Yes! The time is now! There’s a buzz about women in golf. A louder one than I have heard in years. And for EWGA the timing couldn’t be better. We have a tremendous amount of events happening coast to coast, the introduction of the Par 3 Challenge, the growing EWGA Cup Match Play competition, EWGA involvement on the volunteer front and fan front at the newly announced KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this June and an EWGA trip to cheer on Team USA in Germany this fall at the Solheim Cup Matches.
Here’s why it’s a good time to roll out the welcome mat to get more women into this great game.
Two weeks ago, I was invited to visit the Hartford, CT-based studio of the Back9Network to talk about diversity and women in golf. My message was and is very clear, we all need to invite, encourage and welcome more women into this sport. Playing golf can be a game changer. The value of having golf as a skill set on your resume is a conversation starter and truly a door opener.
The Turn: Executive Women’s Golf Association
As EWGA members, we have the opportunity to open the door and invite more women into what we know is a great community of women who love the game of golf. We do take fun seriously! And we have the ability to share the values of the game and inspire others to get involved just like we are as EWGA members.
At last week’s PGA Show, where the business and leaders of golf congregate annually, women were front and center. From the newly elected (first ever female officer) Secretary of the PGA, Suzy Whaley headlining a panel of distinguished female leaders on Inspiring Greatness, to the launch of a new website for women called GolfForHer.com, to WIGI’s (Women In the Golf Industry) introduction of a Women’s Speakers Bureau, the significance of these messages were positive, pointed and applauded.
I represented EWGA on a committee under the Golf 20/20 umbrella that created the new website for women, called GolfForHer.com. This site (www.golfforher.com) is designed to serve as a resource for all women interested in the game — from those who have never played, to those who are returning to the game, to those who play the game but want to engage more with the golf lifestyle. Future EWGA members!
An event was held in the Yamaha booth with the CEO of Yamaha, Tom MacDonald and me where we announced the partnership between our two entities and christened Yamaha as the official golf cart of the EWGA. More excitement!
The LPGA Teaching & Professional Division honored its best with its annual recognition awards. And this week, the LPGA Tour had an early jump start to its season with the Coates Golf Championship presented by R&L Carriers.
EWGA’s Par 3 Challenge is a new team event for our organization. Thinking of playing in it? Why not introduce a new person, male or female to EWGA by inviting them to be your playing partner? There will be 10 qualifying venues and the finals will be in Palm Beach, FL at the end of June. For details, www.ewgapar3.com Yet another opportunity to cast a wider net to get more women involved!
There’s a lot happening in the world of women’s golf. And I’m bullish about the growth opportunities for this year. Help spread the word. Invite your colleagues and friends to get in on the fun. As EWGA builds to 2016 and our 25th year anniversary, we need your help to share the story!
My goals for 2015 are three-fold:
- Dream big in terms of what the organization can and should be.
- Build our membership and deliver exceptional event experiences.
- Pay it forward to the next generation of women leaders with the launch of EWGA’s Grads to Golf program and our support of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf
Let’s get going!