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Founded in 1992, EWGA Cleveland has approximately 130 members golfing at an assortment of courses throughout NE Ohio.  In addition to weekly evening nine hole golf leagues, EWGA Cleveland hosts tournaments and events, provides networking opportunities, education and volunteer opportunities and access to National EWGA benefits, such as the annual Chapter Championship and the Champions Cup Tournament.. 

Letter from the President


Dear EWGA Members,

Spring has arrived, and golf season has begun…with the start of league play a couple of weeks ago.

Remember, you can play at any of the 6 weekly league courses - tee times vary so check the "leagues" tab above to get details.

We have a great schedule of events planned for the season. Please be on the lookout for each email blast in order to register for all events.

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the events as well.  If you are interested in getting more involved in the organization, please contact me at

Our goal this year is to increase membership.  If every member could get one person to join we would be well on our way!  The best advertisement is word of mouth so please talk it up among your family and friends to help EWGA grow.  And, you can bring a guest (two times before they must join) to an event or to weekly league play  to let them see how great EWGA is.

See you soon on the links!
Debbie McCreery


Meet the 2015 Board

President:  Debbie McCreery
Member Services:  TBD

Events:  Kathy Jones-Lang
Finance & Records Director: Wendy Shick
Member Recruitment: Liz Walton
Marketing:  Sharon Sammon

Want to get involved?  Make new friends?  Have a say in what the Cleveland Chapter is doing?  VOLUNTEER!  Members are welcome and needed to help for the 2015 year.  Contact Debbie McCreery via email or call her at 216-509-9922.

Have a story or photo to share on web site, Facebook or Linkedin? Contact Carolyn Caplan via email.



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2015 Events

Check emails and web site for registrations.  

March 19 - Golf Dome – Swing into Spring- 6PM - 8PM

April 19 -  Kick-off at Metropark at Acacia – 1PM – 5PM

May 16 - Spring Training – Seneca with Jamie Taylor

June 14 - Wine & 9 – Hemlock Springs Golf Club & South River Winery

June 27 - Member Guest – Pleasant Valley (Rained Out - Rescheduled)

July 11 - All Ohio EWGA - Deer Ridge Golf Course

July 18 - Member Guest - Pleasant Valley

July 25 - Chapter Championship – Shale Creek

August 8 - Course Challenge – Astorhurst Golf Course

August 29 - EWGA Championship (stroke play and scramble) Upper Mideast Sectionals – Chestnut Hills Golf Club, Fort Wayne, IN

September 12 -   Year-End – Tanglewood

October 3-4 - EWGA Cup (match play) Great Lakes Sectional – Blue Shamrock Golf Club, Palmerton, PA

October 30-31 - EWGA Championship Finals (stroke play and scramble) – The Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA

November 13-14 - EWGA Cup Finals (match play) – Reunion Resort, Kissimmee, FL


Sign Up for Chapter Championship

The EWGA Championship is now in its 20th year as the largest women's amateur golf competition in the world!  Members of all skill levels are encouraged to compete.

There are two competitive formats: Individual Stroke Play and Inter-Chapter Scramble competitions.  For details about Individual Stroke Play click here.  For details about Inter-Chapter Scramble competition click here.

The first level of competition is an 18-hole local qualifying round held at each Chapter location. The Cleveland Chapter Low Gross and Low Net Champions in each flight and the first place Inter-Chapter Team Scramble Competition winner are eligible to advance to the Upper Mideast Semi-Final Championship, an 18-hole round, which will be held at the Chestnut Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Saturday, August, 29, 2015.  The Championship Finals are a two day 36 hole event which will be held October 30-31, 2015 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.  Complete information about the EWGA Championship can be found on the EWGA web site.

2105 Cleveland Chapter Championship Qualifying Round:

July 25, 2015
Shalecreek Golf Club · 5420 Wolff Road, Medina, OH 44256
Cost:  $140 which includes:

$50 Championship entry fee to EWGA, golf with cart, luncheon and awards

* Follow the registration guidelines distributed by your local Chapter
* Be a female, EWGA member in good standing
* Have a verifiable USGA Handicap Index and have an equivalent of two 18-hole scores posted to your handicap record in the current year
* Be a female amateur golfer as defined by USGA Rules of Amateur Status and EWGA gender policy

Go to and click on SIGN IN at the top of the homepage.
·  Sign in to the Member Portal with email address & password
·  Click on Event Registration on the page's left side navigation tab
·  Select "2015 EWGA Championship Entry" and follow prompts

Questions?  Contact Tom Shamess, Championship Director (440) 666-5625 or email him at 

Deadline to Register for Chapter Championship is July 8, 2015


Match Play Teams Fall Short of Qualifying at the EWGA Cup Sectionals

Three Cleveland teams of 8 golfers traveled north of Toronto
to the Cardinal Red Crest Golf Course in King, Ontario on September 13-14 to compete in the EWGA Cup (match play format). Described as "guarded by flashy bunkers, undulating greens and expansive wetlands", the course provided beautiful visuals and challenges to all.  The players had to deal with weather conditions that included cold (42 degrees to start), rain and wind. The teams battled but fell short of finishing in the top 4 to qualify for the finals in Phoenix in December. A total of 13 teams competed. Three of the top 4 teams were from Canada and local knowledge of the course definitely was a benefit. Saturday the teams played two-person match play for 4 available points and Sunday was singles match play with 8 available points.

Cleveland Rocks the Socks team (Pat Blackmon, Donna Byrnes, Clare Labaj, Eileen McCarthy, Allison Morrow, Stamy Paul, Wendy Shick and Deb Solyan) finished in 5th place with 6 ½ points. All players contributed in points on the first day as the team accumulated 3 ½ points. On the second day, Allison, Stamy and Clare all won their matches. Three of the other matches either went to the 17th or 18th holes, but the balls didn’t drop in the team’s favor.

Erie Eages team (Denise Andres, Deb Brenner, Kelli Chronister, Jo Dangel, Diane Kovachik, Lori Maxwell, Gloria Merritt and Kristen Miller) finished in 6th place, also with 6 ½ points. The team was the only team that won all 4 of the Saturday matches, but wasn’t able to keep the momentum going on the second day. Gloria and Lori won their second-day matches and Denise tied with her opponent. Deb took her match to the 18th hole.

Hot in Cleveland team (Terry Baxter, Lisa Bizjak, Carolyn Caplan, Maria Kamenos, Donna Schreiber, Andy Shimek and Gwen Virag-Wright finished with 4 ½ points. Carolyn (the Florida girl) and Gwen teamed up for a point on the first day. The team came back strong on the second day with Terry, Lisa and Maria winning outright and Gwen tied with her challenger. 


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EWGA All-Ohio "Red, White & Blue" Golf Event July 11

Join us for EWGA's All-Ohio "Red, White & Blue" 
GOLF OUTING on Saturday, July 11 at 
Deer Ridge Golf Club 

Play with EWGA members from other Ohio Chapters at one of central Ohio's must-play golf courses, Deer Ridge Golf Club!


When:  Saturday, July 11

Where:  Deer Ridge Golf Club, 900 Comfort Plaza Dr., Bellview, Oh

Time:  10 AM - modified shotgun start

Cost:  $55 (includes 18 holes of golf, cart, box lunch, bottled water & prizes).   

  • Theme:  Red, White & Blue.  Dress up and/or decorate - optional.
  • Format: 4-person Shamble (play your own game from the best ball - must use everyone's drives twice for 18 holes.  Two people from a chapter on each team paired with two people from another chapter - choose your own partner or we will pair you.
  • Handicapped

 Questions?  Contact Debbie Kandel at, or cell (330) 962-6521 or work (330)630-0270 x7471)



Member/Guest Rescheduled to July 18

Come by yourself or bring a golfing buddy (male or female)
and join us for
When: July 18 - 9 AM
Where: Pleasant Valley Golf Course
3830 Hamilton Rd., Medina, Oh
Cost: 18 holes golf + cart = $50
Skill Shots & Prizes

Register HERE


The tentative schedule for 2015 is:

May 9: Maplecrest in Kent @ 1pm.

June 6: Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua NY - 2.25 hrs from Cleveland (this is with the Rochester NY EWG chapter-can be an overnight if members want to golf both days).  Open to all EWG members.  Click here for details.

July 11: All Ohio @ Deer Ridge in Bellville Ohio, time TBD. www.deerridgegc.comOpen to all EWG members

August 1: Blackbrook in Mentor @10am.

September 5: Pheasant Run in LaGrange, Ohio @ 11am.


Berkshire Hills ·
Wednesdays – tee times start at 5:30pm

Briarwood · Mondays –  start at 5:28pm - 5:52pm

Grantwood · Wednesdays –  start at 5:10pm

Pine Ridge · Tuesdays – start at 5:02pm

Sleepy Hollow · Tuesdays - start at 5:33pm - 4 tee times

Sweetbriar · Mondays – start at 4:48pm

For additional information including "Games of the Week"  and Course Director's contact information, click on the Leagues Tab.


Race for the Place

EWGA Cleveland President Debbie McCreery and EWGA Cleveland Marketing Director participated in the Race for the Place on June 7 as part of Team EWGA.  Race for the Place was held on "National Cancer Survivors Day" and the participating teams raised money for The Gathering Place.  Other team members included Rita Singh, Harry Baumgartner and Chris Sammon, not pictured.


Member Tamie Myers to play in an 18 hole Scramble before LPGA Kingsmill, Va

EWGA Cleveland member Tamie Myers bid on the EWGA Foundation Auction for a spot in the Wednesday Pro-Am before the LPGA tournament at Kingsmill GC, Virginia in May.  She will play an eighteen-hole scramble with other amateurs and two (2) LPGA pros--one on the front nine and another one on the back nine.  The event includes a party on Tuesday night (food, music, drinks, gift bag) with the LPGA pros.

Tamie said "I didn't think I'd win so I was shocked to get an email from EWGA National saying I'd won.  Now I have to practice before I go because my game was way off at league on Monday."  Best of luck Tamie! 

Year End 2014 Results

55 golfers swooped in on Grey Hawk Golf Course in LaGrange Sunday. Originally play was to occur on Saturday, but a scheduling change forced us to play Sunday. The Golf Gods were with us again, as we had a sunny day on the course, although we had some cart-path only restrictions. Stroke play was the game of the day.

Eileen McCarthy was awarded the Most Improved golfer for 2013.

Clare Labaj and Eileen McCarthy tied for low score of the day with 86s. Clare received the nod on first place when she had the better back-nine score of the two. Nancy Cetina carded the best net score of the day with a 69.

The following were flight winners – 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category. First place received $50, second place received $30 and third place garnered $20.

Flight 1 – Gross                        Flight 1 – Net
Clare Labaj – 86 (tiebreaker)     Nancy Cetina – 69
Eileen McCarthy – 86               Susan Williams – 70
Allison Morrow - 90                  Elsa Arriola – 75

Flight 2 – Gross                        Flight 2 – Net
Donna Schreiber – 92               Lisa Bizjak – 75 (tiebreaker)
Cindy Darwal – 96                    Jane Spellacy – 76
Andy Shimek – 103                   Diane Kovachik  - 92 (tiebreaker)

Flight 3 – Gross                        Flight 3 – Net   
Terri Lanzara – 100                  Kim Behm – 72
Debbie Kandel - 103                 Gloria Merritt – 75
Monica Wilson - 107                 Barb Nebbia - 79

Flight 4 – Gross                        Flight 4 – Net
Debbie McCreery – 109            Beth Lovgren – 75
Rosanne Fiorilli – 113               Karen Forrai – 75
Gwen Virag – 120 (tiebreaker)   Sharon Sammon – 79

Best Putters
Flight 1 – Allison Morrow (28), Flight 2 – Donna Schreiber (28), Flight 3 –Kim Behm (28), Flight 4 – Denise Wuertz – (31)

Skill Shots
#1 – Closest to pin, any shot – Maria Kamenos
#3 – Closest to pin, second shot - Wendy Shick
#5 – Closest to pin, par 3 – Liz Walton
#8 – Long putt – Jane Spellacy
#10 – Long drive – Allison Morrow
#11 – Closest to pin, par 3 – Lisa Bizjak
#16 – Closest to pin, any shot – Olga Merela
#18 – Long putt – Jo Dangel 

For photos, click here.

1st Annual All - Ohio Event a Big Hit!!

The 1st annual all Ohio EWGA golf event took place on August 10th at Deer Ridge Golf Course and a good time was had by all 48 participants.  Congratulations to Deb Kandel from the Cleveland chapter who put it all together.  There was a Jimmy Buffet trivia game for prizes that entailed a clue on every hole in order for you to guess the title to one of his many songs.  There were also skill prizes on nearly every hole.  

The format was foursomes set up as teams with players from different chapters.  This allowed everyone to meet new people and make new friends as well as enjoy friendly competition.  Each team had a handicap that was calculated by the players individual handicaps.  

The First Place team was made up of 2 Cleveland (Susan Curtis/Janet Burnside) and 2 Columbus (Melanie Domyan/Jana Highwart) members with a score of 108.  The Second Place team with a score of 119 was Susan Finefrock/Betsy Sherman of Columbus and Linda Anderson/Debbie Quinn of Canton.  The Third Place team also with a score of 119 was Cathy Bregar of Columbus and Deb Kandel/Joe Darwal of Cleveland. The Second Place was determined by scoring better on the hardest hole.   Joe was an honorary member that day as his wife was playing and it was their 39th Wedding Anniversary-Congratulations!!!

The hole prizes were set according to first and second flights.  Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Longest Putt- Somers Martin 
  • Closest to the Pin Second Shot- Melanie Domyan
  • Closest to the Pin (first flight)- Donna Schreiber
  • Longest Drive (first flight)- Andy Shimek  
  • Longest Putt- Susan Finefrock
  • Longest Drive in Fairway (second flight)- Judy Czarnecki
  • Closest to the Pin (second flight)- Susan Curtis
  • Longest Putt- Linda Anderson
  • Closest to the Pin Second Shot- Susan Finefrock
  • Closest to the Pin Second Shot- Tammy Waltz
  • Closest to the Pin (first flight)- Jana Highwart
  • Longest drive in Fairway (first flight)- Carol Roston
  • Closest to the Pin Second Shot- Abbie Green
  • Longest Putt- Deb Johns
  • Closest to the Pin (second shot)- Susan Curtis
  • Longest drive- Betsy Sheman
  • Closest to the Pin (second flight)- Elaine Musztuk
  • Longest Putt- Somers Martin

We are already planning and looking forward to next year's event!!

Honorary guest Joe Darwal with a tough lie (maybe not for Ohio)

East Captures Course Challenge Title

Saturday was a beautiful day to be on the golf course and the 14 golfers from the “East” courses (Berkshire, Grantwood, Pine Ridge) grabbed the Course Challenge title. The East team consisted of Judy Darbey/Diane Rothers (Grantwood), Marilyn Wilson/Nancy Cetina (Pine Ridge), Wendy Shick/Clare Labaj (Pine Ridge), Connie Sims/Vicki Mannarino (Pine Ridge), Jennifer Moissis/Christy Mulhall (Grantwood), Kate Vezdos/Elsa Arriola (Berkshire) and Terry Baxter/Barb Tsivitse (Grantwood). Hilliard Lakes in Westlake was the host course as 23 total golfers took on the par 75 course and tough greens.

The format for play was two-person teams. The first 9 holes was best ball format in which both players played their own ball and used the lower score. The second 9 holes was a scramble. After play on the course, the golfers proceeded to the putting green to putt from three positions of 10 ft, 20 ft and 30 ft.

The East golfers pulled out the win in the putting contest portion of the Challenge.Wendy Shick and Jennifer Moissis were first and second in the putting contest. For the golf portion, Jennifer teamed with Christy Mulhall for third in the net best-ball team score. Each of the members of the East team received a $20 gift card from Golf Galaxy.

Other award winners were: Clare Labaj and Wendy Shick (Pine Ridge) – low gross team with 80. Cindy Darwal and Susan Curtis (Briarwood) – low net team with 56. Wendy Shick (Pine Ridge) – sunk the 20 foot putt to capture best putter

Skill shot winners: Long putt – Terry Baxter and Vicki Mannarino.  Closest to Pin – Terry Baxter, Ann Shamess, and Debbie Kandel . Short Drive – Kate Vezdos. Long drive- Wendy Shick.

In the skins game for Flight 1, the team of Baxter/Tsivitse and Andy Shimek/Lisa Bizjak both earned two skins for $40 each. Vezdos/Arriola and Moissis/Mulhall scored one each each for $20. For Flight 2 skins, team Susan Curtis/Cindy Darwal claimed two skins for $55. The other skins were garnered by Donna Schreiber/Elaine Musztuk and Kim Behm/Ann Shamess for $27.50 each.

To see photos of this event, click here.