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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.. 

Meet the 2015 Board

President:  Debbie McCreery
Member Services:  Elsa Arriola

Events:  Kathy Jones-Lang
Finance & Records Director: Wendy Shick
Member Recruitment: Open
Marketing:  Open

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.




2014 Events

Check emails for registrations.  Some changes will be announced as season progresses.

Kickoff - April 13th at Sleepy Hollow.  Rules seminar at 2:30 followed by kickoff and dinner.

Week of April 28 - first official week of league play

Greater Cleveland Junior Golf Scholarship playdates - June 14 and July 12

June 7 - 9 Jand Wine & Spirits at St. Bernard Golf Club: 9 holes w/tee times starting at 11AM.  Gather at Dug Out Pub & Grill or Taverne of Richfield

June 28 - Member/Guest outing at Astrohurst Golf Course

July 26 - Chapter Championship - Chardon Lakes

August 9 - Course Challenge at Hilliard Lakes

August 16 - District Semi-Finals Championship in Detroit area

September 7 - Year End Outing at Greyhawk.  Modified shotgun start at 8 am.

September 13/14 - Match Play Qualifier


Curtis Qualifies again for EWGA Championship Finals

Susan Curtis
tamed the Twin Lakes course north of Detroit on Saturday by winning low gross in the fourth flight by shooting 100. She will be the only golfer from the Cleveland chapter who will travel to the EWGA Championship Finals in Nashville October 10-11. Susan is a veteran of the Finals and will be an excellent representative for Cleveland.

The scramble team of Sue Williams, Terry Baxter, Maria Kamenos and Gwen Virag-Wright had the best score on the course by shooting a 5 under, 67. However, because of the handicapping system for the scramble teams, ended up placing second and just missed the opportunity to move on the Finals.

Third place was a popular placement for a bunch of other Cleveland golfers.

Championship flight – Clare Farris 3rd gross – 87

2nd flight – Cindy Darwal 3rd gross – 90

3rd flight – Donna Byrnes 3rd net - 73

4th flight – Denise Andres 3rd gross – 105

Other golfers who participated included Elsa Arriola, Debbie Brenner, Lori Maxwell,  Donna Schreiber and Wendy Shick.

2014 Chapter Championship Results

Saturday was a beautiful day to be on the golf course as 27 golfers participated in the Chapter Championship at Chardon Lakes Golf Course. 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 north of Detroit on August 16th.

Championship Flight – Handicaps 12.0 and under, played from 5,514 yds
First Gross - Clare Labaj, 86
First Net – Wendy Shick, 73

1st Flight – Handicaps 12.1 to 19.0, played from 4,875 yds
First Gross – Debbie Brenner, 91
First Net – Elsa Arriola, 73

2nd Flight – Handicaps 19.1 to 25.0, played from 4,875 yds
First Gross – Cindy Darwal, 93
First Net – Donna Schreiber, 79
Second Gross – Mary Murphy, 106

3rd Flight – Handicaps 25.1 to 32.0, played from 4,875 yds
First Gross – Donna Byrnes, 99
First Net – Lori Maxwell, 70
Second Gross – Ann Shamess, 103
Second Net – Gloria Merritt, 77

4th Flight – Handicaps 32.1 to 40.4, played from 4,875 yds
First Gross – Susan Curtis, 114
First Net – Denise Andres, 80 

First place team – with 68 (3 under par), Susan Williams, Maria Kamenos, Terry Baxter and Gwen Virag-Wright.
Second place team – with 70 (1 under par), Kelli Chronister, Kristen Miller, Jo Dangel and Diane Kovachik 

We appreciate all the non-board volunteers that came out to help make the tournament run smoothly. Those included: Pat Blackmon, Rita Burdick, Karla Maschmeier, Eileen McCarthy and Tom Shamess (Ann’s husband).

Champ, 1st and 2nd flights – Clare Labaj was the big winner with 3 skins for $22.50. Cindy Darwal collected $15 with her 2 skins. The following all had one skin for $7.50 – Debbie Brenner, Elsa Arriola and Wendy Shick.

3rd and 4th flights Donna Byrnes shot the best round of the day (based on her 69 net score) and cashed in with 4 skins and $31. Lori Maxwell also had a hot hand with 4 skins and $23 in winnings. Gloria Merritt and Ann Shamess each had one skin for $8.

To view photos of the event, click here.


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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Thank You from GCJGSF

A BIG THANKS to all members who donated golf clubs at the Year End event, and to those members who provided mentoring during the season to the Greater Cleveland Junior Golf Scholarship Fund.  The following letter was received from Jamie Taylor of GCJGSF.  

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.


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

Briarwood · Mondays –  start at 5:28pm

Grantwood · Wednesdays –  start at 5:10pm

Pine Hills · Tuesdays –  start at 4:30pm

Pine Ridge · Tuesdays – start at 5:02pm

Sleepy Hollow · Tuesdays - start at 5:30pm

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.


The Travel League plays 18 holes of golf on a mix different courses  throughout the summer/fall, once a month on Saturdays with tee-off usually at 10 AM.  Fees are paid at the courses.  You do have to sign up for the travel league DEADLINE IS APRIL 26.  Contact Andy Shimek with questions.  There is no cost to sign up.  SIGN UP HERE.

The tentative schedule for 2014 is:

May 3 - Painesville CC

August 2 - Punderson or Wicked Woods

September 6 - Maplecrest

October 5 - Prestwick Country Club