National Women's Golf Group Celebrates 25 Years of Breaking the Grass Ceiling

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Founded in 1991 as the Executive Women's Golf Association, today EWGA is the largest women-focused national amateur golf association with chapters located in more than 100 U.S. cities as well as international chapters in Bermuda, Canada and Italy.

National Women's Golf Group Celebrates 25 Years

"While we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary, we also are looking ahead to find more ways to engage women in this great game of golf," says Pam Swensen, CEO of EWGA.

In 1991, most women in the workplace found themselves staffing the office while their male counterparts entertained clients on the golf course. Nancy Oliver set out to change that and organized a business women's golf clinic in West Palm Beach. That one clinic turned into a movement that became the Executive Women's Golf Association. By 1995, there were 90 EWGA chapters throughout the United States. Today, EWGA is the largest women-focused national amateur golf association with chapters located in more than 100 U.S. cities as well as international chapters in Bermuda, Canada and Italy.

Much has changed in the world of golf in the past 25 years. Most 'men-only' Saturday morning tee times are a thing of the past. Even the esteemed Augusta National added a few women to its membership in 2012. Yet there is still a great need to welcome more women into the game.

"While we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary, we also are looking ahead to find more ways to engage women in this great game of golf," says Pam Swensen, CEO of EWGA. "We opened our first collegiate chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) last year and are rolling out a Grads to Golf curriculum for MBA students to add the game as a skill to their resumes."

"We will be celebrating this milestone throughout 2016 and invite everyone to join us as the golf season starts and we hold our 25th Anniversary Celebration," adds Swensen. “It will be a 3-day golf centric experience to get your golf game on track for the season. And, in keeping with EWGA’s culture of welcoming all skill level of golfers into the organization including beginners, there is something for everyone. So come and join in the fun!.”

The EWGA 25th Anniversary Celebration and Golf Experience will be held in Colonial Williamsburg, VA on April 22-24 with a star studded line-up that includes golf legend Nancy Lopez, PGA of America board officer Suzy Whaley and keynote speaker Dawn Hudson, chief marketing officer of the National Football League. The conference package includes a commemorative gift bag, two rounds of golf, admission to historic Colonial Williamsburg, several dinners and other meals, parties and numerous fun activities. For more details and to register see http://www.ewgaconference.com/home

With chapters in over 100 communities throughout the United States, EWGA is locally connected and nationally respected. A recent survey conducted by the PGA of America found EWGA members annually generate over $63 million in golf-related spending for the golf industry. The organization holds thousands of golf, social and networking opportunities throughout the country as well as major national competitions and events. Its members are a diverse group of women from beginners to experienced golfers and a broad spectrum of career paths. For more information see http://www.ewga.com

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