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|Welcome to Fore Women Golf (FWGA)!|
|FWGA began in early 1996. Our mission statement “To provide opportunity for women to play golf with other women and to have fun while engaging in quality experiences.” has been our guiding principle. We offer both educational and social opportunities in addition to great golf. You may choose to join our many casual play groups, play tournaments, take a clinic, or join the Emerging Golfers Group. There is something for everyone! Learn about our events by visiting our web site.
You have joined a large and diverse group of women who enjoy all aspects of golf. FWGA members play at all levels ranging from the beginner to the experienced player. We have high indexes, low indexes and no indexes. Whatever your ability, you will find a place in FWGA.
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.
FWGA is an all-volunteer organization. Through our many talented volunteers we are able to offer diverse activities. Please consider volunteering in an area that interests you. It is a great way to meet other members.
We look forward to seeing you on the course and, again… WELCOME TO FWGA!
|Communications from FWGA are emailed to each member. FWGA will communicate using Member Planet, Whoozin and MailChimp.
Please do not unsubscribe from these services as you will be cut off from all communications from FWGA.
|Member Planet is a service provided by the NCGA for member clubs. MemberPlanet is an easy-to-use membership management software that helps groups and organizations of any size communicate, manage members, and process payments. Members will join and renew their FWGA/NCGA membership through Member Planet. It is important that all members are able to access their Member Planet accounts with a workable password. Please view the video at right if you need help to set or reset your password.
Member Planet also offers credit card processing at a reduced rate for member clubs. FWGA uses the MP credit card service to process renewals, registration for social events and tournaments.
|Member Planet Address Book|
|Member Planet offers a special site to look up fellow members phone numbers and email addresses. This is a secure site so members must login to member planet to view the address book. Click on the picture link at left to go to the Member Planet Address Book. This would be a good site to bookmark.|
|The FWGA Event Calendar can be accessed from the Resources tab on the ForeWomenGolf.org website. The Event Calendar includes all FWGA Tournaments and Social Events as well as NCGA Events and Special Events (like the Breast Cancer Fundraising Tournament). Each event has a link to the Member Planet registration page, NCGA Golf Genius Registration page or a paper PDF flyer.
Click this link, FWGA Event Calendar, to go to the page on the website.
Click the video at the right for instructions on how to Register for an Event.
|Casual Play Schedule|
|The Casual Play Schedule page is located under the Casual Play tab on the ForeWomenGolf.org website. As invitations are emailed, this page is updated to give members a week-at-a-glance view of all the casual play. Each event has a link to the Whoozin Event Page.
The color coded calendar is the Casual Play Hostess schedule for the year. If you forget your hostess date, check the Casual Play Hostess Calendar. Just click the calendar picture on the website to load the pdf. New members are not required to host the first year of membership.
Click the picture at the left to go to the Casual Play Schedule page on the ForeWomenGolf.org website.
|How to Get Added to the Casual Play Groups|
|After new members complete the New Member Questionnaire online at ForeWomenGolf.org/Membership Process, it is automatically routed to the Casual Play Chair. She will add the new members to the chosen casual play groups on Whoozin. If a member wishes to be added to a group, they can also contact the Casual Play Coordinators listed at the bottom of the Casual Play Schedule page on the website.|
|How to Use Whoozin|
|FWGA uses an online program called Whoozin to manage the casual play invitations. Whoozin is a party invitation program. Each casual play group has their own Whoozin group with their own list of invitees. After the hostess volunteer schedules a tee time, she informs the casual play group coordinator who then sets up the event on Whoozin. Whoozin will then send out invitations to their group list. As invitations are received by members, they either RSVP In or Out. The Whoozin program will send out reminders for those that have not rsvp’d as the event date approaches and will also send out a different reminder to those that have rsvp’d In.
Click the video on the left to view a promotional video about Whoozin on their Facebook page. No need to sign in to Facebook to view.
|General Responsibilities: Playing|
|Once you have signed up to play, your general responsibilities are the usual:
|General Responsibilities: Hosting|
|Each member is required to be the “hostess” for 2 casual play events for each of their active casual play groups. New members are not required to host their first year of membership. See the Hosting Duties page on the ForeWomenGolf.org website for a detailed description of the hosting duties.|
|FWGA offers 8 to 10 skills clinics each year for our members. The clinics are at various golf courses in the area and are taught by the golf course professionals. Whoozin is used to invite all members to attend the clinics. Each clinic is limited to 8 to 12 attendees. A small fee of $20 to $25 is paid directly to the golf course professional. Please see the Clinics page on the ForeWomenGolf.org website for a listing of the clinics for the year.
The NCGA offers free clinics at local golf courses. Please see NCGA Free Skills Clinics page on the ForeWomenGolf.org website. Members must register for these clinics directly with the NCGA. Just click on the registration link on the page.
|Establishing Your Handicap Index|
|For 2019, a new golfer must post at least 5 18-hole rounds (2 9-hole rounds will be combined for 1 18-hole round) of golf for the GHIN program to calculate a handicap index. GHIN automatically updates all handicap indexes on the 1st and 15th of every month. So as soon as you post the minimum number of rounds, your new index will be calculated on the upcoming change date. The handicap index is the number of strokes above par. The index enables golfers of different abilities to compete with each other on a level playing field.
Starting in 2020, a new golfer must post at least 3 18-hole rounds to establish an index. The handicap system is currently undergoing a major change. The handicap system the NCGA uses is GHIN. Other golf associations use a different system and other countries use different systems as well. Currently there are 8 handicap systems in use around the world. The World Handicap System strives to have everyone use the same system. This new system will be implemented in 2020.
For now, please go to the Handicap Index page on the ForeWomenGolf.org website for a description of how to establish a handicap index.
|Course Handicap and Equitable Stroke Control|
|The handicap index is a representation of a golfer’s potential scoring ability. This potential can be wiped out with just one disastrous hole or round of golf. To compensate for this, we have Equitable Stroke Control. ESC is our friend. ESC dictates the maximum number of strokes we can post for any given hole. ESC protects us from that disastrous hole and a disastrous round distorting our handicap index and our potential scoring ability.
Golfer’s never play with their raw or unadjusted handicap index. It is a starting point. The unadjusted handicap index is based on a slope rating of 113. If you play a course with a slope rating higher than 113, you get strokes added to your raw index and lower than 113, strokes are taken away. The easiest way to calculate the course handicap is to use the NCGA App. Using the app, enter the golf course slope rating using the slider to get the course handicap.
After the course handicap is calculated, use the chart on the right to determine any adjustments to your final score. So in this example, with a handicap index of 40.4 playing at a course with a slope rating of 124, the course handicap is 44. Based on the chart, I can not post more than 10 strokes for any hole. So if I had 12 strokes on a hole, I would only post a 10 for that hole. This is called the ESC score.
Golfer’s are required to post only the ESC Adjusted Score on GHIN. For more details, please see the Handicap Index page on the ForeWomenGolf.org website.
Staring in 2020, the World Handicap System will change this calculation.
|All golfer’s must post their ESC Adjusted Score. See the Posting Guidelines page on the ForeWomenGolf.org website for a listing of which scores that should not be posted and directions on the mechanics of posting a score to GHIN.
The easiest way to post is to use the NCGA app. Golfer’s should post their scores after each round. Starting in 2020, the World Handicap System will recalculate the handicap index on a daily basis instead of on the 1st and 15th of the month. Timely posting will be even more important.
|Social and Fundraising Events|
|FWGA hosts 3 Social Events each year.
The General Meeting in March kicks off the new year.
The Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser in October is our time to give back to the community and have a little fun as well.
The Holiday Brunch in December marks the end of a great year.
|FWGA Tournaments are open to all members. There is no qualifying. Playing in Casual Play groups while observing the Rules of Golf, Etiquette and Pace of Play rules will prepare members to play under Tournament conditions. The Tournament Coordinator decides the Tournament Game Format. See the Tournament Game Formats page on the ForeWomenGolf.org website for a description of some of the most popular FWGA game formats.|
|Types of Tournaments|
|See the FWGA Tournament Schedule on the ForeWomenGolf.org website for tournament dates, locations and registrations deadline dates. Members may register for tournaments as soon as the schedule is posted on the web site. Members can click the Member Planet registration link on the FWGA Tournament Schedule or the FWGA Event Calendar.
The registration deadline date sometimes can’t be extended because golf courses set deadlines for player numbers and prepayment of fees. If you wish to sign up after the deadline has passed, contact the Tournament Director to be put on a waiting list for cancellations. If for some reason you can’t play, please call the Tournament Director to allow those on a waiting list the opportunity to play. Your entry fee will be forfeited if you do not play and a replacement is not found.
Members are encouraged to request a cart partner.