It all began on a cold and windy autumn day in 1922, when five women from clubs in Westchester and Fairfield counties met at the Westchester Biltmore Country Club for the purpose of organizing an association for competitive women golfers. On February 13, 1923, their vision was actualized, when the Women’s Westchester and Fairfield County Golf Association was incorporated in the state of New York. The objective was set forth ‘to promote the best interests of golf among its members and to encourage the development of golfers in the district’.
Over 100 women were invited to play in the inaugural event at the Westchester Biltmore Club in Rye, N.Y.
Since then, the ranks of WWFA have risen. Ten members have served as president of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association, and at least five with the United States Golf Association. Two have been national champions, and many have brought home regional, state, and club championship trophies.
Today, the Association boasts some 150 women members from 27 area clubs, and ten of the Founding Clubs continue to host tournaments.
On June 28, a lucky 72 members played in the Centennial Tournament at Apawamis Club, which was co-chaired by Maryanne Lynch and Mary Anne Kelly.
Here’s to the next century of women’s golf in Westchester and Fairfield counties and to the drive of more than a few good women.