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I’m sitting here in the afterglow of a fabulous start to our golfing season - our Kick-Off Celebration on Saturday, April 2! The weather was just what we ordered…glorious! It was well attended and we had some great vendors sharing their products and businesses. Our speakers on Championship and Match Cup Play were our very own Wink Jackson and Halley Kramer. If you weren’t able to attend, please ask them to share their stories. Emily Anderson Stewart, a PGA Pro at Black Butte, shared personal stories about women and golf, and her and her sister’s competitive side, which was very entertaining and had us all laughing. She also shared that Black Butte Ranch is very excited about hosting our Chapter Championship in July, working with EWGA and being our Title Sponsor.

Now for those of you who were a little intimidated by the talk of Championship and Match Cup Play competitions…

PLEASE DON’T BE! We have our Monday and Tuesday golf leagues where most of the gals just want to go out and have fun! Some don’t have handicaps and some don’t even keep score. They are just out for fun and friendship. We also have some beginning golf opportunities for those of you who need to learn how or want to be more confident in your play. We now have opportunities for all level of golfers!

The drawings were also a big success! We had about 23 fabulous donated gifts to give away, ranging from several wine baskets; a hair cut and style; gown; facial and nutritional products; essential oils and jewelry; golf lesson and indoor golf simulator time; Pro Golf gift certificate; a range ball gift card and golf for two to four at many of our area golf courses. Our silent auction items were for Bend Golf & Country Club and Brasada Ranch Golf Course. Thank you to our generous donors! Also, a big thank you to my committee who worked tirelessly to put this together: Shari Howard, Kellie Harper and Kathy Phillips. And thank you to our board and other members who pitched in to assist wherever they were needed. It truly takes a village!

We had about 47 people in attendance, including10 guests. Five of those guests signed up as new members and two previous members rejoined at the event. Some pretty impressive numbers! It’s about spreading the word on EWGA, so thank you to all the members who brought a guest.

We had 11 participate in the clinics with Bruce and Travis, working on long and short game. What a deal they gave us for an hour and a half of learning time for only $10! We also had 12 ladies tee up to play golf in the afternoon. A big "thank you" goes to Juniper Golf Club for hosting us and providing the clinics, and to Michelle Horton, Events Coordinator for Juniper, for setting up our banquet room and preparing our buffet. Ladies, be sure to tell them a personal "thank you" next time you are out at Juniper.

Check the EWGACO website and Facebook for more pictures of the event! Happy Spring!

    Pat Paris - Recruitment Director

Social and Networking

Golf Activities - 9-Hole League

Golf Activities - Weekend Events

Did You Know?


Two years ago I moved to Bend from northwestern Montana. I’m quite self sufficient, but it was a big leap of faith in myself because I didn’t know anyone here - not a soul. In an effort to get to know some locals, I immediately joined a private golf club. I figured it would be a good way to make new friends. I was wrong. For the most part I felt like a fifth wheel and an outsider. I’m not blaming the club. It was just how I felt. It was not where I needed to be.

Then last spring, I was at a library fundraiser and met a woman who told me that she had a friend who was active with a women’s golf organization. The woman connected me with her friend who told me about EWGA. I attended a couple of events as a guest and joined in July of last year. From the moment I met the EWGA gals, I felt truly welcome and included.

Flash forward nine months and I found myself having major foot surgery and facing a couple of weeks on my back with my foot elevated 24/7 followed by a pretty long recovery. I was worried thinking I didn’t have much of a support system. Boy, was I was wrong.

Here’s what I learned. The friends I have made through EWGA Central Oregon are not only a lot of fun to golf with, but have been extremely helpful during my recovery. I couldn’t have imagined this a year ago and am so very grateful for finding this organization and for the new friends I have made.


Friendship isn’t about whom you’ve known the longest.
It’s about who walked into your life and said,
"I’m here for you" and proved it.  
– Unknown


Lost balls are the nemesis of pace of play in recreational golf. I’m referring to friendly games where rules aren’t followed hard and fast (can you say mulligans and gimmies?). When I first started playing on a regular basis, my way of keeping score was to track how many balls I lost per round. If it was no more than six for 18 holes it was cause for celebration!

First and foremost, always have an extra ball or two in your pocket. You’ll need it at some point. If you are missing the fairway on every other shot don’t play balls you can’t afford to lose. It’s a waste of money to buy expensive new golf balls until you can actually play with one for several holes before losing it into the scrub brush or the bottom of a pond.

Lost from the tee: If your drive sails off into the woods or desert, visually mark that spot. Immediately hit a provisional ball, then walk (or ride) directly to where you believe the first ball went. While the pros employ a five-minute rule on ball searches it doesn’t mean you and/or your partners should spend that kind of time looking. If one or more of you is "losing" a ball on a regular basis this will make for a very slow round. Your partners should go ahead and take their shots while you spend no more than a minute or two looking before taking the penalty and playing your provisional.

Lost from the fairway: Forget the lost ball. Drop a new ball somewhere near where it went out and take a penalty stroke.

Lost from the green! Go to the clubhouse and buy your partners a beer. Then sign up for a lesson or clinic and buy some cheap used balls on eBay. :)




Jan Duringer - Golf Education,
Mentoring & Handicap Director


Professional Development

As a goal for the 2015 EWGA season, please help us share the passion, fun, friendships and connections delivered through EWGA! Its easy to do.

First, LIKE our Facebook page.


Second, CONNECT with us on Linkedin:

1)  go to
2)  search for EWGA Central Oregon Chapter and EWGA (Executive Women's Golf Association)
3)  Connect from your LinkedIn profile (if you don’t have one, it is a good chance to establish one.)

Third, SHARE with your friends, local pro, starters etc., that you belong to EWGA and are growing women’s golf in Central Oregon with your participation and alliance with EWGA. Invite them to join or become a sponsor in the future.

Fourth, PARTICIPATE regularly. A simple and attainable goal is to participate in “1” EWGA event every month. Take a look at the calendar, hit the link, push the RSVP button and do it. Take the time for you, to go golf, once a month. Whether it is a clinic, a social event, 9 holes or 18 holes, once a month keeps you as a priority. That feels really good!

Everything we do in our lives is about creating relationships, actively, on a daily basis. If you have questions or ideas on how to spread the word of EWGA, please send me an email and lets discuss.


Submitted by Wink Jackson, Marketing Director

Member Services

And the Celebrations Continue…


Lavonne Broadbent
Sharon Burchett

Laurel Ewing
Ashley Grucza
Lori Kittredge
Patti O’Neill
Sharon Stanton
Susie Webber
Karen Zarosinski

New Member Orientation

What a fun day! On April 16th, the Central Oregon EWGA was welcomed by Smith Rock Golf Course where we hosted our annual New Member Orientation. 21 women golf enthusiasts attended and enjoyed complimentary instruction from Bob Mitchell, a nine-hole best ball scramble, refreshments, and prizes!

The lowest scoring team, posting a 24, consisted of Jenny Kimble, Gayle Najera, and Shari Noldge. Jillian White walked away with the Closest to the Pin (KP) prize at 395 inches- toughest 45 yards I’ve ever played! Door prizes, provided by Smith Rock Golf Course, were a beautiful custom-made wedge valued at $100, won by Gayle Najera, and two $25 gift certificates, won by Sharon Stanton and Candy Wood.

Another highlight of the afternoon was celebrating Dolores McCann, a member of 6 years, who has contributed so much to our organization. Again, we thank you!

See more pictures on the EWGA CO FaceBook page!

Calling For Volunteers!

The Central Oregon EWGA is a growing and evolving chapter serving a very active and diverse group of women. In order to continue to provide all that there is to offer to the membership and meet the needs of everyone, WE NEED YOU! What is your passion? If you love planning events and socials, have ideas for recruiting, enjoy reaching out to members and businesses, or thrive on contributing to and being part of a team, we could use your time and talents. Simply email me, or anyone else on the board, and we will get you matched up and teamed up.


Kellie Harper, Belinda Rasmussen,
Candy Wood and Jillian White
enjoy lunch at Smith Rock

  Lorri Evers - Member Services Director 

EWGA MBR BENEFITS - Central Oregon Specific

Golf Opportunities:

  • Box Groove Membership ($49 value and access to private golf clubs across the country)

Willamette Valley Country Club, Canby
Bend Golf and Country Club, Bend

Orchard Hills Country Club, Washougal
Illahe Hills Country Club, Salem

Oswego Lake Country Club, Lake Oswego
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, North Plains

Rock Creek Country Club, Portland
Creekside Golf Club, Salem

  •  70% savings off regular greens fees – No booking fee (up to $5 savings each booking)


  • Club Corp:  Buy 1 Get 1, either lunch or
                         round of golf at private Club Corp facility
    Facilities within a reasonable driving distance
    for a getaway:

         Canterwood Golf and Country Club

             Gig Harbor, WA
         Columbia Tower Club
              Seattle, WA

Game Improvement:

  • USGA Handicap Service – GN21 ($25 - $75 value)

Golf Clothes and Equipment:

  • Golf Galaxy:  10% off select items  in stores and online.

  • Chico’s: Discount coupons available for EWGA members in stores and online.  Location:  Old Mill District

Golf Spectator

  • Free admission to LPGA and Symetra Tour Events ($15 - $115 value)

    LPGA Portland Classic, Beaverton, Or, Aug 25-31, 2014

Vacation / Business Travel Planning

  • Preferred Golf Properties ($295 value)

    Receive preferred room rates and a complementary round of golf with a 2-night stay at the world’s best golf resorts.

  • Billy Casper Golf:  15% off 18 hole rounds any day of the week

  • American Golf Corporation:  50% off private, resort and public golf courses               

  • Additional discounts on car rental, hotels, greens fees and stays at key resort destinations

  • Regus:  Free one-year membership to an office support resource for the traveling businessperson.  Worldwide drop in access to working lounges with WI-FI, refreshments, printing, faxing, copying and administrative support.  10% off meeting rooms, day offices and video communications. (valued at $150)

Savings Scenario:


$49   Boxgroove membership    

$25   Golf Galaxy savings for online purchases

$25   Buy a new outfit at Chico’s

$40   Attend LPGA Portland Classic event
         2 weekend days           

$25   USGA Handicap – GN21


$164 Total Savings

Visit the Member Clubhouse for a full listing of
benefits and details, codes, discounts, etc.

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President's Message

Our EWGA Central Oregon chapter has many ways for members of all abilities to meet and play golf with each other.


We have the Monday morning nine hole group (starting in June), the Tuesday afternoon 9 or 18 hole group, the Tuesday evening 9 hole group, the Wednesday evening Aspen Lake’s group (starting in June), the Thirsty Thursday afternoon group at The Greens and the Saturday Weekend Warriors. All would welcome you to play! RSVP via, except for the Wednesday and Thursday play, where you will RSVP directly through Aspen Lakes and The Greens.

Another way to become involved is to join a committee. Our committees and the members who serve are vital to our chapter. They bring new ideas and new events to the chapter to make your membership more than just golf.


As an example, the Events & Social Committee is planning a Father’s Day Celebration at Aspen Lakes on Saturday June 18. Jenny Kimble at, would appreciate your ideas and help to celebrate the fathers in our lives!

Up to date communications with our members is vital. If you have a talent for taking photos and posting them on Facebook, contact our Communications Director, Eileen Haas at

Our Chapter Championship will be held on July 9th at Black Butte Ranch. Want to come out and join the fun, but not ready to compete yourself? Jillian White, our Tournament Day Director, could use your help as a registrar, photographer, or awards party setup. We look forward to have your enthusiasm and help. Contact her at

Participation is the lifeblood of our club. As you become more involved, your membership will become more valuable to you.


See you on the course
Mary Wallis, EWGA-CO President


One of the most active members in EWGA Central Oregon golf and other events, and one of the greatest volunteers in our chapter, is Diane Kirpach. If you have ever played golf with Diane, you know she is fun, always cheerful, and a great golfer. The first time I played golf with Diane was last year, right after she had gotten a new set of Mizuno irons. Diane chose the Mizuno irons after trying many different brands with the help of Matt Phillips at Pro Golf of Bend. The Mizunos were the best fit for Diane, and also the choice of many female golf pros, including the LPGA’s Stacy Lewis. Mizuno irons combine a longer distance from their "Hot Metal" face design, with a high level of forgiveness from their "Power Frame Dual Pocket" construction. In addition, Mizuno irons have a nice feel when striking the ball, through their "Harmonic Impact Technology." These clubs look really great, too.

For woods, Diane uses Synchron II number 5 and 7 woods. Their faces are a little longer and taller for a bigger sweet spot, and also hit well out of grass. Synchron fairway woods are available in eight different lofts, with just as many shaft choices. Diane does not currently use any hybrids, but is considering trying them out, for more distance.


The greatest club in Diane’s bag is her driver, a TaylorMade Burner, which is very lightweight with a big head. It really does send Diane’s balls long, high and straight! Diane’s putter came in a Big Bear set from Costco several years ago. It’s not a balanced putter, like many of the newer ones, so she has to swing very straight with no arc, to put the ball where she wants it. But Diane’s favorite club is her Mizuno 6 iron. With it, she can hit a good shot whenever she needs the distance, but doesn’t want to use a wood.

For measuring yardage, Diane uses a Golf Buddy Voice, and she loves it. It’s tiny, with a clip, perfect for attaching to a visor or shirt collar. It’s very accurate, and calls out the yardage from wherever you are on the hole, which is much more convenient than having to adjust your eyes to take a reading. The volume is adjustable, which is important if you don’t want to disturb your playing partner.

Diane keeps track of her score in a unique way. In her cart, there are six slots for tees. She puts a tee in first slot, and then moves it around the slots with each stroke, for the fairway shots. Then she counts her putts, and add s them together at the end of each hole for her scorecard. To give herself positive feedback, Diane also circles her pars, bogeys and birdies on her scorecard, which is a great idea. We should always reward ourselves for good play, especially when it’s a birdie or better! Diane takes advantage of EWGA’s complimentary handicap service, which is easy to use. She faithfully enters every score during the season, and because Diane is goal oriented and loves statistics, she enjoys seeing the impact one good or bad game can make in her handicap.

So that she can spot her balls far down the fairway, Diane uses bright orange Volvic balls. Volvic balls are a little harder than some others, and are designed to give women more distance. Diane likes the feel of the harder Volvic balls when she strikes it. For shoes, Diane prefers the tennis-shoe style of golf shoes, with replaceable cleats, especially since she has knee problems. This gives her lots of stable support for her swing, and comfort for walking.

Diane has the EWGA logo ball marker on a necklace, which was a gift to her for serving on the EWGA CO Board. She loves the convenience and decoration of the necklace. She also has ball markers from special courses she has played with friends, including Bodega Bay, Wolf Creek, Brasada Ranch, and Pendleton.

Diane’s advice to newer players is to take group lessons, such as the EWGA CO clinics, where the focus is not totally on you, so you have time to think about and try the tips and directions you are given. Diane doesn’t carry a rule book in her bag, but does have the lovely and convenient set of rules cards our Chapter President Mary Wallis made for us last year.

The most special thing Diane carries in her bag is a flask of Pendleton, which was a gift to her from a dear friend. If you are ever lucky enough to play golf with Diane, and she scores a birdie or better on a hole, she will generously share her flask with her playing partners to celebrate her good play!


Jenny Kimble - Events & Activities Director





If you love to golf and travel, EWGA has the perfect event for you! Gather 8 ladies and enter the EWGA Cup. The EWGA Cup is a match play competition organized by the EWGA Association Headquarters (EWGA). There is no local chapter event. Instead, all registered teams travel to a match play Qualifier Event. This year the Pacific and Western Qualifiers are in Napa, CA. So, not only will you be traveling and golfing, but you’ll be sipping some fine wines in lovely Napa Valley, California. Sound fun?

The EWGA Cup format is similar to the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup, where you compete as a team rather than an individual. So if you’d like to try competitive play but with a team, join the EWGA Central Oregon Cup Team!


EWGA CUP (click here)
  • Have a USGA Handicap Index and post three 18-hole scores this year by September 15, 2016.
  • Travel to the Pacific/Western Qualifier - September 24 & 25 at Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa Valley, CA.
  • Play - 18 holes of Four-Ball on Day 1 and 18 holes of Singles on Day 2
    • Four Ball Match Play - A match in which two players play their better ball against the better ball of two other players. All players play their own ball. The lower net score of the two players is the team score on the hole.
    • Singles Match Play - A match in which one-player plays against another player. Scoring is hole by hole.
    • Earn 1 point for a win, and ½ point for a halved match.
  • Top teams advance to the National Championship - The Cup Finals – 18 holes of Four-Ball on Day 1 and 18 holes Singles on Day 2.
    • Held at The Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA November 11-12, 2016.


Registration Process

  • Online registration opens on April 1, 2016
  • EWGA Central Oregon Captain submits the Team Roster Form with names
  • Player Registration Fee is $247 and includes: Entry fee, 2 rounds of golf w/ cart, range balls, Friday reception, and Saturday and Sunday lunch
  • Our local Central Oregon chapter is sponsoring each participant with $50 towards your registration fee.
  • Practice rounds on September 23 are an additional $65/player
  • Each team member registers individually online by 5pm July 15th

** NOTE: Registration is limited to 14 teams to ensure proper Pace of Play. Early registration of all players is recommended to guarantee your team's position within the event field.

Sign Up or Get More Information

If you are interested in playing or to get more information CLICK HERE, or contact Halley Kramer at


Mary Wallis, EWGA-CO President


Sponsors News


Now in its 20th year, the EWGA Championship is the largest women's amateur golf tournament of its kind with more than 2,400 members participating. With 5 flights of Stroke Play Competition and Inter-Chapter Team Scramble formats, this competitive tournament golf appeals to members of all skill levels.

Qualifying starts at the local chapter then moves on to 15 district semi-finals and culminating in the exciting national two-day Finals. The 2016 Championship Finals will be on October 14 and 15 at The Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne, VA..

Black Bute Ranch

Our EWGA Central Oregon Chapter individual stroke play and scramble team Chapter championships will be hosted by our gracious sponsors, Black Butte Ranch at the Glaze Meadows course, July 9, 2016.

The Chapter Championship is fun and relatively low key with a social afterwards. All you need are TWO requirements to participate.

  1. an established handicap in 2016 through a service such as GHIN; and
  2. two complete 18 round scores recorded this year to your handicap. There are 5 "flights" or experience level categories so every level of golfer can enjoy playing within their current level of play.

Our local central Oregon chapter AND Black Butte Ranch are sponsoring each participant in the chapter championship with $50 toward the national fee. The national fee exists to cover minimal expenses incurred at the Regional and National level tournaments.

See more information and to register CLICK HERE

THANK YOU! Black Butte Ranch for supporting women’s golf in Central Oregon!


    Wink Jackson, Director of Marketing

2016 EWGA Central Oregon Chapter

Please support our sponsors when ever you can. Click the logos and names below for more information.  And  click here for sponsors' 2016 Discounts!

Title Sponsor


Main Sponsors 



Supporting Sponsors

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Click here for sponsors' 2016 Discounts!




In Kind Sponsors

Therapeutic Associates

Mike Palen, PGA Professional

Quality Insurance Group