Welcome to EWGA Birmingham!      

EWGA - Birmingham, AL

About the Birmingham, Alabama Chapter

Started in 1994, the Birmingham Chapter of the EWGA was named a “Chapter of Distinction” by EWGA in 2013.  We invite all women throughout the community to join in our celebration.  Come and discover what golf can bring to your life and the wealth of opportunities that EWGA membership provides.  We are building more than great connections.  Whether you are an experienced golfer or are interested in learning and have never played – this is your opportunity to get involved, meet more women and have more fun.  Come and meet women that have the potential to change the course of your life.  We offer an abundance of affordable, organized  golf opportunities, networking and social events that fit the needs and schedule of today’s women.  For more information about the EWGA and its membership, visit www.ewga.com.

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EWGA - Birmingham, AL


Click here to download the registration form.

If you would like to play but do not have a team, we will work with you to find a spot! Contact Bobbie Markham

2016 Election Results

Thanks to all who voted in our recent chapter election for our 2017 Board of Directors.  We had great participation; 52% of our members voted unanimously to approve the slate of officers.  The new board will take effect on November 1. 

Congratulations to:

Jane McGriff, President

Alice Lowry, Director of Records and Finance

Kim Jones, Director of Member Services

Terri Henderson, Director of Golf Programs and Services

Our returning board members are:

Shella Sylla, Director of Member Recruitment

Nikki Allen, Director of Marketing

Our outgoing board members are:

Bobbie Markham, President

Sylvia Sumners, Director of Member Services

Debbie Ramseur, Director of Golf Programs and Services

Wanda Venhuizen, Director of Records and Finance

Our current board members will be working closely with the newly elected members over the next 2 months to ensure a smooth transition.  Thanks to these ladies for volunteering their service to you and to our outgoing board members for their outstanding service.  The new board members will bring great leadership and ideas to the Birmingham chapter.

Welcome New Members!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members. We are so pleased to have you in the Birmingham Chapter!

  • Laura Chapman
  • Rose Marie Swanke
  • Christa Sligh
  • Aleksandra Hoffman
  • Bernadette Beavers-Forrest
  • Pam Overstreet
  • Debbie Alexander
  • Terry Sherman
  • Marilyn Figueroa
  • Madge Gregg
  • Wynn Hardy
  • Sandra Morgan
  • Karen Spencer

Need to Renew an Expired Membership?

  • Members have 2 months to renew online before they are considered lapsed and are locked out of the database for renewal purposes.  After 2 months, they will need to complete a renewal form and return it by fax or mail so that they can be reactivated in the database.

  • However, within that 2 month window, if members are even one day past their renewal date they will not be able to sign into the Members Only area (myewga.com) – which includes the Member Clubhouse and the GN21 Handicap system.

  • To renew, these members must go to the main EWGA website at www.ewga.com and sign in (upper right corner) using their email and password.

  • That takes them to the page with the “Membership Renewal” button on the left.

  • Of course, if anyone has issues, contact EWGA HQ on the toll free number at 800-407-1477 x10 so we can take their renewal by phone.

Handicap Information

Click here to access our handicap information page.  You can access the link to post a score from the information page or you can click here to go directly to the EWGA member portal. 

If you have a GHIN handicap, remember they expire each January and you have to renew them (unless your club automatically does it for you).  Just contact your club/provider and pay for 2016, in order to keep your handicap current/valid.


10 Things to Know before Your First Round

You’ve been practicing and preparing, and it’s finally time to go out for your first real round of golf. Whether it’s a work outing or a casual nine-hole joint with some of your best girlfriends in the world, this can still be a nerve-wracking concept. No need to worry; just keep these 10 things in mind and you’ll be fine.  

By Stina Sternberg, Golf Digest 

1. Nobody cares how well you play, as long as you do it fast. You can whiff every other shot and still get invited back, over and over. Just make sure you move quickly between shots and pick up your ball if you’re falling too far behind.

2. The golf course is not a driving range. Even if you’re stinking it up big time, save your game analysis and repetitive practice swings for after the round.

3. Have fun, but keep the chit-chat to a minimum. Talking too much with your playing companions between swings will slow you down and take your focus off the game.

4. Focus on your playing partners as much as on yourself. If somebody else is swinging or putting, you need to stop what you’re doing, stand still and be quiet. Then proceed.

5. Bring lots of inexpensive golf balls. You’ll lose plenty in the beginning, and the worst thing you can do is waste everybody’s time by searching for them for too long.

6. Knowing the rules of the game is not as important as knowing the etiquette. No one will care if, as a beginner, you tee of an inch in front of the markers or ground your club in the bunker. But they will care if you don’t rake that bunker after you’re done.

7. Keeping score is completely unnecessary. Until you have a few rounds under your belt, it’s more likely to add a lot of stress to your round.

8. You don’t have to accept unsolicited swing advice from friends and/or strangers. Every Tom, Dick and Harry will want to “help” you hit the ball better. Politely decline and tell them you’re working on your swing off the course. Or your game will suffer.

9. Driving a golf cart is harder than you think. If you must ride, let somebody else take the wheel for your first few rounds, or you’re bound to drive it in places you’re not allowed to and blow past tees without letting people off.

10. Nobody cares how well you play, as long as you do it fast. (It’s worth repeating.) 

Click here for more tips from Stina at GolfDigest.com.


Golf Course Network

As a member of EWGA you are entitled to discounts at golf courses that are a member of the EWGA Golf Network. Current courses in Alabama are listed below:

Click here for information and discounts at each course. 

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Match Play Madness

Match Play Madness is OVER for 2016!

Round 6 Recap:

Flight 1: As previously reported, Pia won First Flight after Round 5.

Flight 2: Trish was the last player standing in the Winner’s bracket vs Jane in the Loser’s bracket. Jane was lucky enough to beat Trish twice, both times on the Valley, to claim the Flight 2 victory. [A great reminder that a player in the Loser's bracket still has a fighting chance!]

Flight 3: The battle for Flight 3 champion was between Jennifer in the Winner’s bracket vs Nikki in the Loser’s bracket. Jennifer’s booming drives cinched her win after the first match - also on the Valley.

So….in this final round, we bid farewell to those who hung in there to the bitter end: Tricia and Nikki.

MPM Champions for 2016:

First Flight: Pia Todora

2nd Flight: Jane McGriff

3rd Flight: Jennifer Whitaker 

Sincere thanks to everyone who participated in Match Play Madness this year.  We hope you ALL will sign up again in 2017!

Jane & Jennifer

Atlanta Birmingham Challenge

Birmingham Reclaims the Trophy!! Our Birmingham Chapter battled the Atlanta Chapter for the title this past weekend at Ross Bridge. We tied on Saturday but we came back on Sunday to win, even after two rain delays. Thanks to Captain Trish Taylor for the great job she did and thanks to all of our players who came through in very hot weather. Trish accepted the trophy from Lori Ford, captain of the Atlanta Team. Birmingham team members: Trish Taylor, Barbee Bryant, Anne Yuengert, Jennifer Whitaker, Terri Henderson, Sylvia Sumners, Wanda Venhuizen, Pia Todora, Jane McGriff, Laura Johnson, Bettye Anne Shratter, Patti Reid.  Click here for the results.


Member Profile

Have you moved or has your contact information changed? 

Have you updated your EWGA profile so you can continue to receive information on all our fun activities?

It’s quick and easy to update your contact and address information on your member record:

  1. Go to http://ewga.com
  2. Login using your email address and password

    If you have trouble logging in, please contact 561-691-0096 ext: 130

  3. Click on “My Information” orange button on the left side of the page
  4. Click on the “Edit/View Information” link
  5. Update your information and scroll down to Save
  6. Voila You’re Done!

Member Privacy Vs. Required Contact information

  • More and more EWGA members are concerned about having their personal contact information appear online.  EWGA respects that, and has a couple of options to have control of what appears.

  • The option of marking your record in the EWGA database as “Do Not Publish Online” is available; however, it has negative consequences.  If this is done to a member record, then the member is blocked from being able to login to the EWGA Member Clubhouse and the Handicap Service.  We do not recommend this option.

  • Some members go online and delete their mailing address, phone and email so that it won’t appear online.  We definitely do not recommend this option as then there is no way to communicate with them at all.  This impacts our Chapter too, as the contact information won’t appear on the roster we receive each week.

  • The best option is for members to login to the Member Clubhouse (www.myewga.com) and update the “Privacy Settings” under the “My Profile” tab.  You can choose specifically which information you want to show online, and to whom (Including nobody).

  • To ensure that you continue to receive our Chapter communications, we also recommend that you do not "opt out" on the newsletters and other email blasts that we send using our email client.  Once you do this, we cannot add you back in and you will not receive all of our email communications and thus will not be fully informed of what is going on in our chapter. 


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