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January 2024

President’s note

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2024!

Thanks to all the members who took the time to open and reply to the Survey put out by the Board of Directors. I feel as though it offered an insight to some of the complexities of the overall feel of the chapter leadership and what our members want. We will be using the information gathered when we

are putting events together. Additionally, we had several suggestions from the Kick-off dinner and will be implementing your ideas in our events in the upcoming season as we can.

With the start of 2024, we will all feel the crunch of the increase in greens fees over all courses here in SWFL. Please know that our league coordinator Michelle Riordan and her volunteers are out there negotiating the best rates for our members. All our league-play fees are being offered at a much lower

rate than publicly posted for non-member play. The best part of participating in the league play is you sign-up and show up! The league coordinators will negotiate with the pro shop, complete the pairings, set the game, and present the Chapter provided prizes…

If you have any questions concerning a specific league play, please contact the individual league coordinator. Hope to see you out there.

League coordinators contact information:

Winter Tue Hibiscus: 

Mary Erickson @ (239) 776-6217 or

Winter Wed Quail Run: 

Peggy Meyerowitz @ (410) 207-5951 or

Winter Sat Stoneybrook:

Mary Kaye Rueth @ (219) 688-3476 or

Winter Sat Quail Village:

Kerstin Koenig @ (305) 586-6439 or

Our Golf Events coordinator, Dawn Pallett is also working diligently. She has an

event set for mid-January, and February’s Sugar Bowl is in full swing! Make plans to represent our chapter in this multi-chapter event in Clewiston!

Patty Gift 

LPGA Amateur Golf Association

SWFL Chapter President

2024 LPGA Amateurs SWFL Chapter Board Members

Welcome New Members!

Bonita Springs

Denise Romeo


Leslie Sistla

Cynthia Robertson

Beth Conklin


Beth Conklin

January Chapter Golf Event

Saturday, January 13th @ Quail Run

January 13th at Quail Run – Spots Still Available

There are still a few more spots available for the January monthly event at Quail Run. We have 10 tee times beginning at 9:00 AM. The cost is $95. 

No partner? No problem. We’ll pair you up with someone.

CLICK HERE for more information and registration

Save the Date!

Sugar Bowl 2024 in Clewiston

Saturday February 10th, 9am Shotgun Start

We are pleased to announce the return of the Sugar Bowl in Clewiston.

 This is a fun multi-chapter event with the following chapters playing: 

SWFL, Palm Beach County, Clewiston,

Fort Lauderdale, Treasure Coast,

Miami and hopefully a few more!

We have a 9 am shotgun start and a rate of $80 which includes:

Golf, Taco Bar Lunch, Cart Attendant Tips & Prizes

The format is a 2-person team scramble and in addition to team prizes, the chapter with the most wins takes home the Sugar Bowl; let's try to bring the Sugar Bowl Trophy back to SWFL! We will be using handicaps for prizes and you must have a verifiable handicap to participate in prize winnings.  

Click here for more information about this event

and for instructions on how to register

2023 Jingle Bell Open Recap!

What a great turn out for the 2023 Jingle Bell Open at

Cypress Woods Golf and Country Club.  


It was great to see so many new members participate in this annual FUN event. 


We had 100+ players participating this year, trying their luck putting with a Candy Cane, hitting a tee shot with a baseball bat or tennis racket, trying to hit the same club from tee to green, trying their luck hitting the tee shot with oven mitts on or making Eagles or Birdies with Santa's Helper hitting the approach shot. 


In the Net Division scores were very close & a few required score card playoffs: 

We paid out 8 places, these are your top 3 winners  

1st        place – Paula Congiu, Vickie McGregor, Mary Ford, Carol Felner 

2nd       place – Joyce Hanson, Debbi D’Amico, Betty Fedorjaka, Peggy Chandler 

3rd       place – Susan Jorgensen, Angela Stone, Patti Gustason, Megan Hoornaert  


In the Gross Division: 

1st place – Joan Kelley, Kim Goodwin, Kyle Kelley, Bill Goodwin  

2nd place – Carol Grennan, Kelly Viviani, Sheila McGonigal, Tamara Aitken 


Our closest to the pin winners: 

Angela Stone, Carole Boivin, Buzz Yates, Jennie Taylor 


We saw some great costumes in the Spirit of the Season -  


In the end "Elf" Vickie Hill and “Maria” (Barb Murtagh) and the “3 Wise (Wo)Men” Patty Gift, Jennie Taylor and Kerstin Koenig were chosen by the CW staff for the merriest outfits. 


Another highlight was the Heads and Tails "competition" to win a Summer Foursome at Cypress Woods. Congratulations Kelly Viviani and a big Thank You to Jennie Taylor for facilitating. 


Players, thank you very much for your participation and your support of the Pace Center of Girls. 


Not only did we send the Pace Center for Girls representatives home with a car full of items from the girls wish list, gift cards and member cash donations, but we were also able to donate a total of $3000 to their Holiday Fund! Your generosity makes such a positive difference to the girls, and we greatly appreciate it.  

A special thanks to ALL the volunteers that helped to make this event such a success and to Cypress Woods for hosting the 2023 LPGA Amateurs SWFL Chapter Jingle Bell Open. 

2024 Winter Leagues are Here!

Welcome to the Winter Leagues!

We have 4 Winter Leagues running for the 2024 season. Please note that there will be ONE email announcement each week with the upcoming play open for registration. Members need to take note of the Registration Open/Close windows for each event and sign up as registration opens. 

Please thank our League Coordinators listed below!

Remember to bookmark our Calendar & Registration Site:  

LPGA Amateurs SWFL Event Calendar 

EZ Facility Link

Tuesday - 9 & Wine @ Hibiscus

Tee Times start at 2:30pm, $68 rate

(Many go to Mulligan's for food and beverages after!)

League Coordinator: Mary Erickson

Wednesdays @ Quail Run 

Tee Times start around 12pm - $95 rate

League Coordinator: Peggy Meyerowicz

Saturdays @ Stoneybrook 

Tee Times start around 1pm - $95 rate (pay at course)

January - April every Saturday (excluding Chapter event dates)

League Coordinator: Mary Kaye Rueth

Saturdays @ Quail Village

Tee Times start around 1pm - $75 rate

Confirmed play dates are: 

January 6 & 20

February 3 & 17

March 2, 16, 30

April 6 & 20 

League Coordinator: Kerstin Koenig

From your LPGA Amateurs SWFL Handicap Chair

GHIN Handicap - Sign up Closes on 1/15/24

If you like to renew, switch or establish a GHIN handicap through

the SWFL Chapter, please CLICK HERE  

The annual fee for chapter members is $30.00

Current Chapter GHIN members:

if we do not receive your renewal payment by closing date, your GHIN account will automatically change to inactive status with us.

You will no longer be able to post your scores

through the LPGAAMSWFL host.

Please note - you do not need to sign up through the chapter if you are already holding a GHIN account through a Club or the FSGA. 

World Handicap System Changes for 2024:

There are 3 key changes to the 

World Handicap System in the 2024 revision:

Course Rating for Shorter Courses

(750 yds for 9 holes - 1500 yds for 18 holes)

Use of Expected Score Differentials

for when 10-17 holes are played, introducing 

more flexibility to score posting.

(Must post Hole by Hole)

No more waiting on 9-hole scores to combine,

as they will count toward a player’s handicap index the very next day.

To learn more about these changes please go to

Thank You to our SWFL Chapter Sponsors
We Appreciate Your Support

Lower Body Instability

An unstable lower body in the golf swing is usually caused by an overly active movement of the feet and ankles or too much bending/locking or collapsing of knees during the swing motion.

Examples of lower body instability are a locked right leg and/or an active left foot and knee on the backswing. Lower body and feet provide the base for good balance, power, and control.

Important SWFL Chapter Reminders!

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation received before event registration close date: Refund, less $10 admin fee

Cancellation received after event registration close date:  Non-refundable

Chapter Event Cancellation:  Full refund/credit issued

Please note that we closely track Tropical Weather and league coordinators work closely with the courses to determine if a golf event should be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather. The determination will be made & communicated the day prior to the event and if cancelled, you will be issued a 100% refund or a credit for the rescheduled round.  

We do not typically cancel for general rain forecasts because in Florida it may or may not impact the course being played.  If you have rain / weather concerns, call the Pro Shop for course conditions but note that for a 100% refund, golf event cancellation must be made by the event coordinator.  

*Request for Cancellation should be sent to the league/fun play event coordinator *

Hole in One Insurance - Just $5!

Feeling Lucky!? The odds are 12,500 to 1 for an amateur golfer to get a Hole-In-One

The long standing tradition of celebrating with your fellow players includes picking up the bar bill for that celebratory round of drinks!

Don't risk it - your next round may be the one! We encourage you to purchase SWFL Chapter Hole-in-One Insurance for just $5! You can elect to participate at any time, and pay at any Chapter related event.

Names on THIS LIST have paid for the insurance

If your name is missing, please contact:

Credit Card Charges - IMPORTANT - Please Read!

All Event or League Play registration credit card charges

will appear on your credit card statement as:


When a Member 'disputes' a registration charge,

the Chapter is charged a $25 fee for each disputed transaction 

We ask you to please be mindful of this - going forward, the $25 fee for disputing a legitimate charge will be passed on to the member

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