During the Executive Women's Golf Association ("EWGA") Empower 2013 Conference held in Hilton Head, South Carolina, attendees had the opportunity to play a round of golf with Rosie Jones by contributing to a silent auction to benefit the EWGA Foundation.
The EWGA Foundation is the charitable arm of the EWGA dedicated to enriching the lives of women through the game of golf.
According to Wikipedia, "Rosie Jones (born November 13, 1959) is best known for her 13 LPGA Tour career victories and nearly $8.4 million in tournament earnings.
Since retiring from full-time play, Jones has competed on the Legends Tour, winning two of the five non-team tournaments in 2007. She has also worked as a commentator for the Golf Channel. She came out of retirement in 2008 to play the Corning Classic on a sponsor's exemption. In 2009 she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open. In February 2010, Jones was named the captain of the U.S. team for the 2011 Solheim Cup."
Deanna Alfredo, owner Tee To Table, won the auction along with three other excited members of the EWGA. The foursome of ladies met Rose at the range of her home course, Moss Creek Golf Club.
After a quick warm up at the range, the women headed out to the first tee to get the round started.
Can you imagine what the ladies were thinking/feeling approaching their first shot at the tee with a golf legend watching? This group of ladies quickly shook their jitters and were able to land great first tee shots and moved quickly into a comfortable pace of play.
Rosie was a gracious playing partner and host throughout the round. After the ladies had played a few holes, Rosie spent time with each player giving helpful pointers after observing each person's golf game.
Rosie particularly helped Deanna open up her back swing by standing up a little bit straighter in her posture. Rosie explained that because Deanna is a taller player it was causing her to bend her knees too much which caused her torso to bunch up affecting her swing.
By standing up straighter in her posture and bending slightly at the waist, Deanna was able to connect with the ball and create a greater distance with each shot.
Each person in the foursome was impressed with Rosie's low-keyed mannerisms and instruction technique.
After a few holes, it was like playing with a friend, albeit not their normal golfing partner friend.
Captain Rosie Jones showed the foursome that day that she plays golf with her "whole heart on every shot" and exemplifies the quote taken from her upon her retirement from the LPGA --
"I'm proud of my career. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I wish I'd won a major, but I gave it my whole heart on every shot. And I've gotten more from the game than I could ever give back."
For more information about the Executive Women's Golf Association ("EWGA"), please visit www.EWGA.com.
Deanna Alfredo is the owner/founder of TeeToTable, Inc. Her focus is today's ladies' golf and how lady golfers are more prolific than ever. Her site www.TeeToTable.comfocuses on golf, travel golf, her creative outlet of cooking and teaching others helpful hints. Join her this year on ClickonDetroit as she ventures through her golf season and much, much more.