EWGA And The First Tee Renew Partnership To Increase Female Mentoring Opportunities

(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, (July 1, 2015) The EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) connects women to learn, play and enjoy the game for business or for fun. Following a successful partnership with The First Tee in 2014, the two national organizations are coming together again during July for “Mentoring Month.”

With more than 120 EWGA Chapters and approximately 175 The First Tee chapters, “Mentoring Month” is a great way to increase female participation through a welcoming, non-intimidating environment. EWGA Chapters nationwide are working with The First Tee chapters to increase female role models and mentors at The First Tee Chapter events.

“The EWGA is all about bringing women together on the course and welcoming more individuals into the EWGA community through the game of golf,” says CEO Pam Swensen. “By providing these young adults with a role model and mentor, it really creates a sense of empowerment to enhance their lives in every aspect.”

Last year, 34 of The First Tee chapters partnered with their local EWGA chapter to conduct special events for female participants. One event in particular included an opportunity for EWGA members to learn about The First Tee Nine Core Values from female participants. The nine-hole scramble included an educational piece where a female participant reviewed one of the Nine Core Values with the EWGA member at the teeing ground of each hole.

Many EWGA Chapters and The First Tee chapters are partnering to host events throughout the year to support mentoring activities. View the listing of various EWGA and The First Tee events that took place in 2014.

Known for enriching the lives of women through the game of golf, EWGA invites women into the game of golf and provides a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to enjoy the game. It creates more opportunities for women and supports programs that enhance the success and growth of women in business and other aspects of their lives. The EWGA uses golf as a platform to open doors, strengthen relationships, forge lifetime friendships and promote business and networking opportunities in their community.

“I am proud of The First Tee chapters’ efforts to involve girls in the game and while currently 38 percent of chapter participants are female, we intend to increase the number of girls we are reaching in the coming years,” said Kelly Martin, The First Tee’s chief operating officer. “Through this partnership we will connect the efforts of our chapters to EWGA Chapters for the benefit of girls involved in the game of golf.”

For more information about EWGA, visit ewga.com. For more information about The First Tee, visit thefirsttee.org.

About the EWGA
As the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the United States with chapters in nearly every U.S. major market and corporate center, the EWGA has connected more than 100,000 working and professional women who share a passion for cultivating relationships and enjoying the game of golf. 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 108 cities throughout the United States as well as in international locations including Bermuda, Canada, Italy and South Africa, EWGA members are active participants in hundreds of communities. EWGA is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 6 membership association. For more information about EWGA visit, ewga.com.

About The First Tee
The First Tee (thefirsttee.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 10.5 million young people in all 50 United States and select international locations. The First Tee’s Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.

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GOLF! REDUCES, REUSES AND RECYCLES!

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5 facts about golf’s resource consumption

Landscape_golf1. Superintendents at 18-hole golf facilities utilize numerous methods to conserve water, with the top three tactics being the use of wetting agents (92 percent), hand watering (78 percent), and keeping turf drier than in the past.

2. Grass clippings are recycled by spreading them along the rough and around trees. Composting the clippings is also frequently used. Compost is an excellent growing medium that promotes fast germination and can reduce fertilizer use. Recycling grass clippings provides valuable nutrients that improve the soil.

light3. Seventy-one percent of 18-hole golf facilities have incorporated one or more design, physical or mechanical changes to conserve energy, such as programmable thermostats, low-level faucets, irrigation controller updates and T-8 lighting.

recycling-center-sign-s-76964. Golf facilities are highly active in recycling/reusing items in the golf course operations waste stream. For example, 92 percent of facilities that have oils in their waste stream recycle or reuse them. Other recycle/reuse rates include
equipment/golf car batteries (93 percent), hydraulic fluids (89 percent), fryer/cooking grease (89 percent), pallets (79 percent), tires (77 percent) and aluminum (76 percent).

homerecycling5. Surveys show that 29 percent of 18-hole facilities in the U.S. participate in voluntary environmental stewardship programs. In the Pacific Northwest, that number is 53 percent of facilities.

“It’s Okay” Rule, for a Fun Round of Golf!

Here are a few rules to keep in mind for those who are new to golf or are playing just for fun and will help make your experience that more awesome!

1.It’s okay to play from the shortest tees or start at the 150-yard marker.

2. It’s okay to not keep score.

3. It’s okay to tee the ball up anywhere when you are first learning.

4. It’s okay to give yourself a better lie by rolling the ball around a little.

5.It’s okay to throw the ball out of a bunker after one try.

6. It’s okay to get enthusiastic! (High fives, fist pumps and big smiles are encouraged)

7. It’s okay to forget about a ball that may be lost or out of bounds. It’s okay to drop a ball where you think it might be…or where you wanted it to be.

8. It’s okay to play a scramble with your group — scrambles are very popular.

9. It’s okay to just chip and putt on a hole when you feel like it.

10. It’s okay to laugh. There are no penalties for excessive laughing or high fives on the golf course.

11.It’s okay to count swings only when you make contact with the ball.

12. It’s okay to play less than 9 or 18 holes and call it a round of golf.

13. It’s okay to move your ball away from trees, rocks or very hilly lies.

14. It’s okay to hit the same club for the entire round, while using a putter on the putting green.

15. It’s okay to play golf in your sneakers. Be comfortable!

16.  It’s okay to skip a hole if you need to take a break.

17. It’s okay to talk on the golf course — enjoy a nice conversation or tell a few jokes.

18.It’s okay to pick up in the middle of the hole and enjoy the outdoors and scenery .

19.It’s okay to bring your kids to the course whether they are 5 or 35 .

20. It’s okay to PLAY GOLF JUST FOR FUN! Play the tees that make you the happiest.

Here is a quick rundown of the 2015 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

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Taking place at the Pinnacle Country Club this passed weekend was the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship which Na Yeon Choi of South Korea took the lead this year with 15-under, just a 2 shot difference from Mika Miyazato who was at 13-under for second place and Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis taking 3rd.

As Na Yeon Choi approached her second shot at the 16th hole in Sunday’s final round fans at the 17th hole never knew what was going on as she quickly took the lead from Lewis as she holed out for eagle on the 16th, then nearly aced the par-3 17th to post a come-from behind two-stroke victory.

Lewis (Arkansas Razorbacks) led by one shot when she stuck her tee shot 6 feet behind the hole at 17, moments before Choi, playing in the final group, launched an 8-iron on the par-4 16th that bounced once and into the hole for an eagle that catapulted her into the lead at 14 under.

Lewis, unaware of what happened behind her, missed her attempt at birdie, which would have kept her tied for the lead. Further, she didn’t know more bad news was on the way as she prepared to tee off on the 18th.

Choi stuck another 8-iron dagger, this one within a foot at the par-3 17th, setting up a tap-in birdie that would take her to her winning 15-under score..

“If someone asked me what’s your favorite club I always answer the 8-iron,” Choi said. “So I like that club and when I pull the 8-iron I always feel good.”

Choi went from a one-shot deficit into a two-shot lead in mere minutes, leaving Lewis needing a miracle 18th-hole eagle to forge a tie.

But Lewis, a two-time major champion who hasn’t won on the LPGA Tour since last year’s Northwest Arkansas Championship, laid up from 210 yards with her second shot on the par-5 finishing hole, missed the green with her third and ended up with a bogey to drop into a tie for third place at 12 under.

Lewis’ playing partner Mika Miyazato birdied two of her final three holes to finish second outright at 13 under.

Lewis finished tied with Azahara Munoz and Anna Nordqvist for third. World No. 2 Lydia Ko fired a final-round 63 to move from 40th into a tie for sixth.

10 Things You Should Know About Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth won his second major of the year at Chambers Bay – and here are 10 things you might not know about him

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Jordan has two younger siblings, Steven and Ellie. Steven is a basketball player at Brown University. Ellie has grown up with disabilities and Spieth has credited her with keeping him grounded and focused as well as keeping the game of golf in perspective and is what inspired Jordan to establish the Jordan Spieth Charitable Fund to raise awareness for, among other things, special-needs kids.

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Jordan got started with little tykes plastic golf clubs when he was 18 months old to keep him busy when his younger brother Steven was born.

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At 9 years old Jordan mowed the grass as low as possible in the corner of the yard to create a golf hole for practice chipping and putting.

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He brings Ellie, his special needs sister and inspiration, a special key chain from everywhere he travels.

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He missed his high school graduation to play Saturday afternoon round in the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship.

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He won the NCAA Division I National Championship as a freshman at Texas (and misses the vicious ping pong games!).

Jordan golfs righty but was a left-handed baseball player (pitcher/first base/center field) and still shoots a basketball left-handed.

He loves country music

Happy 21st to this beautiful girl! Great time at the Rustic with family and friends @@annie_verret

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Spieth’s girlfriend is Annie Verret,who was his high school sweetheart at Jesuit College Prep.

If you follow us tomorrow.. Stay far ahead. Make sure you're not downwind. #caddieprobs #babybluesbbq

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Michael Greller, Spieth’s caddy, used to be a full-time math teacher.

Jordan Spieth takes the 2015 U.S. Open Championship title

22golf-hp-master675Jordan Spieth finished off a week to remember at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington, by winning the 2015 U.S. Open Championship in dramatic fashion.

His win comes with a fair bit of history;

  • First player to win both the Masters and U.S. Open to start a season since Tiger Woods in 2002
  • The youngest player to win two career majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922
  • The youngest U.S. Open champion since Bob Jones in 1923

The 21-year-old finished the tournament at five under par after a birdie on 18 put him one-shot clear of Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.

Johnson came to the 18th tee with a chance to win and ripped his shot straight into the fairway.

His approach left him about 12 feet for an eagle and the win, but a disastrous three-putt ruined his chances of winning outright or forcing a Monday playoff.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Johnson has seen the wheels come off in the final round of a U.S. Open that he had the chance to win. This loss must feel particularly deflating, given the chance to walk off 18 no worse than heading for another round of golf.

But, as it had for much of the afternoon, Johnson’s short game picked a terrible time to let him down.

On the other hand, Spieth’s win in his second major championship in the span of two months and will inevitably lead to many conversations about his ability to carry the torch for American golf into the coming years.

On this day, at least, and so far this season, Spieth has proven to have mettle under the toughest of circumstances, so early returns are good.

2015 U.S. Open Championship: In Numbers

Here are some interesting figures to keep in mind as you watch the 2015 U.S. Open Championship:

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2006: The year construction of Chambers Bay began

Since then…

0: Carts. Chambers Bay is a walking-only course

0.180: Mowing height in inches of the putting greens

1: The number of trees at Chambers Bay, a Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

1.4: Million cubic yards of on-site material were screened and reused during construction

4: Types of fine fescues at Chambers Bay; hard, sheep, red and Chewings fescues

35: The regular number of maintenance staff members

72: Acres of maintained playing surfaces, approximately 96 percent fine fescue

100: Approximate labor hours used to rake bunkers each day during the U.S. Open Championship

150: Maintenance volunteers, all being housed at the University of Puget Sound

38,000: The number of annual rounds at Chambers Bay

100 Reasons why Women Love to Play This Game

woman-golferHere’s our list of the 100 reasons why women play golf. Perhaps you have your own to add, leave us a comment bellow or tell us which were your top favorite!

  1. Physical exercise
  2. Develop integrity
  3. To post a score better than the week before
  4. Make new friends
  5. Nothing beats the feeling of a well struck shot
  6. Feeling of accomplishment
  7. Create a new identity for yourself
  8. Chance to invest in some great accessories
  9. Meet potential clients
  10. To find something good in every round played
  11. To see the ‘real’ side of your new boyfriend
  12. Laugh with friends over ‘interesting’ shots
  13. Learn how to calm your nerves
  14. Enjoy the plants, flowers, and trees
  15. Appreciate a sport that has been around for over 400 years
  16. Spend time with your husband
  17. Learn how to deal with frustration and disappointment
  18. Teach your kids etiquette
  19. Foster your patience
  20. Get away from the stress of life
  21. Focus on something challenging
  22. Travel to a new part of town
  23. Learn a new sport
  24. Feel a sense of belonging
  25. Learn how to stay positive when things go poorly
  26. Try lot’s of cool gadgets
  27. Participate when small talk turns to golf
  28. Meet the man of your dreams
  29. Build a new wardrobe
  30. Learn not take yourself so seriously
  31. One of the few places you can drink and drive
  32. Develop some muscle and improve flexibility
  33. The rush of being ‘in the zone’
  34. Discover new shops and restaurants at different golf clubs
  35. Another activity to do on vacation
  36. To learn about someone you’d like to hire
  37. Wear the logo of courses you’ve played
  38. To impress the men with a really nice drive
  39. Learn how to gamble
  40. A reason to buy more shoes
  41. Learn the rules of golf
  42. Learn when to play it safe and when to take risks
  43. Practice thinking strategically
  44. To play within your own game and achieve your personal best
  45. Entertain your clients
  46. Buy a foursome and contribute to charity
  47. Hang around with classy people
  48. Help others learn the game
  49. Create opportunities for youth
  50. Spend quality time with your parents
  51. Have some solitary time on the practice range
  52. Try something new and different
  53. Go back to something you gave up when you had young children
  54. Learn to visualization
  55. Practice letting go of the past
  56. The eternal hope of making a hole-in-one
  57. Add new golf jokes to your repertoire
  58. Practice positive self-talk
  59. Learn how to develop mental strategies and think under pressure
  60. Spend time with the family doing something active
  61. Play in a Pro Am
  62. Appreciate the wind and the rain
  63. Learn how to commit to decisions and accept the results
  64. Be part of a team
  65. To break into the old boys club
  66. To start a new girls club
  67. Learn how to break through self-improvement barriers
  68. Have a motivation to stay in shape
  69. Play in your annual company golf outing
  70. Develop concentration
  71. Experience excitement when you sink a 20 foot putt
  72. Get used to public performance – on the first tee
  73. Learn anger management
  74. Know the difference between a bogie and a birdie
  75. Practice goal setting
  76. Walk 18 holes for exercise
  77. Watch your ball fly over the water and land on the green
  78. Master your body movements
  79. To develop a routine and stick to it
  80. Compete in a tournament and win really great prizes
  81. Be outdoors and commune with nature
  82. Establish a handicap and watch it improve
  83. To start a hobby you can do for the rest of your life
  84. Volunteer at  a golf tournament
  85. Learn various formats of competition
  86. Achieve balance in life
  87. Reciprocate a favor
  88. Take some fun photos
  89. Open up new career opportunities
  90. Experience winning
  91. An alternative to book club and bunko as an all girl activity
  92. Experience the joy of blasting out of sand
  93. Improve your posture
  94. Understand the lure of watching golf on TV
  95. Overcome your fear of failure
  96. Learn how to judge distance
  97. Keep your mind in the present
  98. Learn how to focus on a target
  99. Learn to accept what you get – bad lies and bounces – and give your best no matter what
  100. For fun and enjoyment!

College players compete for sponsor exemption into Meijer LPGA Classic this weekend, June 23rd.

Media_Default_LPGA_Meijer-LPGA-1034Five weeks left until the top female golfers in the world begin arriving in West Michigan for the second annual LPGA Meijer Classic.

This year, there will be a tournament before the tournament to give college golfers the chance to win a spot to play alongside the LPGA pros.

Nearly 40 competitors from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin Grand Valley State, Ferris State, Northwestern and Davenport universities will play one round on June 23 at Blythefield Country Club for two sponsor exemption spots into the LPGA event July 20-26.

LPGA chief communications officer Kraig Kann said it’s important to give college stars the chance to see what the big league feels like.

“We invited a couple of (college) players last year. We saw the community response to that and the excitement it created. And we just felt like the opportunity to hold this invitational, to offer a chance to all players from so many great schools from across the Midwest the right to come in a fill in those two spots was just to good of an opportunity to pass up. We’re really excited to welcome them out here,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said.

“I just think that’s so cool to give those girls and opportunity to play in such a great event, to get comfortable and meet the girls. I think it’s amazing — would have loved that when I was in college,” LPGA Tour pro Brittany Lang said.

The Meijer LPGA Classic is scheduled for July 20 to July 26 at Blythefield Country Club in unincorporated Belmont, north of Grand Rapids. The Meijer LPGA College Invitational will be held next week at Blythefield.

The 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic raised $600,000 for Meijer’s Simply Give program which funds local food banks.

Inbee Park takes the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship once again

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Wrapping up her third-consecutive KPMG Women’s PGA Championship win is Inbee Park who left everyone speechless finishing at 19-under with an incredible bogey-free scorecard, 68,  to a five-shot victory over Sei Young Kim, while Lexi Thompson rounded out the top-3 at 12-under thanks to a final round 66.

After her victory Park mentions, “It feels amazing, it feels amazing to win three times in a row. Obviously putting my name alongside like Annika Sorenstam or Patty Berg, legends of golf, just being a part of history of this golf tournament, I feel extremely honored, and I can’t believe that I just did it.”

Park moved back atop the Rolex World Rankings with her fifth overall tournament win this year, and although only 26, Park has already managed to win six majors and with 15 overall LPGA victories and now that much closer to entering the World Golf Hall of Fame.