Don’t be a Turtle, be a Cheetah!

Are you a Turtle or a Cheetah?

Last Thursday we had two foursomes with large gaps in front of them.  So much so that a group skipped from Hole 10 to Hole 13, filled the gap, then went back to 11 and 12 after they played 18 and still finished before the group they had been following.

If you don’t see the group in front you,  you are golfing like a Turtle! 

Secrets of Cheetah golfers…..

  • TRY to be first on the tee box, don’t hold back, please.  Don’t ask if it is your turn or discuss who is to go first, get up there and hit.
  • Whoever arrives first on the tee box, tee off instead of talking/waiting. Hit first then record your score for the prior hole afterwards.
  • Try to putt-out rather than marking a shot and waiting for others to finish.  Don’t ask whose turn it is.  Simply announce that you would like to finish so the other golfers know your intention.
  • If your ball is not in anyone’s line on the green, pick up your marker and replace your ball while someone else prepares to putt.
  • Whoever putts out first, leave the green and go tee off at the next hole. 
  • If you can take a putt or two while waiting for other golfers to reach the green, DO SO!  Ask someone to tend the flag and take your putt(s) instead of waiting for all 4 to arrive on the green before you begin putting.    This is not rude, it is playing ready golf.
  • Only one player should help search for a lost ball, while the other 2 move ahead and hit.  By doing so you are being considerate to those behind your group.  If the ball hasn’t been found by the time 2 other players have hit, a new ball should be dropped and play continued.
  • Riders – after your shot, get into the cart  holding your clubs, do not put clubs away until the NEXT stopping point.
  • Keep 2 balls in your pocket, marked differently at all times as well as 2 tees and a ball marker
  • Minimize talking and waiting – do something while you wait to prepare for your next shot.  While waiting for someone else to shoot, move to your ball (especially if your ball lies left of the one being hit) please move up to your ball, get out of the cart and select a club for your next shot. Please don’t wait until it is your turn to hit to move! Be there before it is your turn to hit. If it is cart path only and you are unsure which club you need, take several clubs with you.
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Tuesday, June 14th Greendale Women’s Tournament

Greendale Golf Course is hosting a women’s golf tournament on Tuesday, June 14th, 9:00 a.m.  Find a partner and sign-up at the clubhouse for this fun event!  Entry deadline is Monday, June 6th. $45 includes, golf, breakfast, lunch and prizes.  More information and entry form is provided at this link – 2016 Women’s Tournament Entry Form

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May News Updates

Handicaps and Flights have been updated.  You can view the flight distribution on our web pages at any time.

Ringer Report – the first ringer report has been posted.  For new people, the ringer report is updated monthly, and shows your lowest score for each hole, over the whole season.

Winner reports and player detail – These are posted on our Schedule page weekly, usually on Friday.

Membership Update:  Please look for our three new members at the clubhouse and introduce yourself: Peggy Lottman, Annalee McCann and Sylvia Stevens.  We now have 55 members.  New members, please check your information in all 3 of our directories.

Please arrive early when it is rainy –  Everyone please remember, when we have last minute cancellations, it causes reshuffling of foursomes.  When the weather is iffy, you may find others in your foursome have canceled and you have been moved.  Under league rules you cannot golf alone, so we have to reshuffle people.  If 4+ people cancel, the tee times for ALL foursomes are moved up earlier to fill the time-gaps.  So if you have a late time, for example 9:00, you may arrive to find that everyone is already out on the course!!  Also, if you decide to leave before completing 18, please do not leave a golfer alone, she cannot finish without someone to play with.

Playing nine holes – We are an 18 hole league and if you know you can only play 9 hole for some reason, please indicate 9 holes on the sign-up, or tell the tournament chair in advance.   At least 2 other golfers in your foursomes must be there for 18, one person cannot finish alone.

Rules information – With all the rain, we’ve had some discussion about water on the greens and the rules concerning touching the line of putt.   Sue Spatcher, our rules chair, has clarified this for us below.

  • Rule 16-1a/1 Brushing Aside or Mopping Up Casual Water on Line of Putt

Q. May a player whose ball lies on the putting green brush aside casual water
on his line of putt, or mop it up with a towel?

A.  No. Such action would be a breach of Rule 16-1a (Touching Line of Putt).

  • Rule 16-1a/3 Removing Dew or Frost from Line of Putt

Q. May a player brush dew or frost from his line of putt?

A. No. Rule 16-1a prohibits touching the line of putt except in removal of
loose impediments, repair of ball marks, etc. Dew or frost are not loose
impediments – see Definition of “Loose Impediments.” Accordingly, such action
would be a breach of Rule 16-1a.

Thank you to Kathi Pierce for the hilarious “duck pins” you awarded to those who played in the rain April 28th!   If you didn’t pick yours up last Thursday, check the table this week.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY!  Hope to see everyone Thursday.


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Playing in the Rain

You have a GWGA tee time you’ve been looking forward to and you check the weather forecast and it shows rain clouds.  Already the anxiety begins and you feel disappointment.  What to do – what to do?  We have all experienced this and April is our rainiest month.

Don’t let disappointment and anxiety rule!  Join us at the clubhouse, we will be there.  Unless it is thundering and lightening at the course (not at your house), or it’s a torrential downpour at tee time, we normally will play.  Sometimes we may have a rain delay if we can see a front moving through.

Reasons to play golf in the rain, like 15 of your fellow golfers did last Thursday:

1 – Everyday becomes a potential golf day:-)   Yahoo!!  We are all dying to get out there and play, don’t let the rain disappoint you and keep you from practicing your skills and enjoying the day with your golf friends.  Remember when you were a kid and how you so wanted to play in the rain????

2 – Playing in the rain is a skill in itself and if you like playing tournaments, learning to thrive in wet conditions is very useful.  Your score may be a little higher than normal, but so will everyone else’s.

3 – It is great mental exercise.  Playing in the rain has many distractions as you attempt to keep your equipment dry and execute aggressive shots.  It’s an exercise in keeping your mind focused.  A well executed shot in the rain feels even more rewarding than in dry conditions.

4 – You can justify your pricey wardrobe!   Most of you own expensive rain jackets and outerwear.  Make use of it!   You can wear that hat that has been stuffed in your bag to keep water out of your eyes.

5 – Bunker shots are easier because the wet sand is packed down!

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Some tips for playing the rain:

1 – Bring extra gloves and towels.  Rain gloves work best – their purpose is not to keep your hand dry, but their tackiness increases when wet to give you a better grip.

2 – A clear shower cap is useful to cover the scorecard on the steering wheel of a power cart.  A bungie cord can be used inside some carts to hang towels and extra gloves. If you walk with an umbrella, hang towels and gloves from the inside of the umbrella.  Put your “rain day kit” in your car, ready to grab and go.

3. – Check out pro Keri Moffatt’s  10 tips for playing the rain, especially numbers 7-10.

See you Thursday!

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