The Austin Chapter volunteer leaders would like to wish all our members, and friends of the EWGA, a safe and pleasant Thanksgiving!
I can’t believe it is almost 2016, where did the year go? It is getting cooler, but hopefully everyone will be able to get a few rounds in over the winter months, with their EWGA buddies! Remember you can use EWGA.com to contact other members for golf, social events etc.
We have already had our end of year celebration and recognition (see below), and the planning for next year is starting. We will be seeking input from our members on feedback to assist in the 2016 schedule. Laurie Ben, our new Events Director already has a strong committee in place. We still need help in other areas, such as membership to help the Chapter – contact me if you want to contribute!
Recap - Star Ranch Clinic & 18 holes: Postponed from late October due to the heavy rains, the clinic with Brook Watts, followed by 18 hole play, at Star Ranch was held on Sunday November 22nd. The clinic was an excellent class on full swing (wow, my drives were incredible during the 18 holes, simple corrections on the basics – grip, alignment, finish, made all the difference!). We also had a great putting drill using wide flat rulers to ensure a true stroke (4 or 6 feet available at Lowes, they may sell out as this is a super putting aid). Brook is going to be our 2016 go-to-pro for the Chapter, with a number of our members already using her for lessons, she is very active in promoting women’s’ golf and improving your skills to make the game more enjoyable. Probably about 50degF when the clinic started, but it warmed up for the golf afterwards, everyone dressing in winter gear (layers are best). It turned out to be a beautiful autumn day for golf, crisp with blue skies, a little wind. Congratulations to Sue Anderson, Sally Bowman, Becky Collins and Wendy Malloch (missed the hole in one by ~12 inches) for closest to the pin winners. Almost all players joined us in the bar afterwards for a drink or two and a natter. The latter is used often in Scotland - if you do not know what it is – check it out on http://dictionary.reference.com/
Recap – EWGA Championship Finals: Remember our Chapter Championship back in June? Well, we had a number of winners going on to the semi-finals in Baton Rouge in July. From there 3 Chapter members (Katie Wold, Sue Anderson and Darleen Gilmore) qualified for the finals in Palm Springs, to be held late October at the Westin Mission Hills. Great job by Sue and Katie who travelled to the finals to represent the Austin Chapter – a big shout out too to Ashley Schoen who caddied for Sue! We appreciate your time and large financial commitment to make the trip to participate; we hope you enjoyed the experience!
Recap - End of Year Event & Recognition: Our 2015 Chapter celebration was held on Saturday morning of November 14th at Top Golf. With almost 40 attendees, it was great catching up with old and new friends, including guests of members, experiencing the Austin Chapter for the first time. The awards were held, then brunch, followed by golf. First of all, many thanks to all an outstanding job at meeting our goals (yes, we do have goals and targets submitted each year to EWGA on running the Chapter).
Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors - Embassy Suites (Diane Ciehoski), and Hand and Stone (Teri Evans), your support over the years is very much appreciated to assist in subsidizing events and keeping the Chapter financially sound!
Thanks to the 2015 Director volunteers:
Ashlee Martin* - Finance & Records
Sally Bowman - Golf Programs (includes leagues and education)
Teri Evans - Member Recruitment (new members)
Ashley Schoen* - Member Services (retention of existing members)
Sandy Wood - Marketing (includes sponsorship)
Karol Davidson* - Communications (web,& LPGA/USGA Girls Golf coordinator)
Shawnda Freeman - Events & Activities (included Lone Star Cup & Chapter Championship)
*- new to the board in 2015
Stepping down from our leadership team – Sandy Wood, Shawnda Freeman and Darleen Gilmore (Central League coordinator). We appreciate all your time and efforts for the several years you have contributed to the Austin Chapter – a big THANKS!
Awards from the Chapter:
Top Recruiter (info from EWGA national) – Jennifer Karpyshyn
Most improved Golfer (handicap improvement) – Lisa Koonce (2nd year in a row!)
LPGA/USGA Girls’ Golf Volunteer - Patricia Rainey
Volunteer of the Year - Cheri Hisaw (2nd year in a row!)
League Awards (points for showing up, closest to the pin, longest drive etc):
North League - Nancy Lubecker (1st), Sandy Fitzpatrick (2nd)
South League - Nancy Hopkins (1st), Cheri Hisaw (2nd)
Central League - Judy Alloway (1st), Patricia Rainey (2nd)
Monthly Saturday Eclectic play at Avery Ranch (flighted):
Member Awards (voted by the membership):
Judi Nudelman Founder Award: A long standing member (longer than one year) that demonstrates commitment, leadership and involvement with the Chapter, promoting the EWGA Vision – Sally Bowman
Golfer of the Year: A member that has had high participation in Chapter functions, good sportsmanship, loves the game of golf…does not have to be the lowest handicap or “best” player – Sandy Fitzpatrick
Rookie of the Year: A new member (first year as of September 2014) that has been active and supportive in EWGA /Chapter events – tied, Judy Alloway & Nancy Lubecker
Fun Member Awards (voted by the membership):
The 'Hoot' - great fun/comic and enjoyable to play golf with. Nominations - Lisa Ashby, Laurie Ben, Sita Clifone-Guillot, Bonnie Davenport, Sandy Fitzpatrick, Shawnda Freeman, Pam Garcia, Cheri Hisaw, Trish Hoener, Tania Lingor, Nancy Lubecker, Wendy Malloch, Deonna Million, Ashley Schoen, Brenda Wendel, Jill Wilcox, Sandy Wood. Winner – Ashley Schoen
The Tree Hugger- A member that seems to hit their ball into the woods/trees more than others. Nominations - Karen Chen, Becky Collins, Bonnie Davenport, Karol Davidson, Ginger Edwards, Teri Evans, Sandy Fitzpatrick, Shawnda Freeman, Pam Garcia, Kim Golden, Trish Hoener, Terry Kroenung, Nancy Lubecker, Wendy Malloch, Mary Beth McCabe, Deonna Million, Genny Pellacani, Ashley Schoen, Brenda Wendel, Sandy Wood. Winner – Ginger Edwards
Swimming with the fishes: Red or yellow water hazards, this member knows how to get their ball wet. Nominations - Judy Alloway, Laurie Ben, Bonnie Davenport, Sandy Fitzpatrick, Shawnda Freeman, Pam Garcia, Judy Garner, Darleen Gilmore, Trish Hoener, Cindy Howard, Mel Howes, Carol Lee, Nancy Lubecker, Susan MacDonald, Stephanie Maynes, Tonia Norman, JT Thomas, Amy Whisenhunt. Winner – Bonnie Davenport
Beach Baby: Ends up in bunkers more than others & perseveres at hitting out of the sand. Nominations - Karen Chen, Bonnie Davenport, Carla Evans, Sandy Fitzpatrick, Pam Garcia, Kim Golden, Kristina Hayes, Linda Heurkins, Cheri Hisaw, Trish Hoener, Jennifer Karpyshyn, Lisa Koonce, Nancy Lubecker, Susan MacDonald, Wendy Malloch, Ashlee Martin, Jeri Pack, Amy Whisenhunt, Jill Wilcox, Cynthia Wilkinson. Winner – Wendy Malloch
Golf Lover: Eat, sleeps, golfs: a true lover of the game of golf. Nominations - Judy Alloway, Sue Anderson, Susan Belvin, Laurie Ben, Sally Bowman, Sandy Fitzpatrick, Beth Gaff, Pam Garcia, Wendy Malloch, Stephanie Maynes, Patricia Rainey. Winner – Sandy Fitzpatrick
Best Dressed on the Course: Nominations, OK, so we did not even bother asking for votes, just awarded to Sandy Fitzpatrick
Scoring Machine: Member that can putt anyone under the table. Nominations - Sue Anderson, Lisa Ashby, Linda Bal, Susan Belvin, Sally Bowman, Julie Dunn Chavez, Teri Evans, Sandy Fitzpatrick, Julie Freitag, Pam Garcia, Kristina Hayes, Jeri Pack, Patricia Rainey, JT Thomas, Cindy Tuttle, Katie Wold, Sandy Wood. Winner – Sue Anderson
19th Holer: Plays their best at the 19th hole, socializes with the golfing group. Nominations - Sita Clifone-Guillot, Teri Evans, Pam Garcia, Cheri Hisaw, Trish Hoener, Jennifer Karpyshyn, Carol Lee, Nancy Lubecker, Wendy Malloch, Ashlee Martin, Deonna Million, Ashley Schoen, Sandy Wood. Winner (tied) – Cheri Hisaw & Sandy Wood
Congratulations to all our winners, hope you enjoyed our ‘fun’ awards!
Lastly, welcome to our 2016 volunteer Board of Directors and Chairs –
Wendy Malloch – President
Ashlee Martin – Finance & Records
Sally Bowman – Golf Programs
Teri Evans – Member Recruitment
Ashley Schoen – Member Services
Beth Gaff* - Marketing
Karol Davidson – Communications
Laurie Ben* – Events & Activities
Judy Alloway* - Central League Chair
* - New to the position in 2016
Looking forward to 2016 - this is OUR Chapter, we can all make it better by:
Providing constructive feedback
Participating in events & fostering an inclusive environment
Volunteering, mentoring and marketing EWGA
Many thanks to everyone on a successful 2015, and even better 2016!
Growing the Membership: Up to December 15, new members who join at the classic level can receive a $25 discount in recognition of the upcoming 25th anniversary of EWGA. AND current members who recruit a new member are entered into a drawing to win a complimentary registration to the 2016 EWGA Conference in Colonial Williamsburg, April 20-24, 2016! Invite a friend, family member or co-worker to attend a Chapter event so they can experience the fun of golf and consider joining the EWGA!
Welcome to new members – Judy Kent & Leigh Krusee – hope to see you at our social in January!
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season, see y'all in 2016!
Austin, Tx Chapter