Centennial Golf Event
Town & Country CC, Sept. 8th
What a perfect day for golf and celebrating 100 years of women's golf at one of the golf courses that started it all!
The day started with a great breakfast buffet and goodies from the MWGA, which included a beautiful Centennial logo metal bag tag. In addition, Centennial logo items were available for purchase. Thank you to all who purchased items.
Over 150 women, from 40 golf courses, enjoyed 18 holes of golf. Yes, there were some five somes, but play moved along quite well. Hard to imagine that women played this course in long dresses, walked and climbed those hills and played with clubs with wooden shafts!
The 18th hole, a par 3, was sponsored by the MWGA scholarship fund. Over $1200 was raised from the generous golfers present. The MWGA matched the monies raised, for a donation to the scholarship fund of over $2400. Way to go ladies!
Golf was followed by another buffet of excellent food and desserts. A short program followed.
A very big thank you to Shannon Klick and Ede Rice for organizing this event which went off without a hitch.
Some of the photos of that day are on the above slide show. To view all the photos taken that day, please use the following link:
Centennial Golf Event Photos
2015 MWGA Senior Women's State Amateur
The 2015 MWGA Sr. Amateur was held on August 26 and 27th at Elk River Golf Course. The weather was great for this Championship.
Congratulations to this year's Champion Brenda Williams who won in a 3 hole playoff with five time champion Leigh Klasse. Congratulations also to all the flight winners. For more information, please go to:
2015 Minnesota Senior Women's State Amateur Championship
The MWGA wishes to thank Elk River Golf Course and the many volunteers who helped to make this a great championship.
2015 MWGA State Match Play Championship
The 20th Minnesota Women's State Match Play Championship was held on August 17-19th at Deer Run Golf Club in Victoria, MN. Mother nature was less than cooperative for this championship.
This year's Champion is Sarah Burnham who defeated Anna Laorr 4 and 3.
The Senior Division Champion is Leigh Klasse who defeated Brenda Williams 1 up. For additional information please go to:
2015 MN Women's State Match Play Championship
Congratulations to the division champions and consolation flight winners.
The MWGA wishes to thank Deer Run Golf Course and the many volunteers who made this a successful championship.
More MWGA News Items
GALA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S GOLF
EDINA, Minn. (Aug. 21, 2015) – The 2003 U.S. Women’s Open Champion and Edina native, Hilary Lunke (nee Homeyer) will be the featured speaker at the Minnesota Women’s Golf Association 100 year Celebration Gala, Friday, September 18, 2015, at Interlachen Country Club in Edina. She will share memories from that thrilling win, as well as insights and life lessons from her Minnesota golf background and professional career. Lunke was the first player to ever win the U.S. Women’s Open after advancing through both local and sectional qualifying. During her career, Lunke joined the LPGA Player Executive Committee in 2006, and was selected vice president in 2007 and president in 2008. At the end of 2008, she was named the winner of the William and Mousie Powell Award, given to an LPGA member "who, in the opinion of her playing peers, by her behavior and deeds, best exemplifies the spirits, ideals and values of the LPGA."
Governor Proclaims September 18, 2015, “Minnesota Women’s Golf Association Day”
Governor Mark Dayton has declared September 18, 2015, “Minnesota Women’s Golf Association Day.” The proclamation recognizes the MWGA Centennial as well as the association’s contribution to golf in Minnesota and service to the more than 100 golf courses and the nearly 1,500 members. The proclamation is a tribute to the MWGA and the significant role it has played in the history of women’s golf.
The MWGA 100 year history began with a small group of Minnesota women from Town and Country Club, The Minikahda Club, Interlachen Country Club, White Bear Yacht Club, Lafayette Club and Northland Country Club, who met in 1915 at The Minikahda Club to found the Minnesota Women’s Golf Association. Its purpose was to plan and conduct tournaments, association days and league competitions.
The first women’s state championship was conducted Sept. 22, 1915, at Town and Country Club. Eleanor Lightner defeated Marion Lanpher in match play after 19 holes. The MWGA grew from that early organization, which was incorporated in 1939, and rededicated to the general promotion of women’s golf and the enjoyment of the game. The MWGA currently conducts several member play days and six women’s amateur golf championships in Minnesota.
Two of the original MWGA clubs have hosted tournaments this centennial year; Northland Country Club in Duluth hosted the Minnesota Women’s Senior Four-Ball Tournament, and Interlachen Country Club in Edina hosted the Minnesota Women’s State Amateur Championship.
Likewise, two other original MWGA member clubs are helping members celebrate. To bring the MWGA full circle, Town and Country Club, which hosted the very first tournament in 1915, is hosting the association’s Centennial Golf Event September 8th. The Centennial year culminates with a Gala dinner and program on September 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at Interlachen Country Club.
While the Centennial Golf event is fully subscribed, the Gala is open to all friends and family of the MWGA. For more information about the Gala, contact Maggie Leland at email@example.com or call 952-345-3961.