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May 2023

Things are heating up, and I am not talking about the weather. We are working on setting up a wonderful traveling league for our members this summer.

Thanks to Debbie Shepard for making the calls and putting in the extra effort and time to make this happen.

All the members of the board are also working “overtime” to put together a full, fun calendar for our membership.

Be sure to bookmark the calendar so you don’t miss out!

Patty Gift 

LPGA Amateur Golf Association

SWFL Chapter President

2023 LPGA Amateurs SWFL Chapter Board Members

Welcome New Members!

Massachusetts: Margaret Bower
Michigan: Therese Rowerdink
New York: Alicia Cabouli

April 29 - Shell Point - 6 / 6 / 6 Recap 

Thank you to the 51 players participating in this challenging event on a beautiful but very windy Saturday @ Shell Point Golf Course.  The course was in beautiful shape and everyone seemed to enjoy the day and the gathering at the Sunflower Café afterwards for food, drink & awards. 

Thanks to Patty Gift for snapping pictures for us and you can check out the action on our Facebook page. In addition to the winners below, we handed out One Round of Golf for 4 @ Shell Point (Betty Amend) and three $100 cash prizes (Joyce Donahue, Pam Cappitelli, Carol Felner). 

Thanks also to all the volunteers assisting with the event - Check-in & Raffle Tickets - Joyce Donahue, Peggy Meyerowitz, Pam Foulkes, Sandy Candito; Scoring - Peggy Wagner, Bonnie Blanchard, Peggy Emmart.


And the winners are:


1st Low Net - 64: Bonnie Blanchard & Peggy Emmart

2nd Low Net - 67: Paula Conjiu & Mickie McGregor

3rd Low Net - 68: Sandy Candito & Beth Marcotte


1st Low Gross - 76: Kerstin Koenig & Jennie Taylor

2nd Low Gross - 80: Sue Hoehn and Terri Martell

3rd Low Gross - 81: Connie Burmaster & Nancy Stewart


Closest to the Pin:

#9 - Nancy Stewart - 5' 1"

#16 - Lisa Stewart - 5' 3"

Membership IDs - Digital & Print

Here are the instructions on 

How to Set up a Digital ID or Print a Membership Card

This information is posted to the

Members Clubhouse and that link can be found here.

May Chapter Golf Event

Shadow Wood Preserve - Saturday, May 20th

Two Events in One, Featuring:

Short game clinic 9-10am

Golf tee times from 10:09am

40 spots available - Chapter members only

Registration opens on Friday May 5th

so please watch for details as this event will sell out quickly

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

Winter Leagues - Wrapped Up

Our 5 Winter Leagues wrapped up play at the end of April. Many, many thanks to the League Coordinators and their helpers for running these leagues for our full-time and seasonal members!

·   Saturday @ Stoneybrook:  Mary Kaye Rueth and Jackie Mazzanti 

·   Saturday @ Quail Village:  Kerstin Koenig 

·   Tuesday @ Hibiscus Nine & Dine: Mary Erickson   

·   Wednesday @ Quail Run:  Susan Aborn and Peggy Meyerowitz

·   Friday @ Bonita Fairways: Judy Kotarak 


Summer Leagues - Starting in May

Our roaming Summer League play starts in May with our first play on Thursday 5/4 @ Glen Eagle Golf & Country Club in Naples. We'll be playing Cypress Woods on Thursday 5/11 and the Tuesday league begins 5/16 also at Cypress Woods. 

As a reminder, summer leagues play different courses throughout the summer in Collier County and in Lee County from Daniels Parkway and south. Many thanks to our Volunteer League Coordinators: Judy Freiberg, Debbie Sheperd, and Suzi Ward. We look forward to seeing you at some exceptional courses throughout the summer months.


Please note that we will send one email each week announcing all league play for that week. Members need to take note of the Registration Open/Close windows for each event and sign up as registration opens.  Watch for further updates on the LPGA Amateurs SWFL Event Calendar.

Additional Summer Play Options!

In addition to SWFL LPGA Amateurs League play, you may wish to setup your own side groups at some of the private and semi-private course that become available for play during the summer months.  

Some clubs will require a GolfPass card - go here to: Purchase GolfPass Card; view participating Golfpass Courses - note it is an evolving list, updated all summer. 


If you'd like to work on your tournament playing skills, check out the FSGA One-Day Events. The FSGA conducts approximately 200 One-Day events throughout the state. Players are flighted by age and then play off their handicap.

There is an optional Gross and Senior Gross division for Men, while Women compete for both Gross & Net Prizes. One-Days are open to men and women who have a GHIN handicap in Florida. Fun golf on great courses is the focus of the One-Days; the competition is secondary. 

Rule of the Month:



Click Here to View the Video

GHIN + Handicap Index

Our chapter offers an easy way to sign up for a GHIN #. 
Every member should have a GHIN # and post ll scores to establish a Handicap Index.
Please note that going forward, while any chapter member may play in a monthly event, only members with a VERIFIABLE GHIN # and Handicap Index will be allowed to compete for awards. 

To get your # please contact Kerstin Koenig

Post, Post, Post!!

Volunteers - Apply Here!

It's time to start thinking about Summer Leagues. We have people lined up to handle the registration setup and all the 'systems' work. But, we have a need for a few folks who would be willing to contact courses and request play dates.  

We have an extensive list of courses and their contact info so if you'd be willing to help in this area, please reach out to Michelle Riordan @

Thank You to our SWFL Chapter Sponsors
We Appreciate Your Support




A golfer who fears the opening shot will switch to a defensive mind-set, contemplating the worst that can happen.

For beginners, that might be missing the ball. For experienced golfers, it might be hooking it out of bounds. Even someone as accomplished as Tiger Woods has notoriously struggled to get the opening tee shot in play.

To give yourself a better chance of success, you have to embrace the excitement positively. If you were looking forward to playing all week, now is the time to show it.

Don't view the first tee shot as something that can go wrong. Look at it as a chance to do something you really want.

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 *

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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.

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