3-Hole Play-Off Decides the 2017 Illinois State Women’s Senior

The third and final round of the Illinois Women’s Golf Association (IWGA)’s Senior Women’s Amateur Championship was held today, Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Rockford Country Club.

Jan Bowers, Lincoln, and Lucy Sievers, Wilmette, battled it out over three play-off holes, after they both finished with a 243 during the regulation play of 54 holes.  Jan Bowers won the play-off  with a par, making her the Champion of the 46th Illinois Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, with Lucy Sievers finishing in second place.  Dee Anne Stolarik, of Zion, was third with a score of 244.  The winner of the overall low net title was Pam Brown from Naperville, with a score of 209.

The players also competed within flights based on their age, ranging from 50 to 79, and prizes were awarded in both low gross and low net categories.

Announcement – This year’s recipient for a $1500.00 donation to Rockford’s local charity. More details and photos will be posted later.

Rockford Day Nursery’s mission is to provide quality care for young children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years whose parents are employed or involved in work related training. 

For over 100 years, children enrolled at Rockford Day Nursery have been provided with developmentally appropriate educational activities.  Our trained early childhood professionals support the children’s learning by differentiating activities in the classroom to meet each child’s needs in a safe and nurturing manner.  While the children are in our care, their parents are able to attend work or training and provide their families with economic stability.

Jan Bowers, 2017 Senior Champion

Jan Bowers Martin of Lincoln captures 2016 Illinois State Senior Women’s Championship at Rockford Country Club at Champaign, Illinois

Brianne Bolden of Mokena

2017 Junior State Champion

Elyse Emerzian, DeerField, was victorious in conquering the University of Illinois Orange Course, with a two-day score of 144, to capture the title of champion of the 2017 Illinois Women’s Golf Association Junior Girls Golf Tournament.  On her heels, with a two-day total of 145 were Penelope Tir,Winnetka and Grace Curran, New Lenox.

Julia Dodds Scholarship Winner

The IWGA also announced today the recipient of the 2017 Julia H. Dodds award. Alyssa Gromala and Allison Kinsinger were presented with the Julia H Dodd Award after completion of play. They received the honor given to an outstanding high school senior who exhibits leadership, scholarship, sportsmanship, and character.

2017 State Senior Championship

48th Illinois Senior Women’s Amateur Golf Championship Rockford Country Club, Rockford, IL September 19-21, 2017.

2017 State Am Winner - Kelly Sterling of Mokena, IL

Kelly Sterling led wire to wire in the championship match to defeat a worthy challenger in Kelly Anderson 3 and 2, and win the 84th  Annual Illinois State Women’s Amateur Championship held at Pine Meadow Golf Club.

2017 State Junior Amateur Championship

38th  Illinois Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship University of Illinois Orange Course Savoy, IL August 1-2, 2017.

2016 Mini Grant Recipients


Grants ranging from $500 to $2000 were mailed to these ten colleges to support women’s and girl’s Collegiate golf programs.

Victory Fund Mini Grant


Grants ranging from $500 to $2000 will be made available to support women’s and girl’s Collegiate golf programs through a competitive application process.

2018 State Amateur Championship

85th Illinois Women’s Amateur Golf Championship Aldeen Golf Course Rockford, IL June 11-14, 2018.

President's Message

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as President of The Illinois Women’s Golf Association. IWGA has provided me with wonderful memories and friendships I cherish.

Victory Fund Supports Breast Cancer Research

The Victory Fund donates $2,000 annually to the Linda Mills Breast Cancer Institute.

2017 State Amateur Championship

84th Illinois Women’s Amateur Golf Championship Pine Meadow Golf Club, Mundelein, IL June 19-22, 2017

2017 State Junior Championship

38th Illinois Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship University of Illinois Orange Course Savoy, IL August 1-2, 2017

2017 State Senior Championship

48th Illinois Senior Women’s Amateur Golf Championship Rockford Country Club, Rockford , IL Sept. 19–21, 2017

Illinois Women’s Golf Association

Founded in 1933, the IWGA is an all-volunteer organization devoted to advancing golf opportunities for the women and girls of Illinois by conducting state championship tournaments and through fundraising to support charitable contributions to individual and organizations that embody the spirit of amateur golf.

In addition to running three state championship tournaments each year, the all-volunteer IWGA, through its charitable giving, actively supports women and girl golfers of all ages and skill levels through our Victory Fund.  Annual contributions include grants to women’s golf teams in Illinois colleges, stipends to USGA Junior qualifiers and State Team members. The IWGA also honors a Junior golfer of outstanding character, scholarship, and sportsmanship with the prestigious Julia Dodd Junior Award. The bulk of our donations are received from golf facilities, associations and individuals who contribute directly to the IWGA Victory Fund. Over the years our total contributions from the IWGA Victory Fund surpassed $1,158,000.