One of the best gifts you can give anyone on Mother’s Day is introduce them to the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA). While talking with members from the Seattle EWGA chapter recently at the Seattle Golf and Travel Show, I discovered that this not-for-profit corporation is much more than a female-focused golf group.
Founded in 1991 as the Executive Women’s Golf Association, this is the largest women-focused national amateur golf association in the United States. In addition to offering chapters in 41 states and the District of Columbia, you can also find international chapters in Bermuda, Canada, and Italy. EWGA hosts thousands of golf, social, and networking opportunities annually as well as offering EWGA members the opportunity to participate in major national competitions and events.
“Joining EWGA in 2014 was a chance for me to improve my skills, and suddenly I had more than 120 ‘friends’ of different skills who all wanted to golf,” said Sue Dunnihoo, EWGA Seattle Chapter Member Services Director. “I went from golfing three or four times a year to three or four times a week. I’ve played courses I didn’t even know existed, and started keeping a handicap, which I dropped 12 strokes last year. I’m enjoying learning the Rules of Golf, though not everyone really likes that part of the game. Through EWGA, I also found a golf instructor who understands me, which is very important and I can now get on the green in regulation when I keep my head on straight.”
EWGA is comprised of a broad range of golfers from beginners to experienced players. “Members vary in age from their 20s to 70s,” said Sue. She adds that members are accomplished, interesting professional women from a collection of diverse backgrounds.
Here are a Few Benefits of becoming an EWGA member:
• Find fabulous new friends and build professional contacts
• Golf any day of the week you have time
• Learn the Rules of Golf and develop new skills
• Participate in charitable events
• Save on green fees, apparel, equipment, and travel
Doing Good for the Community
The “Women On Par” Scholarship Program provides financial support to women 30 years of age and older who are interested in beginning or completing their undergraduate college education to get ‘on par’ with their peers and advance themselves, both professionally and personally. Since inception, the scholarship program has helped more than half a dozen women realize their dreams. In 2016, two scholarships will be awarded: One $1,000 Women On Par® scholarship and one $500 Women On Par scholarship.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.