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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 2014 Board

President:  Andy Shimek
Membership Recruitment Director:Jane Spellacy
Marketing Director: Lisa Bizjak
Event & Activities Director: Kathy Jones-Lang
Finance & Records Director: Wendy Shick
Member Services Director: Debbie McCreery




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


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 

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.


Champions Cup Finals

The Cleveland Rocks the Socks 8-member team finished tied for ninth place out of 25 teams at the 2013 EWGA Champions Cup. The two-day event was held at the PGA National Resort on the Champions and Fazio courses. The eight players that competed were: Pat Blackmon, Margo Buttner, Donna Byrnes, Clare Labaj, Eileen McCarthy, Allison Morrow and Wendy Shick. Laurie Schroeder and Pat Gray were there to show support for the team.

The competition included 8 singles matches and 4 four-ball doubles matches – all with handicaps. Eileen, Margo and Allison garnered two points each for the team by winning both of their four-ball and singles matches. 

The Canton team finished tied for 5th. Debbie Kandel, a dual member of Canton and Cleveland, was part of the Canton team.

"Cleveland Rocks the Socks" team advance to Champions Cup Finals

Congratulations to team "Cleveland Rocks the Socks" for their 2nd place win at the Champions Cup Qualifier.  The team members are: Wendy Shick, Clare Labaj, Eileen McCarthy, Pat Blackmon, Margo Buttner, Allison Morrow, Deb Solyan and Donna Byrnes.  They will advance to the finals at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.  Good Luck Cleveland!!

Additional teams "Lake Erie Eagles" consisting of Kelli Chronister, Debbie Brenner, Kristen Miller, Jo Dangel, Diane Kovachik, Gloria Merritt, Lori Maxwell and Denise Andres and team "Hot in Cleveland" composed of Terry Baxter, Sue Williams, Lisa Bizjak, Maria Kamenos, Andy Shimek, Donna Schreiber, Ann Shamess and Carolyn Caplan also participated.  For photos, click here.

Gotta Go Golf Online Magazine

Click here to access the online Magazine GottaGoGolf. 

Cleveland Weather


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Syndicated Content - Save the Date 6

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The 14th Annual EWGA Course Challenge August 9

New format: East vs. West!

The EWGA annual course challenge is an 18-hole outing where you and a partner play in a 2-person team event against teams from other EWGA courses. Come and enjoy some friendly competition: 3 EWGA Cleveland courses from the East vs. 4 EWGA Cleveland courses from the West. This is your chance to show some pride in your home course!


East Course Group - Berkshire, Grantwood, Pine Ridge

West Course Group - Briarwood, Pine Hills, Sleepy Hollow, Sweetbriar 

  • Saturday, August 9
  • Cost is $46
  • Tee times start at 10:00, registration opens at 9:00
  • Hilliard Lakes is at 31665 Hilliard Road, Westlake 44145
  • Find a partner, or let Wendy know if you need one
  • $500 in prizes to be awarded!
  • Register online no later than Friday, August 1. Registration limited to the first 20 teams
  • ALL the details on the format and scoring can be found by clicking here 
  • Questions? Contact Wendy: 440-812-5676 or e-mail at

Click here to Register. Hope to see you there!


NOTE: Mark your calendar and save the date: the year-end event has been moved to Sunday, September 7th.

EWGA ALL-OHIO Margaritaville Golf Outing August 10

Join the Cleveland, Canton, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati Chapters for an ALL OHIO EWGA day of golf at the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville, Ohio.  

Date: Sunday, August 10
Time: 10 AM modified shot gun start
Where: Deer Ridge Golf Club, 900 Comfort Plaza Dr., Bellville, Oh
Cost: $55 includes 18 holes, cart, box lunch at turn, prizes and bottle water

The theme is Margaritaville.  Dress and decorate to the theme if you choose!

- Two person modified Shamble (play your own game from the best ball, must use everyone's drives twice for 18 holes.
- Two person from one chapter will be paired with two people from another chapter - choose your own partner or we will pair you up.
- Handicapped scores

Click here to register- Deadline is August 2.

Questions?  Contact Debbie Kandel via email or call 330-962-6521 (cell) or 330-630-0270 x 7471 (work).

Miami University Alumni - Cleveland Chapter Outing

EWGA Cleveland Member Julie Daymut is inviting our chapter to participate in a golf outing to raise scholarship money for local students to attend school at Miami University.  The outing is July 26 at Hawthorne Valley Golf Club, in Solon.  You can find out more about it by clicking on this link.

2014 Franey Cup to benefit Malachi House

EWGA Cleveland member Patti Smith is inviting the chapter members to a golfing benefit for Malachi House.  The date is August 2 at the Ridge Top Golf Course.  To learn more about this event to support a wonderful cause, or to register, click here.


Hole in One!

Lisa Bizjak of the team "Hot in Cleveland" scored a hole-in-one at the EWGA Championship Regional tournament at Quicksilver Golf Club outside of Pittsburgh, PA.  She used her 9 iron on hole #14 - 106 yards.  Lisa is the latest to join the Troon hole-in-one club from EWGA.


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 7 - Maplecrest

October - TBD

Year End Results

57 golfers converged on St. Denis Golf Course in Chardon. It was a beautiful, crisp Fall day. Stroke play was the game of the day.

Judy Anderson was awarded the Most Improved golfer for 2013.

Liz Walton of Pine Ridge was the best overall golfer for the day. In Flight 4, she had her best round ever with a score of 103, net 65. She also had the lowest number of putts of any golfer with 29. She topped that off with winning 5 skins. Overall, she earned $131 for her great round.

The following were flight winners – 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category.

Flight 1 – Gross

Terry Baxter – 82

Clare Labaj – 86
Wendy Shick - 92

Flight 1 – Net

Kelli Chronister – 71

Margo Buttner – 73
Elsa Arriola – 74

Flight 2 – Gross

Meaghan Titas – 92
Tom Shamess – 94
Mary Murphy – 95

Flight 2 – Net

Maria Kamenos – 70

Lisa Bizjak – 72
Barb Tsivitse - 72

Flight 3 – Gross

Debbie Kandel – 99

Kim Behm - 102
Therese Lanzara - 104

Flight 3 – Net

Ann Shamess – 72
Donna Byrnes – 74
Debra Horn - 77

Flight 4 – Gross

Liz Walton – 103
Beth Lovgren – 110
Ellen Wych – 114

Flight 4 – Net

Gwen Virag – 72
Deborah Sabo – 76
Denise Andres – 76

Best Putters

Flight 1 – Wendy Shick (31), Flight 2 – Mary Murphy (31), Flight 3 –Debbie Kandel (33), Flight 4 – Liz Walton – (29)

Skill Shots

#1 – Closest to pin, any shot – Gail Clements
#3 – Long putt – Wendy Shick
#7 – Closest to pin, second shot – Donna Byrnes
#8 – Closest to pin, par 3 – Terry Baxter
#10 – Closest to pin, any shot – Gloria Merritt
#11 – Closest to pin, par 3 – Barb Tsivitse
#15 – Long putt – Deb Sabo
#18 – Long drive – Andi Shimek

"Sweetshire" Wins Course Challenge!

Saturday was a beautiful day to be on the golf course and 6 golfers from “Sweetshire” (the combined team of Berkshire and Sweetbriar) took advantage and came away with the Course Challenge victory and grabbed the “Golfer Girl” trophy. Brandywine was the host course as 28 golfers took on the length course and the two par 6’s. The group then went to the Brandy-Wine-Bar after and enjoyed some spirits!!

The Sweetshire golfers were paced by dynamic duo of Kim Behm and Ann Shamess who shot a spectacular 58 net. Sweetshire sealed the victory on the putting green as Kim was 2nd, Donna Byrnes was 3rd and Donna Schreiber was 4th.  Other golfers for the team were Elsa Arriola and Maria Kamenos. The team split the winner’s pot of $240 in Golf Galaxy gift cards.

Second place went to Pine Ridge. Marilyn Wilson and Nancy Cetina performed well by shooting 60 net. Wendy Shick also was 4th place in the putting. Other golfers for the team were Clare Labaj, Vicky Mannarino and Connie Sims. The team split $150 in Golf Galaxy gift cards.

Other award winners were:
Clare Labaj and Wendy Shick (Pine Ridge) – low gross team with 77.
Kim Behm and Ann Shamess (Sweetshire) – low net team with 58.
Margo Buttner (Briarwood) – sunk the 30 foot putt to capture best putter

Skill shot winners:
Long putt - Margo Buttner/Karla Maschmeier and Donna Schreiber/Elsa Arriola
Closest to Pin - Jan Braverman, Andy Shimek, Diane Rothers and Maria Kamenos
Short Drive - Andy Shimek
Long drive- Clare Labaj