The Michigan Women’s Golf Association (MWGA) raised $28,000 for girls' and women’s collegiate golf during a Legacy Celebration fundraiser in May.

A Legacy Celebration honoring LPGA founding member and EMU alumna, Shirley Spork, former USGA committeewoman and Golf Association of Michigan Honorary Governor Betty Richart and first and longtime Michigan State University Women’s Golf Coach Mary Fossum helped raise the money, which will be distributed to five major golf programs across the state.

Of this amount, $12,000 went to the Detroit-based MWGA Girls Golf Program. The honorees-selected women’s collegiate golf programs at Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan each received $5,100,and the University of Detroit-Mercy women’s golf program received $1,000.  

Those who took part in the celebration also attended a Meet and Greet Luncheon sponsored by the Eastern Michigan University Foundation, and a sold-out golf event and dinner at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor.

“In every way, the MWGA Legacy Celebration was a tremendous success,” said Francine Pegues, Legacy Celebration chairperson and MWGA president. “We were thrilled to have individuals from every segment of Michigan's golf leadership, along with national representatives of the LPGA and USGA, join us in recognizing our three amazing honorees and making these events incredibly special.”

Since 1986, the Michigan Women’s Golf Association has been instrumental in promoting women’s golf in Michigan, earning national recognition for its efforts on behalf of women golfers everywhere. The MWGA has provided leadership and financial support for many activities involving golf in Michigan, including youth programs, the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, Golf Association of Michigan programs, USGA events and more.

“We also are immeasurably thankful for the many donors and sponsors who came forward with generous contributions and in-kind support," said Pegues.  "And we’re equally thankful to all who supported the event through their golf participation and personal contributions, including purchases of hole sponsorships, program ads and silent auction items."

“Their support for women’s and girls' golf in Michigan is inspiring,” she added.