Dear Maine Women Golfers,
We can’t believe it’s time to start signing up for our Tuesday tournaments. Whether you are a member of WMSGA or SMWGA, please remember that you’ll need to pay your dues before you can sign up to play. Tournaments start soon!
It may seem that no progress toward the transition/merger of our two organizations and MSGA has been made since October. However, some legal issues concerning our non-profit status needed to be resolved first. These issues impact all three organizations, and it was imperative they be addressed to ensure that, going forward, we build a strong charitable organization. We understand that legal issues will be finalized very soon, so stay tuned.
What we do know is that – from the outset – women from both our organizations will be active on the MSGA Board. In addition, a mixed-gender women’s committee, made up of board members, non-board members, and possibly members of the MSGA staff, will be created. That said, we are looking for women interested in serving on the MSGA Board and/or the women’s committee. If you have an interest, please contact either of us. As the women’s committee and its subcommittees work out the details and processes of the merger, we will keep our memberships informed by sending emails and posting to our websites.
This season? Things remain the same. You will sign up and play tournaments just as you have in the past. Be assured that we are keeping the best interest of our women golfers in mind while going through this challenging process.
Michele Davis, SMWGA President
Vicki Lindquist, WMSGA President
Important Notice from the Director
How Tee Times are Selected…..
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Our membership did an amazing job last season making pace of play virtually a non-issue. When reviewing the data for the season, the impact could not be denied. Initially, there was some stress, but ultimately, tremendous commitment made all the difference. Hopefully we will start the season off with the same effort and success of our final tournament at Portland CC where 164 players completed their rounds in less than 4 ½ hours!
We are all aware of what it takes to play a well-paced round. The key is to be mindful of your personal golf practices and supportive of your playing partners to keep up with the group in front. This does not need to cause angst or acrimony within your foursome. Never should this be a “blame-game” or an opportunity to make any member feel unwelcome. Our mission is to ensure a positive and enjoyable round for everyone on Tuesday.
The following is an updated Slow Play Policy which was reviewed at the spring meeting on April 26. We agreed to implement this policy during the 2017 season.
SMWGA Slow Play Policy
Our organization recognizes that pace of play is the responsibility of all players in the field. Each player in a foursome should practice behaviors that support “Ready Golf” at all times.
Slow players as determined by a gap of 25+ minutes between foursomes will receive a warning letter for each of the first two infractions. The third infraction will result in the assessment of a 2-stroke penalty for the tournament in which the infraction occurred. A 2-stroke penalty will be assessed in all tournaments within the current season whenever any subsequent infraction occurs. The number of infractions will carry forward into the next season if the initial infraction occurs after August 1 otherwise the record will be cleared at the end of the season.
If a foursome is more than 20 minutes behind the foursome in front of them, then they will be entered into the “20+ Club” and be assigned a later tee time in the field. If the player plays the next event within a 19 minute or less interval, then they will be removed from the 20+ Club and will be randomly assigned tee times going forward. NOTE: All players are required to indicate beginning, mid, and ending times on their scorecard. Failure to record will result in an automatic membership in the 20+ Club.
If there is a hole open in front of a slow foursome, the group can decide to split into twosomes in order to speed play. The twosomes should make every effort to reunite as soon as possible. If either twosome finishes beyond the expected interval of the group in front of them, then the aforementioned penalties will apply.
If a player has reached their handicap quota by the end of 9 holes and the group has a hole open in front of them, then that player should pick up her ball after reaching her ESC score (i.e., maximum number of strokes her handicap allows for that hole) on any remaining holes and enter a “No Card” for the tournament.
The last two paragraphs of the policy are new practices for this season and come from recommendations from a number of members who have experience with such when playing “down South”.
In order to make this policy work effectively, members of the foursome need to respectfully agree a hole is open in front of them and action needs to be taken. Again this should done in a way that players do not feel bullied or blamed. Focus on the field and what is best to keep play moving.
Regarding the “pick-up”/no card option, we have all played a round where we can’t seem to do any shot well, and the strokes just continue to add up. Sometimes as we stumble and fumble through each hole, we can hold up play and lose the group in front of us. So, if you are a 12 handicap and you have used all 12 of your strokes by the end of hole 9 AND there is a hole open in front of you, then pick up after you reach your ESC score on the remaining holes.
After this season we will evaluate the effectiveness of this policy and make adjustments as needed.