The Executive Women’s Golf Association has come a long way.
Originally started as a social networking group for new women golfers in various business fields, the EWGA has helped more than 100,000 women to “learn, play and enjoy golf for business and for fun,” according to the
national organization that now has 120 chapters throughout this country and in Canada.
Earlier this month, the EWGA was honored with the LPGA Futures Tour’s Trainor Award, presented to an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to women’s golf.
Eloise Trainor, who helped form the Futures Tour, was born in New Lebanon.
“The EWGA’s contributions to women’s golf has been significant,” said Zayra F. Calderon, the CEO of the LPGA Futures Tour, in a press release.
“The organization has attracted and impacted women golfers of all ages and skill levels throughout the United States. Many women business executives who would not have ordinarily participated in sports have embraced golf because of the EWGA.
“We greatly appreciate this honor from the LPGA Futures tour,” said EWGA chief executive director Pam Swensen.
“This year marks the 20th anniverary of the EWGA, and during that time, our association has enriched the lives of thousands of women through the game of golf.
“We serve as a portal for bringing and keeping women involved in the game. Our members are good stewards for the sport, and we also have a long tradition of giving back,
as demonstrated by our ongoing support of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program.”
The EWGA has donated more than $450,000 to that progam.
Founded in 1991, the EWGA is a not-for-profit organzation that promotes and fosters a spirit of acceptance, dignity and respect for career-oriented women interested in golf.
The organization provides social functions, tournaments, leagues and instruction for its members.
The local chapter is called the Albany/Capital Region Chapter. The following area clubs offer discounts to EWGA members: Airway Meadows in Gansevoort, Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie, Saratoga National Golf Club and Eagle Vale Golf Club & Learning Center in Fairport.
The local EWGA chapter also provides several leagues at Hiawatha Trails, Schenectady Municipal Golf Course, Stadium Golf Club, Mill Road Acres, Fairways of Halfmoon, Orchard Creek, Van Patten Golf Club and Capital Hills at Albany.
Golf clinics and a mentoring system are also available through the local chapter. For more information, check out www.ewga and click on the Albany/Capital Region Chapter.
April 13-16 — EWGA Golfappalooza; May 14 — Member-Guest at Saratoga National Golf Club; June 26-27 — Overnight event at Buff Point; July 9 — Chapter Championship; July 18 — Breast Cancer Golf Classic; Aug. 13 — Member-Guest at Van Patten; Aug. 20 — EWGA Chapter Championship/New England Regional.