (ages 55 to 69) gross winner was Yong Park from Long Island with a score of 92 and low net winner was Jane McWilliams from Fairfield County, CT with a score of 77.

The Super Senior Flight (ages 70 and above) gross winner was Carol Golde from Long Island with a score of 98 while Eva Huff-Haddon from Stroudsburg, PA was the low net winner with a score of 77. 

"We are thrilled to host the district semi-final event offering a great playing opportunity for our members,” said Fran Lapinski at Northern New Jersey. "Our members enjoy competitive playing events and those who are advancing to the EWGA Championship are excited to play in Hot Springs Village."

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Palouse Ridge Golf Club Hosts EWGA Pacific Northwest District Semi-Final Event

The Pacific Northwest District Semi-Final for the 2017 EWGA Championship was held on August 26th at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, WA.

PULLMAN, Wash. – EWGA Spokane/Inland Northwest Chapter recently hosted the Pacific Northwest District Semi-Final at Palouse Ridge Golf Club on August 26, 2017. The EWGA District Semi Finals events take place at 15 venues nationwide during a three month period for golfers who advance from their local Chapter Championship.

Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually. The competitive tournament appeals to EWGA members of all skill levels as it includes five flights of Stroke Play Competition and as well as a Scramble Division. Participants compete in a local Chapter Championship, presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the district semi-finals at one of 15 venues nationwide. The event concludes with the national EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day finals competition that will be held at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.

The Pacific Northwest semi-final was held August 26, 2017 at. Palouse Ridge Golf Club, Pullman, WA. There were 67 EWGA members competing from five Chapters. The low gross honors went to Cynthia Merritt and Tammy Curtis from the Seattle Chapter with a score of 85. April Okazaki from the Portland Chapter won the Low net honors with a score of 64.

The Senior Flight (ages 55 to 69) gross winner was Cynthia Merritt from the Seattle Chapter with a score of 85 and low net winner was Susie Luby from the Seattle Chapter with a score of 66.

The Super Senior Flight (ages 70 and above) gross winner was Pat Solberg from the Seattle Chapter with a score of 112. 

"We are pleased to host the district semi-final event offering a great playing opportunity for our members,” said Robyn Sciuchetti, President at the Spokane/Inland Northwest "Our members enjoy competitive playing events and those who are advancing to the EWGA Championship are excited to play in Hot Springs Village."

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Fyre Lake Golf Course Hosts EWGA Upper Midwest District Semi-Final Championship

A group photo from the Upper Midwest District Semi-Final for the 2017 EWGA Championship

SHERRARD, Ill. – The EWGA Quad Cities Chapter hosted the Upper Midwest District Semi-Final at Fyre Lake Golf Club on Saturday, August 26, 2017. There are 15 District Semi- Final venues nationwide during a three-month period for golfers who advance from their local Chapter Championships in hopes of securing a place in the National EWGA Championship.

Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually. The competitive tournament appeals to EWGA members of all skill levels as it includes five flights of Stroke Play Competition and as well as a Scramble Division. Participants compete in a local Chapter Championship, presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the district semi-finals at one of 15 venues nationwide. The event concludes with the national EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day finals competition that will be held at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.

The Upper Midwest District semi-final boasted a field of 79 EWGA members representing 6 Chapters (Chicago, IL; Fox Cities/Green Bay, WI; Madison, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Minnesota, MN; Quad Cities, IL/IA) with 18 ladies earning advancement opportunities to the EWGA Championship Finals. The event Low Gross honors went to Sarah Dekraay from the Madison, Wisconsin chapter with a score of 78. Kathy Davies from the Chicago Metro Chapter won the Low Net honors with a score of 77 in the Championship flight. Earning advancement opportunities to the Finals were the low gross and low net winners in each flight: First Flight – Liping Zhang (86 gross) from the Quad-Cities Chapter; and Karen Lumb (76 net) from Milwaukee, WI; Second Flight-There was a three-way playoff between Susan Lichty-Schmid (Quad Cities) Cris Marik and Ruth Zumdhal for First place in Second Flight. Winning in second flight were Ruth Zumdhal (97 gross) from Quad Cities IA/IL; and Cris Marik (75 net) from Chicago Metro; Third Flight – Carrie Rosvold (106 gross) from Minnesota Metro; and Diane Knutson (77 net) from Minnesota Metro; and Fourth Flight – Kathleen Burns (103 low gross) from Chicago Metro, and Tammy Dearborn (70 low net) of Quad Cities, IA.

Earning senior recognition awards were Nancy Mohr (Senior-Low Gross) from Milwaukee, WI with a score of 103; Jolene Allen (Senior-Low Net) from Quad Cities, IA.

The Madison WI. Chapter scramble team of Terri Redman, Carrie Sperling, Mary Byrd and Sandra Latham, had the low net score of 68, and were crowned the 2017 Scramble Team Champions at the Upper Midwest, taking second place was the Second place team also from Madison, WI. The players included were Shelly Armstrong, Lauri Droster, Susan Crowson and Dana Hoffmann with a net score of 70.

Special thanks goes out to the EWGA Quad Cities Chapter, who provided 24 volunteers who graciously assisted and entertained in true “Illinois and Iowa” cooperative effort. The event was the epitome of Iowa and Illinois hospitality with an excellent staff at the beautiful Fyre Lake Golf Course, totally enthusiastic lady golfers and wonderful weather for golf. Evident this week was that there is no place like the Quad Cities for a good time!

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Nobleton Lakes Golf Club Hosts EWGA Upper Midwest District Semi-Final Event

ONTARIO, Canada – The York-Simcoe Chapter of EWGA Canada recently hosted the Upper Mideast District Semi-Final Championship  at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club on August 26, 2017 for EWGA golfers who advance from their local Chapter Championship.

Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually. The competitive tournament appeals to EWGA members of all skill levels as it includes five flights of Stroke Play Competition and as well as a Scramble Division. Participants compete in a local Chapter Championship, presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the district semi-finals at one of 15 venues nationwide. The event concludes with the national EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day finals competition that will be held at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.

The Upper Mideast district Semi-Final was held at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club on August 26, 2017. There were 88 EWGA members competing from seven Chapters. The Championship Flight low gross honors went to Charlotte Wang from Greater Toronto, ON with a score of 83. Denise Schaefer from Waterloo Region, ON won the Low net honors with a score of 77.

The Senior Flight (ages 55 to 69) gross winner was Bev Hill from Greater Toronto, ON with a score of 90 and low net winner was Monique Rodrigue from York-Simcoe, ON with a score of 72.

The Super Senior Flight (ages 70 and above) gross winner was Joan Cleland from Metro Detriot, MI with a score of 116.

"We are thrilled to host the district semi-final event offering a great playing opportunity for our members,” said Anne Jessop from the York-Simcoe host Chapter. "Our members enjoy competitive playing events and those who are advancing to the EWGA Championship are excited to play in Hot Springs Village."

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"We are thrilled to host the district semi-final event offering a great playing opportunity for our members,” said Anne Jessop from the York Simcoe host Chapter. "Our members enjoy competitive playing events and those who are advancing to the EWGA Championship are excited to play in Hot Springs Village."

Victor Hills Golf Club Hosts the EWGA Northeastern District Semi-Final Championship

EWGA Northeastern District Semi-Final

Victor, N.Y. – The EWGA’s Rochester Region Chapter served as the host chapter for the Northeastern District Semi-Final (DSF) that was held at the North Course of the Victor Hills Golf Course in Victor, NY on Saturday, August 12, 2017.  This DSF event is one of 15 held all across the country during a three-month period for EWGA golfers who have advanced from their local Chapter Championships.   

Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually.  The tournament is open to all EWGA members and includes five flights of stroke play competition and a scramble division to accommodate golfers of every skill level.  Participants first compete in their local Chapter Championship, presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the respective DSFs.  The entire tournament concludes with the EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day competition that will be held this year at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.

The Victor Hills Golf Course, the gracious host for our Northeastern DSF, boasts a four-generation history as a family-owned golf business. We spoke with Audrey Dianetti, the matriarch of the Dianetti family who has also celebrated six holes-in-one during her golfing career. She noted that her now-deceased husband, Jack, always had a clear vision for designing and developing the various holes as the facility grew from its original nine holes in 1974 to its current 63 holes. Numerous family members across the Dianetti generations now serve many roles to maintain the facility, all with the perspective of providing the highest level of service to its course patrons. Audrey Dianetti said that Jack’s motto was, “Never stand still. Always improve everything.” The EWGA definitely experienced that dedication to quality during this past weekend.

The Northeastern DSF included a field of 84 EWGA golfers who represented 8 Chapters, including Rochester Region, Central New York, and Albany/Capital Region from NY, Boston and Greater Springfield from MA, as well as chapters from Rhode Island, Central Connecticut, and EWGA-Bermuda. The efforts of 18 competitors were rewarded with advancement to the EWGA Championship Finals. The Low Gross honors in the Championship Flight were awarded to Katyna Rabain from the EWGA-Bermuda Chapter with a score of 82 and Tracy Nash from that same chapter who won the Low Net honors with a score of 74.  Earning advancement to the Finals were the following Low Gross and Low Net winners in each flight: First Flight – Michele Walls from Albany/Capital Region (81 gross) and Kathi Sieminski from Rhode Island (67 net); Second Flight – Ashley Lindeman from Central Connecticut (89 gross) and Colleen Roche from Central NY (69 net); Third Flight – Dulce Fernandez from Central New York (95 gross) and Anne Levitt (68 net) from Rochester Region; and Fourth Flight – Alison Kirchgasser from Boston (99 gross) and Catherine Becker from Albany/Capital Region (71 net).

The Senior and Super Senior recognition awards were presented to Katyna Rabain from EWGA-Bermuda (Senior-Low Gross 82); C. Patricia Reynolds from Albany/Capital Region (Senior-Low Net 70); Anne Levitt from Rochester Region (Super Senior-Low Gross 100); and Janice Schillaci from Rochester Region (Super Senior-Low Net 80).

Moving on to compete in Arkansas will be the Rochester Region scramble team of Kelly Kaye, Yvette Burri, Tara Henry, and Susan Traniello who captured first place honors in their division as well as the second place finishers from Boston on the team that included Arlene Franklin, Adriana Carrillo, Susan Guszcza, and Amy Soisson.

Diane Desmarais, Chief Volunteer Coordinator for the DSF from the Rochester Chapter, organized a great team of volunteers to support the event. She was delighted that all went so smoothly and that the rain held off until after the last golfers had finished. She wished all the best to the competitors who will be advancing to the EWGA Championship Finals in Hot Springs Village.

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Tournament Club of Iowa Hosts EWGA Central Plains District Semi-Final

A scramble team from the EWGA Championship Central Plains District Semi-Final

POLK CITY, Ia - The EWGA Des Moines Chapter recently hosted the Central Plains District Semi-Final at the Tournament Club of Iowa on August 12th. EWGA District Semi Final events take place at 15 venues nationwide during a three month period for golfers who advance from their local Chapter Championship.

Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually. The competitive tournament appeals to EWGA members of all skill levels as it includes five flights of Stroke Play Competition and as well as a Scramble Division. Participants compete in a local Chapter Championship, presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the district semi-finals at one of 15 venues nationwide. The event concludes with the national EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day finals competition that will be held at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.

View full competition results and a gallery of photos from the event.

Quicksilver Golf Club Hosts EWGA Ohio Valley District Semi-Final Event

Ohio Valley District Semi-Final for EWGA Championship

Midway, Pa. – The EWGA Pittsburgh Chapter hosted the Ohio Valley District Semi-Final at Quicksilver Golf Club on August 12, 2017.  The EWGA District Semi-Final events take place at 15 venues nationwide during a three month period for golfers who advanced from their local Chapter Championship.    

Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually.  The competitive tournament appeals to EWGA members of all skill levels as it includes five flights of Stroke Play Competition as well as a Scramble Division.  Participants compete in a local Chapter Championship, presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the district semi-finals at one of 15 venues nationwide.  The event concludes with the national EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day finals competition that will be held at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.

The Ohio Valley District Semi-Final was held August 12, 2017at Quicksilver Golf Club in Midway PA. There were 86 EWGA members competing from 8 Chapters (Canton, OH; Central Indiana; Charleston Regional, WV; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dayton, OH; Louisville Region, KY; and Pittsburgh, PA)with 18 ladies earning advancement opportunities to the EWGA Championship Finals.  The event Low Gross honors went to Christine DeRienzo from Charleston Region Chapter with a score of 84. Daryl Nels from the Dayton, OH Chapter won the Low Net honors with a score of 80 in the Championship Flight.  Earning advancement opportunities to the Finals were the Low Gross and Low Net winners in each of the other flights: First Flight – Debbie Johns (86 Low Gross) from Canton, OH; and Brenda Ramsey (74 Low Net) from Central Indiana; Second Flight – Sally Lukemire (96 Low Gross) from Cincinnati, OH and Cindy Darwal (75 Low Net) from Canton, OH; Third Flight – Terri Mattock (99 Low Gross) from Pittsburgh, PA and Kay Wortham (71 Low Net) from Dayton, OH; and Fourth Flight – Marillyn Damelio (115 Low Gross) from Columbus, OH and Yvonne Phillis (83 Low Net) from Louisville, KY.

The Senior recognition awards (ages 55 to 69) low gross winner was Debbie Johns from Canton, OH with a score of 86 and low net winner was Sally Lukemire from Cincinnati, OH with a score of 74. 

The Super Senior recognition awards (ages 70 and above) low gross winner was Marillyn Miller from Cincinnati, OH with a score of 95 while Patricia Hughes from Columbus, OH was the low net winner with a score of 80.

The Pittsburgh, PA Chapter #1 scramble team of Greer Lowry, Carole Sudar, Terri Fischer and Katie Bohnke had the Low Net score of 65 and were crowned the 2017 Scramble Team Champions. There was a three way tie for second place between the Pittsburgh, PA Chapter #2 scramble team of Marcy Smorey, Judith Mazzitelli, Tiffany Reed and Rebecca Matscherz; the Columbus, OH Chapter #1 scramble team of Lisa Allison, Cindy Swope, Pattie Hutcheson and Daffney Geyer and the Louisville, KY Chapter #2 scramble team of Janet Yackey, Amy Baach, Valerie Reeves and Carol Ormay all with a net score of 70.  The tie requiring a score card play-off to determine the second place winners.  The Pittsburgh, PA Chapter #2 team squeezed out 2nd place by one stroke so they will also be advancing to compete in Hot Springs, AR in the Championship Finals.

Special thanks to the EWGA Pittsburgh PA Chapter led by Chapter President Theresa Wilson with 20 volunteers who graciously assisted and entertained in true Pittsburgh flavor.  The event was the epitome of Pittsburgh hospitality with a phenomenal facility staff, a lush golf course (softened by overnight rain making it even more challenging), eighty-six enthusiastic lady golfers and two Rules Officials from the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association came together to make this event a huge success.

View full competition results and a gallery of photos from the event.

Teal Bend Golf Club Hosts EWGA Northern California District Semi-Final

Participants in the EWGA Championship District Semi-Final in Sacramento, CA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The EWGA Sacramento Chapter recently hosted the Northern California District Semi-Final at Teal Bend Golf Club August 12th. The EWGA District Semi Finals events take place at 15 venues nationwide during a three month period for golfers who advance from their local Chapter Championship.

Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually. The competitive tournament appeals to EWGA members of all skill levels as it includes five flights of Stroke Play Competition and as well as a Scramble Division. Participants compete in a local Chapter Championship, presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the district semi-finals at one of 15 venues nationwide. The event concludes with the national EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day finals competition that will be held at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.

The Northern California semi-final was held August 12th at Teal Bend Golf Club in Sacramento. There were 83 EWGA members competing from 6 Chapters. The low gross honors went to Rachel Moreaux from Sonoma-Marin-Napa Chapter with a score of 79. Krista Wylder from Sacramento Chapter won the Low net honors with a score of 69.  

The Senior Flight (ages 55 to 69) gross winner was Kris Handsaker from Sacramento Chapter with a score of 81 and low net winner was Joanne Segovia from Northeast Bay Chapter with a score of 62.

"We are thrilled to host the district semi-final event offering a great playing opportunity for our members,” said Pam Katros, President of the Sacramento Chapter.  "Our members enjoy competitive playing events and those who are advancing to the EWGA Championship are excited to play in Hot Springs Village event in Arkansas."

View full competition results and a gallery of photos from the event.

The Links at Lighthouse Sound Hosts EWGA Chesapeake District Semi-Final Championship

EWGA District Semi-Finals have both Individual and Team-based Competitions

BISHOPVILLE, M.D. – The EWGA Eastern Shore Chapter hosted the Chesapeake District Semi-Final at The Links at Lighthouse Sound on Saturday, August 5th, 2017. There are 15 District Semi- Final venues nationwide during a three-month period for golfers who advance from their local Chapter Championships.    

Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually.  The competitive tournament appeals to EWGA members of all skill levels as it includes five flights of Stroke Play Competition and as well as a Scramble Division.  Participants compete in a local Chapter Championship, presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the district semi-finals at one of 15 venues nationwide.  The event concludes with the national EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day finals competition that will be held at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.

The Chesapeake District semi-final boasted a field of 94 EWGA members representing 9 Chapters with 18 ladies earning advancement opportunities to the EWGA Championship Finals.  The event Low Gross honors went to Lee Teena of the Washington, D.C. Chapter with a score of 84. Low Net Honors went to Linda Thomas of the Eastern Shore Chapter with a net score of 66 in the Second Flight.

Special thanks to the EWGA Eastern Shore Chapter who graciously assisted with executing a successful event.

View full competition results and a gallery of images from the event.

 

 

EWGA Evolves Golf Programs Department to Enhance Future Growth of Women's Game

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.– The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) has named former LPGA winner Meaghan Francella as the organization’s Director of Golf and has promoted Jenna Boyce to Director of Golf Operations.  Francella will lead EWGA’s Golf Programs team responsible for administering and executing the organization’s premier women’s golf events, including the EWGA Championship and EWGA Cup. Boyce will work directly with Francella to oversee all tournament operations for the EWGA, including the management of volunteers and golf-committee relationships across the EWGA’s 110 Chapters.

“I am excited about the evolution taking place within the EWGA and I am delighted to have Meaghan as part of our team,” said Jane Geddes, EWGA CEO. “Meaghan brings a vast array of experience to our organization from her days as an LPGA Tour player and winner and most recently from her Client Services role with Major League Baseball.”

A University of North Carolina graduate, Francella won 3 times and accumulated ten years of competitive experience competing worldwide on professional golf tours. In 2007, she recorded a victory in her second start of the season at the MasterCard Classic, defeating then-World No. 1 player Annika Sorenstam in a four-hole playoff. She produced another notable result when she defeated then-World No. 1 player Lorena Ochoa later that year at the HSBC Match Play Championship.

Most recently, Francella worked with Major League Baseball (MLB) where she was involved with campaign development and execution, including significant involvement with external agencies and internal departments within MLB including legal, design, social media, and technical production.

Boyce joined the EWGA in 2016 as Golf Programs Coordinator where she developed a passion for and knowledge of EWGA members and competitive events. Previously she served as Manager of Volunteer Operations for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship where she supported the PGA’s inaugural tournament, hosted at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y.. Her career has included multiple tournament operations roles with the LPGA Tour and Symetra Tour. Jenna graduated with degrees in Sports Management from the State University of New York at Cortland, and London Metropolitan University, England. 

Together, both Francella and Boyce are committed to growing participation in EWGA competitive events and creating unparalleled golf opportunities for EWGA Members of all abilities.  

Ponce de Leon Golf Club Hosts EWGA Eastern Midwest District Semi-Final Championship

Participants in the Eastern Midwest District Semi-Final

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The EWGA Central Arkansas Chapter hosted the Eastern Midwest District Semi-Final at Ponce de Leon Golf Club on Saturday, July 22, 2017.  There are 15 District Semi- Final venues nationwide during a three-month period for golfers who advance from their local Chapter Championships.    

Now in its 22nd year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament of its kind, with more than 2,400 members participating annually.  The competitive tournament appeals to EWGA members of all skill levels as it includes five flights of Stroke Play Competition and as well as a Scramble Division.  Participants compete in a local Chapter Championship, presented by Guardian Life Insurance of America, then advance to the district semi-finals at one of 15 venues nationwide.  The event concludes with the national EWGA Championship, an exciting two-day finals competition that will be held at Hot Springs Village in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 6 and 7.

The Central Arkansas District semi-final boasted a field of 51 EWGA members representing 6 Chapters (Central, AR; Greater Knoxville, TN; Huntsville, AL; Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN; St Louis, MO; Tri-Cities of Northeast, TN) with 18 ladies earning advancement opportunities to the EWGA Championship Finals.  The event Low Gross honors went to Lynna Rader, Greater Knoxville, TN Chapter with a score of 81.  Danna Raube from the Middle Tennessee won the Low Net honors with a score of 76 in the Championship flight.  Earning advancement opportunities to the Finals were the low gross and low net winners in each flight: First Flight – Marceia Cox (83 gross) from Central, AR; and Mary Dave Blackman (73 net) from Tri-Cities of TN;  Second Flight Terry Applegate (91 gross) from Middle, TN; and Valerie Little (69 net) from  Central, AR; Third Flight – Jeanne Miller (94 gross) from Central; AR and Audrey Anderson (69 net) Middle, TN; and Fourth Flight – Dinah Phillips (123 low gross) from Huntsville, AL and Bobbie Markham (88 low net) of Nashville, TN.

Earning senior recognition awards were Lynna Rader (Senior-Low Gross) with a score of 81 from Greater Knoxville, TN Chapter; Jeanne Miller (Senior-Low Net) with a score of 64 from the Central Arkansas Chapter; and Suzanne Donaldson (Super Senior-Low Gross) with a score of 101 from Tri-Cities, TN Chapter and Rebecca Pecher (Super Senior-Low Net) with a score of 90 from St. Louis, MO.

The Central, AR Chapter scramble team of Christy Mahan, Pam Evans, Melissa Scheidt, and Ainslee Sikole had the low net score of 65, and were crowed the 2017 Scramble Team Champions.  Another Central AR scramble team of Natalie Gay, Jessalyn Johnson, Trisha Cooper and Cherie Fanhon placed second with a low net score of 70 also advancing to compete in Hot Springs, AR in the Championship finals.

Special thanks to the EWGA Central Arkansas Chapter who with their 16 volunteers graciously assisted and entertained in true Southern Charm.  The event was the epitome of Southern hospitality with phenomenal facility staff, a manicured Troon registered golf course, Ponce de Leon Golf Club, and fifty-one enthusiastic lady golfers and perfect golf conditions. Evident this week that there is no place like Majestic Hot Springs for a great time!

View full competition results and a gallery of images from the event.