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November 2023

Presidents note

We literally have a warm welcome to all of our returning dual member ”snowbirds.” The cooler temperatures and perfect golf weather days didn’t last long. Hopefully, we will get some cooler weather, as we approach the holiday season.

As we kick off our winter season, we have both a golf kick-off event and our annual kick-off social event. Our think PINK event is the perfect opportunity to invite your golfing friends to find out about all the things the SWFL LPGA Amateurs have to offer!

I hope to see many of our members re-engaging with the chapter events.

Patty Gift 

LPGA Amateur Golf Association

SWFL Chapter President

2023 LPGA Amateurs SWFL Chapter Board Members

Welcome New Members!

Bonita Springs

Susan Carew


Susan Jorgensen

Elizabeth Castro

Ft Myers

Donna Perkins


Mercy Lagman Abrams

Kim Decker

Cary Lohmeirer

New Jersey

Carmen Schmidt

New York

Carol Casazza Herman

October Chapter Golf Event Recap

We had 28 players attend the 10/7 Las Vegas Scramble at Spring Run. Thanks so much to the volunteers who keep things running so smoothly: Bonnie Blanchard, Sandy Candito, Kerstin Koenig, & Peggy Meyerowitz. And a big Congrats to the winners of this event!  


C2P #17 - Eileen Kurtz 14' 2"

#4 - Gretchen Anderson - 64' 6"

#6 - Patty Gift - 15' 11"

#14 - Kathy Millard - 7' 7"


1st Low Net - 59 (Scorecard Playoff) - Nancy Stone, Lori Drumm, Lisa Stewart, Sara Eriksson

2nd Low Net - 59 - Kerstin Koenig, Susie Sandstrom, Patty Gift, Vickie McGregor

3rd Low Net - 61 - Bonnie Blanchard, Peggy Emmart, Terri Martell, Sue Hoehn

Kick Off the 2023 -24 Season with TWO Special Chapter Events in November!

November 5th

Season Kick-Off Golf Scramble Mixer

Quail Run Golf Club, Naples - 1pm Shotgun/Dinner

Catch up on summer happenings and reconnect with friends while meeting our newer members, both on the course and socially, with a fun scramble format followed by a buffet dinner and drinks.


November 15th

2023-24 Season Kick-Off Celebration Dinner: Think P.I.N.K!!

The Quarry, Naples – 5:30pm

Cost: $50 including dinner, drink ticket, tax and gratuity, and extensive prize drawings

Registration is Open and Closes 11/10 

Please join us for our Annual Welcome Dinner, as we embrace the 2023/2024 season at The Quarry, Naples.

The theme this year is THINK P.I.N.K.!!!, so you are encouraged to dress in pink, (channel your inner Barbie!)

The evening includes some special surprises and fun activities in addition to learning all about all the leagues, events and activities planned for the season. 

Meet the new Chapter Board, celebrate our Award winners, welcome our new members, recognize our volunteers and enjoy a delicious 3-course plated dinner with old and new friends in elegant surroundings.

Cost for the evening is just $50 inclusive of dinner, drink ticket, tax and gratuity, as well as extensive prize drawing opportunities with some wonderful gift baskets and special items that you’ll want to try and win! 

The dinner entrée is comprised of a chicken or vegetarian option so please note your preference when registering.

Register early and bring your guests who may have an interest in finding out more about the Chapter, and are most welcome to join you.

Cost for non-members is $55, and there will be special recognition for new members joining on the night!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Contact the Chapter Social Events Director, Jennie Taylor (239) 297-6075 or

Celebrate Our Chapter Members at the

Season Kick-Off Celebration Dinner on November 15th

Please join the members and guests at this event to acknowledge the SWFL Chapter Primary Members for their years of membership  

We look forward to seeing everyone on the list at the event to receive a

gift of appreciation for their years of membership. 

30 Years 

Mary Burke 


  25 Years 

Stephanie Truchan 

   20 Years 

Cindi DeBrino 

Nancy Hansen 

Kerstin Koenig 

Mo White

    15 Years 

Mary McCormack 

Marianne Meola 

Liz Rees 

Kathy Russell 

Nancy Stone    

10 Years 

Lori Cameron 

Mary Deetjen 

Mary Erickson 

Judy Freiberg 

Janet Greene 

Karen King 

Janet Morrison 

Barbara Murtagh 

Kathy Millard 

Marlene Nevell 

Susie Opperman  

5 Years 

Betty Amend 

Darlene Balzano 

Rosemary Capone 

Margaret Costa 

Roxanne Curtiss 

Sara Eriksson 

Carol Felner 

Carol Figura 

Judy Keator 

Tracey Maranto 

Deborah Miller 

Val Munro 

Mia Palumbo 

Nancy Stewart 

Mary Valpey 

Peggy Wagner 

Suzi Ward 

Marie Yencho 

Summer Leagues 2023 - COMPLETE!

While the SWFL Hurricane Season is still underway, at least we made it through our summer season of golf without a major hurricane! But, don't let your guard down as we still have another month to go before we exit the 2023 Hurricane Season!  

But, back to Summer 2023 Golf…It was HOT!! Most people agree that this was the hottest summer they remember; a big shout out to those who joined us on these hot summer Tuesday and Thursday league play days!


In summary we played:

  • 50 rounds of golf on Tuesday and Thursday of each week running from May 4th to October 24th
  • 20 different private and semi-private courses in Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs and Naples


We were able to negotiate better than Golf Pass rates at 7 courses listed in the SF Golf Pass and we played 4 private courses that did not offer Golf Pass specials. 

Additionally, while many of the Golf Pass courses offer 2-3 day advance bookings, we were able to acquire tee times well in advance for our players. The registration fees covered golf, taxes (6.5% in Lee County and 7% in Collier County), sometimes cart staff gratuity and sometimes lunch was included the fees, and also included the EZ Facility registration software fees.  Additionally, the fee covered the cost of 2 Closest to the Pin awards ($20 PGA Super Store cards) for Thursday league play.


Because the summer season consists of roaming from one beautiful course to another, it takes a great deal of time and effort to coordinate summer league play. 

Please give a big shout out to the League Coordinators who organized and ran the league play this year:

Judy Freiberg - Tuesday League

Suzi Ward & Mary Kaye Rueth - Thursday League

Debbie Sheperd - Arranged many of the courses throughout the summer months


While we hope to see you all in the upcoming Winter Season, we look forward to seeing you again next summer!

Winter Leagues 2023-2024

Let the winter season begin!! We're still working through the final details but we do have some initial dates lined up and these will be updated to the master calendar in the very near future. 


We will be playing Saturday @ Stoneybrook in their 1pm cross-over tee times. We will play once in November (due to other events and holidays) on 11/18 @ the November rate of $60 payable at the course. We will then play 12/2, 12/9 & 12/16 at the December rate of $65. We'll pick back up in Jan and play every Saturday (excluding monthly event weekends) through April at the winter rate of $95. Please extend your gratitude to Mary Kaye Rueth for running this league!


We will begin play at Quail Run on Wednesday afternoons starting in December. Tee times will begin sometime around noon and we're still finalizing the rate with Quail Run. A big thank you to Susan Aborn for lining us up at the course once again and all her years running this league. Susan is handing over the reins to Peggy Meyerowitz who has agreed to run it for us this season - thanks so much Peggy!!  


We will be playing the very popular Nine and Dine on Tuesday's at Hibiscus starting in December. This course has undergone a full renovation and should be a delight to play. Please be sure to thank your league coordinator Mary Erickson for lining this up for us again this year and running the weekly play. Tee times will begin at 2:30 and once rates are finalized we'll publish the events on the master calendar. 


We're still talking to Quail Village about twice a month Saturday play. Tentative dates: December 16th, January 6th & 20th, February 3rd &17th, March 2nd, 16th & 30th, April 6th & 20th.

More to come on all of these leagues and as soon as the rates are finalized details will be added to EZ Facility and the LPGA Amateurs SWFL Calendar

Save the Date - Holiday Sip & Shop @

Naples Lakes - December 14th

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Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining"!


@ Cypress Woods

WARNING: This is a FUN scramble event

with lots of props and gimmicks!

Our annual 4 Person Holiday Scramble event, to benefit the

Pace Girls of Immokalee, with lots of fun and on-course surprises will be held on 12/3 at Cypress Woods with a 1p shotgun start. 

The cost is $100.00 for members and $120.00 for guests.

This event is open to members and guests, female or male

(max. 2 guys per 4some)

Registration opens on 11/6 and close on 11/29

From your LPGA Amateurs SWFL Handicap Committee

Our Biggest Loser competition for 2023 has finished. 

All winners will be announced at the Kick Off Dinner on 11/15

Thank You to our SWFL Chapter Sponsors
We Appreciate Your Support


BEST Wedge


Begins With...

B  - BALANCE Forward (BALANCE 60-70% of your weight at address on your forward foot - The foot closest to the target).

E   - EYES Forward (See the landing area, put your EYES in front of the ball).

S  - SHAFT Forward (Lean the club shaft slightly forward toward the target) then …

 - TURN TORSO Forward Let your TORSO TURN forward as your arms swing forward to target).

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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