The growth of the Baltimore chapter of the Executive Women's Golf League was saluted last week when nearly 100 members gathered at Turf Valley Country Club for the awarding of prizes and formal announcement of the new slate of officers.
It was a year of what national officials consider unparalleled advancement. Five people attended the first formative meeting last November and from that grew a campaign of public awareness that resulted in more than 200 showing up on a cold, rainy March night to hear about the organization from Nancy Oliver, national EWGL president, and Chris Owens, founder and first president of the Baltimore chapter.
The season included a series of instructional clinics, and weekly nine-hole tournaments, plus such outside activities as small get-togethers and bus trips to play golf at courses outside the area. By the end of the season, the membership had grown to 319.
A key word for the group is "networking," since the golf was usually followed by a social hour that gave the women, from a variety of business backgrounds, a chance to talk with others, in and out of their own professions.
"It was one of the things that attracted me to the group," said newly elected president Pamela Gilmour, an accountant who is a financial planner with the First Financial Group in Towson.
"I've been playing golf for a couple of years -- haven't broken 100 yet -- and belong to a country club. Still, I was looking for another avenue for my golf and to get into networking with other women.
"It's better than I expected, and I have received a ton of benefits from it. Everyone is so supportive of each other. And it says something when you can be one of 36 women on a bus trip and still have a positive outlook.
"The whole thing is a great stress reliever, too, because the alternative is being in the office and answering the telephone."
Joining Gilmour as officers for the coming year are Ellen Cohill and Jackie Burkhardt, vice-presidents; Judith Martinak, secretary; and Claire Bogdanski, treasurer.
Women's Golf Association
Susan Schuh and Jane Emich were the chief honorees during the closing luncheon at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club last week.
With points awarded for attendance as well as the weekly gross and net leaders, Schuh, from Hunt Valley Golf Club, was a runaway winner for the gross division with 21 points, and Emich won in the net division with 37 points.
Behind Schuh, there was a tie for second between Andrea Kraus of Woodholme CC and Sharon Pusin of the Suburban Club with 14 points. Schuh was second in the net class with 34 points.
The following new members were announced: Susan Mehiel, Eagle's Nest; Stacey Pusin, Suburban; Nancy Trail and Patti Schuette, CC Maryland; Alice Horst, Beverly Ebaugh and Barbara Agerton, Baltimore CC; Parksie Mulholland, Elkridge; Martha Converse, Chartwell; Betty Terry, Maryland Golf; Ellen Wilen, Woodholme; Lisa Rosenfeld, Hobbit's Glen; Shelly Sovero, Rolling Road; Michele Pollock, Chestnut Ridge; and Jenny Chuasiriporn, Hunt Valley.
Midge Thursby of Woodholme CC and Lucy Preston of Baltimore CC were re-elected president and vice-president, respectively, and will be joined on the new executive board by Peggy Miller, Baltimore CC, corresponding secretary; Glena Wirtanen, Hunt Valley, recording secretary; and Tinker Sanger, Green Spring, treasurer.
The fourth annual Children's Favorite Things tournament will be held Nov. 8 at Hunt Valley GC. In the previous three years, the organization has raised $3,500 to provide for needy children during the holidays. Jay Perkins Golf Shop is sponsoring this year's event. Information is available from Phil Bundy (410) 560-0750.