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.
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.
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.
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.