Lori Ford - EWGA Member since 1999; Chapter Tournaments Director
Hi, I am Lori Ford. So how did I get mixed up in this crazy game called Golf? Golf was for the “Country Club” crowd and my family was not in the country club crowd. Football is the #1 past time, 365 days a year in Alabama. I am a rare breed. I pull for both Alabama and Auburn. All my friends went to Auburn – I had no choice. Debbie Ogle – do not be mad a me….
Little known facts – I took tap, ballet and jazz lessons for over 12 years. Yes, I can still perform my senior tap routine to “Everything's Coming up Roses.” At Troy State University, I was a member of the Seahorse synchronized swim team. Yes – I use to put gelatin in my hair. It was quite a look.
I learned to golf because the “guys” on the project were leaving to golf every Thursday. The women on the project looked around one day and said – “Why are we still working and the guys are golfing”. So I started taking lessons and joined EWGA.
I love the EWGA Atlanta organization. I have served as President, Education, Sponsorship, Web Master, Membership Director and Championship Director. This organization has helped me learn to play golf and make new friends. Here are a few things I have done for the chapter:
- Implemented the formal Sponsorship Level Program
- New golfer programs - I have a passion for getting new golfers involved in the game and assisting them in improving their game.
- Triple Crown Championship plays up the number 3 since your average score must be 3 digits and there are 3 flights. We could not come up with a name. One day while driving to work, an 18-wheeler pasted me and the name of the trucking company was Triple Crown.
- Players' Cup – Michelle Elliott and I came up with this idea.
Of course, not all good ideas end up working out. As Education Chair, I arranged our first and last official weekend golf school. The group showed up at golf school in Florida and the place was a dump. No, I really mean a dump. The driving range had grass about 3 feet high and all signs were made out of cardboard. I believe Linda Bolan and Lea Wilson were on that trip. And they still are members! Memories…
I work in Information Systems mostly with men. If you are able to golf and talk SEC football, you are in. At the last corporate tournament I was the only woman golfer representing my company.
My goal as EWGA Championship Director is to make sure the EWGA Qualifier, the Chapter Championship and the Triple Crown Championship are seamless to the players. Plus, we have really cool looking trophies and everyone has fun!
Hopefully, I have assisted in making the Atlanta Chapter the best. See you on the course. Roll Tide!