(Old Hickory, TN) The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) crowned Katie (Tewell) Brinker the 2014 EWGA Championship Finals Champion at The Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tennessee on Saturday evening October 11, 2014, with husband Zach on the bag as her caddie. With four consecutive birdies starting at the 312-yard, par 4, 15th hole to finish her final round, the 29-year old medalist begins her reign over EWGA’s 14,000 members.
Katie’s Championship journey began at the first stage of qualifying, the Central Indiana Chapter Championship, with a score of 75 by overcoming a broken fibula and sprained ankle while tackling her new responsibility as mother of 7-month old son named Nolan and 10 year-old stepson Cameron. After hobbling around with her foot and ankle encased in a black boot and advancing to and winning the Ohio Valley District Semi-Final Championship at Fuzzy Zoeller’s Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg, Indiana, in August with an eighteen hole total of 75, Katie arrived in Nashville determined to improve on her 2013 EWGA Championship second place finish at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Katie’s victory speech delivered a strong message to her peers – perseverance in the face of adversity – never give up!
“Katie’s story is inspirational,” said EWGA’s Director of Golf Programs Lisa Becka. “This girl is handed a basket of lemons disguised as medical tragedies, adds some strawberries and her brand of EWGA golf magic and serves up strawberry lemonade over and over again! She’s an inspiration!”
The 36-hole event reigned low gross champions in five flights including the First Flight’s Triva Ashcraft (82-82/164) from the Fresno/San Joaquin, California Chapter; Second Flight’s Karen Biscaha (92-88/180) representing the Sacramento, California Chapter (and 5 years-in-a-row flight medalist in multiple flights); Third Flight’s Jennifer Shoemaker (87-95/182) from the Albany/Capital Region, New York Chapter; and Laurie Eriksen (105-109/214) of the Wilmington, Delaware Chapter. Winning the Scramble Division was Christy Mahan, Karen East, Natalie Gay and Trisha Cooper from EWGA’s Central Arkansas Chapter carding a two day total of 68-67/135.
The first place low gross and net winners earn an exemption into the 2015 EWGA Championship Finals to be held at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California on the Pete Dye and Gary Player courses. Standout low net winners include Albuquerque, New Mexico Chapter’s Ingrid Rooslid (79-69/148); Des Moines, Iowa Chapter’s Rachel O’Hanlon (69-67/136) winning in a scorecard playoff; Houston, Texas Chapter’s Kimberly Wright (71-71/142); Milwaukee, WI Chapter’s Dawn Pettis (69-69/138); and Tucson/Old Pueblo, Arizona Chapter’s Debra Dillon (78-70/148).
Topping the Nashville Music City Charts was Nancy Lopez Golf who outfitted EWGA’s Tournament Operations (TOPS) Committee, a group of volunteer members within the golf association, responsible for event governance and management. National supporting partners Titleist and Yamaha were present for opening ceremonies. For all competitor results, visit www.EWGAChampionship.com/results. To view photos from the Championship, use the following link: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk1T8qHz.