About the ECWPGT
Before becoming the ECWPGT in 2022, the National Women’s Golf Association hosted more than five hundred professional golf tournaments for female athletes who aspire to play on the LPGA Tour, and we’re proud to continue to its legacy. The Tour proved to be a valuable stepping stone for players as they hone and develop their games in preparation for a career in professional golf. Some of the biggest names in women’s golf have competed in and won on this tour, including Paula Creamer, Maria Hjorth, Brooke Henderson, Cindy Feng, Jeong Jang, Amy Yang, Anna Nordqvist, Cheyenne Woods, Beatriz Recari, M.J Hur, Chella Choi and dozens more who went on to find success on the Symetra Tour, LPGA Tour, and tour’s abroad. Whether you are a new player to the professional ranks, or a seasoned pro looking to stay competitive during the off season, the ECWPGT guarantees to provide you with a competitive and professionally run tournament experience. <p">The ECWPGT is owned by the folks who created and ran the successful PXG Women’s Match Play Championship, which was as much a celebration of women’s initiatives inside and outside the ropes, including a collaboration with Generation W and its Links to Leadership Summit. So inspired was Mark Berman he bought the NWGA with the goal of not just rebranding but rebuilding women’s professional tour from the ground up to better reflect and celebrate women and women professional athletes. Berman is a 25 year golf industry veteran who has worked for the PGA TOUR, the World Golf Foundation and the World Golf Hall of Fame and has developed sponsor activation programs for several Fortune 500 brands. Berman ran the American Junior Golf Championship and consulted on the Web.com Tour Championship, but it was really his daughter Hannah’s golf journey that gave him the insight and insider’s look at what was missing for women during every phase of her journey golf journey.
In the case of the professional player not quite ready for the LPGA, what appears missing is a wider and clearer path, which led to Berman’s self described “Golf Dad” mission and that of the ECWPGT, to simply create more playing opportunities and better playing experiences for aspiring LPGA players and to shine a light on this level of professional women’s golf. The ECWPGT creates a more regional approach to the women’s game with the understanding that women can’t really take the same national approach that their male peers can because the revenue potential is so limited. Many female professional players have side jobs to which they must return to make up the delta between earnings and expenses. The EXWPGT is trying to change the revenue opportunities, too, but for now is writing its own history by changing the current structure that requires players to go on the road for weeks at a time with little chance breaking even, let alone turning a profit.
Welcome to the ECWPGT. A brand new Tour.