As a countdown to our 25th Anniversary Celebration in Colonial Williamsburg in April, EWGA Founder Nancy Oliver has agreed to write a weekly column and share her amazing collection of newsletters and press clips revealing the early years.
In December of 1997, one of golf's long standing publishers, Charlie Stine, published one of my favorite pictures, coined "Golf's Leading Ladies". It was a significant photo back then, because it was the first and only time that three women served as the President of some of golf's most significant organizations in golf at the time. Since that time, more and more women have been recognized and taken leadership roles within the male-dominated golf industry. The fact that Suzy Whaley is the first female officer of the PGA of America speaks volumes. And the fact that Diana Murphy is now President of the United State Golf Association and Sheila Johnson serving as Secretary further accentuates the progress made.
Much has been accomplished behind the scenes, as noted in my letter to our members back in 1995. So I would like to thank a few individuals who, behind the scenes, helped make EWGA the organization it is today. Like Holly Geoghegan who helped us establish our very first website and email in 1998, and later helped us land Cadillac as our title sponsor. Or Jill Starr who took it upon herself to produce all of our EWG merchandise and prizes on her own nickel and took orders one by one from chapters who needed product support. And Jim Blugerman who was with Aureus in 1994 when we were in desperate need if logoed shirts – and he agreed to produce hundreds of them but shipped them out one shirt at a time to our members. A big shout out to Kerry Graham of the LPGA who opened doors right and left for us and served as a terrific mentor to me when I needed it most. Barbara Nicklaus was also a tremendous support, writing individual letters of encouragement to each new Chapter President in the spring. And more often than not, it was Joe Steranka of the PGA of America who came through, year after year, to provide us with encouragement, support and financial resources to get us to the next level. The unbelievable staff over the years, the incredible chapter, sectional and regional leaders…all pulling together to make the EWGA happen.
I was blessed to have so many giving so much to make this dream a reality. Yes…I DO get quite teary-eyed when I think about it…and all of you out there who continue to keep the dream alive!