The Atlanta Chapters took home 10 medalist honors at the EWGA North Florida & South East Region Semi-Final Championship on July 14, 2012 at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Oxmoor Valley in Birmingham, Alabama.
The North Florida & South East Region tournament is one of 15 semi-final events that lead to the EWGA National Championship. All ten winners will advance to the EWGA National Championship, to be held at PGA National Resort & Spa, October 5-6. This is the 17th year of the EWGA Championship, the world's largest amateur golf championship for women, inviting over 2,400 women to compete each year.
The North Florida & South East Region field consisted of women members from eight regional EWGA chapters who won their local qualifier this spring. The 18-hole stroke-play tournament divided players into five flights based on USGA-verified Handicap Index, with low-gross and low-net first-place winners receiving automatic entry to the national championship. A separate inter-chapter scramble team flight consisted of four-person members.
Atlanta winners include:
Championship Flight: (1 - 12.0 Handicap)
Low Net First Place: Leslie Lowe, Stone Mountain GA - 83 gross, 73 net
This is Leslie's 4th trip to the National Championship. "This year the entire country will know that Atlanta has some terrific golfers who are serious competitors. I intend to make Atlanta proud as I practice every day between now and the national tournament."
First Flight (12.1 - 19.0 Handicap)
Low Gross First Place: Carol Berger, Marietta GA - 86 gross, 69 net
Low Net First Place: Kate Sharp, Brookhaven GA - 91 gross, 73 net
Second Flight (19.1 - 25.0 Handicap)
Low Net First Place: Anne Richardson, Atlanta GA - 98 gross, 74 net
Third Flight (25.1 - 32.0 Handicap)
Low Gross First Place - Sue Wilder, Mableton - 98 gross, 70 net (Sue has dual membership in both Atlanta chapters and qualified representing the Atlanta West & South Chapter)
This is Sue's 2nd trip to the National Championship. "I learned a few lessons in my first trip and hope to be able to leverage that knowledge this year to improve my performance this year."
Fourth Flight (32.1 - 40.4 Handicap)
Low Gross First Place - Cindi Aldrich, Royal Oak, Michigan - 110 gross, 75 net
Cindi Aldrich is a soon-to-be Atlanta resident and reflected "don't let the southern charm of our Atlanta gals fool you - all of them and I do mean ALL of them - are focused on going all the way this year." Scramble Division
First Place: Atlanta Chapter - 65 gross, 66 net
Pam Banister, captain, Cumming, GA
Betsy McClain, Sandy Springs GA - this is Betsy's 2nd trip to Nationals
Ginger Rouse, Buford, GA
Jennifer Widener, Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Chapter President Jennifer Widener, said "we took home nearly every available trophy. Organizers joked about an Atlanta caravan heading to Nationals. I feel a huge sense of pride to be associated with such fun and successful women."
Complete results and information can be found at http://www.ewgachampionship.com.
About the EWGA
EWGA (the Executive Women's Golf Association) 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.
About the Atlanta Chapter of EWGA
The Atlanta Chapter was established in 1994 as one of EWGA's first chapters, and currently has 180 members. Its activities include 11 opportunities to play each week, clinics, monthly golf events, match play tournaments and three championships. For more information, including the history of chapter's participation in the National Championship, visit www.ewgatlanta.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Atlanta West & South Chapter of EWGA
The Atlanta West & South Chapter is the second chapter in Atlanta. Established in 2011, this chapter has momentum with 28 enthusiastic members and offers three weekly leagues at golf courses in the south and west areas of metro Atlanta. Atlanta West & South also offers year long golf clinics and special golf related events for golfers of all skill levels. To learn more about Atlanta West & South, visit www.ewga-atl-ws.com and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.