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January 2012

ABOUT US...JOIN FWGA

Forewomen Golf is about providing more opportunities to play golf.  In 2013 we are offering over 250 play dates for our members.  FWGA also encourages new players to join and learn more about golf with Clinics and an Emerging Golfers Group we lovingly call EGG's. If you are a competitve golfer we have a great tournament schedule, crown a Club Champion and recognize great players. Tournaments also feature fun play for the less serious players. FWGA also raises money for charity and hosts several fun social events including:

  • Membership Breakfast Meeting featuring a guest speaker and shopping!
  • Annual Scramble Tournament with cart decorating contest, raffle prizes, auction and more shopping!
  • Holiday Brunch that includes a fashion show and a little more shopping!

 You can belong to one or all of our groups and participate in as many events as your schedule will allow. 

Join our group, play more golf, raise money for charity, make new friends and shop!

- See more at: http://forewomengolf.typepad.com/fore-women-golf-associati/#sthash.lwdBhbYn.dpuf

Forewomen Golf is about providing more opportunities to play golf.  In 2013 we are offering over 250 play dates for our members.  FWGA also encourages new players to join and learn more about golf with Clinics and an Emerging Golfers Group we lovingly call EGG's. If you are a competitve golfer we have a great tournament schedule, crown a Club Champion and recognize great players. Tournaments also feature fun play for the less serious players. FWGA also raises money for charity and hosts several fun social events including:

  • Membership Breakfast Meeting featuring a guest speaker and shopping!
  • Annual Scramble Tournament with cart decorating contest, raffle prizes, auction and more shopping!
  • Holiday Brunch that includes a fashion show and a little more shopping!

 You can belong to one or all of our groups and participate in as many events as your schedule will allow. 

- See more at: http://www.forewomengolf.org/fore-women-golf-associati/#sthash.4R8V0Jtx.dpuf

Forewomen Golf is about providing more opportunities to play golf.  In 2013 we are offering over 250 play dates for our members.  FWGA also encourages new players to join and learn more about golf with Clinics and an Emerging Golfers Group we lovingly call EGG's. If you are a competitve golfer we have a great tournament schedule, crown a Club Champion and recognize great players. Tournaments also feature fun play for the less serious players. FWGA also raises money for charity and hosts several fun social events including:

  • Membership Breakfast Meeting featuring a guest speaker and shopping!
  • Annual Scramble Tournament with cart decorating contest, raffle prizes, auction and more shopping!
  • Holiday Brunch that includes a fashion show and a little more shopping!

 You can belong to one or all of our groups and participate in as many events as your schedule will allow. 

Join our group, play more golf, raise money for charity, make new friends and shop!

- See more at: http://forewomengolf.typepad.com/fore-women-golf-associati/#sthash.lwdBhbYn.dpuf

For twenty years, ForeWomen Golf Association has been providing women opportunities to play golf with other women who share the love of the game.  FWGA is an associate club of the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA). We are not affiliated with any particular golf course.

We typically offer five or more opportunities to play at a wide range of courses during most weeks of the year.  You may choose to join our many casual golf groups, play tournaments, take a clinic, or join the Emerging Golfers Group. There is something for everyone!

FWGA also raises money for charity and hosts several fun social events including:

  • Membership Breakfast Meeting featuring a guest speaker and shopping!
  • Annual Scramble Tournament with cart decorating contest, raffle prizes, auction and more shopping!
  • Holiday Brunch that includes a fashion show and a little more shopping!

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

  • Opportunity to participate in league play, tournaments, clinics, social events, and charity involvement
  • For newer players, participating in the Emerging Golfers Group (EGG)
  • Obtain a USGA index through NCGA
  • NCGA member discount to Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge
  • FWGA member discounts at local preferred Vendors
     

To join Fore Women Golf Association, click on this link to be directed to the on-line application page Join FWGA.

For more information Membership.

 


Rules Update 2012-2015

 B3_froggolf0001Update to the Rules of Golf for 2012-2015

Below is a summary of the principal changes introduced in the 2012 code.

 Addressing the Ball

The Definition is amended so that a player has addressed the ball simply by grounding his club immediately in front of or behind the ball, regardless of whether or not he has taken his stance. Therefore, the Rules generally no longer provide for a player addressing the ball in a
hazard. (See also related change to Rule 18-2b)

Rules:

Rule 1-2. Exerting Influence on Movement of Ball or Altering Physical
Conditions The Rule is amended to establish more clearly that, if a
player intentionally takes an action to influence the movement of a ball
or to alter physical conditions affecting the playing of a hole in a way
that is not permitted by the Rules, Rule 1-2 applies only when the
action is not already covered in another Rule. For example, a player
improving the lie of his ball is in breach of Rule 13-2 and therefore that
Rule would apply, whereas a player intentionally improving the lie of a
fellow-competitor’s ball is not a situation covered by Rule 13-2 and,
therefore, is governed by Rule 1-2.

Rule 6-3a. Time of Starting
Rule 6-3a is amended to provide that the penalty for starting late, but
within five minutes of the starting time, is reduced from
disqualification to loss of the first hole in match play or two strokes at
the first hole in stroke play. Previously this penalty reduction could be
introduced as a condition of competition.

Rule 12-1. Seeing Ball; Searching for Ball
Rule 12-1 is reformatted for clarity. In addition, it is amended to (i)
permit a player to search for his ball anywhere on the course when it
may be covered by sand and to clarify that there is no penalty if the
ball is moved
in these circumstances, and (ii) apply a penalty of one stroke under

Rule 18-2a if a player moves his ball in a hazard when searching for it
when it is believed to be covered by loose impediments.

Rule 13-4. Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions
Exception 2 to Rule 13-4 is amended to permit a player to smooth
sand or soil in a hazard at any time, including before playing from that
hazard, provided it is for the sole purpose of caring for the course and
Rule 13-2 is not breached.

Rule 18-2b. Ball Moving After Address
A new Exception is added that exonerates the player from penalty if
his ball moves after it has been addressed when it is known or virtually
certain that he did not cause the ball to move. For example, if it is a
gust of wind that moves the ball after it has been addressed, there is
no penalty and the ball is played from its new position.
Rule 19-1. Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped; By Outside Agency
The note is expanded to prescribe the various outcomes when a ball in
motion has been deliberately deflected or stopped by an outside
agency.

Rule 20-7c. Playing from Wrong Place; Stroke Play
Note 3 is amended so that if a player is to be penalized for playing
from a wrong place, in most cases the penalty will be limited to two
strokes, even if another Rule has been breached prior to his making
the stroke.

Appendix IV
A new Appendix is added to prescribe general regulations for the
design of devices and other equipment, such as tees, gloves and
distance measuring devices.

For the complete 2012-2015 Rules of Golf, changes and decisions visit: http://www.usga.org/rules/2012-Rules-of-Golf/


Clinic Schedule 2012

Back by popular demand, this year's line up of instructional clinics will be held at Blackhawk Country Club.  They will be taught by Barry Brynjulson and Matt Capasso, both PGA Class A Professionals.

Each 90 minute clinic includes two separate sessions.
Registered golfers will participate in both sessions.

The clinics are limited to the first 12 registered golfers.
Cost is approximately $35 per clinic.  There are no refunds.

Meet at the Blackhawk Country Club  599 Blackhawk Club Drive,  Danville, CA 94506.  Lakeside course near the chipping green.  Country Club attire is required.

Blackhawk Country Club is a private club, signing up for the clinics does not include access to the golf courses.  Golf is for members only.  If you wish to play golf after the clinic please make arrangements at a local public course.


Schedule  - Registration will open 6 weeks before each clinic

Rescheduled -June 2,2012
Saturday

11:00 am -12:30 pm
 

Putting ( includes reading breaks) and Chipping              

April 21, 2012
Saturday

11:00 am -12:30 pm


Greenside Bunker Play and Full Swing (alignment) 

May 19, 2012 
Saturday

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

 

Pitching and Full Swing (uphill/downhill lies for both) 

June 28, 2012 
Thursday 

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

Management (course, trouble & mental) Bump and Run Shots 

July 28, 2012 
Saturday 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

 

Greenside Shots and 30-70 yard shots at the Driving Range 

August 16, 2012 
Thursday 

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

 

Hot August Golf Night (neon putting & chipping course) 

September 29, 2012
Saturday 

11:00 pm - 12:30 pm

 

Full Swing (assess club carry distances) and Fairway Bunker Play 

Tournament Player Guide

Director of Tournaments: Liz Riddle,Tournaments

18-HOLE and 9-HOLE TOURNAMENT SIGN-UP INFORMATION

Sign-up periods for tournaments begin end approximately two weeks prior to the tournament date. Check the online calendar for specific dates and to sign up. 

Space is limited so be sure to sign up as early as possible to secure your space.  If the sign-up deadline has passed, contact the Tournament Chairperson for availability.

  • Application for tournaments are done at Events. Payment is submitted by credit card.  If participant chooses pay to by check their space is not reserved until check is received.  Checks will be cashed upon receipt.
  • Fill out the online application completely to reserve space.  If you would like to request playing partners, be sure to make a note in the Special Request space.
  • Guest PolicyA GUEST is a potential Fore Women Golf Association member. Every member is encouraged to invite one GUEST to a scheduled tournament. Guests are charge a slightly higher rate than FWGA Members. A GUEST may play in one FWGA organized tournament. To play another FWGA tournament, they must become a member.
    • Invitational (Away) Tournaments:  An FWGA Away Tournament is one where the members may invite their spouse, significant other, or a friend to participate in the tournament. They are not considered a GUEST for membership purposes, and, therefore, may play in another Invitational during the year or any of the following years without having to become a member. You do not have to invite a spouse, significant other, or a friend to play in these tournaments!  
  • All tournament applications are done online through website
  • Payment:  through credit card or check.  If checks are used space will NOT be reserved until check is received.  Checks will be cashed upon receipt. 
  • Cancellation: You may cancel from a tournament up to the deadline date.  After the deadline date sign ups are non refundable.

Notifications:

  • You will receive a pairing sheet via e-mail 2-3 days before the day of the tournament which will let you know who you will be playing with and your starting time. If you don’t receive a pairing sheet, please contact the Tournament Director.  
  • If you find you are unable to participate on the day of tournament, please call the number at the top of the tournament information sheet and let them know so they can inform the Tournament Director.
  • Refunds will be given if tournaments are canceled (subject to golf course policies) or if replacement players are found to take your confirmed place.

TOURNAMENT PLAY

 You do not need an Index to play in your first Tournament. Some guests and players do not have an established index. In order to be equitable, the Tournament Committee uses the USGA Second Best Score System process to determine an estimated index.

  • Each player who does not have a USGA index must submit her/his 3 best scores with course slope and rating, made on a course of par 68 or more in the last 12 months. Please indicate “NH and score information in the special instructions area during the registration.. The Tournament Director will assign an index using the “Second Best Score System”, which is the second best score minus 73 for women and 70 for men to get a handicap. Maximum Handicap Index assigned will be 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women.
  •      Any player who does not have a USGA index and does not submit her/his three best scores by the tournament sign-up period end date will be assigned an index for that tournament of 16.1 for men and 28.9 for women, the average Handicap Indexes in the US for men and women, respectively (Golf Journal - November/December 1998).

 

Tournament Day:

  • Check-in time for each tournament is noted on the pairings sheet.  Please check in within the registration times noted.  If you arrive late, you will have to find your group.
  • When you check in, you will receive a sheet describing the format for the tournament plus information on closest to the pin competitions and other contests.
  • Players must maintain pace of play. Which means to be within one shot of the group in front of you.
  • Players must be properly attired at all tournaments in accordance with the golf course requirements where the tournament is being held.
  • The Tournament Director will determine whether winter rules of golf or other local rules are in effect on the day of the tournament. You will be told of their ruling when you check in.
  • Tournament participants will pick up at 10 strokes but will continue to be eligible for prizes. The only exception would be for those participating in an NCGA Qualifier, in which case the player must play out her ball.
  • In case of a tie, the method of matching score cards will be used. For 18 hole tournaments, the winner(s) will be determined on the basis of the best net score for the last nine holes.
    • If the tying players have the same net score for the last nine, the winner(s) will determined on the basis of the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole. If this procedure does not produce a winner, then the lesser net score on the number 1 handicapped hole, the number 2 handicapped hole, etc. will be used to determine the winner.
    • For 9 hole tournaments, the latter method will be used exclusively.

 

Posting Scores:  Please remember to post your adjusted gross score on the yellow tournament posting sheet. DO NOT post tournament scores on the posting computers! 

 


Club Championships Guide

 Club Champion and Players Champion

This year, FWGA will recognize two (2) tournament players for their excellence. 

 
The Club Champion honors the best Low Gross golfer who not only plays exceptionally throughout the year but also wins the Gross match play tournament.

  • The Players Champion honors the best Net golfer who not only plays exceptionally throughout the year but also wins the Net match play tournament.
  • To compete for either of these titles players must be available to play in the Match Play Tournaments.  The top four in each field will compete.

Championship Tournament

  • Prior to the start of the first 18 hole tournament on April 8th.   FWGA members will have the opportunity to declare their intentions to compete for either the Club Champion or Players Champion.
  • These 18 hole tournaments will be designated Championship Tournaments. However, all players are welcome to play in all tournaments.
  • Players deciding to play in the Club Championships must play in at least 3 of these tournaments. 
  • A cumulative score of the 3 lowest scores (gross scores for Club Champion and net scores for Players Champion) will be used to gain spots in the Match Play Tournament.
  • The players with the four lowest cumulative scores in each division will move to the Match Play tournament.
  • Players in the running for Club Champion or Players Champion will have the option to play in the Championship Flight at each of the six tournaments where scores will be counted. 
  • Ties at the end of the six tournaments for placement into the Match Play Tournament will be determined by: First, the lowest first posted score; Second, the lowest last posted score; Third, by the differential calculation.
  • A leaderboard will be posted at each tournament and online showing the scores of players participating in the Club Champion and Players Champion

      The Qualifying Tournaments :
       April 8 - Callippe Preserve
       May 21 - Poppy Ridge
       June 10 - Canyon Lakes
       July 15 - Boundary Oak
      August 5 - Presidio
      August 26 - Monarch Bay

Under Match Play Tournament
Dates completed by: September 17th
Final round - October 8

                                     

  • Players will still be able to pick one person to be in their foursome.

 

Match Play Tournament

Club Champion will be straight up match play with no “pops”.

Players Champion matches will be played by “spinning off the low” for handicapping. 
This means if a 30 handicap plays a match against a 15 handicap, the person with the 15 handicap would get no strokes, and the person with the 30 handicap would get one stroke on the number 1 through 15 handicap holes.  Handicaps will be based on the current month index at the start of the competition. 

The rounds of match play (gross and net) are scheduled as stated below:

Date

Golf Course

Match Play
Round

Qualifiers

Completed
by Sept. 17

TBD between participants from approved list
 

1

1 vs 4

2 vs 3

Completed by Oct. 8

TBD between participants from approved list
 

2

Winner of 1 vs 4

Winner of 2 vs 3

  • Rounds will be coordinated between participants and Club Championship Chair.
  • Compromise and flexibility in setting up these rounds between competitors is important.  Any problems in reaching an agreement should be brought to the Club Championship Chair.
  • Course for rounds will be mutually agreed upon between players among the courses listed above that are in the tournament schedule for this year.
  • Results from each round needs to be reported by winner to Club Championship Chair within 2 days of completion of round.
  • The Club Championship is a head to head match without additional players.  Foursomes may occur when two head to head competitions are grouped for a foursome or the course they are playing fills the foursome.

Rules for Match Play Tournament

 Match Play

Singles Match (Two Party).

Tie Breaker:

If tied at the end of 18 holes players will continue to Hole 1(unless directed to another hole by the golf course.) and continue to play until one player is declared a winner. 
In net play “pops” continue to count.

 

FAQ

Here are some questions you may have in regards to the change from our previous club champion format. 

How do I know I am playing for the Club or Players Champion? 
You will need to let the Club Championship Chair know that you would like to participate and in which category, prior to the first tournament of the season.

What if I change my mind and don’t want to participate? 
No problem, just let the Club Championship Chair know.  BUT you may not decide to join later!  So go for it!  What do you have to lose? 

How do I earn points?  There are no longer points.  Your gross or net score depending on which category you are competing is counted and added together for a cumulative score of your 3 best scores. 

I like to play with my friends at tournaments and don’t want to play with the Championship Flight?  No problem. Just let the Club Championship Chair know when you sign up and you will be paired with one of your friends and not placed in the Championship Flight, but your score will still count. 

I can’t make all of the Tournaments? No problem.  You only have to turn in 3 scores.  If you play in 4 or 5 tournaments your 3 lowest scores will be used.

 

 


Coordinators

Vivienne Sun                                     18-Hole Weekend

Cindy Barni                                       18-Hole Weekday

Nan Price                                          9-Hole Weekend

LaLani Rapp                                       9-Hole Weekday

Jill Martin Smith                                 Twilight

Anne Cain                                         18-Hole Friday   
 

 

 
   
   



 
   

                                         

 

 


Happy New Year!

It is a new year and new season of Golf with Fore Women Golf Association!  I hope you will enjoy this addition to our clubs attempt to go online and paperless!  We have tried to make some of the information a little more accessible and user friendly.  Let us know what else we can do.

Take a few moments and check out our events in the upcoming months on our Calendar. Our kick off event - The General Meeting is March 10 at Boundary Oaks.  We will have breakfast, shopping and golf afterwards.  Be sure to join us!

Our Tournament schedule is up for the entire year!  Lots of fun events and great prices!  If you have never played in a tournament be sure to check out our Tournament Players Guide.  It gives you all the information you need to play in our fun tournaments.  If you have played in tournaments in the past you will want to read the guide to see the fun changes we made to make our tournaments more player friendly.

One of our big improvements this year is to our Club Championship.  We have made some major modifications.  Our goal is to increase Tournament participation and making it fun but competitive for those who want to compete for Club Champion.  Check out the Club Championship Guide and contact Piper Shaull at Club Championship to join the race for FWGA club Championship!

Our Emerging Golfers Group will be starting in March for those of you new golfers that want to learn more about etiquette and golf before venturing out! 

League Play is going strong with this great weather we are still having!  Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming playing opportunities.

I hope you enjoy this addition to your club communications!

Tami Waddell

President

wadainker@aol.com

 

 


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