June 27, 2019
Pacific Women’s Golf Association and Women’s Golf Association of Northern California Join NCGA
The Northern California golf region has become stronger for all as a result of the June 24 vote that approved the unification of the Pacific Women’s Golf Association (PWGA), Women’s Golf Association of Northern California (WGANC) and Northern California Golf Association (NCGA).
Set to become officially effective on Jan. 1, 2020, the unification of PWGA, WGANC and NCGA will provide greater advocacy, resources, programming and services for all female golfers and clubs in the region.
In addition, the NCGA will continue to support historical PWGA and WGANC tournaments and events. There will also be the formation of a Women’s Committee to support and promote both current and future programming for women.
PWGA, WGANC and NCGA all strive to serve the needs of the Northern California golf community. Between the three associations is nearly 300 years of combined service to the region. NCGA currently serves 150,000-plus members –a figure that will grow to nearly 170,000 following official unification.
“This is a historic time for golf in Northern California. Thanks to the cooperation and forward thinking of the leadership of Pacific Women’s Association, Women’s Golf Association of Northern California and NCGA’s collaboration team members, we will now be working together for all golfers in Northern California,” NCGA President Gail Rogers said. “We are dedicated both to preserving the traditional tournaments of our public and private course players and to creating new golf tournaments and events that provide opportunities for individuals currently underserved in our programing such as working women and those new to the game.”
“At this time, we have a coordinated staff and an expanded pool of volunteers who are devoting themselves to providing the best possible golf experiences for women, men, and juniors. We are looking forward with great anticipation to this, the next chapter of Northern California golf,” WGANC President Lynda Donahue said. “This joint effort should, indeed, increase our overall leadership and capacity.”
“Pacific Women’s Golf Association is pleased to be joining forces with NCGA and WGANC to provide even better golf opportunities for everyone,” PWGA President Sue Kort said. “For many years, each one of our organizations has served our respective communities very well. By combining our resources, we will expand our capabilities even further.”
Under the vote, the NCGA will incorporate PWGA’s 189 clubs and 7,000 members, as well as the 102 clubs and 9,400 members of WGANC. The result will leave the NCGA as the largest Allied Golf Association in the country.
As part of the unification, the NCGA will appoint one former member each of the PWGA and WGANC to its Board of Directors, effective Jan.1, 2020. The Women’s Golf Committee will consist of 10 members; the two former PWGA and WGANC members who sit on the NCGA Board of Directors, an NCGA Board Member, two Directors of Women’s Golf, the NCGA’s Chief Operating Officer and two representatives from PWGA and WGANC subcommittees.