How did Triangle Women in Golf get started?

Triangle Women in Golf (TWIG) was originally founded August 10, 1997 as Ladies in Golf. The organization was founded to promote golf among African American women and youth in the Triangle area.  The charter members were Delores Tally, Evelyn Holton, Lawrence Turner, Rhonda Bridgers, Erica Colleton, Gwen Hurt, Gwen Macon-Belmont, Loretts Hicks, Winnona Swayze, Effie Merritt, Ursula DeLaine and Carolyn Stoud.  LaRee Suggs, an African American female professional on the LPGA tour and Charles Foster served as consultants to get our organization off to a good start.

In October 1997, our name was changed to Triangle Women in Golf (TWIG). The year ended with the restructuring of TWIG under the leadership of the first president, Jackie Lewis. In the Spring of 1998, we began our first clinics, with 66 members participating at the River Ridge Golf Course under the direction of Ronnie Reitz, PGA Golf Pro.

Over the years, our activities have consisted of golf trips, golf tournaments, playing golf at local courses, practice parties, Christmas parties, dinners and movies. Our first golf trip was held in 1998 at Fripp Island, SC, in conjunction with a ladies golf group from Atlanta, GA. In October of 1998, TWIG had their Fall tournament and outing at Bull Creek Golf Course in Louisburg, one of five African American-owned golf courses in the country. Eighteen ladies played and Mr. Massenburg, the owner of the golf course, gave us the history of Bull Creek. Our first Member-Guest Tournament was held in Raleigh, NC at Heddingham Golf Course in the Fall of 2000. The Fall of 2000 also marked the first publication of our newsletter.

What if I've Never Played Golf?

TWIG will provide a ‘New Member’ packet that consists of a welcome letter, USGA Rules  booklet, golf shirt, TWIG By-Laws, TWIG directory and TWIG bag tag. Here you will find suggestions for golf clinics, when to invest in golf equipment, recommendation video tapes and books along with other helpful information.



How many members does TWIG have?

Approximately 40, although it varies.

How can I improve my golfing skills?

Taking golf lessons, spending lots of time practicing, playing golf often, and studying professional golf swings have helped many golfers improve their golf swing. You may also want to get your golf swing video recorded.

What types of events does TWIG sponsor?

  1. Golf league play
  2. TWIG Kidz Program
  3. Golf clinics
  4. Golf trips in the Spring and Fall
  5. TWIG Invitational Golf Tournament
  6. Christmas parties


TWIG Kidz, TWIG's Youth Program, introduces young women (ages 8 - 18) to golf with the intention of inspiring them to continue playing.  In addition to learning a life-long sport, participants in TWIG Kidz can learn other values associated with golf such as learning responsibility, gaining confidence and building character.

TWIG  provides TWIG Kidz with lessons, golf play and equipment.

Do I have to be an experience golfer to join?

No.....most of our members are new or beginner golfers who have improved their game after joining TWIG.

Big Shot Club



  1. Must be active member of TWIG
  2. The shot must be made during a TWIG event or while playing with a TWIG member.
  3. The shot must be made on gross scores.
  4. A member of TWIG must sign your scorecard.

Hole in one


This is a term used when a golfer makes a hole in one! In other words, the tee shot is hit and it goes into the hole – how about that!

EAGLE on any hole


This is a bird in real life, but in golf it means a score of 2 under par on a hole. (I.e. a score of 3 on a par 5 hole)

BIRDIE on any hole


A score of 1 under par for a hole. (i.e. a score of 3 on a par 4 hole)

CHIP IN on any hole (from the green)


A short approach shot with a low trajectory usually hit from close to the green and goes into the hole.



A player makes a sandy when he hits a shot out of the sand and sinks the following putt.


BREAK 100 on any 18 holes


One time recognition, when a golfer shoots below 100.

BREAK 90 on any 18 holes


One time recognition, when a golfer shoots below 90.

BREAK 80 on any 18 holes


One time recognition, when a golfer shoots below 80.

BREAK 70 on any 18 holes


 One time recognition, when a golfer shoots below 70.