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About Cleveland EWGA

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,

We had a great 2016 season!

I would like to congratulate Susan Curtis and our Hot in Cleveland match play team consisting of Cleveland members Leigh Murray, Andy Shimek, Maria Kamenos, Donna Schreiber, Lisa Bizjak, Terry Baxter, Sue Williams and Carolyn Caplan.  Susan brought home a 1st Place Low Net win in the Fourth Flight at the EWGA Championship Finals at the Lansdowne Golf Club in Leesburg, VA on October 15, 2016.  Team Hot in Cleveland  finished strong with an 8th place out of 50 teams at the 2016 Champions Cup which was held at the Westin Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA on November 11 and 12.  Other finalists who qualified for the Championship were Denise Andres, Gloria Merritt and Wendy Shick.  A great representation from Cleveland EWGA!

It is time to put away the golf clubs in Cleveland for another year. I am sure there are many of you that will be traveling to warmer climates to be able to get some golf in over the winter months.

The snow may be beginning to fall in Cleveland but our work on developing the schedule for 2017 has just begun. We are looking for our members to provide us feedback on how we are doing and what changes they would like to see in 2017.  We will be sending out a Survey for your input so please take the time to fill out and provide constructive ideas. I also encourage you to get involved in this organization; we need new volunteers and ideas. If you are interested in volunteering please contact me at dlmccreery@aol.com.

Our goal for 2017 is to expand our membership and build an even stronger EWGA organization.

Have a great Holiday Season!


Meet the 2017 Board

Congratulations to the 2017 Board!

President:  Debbie McCreery
Member Services:  Monica Wilson

Events:  Susan Curtis
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 2017 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.


2017 Events - to be announced 

Please add ewgcleveland@gmail.com to your email address books to receive registration info for all events!

Member News

Members Volunteer with GCJGSF

A big thanks to EWGA Cleveland members Leigh Murray, Susan Curtis, Pat Blackmon, Eileen McCarthy, Lisa Bizjak, Deb Kandel, Cindy Darwal, Ann & Tom Shamess, and Karla Maschmeier who golfed with kids from the Greater Cleveland Junior Golf Scholarship Fund (aka GCJGSF) on July 30. After talking to the kids about their careers and how to achieve career goals, the volunteers worked on some golf skills like putting, chipping, etc. and then played 9 holes of golf with them.  You can learn more about GLJGSF here.

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Connie Sims Scores a Hole in One

Congratulations goes out to Connie Sims of Pine Ridge. She recently had a hole-in-one at Briardale Greens Golf Course in Euclid. She aced the 16th hole, 90 yards with a 9-iron. Because of the hole layout, it wasn’t obvious it was in the hole until the group arrived to the green. No picture to document the feat, but we all believe Connie!
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Debbie Kandel Plays a Round of Golf with Nancy Lopez

EWGA Cleveland member Debbie Kandel attended the 25th EWGA Celebration/Conference in Williamsburg, Va. in April. Because of a winning bid on an auction to benefit the EWGA Foundation, Deb got the chance of a lifetime - playing nine holes of golf with Nancy Lopez at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club!
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35 golfers gathered at Wicked Woods Golf Club in Newbury on Saturday, September 10. Given the forecast that was present for most of the week, we were happy to finish 16-18 holes before a big storm rolled in. All made it safely back to the clubhouse – some a little wetter than others. All enjoyed a nice dinner and plenty of Chinese auction items. Liz Walton was the 50-50 winner. Because not everyone completed the same holes, the gross and net winners and best putters were based on the back nine only

Kim Behm and Leigh Murray tied for the Most Improved Golfer award for 2016.

Wendy Shick tamed the course for the low score of the day with 39. Diane Rothers and Allison Morrow tied for the best net score of the day with a 33. Clare Labaj had low putts of the day with 14. Mary Beth Breckenridge left with a bunch of cash for winning 2 skins for $56.

The following were flight winners – 1st and 2nd in each category. First place received $50 and second place received $30.

Flight 1 – Gross
Wendy Shick – 39
Clare Labaj – 41
Clare Labaj– low putts 14.

Flight 1 – Net
Diane Rothers – 33 (tiebreaker)
Allison Morrow – 33

Flight 2 – Gross
Mary Beth Breckenridge – 46
Terri Lanzara – 50
Debbie Kandel – low putts 16

Flight 2 – Net
Debbie Kandel – 33.5
Barbara Nebbia – 35.5

Flight 3 – Gross
Linda Nauman – 54
Karla Maschmeier - 55
Susan Curtis – low putts 17

Flight 3 – Net
Liz Walton – 37
Rosanne Fiorilli – 39.5

Skill Shots
#4 – Long drive – Terry Baxter
#5 – Closest to pin, second shot – Debbie Kandel#9 – Long putt  – Rosanne Fiorilli
#12–Long drive – Linda Nauman
#15 – Closest to pin, par 3 – Sue Williams (almost hole-in-one)
#16 – Closest to pin, second shot – Allison Morrow
#18 – Long putt – Wendy Shick  

Flight 1 – Wendy Shick (1) - $50, Sue Williams (1) - $50
Flight 2 – Mary Beth Breckenridge (2) - $56, Debbie Kandel (1) - $27, Barbara Nebbia (1) - $27
Flight 3 – Linda Nauman (3) - $36, the following had 1 for $11 – Susan Curtis, Anna Guttmann, Sharon Sammon, Ann Shamess


Saturday was a wet day at Gleneagles Golf Club and the 15 golfers from the “West” courses (Briarwood, Sleep Hollow, Sweetbriar) grabbed the Course Challenge title. The course was hammered over the last week with lots of rain and it was cart-path only but no rain fell during play. The West team consisted of Julie Daymut/Susan Curtis (Briarwood), Susan Curtis/Ann Shamess (Sweetbriar), Lisa Bizjak/Leigh Murray (Briarwood), Debbie Kandel/Cindy Darwal (Sleepy Hollow), Kelli Chronister/Kristen Miller (Briarwood), Jo Dangel/Diane Kovachik (Briarwood), Linda Nauman/Anna Guttmann (Briarwood) and Eileen McCarthy/Pat Blackmon (Briarwood). A total of 33 golfers completed.

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 a chipping contest as the putting green was diseased.

The West golfers pulled out the win by going 2-3-4 in the team score and 1-2 in the chipping contest portion of the Challenge. Eileen McCarthy and Kelli Chronister were first and second in the chipping contest. For the golf portion, the Bizjak/Murray and Chronister/Miller teams with 59 were the top scorers. Each of the members of the West team received a $17.50 gift card from Dick’s.

Other award winners were:
Clare Labaj and Wendy Shick (Pine Ridge) – low gross team with 66.
Kelli Chronister and Kristin Miller (Briarwood) – low net team with 59.
Eileen McCarthy (Briarwood) – got within 13 inches on her chip.

Skill shot winners:
Long putt – Cindy Darwal, Kristen Miller, sorry missing winner for Hole #5
Closest to Pin – Jo Dangel, Clare Labaj, Pat Blackmon, Diane Kovachik
Long drive- Julie Daymut

In the skins game for Flight 1, the team of Shick/Labaj earned four skins for $91, Chronister/Miller team had 2 skins for $46 and Bizjak/Murray earned $23 for the final skin.

For Flight 2 skins, the big winners were Kate Vezdos/Deb Solyan with five skins for $88, Gwen Virag/Maria Kamenos claimed two skins for $36 and Kandel/Darwal both earned one skin for $18.


54 golfers participated in the 'Christmas in July' themed event on July 9th at Deer Ridge from four Ohio chapters (Cleveland, Canton,  Columbus, and Cincinnati) and one Florida chapter (a Columbus native visiting family from the Brevard County/Space Coast chapter).

The event format was a shamble. Teams of three/four with best two net scores on each hole counting towards team total (even par was 144)

Santa and Mrs Claus made a guest appearance to hand out 'gifts' (prizes) to those who had been good (the winners)

The top five teams are listed below:

1st place:  Lisa Bizjak, Leigh Murray, Pam Brockmeyer (Cleveland and Brevard County/Space Coast)-team score 114
2nd place: Terry Baxter, Rosanne Fiorilli, Judy Czarnecki, Abbie Green (Cleveland and Columbus)-team score 118
3rd place: Bonnie Kowalski, Diane Rothers, Carol Pelz, Darlene Shaw (Cleveland and Columbus)-team score 124
4th place: Janet Brunecz, Sue Wilson, Sheryl Lazenby, Lisa McCarthy (Canton and Columbus)-team score 125 (won tie breaker with better score on back nine)
5th place: Elsa Arriola, Julie Coughlin, Lisa Allison, Cindy Warner (Cleveland and Columbus)-team score 125

There were 7 skill shots:
Hole #1: Closest to the pin on Second Shot - Betsy Sherman (Columbus)
Hole #3: Closest to the Pin - Donna Schreiber (Cleveland)
Hole #4: Long Drive - Lisa Kreitzger (Columbus)
Hole #8: Long Putt - Elsa Arriola (Cleveland)
Hole #12: Long Drive - Lisa McCarthy (Columbus)
Hole #14: Long Putt - Pat Hughes (Columbus)
Hole #15: Closest to the Pin on Second Shot - Sheryl Lazenby (Columbus)

A fun day was had by all!

A fun holiday themed trivia quiz (question at each tee box) was won by Lisa Bizjak (Cleveland) and Pam Brockmeyer (Brevard County/Space Coast)


Everyone had a great time and survived the rather warm temperatures playing the challenging but beautiful Painesville CC for Member-Guest.

Below is the listing of the skill shot winners, many of them had multiple names on the stakes...a great competition!  (and special thanks to Debbie McCreery for being brave enough to put her name down for Shortest Drive in Fairway)

Hole #2 - Closest to the pin on second shot - Mary Murphy
Hole #4 - Long Drive - Henry Curtis
Hole #5 - Closest to Pin, par 3 - Deb Brenner (only inches away!)
Hole #7 - Long Putt - Henry Curtis
Hole #10 - Shorted Drive in Fairway - Debbie McCreery
Hole #12 - Long Putt - Liz Feke
Hole #14 - Closest to Pin, par 3 - Karen Metz
Hole #16 - Closest to pin on second shot - Liz Feke
Hole #17 - Long Drive - Susan Curtis

All winners will receive a $10 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods.

NINE & WINE 6-11-16

6 EWGA Cleveland members played Hilliard Lakes on Saturday, June 11.  They braved the heat and survived to play another day. 

After golf, the cool air conditioning at Rocky River Brewing Company was greatly appreciated. Cold beverages and a nice variety of appetizers were enjoyed at RRBC. We all stayed for a late lunch as well. An additional member joined the group at RRBC after golf. 


Despite cool weather and occasional showers, the Stonewater Short Game Clinic taught by PGA Master Professional Robert Bourne and two PGA professional assistants on May 21 was fun and informative.

EWGA KICK- OFF 4-17-16

EWGA member and certified physical trainer Christine Forward and Cleveland Cavalier's sports psychologist Jack Lesyk provided great presentations at the EWGA Cleveland Kick-off on preparing yourself both mentally and physically for golf.


Indoor golf for those members itching to get on the course.

GOLF DOME 2-11-16

Good to see EWGA friends for some practice at the first event of 2016!





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Upcoming Events

Pre-Season Indoor Golf Event

Where:  Golf Dome, 8198 Washington St., Chagrin Falls
When:  Tuesday, February 7 from 6-8 PM
Cost:  $5 - includes use of facility, snacks and beverages

Bring friends who may be interested in EWGA.  Have fun, see your golf buddies, make new friends and get in some swings!

Register HERE by February 3.

Champions Cup 2016

EWGA Cup Finals

Team Hot in Cleveland consisting of Cleveland members Leigh Murray, Andy Shimek, Maria Kamenos, Donna Schreiber, Lisa Bizjak, Terry Baxter, Sue Williams and Carolyn Caplan finished strong with an 8th place out of 50 teams at the 2016 Champions Cup  was held at the Westin Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA on November 11 and 12.   The Pete Dye and Gary Player courses were beautiful with mountain backdrops and perfect sunny and warm weather.  400 EWGA participants were in the competition consisting of 50 teams.  In addition to the match play, Golfzon created an indoor virtual golf competition for the teams and a special guest appearance by Shirley Spork, one of the founding women of the LPGA, added to this very special event.  Click here for additional photos.

Hot in Cleveland Match Play Team Heading on to the EWGA Cup Finals

Two Cleveland teams of 8 golfers traveled south to the Virtues course (Old Longaberger course) in Nashport, OH on September 17-18 to compete in the EWGA Cup (match play format). Although there were ominous weather forecasts for the entire weekend, the weather held up until the last hour and forced the last group off the course with most matches needing only 2-4 holes to finish. A total of 25 teams were competing for 10 slots to qualify for the Finals in Westin Mission Hills in California Nov. 11-12. Saturday the teams played two-person match play for 4 available points and Sunday was singles match play with 8 available points.

Hot in Cleveland team (Terry Baxter, Lisa Bizjak, Carolyn Caplan, Maria Kamenos, Leigh Murray, Donna Schreiber, Andy Shimek and Sue Williams finished with 9 points in a strong 2nd place. This is the first year this team has qualified to the Finals out of 6 attempts. Team got off to a great start by winning all 4 of the two-person matches on Saturday. Only two others teams in the field accomplished that feat. They were able to keep the momentum going by collecting 5 of the available 8 points on Sunday. Carolyn, Sue, Leigh and Lisa all collected 2 points for their team.

Cleveland Rocks the Socks team (Pat Blackmon, Donna Byrnes, Clare Labaj, Marlayna Jacinto, Eileen McCarthy, Allison Morrow,  Wendy Shick and Deb Solyan) finished in 20th place with 5 points. Marlayna and Eileen collected 1 ½ points for the team.

Chapter Championship 2016

Susan Curtis Brings Home the EWGA Championship Finals Trophy

EWGA Cleveland member, Susan Curtis, brought home a 1st Place Low Net win in the Fourth Flight at the EWGA Championship Finals at the Lansdowne Golf Club in Leesburg, Va on October 15, 2016!  This was Susan's fourth time competing in the Finals, and first win for her.  Her win allows her automatic entry into the 2017 Finals. The course was a Robert Trent Jones course, beautiful and challenging.  Susan commented that the front nine "lured you into complacency and then the back nine was one hole after another of challenging holes" and course management was a must.  In addition, the Saturday fog, and course difficulty cause long delays. 

Denise Andres and Gloria Merritt also competed and finished with very respectable scores.  Gloria deserves an endurance award for an 8 hour round! Wendy Shick had qualified at the Semi-Finals to advance but was unable to because of a work committment.  Great job to all!

 To view EWGA Championship Finals photos, click here

Cleveland Dominates Chapter Championship Semi-Finals 2016

The Quail Hollow-Devlin course was the host of the Upper Mideast District Championship on Saturday, August 27. Home cooking and being surrounded by familiar faces (with all the volunteers) did the trick as Cleveland dominated the 6 other chapters winners from Canada, Detroit and Ft. Wayne. The weather was another one of those hot-humid days as we have experienced on multiple occasions this year.

For the first time (based on Wendy’s recollection) Cleveland chapter qualified four golfers (Denise Andres, Susan Curtis, Gloria Merritt and Wendy Shick) to the EWGA Championship Finals. First gross and first net winners are eligible to travel to the Landsdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, VA on October 14-15.

Denise Andres and Gloria Merritt both shot the “best” rounds of the day finishing with 66 nets on the par 71 course. Those are two awesome rounds of golf under the conditions of the play.

The following are the placements by flight:

Championship flight – Wendy Shick 1st net – 68, Clare Labaj 3rd net – 77

1st flight – Leigh Murray 2nd net – 70

3rd flight – Gloria Merritt 1st gross – 98, Debbie Kandel 2nd gross – 99. Debbie actually played in place of Kim Behm who was forced to withdraw Friday because of an injury..

4th flight – Denise Andres 1st gross – 103, Susan Curtis 1st net - 75

Scramble team – 2nd place – 69 for Kim Bailey, Debbie Brenner, Nancy Cetina and Lori Maxwell.


Other golfers who participated included Lisa Bizjak, Cindy Darwal and Eileen McCarthy.

Another big winner of the day was Donna Byrnes winning the 50-50 pot – over $400 !!

A district event takes a lot of work from many volunteers. Debbie McCreery as the Chief Volunteer Coordinate and Susan Curtis was the Asst. Chief. Others that volunteered on either Friday or Saturday or both included: Cindy Darwal, Leigh Murray, Monica Wilson, Marilyn Weinke, Dina Stier, Laurie Schroeder, Donna Byrnes, Ann and Tom Shamess, Jane and George Spellacy, Gwen Virag, Pat Blackmon, Elsa Arriola, Kate Vezdos, Diane Ward and Sharon Sammon.

The Cleveland also put together one of the best Participant Gift Bags in quite a few years. Donations were obtained by/from Cindy Darwal (Giant Eagle and Winking Lizard), Karla Maschmeier, Sharon Sammon (Sherwin Williams), Deb Solyan (AFLAC) and WTF Golf by Lisa Bizjak, Ann Shamess and Andi Shimek.

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To view photos of the Chapter Championship Semi Finals, click here.

Winners Advance to Quail Hollow Sectional

Saturday was a scorching day to be on the golf course as 36 golfers participated in the Chapter Championship at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club. The rains over the two days leading up to Saturday had the course wet in a few spots, but things dried out in the afternoon as temperatures reached 92. Leigh Murray and Gloria Merritt posted the best rounds of the day (when comparing net scores) as both has 67 net. Five scramble teams were vying for the one spot in the Scramble competition, so that part of the competition was hotly contested. Lots of cold drinks 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 at Quail Hollow – Devlin course on August 27. With our chapter hosting the event, we are expecting to advance a few players on to the Nationals that will be held in Virginia in September. If you are interested in volunteering to work on August 26 or 27, contact Debbie McCreery at dlmccreery@aol.com. You will be given a tee shirt and $10 towards food purchase.

Championship Flight – Handicaps of 12.0 and under, played from 5,300 yds
First Gross - Clare Labaj, 82
First Net – Wendy Shick, 86

1st Flight – Handicaps between 12.1 and 19.0, played from 4,900 yds
First Gross – Leigh Murray, 87
First Net – Eileen McCarthy, 74
Second Gross – Patricia Blackmon, 99

2nd Flight – Handicaps between 19.1 and 25.0, played from 4,900 yds
First Gross –Lisa Bizjak, 97 (with tiebreaker)
First Net – Cindy Darwal, 73
Second Gross – Donna Schreiber, 100

3rd Flight – Handicaps between 25.1 and 32.0, played from 4,900 yds
First Gross – Kim Behm, 100 (with tiebreaker)
First Net – Gloria Merritt, 67
Second Gross – Debra Kandel, 108
Second Net – Donna Byrnes, 82
Third Gross – Monica Wilson, 122 

4th Flight – Handicaps between 32.1 and 40.4, played from 4,900 yds
First Gross – Susan Curtis, 107
First Net – Denise Andres, 73
Second Gross – Ann Shamess, 109

First place team – with 66 (5 under par plus 0 strokes for team handicap) Debbie Brenner, Nancy Cetina, Lori Maxwell and Kim Bailey
Second place team – with 67 (6 under par plus 2 strokes for team handicap) Kelli Chronister, Jo Dangel, Kristen Miller and Diane Kovachik
Third place team – with 70 tiebreaker (1 under plus less 0 strokes for team handicap) Terry Baxter, Aly Ales, Barb Tsivitse and Rosanne Fiorilli

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, Debbie McCreery, Karla Maschmeier, Sharon Sammon, Michelle Walters.


Champ, 1st and 2nd flights - Clare Labaj moved skillfully around the course with 4 skins for $24.00. Pat Blackmon collected $18 with her 3 skins, Eileen McCarthy had 2 skins for $12 and Wendy Shick rounded out the list with one skin for $6.

3rd and 4th flights - Gloria Merritt cashed in on 3 skins for $40, Kim Behm pulled in 2 skins for $27 and Susan Curtis finished with one skin for $13.

Scramble - There were only three skins – with each of the following teams claiming one. Team Baxter-Ales-Tsivitse-Fiorilli had an eagle to win $34, Team Brenner-Cetina-Maxwell-Bailey had a birdie to win $33. Team Chronister-Dangel-Miller-Kovachik started their round with a birdie for $33.

Click here to see photos of winners


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.


APPROXIMATELY EVERY 4 WEEKS STARTING IN MAY, tee times will be reserved at a different courses.  Two courses will be played with members of other EWGA chapters and are open to all members.

Approximately two weeks before the scheduled round of golf, an email will go out to all league players informing them of the date and time of the next golf outing.

GREENS fees are not paid up front.  All players are responsible for their own green fees and cart fees each week.

To register for this league, please email Andy Shimek or Lisa Bizjak.  Deadline is April 27.


May 7  Brookledge Golf Course, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
June 4-5 Chatauqua, New York - Open to all members
July 9 All Ohio - Deer Ridge Golf Club, Bellview, Ohio - Open to all members
Aug. 6 Royal Crest Golf Club in Columbia Station, Ohio
Sept. 3 Rolling Green Golf Club, Huntsburg. Ohio
Oct.  TBD

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