2023 VSWGA Bulletin #5
Hello golfers! Yes that is sunshine you see. So strange to play the game of golf in all that bright light and without having to be bundled in rain gear. But so much more fun.
A NOTE FROM THE VSWGA PRESIDENT
Our ‘Pace of Play’ Initiative is showing great signs of success. Thank you to each of you for doing your very best to keep things moving out there.
This initiative started in response to golfers complaining about 5+ hour State Day rounds. And we’ve made progress. But we hear that some ladies get nervous about this. You don’t have to be anxious. Just be mindful of your pace and it will work out.
Keep it going strong!
HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR STATE DAYS AND INVITATIONALS?
There are State Days and Invitationals galore listed on the website. Check ’em out.
For State Days, remember those open up roughly three weeks in advance and you’ll use Golf Genius to register yourself and pick your tee time (see this video if you need help/reminder about how to do it).
If there are open spots, don’t be afraid to pick a tee time with folks you’ve never played with before. Our new members Tari and Abby from Stowe Country Club did just that and made two new friends. As they said, “We met two lovely women from Woodstock who will come and golf with us at Stowe this summer.” So get out there and meet some new VSWGA members!
But don’t get so lost in conversation with your new peeps that you forget that at the end of your round ALL members of your group need to sign the scorecard before turning it in to the scorer.
For Invitationals, see the links on the center of our website’s main page or reach out to the club directly.
THE MAJORS ARE COMING, THE MAJORS ARE COMING!
Registration is now open in Golf Genius*
- Senior Amateur Championship – July 11 & 12 – Williston Golf Club. Registration is now open in Golf Genius. $135 includes net and gross prizes, practice round greens fee, two tournament rounds, and lunch each day. Players must be at least 50 years old to play. See Member handbook for eligibility information.
- Amateur Championship – July 31, August 1 & 2 – Mt. Anthony Country Club. Registration is now open in Golf Genius. $155 includes net and gross prizes, practice round greens fee, three tournament rounds, and lunch each day. Junior Participant registration is free. See Member handbook for eligibility information.
- Mid-Amateur Championship – September 23 & 24 – Neshobe Golf Club. Registration is now open in Golf Genius. $135 includes net and gross prizes, practice round greens fee, two tournament rounds, and lunch each day.Players must be 25 years old to play. See Member handbook for eligibility information.
*Please note that all entries will appear as pending until the close of registration. At that point, the field will be confirmed, and credit cards will be charged. Please see member handbook for field size information.
YOU KNOW WHAT’S ALMOST AS FUN AS PLAYING GOLF?
Volunteering to help out young people play tournament golf and maybe snag a scholarship. Yup, it’s that fun. It’s amazing to see how flexible they are as they swing (were we once that limber?) plus often we seasoned players can often offer some obvious (to us) tips on pace of play that may be revelations to them. Win/win.
Anyway, Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington will be hosting the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament and volunteers are needed to help make this another fun and successful event.
The AJGA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The Killington Resort will once again be a title sponsor for the event.
The four-day tournament will take place from Monday, June 19 through Thursday June 22 and volunteers are needed for various shifts and various roles each day. In exchange for your time and assistance, volunteers will receive an official AJGA golf hat, a bag lunch, and a voucher for a complimentary, midweek round of golf at Green Mountain National Golf Course (*The vouchers are valid Monday thru Thursday and Sunday after 1pm. They do not include golf cart and are limited to one per volunteer shift).
ARE YOU LEARNING ALL SORTS OF NEW RULES?
Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the Rules emails that Cathy Neff has been sending out. Super informative and clear and they are making us all a little bit smarter out there on the course.
For example, Cathy’s mid-month email had this useful question:
Q. How do I find the nearest point of complete relief and when is it used?
A. The nearest point of complete relief is used for taking free relief from an abnormal course condition, a dangerous animal condition, a wrong green or a no play zone. It is the estimated point where the ball would lie that is nearest to the ball’s original spot, not closer to the hole than that spot and in the required area of the course.
See how fun that is to know that and not have to wonder when you’re out there playing.
But perhaps you still like to test yourself by guessing the answers. If so, check out the May Rules Quiz made just for you.
And don’t forget to download the USGA rules mobile app to your phone, just in case things get tricky out there, it’s good to have the ‘golf bible’ with you.
WANT TO BE A PART OF THE VSWGA BEHIND-THE-SCENES MACHINE?
Amy Mason has done a fabulous job as the VSWGA Administrator. She’s kept information flowing, Golf Genius registration working, and fielded many a random question from us VSWGA golfers. Sadly for us, Amy has decided to make this season her last as the Admin. So please check out the job description. If you know someone, or if you yourself might be interested, please contact Jennifer Farrington, cell 802-598-2396, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org