If you're looking for a way to make friends and tee off on some of Michigan's premier courses this golf season, joining the Grand Rapids Women's Golf Association (GRWGA) might be just the thing.
Born out of a love of golf, friendly competition and comradery, GRWGA was started by Judy Kamis, Marcie Palmer and Sue Westphall—three entrepreneurs. The association grew quickly and even extended its reach with its annual West Michigan Women's Cup, a friendly competitive event started in 2020 with the Kalamazoo Women's Golf Association.
Now entering its fifth season, the association has grown to over 200 members, played at some of Michigan's premier golf courses for friendly competitive golf events, and partnered with respected industry leaders such as GAM, GHIN, West Michigan Golf Show and Golf Galaxy. And as the 2023 season approaches, GRWGA has released the season schedule and a call for members to register.
Included in the 23 gatherings throughout the season are different events premier golf courses around the state, including the West Michigan Women's Cup at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University, the Mid-Season Celebration at Katke Golf Course at Ferris State University and a destination event at Boyne Highlands.
The goal of GRWGA is to provide opportunity and nurture a community of women amateur golfers who are working to enhance their golfing experience and game. The association encourages friendly, competitive golf and social opportunities and is open to women age 21 and up, allowing members to golf with women of various ages with a variety of life, career and golf experiences.
To learn more about the association and its history, revisit our Q&A with founders Judy Kamis, Marcie Palmer and Sue Westphall.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.
Photos Courtesy of Grand Rapids Women's Golf Association.