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GENESIS AND CLUB AFFILIATIONS

The GSWGA is a non-profit organization that was founded on November 10, 1953 in order to provide statewide competition for New Jersey’s best women amateurs. The tremendous amount of interest in women’s golf in the metropolitan area spurred the creation of the GSWGA by eleven Founding Members representing ten Founding Clubs. (All of these Clubs are in existence today and are highlighted below.) Over the years, we have enjoyed a steady expansion to our present relationship with forty-seven New Jersey clubs. In 2015, those affiliations include:

Alpine Hackensack Ridgewood
Baltusrol Hamilton Farm Rockaway River
Beacon Hill Jumping Brook Roxiticus
Bedens Brook Knickerbocker Rumson
Bella Vista Manasquan River Somerset Hills
Brooklake Maplewood Spring Brook
Canoe Brook Mendham Spring Lake
Cedar Hill Metuchen Springdale
Cherry Valley Montclair Stanton Ridge
Cobblestone Creek Morris County The Ridge at Back Brook
Copper Hill Mountain Ridge Trump Bedmister
Crestmont Navesink Upper Montclair
Deal New Jersey National Watchung Valley
Essex Fells North Jersey White Beeches
Fairmount Oak Hill
Fiddlers Elbow Pine Barrens
Forsgate Plainfield *Essex County*Hollywood
*No longer a member club
Glen Ridge Raritan Valley

OVERVIEW

True to tradition, the GSWGA remains committed to preserving New Jersey women’s competitive amateur golf history. Currently, the handicap eligibility requirement includes maintaining an index of 14 (or under) for a minimum of one year (1) year before seeking membership. The GSWGA conducts approximately ten (10) annual tournaments that enable our members to gain competitive experience at the local level. Two (2) notable and well known tournaments are the “Elizabeth Goss Round Robin” and the “36- Hole Stroke Play Championship”. Points earned in these major events are recognized by the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association and are factored into the prestigious WMGA’s Player of the Year Award, as well as the selection of team members for the Golf Illustrated, Griscom Cup, and the French American Challenge teams.

FOR THE GOOD OF GOLF
The GSWGA continues to recognize and seek ways to give back to the game and all that it stands for. We strongly encourage our members to be actively involved in state, regional and national organizations and to foster the ideals of this great game. The GSWGA promotes avenues of volunteer work, including but not limited to, rating courses for the WMGA/MGA, and acting as markers/scorers for professional and amateur events in the metropolitan area. The GSWGA annually supports the efforts of the NJSGA Caddie Scholarship Foundation and the WMGA Scholarship Foundation.

As stated in the 2003 – GSWGA 50th Anniversary commemorative agenda:

“The principles of the GSWGA remain true to the dreams of the founders — to provide keen competition for New Jersey’s best women amateurs, and to offer the players an important bridge between competitive golf on the local and national level.”

To view our 50th Anniversary Book, please click here .