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RDGA Women's Open Takes Center Stage Under Perfect Conditions at Brook-Lea

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Women's Golf News

Flight winners in five flights were celebrated following the conclusion of the 2016 RDGA Women's Openat Brook-Lea Country Club on Monday, August 29. From left to right, above: Margaret Somerset (Flight 1), Mary Schlitzer (Flight 2), Karen Lejman (Flight 3), Judy Blake (Flight 4) and Diane Desmarais (Green Tee Flight).
 
 
Women's Golf in Rochester was celebrated under perfect late summer conditions on Monday, August 29, for the third annual RDGA Women's Open.
 
Hosted this year by Brook-Lea Country Club, the 18-hole stroke play competition included women golfers of all ability levels - from reigning RDGA Women's Championship winner Jenna Hoecker to high-handicappers - in a fun-filled day that included a buffet dinner and awards ceremony following play.

The format for the 2016 Women’s Open included overall competition in gross score and net score divisions, as well as five separate flights based on handicaps - and featuring two tee-length options to enhance pace of play.
 
Winning the overall scratch Women’s Open title for 2016 was Deb Wood from Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club, who posted a score of 3-over-par 76.
 
Wood finished three shots ahead of defending Women's Open Gross Score Champion Jenna Hoecker, who posted a 79 on her home course.
 
Winning the overall net Women’s Open title this year was was EWGA/RDGA member Marie Kamp with a handicap-adjusted score of 61.
   
Deb Wood, right, the 2016 RDGA Women's Open Gross Score Champion,
congratulated by tournament coordinator Debbie Harper, left.

Kamp finished one shot ahead of fellow EWGA/RDGA member Diane Desmarais, who had a 62. Desmarais was the Green Tee Flight winner.


Marie Kamp, right, the 2016 RDGA Women's Open Net Score Champion, congratulated by tournament coordinator Debbie Harper, left.
   

Wood and Kamp were each presented with the Women's Open championship trophies - which can be displayed at their home clubs for the next year - as well as comemmorative winner's plaques, and Savvy Girl Golf's Signature Golf Purses.

Each player also earned points towards the 2016 RDGA Women's Player of the Year award, to be announced at the RDGA Fall Meeting on October 11.

A special thank you to Diane McCue, founder of Savvy Girl Golf, for providing Savvy Girl Golf Signature Golf Purses for the champions!

The only event of its kind in Rochester, this year’s field included 73 women representing many of the Rochester area's local private, semi-private and public golf clubs and organizations.

Also recognized following the conclusion of the 2016 RDGA Women's Open were the five individual flight winners, based on handicap and tee length, including:

  • Flight 1: Margaret Somerset
  • Flight 2: Mary Schlitzer (winner of a USGA tiebreaker with Cindy Abruzzese)
  • Flight 3: Karen Lejman
  • Flight 4: Judy Blake
  • Green Tee Flight: Diane Desmarais

Thanks to all who supported this year's RDGA Women's Open, including: Brook-Lea Country Club's General Manager Chris Wicks and PGA Professional Jon Hoecker and their staffs, as well as the club's membership for their hospitality in making this year's event a success!

Brook-Lea’s Hoecker, Braemar’s Kril Win Titles in Second RDGA Women’s Open

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Women's Golf News

 
After winning the RDGA Women's Open gross score title on Monday, August 31, Jenna Hoecker of Brook-Lea Country Club, left center, above, was presented with her awards and prizes by tournament coordinator Debbie Harper, left, and RDGA President Dan Overbeck, right. Maggie Kril, right, won the Women's Open net score title. Both Hoecker and Kril won Savvy Girl Golf's Signature and Birdie golf organization and accessory bags.

In an event billed as “celebrating women’s golf in Rochester,” the RDGA held its second annual Women’s Open on Monday, August 31, featuring overall competition in gross score and net score divisions, as well as seven separate flights based on handicaps ranging from scratch to 44.

Hosted by Penfield Country Club, the 18-hole stroke play competition included many of the top women golfers in Rochester, including past RDGA Women’s Champions Sara Eichelberger and Jenna Hoecker of Brook-Lea Country Club, as well as past WRDGA District Champions Tammy Blyth of Monroe Golf Club and Maggie Kril of Braemar Country Club.

Winning the overall scratch Women’s Open title was Hoecker, who posted a score of 3-over-par 75. Hoecker becomes the first player to win the RDGA Women’s Open, RDGA Women’s Championship (in 2014), the WRDGA Championship (2012, 2013 and 2015) and the New York State Women’s Amateur (2013) titles.

Winning the overall net Women’s Open title was Kril, also a past WRDGA Champion (in 2008), and a two-time New York State Women’s Senior Amateur Champion (2005-2006). Kril won the title in a tiebreaker with Marcia Exner of Lakeside Country Club after both players posted handicap-adjusted scores of 2-under-par 70.

Hoecker and Kril each won trophies, awards, as well as Savvy Girl Golf's Signature and Birdie golf organization and accessory bags! Plus, each player earned points towards the inaugural RDGA Women's Player of the Year award, to be announced at the RDGA Fall Meeting on October 6.

Also recognized following the conclusion of the 2015 RDGA Women's Open were the seven individual flight winners, based on handicap, including:

  • Flight 1: Tammy Blyth;
  • Flight 2: Marcia Exner;
  • Flight 3: Sue Babaey;
  • Flight 4: Sandra Campolieto and Laurie Boughter;
  • Flight 5: Lisa Mulvaney;
  • Flight 6: Diane Desmarais;
  • Flight 7: Ernestine Montanero.

The only event of its kind in Rochester, this year’s field included 108 women representing 36 local private, semi-private and public golf clubs and organizations. Each year, the tournament recognizes a foursome of special guests - this year's special guests featured a quartet of women who've spent many years working with junior golfers in the Rochester area and coaching girls golf: Shari Hegedorn, Joanne LeRoy, Julie Odenbach and Suzanne Yarnall.

Congratulations to all who played in and supported the 2015 RDGA Women's Open - and thanks to Penfield Country Club, General Manager Mike Smith, PGA Professional Mike D'Agostino, their staffs, and the club's membership for their help and assistance in making this year's event a success!

To see more photos from the 2015 RDGA Women's Open, visit our Facebook page HERE.

The overall 2015 RDGA Women's Open leaderboard can be found by clicking HERE.

2015 RDGA Women's Open at Penfield Bringing Together Women of Rochester

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Women's Golf News

Beautifully-groomed Penfield Country Club will host the 2015 RDGA Women's Open on Monday, August 31.
 
The Rochester District Golf Association is excited to be bringing back the RDGA Women's Open for a second year - bringing together women golfers of all abilities in the spirit of competition and cameraderie!
 
Scheduled for Monday, August 31, the 2015 RDGA Women's Open is an event for all women who are RDGA members and have an active USGA-GHIN Handicap Index through the RDGA. The format will consist of 18 holes of stroke play - with multiple flights, so that players will be competing against other players of similar abilities.
 
The winners of the overall low gross and low net divisions will be presented with trophies to display at their home clubs for the next year - and low gross scores will earn points towards the inagural RDGA Women's Player of the Year award, to be announced at the end of the season.
 
Hosting this year's RDGA Women's Open will be Penfield Country Club - an 18-hole private championship golf course which opened its first nine holes in 1959 and the second nine (today's back nine) in 1965. The tree-lined layout features wooded fairways, picturesque water hazards, challenging bunkers and gently contoured yet fast greens. The 2015 Women's Open will be contested from the forward tees.

The entry fee of $95 includes golf with cart, use of the practice range, tee gifts, prizes, box lunch and dinner. Contestants are welcome to bring a guest for the awards dinner. Prizes will be awarded to approximately the top third of the field.

The field is limited to the first 100 entries - and spaces are filling up fast! To join in on the fun, CLICK HERE to visit the RDGA’s Women’s Open tournament page for complete information about the event, including format details, a list of the current field and instructions on how to register.

Join us as we celebrate women's golf in Rochester! Sign up today for the 2015 RDGA Women's Open at Penfield Country Club - and catch up with golfing friends old and new!

Eight RDGA Women Friendly Course Evaluations Now Available for Review

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Women's Golf News

 

According to recent studies, women comprise the fastest growing segment of the golfing population. The RDGA Women Friendly Course Evaluation is a voluntary program that evaluates local courses based on criteria that women feel are important. The rating criteria have been culled from numerous published surveys of female golfers - as well as a survey conducted locally by the Rochester Chapter of EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association).

 

During the 2014 season, six evaluations were conducted. Each course was evaluated by a team of 8 active golfers of varying skills levels. They made their own tee times - playing usually in groups of 4 - and rated courses in five key areas: playability, amenities, atmosphere, value and overall experience.  A total of 34 women participated in the evaluation process.

 

Each year, new evaluations are added - from reviews of Batavia Country Club, Clifton Springs Country Club, Lakeside Country Club, Parkview Fairways, Silver Lake Golf Club and Terry Hills Golf Club - and now, they are all available for your review, right on the RDGA website (follow the link HERE to read the evaluations).

 

Why are these evaluations important? Ultimately, they benefit the entire golfing community. By highlighting those courses that welcome women golfers, more women may be encouraged to play golf - and with more women playing golf, more juniors and families might become regular golfers, increasing rounds played and helping the local golf economy.

 

If you are a local course manager or course owner who is interested in having your facility rated by the RDGA Women Friendly Course Evaluation program, please contact the RDGA office at 585-292-5950, or email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our goal is to complete each evaluation within 30 days. Evaluations will be competed in the order that the requests are received.

 

For more information about the RDGA Women Friendly Course Evaluation program, visit our website HERE.

Local Team Takes 4th at EWGA Cup Finals

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Women's Golf News

Playing in the 2014 National EWGA Cup Finals at Troon North in Arizona on Dec. 7 and 8, the team representing EWGA Rochester included, from left to right, above: Lilian Chang, Lisa Mulvaney, Sherre Albright, Shari Morley, Debbie Harper, Elizabeth Thorley, Karen Lejman and Sheree Usiatynski.
 
Coming on Strong in Day 2 of the national EWGA Cup Finals at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, December 8, the Rochester Rochachas – an 8-player team of amateurs representing the Rochester area chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association - moved up 12 places to finish in fourth place in the 33-team field.
 
The Rochester team – which included Shari Morley (captain), RDGA Board member Debbie Harper, Karen Lejman, Sherre Albright, Sheree Usiatynski, Lilian Chang, Elizabeth Thorley and Lisa Mulvaney - competed against teams from the U.S. and Canada on the Pinnacle and Monument Courses at Troon North on Sunday and Monday.
 
After Day One of the EWGA Cup on Sunday, the Rachachas were in a four-way tie for 16th place, having won two four-ball matches and one singles match. Only two points behind the leaders - the OK Thunder Stix from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the Little Rock N' Rollers from Central Arkansas - the Rochachas were in good position to contend for the title in Day Two on Monday.
 
On Day 2, the Rochachas added 2 1/2 points to their 4-ball match total - and 3 points to their singles total - to finish the competition with 7 1/2 points. The winning team - Par Tee Down Dayton, from Dayton, Ohio - finished with a total of 9 points.
 
In September, the Rochachas battled 12 other teams from the U.S. and Canada to win the EWGA Cup-Great Lakes Qualifier played at the Cardinal Crest Golf Club in Kent, Ontario, Canada.
 
That performance in September - in which the team won a three-way sudden death playoff – earned the Rochachas a trip to the national EWGA Cup Finals.
 
The Rochachas were one of three teams from the Rochester area to compete in the September Great Lakes Regional Qualifier – and in winning the playoff, beat two teams from Canada on their home course.
 
To see the final results from the 2014 EWGA Cup, click HERE.

Ridgemont Hosts Memorable Day of Golf With Inaugural RDGA Women’s Open

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Women's Golf News

Participants in the inaugural RDGA Women's Open gather for the post-tournament dinner at Ridgemont Country Club on September 19.

A beautiful day greeted golfers for the Rochester District Golf Association’s first ever women-only tournament, hosted by Ridgemont Country Club on Friday, September 19 - the inaugural RDGA Women’s Open. In a celebration of women’s golf in Rochester, 85 golfers competed for the title in the 18-hole medal play competition.

Winning the overall low gross score title was Maggie Kril of Braemar Country Club with an 8-over-par 80 for the tournament. Joy Florczak of Durand Eastman Golf Club finished in second place overall with an 82, followed by Cindy Glitzer of Chili Country Club and Margaret Somerset of Canandaigua Country Club who both shot 84 to tie for third place.

In the net score competition, Doreen Genga of Shadow Pines Golf Club won first place with a handicap-adjusted score of 72. Genga won a tiebreaker with two Ridgemont members – Linda Heidke and Virginia Reinholtz – who both posted net scores of 72 to finish in a tie for second place. Kril finished in fourth place with a net score of 73.

Also recognized were the winners in each of the six handicapped flights in the competition. In Flight 1, Florczak was the winner with a net score of 76; in Flight 2, Tina Annucci of Ridgemont won with a net score of 76; in Flight 3, Heidke won with a net score of 72; Karen Lejman of the EWGA won Flight 4 with a score of 75; Rosalie Pusateri of Wild Wood Country Club won Flight 5 with a score of 76; and Ridgemont’s Reinholtz won Flight 6 with a score of 72.

For complete scoring results from the 2014 RDGA Women’s Open, visit our tournament leaderboard page here.

Following the tournament, participants were treated to a wonderful dinner in the Ridgemont dining room, where tournament trophies and prizes were handed out - featuring gift certificates to lorisgolfshop.com. Thanks to Danielle Williams of USA Payroll for being event’s Trophy Sponsor - and many thanks to all of our sponsors for their generous support of the 2014 RDGA Women’s Open, especially: Ken Gerew, Ads-Co, Inc. and Brian Tolnar, Bridgestone Golf.

The RDGA also wishes to thank Ridgemont Country Club owner Jim Cuccinelli, along with the Ridgemont staff and members, for hosting this memorable and historic event!

Inaugural RDGA Women’s Open to Celebrate Women's Golf in Rochester

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Women's Golf News

The 18th green at Ridgemont Country Club.
 
We are excited to announce a new tournament celebrating women’s golf in Rochester – the inaugural RDGA Women’s Open! The RDGA Women’s Open is an event for female golfers who are members of an RDGA Member Club or who have their handicaps through an RDGA Member Club.

The RDGA Women’s Open will be held on Friday, September 19 at Ridgemont Country Club. The format will consist of 18-hole stroke play, net 100% handicap, with flights determined by the handicap spread of the entries. The course will play from the forward tees. Golfers will compete against women of similar ability - and a separate flight will be open to local female golf professionals, who are welcome to play as our guests.

USA Payroll has come on board as the Trophy Sponsor for this inaugural event. “We are honored to support this tournament encouraging women golfers of all levels to participate,” says Danielle Williams, Marketing Director for USA Payroll. “We are confident that we will have a full field.”

The entry fee of $100 includes golf with cart, range balls, tee gifts, prizes, box lunch, happy hour, and buffet dinner. Guests are welcome for the awards dinner. Prizes will be awarded to approximately the top third of the field and will be in the form of gift certificates to www.lorisgolfshoppe.com.

The field is limited to the first 100 entries. To join in on the fun of this first-year event, visit the RDGA’s Women’s Open tournament page here and click on “Register Now.” The tournament page also includes complete information about the event, including format details and a list of the current field.

Many thanks to all of our 2014 RDGA Women’s Open sponsors for their generous support, especially: Ken Gerew, Ads-Co, Inc. and Brian Tolnar, Bridgestone Golf. Also, a special thanks to the staff and membership at Ridgemont Country Club for hosting this event!

Announcing: The RDGA Women's Championship Danielle E. Downey Memorial

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Women's Golf News

In January, the local golfing community lost one of its brightest stars when 33-year-old Spencerport native Danielle Downey died in an auto accident near her alma mater at Auburn University in Alabama, where she was Director of Golf and coach for the women's golf team.

This year, in celebration of her life and accomplishments in golf, the Rochester District Golf Association is proud to announce that it is re-naming the annual Women's District Championship the Rochester District Golf Association Women's Championship Danielle E. Downey Memorial.

“We could not be more pleased with this announcement to name the Championship in her honor," said Mark Battle, Vice-President of the RDGA and Tournament Chairman of the Championship. This honor follows in the tradition of the Men's District Championship, which was re-named as the RDGA Championship John H. Ryan Memorial in recognition of the two-time District champion who was also lost to a tragic accident in 1982 shortly after winning his second consecutive District title at age 20.

Downey began her career as a junior golfer at Brook-Lea Country Club, playing competitive high school golf on the Spencerport High School boys' team. She went on to win three consecutive New York State Women's Amateur titles and starred on the NCAA Div. I Auburn women's golf team. She earned All-American honors in 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Following her amateur career, Downey pursued a career on the pro tour circuits, working her way up from the developmental Futures Tour to fully exempt status on the LPGA Tour.

Downey returned to her roots in 2009 after a serious hand injury cut short her pro tour career by hosting an annual junior clinic at Brook-Lea with several other LPGA golfers. She also worked as an assistant to Auburn women's coach Kim Evans. At the time of her passing in January at age 33, Downey was working as director of golf operations for the school, serving in an administrative capacity for both the men's and women's golf programs.

This year the RDGA Women's District Championship - an event that has grown in each of its first four years - will be contested on beautiful Stafford Country Club on July 18 and 19. For more information about this event, and to register, go here:

http://rdga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/rdga14/event/rdga1412/index.htm

Past winners of the newly-named RDGA Women's Championship Danielle Downey Memorial:

2013 - Kristin Powers (Irondequoit)
2012 - Sara Eichelberger (Cobblestone Creek)
2011 - Danielle Fuss (Country Club of Rochester)
2010 - Stacy Lautenslager (Oak Hill West)

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