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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;

This year we will be celebrating 25 years for the Cleveland Chapter of EWGA, which was established in 1992.  Please join us all season as we celebrate with special events and activities.

After a pretty mild winter so far, the calendar says less than 4 weeks to the official start of Spring.  For a second year we will be holding a Swing into Spring event at Bunker Hill in March and we encourage you to bring a friend and tune up your swing.  Look for all the details in an email blast that will be sent shortly and posted on the website.

The EWGA board is busy developing an amazing schedule of events for the golf season.   Our continued goal is to expand our membership and build an even stronger EWGA organization.  Some of the exciting events planned for 2017 include the season Kick-off event on April 19th with league play starting the week of April 24th.    The complete schedule of events is on the website, so start marking your calendar with all the dates.  Help us celebrate the 25 year anniversary all year long!

I look forward to seeing everyone at Kick-off!

Debbie McCreery

Cleveland EWGA President

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

February 7 - Pre-season warm ups/golf simulator at Golf Dome
March 15 - Pre-season warm ups/golf simulator at Bunker Hill GC
April 19 - Season "Silver Anniversary" Kick Off at Sleepy Hollow GC
April 24 - League Play starts
May 20 - Nine & Wine at Powderhorn GC
May 25 - Wine & Cheese Reception at Girl's Got Swing
June 3 & 4 - Travel League Chautauqua trip with Rochester NY chapter
June 10 - Member/Guest at Pine Hills GC
June 17 - "Play for Pink" event at Mallard Creek GC
July 8 - Mentoring Program with First Tee
July 15 - All Ohio at Deer Ridge GC, Bellville, Oh
July 29 - Chapter Championship at Mallard Creek GC
August 12 - Course Challenge at Valleaire GC
September 9 - Year End at Pleasant Hills GC

From Nationals –
August 26 - Upper Mideast Semi-Final (Championship) - Nobleton Lakes GC, Schomberg, ON Canada
Sept. 16 & 17 - Great Lakes Qualifier (Match Play)Seven Springs GC, Seven Springs, PA /Hidden Valley GC, Hidden Valley, PA
Oct. 27 & 28 - EWGA Cup Finals (Match Play) LPGA International, Daytona Beach FL
Oct. 6 & 7 - EWGA Championship FinalsHot Springs Village, Arkansas
For details regarding EWGA National Events, click here.

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

Want a printable calendar of events?  Click on the calendar icon below.



Kick-Off for the 2017 season and 25th Anniversary year for EWGA Cleveland was held at Sleepy Hollow GC on April 19.  Despite the weather which prevented warm ups on the driving range, the lively group of about 30 members learned about the upcoming season, golf leagues, events. a contest celebrating 25 years and what to look for when purchasing golf clubs presented by John Fiander, Sleepy Hollow Golf Pro.  A pasta buffet and great raffle prizes added to the fun.  Remember to add #EWGACleveland to your posts on social media and help spread the word about our great chapter.


March 17, members had a great opportunity to swing the clubs after a snowy few days!  It was food, fun, friends and golf!


The 2017 EWGA Cleveland season began with warm-ups at the Golf Dome in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

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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Upcoming Events

When:  Saturday, May 20 at 11 AM

3991 Bates Rd., Madison, Oh, followed by:
Grand River Cellars  (approx. 4.6 miles from course)
5750 S. Madison Rd. (Rte. 528), Madison, Oh

Cost:  $34 (includes 18 holes golf with cart and appetizer at winery)

Contact Susan Curtis at sdcurtis02@aol.com or 570-815-1135 if you have questions or are interested in playing only 9 holes.

Register HERE by Tuesday, May 16 

GIRLS GOT SWING - Golf Shop for Women 
Wine & Cheese & Shopping! 

Thursday, May 25th - 5:30 PM 
19316 Detroit Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116

Additional details to follow....


Golf Lessons at Stonewater Golf Club
with Bob Bourne & Ned Weaver:

Two Sessions:  Three Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM
June 15, June 22 & June 29 or July 7, July 13 & July 27

Group Lessons:  Cost - $150 for three 90 minute sessions

If interested - email Debbie McCreery 


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.  You can also sign up at the Kick-Off on April 19.  Deadline is April 23.


May 6 - Fowlers Mills, Chesterland
June 2-4 - Chautauqua (Peek-n-Peak on Friday 6/2, optional)
July 15 - All Ohio, Deer Ridge, Bellville, Oh
August 5 - The Quarry, Canton
September 2 - Fox Creek, Lorain
October - TBD, based on interest


We are celebrating EWGA Cleveland's 25th Anniversary this year.  Channel your creative inner self and design a ball marker that celebrates Cleveland, golf and showcases Cleveland EWGA.

One design per person, please.  Download the template here and send by hard copy to EWGA Cleveland, 2981 Gatsby Lane, Willoughby, Oh 44092 or scan (hi res) and email to Deb McCreery at dlmccreery@aol.com.

Deadline: JULY 15.

The winning design will be produced and be part of a giveaway at Year End AND the creator of the winning design will receive free registration to the Year End Event.

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

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