President’s Spring Message
Earlier this week we had our spring meeting at Val Halla. Usually there is a group of women who play golf after the meeting. This year, the course was closed because it was covered with snow. Snow at the end of April, good grief!I
I hope that you will encourage your friends who are not members to join our organization. We already have 20 new members and look forward to many more. Participation has increased at our first events and a reminder that we have a great schedule this year with many OPEN events.
This year we have scheduled “Bring a Junior to Play Day” for July 19th at Gorham. Jenifer Stewart and Eileen Bryant have been working with representatives from WMSGA and MSGA to promote more participation by juniors throughout the State. A SMWGA/WMSGA junior golf flyer is being done that will be distributed to all schools and golf courses around the state to encourage more girls to play. Ladies, if you know of girls at your courses that would enjoy and benefit from playing in our weekly tournaments please encourage them to come.
The Scholarship Committee is working to put together a program for us to support the continued growth of the fund for giving scholarships to girls continuing their education.
Planning is beginning for the Maine Women’s Amateur’s to be held July 25,26, and 27 at Penobscot Valley. Details about lodging and registration will be forthcoming.
The rules of golf are always changing, Nancy Storey, Executive Director, MSGA is working with us to have a rules clinic during our golfing season, stay tuned.
Barbara has reminded us about pace of play and how joining the 20-plus club is NOT a good thing. Please remember the basic rule “keep up with the group in front of you”. Everyone in your foursome is responsible for maintaining your position on the course. BE AWARE.
Enjoy spring in Maine; it goes fast, and the beginning of our SMWGA golf season! The snow is gone-the sun is out, and warmer temperatures are on the horizon.
Words from the – Executive Director of SMWGA
Membership for 2016 is off to a solid start. We are just shy of 180 members with 20 new members. Snowbirds are still returning, so I anticipate many more memberships coming in during the month of May. Please continue to be the ambassadors for the organization and encourage the women at your home clubs to join.
Tournament sign-ups have increased slightly for the first two tournaments. Sanford has 10 more players and York has increase of 17 over 2015. Last year we only had 28 players at York and 36 at Willowdale. As an OPEN tournament there are 81 players going to York. Feedback from membership helps us tweak our schedule to make it more attractive to both the players and our member clubs.
2016 Changes for SMWGA Reps
We need reps for the following courses:
Fairlawn, Nonesuch, Toddy Brook, and Willowdale.
Home course discount
Please make sure that your members are aware that the “home course” user fee discount will no longer be offered. All players will pay the full entry for tournaments this season. We were made aware last year that we were the only state golf organization that allowed home club members to not pay the $17 user fee.
No more than two players from the same club
REMINDER: SMWGA policy allows for only two members from the same club to play together in a foursome. At the end of last season I got a number of requests to allow more than two players from the same club to be paired together. I am happy to pair mutual club members in consecutive tee slots to ensure commuting options.
I have already received pre-tournament planning information from the following courses:
Augusta, Cape Arundel, Cape Neddick, Dunegrass, Dutch Elm, Fox Ridge, Gorham, Ledges, Martindale, Nonesuch, Portland, Province Lake, Purpoodock, Riverside, Sanford, Spring Meadows, Toddy Brook, Turner Highlands, Val Halla.
You will have a Pre-Tournament sheet in your folder if your club is on the schedule, and I have not yet received one.
Special requests (Need vs Preference)
For the past few years I have tried to hone my skills as a mind reader, but to no avail. 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. Just a reminder that aside from the special requests, pairings and tee times are assigned randomly. (There is actually a button, “Random Sort,” that I press and voilá, the tee sheet is generated!) If the computer has given you the same result for multiple weeks, then let me know in a special request, and I’ll make an adjustment. I really do not pay attention to who’s getting which tee time from week to week.
Please try to make your requests “need-based” rather than personal preference in fairness to all members. Embrace the gift of Tuesday golf and enjoy whatever time you start and finish playing the game you love with friends!
50/50 Ticket Sales
If we continue to do 50/50 ticket sales to support the Scholarship Fund, players will have to get accustomed to the sale happening during the scoring. We have not had much luck recruiting volunteers to sell tickets at check-in.
This is a club you do not want to join! In order to collect data regarding Pace of Play this season, I will be keeping a record of any player who is in a foursome that is more than 20 minutes behind the group in front of them.** I will use this list to determine who brings up the tail end of the tee sheet on Tuesday. You will also become a club member if your group does not provide an accurate ending time on the scorecard.(“End time” is the time your group walks off the final hole.) You will be thrown out of the club if the next time you play your group is within 15 minutes of the group in front. Hopefully this “new club” will get players to keep up and speak up to make pace of play a non-issue this season.
** Consideration of 20 minute timeframe will be adjusted for a foursome following a threesome.
PLEASE NOTE: Regular SMWGA pace of play policy will still be in effect for any pokey foursomes who are more than 25 minutes behind the group in front. Letters of warning will be sent for first two infractions and penalty strokes will be assessed upon the third occurrence.
Looking forward to another successful season of SMWGA golf!