Two major women’s golf organizations, one made up of touring and teaching pros and the other a nationwide organization of amateurs, have jointly announced plans to form a strategic alliance to further promote women’s golf.

The announcement was made by representatives from the Ladies Professional Golf Association and the Executive Women’s Golf Association during a women’s golf breakfast at the recent 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. The two organizations said details of the alliance will be announced in coming months.

The EWGA is proud of what it has built over the past 27 years, says new EWGA CEO Jane Geddes, a former LPGA touring pro. Geddes noted that the basis of the association “is built on friendships, camaraderie and a true love for the game of golf.”

And speaking of the EWGA, a team from the Daytona Beach area chapter just won the EWGA’s annual highway series Feb. 10 at the Slammer and Squire Golf Course at World Golf Village in St. Augustine.

The annual mach play event included 16 teams from throughout Florida, along with teams from Savannah and Bermuda. The Volusia-Flagler chapter fielded two teams: one finished on top with a total of 94 points, the other came in third with 84. A squad from Tampa Bay took second with 93 points. Each team had eight players, winners of a hole won two points while a tie gained a half point.

Members of the winning Daytona area team included Joan Mancuso, Sandy Berkley, Julie Blanche, Jackie Dacuk, Connie Karby, Lois MacDonald and Barbara Shupe. 

And lest I be accused of writing only about women’s golf, there are several organizations that run men’s tournaments, and one group that’s mainly men but also open to women golfers.

The Northeast Florida Senior Golf Association is open to men over 50 and plays at courses throughout northeast Florida, including some of the best private and public courses in the area. Tournaments are scheduled bimonthly (23 events a year), usually at a cost of $50 per tournament per golfer. The fee includes cart and greens fees, coffee and range balls in the morning, a luncheon and prizes. Golfers are flighted by ability; dues are $35 a year.

The Eagles Golf Group, based at Palm Harbor, is mostly men but women are encouraged to play and a number do. The group was organized to encourage the participation of minorities in the game. It plays its matches at several courses throughout the area. 

Around the clubs

- Cypress will have its annual memorial tournament on March 17 to honor deceased Flagler County veterans. The event will kick off with an 11 a.m. shotgun, and will be followed by a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Cost is $65 per player, $20 for dinner for non golfers.

Cypress owner Janice Reid reported that Diana Leonetti scored an ace Feb. 11 on the 14th hole. She used a 9 wood from 111 yards; the hole in one was witnessed by playing partners Jeannie Schreiber and Joan Klep.

- At the Feb. 6 Nine and Dine scramble at Cypress, the low gross winner with a 32 was the team of Neil Cooksey, Phil Martin, Bernie Nix and Fred Robinson. The low net winner was the foursome of Gary DeGrave, Pat DeGrave, Dave Lavine and John Zbytec with a 29.4.

Closest to the pin were Stan Rogalski on the second hole and Fred Robinson on the fifth.

- Grand Haven will be open for public play on two upcoming Mondays, Feb. 19 and 26.Call the pro shop at (386) 445-2327 for rates and tees times.

- Pine Lakes now has Tuesday night card games in addition to its Thursday Trivia nights. The card games begin at 6 and continue to about 8:30. Drinks are available from the bar on both nights.

Pine Lakes, like several of the daily fee clubs in Flagler, has a seasonal golf pass available for frequent golfers. At Pine, it’s $139 for the season and includes a complementary round, free handicap service, 10 percent off daily greens fees, 10 percent off practice balls and merchandise, and more.

Diane S. Zeeman is a former newspaper editor and public relations consultant who lives in Palm Coast. Email questions or news items about golf to DZeeman38@gmail.com.