EWGA CEO Pam Swensen (pictured far left) and EWGA Foundation Board President Margaret Downey (pictured far right) were on stage February 21, 2009 to present a check in the amount of $35,053.30 to Sherry Greene, Programs Director for the LPGA Foundation/LPGA-USGA Girls Golf during the EWGA All Star Awards Dinner held as part of the 2009 EWGA Conference in Palm Desert, CA. The check represents funds raised in 2008 by EWGA Chapters and the EWGA Foundation through various fundraising efforts in support of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.
Over the past six years, the EWGA Foundation, through EWGA Chapters and Association-wide fundraising efforts, has raised over $350,000 in support of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, one of the EWGA Foundation's designated charities. The EWGA Foundation also provides EWGA members who serve as mentors, volunteers and site directors at more than 40 LPGA-USGA Girls Golf sites, making the EWGA one of the largest single contributors to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program aside from the USGA.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2009, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) was formed to connect girls, ages 7 t o17, with the game of golf. A developmental junior golf program and the only national initiative of its kind, Girls Golf presents an opportunity for girls to make lasting friendships, gain self-confidence, learn to compete and have fun, while fostering a lifetime of enjoyment for the game.
Girls Golf, with nearly 200 sites around the country and more that 60,000 participants since its inception in 1989, is administered through a partnership between The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation and the United States Golf Association (USGA), both 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.