Westchester’s chapter of the EWGA Women’s Golf Association is ready to get into full swing this year with its 14th Annual Tee-Off Luncheon on Sunday, April 1st at Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck, NY from 12 – 4:00 PM. Women can register to attend at www.EWGAwestchester.com.
The mild winter has left many women wondering why they put their clubs away at all! The Westchester Chapter of EWGA couldn’t be more ready to spring into action and get a new better-than-ever golf season underway. “We’ve spent the winter adding more leagues, clinics, outings and social events to give our members lots to choose from this year, including two exciting new events; the President’s Cup and a Match Play League, which helps women learn how to become competitive golfers” says Hilary Tuohy, President of EWGA Westchester. With eight leagues, 17 clinics, eight outings and more golf to come this year—there’s plenty of golf, for beginners to advanced, for the more than 200 women who are members. New members are always welcome.
“The annual Tee-Off Luncheon is the one time of the year when current and prospective members come together to connect for an afternoon of fun, friendship and a celebration of golf. It’s when women can sign up for leagues, clinics and learn about the many outings and social events that we have planned,” said M. Grace Cantwell, Marketing Committee.
EWGA is the only all-inclusive women’s golf organization in the lower Hudson region. “We find women golfers fall into three categories; new, social golfers and competitive golfers. So we structure our leagues the same way. Everyone feels comfortable and they can progress at their own pace,” said League Chair, Lori Lewis, who has eight leagues scheduled at Sprain Lake, Doral Arrowwood, Saxon Woods and Maple Moor. With events like Golf Boot Camp, Nine and Wine, the Charity Golf Event, Meet Me at the Range and the Chapter Championship—there’s something for every women, at every skill level. “We even have friends and family Open Play outings so there’s something to fit everyone’s schedule.” said Anne Marie Brillantes, Golf Events Chair.
Patricia Bottomley, Sponsorship Chair, talks about the financial benefits of being an EWGA member including discounts on clothing, equipment and golf. Our Gold Level Sponsor, XCEL Credit Union helps subsidize events for members with their financial support. Sponsors also provide valuable gifts, prizes, silent auction items and discounts to EWGA members which help enhance the experience and reduce the cost of golf for all members. This year, a new sponsor, Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda, has provided a 2-day golf stay at their luxury resort as a silent auction item for the Tee-Off Luncheon. “One of the things I love most about EWGA is that they leverage the buying power of thousands of women to make golf more affordable for everyone which, for many, means they get to play more golf!”
On and off the course EWGA focuses on educating members about golf rules, etiquette and handicaps. “Golf is a lot more than just swinging a club. Our main goal is to make sure each woman has a positive experience on the golf course, and knowing the rules and etiquette of golf are essential. Women should feel comfortable on any course with any partner—especially in a business setting. Last year we added an on-course Rules 101 session which women found extremely helpful.” said Hollie West, Vice President of EWGA Westchester.
EWGA Westchester is part of a community of thousands of women of all life and professional stages—who share a love of golf. They enjoy staying active, staying connected, building business, friendships, and having fun! EWGA welcomes working women of all playing skills who love to play golf. EWGA provides a supportive environment to help women enjoy golf, improve their game and connect with others.
The largest women’s amateur golf association in the U.S., the EWGA has connected more than 100,000 current and aspiring business and professional women who share a passion for golf and good times. EWGA membership offers many benefits, including affordable organized golf that fits a working woman’s schedule, networking, competition, and learning opportunities that support career advancement. EWGA chapters throughout the United States – and Canada and Italy – are located in over 125 corporate markets with members that are actively engaged in golf and business.
A 2011 survey of EWGA members conducted by the PGA of America found that the average EWGA member plays 35 rounds per year. EWGA members spent an average of $4,500 on golf activities, merchandise and golf related travel, with each local EWGA chapter annually generating $550,000 in golf related spending and an average of 4,300 rounds of golf. With over 120 chapters throughout the United States, as well as international chapters in Canada and Italy, the EWGA represents nearly $70 million to the golf industry.
For more information about the association and its membership, visit www.EWGAwestchester.com