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April 2024

President’s note:

We want You! Political position is irrelevant!

We have a number of open positions of our Board of Directors. Please let me know in which position you are interested. I’m happy to discuss responsibilities and requirements.

Summer leagues are coming up!

Please note that the fee charged by the chapter is sometimes (not always) a few dollars higher than the rate you would pay if you booked on your own using the PGA Golf Pass membership. The rate you see in Golf Pass does NOT include taxes which will always run you an additional 6% to 6.5%. And, keep in mind the benefits you are receiving including:  

  • Play is organized for you; all you have to do is sign up and show up!
  • Most clubs limit registration to between 2 & 4 days prior to play whereas we are able to book well in advance of that.
  • Often, we are able to book courses that are not listed in the Golf Pass membership.
  • Our fee includes taxes.
  • Some courses add on a cart staff gratuity fee and we have that incorporated into your registration fee.
  • In some cases we are able to negotiate a better than Golf Pass rate.

I hope all members are able to benefit from the leagues that Michelle Riordan and her team put together. Aside for Michelle who is an amazing worker bee; kudos to Suzi Ward again for her efforts to get us out on the courses this summer. 

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LPGA Amateur Golf Association

SWFL Chapter President

2024 LPGA Amateurs SWFL Chapter Board Members

Welcome New Members!

Mary Block
Lesley Corydon
New York
Kathleen Morrell
Mary Jean Alimena
Victoria Butt Patricia
Loret De Mola

Save the Date - Monday, April 29 - 5:30p-8p Volcano Mountain Adventure Golf Social!

North Naples

2024 Winter Leagues Coming to an End

It's that time of year again as our many of our members start heading back north and we wind down our winter season of golf.  Tuesday @ Hibiscus Nine & Dine celebrated their last round on 3/26. A huge shout out to Mary Erickson for running this ever popular league on the newly renovated Hibiscus course!  Also, Wednesday @ Quail Run wrapped up their final round on 3/27. Again, a huge shout out to Peggy Meyerowitz who did a fabulous job of running this league at a course that's hosted our chapter for years! Saturday @ Stoneybrook & Saturday @ Quail Village will continue to run through the end of April.

Please note that there will be ONE email announcement each week with the upcoming play open for registration. Members need to take note of the Registration Open/Close windows for each event and sign up as registration opens.  

Please thank our League Coordinators listed below!

Remember to bookmark our Calendar & Registration Site:  

LPGA Amateurs SWFL Event Calendar 

EZ Facility Link

Saturdays @ Stoneybrook 

Tee Times start around 1pm - $95 rate (pay at course) (drops to $55 on 4/20)

January - April every Saturday (excluding Chapter event dates)

League Coordinator: Mary Kaye Rueth

Saturdays @ Quail Village

Tee Times start around 1pm - $65 rate

Confirmed play dates are:

April 6 & 20 

League Coordinator: Kerstin Koenig

Sugar Bowl 2024 in Clewiston

Saturday, April 27th

9am Shotgun Start

We are pleased to announce the return of the Sugar Bowl in Clewiston.

This is a fun multi-chapter event with the following chapters playing: 

SWFL, Palm Beach County, Fort Lauderdale, Treasure Coast Miami and hopefully a few more!

We have a 9 am shotgun start and a rate of $80 which includes:

Golf, Taco Bar Lunch, Cart Attendant Tips & Prizes

The format is a 2-person team scramble and in addition to team prizes, the chapter with the most wins takes home the Sugar Bowl; let's try to bring the Sugar Bowl Trophy back to SWFL! We will be using handicaps for prizes and you must have a verifiable handicap to participate in prize winnings.  

Registration and payment is made through the Golf Genius Portal. You will need to copy & paste the following URL into your web browser to register (don't wait, will fill up fast):

Here are the GG registration steps.  

  1. Login to your member clubhouse account 
  2. Select New Registration 
  3. Click on Member 
  4. Check your information and click on the Southwest Florida as your Sugar Bowl Chapter. Then click on the 2 checkboxes at the bottom of the page and then NEXT.  
  5. Next page:  Enter your billing information

You will receive a confirmation email

SAVE THE DATE! May Monthly Golf Event

Saturday , May 11th

Estero Golf and Country Club

More details to come

Summer Leagues 2024 - Starting in May

This is a fun time in SWFL as some of the semi-private and even private courses open their doors to public play AND at reduced prices. 

This league will play on Thursdays each week and travel to different courses throughout the summer in Collier County and in Lee County from Daniels Parkway and south.

We look forward to seeing you at some exceptional courses throughout the summer months.  

Watch for further updates on the

 LPGA Amateurs SWFL Event Calendar

Another Opportunity to Play in May!

Multi-Chapter Cinco de Mayo Golf Event

Verandah - Whispering Oaks Course

 12201 River Village Way, Fort Myers, FL Sunday, May 5 - 8:30am shotgun start

LPGA members from any chapter in the area, their guests and friends are welcome to join us for a team play event.

The format of play is Four-ball.  In this team format, a team of two golfers each play their own golf ball. The teammate with the lower score on each hole provides that team’s score for that hole. 

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we will have an added competition of best theme dress recognizing this Latin American celebration.  


Cost (members & guests):   

  • Golf Only $75 including taxes
  • Golf and Lunch $98


Flights will be determined based on field participants.  Awards for Gross and Net top 3 teams.


Registration Opens: Monday April 8gh @ 8:00 AM Closes:  Monday April 29th @ 5:00 PM 

Chapter Members register here

Non-Chapter and Non-LPGAA members register here 

For questions associated with this event, please contact the event coordinator: Natalia Armstrong (201) 572-0518 

From your LPGA Amateurs SWFL Handicap Chair

Player Reference Guide on the Rules of Handicapping

2024 Player Reference Guide (

Thank You to our SWFL Chapter Sponsors
We Appreciate Your Support

Can’t Chip?

Missed Putts

Most putts are missed because:

The players head moves.

The putter does not accelerate through the ball.

The lead wrist breaks down at impact.

Important SWFL Chapter Reminders!

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation received before event registration close date: Refund, less $10 admin fee

Cancellation received after event registration close date:  Non-refundable

Chapter Event Cancellation:  Full refund/credit issued

Please note that we closely track Tropical Weather and league coordinators work closely with the courses to determine if a golf event should be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather. The determination will be made & communicated the day prior to the event and if cancelled, you will be issued a 100% refund or a credit for the rescheduled round.  

We do not typically cancel for general rain forecasts because in Florida it may or may not impact the course being played.  If you have rain / weather concerns, call the Pro Shop for course conditions but note that for a 100% refund, golf event cancellation must be made by the event coordinator.  

*Request for Cancellation should be sent to the league/fun play event coordinator *

Hole in One Insurance - Just $5!

Feeling Lucky!? The odds are 12,500 to 1 for an amateur golfer to get a Hole-In-One

The long standing tradition of celebrating with your fellow players includes picking up the bar bill for that celebratory round of drinks!

Don't risk it - your next round may be the one! We encourage you to purchase SWFL Chapter Hole-in-One Insurance for just $5! You can elect to participate at any time, and pay at any Chapter related event.

Names on THIS LIST have paid for the insurance

If your name is missing, please contact:

Credit Card Charges - IMPORTANT - Please Read!

All Event or League Play registration credit card charges

will appear on your credit card statement as:


When a Member 'disputes' a registration charge,

the Chapter is charged a $25 fee for each disputed transaction 

We ask you to please be mindful of this - going forward, the $25 fee for disputing a legitimate charge will be passed on to the member

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