News from the Prez
Here’s hoping that those of you wintering in Maine have been finding ways to stay warm and to enjoy all the snow mother nature has brought to us this year. Maybe some have gotten out for a ski, skate or snowshoe while others have curled up in front of a nice fire with a good book or just looked out at the beautiful white snow or sparkly ice on a sunshiny winter day…we may as well find ways to enjoy it since it doesn’t seem to be going away. Those who left in search of warmer weather or to travel to new and different areas…good for you too!
Before too long the snow and ice will melt, the grass will begin to green and grow, temperatures will increase and it will be time for our Spring meeting! That is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30 at 9:30 at Val Halla. I hope many of you who are here in Maine at that time will plan to attend and help get the 2014 SMWGA season off to a great start!
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 forward.
• 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 well.
• 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 events.
• 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.