The journey to the EWGA Championship began with 2,505 members across the USA and Canada testing their golf acumen at local events during the months of June and July. Throughout August and September, over 1,100 women advanced to the second stage of qualifying for the Championship. And just this past weekend in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 220 women converged on the PGA National Resort & Spa Palmer and Squire golf courses to represent the best of EWGA’s best competitive players. They represented 77 Chapters in 33 States along with 3 finalists traveling from Canada to compete. Congratulations to EWGA’s 2012 National Champion, Rachel Moreaux from the Sonoma-Marin-Napa Chapter for defending her title!
FOX New, ESPN and several other media outlets were on sight capturing the emotion, excitement and player stories from our competitive field. A standout was Brenda Daugherty from Houston; a woman with an unbreakable positive attitude. Just 19 months after brain surgery, she won her local Chapter flight and advanced to the EWGA Texas Regional Championship in San Antonio and won there. Now she had the opportunity to play for the national title in her flight. Consider this, most of us have a hard enough time hitting just one ball, but Brenda’s brain tumor left her seeing double. Her spirit, grit, courage and determination and of course, love of the game, propelled her forward. What an inspiration she is to all of us!
In her own words, “I wasn’t going to let cancer destroy my faith or hopes. I wasn’t going to let it steal my passions or my joys, one of which is golf. I wasn’t going to let it take away my courage or my spirit. I don’t think I’m any different than any other cancer survivor or patient. The will to live is a powerful thing, And my faith plays a large part in my healing as well.”
To all of the competitors who traveled to South Florida this past weekend Congratulations! You spent the last several days being laser focused on a task. You are mentally stronger because of this experience. You seized the moment. You represented your Chapter admirably. You represented the EWGA. You have had an experience that will last a lifetime. And – you now have won new friends that you will now know forever. Championships elevate ones skills.
Congratulations to each and every one of you for being the best you can be!
As an organization built on volunteers, I also want to acknowledge and express my heartfelt thanks to the Championship Committee, EWGA volunteers from around the country who lent a hand as well as the EWGA Staff who all stepped up and contributed to the overall success in a significant way.
The Babe once said – “Winning has always meant so much to me – but winning friends has meant the most.” Winning friends is at the heart of the EWGA and last week, we not only crowned a national champion, we delivered on that promise.
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