Join us for the 2014 golf season!
In order to join SMWGA, you need to hold an active GHIN card through a member club and have an index of 36.0 or less. An annual membership fee of $30 entitles you to play in weekly 18 hole tournaments held on Tuesdays at many of southern Maine 's finest golf venues. Entry fees range from $25 to $48 and tournament formats vary throughout the season. Gross and net prizes are awarded, but the emphasis is on making new friends who, like you, love the game of golf!
Aside from our regular Tuesday tournament days, we have a mixed tournament scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at Old Marsh. You may want to grab your special guy or another guy (since many refer to this type of tournament as a “divorce open” LOL!) and put this date on your calendar. Details will be coming later.
For those of you who haven’t heard, a tournament (individual) is being added to our schedule on Tuesday, October 7. It will be open to any SMWGA member player and or a player’s guest. Fox Ridge will be hosting this for us and hopefully it will be a beautiful fall day for our final SMWGA sponsored event of the year.
Also our SMWGA annual meeting is scheduled for the next day, Wednesday, October 8. We’ll be recognizing various individuals and presenting awards to those who have earned them. I hope to see many of you there as we wrap up our 2014 season.
Due to some controversy and confusion by some participants in the 2-Ball about not finishing every hole and posting scores, I thought it best to share the facts from the USGA. In a team event it is not only acceptable but at times preferred that a player not finish a hole. Pace of play can be negatively impacted if a player who obviously is “out of a hole” insists on finishing anyway. However it is critical that when you do pick up on a hole that you assign a score according to USGA rules. Simply stated you should take the score that you would most likely get if you did finish the hole or your ESC, whichever is lower. (ESC is the maximum number of strokes you are allowed on a hole based on your handicap.) For example, if you lie 4 and pick up 25 feet away from the hole, most likely (more than 50% of the time) you would 2-putt, so you should add two strokes and enter an X-6 for your postable score. The decision about the number of strokes taken should be made with the utmost integrity as it is against the rules to manipulate your handicap by adding too many or too few strokes when picking up.
Please review the following links from the USGA as they clearly spell out the details of this practice of “picking up”.
So in the next team event, “pick it up…by the rules”.