The DeSoto, Ponce and Granada courses were jam-packed with nearly 300 players competing in the national finals of the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Counting players, EWGA officials, volunteers, spectators and caddies, more than 400 crowded the tracks.
“This is an exciting finale for us,” said CEO Jane Garrett, “and the hospitality and organization here in Hot Springs Village has been amazing.” Scrambles were played on DeSoto and Ponce while individual play was executed at Granada.
“We have over 11,500 EWGA members across the U.S. and Canada including one in Bermuda and one in Italy. Nearly 2,000 competed to be in this tournament,” she said. This is the EWGA championship finals with only a match final scheduled for later this month in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Many players in attendance commented on the beauty of HSV, the warm reception given by local residents and the ease to arrange accommodations and transportation.
“It has been just amazing how welcome we feel and how comfortable it is to visit with people in the neighborhoods, shops and restaurants,” said NYC native, Anne Brillantes.
Practice rounds began Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 4 and 5 with final champion rounds Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7. Participants enjoyed breakfasts and lunches at each course including dinner at Chef Johnna’s Thursday evening. Johnna’s also hosted the final awards dinner Saturday.
Winners included: Nadia Luttner (overall gross), Katyna Rabain (overall net), Laura Boes (first flight
overall gross), Liping Zhang (first flight overall net), Rivia Brown (second flight overall gross), Cindy
Darwel (second flight overall net), Jeanne Miller (third flight overall gross), Terri Walsh (third flight
overall net), Shauna Judd (fourth flight overall gross), and Tammy Dearborn (fourth flight overall net).
Scramble team winners were Christy Mahaw, Pam Evans, Melissa Scheidt and Ainslee Sikole.
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