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Meet the new President
of the MWGA – Ellie Layton
When and where did you start playing golf?
I started playing golf when I was 8 years old in a junior golf program at the Rochester Golf & CC. I remember standing around the chipping green learning the chip shot. For many years I would go out with my mother and play 4 or 7 holes.
What influenced/helped you to become the golfer that you are today?
My mother was the main driver of getting me started in golf. She signed us up for lessons so I worked with a number of pros as a youngster. I started with Wendell Pittenger and then Paul Pehler. I went to a 3 day Golf Digest golf school shortly after I finished school where I started to hit the ball further and to draw the ball rather than hitting a fade.
The biggest influence in the golfer I am today really comes from the people I’ve played with over all of these years. I was able to play in the RGCC golf league whenI was in school and with the women of southern Minnesota in the Southern Minnie league. They always encouraged me and my golf. I played my first MWGA tournament at the Junior Girls at Stillwater CC in 1975. I played my first State Am the next year in Rochester. Today, I have fantastic friends from Minnesota golf and those I’ve met at USGA championships and playing tournaments wherever I’ve been living.
What volunteering have you done in golf organizations?
I served on the MWGA board as treasurer for 3 years during the presidencies of Mary Jahnke, Susie Gannott, and Lorrie Buirge. I have been on the MWGA rules committee for the last three years and an MGA tournament volunteer in the last 2 years. I was on the Midland Hills board for six years.
How often do you play golf?
I play 3 or 4 days a week in the summer. It always seems like the tournament season lines things up so that there are occasional stretches of golf 8 or 9 days in a row.
What are your hopes for the future for the MWGA?
The MWGA will celebrate our 100 year anniversary in 2015. I hope we can have a great year celebrating that milestone and that we can go forward into the future making women’s golf the best it can possibly be.
What are 5 things about Ellie you want our membership to know?
I have lived and played golf in Alabama, Virginia and Texas in addition to Minnesota.
I worked in corporate finance and information technology and I have a BA from Carleton and an MBA from Minnesota.
I like being outdoors and working in the woods in the winter and our veggie garden in the summer.
I hate discussions about dress codes at tournaments.
I love women’s golf and I would like feedback from anyone about how we can do a better job, just not in the middle of a round.
Minnesota has great golf opportunities. We have lots more tournaments to play than any other play I’ve lived. We squish it all into a short season so things are a little crazy during the summer. I am very excited about women’s golf in Minnesota and making it as good as it can be.
Thank you Ellie for agreeing to be the next President of the MWGA!