Lea Wilson - EWGA Member since 1999; Captain, Atlanta Chapter 2012 Team for Champions Cup Regional Qualifier
At my advanced age, I could bore you to tears with a long narrative about myself and my golfing woes, so I’ve decided to use more of a presentation type format to hit on items that I’d like to spotlight. Buy me a beer and I’ll be happy to expound on anything that may tweak your interest.
Growing up in The Mississippi Delta:
- Started playing golf at an age so early I can’t remember exactly when, probably around 7 or 8.
- Spent all summer at “The Country Club” often going from the swimming pool to the golf course barefoot and still wearing my swimming suit.
- Played basketball in high school and had a deadly shot from the top of the key. Unfortunately, it only counted for two points back in those days.
- Alas, I graduated from high school prior to the passage of Title IX, thus ending any chance of pursuing sports in college.
Travelling the world on BellSouth’s dime:
- Having a degree in Mathematics, I was hired as a Network Engineer by South Central Bell to meet a quota for women and minorities in traditional male jobs.
- Spent almost 10 years with BellSouth International, 2 ½ of those years living in Sydney, Australia. Worked on projects in Europe, Israel, Central and South America. We worked very long hours on these assignments but somehow found time to experience some of the sights.
- Since most of my co-workers were male, being able to play golf helped my being accepted into their good old boys network. Towards the end of our assignment in Australia we signed out of the office most Thursday afternoons for a TAG meeting (Thursday Afternoon Golf).
The huge impact of EWGA on my life:
- Joined EWGA in 1998 when I wasn’t travelling all the time
- The friends I’ve made through EWGA comprise a huge portion of my social network. They have been instrumental in supporting me in both good and bad times.
- Golfing trips with my EWGA friends have been so much fun, especially Portland when Lori Whitaker won the EWGA National Championship, Ireland, and Lake Blackshear. Don’t worry other Lake Blackshear weekenders, I won’t tell how we had so much fun.
Some things I do when I’m not on the golf course:
- Walk my two Yorkies, Zipper and Putter, twice a day.
- Work out at the YMCA 3 – 4 times a week.
- Volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide during tax season.
- Attend the Atlanta Dream home games.
- Read books, watch movies and TV shows on Netflix.
- Plan my next trip.