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Welcome to 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


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!
  • Crystal Smitherman
  • Alice Lowry
  • Bethany Seidel
  • Pat Sheeler
  • Faye Fulmer
  • Barbara Mosley
  • Cindy Rayburn
  • Jan Sweatman
  • Angie Palmer (Kiva Dunes) *
  • Lindsay Hart (Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club)*
  • Kim Jones
  • Trey Childs (Craft Farms Golf Resort) *
  • David Sikes (Cherokee Ridge Country Club) *
  • Laura Lombard
  • Laura Johnson
  • Ashlee Lowry (Rock Creek Golf Club) *
  • Doug Wert (Cider Ridge Golf Club) *

*EWGA Golf Club Network Membership

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 ( – which includes the Member Clubhouse and the GN21 Handicap system.

  • To renew, these members must go to the main EWGA website at 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.

Relaxed Rules of Golf

Golf Channel recently had a series designed to help make golf more fun.  The new Relaxed Rules boils down to just seven common sense rules and can make the game easier, faster and more fun.  These simply are common sense practices for avid amateurs, and it's how the majority of the game is being played anyway.

Here are the rules:

1.  MAXIMUM SCORE: Triple Bogey (i.e. 6 on par 3's, 7 on par 4's and 8 on par 5's).
2  PENALTIES:  All are one stroke, including out of bounds, water and lateral hazards, lost ball and unplayable lie.  Drop a ball near where the original was lost and play on.
3.  SEARCH TIME:  Two minutes to look for your ball.  If lost, proceed under Rule 2.
4.  UNFORTUNATE LIES:  With your playing partners' consent, balls may be dropped out of divots or footprints, away from tree roots and any other dangerous lies.
5.  CONCEDED PUTTS:  Putts may be conceded within the leather (from the putter head in the hole to the start of the leather grip).
6.  EQUIPMENT;  No restrictions, including number of clubs.
7.  COMMON SENSE:  When in doubt, use common sense and fairness.


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. 

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 ( 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. 

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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3 Hot Buttons, 2 Reasons to love EWGA, 1 Person to bring to a Chapter Event

Finding new members can be easy and fun (and it doesn’t have to be daunting or overwhelming). Use this 3-2-1 Blast-Off for New Members as a guide to help you get started finding new playing partners and friends!

3 - THREE Hot Buttons:  Reasons why you (and others) join and continue to enjoy EWGA. Each reason has several examples listed that you can help when you are talking with others about EWGA.

  • Hot Button #1:  Fun and Friendship – what better way to find new people, whom you have something in common with (GOLF) and enjoy being around, than to join an EWGA Chapter!  Giving someone the opportunity for some stress relief and fun is a great gift – just look at the smiles and laughter happening at EWGA activities.

How EWGA fits the ‘Fun and Friendship’ Hot Button:

    • The terrific women you hang out with in your Chapter
    • The opportunity to meet women golfers across the Country
    • The casual golf opportunities that are scheduled and planned for you!
    • Knowing numerous women you can call to play a quick round of golf or grab a drink, dinner or a movie
    • Participating in fun social activities
    • Being part of a group that travels internationally to watch the Solheim Cup
  • Hot Button #2:  Making a Difference:  It’s no secret that most people want to make a difference in the lives of others to leave this world a better place.  Joining EWGA provides the opportunity to volunteer for your Chapter or the Association, mentor new golfers and give back to the game. Many EWGA Chapters also support local and national Charities that strike a chord with members.

How EWGA fits the ‘Make a Difference’ Hot Button:

    •  Introducing new golfers to the game and helping them get comfortable on the course
    • Mentoring with LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, First Tee or other local golf programs that promote junior golf for girls
    • Having the chance to volunteer and share your gifts, talents and skills with EWGA
    • Participating in or helping plan activities that benefit causes which are important to you
  • Personal Growth:  Personal growth can be about learning how to do things that will get you further in your career and EWGA provides many opportunities for members to help make that happen.  AND – personal growth can also be about learning or improving your golf game, expanding your golf experience through competition and playing a variety of courses.  It can also be in discovering a new hobby or interest through someone you met in EWGA.  What better way to boost your confidence and hold your head high than to hit a great shot, have your personal best round, develop leadership skills or experience something new you didn’t know about! 

How EWGA fits the ‘Personal Growth’ Hot Button:

    • The opportunity to compete in local, regional and national events
    • Learning and improving your game in a friendly, supportive environment
    • Gaining Board/Leadership experience that has helped or could help you in your career
    • Learning or putting into practice the leadership skills you have developed or are developing.
    • Being a member for a day at a ClubCorp property in your area and across the Country
    • Playing private courses in your area through our member benefit with Boxgroove

2 - TWO things they would love about your EWGA Chapter or being a member of EWGA. 

  • Use the Hot Button examples above to help others discover why EWGA is THE group for them
  • What makes you sing the praises of being an EWGA member?  This piece might be hard to narrow down to just two things! Knowing what you love about EWGA is great to have at the ready when asked, “Why did you join / why do you belong to EWGA? “

1 - ONE person that you can invite/bring to an EWGA event

  • Think of one person who you can tell about EWGA or even better, bring to an EWGA Chapter event. Maybe it’s a co-worker or neighbor that needs a little fun in their life or perhaps someone who says they used to play or would like to learn to play golf.  Perhaps it is an acquaintance that you would like to get to know better. What if it is someone you think you know pretty well and have just assumed they wouldn’t be interested?  You won’t know until you share your love of the game and passion for EWGA.

So there you have it 3, 2, 1 =

3 Hot Buttons, 2 Reasons to love EWGA, 1 Person to bring to a Chapter Event

Fasten your seat belts and blast into action!


  • Recruit 3 new members between September 1 and December 15, 2015 and earn a fun, shiny EWGA bling prize.  PLUS for each NEW member who joins and enters your name as their recruiter, your name will be included in the drawing to win a Free Registration to the 2016 EWGA Conference in Colonial Williamsburg!  
  • AND, since EWGA will be turning 25 next year, the NEW members you recruit as part of this campaign can save $25 off the membership rate (valid for Classic level only).  Just tell them to enter 2015-EWGA25 as the discount code when they join online.

Expand Your Circle of Friends - Expand Your Chapter.  Help others enrich their lives with EWGA!

3, 2, 1 . . . Blast Off to our 25th Anniversary!!!!!

Golf Poem

In My Hand I Hold A Ball,

White And Dimpled ... Rather Small.

Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,

This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.

By Its Size I Could Not Guess

The Awesome Strength It Does  Possess.

But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,

I 've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.

My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same

Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.

It Rules My Mind For Hours On End;

A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.

It Has Made Me Curse And Made Me Cry,

And Hate Myself And Want To Die.

It Promises Me A Thing Called Par,

If I Hit It Straight And Far.

To Master Such A Tiny Ball,

Should Not Be Very Hard At All.

But My Desires The Ball Refuses,

And Does Exactly As It Chooses.

It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,

And Disappears Before My Eyes.

Often It Will Have A Whim,

To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.

With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,

It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.

Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,

If Only It Would Find The Hole.

It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,

And Swear That I Will Give It Up.

And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,

But The Ball Knows ... I'll Be Back Tomorrow.  

Stand proud, noble swingers of clubs and losers of balls!  

Recent studies found average golfers walk 900 miles a year.

Another study found golfers drink 22 gallons of alcohol a year.

This means, on average, golfers get 41 miles to the  gallon!

Kind of makes you proud.  Almost makes you feel like a  hybrid!

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.) 

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