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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,

Fall is in the air and we have a lot of golf yet to play in the North East Ohio area before the snow flies.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our members for a great EWGA season and already looking forward to next year.  All of what we do could not happen without the support of a great team of people. I would like to thank the following for their continued efforts: Kathy Jones-Lang, Wendy Schick, Carolyn Caplan, Lisa Bizjak, Sharon Sammon and Liz Walton.

At the Year-End event we especially recognized one  of our long time members for all of her years of contributions, Kathy Jones-Lang. Kathy has been a member of EWGA for 18 years and has been active holding a number of positions, including President, Vice-President, Events Chairperson and Course Director.  She was honored for her hard work, dedication, enthusiasm and leadership over the years.

We want to wish our Match Play teams Good Luck this weekend when they play in the EWGA Cup, Great Lakes Sectional at Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton, PA: 

Erie Eagles – Denise Andres, Pat Blackmon, Kelli Chronister, Jo Dangel, Diane Kovachik, Eileen McCarthy, Gloria Merritt, Kristen Miller.

Hot in Cleveland – Terry Baxter, Carolyn Caplan, Maria Kamenos, Leigh Murray, Donna Schreiber, Andy Shimek, Gwen Virag, Sue Williams.

Enjoy the Fall Season!


Meet the 2015 Board

President:  Debbie McCreery
Member Services:  TBD

Events:  Kathy Jones-Lang
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 2015 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.



Check emails and web site for registrations.  

March 19 - Golf Dome – Swing into Spring- 6PM - 8PM

April 19 -  Kick-off at Metropark at Acacia – 1PM – 5PM

May 16 - Spring Training – Seneca with Jamie Taylor

June 14 - Wine & 9 – Hemlock Springs Golf Club & South River Winery

June 27 - Member Guest – Pleasant Valley (Rained Out - Rescheduled)

July 11 - All Ohio EWGA - Deer Ridge Golf Course

July 18 - Member Guest - Pleasant Valley

July 25 - Chapter Championship – Shale Creek

August 8 - Course Challenge – Astorhurst Golf Course

August 29 - EWGA Championship (stroke play and scramble) Upper Mideast Sectionals – Chestnut Hills Golf Club, Fort Wayne, IN

September 12 -   Year-End – Tanglewood

October 3-4 - EWGA Cup (match play) Great Lakes Sectional – Blue Shamrock Golf Club, Palmerton, PA

October 30-31 - EWGA Championship Finals (stroke play and scramble) – The Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA

November 13-14 - EWGA Cup Finals (match play) – Reunion Resort, Kissimmee, FL

EWGA Championship Semi Finals Results

The EWGA Upper Mideast 2015 Semi-Finals were held August 29 at the Chestnut Hills Golf Club in Ft. Wayne Indiana.  Two EWGA Cleveland members will advance to the EWGA Championship Finals at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA October 30 - 31.  Clare Labaj took 1st place Low Gross in the Championship Flight with her score of 80 and Kim Behm took 1st place Low Gross in the Third Flight with a score of 94.  Other trophy winners were Susan Curtis with a 3rd place Low Gross in the Third Flight with a score of 108, Cindy Darwal with a 2nd place Low Gross score of 94 in Second Flight and the Scramble Team of Marlayna Jacinto, Allison Morrow, Debbie Warman and Laurie Schroeder won third place.  Best of luck, Clare and Kim!

Clare Labaj Kim Behm

Chapter Championship 2015 Winners

July 25 was a beautiful day to be on the golf course as 35 golfers participated in the Chapter Championship at Shale Creek Golf Club. Finally, after all the rain we have experienced this year, there was “roll” on the golf course. A record six teams completed for one spot in the Scramble competition, so that part of the competition was hotly contested. 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 in Fort Wayne, IN on August 30th.

Championship Flight – Handicaps of 12.0 and under, played from 5,400 yds
First Gross - Clare Labaj, 81
First Net – Wendy Shick, 70

1st Flight – Handicaps between 12.1 and 19.0, played from 5,000 yds
First Gross – Elsa Arriola, 93

2nd Flight – Handicaps between 19.1 and 25.0, played from 5,000 yds
First Gross –Deb Solyan, 93
First Net – Cindy Darwal, 74
Second Gross – Tamie Myers, 103

3rd Flight – Handicaps between 25.1 and 32.0, played from 5,000 yds
First Gross – Kim Behm, 102
First Net – Ann Shamess, 78
Second Gross – Monica Wilson, 117
Second Net – Debra Horn, 92

4th Flight – Handicaps between 32.1 and 40.4, played from 5,000 yds
First Gross – Susan Curtis, 112

First place team – with 65 (8 under par plus two strokes for team handicap),  Marlayna Jacinto, Allison Morrow, Laurie Schroeder and Debbie Warman.

Second place team (tie breaker)– with 67 (6 under par plus two strokes for team handicap), Terry Baxter, Maria Kamenos, Donna Schreiber and Susan Williams.

Third place team – with 67 (3 under plus less one stroke for team handicap), Denise Andres, Pat Blackmon, Eileen McCarthy and Gloria Merritt

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, Lisa Bizjak, Rita Burdick, Donna Byrnes, Karin Huth, Karla Maschmeier, June Poole, Gwen Virag-Wright and Marilyn Weinke.

Champ, 1st and 2nd flightsClare Labaj moved skillfully around the course with 4 skins for $20.00. Wendy Shick collected $15 with her 3 skins, Deb Solyan had 2 skins for $10 and Tamie Myers rounded out the list with one skin for $5.

3rd and 4th flightsAnn Shamess cashed in on 3 skins for $20, Susan Curtis and Kim Behm pulled in 2 skins each for $12 and Monica Wilson finished with one skin for $6.

Scramble –Team Jacinto-Morrow-Schroeder-Warman collected 3 skins and one was an eagle on a par 5 to haul in $52. Team Ales-Corcoran-Rothers-Tsivitse also had an eagle on a par 4 and wrapped up $34. The remaining two skins were split for $17 each with Team Baxter-Kamenos-Schreiber-Williams and Team Andres-Blackmon-McCarthy-Merritt.

2015 EWGA Cup

The 2015 Great Lakes Qualifier for the EWGA Cup Match Play series was held in Palmerton, Pa on October 3 & 4 at the Blue Shamrock Golf Course.  The weather was cold and rainy but that didn't inhibit the Cleveland team of the Erie Eagles from scoring 7 and 1/2 points to secure a place in the finals to be held at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Florida on November 13 and 14.  CONGRATULATIONS to Eileen McCarthy, Kelli Chronister, Pat Blackmon, Denise Andres, Jo Dangel, Kristen Miller, Diane Kovachik and Gloria Merritt for the team win.  Team Hot in Cleveland with members Sue Williams, Maria Kamenos, Terry Baxter, Donna Shreiber, Andy Shimek, Leigh Murray, Gwen Virag and Carolyn Caplan also participated and finished with 5 and 1/2 points. Best of luck  to the Erie Eagles in November!

Team Erie Eagles, from left: Kristen Miller, Gloria Merritt, Jo Dangel, Kelli Chronister, Eileen McCarthy, Pat Blackmon, Diane Kovachik, Denise Andres





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Member Kathy Jones-Lang Honored

EWGA Cleveland member Kathy Jones-Lang was given special recognition at the 2015 Year-End event at Tanglewood Country Club on September 12.

Kathy has been a member of EWGA for 18 years and has been active holding a number of positions, including President, Vice-President, Events Chairperson and Course Director.  She was honored for her hard work, dedication, enthusiasm and leadership over the years.

Thank you Kathy for sharing your time and passion for EWGA and the game of golf!


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.


The tentative schedule for 2015 is:

May 9: Maplecrest in Kent @ 1pm.

June 6: Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua NY - 2.25 hrs from Cleveland (this is with the Rochester NY EWG chapter-can be an overnight if members want to golf both days).  Open to all EWG members.  Click here for details.

July 11: All Ohio @ Deer Ridge in Bellville Ohio, time TBD. www.deerridgegc.comOpen to all EWG members

August 1: Blackbrook in Mentor @10am.

September 5: Pine Brook Golf Club in Grafton Ohio @ 10am.

Ewga Cleveland News


61 golfers survived a cool day and even rain as we finished the last 5-6 holes at The Tanglewood Club in Chagrin Falls. We did have a few golfers who didn’t complete the round, but most did in a “Cleveland Strong” mode. All enjoyed a nice dinner and plenty of chinese auction items. Donna Byrnes was the 50-50 winner. 

Mary Beth Breckenridge was awarded the Most Improved golfer for 2015.

Wendy Shick tamed the course for the low score of the day with 75. Sue Williams carded the best net score of the day with a 71. Wendy also had low putts of the day with 27. Lisa Bizjak left with a bunch of cash for winning 3 skins for $105.

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
Wendy Shick – 75
Clare Labaj – 90
Terry Baxter - 91

Flight 1 – Net
Susan Williams – 71
Allison Morrow – 76 (tiebreaker)
Leigh Murray – 76 (tiebreaker)

Flight 2 – Gross
Lisa Bizjak – 98
Bonnie Kowalski – 102
Diane Kovachik – 105

Flight 2 – Net
Diane Rothers – 77
Maria Kamenos – 79 (tiebreaker)
Deb Solyan - 83

Flight 3 – Gross
Gloria Merritt – 105
Karla Maschmeier - 112
Ann Shamess - 113

Flight 3 – Net
Susan Curtis – 79
Kim Bailey – 81
Olga Merela - 82

Flight 4 – Gross
Rosanne Fiorilli – 107
Elaine Musztuk – 118
Dianna Bozek – 129

Flight 4 – Net
Denise Andres – 77
Beth Lovgren – 84
Karen Forrai – 86

Best Putters
Flight 1 – Wendy Shick (27), Flight 2 – Diane Rothers (34), Flight 3 –Gloria Merritt (35), Flight 4 – Elaine Musztuk (38)

Skill Shots
#2 – Long drive – Allison Morrow
#4 – Closest to the Line – Loretta Robertson
#8 – Closest to pin, any shot – Jessica Wuertz
#9 – Closest to pin, second shot – Diane Rothers
#11– Long putt – Wendy Shick
#14 – Closest to pin, any shot – Elsa Arriola
#16 – Closest to pin, par 3 – Ya Tu
#18 – Long putt – Pat Blackmon  

Flight 1 – Wendy Shick (3) - $73, Leigh Murray (2) - $37
Flight 2 – Lisa Bizjak (3) - $105, Diane Rothers (1) - $35
Flight 3 – Kim Bailey and Olga Merela (2) - $34, the following had 1 for $18 – Kim Behm, Susan Curtis, Gloria Merritt, Ann Shamess
Flight 4 – Rosanne Fiorilli (4) $43, the following had 2 for $22 – Denise Andres, Elaine Musztuk, Liz Walton and Sharon Sammon had one for $11.

 Click here for photos from the Year End event.


The All-Ohio Event was held on Saturday, July 11 at the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellview, Ohio.  Members from EWGA Chapters in Cleveland, Canton, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton were invited to participate in the Red, White and Blue themed event.  The weather was perfect and the course was in beautiful condition.  43 persons participated and had a great time!  Skill contest winners were:

Hole # 3 - Closest to pin:  Pat Hughes (Columbus Chapter)

Hole #7 - Closest to pin:  Debbie Horn (Cleveland Chapter)

Hole #8 - Long Putt:  Donna Schreiber (Cleveland Chapter)

Hole # 12 - Long Drive:  Debbie Krantz (Columbus Chapter)

Hole #13 - Long Putt:  Jeannie Litzinger (Columbus Chapter)

Hole # 16 - Long Drive:  Kimmie Bailey (Cleveland Chapter)

Click here to view photos from the event.


Saturday, August 8 was a beautiful day to be on the golf course and the 17 golfers from the “East” courses (Berkshire, Grantwood, Pine Ridge) grabbed the Course Challenge title. The East team consisted of Julie Corcoran/Diane Rothers (Grantwood), Marilyn Wilson/Nancy Cetina (Pine Ridge), Wendy Shick/Clare Labaj (Pine Ridge), Donna Schreiber/Maria Kamenos (Berkshire), Jennifer Moissis/Christy Mulhall (Grantwood), Kate Vezdos (Pine Ridge) and Terry Baxter/Rosanne Fioriolli (Grantwood), Terri Lanzara/Olga Merela (Berkshire) and Susan Williams/Elsa Arriola (Berkshire). Astorhurst Country Club in Walton Hills was the host course as 27 total golfers took on the par 73 course and lots of twists and turns.

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 by going 1-2 in the team score and putting contest portion of the Challenge. Elsa Arriola and Marilyn Wilson were first and second in the putting contest. For the golf portion, Jennifer teamed with Christy Mulhall for first the net best-ball team score and Donna Schreiber andMaria Kamenos were second. Each of the members of the East team received a $15 gift card from Dick’s.

Other award winners were:  
Clare Labaj and Wendy Shick (Pine Ridge) – low gross team with 72.
Jennifer Moissis and Christy Mulhall (Grantwood) – low net team with 57.
Elsa Arriola (Berkshire) – nearly sunk the 20 foot putt to capture best putter.

Skill shot winners:
Long putt – Wendy Shick and Maria Kamenos

Closest to Pin – Julie Corcoran, Jennifer Moissis, Elsa Arriola, Sherri Habansky

Long drive- Clare Labaj

Drive closest to water – Sue Williams

In the skins game for Flight 1, the team of Shick/Labaj earned two skins for $70. Williams/Arriola and Susan Curtis/Lisa Bizjak scored one each for $35.

For Flight 2 skins, team Moisses/Mulhall claimed three skins for $50. Kate Vezdos played without a partner and still one two skins for $30. The other skins were garnered by Terri Lanzara/Olga Merela and Monica Wilson/Julie Daymut for $15 each.


EWGA Cleveland President Debbie McCreery and EWGA Cleveland Marketing Director Sharon Sammon participated in the Race for the Place on June 7 as part of Team EWGA.  Race for the Place was held on "National Cancer Survivors Day" and the participating teams raised money for The Gathering Place.  Other team members included Rita Singh, Harry Baumgartner and Chris Sammon, not pictured.













Member Tamie Myers to play in an 18 hole Scramble before LPGA Kingsmill, Va

EWGA Cleveland member Tamie Myers bid on the EWGA Foundation Auction for a spot in the Wednesday Pro-Am before the LPGA tournament at Kingsmill GC, Virginia in May.  She will play an eighteen-hole scramble with other amateurs and two (2) LPGA pros--one on the front nine and another one on the back nine.  The event includes a party on Tuesday night (food, music, drinks, gift bag) with the LPGA pros.

Tamie said "I didn't think I'd win so I was shocked to get an email from EWGA National saying I'd won.  Now I have to practice before I go because my game was way off at league on Monday."  Best of luck Tamie! 
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