Question: What is the EWGA?
Answer: Let me start with a little background:
Did you know that the EWGA started in 1991 with 28 women who attended a new golfer clinic in West Palm Beach, FL? These women were motivated to learn golf to add to their business resumes. That premise still holds true today as the EWGA delivers golf learning and playing opportunities designed for the schedules of working women.
Did you know that since 1991, the EWGA has grown to an Association with local groups coast to coast (as well as Canada and Italy) with thousands and thousands of members? Do you think these numbers indicate that the EWGA hit a chord with women?
EWGA means different things to different people. Some join to learn the game. Some join to improve or learn how to use golf for business. Some seek social golf and the camaraderie of local group of close friends. Some seek competitive play opportunities. Some seek to expand their networks for business reasons. Some because they’ve moved to a new community and want the instant network of friends. People can be members of multiple Chapters or just visit a Chapter and join in their activities when traveling.
The short answer: It’s a community and network of friends and opportunities built around the shared enjoyment of golf. Members come from all walks of life, all stages of life, and as such, the EWGA is different things to different people.
Question: What makes the EWGA unique and different from a local golf league?
Answer: Let me count the ways…
- A full curriculum of premier golf skill learning programs designed for women at all levels of play. From “Get Golf Ready” to “Breaking 100” to “How Low Can You Go?” These branded “out of the box” programs are provided for Chapters to deliver to members and non-members alike by local golf teaching professionals. In fact, these three player development programs were nominated for prestigious Golf Industry Honors by the International Network of Golf (ING).
- Organized play opportunities designed to fit the schedules of busy women. All members have to do is sign up and show up. The arrangements and details are all taken care of for them.
- Discounted golf throughout the country provided by Golf Club Network members and other EWGA partners.
- Optional free handicap service via our GN21 System powered by GolfNet.
- A unique new golfer mentoring program called Fairway Friends. It’s all about giving to others and supporting women both on and off the course.
- Volunteer opportunities to stretch skills, develop new ones, bond with women in leadership roles, and contribute directly to making a difference in women’s lives.
- The EWGA Championship is not only the largest women’s amateur golf tournament; it’s the only one that has flights for players of all skill levels. The great thing about this tournament is that the national champion in the 4th flight is just as proud of her accomplishments as the winner in the Championship Flight. There’s also a scramble team division for those who would rather play in a team format rather than individual play. The EWGA cares about member satisfaction and their programs are designed to deliver.
- Benefits galore. The Association develops and maintains relationships with a large number of sponsors and member benefit providers that offer terrific discounts on golf apparel, golf equipment, golf instruction, travel-related opportunities, and more. EWGA members are encouraged to visit the online Member Clubhouse to keep informed of the latest offerings. I’ve heard it so often; taking advantage of even one thing can more than cover the cost of membership.
- Coast to coast networking and friendships. If you can attend the annual Golfpalooza or participate in the Championship or attend regional events, you’ll have fast friends from far and wide. If you don’t make it to these EWGA events, go online to the Member Clubhouse and begin networking, join discussions, let your EWGA community know about your business and locate people in your line of business or where you’ll be traveling. Think of it as your personal “yellow pages”. And don’t forget, when life calls for a safety net, members find there is no support system quite like the EWGA.
- Webinars with golf industry and business leaders who chat about their experiences, expertise and more – all tied together by golf.
- Special organized golf get-aways to premier destinations like the Solheim Cup, TPC Sawgrass, Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, golf cruises and more.
- Giving back to the community. The EWGA has raised thousands and thousands of dollars for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf – a developmental program for young girls, and thousands and thousands more for a variety of causes across the country. Most recently, the EWGA partnered with Rally for the Cure ® to rally our troops to help find a cure for a disease that touches so many women. The EWGA Foundation (the 501(c)3 charitable arm of the EWGA) also provides scholarships and helps those less fortunate in its ever expanding reach.
- The EWGA is the only national organization that represents amateur women golfers’ interests to the golf industry. It’s through the EWGA that amateur women golfer’s voices are listened to, heard and respected. Your membership makes a positive impact on the future of the sport.
To sum up – members are a part of something much bigger than their after work league or weekend outing. And it is precisely because of members like you that the EWGA is able to have the impact, influence and clout that is has. No matter what you enjoy most about the EWGA, please be very proud about what you a part of. Together, we are having a positive impact on the landscape of women in this sport. And don’t forget about all to benefits and discounts just waiting for you!
Join, get involved, get connected, stay informed and as our mission says: Learn, Play, Enjoy!!!!!
Prepared by Trish Joyce, EWGA Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives
Member Since 1991
EWGA AND CHAPTER WEBSITES
HOW TO ACCESS THE EWGA “MEMBER’S ONLY” WEB PAGE:
In your web browser, go to www.ewga.com
In the right hand part of the main page, click on Member Login
If you have not registered yet click the link under “New to EWGA”.
Otherwise, type in your email address and password.
Click the “Go” button.
Once you are logged in, click on “My Information” to view and edit your information.
THE “MEMBER ONLY” SECTION ENABLES MEMBERS TO:
• Pay annual dues on-line;
• Register for Association events (EWGA at the US Women’s Open, Annual Conference, etc.);
• Order the official EWGA Member Shirt;
• Update personal information (contact, golf, and other, including “opt-out” of emails from AHQ);
• Access Members Directory for all members of the Association;
• Access Leadership Links;
• Access special codes needed to take advantage of EWGA members’ benefits
SPOKANE / INLAND NORTHWEST CHAPTER WEBSITE:
Our chapter website is http://www.ewgainlandnw.com/. It can be accessed through the main EWGA website also under “Chapters.” The chapter website includes our full schedule of events, news articles, pictures, newsletters, and lots of other information that will help you stay in tune with chapter events.
EWGA is a network of friends and opportunities built around the shared enjoyment of golf. Members come from all walks of life, all stages of life, and all stages of golf experience from brand new beginner golfers to longtime experienced players.
Benefits of being an EWGA member include networking, friendship, fun, hassle free access to tee times, always someone to play golf with, stress-free learning and mentoring and opportunities to grow personally, professionally and as a golfer.
The Spokane Inland Northwest Chapter of EWGA has opportunities for after work golf during the week and weekend golf from June through October. An email will come out each week for each weeknight of play and each weekend. Simply reply to the email when you want to play and you will be signed up. You will receive an email back with your tee time and foursome.
In order to ensure fair opportunities for all members, there are a few policies to be adhered to:
Refunds for cancellation cannot be given unless the registrant notifies the coordinator of the event before the event’s deadline. Special circumstances such as family emergency or serious illness will be considered by the Board on a case by case basis.
Cancellations are allowed by the registrant before the deadline of the event which will be noted in the email sent by the Golf Events Chair. NOTE: Currently the Spokane area golf courses do not require pre-payment. This could change in the future but for now, if you are signed up to play and have to cancel at the last minute, it is your responsibility to call the course and cancel. This keeps us in good standing with the course and also makes sure the other golfers in your four-some don’t miss their tee time waiting for you.
EWGA loves to have you bring your friends and colleagues to our official member/guest events which include our Spring Kick Off, Sponsor Day and our Education Clinics. You are also welcome to bring potential members to any of our weekend or after work golf events.
NOTE: Potential member guests are limited to two weekend golf events during a calendar year. EWGA Members from other Chapters are welcome to attend any of our events on an unlimited basis.
Significant others and spouses are welcome to attend all golf events based on space availability. Preference is given to Chapter Members and significant others and spouses will be placed on a waiting list until space availability is determined after the sign up deadline.
The deadline to reserve your space for Weekend Golf is the previous Monday at 6:30pm. The Golf Events Coordinator will release any unused full tee times back to the golf course on Tuesday morning and will notify the membership if there is space available for guests, spouses or significant others. The weekend pairings will be mailed out on Thursday evening.
Reservations are accepted on a first-come basis. In the event of a “sell out,” every effort will be made to add additional tee times to accommodate all those interested in playing. This will depend on course availability.
CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND HOME BASED BUSINESS PROMOTION:
The following policy provides opportunity for members to take advantage of the chapter website to promote charity golf tournaments, home-based business products and not-for-profit organizations.
This policy also protects members from potential abusive use of their personal information and email addresses.
The following guidelines apply:
Members who are directly involved in planning or organizing a charity golf tournament may ask the Chapter President for permission to promote it and invite other members via the chapter website and weekly newsletters.
Chapter members who manage a home-based business may ask the Chapter President for permission to promote it and invite members to view their products through the Chapter’s website if the event is arranged through the Chapter’s Social Chairperson, and all proceeds from the networking/social event are donated to the Chapter for giveaway prizes and fund-raising events.
Members who work directly with a not-for-profit organization/association may as the Chapter President for permission to promote on the Chapter’s website.
To advertise a for-profit business, members can take advantage of the many Chapter Sponsorship packages.
The Chapter Communications Chairperson will coordinate promotions and announcements as appropriate. Bulk emails from a member to other members with addresses compiled from EWGA Spokane INW communications is strictly prohibited.
The game of golf is unique in the sports world because there are no umpires or referees watching to ensure the rules and courtesies are being followed by every player. Every golfer acts as her own referee and scorekeeper. We assess our own penalties and it is our responsibility to know and follow the rules and etiquette of the game. Learning etiquette is just as important as learning the swing and mechanics of the game. There are still courses and players who do not appreciate women on the golf course so a main mission of EWGA is to make sure all members are excellent representatives of the game and help change the perception that women don’t belong on the golf course. Below are a few basic golf etiquette rules.
PRIOR TO PLAY:
Always arrive early f or your tee time so you have ample time to get ready (warm up, get your scorecard, find your foursome, etc.). Most courses require a collared shirt (no tank or halter tops), proper pants, shorts or skorts (no sweats, jeans or cutoff shorts), and golf or athletic shoes.
Each player must have her own set of clubs. Clubs cannot be shared but most courses rent clubs.
If it is a course you have not played before, take the time to review the scorecard and map of the course (located on the scorecard.) Familiarize yourself with the course layout and local rules.
ON THE TEE:
Be aware of the time you actually tee of so you can keep track of your pace of play. If your group is playing slower than those in front and behind you, let the group behind you play through at a convenient spot (either at a tee box or on a Par 3). Do everything you can (including picking up your ball) to keep pace with the group in front of you.
If it is agreed to play “ready golf,” the person who is first to be ready, hits or putts.
Be sure to park your cart off of the path so other vehicles can pass if necessary.
Know the distance and layout of the hole so that you are ready with the appropriate club he it is your turn to hit.
Avoid causing a distraction while others are hitting. Be quiet and still.
Help spot other player’s shots off the tee.
If a shot may have gone out of bounds, hit a provisional ball.
Pick up your tee after you hit. Discard broken tees in a wastebasket.
Identify your ball with a distinctive mark.
Wait at the tee box until all players have hit their tee shot.
IN THE FAIRWAY:
Find your ball quickly and help others find theirs. A ball search cannot extend more than five minutes.
Be ready to hit when it is your turn.
Pay attention to the yardage markers and let others know the yardage if they need the information.
Stay even or slightly behind the player who is hitting.
Don’t play a shot that has any chance of hitting players in front of you.
If you hit into another Fairway, safely play your next shot in a way that will not slow either group. The other group has the right of way just as would be with a car on a highway. You may need to wait for them to hit before you can hit your shot.
Replace all divots or fill with sand on Bermuda grass fairways.
Keep an extra ball in your pocket in case you have to hit a provisional or take a drop.
ON THE GREEN:
Use a ball marker to mark your ball so it is not in another player’s line.
You may repair ball marks but not spike marks.
The flagstick must be removed or attended when making a stroke from the green. From the fringe the flagstick may remain in the cup or attended.
Make sure no clubs nor the flagstick is in the line of play.
Make sure to pick up all clubs when leaving the green and replace the flagstick in the cup.
Wait to mark your scorecard until you are off the green and out of the way of the team behind you.
PACE OF PLAY GUIDELINES
Pace of play is extremely important in the game of golf. Not only does it ensure an enjoyable round of golf for everyone on the course, it also helps everyone keep their momentum without having to wait to take a shot and sets a favorable impression of our Chapter. Please follow these pace of play guidelines and share them with newer (or slower) golfers in your foursome.
Focus on keeping up with the group in front of you, NOT staying ahead of the group behind you. If the green in front of you is empty, pick up your pace.
Be aware of when your group falls behind and make an effort to catch up right away. Don’t be afraid to mention the need to catch up to others in your foursome.
Play “ready golf” on the tee box, in the fairway and on the green. If the person furthest away is not ready to play and you are, announce your intention and play first.
Plan ahead so you are always ready to play. Choose your club and assess your shot while walking to your ball. Limit practice swings.
Update your scorecard on the next tee box, not the green.
When approaching greens, stage golf carts and golf bags toward the next tee. This will allow you to promptly clear the green for the group behind you and arrive at the next tee box more quickly.
On the green, be ready to pull, tend, or replace the flag for other players as needed. The person with the shortest putt should tend the flag after marking her ball.
Putt out short putts rather than marking.
Help your partners by watching where their ball lands and make a mental note of land markers to assist in finding balls faster.
Be attentive. Don’t get caught up socializing.
If you are riding in a cart and your partner’s ball is hit to a different spot, drop one player off while the other drives to her ball. If you are the dropped off player, think ahead and bring the clubs you may need for the next shot and walk to your ball.
As a general rule, a round of 18 should take 4.5 hours and a round of 9 should take 2.25 hours.
The EWGA Championship offers a time and place to put your game to the test. Members of all skill levels are encouraged to compete.
Stages of the EWGA Championship:
- The Chapter Championship, an 18 hole local qualifying round held at each Chapter location.
- The Sectional Championship, an 18 hole Sectional semi-final round.
- The EWGA Championship Finals, a two-day 36 hole event.
The EWGA Championship offers Stroke Play Competition and Inter-Chapter Team Scramble Competition. The choice is yours.
Stroke Play Competition:
Players are grouped into one of five flights at each level of Championship competition based on their official USGA Handicap Index. Both Low Gross and Low New winners in each flight will advance to the next level of competition.
Inter-Chapter Team Scramble:
If teamwork and teambuilding are your strengths, this may be the format for you. This format consists of a four woman team comprised of your Chapter friends and fellow golfers who meet the eligibility requirements to play in the scramble format.
To Qualify, EWGA Members Must:
Follow registration guidelines distributed through your local Chapter
Select wither the stroke play or scramble division when you register.
Be a female, EWGA member in good standing
Have a verifiable USGA Handicap Index
Be an amateur as defined by USGA Rules of Amateur Status
Meet additional guidelines as described in the Participant Information forms.
The low gross and low net Champions in each flight are eligible to advance. The first place Inter-Chapter Team Scramble Competition winners are eligible to advance. Registration information for the Sectional Championship will be provided at the Chapter Championship to all competitors eligible to advance.
For more information, please visit www.ewga.com and choose “events.”
EWGA HANDICAP SERVICE
Your EWGA membership includes access to the EWGA Golf Life Management System where you can post scores online, access 20,000+ golf course profiles, track personal game statistics, obtain official USGA Handicap, print a handicap card, view your scoring history, attest scores for other members, and maintain a personal golf calendar. The Golf Life Management System is a handicap service similar to GHIN. It’s available on the EWGA website in the Members Only section. It’s easy to use and automatically updates your handicap when you post new scores.
Handicap and Course Rating Basics:
A USGA Handicap Index is a number with one decimal place and compares a player’s scoring ability to the scoring ability of an expert amateur on a course of standard difficulty. A player posts her scores along with the appropriate USGA Ratings to make up her scoring record. A Handicap Index is computed from no more than 20 scores plus eligible Tournament Scores in the scoring record. It reflects the player’s potential because it is based upon the best scores posted for a given number of rounds, usually the best 10 of the last 20 rounds. A player’s Handicap Index is the number of strokes a player receives depending upon the length and difficulty of the course she plays.
USGA Course Rating:
A USGA Course Rating is the USGA’s mark that indicates the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal conditions based on yardage and other obstacles that affect their scoring ability.
USGA Slope Rating:
A USGA Slope Rating is an evaluation of how much more difficult the course plays for individuals who are not scratch golfers. Each course is rated from each set of tees for both the scratch golfer and bogey golfer. The Course Rating reflects the difficulty of the course for the players who are not scratch golfers. The greater the difference between the scores of the scratch and bogey golfer on a certain course, the higher the USGA Slope Rating will be and the more strokes golfers will receive. Conversely, the less difference, the lower the USGA Slope Rating will be and the fewer strokes golfers will receive.
Course Handicap Table:
Each course rated by the USGA has a Course Handicap Table which is posted in the Clubhouse. A player locates her USGA Handicap Index on the appropriate Course Handicap Table and finds her corresponding Course Handicap. There are Course Handicap Tables for each set of tees, separate for men and women. Course Handicap is the number of strokes a player receives based upon the relative difficulty (slope rating) of the course.
Amateur golf competitions are conducted in “flights” so golfers complete with other golfers of similar skill level. The handicap index is used to level the playing field in each flight so that a golfer who is having a good day relative to her handicap index can win over a golfer with a lower handicap index who is having a bad day.
AFTER WORK / EVENING GOLF
Our chapter endeavors to provide at least 2 after work 9 hole play opportunities. In the past several years, we have had regular after towk t-times at Hangman, Liberty Lake, or DownRiver.
GOLF EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES ~ Kathy Jenson, Golf Professional
PGA Teacher of the year, 2014
Golf education for women is the hallmark of the EWGA and plays a vital role in the success of the organization. EWGA Inland Northwest Chapter welcomes golfers of all skill levels and is committed to providing golf educational opportunities for its members.
If Clinics fill up I can arrange for additional clinics if there are enough people interested
GOLF CLINICS WILL BE RSVP AND PREPAY
EWGA puts together social events throughout the year so you can get to know the other members better and have some fun. You will receive emails at least 2 weeks in advance of a social event. To RSVP to an event you will receive an email with an email address to rsvp to ~
WE NEED YOU!
As a volunteer, you can do a little or a lot. Remember the saying, “the sum of the parts is greater than the whole”? This is true of EWGA. Any and every contribution made by a volunteer, no matter how small, helps to mold the chapter and in turn makes a contribution to further promote women in the world of golf. It may be hard to believe that stuffing goody bags for an outing helps promote golf for women, but it does. Participating on a committee can take as little as 30 minutes of your time.
The committees are chaired by experienced members who guide committee members through all their functions and responsibilities. Committees are a great way to promote EWGA as an avenue that insures our place as women in the game of golf. A side benefit of participating on committees is that you have fun and meet new people who share your enthusiasm for golf. As with all organizations, you get out of it as much as you put in. So, once again, you are personally invited to become involved in one of these committees. Contact any of our chapter board members to volunteer!!
The following pages are some examples of the activities of a committee member:
CHAIR RESPONSIBILIES INCLUDE:
- Promote membership
- Track membership records
- Promote chapter activities via local media
- Distribute information to members
- Secure sponsorships that provide funding to operate the Chapter
- Collect prize donations for events
- Oversee planning of golf outings
- Design golf events for golfers at all levels
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Mail a membership package to a prospective new member
- Welcome new members and answer questions they might have
- Call 5 members to remind them about an upcoming golf or networking event
- Help formulate a membership handbook
- Write and distribute a press release regarding a chapter event
- Maintain the Chapter website
- Edit articles submitted to the newsletter
- Demonstrate your desktop publishing skills
- Make a sign to acknowledge a sponsor
- Solicit prizes for a tournament
- Find a sponsor to cover newsletter printing and mailing costs
- Write thank you notes to contributing sponsors
- Assist with the organization of a charity or scholarship event
- Design fliers for events
- Choose courses for tournament and fun-play events
- Call area golf courses to arrange tee times
- Submit information on events to the newsletter
- Work the registration table for a golf outing
Golf Education & Player Development
CHAIR RESPONSIBILIES INCLUDE:
- Develop educational programs to further the goals of EWGA
- Coordinate clinics for players at all levels
- Oversee planning of non-golf events
- Recruit volunteers for open positions on the Board ;
- Develop volunteer recognition program
- Manage the computerized handicap system;
- Provide verification of handicap indexes for competitions
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Schedule clinics and group lessons with host courses;
- Coordinate registration for a rules and etiquette seminar;
- Assist with special events, i.e. networking, fashion show, holiday party;
- Post event fliers at local golf courses;
- Help plan the end-of-year awards event;
- Stuff a goody bag for a tournament;
- Work as a volunteer at the annual Pacific Northwest Golf Show;
- Be a mentor to a new golfer;
- Assist with organization of a charity or scholarship event;
- Distribute handicap updates to members;
- Write an article for the newsletter;