Originally created 08/17/97

David Westin: Interest growing in women's golf league



The Augusta chapter of the Executive Women's Golf League is gearing up for its first year of operation.

The league, which already numbers more than 70 women, will hold a Fall Kick-Off Aug. 28 at the Jones Creek Golf Club. The Kick-Off will start at 5:30 p.m. and feature Elaine Clark, director of protocol for the World Trade Center, as the keynote speaker. The cost is $10.

Starting Sept. 2, the program begins in earnest with weekly clinics and on-course instruction. The EWGL is open to businesswomen of all golf skill levels. For more information, call the EWGL hotline at cq510-3253.

The EWGL "is a wonderful opportunity for businesswomen to learn the game of golf in a welcoming environment," said Becca Phelan, president of the Augusta chapter of the EWGL.

The EWGL was founded in 1991 at the Emerald Dunes Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Starting out with a group of 28 businesswomen at that club, the EWGL now has 83 chapters nationwide and more than 14,000 members. The Augusta chapter joins Atlanta as the other EWGL in the state.

Nancy Oliver, president of Oliver & Company, a successful golf marketing firm in Palm Beach, founded the EWGL. Although Oliver had been in the golf marketing business for 15 years at the time, she had never learned to play the game. In creating the EWGL, Oliver developed the outline for group clinics that also incorporated rules, etiquette, equipment, proper golf attire, terminology and the business protocol associated with golf.

The mission statement for the EWGL is "to promote and foster a spirit of acceptance, dignity and respect for career-oriented women golfers."

CADILLAC MATCHES: The sites haven't been finalized for the annual Cadillac Cup matches, but a change in the format has. In the past, the matches between the 12-player teams from Georgia and South Carolina have been held in one day. This year, it will run for two days, tentatively Sept. 13-14. The first day will be alternate shot foursome play at a Georgia course. The second day will be singles at a South Carolina course. South Carolina leads the series 6-2-1.

WORLD AMATEUR: Ron Schnebelt of Evans will be among 4,000 golfers from the U.S. and 20 foreign countries competing in the DuPont World Amateur Handicap Championship at Myrtle Beach, S.C., Aug. 25-28. This is the world's largest on-site golf tournament, with 60 Myrtle Beach-area courses being used. The four-day, 72-hole event is open to any amateur with a 18-hole USGA-approved handicap. There are four flights - men, senior men (55-over), Super Senior (65-over) and women. The flight winners will advance to an 18-hole playoff Aug. 29 at the Dunes Beach & Golf Club. For more information, call 1-800-833-8798.

IZZO CUP: Augusta's Cortland Lowe needs to make up some ground if he hopes to make the inaugural Izzo Cup matches. Lowe is currently ninth in the rankings, which run from Dec. 31 through Dec. 31, 1997. The Izzo Cup is an international junior match play tournament which will pit the top 12 U.S. junior golfers (six boys and six girls) against a team from Sweden. The Izzo Cup will be played June 22-26, 1998, at Chateau Elan Golf Club in Braselton, Ga., site of the annual Sarazen World Open Championship. It will be held biannually at alternating sites in the U.S. and other countries. The event is sanctioned by the American Junior Golf Association and the Swedish Golf Federation.

AIKEN SENIORS: Hap Halbrooks of the North Augusta Country Club won the first flight in an Aiken Seniors Golf Association tournament at the Midland Valley Country Club. Art Pohle of Woodside won the second flight, Brooks Webster of Midland Valley won the third flight and Tony Minaya of Midland Valley won the third flight.