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Promoting the Best Interest of Amateur Golf for Women


he Pacific Women’s Golf Association (PWGA) was organized in 1947 by founder and honorary president Helen Lengfeld to promote the best interest of amateur golf for women. I am honored and thrilled to continue this tradition and serve as president in 2013, alongside many other tal- ented women who provide golf-related services to our members. The PWGA has an

executive board of 24 members. The president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, eight area direc- tors and a nine-hole club director are elected positions. The handicap, course rating, tournament, team play and rules directors are appointed positions. The past president also participates on an an- nual basis. Most importantly, our executive director Caro- line O’Brien keeps us all in line and up-to-date with all facets of the golf community. Caroline and her fine office staff provide the adminis- trative support needed to conduct our business. The member clubs are divided into eight geo- graphical areas (East Bay,

Fresno, Monterey, North Central, Redwood, Sacra- mento, San Jose, and Stockton) and are headed by an area director, who serves as the first line of communication for each of the club’s captains and respective PWGA club representatives. Each February, the

PWGA conducts annual workshops in each area to provide our members a year-end status report, and to announce the new tournament schedule for the upcoming year. We provide informational sessions on various topics such as the Rules of Golf, handicap- ping, Tournament Pairings Program (TPP) and course rating. This is an important meeting for the executive officers, as well as club of- ficers and the membership at large, because it allows us to exchange ideas, enter- tain new programs, answer questions and get an overall reading of how successful our current programs are for our members. The PWGA provides

five major tournaments: the PWGA Championship, the Senior/Super Seniors,


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the Spring Partners, the Mixed Couples and the Helen Lengfeld-Founders. It also runs area team qualifying and a team-play championship for 18-hole clubs. There are two major tournaments (Team Play and Tournament of Cham- pions) for nine-hole clubs each year. Tournaments/ member play days are also held in each of the eight areas where Winner’s Circle medals are presented for accumulated low gross and low net points. The PWGA’s services

include providing members a USGA handicap index and equitable stroke control (ESC), Rules of Golf clin- ics, TPP training, course rating, Area Winner’s Circle medallions, hole-in-one awards and the prestigious annual Helen Lengfeld Award for outstanding ser- vice by a PWGA member. In addition to all the valuable services provided, PWGA has supported a number of charitable proj- ects. They include: • Providing a play day for the Golf Swing Club for Disabled Veterans, which was introduced to the


United Voluntary Services by Lengfeld in 1947 as a golf program for the reha- bilitation of VA patients • Providing funds for the Junior Golf Associa- tion of Northern California (JGANC) for transporta- tion and caddie fees to ju- nior girl golfers who qualify to play in the USGA Girls Junior Championship • Awarding junior girls

golf grants with funds raised through raffles held at the Spring Partners and the Mixed Couples tourna- ments to fund junior girls’ golf programs in each of the geographical areas. The PWGA plays

such an important role in supporting and promoting women’s golf in Northern California. We welcome you to join us. We make it our priority that you enjoy the game, the camarade- rie and the benefits of our association. Come play a round with us and have a great year!


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