The CWGA Annual Meeting, held Saturday at The Inverness Hotel & Conference Center, included all of the above and more. With almost 200 people on hand, many representing about 75 clubs from around the state, there was a little something for everyone.
Among those in attendance for the Annual Meeting festivities on Saturday was a who's who of golf orgnizations from Colorado and beyond: There was representation from the USGA and leaders of the CGA, Colorado PGA, CoBank Colorado Open championships, the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado and the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. Included was Highlands Ranch resident Mark Passey, a director of regional affairs for the USGA who plans to retire from the national organization on July 1, after more than 27 years.
"Look around the room," noted Colorado Golf Hall of Fame executive director Sammie Chergo, one of Saturday's speakers. "You have so many people here from the world of golf in Colorado that want to work together and make golf in Colorado great."
And much of that effort revolves around building a solid foundation for the future through support of junior golf. So on Saturday, the CWGA presented a check for $10,000 to the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado, a comprehensive set of programs and tournaments led by the CGA, Colorado PGA and the CWGA. In its inaugural year of 2016, the JGAC included 836 members, who played 3,695 rounds in Junior Alliance events. The JCAC also includes such things as the Colorado PGA Golf in Schools program, the Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy, PGA Junior League, the Hale Irwin Elite Player Program and Drive, Chip & Putt competitions.
"Our beginning year we were hoping to shoot, using a golf analogy, 1 or 2 over par," said Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Alan Abrams, the president of the JGAC . "But we had an incredible sub-par round and ended up winning the tournament. Exciting things happened for us that first year.
"Thanks to all of you (CWGA members) for ... the wisdom to (support) junior golf. Obviously, that's a legacy that you'll have, and this Alliance covers everything junior golf in the state. Congratulations for giving us this great gift. I promise we will take it and do great things with it."
(Abrams is pictured at top receiving the check from CWGA president Juliet Miner.)
In addition to the $10,000 -- which was raised in 2016 by the CWGA -- the association earned another $6,723 for junior golf through a silent auction and other sales held Saturday at the Annual Meeting.
"It looks like the silent auction once again broke the bank so we're very pleased," Miner said.
Overall regarding the meeting on Saturday, "In spite of the beautiful weather -- it's hard to compete with 70 degrees in March -- we had a great turnout," Miner noted.
CWGA organizers were pleased with Saturday's attendance, which was just shy of 200. "We had one of the biggest turnouts, and as a follow-up to the centennial year, that says something," Robinson said. "Today we achieved our objective by making it educational and giving lots of information, besides celebrating women's golf in Colorado."