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A note from Kathy Labrie
The EWGA 2015 Championship Finals were held at Westin Mission Hills Resort, Palm Springs, California. 225 Competitors hailing from 85 EWGA Chapters throughout 35 U.S. States, 2 Canadian Chapters and one Bermuda chapter made the journey to Rancho Mirage to compete for a 2015 EWGA Championship title. One of the toughest courses I have ever played.
In my twelve years as a member of EWGA this is the first time I have ever competed. Winning our chapter tournament it was onto the Northeast Sectionals where I golfed in the pouring rain at Pine Hills in Plymouth Ma. I believe the rain helped me win and advance to Nationals
I was very nervous about advancing so I asked Willa Belcher from the Boston Chapter to accompany me as my caddie. Willa is very knowledgeable on the rules and golfed with me on numerous occasions. In hind sight, this was a very smart decision.
The first day we golfed in a wind and sand storm. Players were put at a disadvantage and the tournament was almost delayed. By noon the winds and sand died down. Our group had three holes left and I was the only golfer who ended the day six strokes out of first place. I shot a 104.
The 2nd day was hot both in weather and in competition. Make no mistake these women are there to win. The first two holes were disastrous for me, putting me behind by eight strokes. I initiated many rule calls and discussions that were not well received. On all occasion the rules officials were asked to intervene and Willa was always right! She had my back. I did not give up. I focused, kept my head down and kept telling myself “I got this”. I shot a 47 on the back for a total score of 100 and I was in 2nd place. I ended up 1st place low net. I missed 1st place gross by one stroke! My two day total was 204.
The energy in the evenings was high. There was plenty of partying at night, great food, music, dancing and a costume party. I met some incredible women with great life stories. My favorite is Deb Allen, fighting cancer, getting chemo, golfing in first flight and was so thankful to be there. What an inspiration. She kept telling me in her soft southern voice, “You got this Kathy”. Here words stayed with me. I would also like to thank Gale Gates who practiced with me and believed I could win and Barb Kapinos for my lucky golf balls.
It takes a village and it seemed I had a great group of women, from our chapter, wishing me luck, texting me and reminding me, I was not alone. I recommend everyone should try to get to Nationals, it truly was a once in a life time experience. Oh yeah, I get invited back next year to defend my title. The 2016 Nationals will be in Virginia. Who you be there?