Breaking into the boys’ club

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Joe Kaiser, Sports Editor

With the Masters Golf Tournament wrapping up over the weekend, many have recently been focusing on golf as a sport. Golf, however, is much more than that and represents, for the average joe, a business networking opportunity. Golf has always been known as a sort of old boys’ club, but Pam Swensen, CEO of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, wants to change that.

Photo courtesy of EWGAPam Swensen, CEO of the EWGA, knows the value of providing networking opportunities to women through golf.
Photo courtesy of EWGA
Pam Swensen, CEO of the EWGA, knows the value of providing networking opportunities to women through golf.

The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) was founded in 1991 in order to help raise awareness for women about the opportunities golf affords to businesspeople. The national headquarters are in Palm Beach, Fla., but there are chapters throughout many major cities in the United States.

Recently, I was able to speak with Swenson over the phone about golf and the future of business women using golf as a networking tool.

“We’ve helped 125,000 college students and women open doors through golf,” said Swensen. “Playing golf opens doors because it is a conversation starter; it sets you apart from the others.”

The EWGA works through each chapter by setting up classes and events for each area. For example, anyone who is new to golf is given a “Fairway Friend” to mentor her in the sport and in her professional life. Swensen assured me that any woman could join, regardless of golf knowledge. Many women who are now members had never played golf before.

Swensen will be visiting Dallas soon for the Professional Women’s Day Experience at the Las Colinas Country Club. Hosted by the Dallas EWGA chapter, it will feature certain LPGA stars and leading business women of the Metroplex. Swensen said she hopes there will be a great turnout to this insider event. For anyone interested in attending this event on April 23, visit ntshootout.com for more information.

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