Dear Members of SMWGA and WMSGA,
I can’t believe that another Maine Women’s Amateur is over, that means summer is on the wane.
Congratulations to Staci Creech and Bailey Plourde our 2017 Champions.
My dad told me once, that it never rains on a golf course – he fibbed, we had some liquid sunshine on Monday and a little on Tuesday morning then the weather cooperated.
This year we used Golf Genius App and Portal to communicate to our players. We sent out the tournament information as well as tee times for each round. Players were also able to check their scores as well as those of other competitors throughout the event. Mucho thanks to Barb Freeman for managing the portal and all of our communications and scoring through Golf Genius.
It was brought to my attention that after some players and caddies completed their rounds went back out on the course and caddied for other players. There were questions about whether this might be a rules infraction. I contacted Randy Hodsdon, at MSGA for his thoughts.
Decision 6-4/8 and 6-4/9 informs us that individuals in the same competition may caddie for players.
Player in Competition Caddies for Another Player in Same Event
Q.Two players playing in the same competition at different times on the same day caddie for each other. Is this permissible?
Competitor Withdraws During Round and Carries Fellow-Competitor’s Clubs for Remainder of Round
Q.In stroke play, A, B’s fellow-competitor and marker, withdrew during a round and ceased to play. He continued to mark B’s card, and also carried B’s clubs for the rest of the round. Is this permissible?
A.Yes. A became B’s caddie as well as his marker when he started carrying B’s clubs.
It is permissible for a committee to restrict who may caddie for a player in the conditions of competition.
It truly takes a village to put on an event like this. We had a great group of sponsors, some who have been sponsoring this event for several years, which is very much appreciated. Volunteers who brought us great breakfast treats, spotters on the course, Nick Glicos and his staff at Martindale, the Abby Spector Award Committee and the MWA committee members. This event is a joint effort of the SMWGA and WMSGA and gives us an opportunity to work together to showcase women’s golf in Maine for all who love the game.
Many thanks to all of our competitors, 9 of who were juniors, the most we have ever had. I look forward to seeing the number of juniors participating grow each year. Thank you Vicki Lindquist, chair of WMSGA for your help in making the 2017 MWA successful.
2018 Maine Women’s Amateur will be held at Rockland Golf Club.
SMWGA Code of Conduct
As a result of issues brought to my attention at the last few tournaments, I decided that it might be a good time to revisit expectations of appropriate behavior. We strive as an organization to make our Tuesday events fun and fair for all. All members should feel welcomed on Tuesday and look forward to playing great courses with friends new and old. Host courses should look forward to our patronage and be anxious about scheduling our events annually. To ensure this, it is imperative that all members are respectful and represent our organization in the most positive manner.
The following have been the concerns expressed by members recently.
We have all probably at one time or another let some “colorful” words slip after that shanked shot into the woods or missing that gimme putt. A sincere apology for an occasional foul word is nice, but refraining from such outbursts is expected by the SMWGA.
- Distracting Chatter
Perhaps we are unaware at times how voices carry on a golf course. As you chat with your partners while waiting to hit, use your “inside” or “library” voices, so your conversation does not distract the groups in front or behind you. Also before shouting across to a distant partner, be aware of the activity in the groups around you. Do not yell to someone if others are on the green putting or the group behind is teeing off. Also after the round if you are socializing on an outside deck, please be more aware of player activity on nearby holes. You are not in a bubble on a golf course; other players are all around you and deserve respect.
- Unsportsmanlike Behavior
Related to the aforementioned issue of voices carrying is the concern that rude and disparaging comments have been made about other players. Even though the comments were not meant to be heard, they have been and have caused offense. There is absolutely no place for unkind behavior in this organization.
- Accurate Scorekeeping
Golf is a game of personal integrity and every player should play by the USGA rules and maintain an accurate stroke count. Be sure to confirm scores as you move to the next tee with everyone in the group. Each member in the pairing should keep a card, so that there is ample information to reconcile any discrepancies after the round.
If you have experienced any of the above issues, I apologize on behalf of the SMWGA. If you have been responsible for these behaviors, I ask that you become more aware and refrain from such in future events.
Thank you all for your consideration and continued effort to make the SMWGA a welcoming and fun golf organization!
Important Notice from the Director
How Tee Times are Selected…..
Maine Golf Hall of Fame
We are writing to encourage women from both organizations to join us and other Maine Hall of Fame members in celebrating the selection and induction of Liz Wiltshire and Nancy Storey into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame on Sept. 7th at Poland Springs. This is a momentous occasion for women in golf in Maine – this is the first time that the only inductees are women.
That makes it even more compelling than ever for Maine women golfers to be a part of this occasion, to support two of their own and to recognize their contributions to golf in Maine.
Liz and Nancy have made so many contributions to the game of golf and for women golfers in Maine. Both have advocated for us on many levels and their election into the Hall recognizes their accomplishments.
Abby SpectorPennie CummingsMartha White
Debby GardnerAndre MartinLaurie HyndmanLeslie Guenther
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.