Executive Women Golfers Team Up With Youth Golfers & Community Partnerships to Grow Golf in the Triangle

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) Raleigh Triangle Chapter is teeing up for a new season with a focus on growing the game of golf from children and youth through mature womanhood. The EWGA Raleigh Triangle Chapter is a strong, vibrant and diverse organization with members ranging in age from the middle 20’s to women in their 70’s+, with varying backgrounds, life experiences and golf abilities. They share a common love of the game of golf and a desire to have more people join in the fun, camaraderie, friendships and networking opportunities.

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The 2015 season started on Thursday, March 19 at the Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, the first of more than 40 golf outings, social and community events scheduled for this season throughout the Raleigh Triangle area, across North Carolina and throughout the Southeast region.  Highlights of the 2015 Season Include:

Ø        Golf Outings at UNC Finley Golf Club, Chapel Hill; Duke University Golf Club, Durham; & Lonnie Poole Golf Course @ NSCU, Raleigh
Ø        Weekend trip to Scotch Hall Preserve on NC Coastal Inner Banks and to Myrtle Beach, SC
Ø         Race to the Raleigh Cup – participants earn points at 12 designated events at local courses
Ø        Fun events to learn about different types of competition
Ø        Multi-chapter events with sister chapters in North Carolina
Ø Dixie Cup in its 15thyear with more than 180 women competing in match play

Ø       Special events at local private clubs like Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill and MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary

“I am into my fourth year as a member of EWGA and the most common comment I receive and I have said it as well, ‘I wish I heard about EWGA sooner.’ So, this year our focus is on more involvement in the community and not just on the golf course,” said Laura Dorner, EWGA Raleigh Triangle Chapter President, “We’re taking EWGA off the course and into the community, as well.”

Dorner says the EWGA Raleigh Triangle Chapter has three Goals for Success: Engaging and promoting EWGA within our community; Increasing member participation and engagement; and Getting involved and giving back to our community.  At the tee off event, Dorner announced renewed and new partnerships with community organizations including: The First Tee of the Triangle and Dona Lerner, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Raleigh.

The First Tee of the Triangle’s mission is to impact lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

“Welook forward to partnering with the EWGA Raleigh Chapter to benefit The First Tee of the Triangle's LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Program in 2015,” saidKara Fishburn, Program Coordinator, The First Tee of the Triangle, “Not only are we looking to grow the number of girls in the program, but we're looking for a way to retain them. One way to make sure the girls keep coming back is to provide a number of female coaches and role models. We will work hand-in-hand with the EWGA to provide volunteers for several of our LPGA*USGA Girls Golf events throughout the year.”

The Girls Golf N' Games Kickoff Event will take place on March 28 at Knights Play Golf Complex from 1:00-4:00 pm. Volunteers will be paired with participants ages 7-17 for an afternoon of team games both on and off the course. Interested volunteers should email kara@thefirstteetriangle.org.

EWGA Raleigh Triangle Chapter and the Dona Lerner LPGA*Girls Golf of Raleigh share similar goals and experiences:

EWGA Members love the game of golf for some of the following reasons:                  

·        Friendships                                                                                        
·        Socialization with other women
·        Outdoor exercise
·        Beautiful atmosphere
·        Great way to conduct business and have fun doing so

Young Girls enjoy golf for the following reasons:

·        Friendships they forge
·        Socialization with other young girls
·        Outdoor fun
·        Beautiful atmosphere
·        Great way to learn how to conduct themselves and have fun doing so

“We are so pleased to have EWGA members assist with our golf education in our Girls Golf programs,” said Dona Lerner, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Raleigh, “These woman all play golf, all love the game and all respect the challenges associated with learning how to play golf. They become teachers, mentors, cheerleaders and fans of the girls. When participating as teaching assistants we have found that many of the EWGA members actually see their own games improve as a result of their focus on fundamentals and details relative to the golf swing and specific shot instruction. We also see their knowledge of the rules expand as they participate in classes where we teach the girls about rules.”

EWGA Raleigh Triangle is also expanding its reach within the community and for the first time it is introducing a Charity of the Month to coincide with specific themes.  Each month a collection at various chapter golf events will go to our designated charity that month.

Ø March Theme: Discover Women/EWGA/Golf – Designated Charity: Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN)
Ø April Theme: Teeing Up for Success – Designated Charity: Dress for Success
Ø May Theme: Nine and Unwind – Designated Charity: Interact
Ø June Theme: Let’s Go Golf – Designated Charity: Wounded Warrior Project
Ø July Theme: Mentor a New Golfer – Designated Charity: Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects (SWOOP)
Ø August Theme: Pay it Forward – Designated Charity: Backpack Buddies
Ø September Theme: Fit for Fall – Designated Charity: NC Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina
Ø October Theme: Golftober – Designated Charity: One in Nine – Breast Cancer Support
Ø November Theme: Celebrate Champions – Designated Charity: Toys for Tots
Ø December Theme: Golf Wishes and Dreams – Designated Charity: Make A Wish Foundation

About the EWGAAs the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the United States, the EWGA has connected more than 100,000 professional women who share a passion for cultivating relationships and who wish toplay golf for business. Offering a wide range of affordable organized golf activities and educational programs, this award-winning association has been driving social and networking opportunities for women through the game of golf since 1991. With EWGA Chapters located in more than 120 cities throughout the United States as well as in International locations including Bermuda, Canada, Italy and South Africa, the EWGA is an active participant in hundreds of communities. EWGA is a tax exempt 501(c)(6) membership association.  For more information about the EWGA and its membership, visitwww.ewga.com.