Golf News for Friday, September 13, 2013 | Tournaments

Julie McKenna wins 18th Annual EWGA National Championship title at Wigwam Resort in Arizona

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- On September 7th and 8th, the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield, Arizona hosted one of the largest women's amateur golf competitions in the world, the 18th Annual EWGA Championship Finals.

Julie McKenna from Springfield, Mass. defeated a field of 32 women in the Championship Flight to claim the title as the Overall Champion of the 2013 EWGA Championship Finals.

Despite the inclement weather, McKenna posted a Final Gross Score of 146, 4 strokes better than her nearest competitor, to capture the victory. The former Wake Forest University and Western New England College School of Law alumna was ecstatic about her win. "I am sure I will be running on adrenaline for the next week or so," said McKenna.

McKenna, an attorney, is currently working at Egan, Flanagan, & Cohen P.C. located in the Greater Springfield, Massachusetts' area. "When I started working at the law firm, I considered joining a private country club because golf has opened many doors for me in my business career. I decided to join the EWGA instead because it provided me with a great support system and the opportunity to meet and network with so many other successful businesswomen. Based on the contacts I've made and the experiences I've had so far, I know I have made the right choice."

The 36-hole EWGA Championship Final consisted of 220 women amateur golfers who advanced beyond 117 local chapter qualifiers and 15 semi-final regional tournaments to advance to the Finals. The final field represented 81 EWGA chapters in 39 states as well as Canada.

Competitors play in flights based on skill level determined by their USGA Handicap Index and the competition consists of two different formats: individual stroke play and team scramble.

The championship's format encourages women of all skill levels to compete, underscoring the EWGA's mantra to enhance the careers and lives of working women through golf. More than 2,500 women nationwide entered the Championship Finals this year, which began in June.

EWGA Championship Final winners are:

Championship Flight: (1 - 12.0 Handicap)
Low Gross 1st Place: Julie McKenna (Greater Springfield, MA)
Low Net 1st Place: Pam Russell (Orlando, FL)

First Flight (12.1 - 19.0 Handicap)
Low Gross 1st Place: Jeannette Fenner (Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI)
Low Net 1st Place: Sharon Talarico (Greater Richmond, VA)

Second Flight (19.1 - 25.0 Handicap)
Low Gross 1st Place: Jeri Pack (Austin, TX)
Low Net 1st Place: Karen Biscaha (Sacramento, CA)

Third Flight (25.1 - 32.0 Handicap)
Low Gross 1st Place: Stephanie Graham (Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI)
Low Net 1st Place: Jennifer Shoemaker (Albany/Capital Region)

Fourth Flight (32.1 - 40.4 Handicap)
Low Gross 1st Place: Lisa Ford (Greater Knoxville, TN)
Low Net 1st Place: Caroline Gentleman (Piedmont Triad, NC)

Scramble Division
1st Place: Salt Lake City, UT Chapter Team
Captain - Paula Shaw
Nancy Carpenter
Barbara Hansen
Lee Stern

Complete results can be viewed online at http://www.ewgachampionship.com.

About the EWGA
As the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the United States with chapters in nearly every U.S. major market and corporate center, the EWGA has connected more than 100,000 working and professional women who share a passion for cultivating relationships and enjoying the game of golf. Offering a wide range of affordable organized golf activities and educational programs, this award-winning association has been driving social and networking opportunities for women through the game of golf since 1991.

With EWGA Chapters located in more than 120 cities throughout the United States as well as in international locations including Bermuda, Canada, Italy and South Africa, EWGA members are active participants in hundreds of communities. EWGA is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 6 membership association. For more information about the EWGA and its membership, visit www.ewga.com

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