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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




Michigan Fun Invitational

The Detroit EWGA chapter has extended an invitation to join them for a weekend of golf.  It's a great weekend for the price...2 nights lodging, 2-18 hole rounds of golf, welcome reception, 2 breakfast vouchers, 1 banquet dinner & 1 banquet lunch - all for only $350.00 per person! Not to mention prizes and a chance to win $5,000.00 on a Par 3 hole!   For details and registration information - click here!

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

Girls Got Swing - Wine & Cheese to be announced

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

May 17/18 - Short Game Clinic at Shawnee

June 7 - 9 and 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/Junior Guest outing at Shawnee Hills

July 26 - Chapter Championship - Chardon Lakes

August 9 - Course Challenge at Springvale

August 23 - District Semi-Finals Championship in Detroit area

September 6 - Year End Outing at Greyhawk.  Modified shotgun start at 11am.

September 13/14 - Match Play Qualifier


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.


Cleveland Golfers are Winners at the Wigwam in Arizona

The Cleveland contingent to the 2013 EWGA Championships Finals in Arizona did an excellent job and returned home with some hardware. The Championship Finals is a two-day stroke-play tournament and the players encountered 110 degree temperatures, dust storm, a thunderstorm and a 2.5 hour delay. They really showed resolve as all of our golfers posted better scores on the second day on the tough course.

In the third flight, Susan Curtis, qualified originally in the fourth flight, but lowered her handicap enough to move to the third flight. Susan’s consistency garnered a second place net as she shot 101 and 102.  Debbie Kandel, a dual member of Cleveland and Canton, shot 107 and 94 to finish with third net. Gretchen Evanco, a former Cleveland member who moved to Arkansas about 5 years ago, finished third gross.

In the second flight, Cindy Darwal came home with third place gross. She shot an 94 the first day after finding bunkers on 11 holes and came back with a strong 88 to finish third. Her 88 was the third best score on the second day in the second flight.

In the fourth flight, Denise Andres posted the best score in her flight on the second day by shooting 99. Unfortunately, her first day was a little too high to keep her from placing.

Congratulations, ladies.  The Cleveland Chapter is very proud of you!

Darwal, Andres and Curtis Qualify for the 2013 EWGA Championship

Championship will be September 7-8 at Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ. The first gross and first net winners qualify for the championship.
Fourth Flight - Denise Andres shot the round of the day with a 99 gross and 60 net for 1st place gross. By shooting 99, Denise also broke 100 for the first time ever. Susan Curtis also stroked the ball well for 101 gross and net 64 to place 1st place net. Sweep for Cleveland!!
Second Flight - Cindy Darwal had a lights-out round with an 83 gross and 62 net for 1st place gross. Maria Kamenos maneuvered around the course for 85 gross and 70 net for 2nd place net.
Third flight - Gloria Merritt garnered a 96 gross and 64 net, good enough for 2nd place net. But more importantly, Gloria won the 50-50 and claimed over $400 of winnings!
First flight - Sue Williams gutted out an 85 gross and 68 net for 2nd place gross. She shook off the ill-effects of a bum knee and was limping heavily during and after the round.
Championship - Terry Carbone-Baxter placed 2nd gross with an 84 for her first District tournament in the championship flight. Wendy Shick shot 88 and 77 net for 3rd place net.
Other golfers that participated were: Elsa Arriola, Margo Buttner, Donna Byrnes, Allison Morrow, Laurie Schroeder and Andi Shimek.
The Cleveland chapter was also the "host" chapter for the tournament and many members made the early-morning trek to volunteer throughout the day for various jobs. All did a fabulous job and helped the event run smoothly. The volunteers included: Pat Blackmon, Rita Burdick, Kelli Chronister, Jo Dangel, Debbie Kandel, Diane Kovachik, Karla Maschmeier, Eileen McCarthy, Kristen Miller, Ann Shamess, Jane Spellacy and Gwen Virag.

Our Competitors

Our Volunteers.

Chapter Championship 2013 Winners

It was a nice day on the course at Gleneagles for the Chapter Championship overall with just a couple rain showers and everyone getting their rounds in.  The course proved challenging on holes that looked easy enough as many would attest to.  There were several lost balls and provisional’s that needed to be hit. 

Congratulations to all of our members that are advancing to the semi-finals being played at Avalon Lakes in Warren, Ohio.  The winners are as follows:

Scramble Team:  Allison Morrow, Andy Shimek, Margo Buttner, Lisa Bizjak

Championship Flight:               
Low Gross- Wendy Shick
Low Net- Terri Baxter

First Flight:
Low Gross- Sue Williams
Low Net- Elsa Arriola

Second Flight:
Low Gross- Deb Solyan
Low Net- Maria Kamenos

Third Flight:
Low Gross- Donna Byrnes
Low Net- Gloria Merritt

Fourth Flight:
Low Gross- Susan Curtis
Low Net- Denise Andres

In the third flight Deb Kandel won Low Gross and Kim Behm won second low gross but neither could advance.  Gloria Merritt had second low net and is able to represent our chapter.  Again congratulations to all who won and thanks to everyone who participated.

We were chosen as the host course with notification being provided to us only 3 weeks ago.  This means we will need several volunteers to assist at Avalon Lakes.  There are 11 areas represented in this semi-final which means we need at least 20 volunteers.  Please let Andy Shimek know ASAP if you are able and willing to volunteer as this is coming up really quickly.

Thanks to Tom Shamess for his hard work (again) and to Diane Ward for photographing the event.  Photos can be viewed at here.

Gotta Go Golf Online Magazine

Click here to access the online Magazine GottaGoGolf. 

Cleveland Weather


Mike Davis, Executive Director of the USGA (United States Golf Association) will be Pam's guest this Thursday on the EWGA Web Cafe'. 

Davis is the senior staff member of the USGA, responsible for managing all aspects of the Association’s day-to-day operations. He oversees the core functions, essential programs, and human and financial resources of the Association to further its stated mission. Working with the president and Executive Committee, Davis provides overall strategic guidance, serves as spokesperson with internal stakeholders and external constituencies and represents the USGA’s interests within the golf community, with courses and clubs, state and regional golf associations, the media and with national and international golf associations. 
When: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 12:00 Noon Eastern/9:00 AM Pacific.
To register, click here.

Do you know someone that you know EWGA would be of interest to? Follow this link and we will followup with them to become a member.

EWGA E-NEWSLETTER In case you missed it in your e-mail this week, here is an online copy of the EWGA E-Newsletter.


EWGA CHAMPIONSHIP - October 10-11, 2014, Nashville, TN
EWGA CUP - December 7-8, 2014, Scottsdale, AZ


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


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.

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