The game of women’s golf has been on the rise over the past twenty five years, with the number of female golfers at 4.1 million in 1985 compared to 5.1 million in 2011. While golf has always been primarily a men’s sport it is quickly becoming a desirable sport for women as well. Currently, the Inland Empire is in the process of developing a new women’s golf group, the Riverside-Inland Empire Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA). The EWGA is the largest women’s amateur golf association in the U.S. with chapters from coast to coast as well as in Canada and Italy. Today’s women want creative outdoor recreation and sports-filled lives centered on personal and professional growth. The EWGA provides an environment that fits just that. The association is open to all women – whether employed, self-employed, stay at home or retired.
In today’s economy, we are more selective on how we spend our money and resources. Perhaps if golf can be accepted as an escape from the daily grind, as an avenue for strengthening business and personal relationships and as a way of personal self-improvement both mentally and physically – the game will continue to grow for women. Out of 1000 career women surveyed from the EWGA database of women golfers: 73% agree that golf has helped them to develop relationships and network, 54% say golf has contributed to their being more assertive and 22% have closed business on the golf course.
The benefits of being a member of the EWGA truly outweigh the cost and the list is lengthy. A membership of $155/annually provides more rewards per dollar spent in the incentives received. One of the main benefits is the handicap service available through the member website powered by GolfNet, to help track and improve your golf game. The group is also set up to serve the needs of various golf skills through programs designed to help educate and train the woman golfer through a variety of clinics and lessons. Another great benefit is that the organized play opportunities are designed to fit the schedules of busy women and are held at different courses throughout the chapter coverage area to allow for an expanded experience of golf play. Furthermore, there are golf discounts at major golf stores, golf networks and golf courses. The local chapters also provide opportunities for service through volunteering and leadership roles that contribute directly in making a difference in women’s lives. In addition to numerous other benefits, the EWGA Championship is the largest women’s amateur golf tournament providing a competitive opportunity based on flights for players at all skill levels.
Additionally, the EWGA gives back to the community through fundraising efforts that are directed towards girls and women. Two examples in which funds are directed are the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf – a developmental program for young girls and Women on Par Scholarships granted to the non-traditional female student with a minimum of 30 years of age to help them further their education.
Women rely on friends during times of stress and instability. Studies have shown that women friendships help to deter the development of physical impairments and illnesses, contributing to more healthy and joyful lives. “These are the types of relationships we strive to create and build, the rewards far exceed the cost,” stresses Ysolette Nicoson, the EWGA Riverside-Inland Empire Chapter President. This chapter was formed to serve a local area need as no local chapter existed prior to a year ago. For more information on membership, please visit the site at: http://www.ewga-riverside.com or contact the EWGA Riverside-Inland Empire Chapter President, Ysolette Nicoson at 951-255-3110 or at firstname.lastname@example.org