SOUTHERN MAINE WOMEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION

Founded 1976 to promote women's golf in southern Maine-41 years of Great Golf Pairings 2017Results 2017

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.

 Stay tuned.
Play Golf!

 Michele Davis, SMWGA President
Vicki Lindquist, WMSGA President

Important Notice from the Director

Barbara Freeman

How Tee Times are Selected…..

“You can’t always get what you want….” Rolling Stones 1969
I received an email recently from a member concerned about the equity in tee time assignments. The perception was that higher handicappers were taking the brunt of the tail-end tee time slots. Ironically when cleaning out the old office, I found a copy of an email from 1999 that expressed the same concern.
As I have explained previously, each week I press a button on the computer that randomly assigns tee times with no regard to handicap. I was confused and bothered that some people may frequently and unfairly be assigned late tee times. After some thought, I decided that part of the problem might be the special requests that I have tried to accommodate with each tournament. Perhaps when I mess with the “random tee sheet” moving players into requested times, I have inadvertently placed some players into later slots repeatedly.  
The reality is that most of the requests I receive are simply personal preference…wouldn’t we all prefer a 9 AM tee time every Tuesday? So starting this season, I ask that you only make special requests that are truly need based.
If circumstances require that you have a particular tee time for a tournament, please make that known when you process your entry, and I will do my best to accommodate. The new tournament management program from Golf Genius claims it will balance the number of early and late tee times a player has during the season. If, however, the computer does give you the same result for multiple, consecutive weeks, then please bring it to my attention so I can make future adjustments. I will continue to place home course members within first tee times, so they can help with hosting duties. I can also give consecutive times to players who want to commute together. 
Thank you for making your 2017 requests “need-based” rather than personal preference in fairness to all members. Clear your Tuesdays of appointments and work obligations during the golf season and embrace playing the game you love with your SMWGA friends regardless of the time you start and finish.
 NOTE: Unfortunately PayPal has removed the option to send me a message during the online transaction, so you will have to send any requests in a separate email. I apologize for the inconvenience.  I have expressed my dismay to PayPal, so hopefully they will bring this feature back in the future.

FROM THE DIRECTOR
Barbara Freeman

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.