GOLF, IL (May 10, 2017) … The Western Golf Association and the Women’s Western Golf Association are forming a new partnership in which the WGA will assist in managing WWGA championships beginning Aug. 1, leaders jointly announced this week.
The new agreement also provides for the WGA to help guide the Women’s Western Golf Foundation, which was founded by the WWGA in 1971 and has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships to more than 690 young women from across the country.
The history of connections between the two organizations dates back more than 116 years, as the WGA was the initial sponsor of the Western Women’s amateur championship in 1901. The women organized their own association in 1903, changing the name to the Women’s Western Golf Association. In 2011, the WGA agreed to provide administrative support to WWGA championships beginning in 2012.
As part of the new five-year agreement, the WGA will help stage and promote the WWGA’s Women’s Western National Amateur Championship and the Women’s Western National Junior Championship and secure host sites for the events.
The 117th Women’s Western Amateur Championship will be played June 12-17 at River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst, Illinois, and the 91st Women’s Junior Championship will be held July 10-14 at Dubuque Golf and Country Club in Dubuque, Iowa.
“The history between these two golf associations goes back to the beginnings of the Women’s Western Golf Association. We have had a great relationship with the Western Golf Association through the years,” said Frances Fleckenstein, president of the Women’s Western Golf Association. “After forming our partnership again in 2011, we now look forward to taking the next step to having their full support, which will be beneficial to both our organizations.”
WGA Chairman David Robinson said the partnership is a perfect fit for the two historic organizations.
“We’re excited to be deepening our relationship with the WWGA, which has done so much in the Midwest and across the country for women’s golf,” said Robinson. “It is an organization whose values and storied history of championships and scholarships are very much aligned with our own.”
The two organizations also jointly sponsor a Women’s Western Evans Scholar, awarding a four-year tuition and housing college scholarship to a female caddie who excels academically, has an outstanding caddie record and demonstrates financial need.
The current Women’s Western Evans Scholar is Hannah Gillespie, who is completing her freshman year at the University of Notre Dame.