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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.


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


Chapter Champions 2015 Winners

July 25 was a beautiful day to be on the golf course as 35 golfers participated in the Chapter Championship at Shale Creek Golf Club. Finally, after all the rain we have experienced this year, there was “roll” on the golf course. A record six teams completed for one spot in the Scramble competition, so that part of the competition was hotly contested. Good food and fun was had by all at the 19th hole. The first place gross, first place net winners and first place scramble team will advance to the Sectional Tournament in Fort Wayne, IN on August 30th.

Championship Flight – Handicaps of 12.0 and under, played from 5,400 yds
First Gross - Clare Labaj, 81
First Net – Wendy Shick, 70

1st Flight – Handicaps between 12.1 and 19.0, played from 5,000 yds
First Gross – Elsa Arriola, 93

2nd Flight – Handicaps between 19.1 and 25.0, played from 5,000 yds
First Gross –Deb Solyan, 93
First Net – Cindy Darwal, 74
Second Gross – Tamie Myers, 103

3rd Flight – Handicaps between 25.1 and 32.0, played from 5,000 yds
First Gross – Kim Behm, 102
First Net – Ann Shamess, 78
Second Gross – Monica Wilson, 117
Second Net – Debra Horn, 92

4th Flight – Handicaps between 32.1 and 40.4, played from 5,000 yds
First Gross – Susan Curtis, 112

First place team – with 65 (8 under par plus two strokes for team handicap),  Marlayna Jacinto, Allison Morrow, Laurie Schroeder and Debbie Warman.

Second place team (tie breaker)– with 67 (6 under par plus two strokes for team handicap), Terry Baxter, Maria Kamenos, Donna Schreiber and Susan Williams.

Third place team – with 67 (3 under plus less one stroke for team handicap), Denise Andres, Pat Blackmon, Eileen McCarthy and Gloria Merritt

We appreciate all the non-board volunteers that came out to help make the tournament run smoothly. Those included: Tom Shamess (Ann’s husband) who was in charge of the event, Lisa Bizjak, Rita Burdick, Donna Byrnes, Karin Huth, Karla Maschmeier, June Poole, Gwen Virag-Wright and Marilyn Weinke.


Champ, 1st and 2nd flightsClare Labaj moved skillfully around the course with 4 skins for $20.00. Wendy Shick collected $15 with her 3 skins, Deb Solyan had 2 skins for $10 and Tamie Myers rounded out the list with one skin for $5.

3rd and 4th flightsAnn Shamess cashed in on 3 skins for $20, Susan Curtis and Kim Behm pulled in 2 skins each for $12 and Monica Wilson finished with one skin for $6.

Scramble –Team Jacinto-Morrow-Schroeder-Warman collected 3 skins and one was an eagle on a par 5 to haul in $52. Team Ales-Corcoran-Rothers-Tsivitse also had an eagle on a par 4 and wrapped up $34. The remaining two skins were split for $17 each with Team Baxter-Kamenos-Schreiber-Williams and Team Andres-Blackmon-McCarthy-Merritt.


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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Course Challenge August 8

WHAT: Come and enjoy some friendly competition!  It's an 18 hole outing where you and a partner play in a 2 person team event against teams from other EWGA courses - East vs West.  Come show some pride in your course!
East Course Group:  Berkshire, Grantwood, Pine Ridge
West Course Group:  Briarwood, Sleepy Hollow, Sweetbriar
FORMAT:  Holes 1-9 played as best ball, holes 10-18 played as scramble format. This will be handicapped according to the USGA method.  If the handicaps between the two players is large, the team handicap will be based on the lower handicap plus 4.  The handicapped format will allow groups and golfers to be competitive against the other groups.  Everyone has a chance to contribute to her group's overall score.  There will also be a putting contest which contributes 50% of a group's total score.  Each group should be represented by at least 5 teams.  Not sure what all the above means?  Don't worry - just come to play and learn and have fun!
If a player does not have a valid handicap you may still participate.  However you will only be eligible for best putter, low gross team score and skill prizes.
WHEN: Saturday, August 8, 2015 12:00 pm.  (first tee time)  Registration starts at 11:15 am
WHERE:  Astorhurst Golf Course  7000 Dunham Road, Walton Hills, OH   44146
COST:  $36 for golf and cart including chance at skill shots and team prizes.  Food is on your own - there is a good snack bar.
PRIZES: $400 in prizes!  They will be awarded for the best group of courses based on the best overall score of the golf and putting.  The best team with the low gross and low net and the best putter will also receive prizes.  Skill shot prizes will also be available.
MAXIMUM 40 GOLFERS - :  SIGN UP TODAY!  The first 20 teams to register both players will participate.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, July 31st.  NO REFUNDS after that date.  Be sure to indicate if you are playing for EAST or WEST and the name of your playing partner.


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.

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.