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NWGA Founding Partner Jan Bel Jan Elected to ASGCA Executive Board

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Jan Bel Jan, one of the founding partners of the National Women's Golf Alliance (NWGA) has been elected to the American Society of Golf Course Architects  (ASGCA) executive committee. Owner of Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design, she began her design career with Tom Fazio, whereshe held a senior position in golf course design, construction and project management for more than 20 years. She is a registered Landscape Architect, Certified Arborist and has been an Adjunct Professor at Hodges University in Naples, Florida. See janbeljan.com

In 1990, Bel Jan had the distinction of being the second woman elected into the ASGCA, following Alice Dye who was its first female member.  She represents ASGCA as a board member of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf.

 The National Women’s Golf Alliance unites three highly respected women’s golf organizations -- the EWGA, Golf for Cause, LLC and Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design -- with the mission to increase the number of women playing golf and engagement levels of existing women golfers.  Using their combined years of expertise, data and observation regarding what women golfers want, need and expect for an enhanced playing experience, the NWGA has developed a base of standards and best practices to help golf facilities attract more women golfers and generate more revenue.   

"We salute Jan and her new leadership role with the ASCGA.  She is a true visionary in her understanding of how the playability of a golf course impacts both the consumer experience and the owner/operator. We all know the importance of welcoming new customers to golf,” said Pam Swensen, CEO of the Executive Women's Golf Association and co-founder of NWGA.   “Jan is a champion for how course architecture can enhance the golf experience which is truly needed to grow participation in the game.”

The NWGA certification program assesses golf facilities on standards and best practices that make the facility welcoming and attractive to women.  Facilities are evaluated in five key areas:  Golf Course Playability, Customer Service, Golf Course Amenities, Facility Amenities and Golf Programs.  Facilities that achieve a score of 80 percent or higher in at least three of these areas receive certification.  The Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ designation comes with publicity and marketing, including an insignia to use with promotional materials and advertising.

"Jan's thoughtful analysis and recommendations for improving golf course playability are some of the most valuable insights that a golf facility receives in itsNWGA evaluation," said Debbie Waitkus, president and founder of Golf for Cause, LLC and NWGA co-founder.  "Our reports offer a gold-mine of ideas on how to better engage the woman golfer.  Jan's knowledge and perspective are a critical component to the exceptional value we deliver.  We are proud of her accomplishments and thrilled to have her as part of ourleadership team."

To learn more, visit National Women’s Golf Alliance.

About ASGCA

Founded in 1946 by 14 leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of four representative golf courses. The average ASGCA member has spent nearly 30 years as a golf course architect, designing 42 new 18-hole courses and has worked on or consulted on nearly 150 projects in eight different countries around the world.  For more information about ASGCA, including a current list of members, see  ASGCA.

About the Alliance

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a charitable organization working to ensure the opportunity for all individuals to play the game of golf. The Alliance is represented by major golf organizations in the United States, organizations that provide services for people with disabilities and other advocates. Through GAIN™ (Golf: Accessible and Inclusive Networks) and other programs, the Alliance promotes inclusion and awareness to the golf industry, golf instructors, and the public. For more information about Alliance programs, visit the National Alliance for Accessible Golf.

Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club Becomes First Facility in Northeast to Earn ‘Rolling Out the Green Carpet™’ Certification from National Women’s Golf Alliance

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., August 6, 2015  The National Women's Golf Alliance (NWGA) has recognized Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountaintop, Pennsylvaniaas the first facility in the Northeast to earn the organization's Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ certification.

The certification process evaluates golf facilities on standards and best practices that make the facility welcoming and attractive to women.  A trained NWGA evaluator and three additional female golfers play an 18-hole round to evaluate the facility on five key areas of focus:  Golf Course Playability, Customer Service, Golf Course Amenities, Facility Amenities and Golf Programs.  Facilities that achieve a score of 80 percent or higher in at least three of these areas receive certification.  Half stars are awarded for scores of 70 percent or higher.

Blue Ridge Trail's 27-hole championship course has earned 3+ Stars excelling in Course Playability, Customer Service and Facility Amenities and earned half stars in the other criteria categories.  Valid for three years, the Rolling Out the Green Carpet designation includes publicity and marketing, as well as an insignia to use with promotional materials and advertising. 

“Including course ratings for women from multiple sets of markers and having yardages and tee locations that allow women an opportunity to have more fun earned Blue Ridge Trail a rare star for Course Playability,” said Jan Bel Jan, a founding partner of NWGA and owner of Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design.  “Course Playability is a critical element in our evaluation process and we are encouraging more courses to consider how they can set up their facilities to enhance the playing experience for women and all golfers.”

Beginning with the natural setting of the rolling hills of Northeastern, Pennsylvania, Blue Ridge Trail is thoughtfully carved out of the woods and valleys.  The result is a course with a private feel and breathtaking scenery.  Its unique layout, with no parallel fairways, lends character to its serene setting. With four sets of tees on three unique nines, it is a facility everyone from novice to experienced golfer can play, enjoy and appreciate.

“We greatly value our women customers,” says Tony Barletta, General Manager of Blue Ridge Trail.  “We are proud to earn the NWGA certification which shows our dedication to Rolling Out the Green Carpet.”

The National Women’s Golf Allianceunites three highly respected women’s golf organizations -- the EWGA, Golf for Cause, LLC and Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design -- with the mission to increase the number of women playing golf and engagement levels of existing women golfers.  Using their combined years of expertise, data and observation regarding what women golfers want, need and expect for an enhanced playing experience, the NWGA has developed a base of standards and best practices to help golf facilities attract more women golfers and generate more revenue. 

Media contact: Angie Niehoff  561-868-0297

angie_niehoff@nationalwomensgolfalliance.com

Vasari Country Club Earns ‘Rolling Out the Green Carpet™’ Certification from National Women’s Golf Alliance

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., December 4 2014 – Vasari Country Club in Bonita Springs, Florida has earned a Four- Star Plus Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ certification from the National Women's Golf Alliance (NWGA).

The certification program assesses golf facilities on standards and best practices that make the facility welcoming and attractive to women. A trained NWGA evaluator and three other female golfers play an 18-hole round to evaluate the facility on five key areas of focus: Golf Course Playability, Customer Service, Golf Course Amenities, Facility Amenities and Golf Programs. Facilities that achieve a score of 80 percent or higher in at least three of these areas receive certification. Half stars are awarded for scores of 70 percent or higher. Two half-stars do not equal another star.

Valid for three years, the Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ designation comes with publicity and marketing, including an insignia to use with promotional materials and advertising.

“We congratulate the Vasari Country Club on earning Four Stars Plus for Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ for women golfers,” said Debbie Waitkus, a founding partner of NWGA and president of Golf for Cause. “Excellent customer service and amenities, strong programming for women and good course playability – Vasari knows how to welcome women.”

Balancing natural beauty with challenging play, the 18-hole championship golf course at Vasari was designed by William Fuller, one of the nation’s renowned golf architects and former superintendent at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament. Renovated in 2010, the course is in phenomenal shape throughout the year, including its stunning 40-acre practice facility and short game area.

“We take great pride in offering an excellent golf experience and especially value our women members,” says David Teets, General Manager, Vasari Country Club “The NWGA certification gives us impartial third-party validation that we are doing well and can always do a little better to ensure that every woman who comes to Vasari knows that we are Rolling Out the Green Carpet™.”

The National Women’s Golf Alliance unites three highly respected women’s golf organizations -- the EWGA, Golf for Cause, LLC and Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design -- with the mission to increase the number of women playing golf and engagement levels of existing women golfers. Utilizing their combined years of expertise, data and observation regarding what women golfers want, need and expect for an enhanced playing experience, the NWGA has developed a base of standards and best practices to help golf facilities attract more women golfers and generate more revenue. ###

To learn more see www.nationalwomensgolfalliance.com

Vasari Country Club Becomes First Facility to Earn 5-Star ‘Rolling Out the Green Carpet™’ Certification from National Women’s Golf Alliance

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The National Women's Golf Alliance (NWGA) has recognized  Vasari Country Club in Bonita Springs, Florida as the first facility to earn Five-Stars in the organization's Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ certification program.

The certification program assesses golf facilities on standards and best practices that make the facility welcoming and attractive to women. A trained NWGA evaluator and three other female golfers play an 18-hole round to evaluate the facility on five key areas of focus:  Golf Course Playability, Customer Service, Golf Course Amenities, Facility Amenities and Golf Programs.  Facilities that achieve a score of 80 percent or higher in at least three of these areas receive certification.  Half stars are awarded for scores of 70 percent or higher. Two half-stars do not equal another star.

Valid for three years, the Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ designation comes with publicity and marketing, including an insignia to use with promotional materials and advertising.

“Our evaluation team was very impressed with how women-friendly they found the Vasari Country Club. With a set of forward tees at 4572 yards and only one forced carry of over 20 yards, we reviewed our calculations and awarded a Fifth Star for Course Playability,” said Debbie Waitkus, a founding partner of NWGA and president of Golf for Cause.   “They also excel with excellent customer service and amenities and strong programming for women . We are pleased to recognize  Vasari for its Five-Star performance to welcome women golfers.”

Balancing natural beauty with challenging play, the 18-hole championship golf course at Vasari was designed by William Fuller, one of the nation’s renowned golf architects and former superintendent at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament. Renovated in 2010, the course is in phenomenal shape throughout the year, including its stunning 40-acre practice facility and short game area.

“We take great pride in offering an excellent golf experience and especially value our women members,” says Chris Evans, PGA Head Golf  Professional, Vasari Country Club. “The NWGA certification gives us impartial third-party validation that we are doing well and can always do a little better to ensure that every woman who comes to Vasari knows that we are Rolling Out the Green Carpet™.”

The National Women’s Golf Allianceunites three highly respected women’s golf organizations -- the EWGA, Golf for Cause, LLC and Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design -- with the mission to increase the number of women playing golf and engagement levels of existing women golfers. Utilizing their combined years of expertise, data and observation regarding what women golfers want, need and expect for an enhanced playing experience,  the NWGA has developed a base of standards and best practices to help golf facilities attract more women  golfers and generate more revenue.

Legacy Golf Club Earns ‘Rolling Out the Green Carpet™’ Certification from National Women’s Golf Alliance

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., December 11, 2014 – The Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona has earned a Three- Star Plus Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ certification from the National Women's Golf Alliance (NWGA).

The certification program assesses golf facilities on standards and best practices that make the facility welcoming and attractive to women. A trained NWGA evaluator and three other female golfers play an 18-hole round to evaluate the facility on five key areas of focus: Golf Course Playability, Customer Service, Golf Course Amenities, Facility Amenities and Golf Programs. Facilities that achieve a score of 80 percent or higher in at least three of these areas receive certification. Half stars are awarded for scores of 70 percent or higher. Two half-stars do not equal another star.

Valid for three years, the Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ designation comes with publicity and marketing, including an insignia to use with promotional materials and advertising.

“We congratulate the Legacy Golf Club for earning Three Stars Plus for Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ for women golfers,” said Debbie Waitkus, a founding partner of NWGA and president of Golf for Cause. “They join a growing number of facilities across the county who we are pleased to recognize with NWGA certification for offering excellent customer service and amenities as well as strong programming for women. They also are working closely with the EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) to help establish a new Phoenix chapter. ”

The Legacy Golf Club is a beautiful Phoenix resort with an 18-hole par 71 championship course designed by renowned golf course architect Gary Panks, spacious suites, pristine pool and a world class golf performance center. Rich in heritage and history, the golf club is located on what was once noted Arizona pioneer Dwight B Heard’s 7,500-acre ranch, with many of the historical structures and monuments preserved.

“The NWGA certification process gives us a valuable resource to learn what we are doing well and how we can become more welcoming to women,” says Rich Strozewski, General Manager, The Legacy Golf Club. “We understand the importance of Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ to attract more women golfers. It is simply smart business.”

The National Women’s Golf Alliance unites three highly respected women’s golf organizations -- the EWGA, Golf for Cause, LLC and Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design -- with the mission to increase the number of women playing golf and engagement levels of existing women golfers. Utilizing their combined years of expertise, data and observation regarding what women golfers want, need and expect for an enhanced playing experience, the NWGA has developed a base of standards and best practices to help golf facilities attract more women golfers and generate more revenue. ###

To learn more see www.nationalwomensgolfalliance.com