Moreaux Wins Second Straight EWGA Title

For the second year in a row, Rachel Moreaux of San Rafael, California took home low gross honors at the EWGA National Championship, contested Friday and Saturday at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Moreaux, an EWGA member from the Sonoma-Marin-Napa, Calif., chapter, defeated hometown favorite and Port St. Lucie, Fla.-native Pat Ayres, with a final two-day score of 149 on the resort's Palmer Course.

Moreaux's low 71 on the first day of play was 11 strokes ahead of Ayres, providing strong momentum into the final round. Ayres, a member of the Palm Beach County chapter, is a past champion of the tournament, taking low-gross honors in 2006 and 2009.

Krista Wylder of the Sacramento, Calif., chapter took home low-net honors in the Championship Flight with a 144, and the Houston team won the Scramble Division by two strokes over the Portland, Ore., and the Palm Springs-Desert Cities, Calif. four-person teams who took second and third in a scorecard playoff.

"It was an exciting experience for the competitors and inspiring for us at the EWGA," said EWGA CEO Pam Swensen. "The EWGA has truly enriched these women's lives because although competition is important to this Championship series, the relationships and bonds formed here will last a lifetime."

Among many highlights of the two-day event, Elise King of Palm Desert, Calif., got a hole-in-one on the PGA National's Palmer course. King, a member of the Palm Springs/Desert Cities scramble team, drove her ball 108 yards with a 6-iron on the par-3 13th.

The 36-hole EWGA Championship Final, presented by Geico, consisted of 220 women amateur golfers who advanced through 130 local chapter qualifiers and 15 semifinal regional tournaments to reach the National Championship. The final field represented 77 EWGA chapters in 33 states as well as Canada.

Competitors play in flights based on skill level determined by their USGA Handicap Index and the competition consists of two different formats: individual stroke play and team scramble.

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