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NCWGA History

Bringing Women and Golf Together Since 1950

The North Carolina Women's Golf Association was formed on June 14, 1950, at a meeting organized by Estelle Lawson Page at Alamance Country Club. Mrs. Page contacted various members of the Piedmont Golf Association, a group that included golfers from Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro, Durham, Burlington, Siler City, Asheboro, Mount Airy, and Salisbury, and arranged that initial meeting at Alamance Country Club. With 70 golfers in attendance, Mrs. Page was appointed the first president of NCWGA, which was organized for the purpose of conducting a championship that would determine the best female amateur golfer in the state. Winning the tournament that she helped found for the first three years of its existence, Estelle Lawson Page was the first multiple winner of the North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship. Her early success as a champion was soon followed by Marge Burns, who, from 1953 until 1963, won the tournament eight times in 11 years, eventually winning the state amateur title a record setting 10 times. Marge Burns is considered the most dominant champion in the history of the event.

 

From 1950 until 1970, the North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship consisted of a Match Play competition. In the early years, the competitors played a qualifying round on Monday, after which the field was divided into flights of 16, whenever possible. Match Play began on Tuesday, and continued on Wednesday, with a 36-hole final on Friday. The championship match was played over 18 holes rather than 36, beginning in 1966. Shorts were worn for the first time in the state tournament in 1954 at Waynesville Country Club, after the United States Golf Association ruled that shorts were acceptable attire for women to wear while playing golf. In 1964, the age of senior eligibility was raised from 45 to 50, where it remains today. Prior to 1971, players were allowed to choose their own qualifying partners. However, since the NCWGA’s adoption of Medal Play in 1971, players have been paired according to handicaps and in groups of four.

The player who holds the record for the lowest round ever shot in the North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship is Burlington native, Jessie Vincent, who posted a nine under par 64, during the second round of the 2005 Championship, held at Sedgefield Country Club. Adrienne Millican set a new NCWGA record for the lowest 54-hole score ever shot in the 2007 North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship held at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club. She bested by two strokes the previous 21-year-old record of 212, set by Page Marsh in 1985 at the 36th Championship played at Cypress Lakes Golf Club in Fayetteville.
Since 1999, the state tournament has been conducted from two sets of tees, but only those competitors playing from the longer tees are eligible to win the regular, senior, or junior championships.

The NCWGA was incorporated on March 25, 2002, and became North Carolina Women’s Golf Association, Inc. In 2003, the NCWGA was recognized as a 501 (c)(3) organization and is exempt from federal and state income tax.

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2020 Runner Up Ashley Sloup and Tournament Chairman Patty Moore

Past Presidents

1950-1951

Estelle Lawson Page

1951-1952

Estelle Lawson Page

1952-1953

Allie Bell Neese

1954-1955

Marge Burns

1955-1956

Lora Kernodle

1956-1958

Pat Prevost

1958-1960

Mary Emma Manley

1960-1961

Marge Burns

1961-1962

Billee Miller

1962-1963

Mary Pfeiffer

1963-1964

Lib Bryan

1965-1966

Rae Johnson

1966-1967

Jane Reinhardt

1967-1968

Gwin Derounin

1968-1970

Mary Dombroski

1970-1972

Ruby Daniel

1972-1973

Hannah Davis

1973-1975

Gloria Bushwitz

1975-1977

Rita Hopkins

1977-1979

Laura Mae Ray

1979-1981

Joyce Toerne

1981-1983

Jane Bruce

1983-1985

Marge St. Clair

1986-1987

Ann Brandis

1987-1989

Peg Kotovsky

1989-1991

Jean Williamson

1991-1993

Pat Vaughn

1993-1995

Nancy Murdoch

1995-1997

Bobbie Burgess

1997-1999

Vicki DiSantis

1999-2001

Linda Powell

2001-2003

Evelyn Harris

2003-2005

Kay Wheeler

2005-2007

Kim Clarke

2007-2009

Dotty Lawrence

2009-2011

Linda Lemmons

2011-2013

Donna Johnson

2013-2015

Stacy Vanzant

2015-2017

Kim Jones

2017-2019

Angela Stewart

2019-2021

Pam Congelosi

 

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