About Us and Our History

The Kansas City Metro Chapter of the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) is a microcosm of Kansas City professional woman. While we are attracted to EWGA because we want to learn the game of golf, the business networking and women's support opportunities our chapter offers are also important. Through clinics, leagues, golf and social events, and local community activities, members have the opportunity to make business contacts, to further women's concern efforts, and to introduce young women to golf and business.

The business value of our membership has enabled our chapter to cultivate an impressive group of sponsors. They, in turn, enable us to provide the best golf opportunities AND the best business opportunities imaginable.

Whether you are a beginner looking for a welcome environment to properly learn the game, or an accomplished golfer seeking the challenge of our national championship series, EWGA offers events and activities to meet your needs.

The Chapter of Excellence Award program was introduced in 2001. This award was designed to recognize EWGA Chapters for excellence in areas of Chapter management and service to members. Excellence criteria was based on earning points in seven categories including governance, membership, education, events, communications, leadership, sponsorship and other minimum Chapter requirements.

The Kansas City Metro Chapter was nationally recognized as a Chapter of Excellence in 2001, 2002 and 2006 and received the Chapter of Merit award in 2003 and 2004. The association created a new program in 2008 entitled “Women Who Lead”. The KC Metro Chapter won this award for creative golf events for 2008 and community impact in 2009.

Connecting women to learn, play and enjoy golf for business and for fun.

Enriching the lives of women through the game of golf.

  1.    To motivate and educate women to utilize golf for personal growth and corporate advancement.
  2.    To create opportunities for women of every ability level to bond, network, and enjoy the game of golf.
  3.    To serve as the communications advocate to positively address issues affecting women golfers.
  4.    To dedicate our resources to nurturing young female golfers into the business world.

The EWGA Heart of America Chapter was established in January 1996. Chapter Founder and President Pam Schilling supported by a core group of Leadership Board Members and volunteers began the year with an aggressive membership drive. The Inaugural Tee Off Event invited area women to join the newly organized chapter of a national organization formed to create opportunities for women to bond, network and enjoy the game of golf in a welcome environment. The response at the initial meeting surprised the organizers, as they found themselves speaking to an overflowing crowd. It was clear that EWGA 's goals were meeting an unfulfilled need! By mid-summer, over 100 women were participating in chapter leagues, clinics and golf events. The Kansas City chapter has continued to grow steadily since that initial meeting, and has become one of the largest chapters in the country.

In January 2001, the Leadership Board voted to change the name to the Kansas City Metro Chapter giving it a stronger name and geographic recognition. The current membership has grown to over 200 local businesswomen in the Kansas City area representing virtually every major employer and profession.

The Kansas City Metro Chapter is governed by a local Board of Directors that consists of four officers and appointed Chairs of standing committees. Chapters of EWGA are organized into 12 sections, with each section represented by a Section Director. Section Directors are key volunteer leaders who serve as liaisons between the Association and the individual Chapters of EWGA.

The Kansas City Metro Chapter is part of the Heartland Section, comprised of 14 chapters located in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

The Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) was founded in July 1991 at Emerald Dunes Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, by a group of 28 businesswomen, lead by Founder Nancy Oliver. The women were ready to learn how to play the game...not just how to swing the club. Although Nancy had been in the golf marketing business for 15 years, like the others, she had never learned how to play. Determined to learn all aspects of the game, she developed an eight-week comprehensive instructional clinic that included skills, rules, etiquette, equipment, proper golf attire, terminology, and the business protocol associated with golf. Through the clinic, the women were able to incorporate golf and business into a positive and effective new tool for success. Since 1991, EWGA, a not-for-profit organization, has grown to 120 chapters and 18,000+ members in the United States and Canada.

The EWGA Championship is the world’s largest amateur golf tournament, held annually in the Fall. Participants are required to have a USGA (or RCGA) approved handicap index. Two separate competitions are held: for individual stroke play in five flights based on handicap at time of entry and a 4-woman scramble team competition based on a team handicap. Participants begin competition at their local Chapter Championships, with the winners of each Regional advancing to the Championship Finals.

An all-volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of experienced Chapter and Section leaders, golf industry representatives from the LPGA, USGA, PGA of America, as well as golf professionals, governs the Association. All are members of the EWGA. Chief Executive Officer Pam Swensen, manages EWGA operations from its headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

KC Metro Chapter Board

President:  Sandy Wirtel

Secretary: Brooke Robel

Member Services Director:  Sue Bradfield

Member Recruitment Director:  Lori Gorman

Events & Activities Director:  Morgan Rathmel

Golf Programs & Services Director: Latecia Mills

Finance & Records Director:  Brenda Storbeck

Marketing Director:  Jennifer Hewitt

Communications Director:  Angela Soucek