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Table of Contents
|Welcome to FWGA!
Member Planet Directory
Casual Play Schedule
How to get added to the Casual Play Groups
How to Use Punchbowl
General Responsibilities: Playing
General Responsibilities: Hosting
|Index and Handicap Guidelines
Establishing Your Handicap Index
Net Double Bogey
Social & Fundraising Events
Types of Tournaments
|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 Directory|
|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 FWGA 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 Punchbowl Invitation.
The calendar is the Casual Play Hostess schedule for the year. If you forget your hostess date, check the Casual Play Hostess Calendar. 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/Join Us, it is automatically routed to the Casual Play Chair. She will add the new members to the chosen casual play groups on Punchbowl. 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 Punchbowl|
FWGA uses an online program called Punchbowl to manage the casual play invitations. Punchbowl is a party invitation program. Each casual play group has their own Punchbowl 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 Punchbowl. Punchbowl will then send out invitations to their group list. As invitations are received by members, they either RSVP In or Out. The Punchbowl 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.
|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|
|A new golfer must post at least 3 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. 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.
Please go to the Handicap Index page on the ForeWomenGolf.org website for a description of how to establish a handicap index.
|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.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.|
|Net Double Bogey|
Golfer’s are required to post only the Adjusted Gross Score on GHIN. 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 the Net Double Bogey Adjustment. Net Double Bogey dictates the maximum number of strokes we can post for any given hole. Net Double Bogey protects us from that disastrous hole and a disastrous round distorting our handicap index and our potential scoring ability.
For more details about how to calculate the adjusted gross score for posting, please see the Posting Guideliens page on the ForeWomenGolf.org website.
|Social and Fundraising Events|
|FWGA hosts 2 Social Events each year.
The General Meeting in March kicks off the new year.
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.
Click the video on the right for instructions on “How to Register for an FWGA Tournament”.