News from the Prez
Good morning Ladies,
I received an email from Terri Messer regarding her work with The First Tee of Maine. She's on their board and needs a couple of volunteers. She has been asked to head an initiative to get more girls involved with the program and this is what she's planning...
I am thinking of offering a clinic for girls in the spring -- possibly at 2 locations -- Portland area and Bangor area. I'd like to form a committee to brainstorm ideas for this and then form a committee to follow-up on whatever it is that we decide on doing.
I would like to have one or two representatives from both WMSGA and SMWGA for the planning committee. Do you think you could find one or two SMWGA members that would be willing to serve on the brainstorming committee. We will probably meet sometime between now and the first of January. The planning committee will meet from January through April and the majority of the work can be done independently so someone who is away during the winter could still be involved.The brainstorming meeting will be held at Val Halla as will other meetings that we hold. (At some point, I would like to get as many women as we can to actually help out and be mentors for the event itself -- but that will come a little later!!)
Please feel free to pass the word on to anyone you think may be interest in helping her out for a great cause. What better way to get young girls off the couch, outside, into a sport that can be played individually or as a team and where they will practice patience, discipline, sportsmanship, etc., (The website says it all and here is a link)www.thefirstteemaine.org
Please email TMesser@aol.com with any questions. I'm sure Terri and all involved will appreciate any help any of us can give them.
Thanks, hope you're all well,
Results of the B Survey - Executive Director, Barbara Freeman
At the beginning of August, I offered a survey to 142 B players of SMWGA to gather information about participation in the weekly tournaments. Sixty members responded online while two others mailed their responses. The comments and responses provided significant insight and data to improve our efforts not only with B players but all members of our organization.
The following is a summary of all responses and comments:
Most common reason for play on Tuesday was because a friend was playing.
• many individual comments indicated that finding a playing partner effects
decision to play because many do not wish to make the long drives alone.
Most common reason to NOT play on Tuesday was personal schedule conflict.
• many members have job commitments; additionally summer time activities with
family commonly impact decision to play.
• Many of our older members opted to play with the Seniors who often played the
same courses scheduled by the SMWGA the next day.
When course choice effected decision to play, the two most common reasons not to
play were driving distance and the fact that some of the holes with hazards did not have
“drop and carry” areas.
As a result of the survey, there are operational decisions that we can consider going
• Increase communication especially for new members. Design a new member packet
that explains how the SMWGA works. Sign-up email reminders would be helpful as
• More mixed A/B events especially for courses that are less “appealing”.
• Later start times or shotgun starts.
• Develop a system to ensure speedier rounds. A 5-hour round with a long commute
does not appeal to anyone.
• “Drop and carry” areas as needed to promote faster and fairer play.
• A method to match players for regular weekly tournaments as well as for special
• Determine a shorter “travel radius” when selecting courses for “Southern” Maine
Women’s Golf Association.
• Meet with interested members who would like to review the survey and offer additional
suggestions to increase participation.
Of course the weather was mentioned more than a few times in the survey and if
anyone can figure out how to manage Mother Nature, I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks to all who participated in the survey!
B Participation Survey Summary
To see the actual number graphs on the survey, please click here.
SMWGA would like your personal slant on the survey, be you an A player or a B player. Use this email.