Major Tournaments

We host four major events each year.


The Gail Sykes Better Ball of Two Tournament is named after Gail Sykes (Gail Sykes Clayton). Gail played her golf as a member of Ballston Spa Golf Club. In August of 1965, at age seventeen, she was the USGA Junior Girls Champion played at Hiwan Country Club in Colorado. In June of 1968, playing for Odessa (Texas) College, she won the NCAA Division I Collegiate Tournament at Duke University. She also was a quarter finalist in the North/South Tournament in 1964. Sykes won the New York State Golf Association Junior Girl’s Tournament in 1964, the second year it was held, and was runner-up in the 1970 State Women’s Amateur.  In addition, she won the Ohio State Amateur in 1975 at Toledo Country Club and defended her title at Youngstown Country Club the following year (6 ½ months pregnant!!) After Gail Sykes won the USGA Junior Girls Championship, NEWGA President Betty Blatner added a two-ball tournament to the NEWGA schedule in honor of Gail’s achievements entitled the “Gail Sykes Better Ball of Two”.


The tournament is named in honor of Mrs. Merton ‘Peg’ Enos. She was the full-time secretary of NEWGA in 1946. She also had written an article about the NEWGA Championship in a then widely distributed and read women’s golf magazine.


 The tournament is named for Gail Purdy Brophy. In 1960 and 1961 Gail Brophy qualified for the US Women’s Open and in 1961 and 1963 she won the New York State Women’s Amateur Championship. As an athlete, her interest turned to speed skating. In that sport she won over 100 skating titles in the northeast including seven North American, National and US Open Short Track Championships. Her golfing accomplishments resurfaced later in life, winning the 2007 and 2008 NYS Women’s Super-Senior Championships. Gail has an endless dedication to the game of golf and promoting Junior and Women’s Golf. She has been philanthropic toward golf. She is a longstanding member of NEWGA and was the recipient of NEWGA’s 2014 Golf Achievement Award.


 A coveted title for a member of NEWGA. Many names that are engraved upon our trophy tell the history of so many of our outstanding golfers over the decades. Each name represents a woman golfer who feels a sense of pride and achievement and has experienced a cherished event in winning the Northeastern Women’s Golf Championship.