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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


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.


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

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When: Sunday, September 7 - 8 AM

Where: Grey Hawk Golf Course
665 US Grant St.
Lagrange, Oh 44050

Food: Continental Breakfast served at the turn.  Lunch: Chicken Marsala, Past Primavera, Roasted Redskin Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Dessert.

Prizes: Over $1000 in flighted prizes.  Guests are eligible for skill shots and skins (with handicap)

Cost: Members - $75, Guests - $85, Golf only - $45, Lunch only - $25 (you can indicate who you want to play with at registration or we will pair you with a group).

Registration ends August 29.  Click here to register.  Questions?  Ask Kathy at


Questions? Contact Kathy:


Help support a few good causes, too.

  • Transitional Housing - Your donation of toiletries will be distributed to families under their care. Supplies are continually needed and very appreciated.
  • Cleveland Junior Golf Scholarship Fund - Have golf clubs you're not using? Please bring them! They'll be re-gripped and given to the children participating in the CJGSF golf program so they have a set of clubs to use and call their own.

Questions on the donations may be directed to Ann Shamess:


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.

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 6 - 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