Business Golf… Not for Men Only

Westchester’s Executive Women’s Golf Association attacks the glass ceiling with a five iron.

Grace Cantwell didn’t play golf, although all the men in her workplace at Forbes Magazine, seemed to. “There were things going on at that golf course that I couldn’t duplicate on any phone call or presentation—even a lunch,” she says.

So, she took up the game. Cantwell, today the community relations manager at Barnes & Noble in White Plains, is one of the 200 women who turn to the Executive Women’s Golf Association of Westchester to not only learn how to play the game but to connect with other businesswomen.

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“Golf gives women an opportunity to network in a fun way,” says Sherry Bruck, creative director of the Harquin Creative Group and the EWGA Westchester President.

The Westchester chapter is part of a nationwide organization with 126 chapters and 20,000 members. Members can participate in more than 50 local events throughout the year including outings, league play, and even competing in state and national tournaments. It’s a year-round organization, too, with networking opportunities and practice sessions held during the winter months.

“Mixing golf and business is a natural; obviously, men know how to do it and women don’t,” says Cara Vietri, an analyst at MasterCard International. Says Cantwell, “Golf is more suited for a professional relationship.”

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