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Opportunities for female golfers growing in the Myrtle Beach area

Many golf industry leaders believe an increase in the participation of women is imperative for the future growth of the game overall, and opportunities for women in the Myrtle Beach area are growing.

A meeting is being held this week to revive the local chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, the Carolinas Golf Association has kicked off a new annual series of tournaments for women, and the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association will be staging more than 40 events in 2016, including some on the Grand Strand.

The Myrtle Beach chapter of the EWGA was founded in 1994 but hasn’t been active for the past couple years.

A free meeting to provide information is being held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at International World Tour Golf Links and will feature speaker Mimi Lenio, an EWGA chapter development specialist and past president of the organization’s chapter in Daytona Beach, Fla. Golf experience is not required to attend the meeting.

Myrtle Beach resident Shan Coughlin is assisting with the organization of the meeting and reorganization of the local chapter. She is a show host and sales and marketing director for The Golf Director (, a Strand-based internet golf marketing and vacation package company with a multimedia entertainment network component

“If there’s no interest then maybe there’s no reason to pursue it in this area,” Coughlin said. “If there is interest our next step will be to get events scheduled.

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