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2019 Annual Tournament in Gillette
The 53rd Annual WSWGA Tournament was held at Gillette's Bell Nob Golf Course on July 15-17, 2019. The Tournament Director was Trudy Durfee. For more tournament information, please check their tournament page by clicking HERE.

GHIN Adopts New World Handicap System
On January 1, 2020 the current GHIN system is set to change by adopting the new World Handicap System (WHS). It marks a significant milestone in the growth of the game and promises to create a more accurate handicap for every golfer around the world and fine-tune competitive play for amateur golfers.

There are some new things you should be aware of that have changed. Without going into detail, here are a few of those changes:
  1. Your new handicap may go up or down a little. The current system uses the best 10 of your last 20 rounds to calculate your handicap. The new system will use only the top 8 scores.
  2. The current system updates every two weeks. The new system updates daily - every day of the week. It is important to post your scores as soon as possible after your round.
  3. Playing conditions (weather) will adjust scores automatically. You get credit for playing well in bad conditions and penalized less for playing poorly in bad conditions. The good news is that it's all done in the cloud with data from global weather services. You don't have to record the playing conditions when you post your score.
  4. Goodbye, Equitable Stroke Control. In the new system, there will be a simple rule for all golfers (men and women) - two strokes over net par is your max. That's it for everyone.
  5. In the new system, they have moved the number of rounds needed to establish a handicap from five down to three. It will speed up the process of establishing a handicap for all new golfers.
  6. The best news is you don't have to do anything differenly if your an honest and timely poster of scores. There may be a new look and feel to the GHIN app or website, but you'll do the same thing you've been doing for years when posting your scores.
For more information and details concerning changes from the USGA Handicap System to the new system, just Google "World Handicap System".

Barbara Watters In Memory
We were deeply saddened by the news of Barbara Watters passing on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Barb loved playing golf and was a member of the Casper Municiple Golf Club for many years. She joined the WSWGA in 2011 and played in each of our annual tournaments except one. She was elected to our board of directors in 2018.

You may view Barb's obituary by clicking here: Watters Obit

Bi-Annual Audit Completed
Pursuant to Section 4.04A of our By-Laws, our bi-annual audit of the Association's permanent bank checking and savings accounts located at Pinnacle Bank covering the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019 was completed on August 13, 2019. All cash receipts and disbursements were found to have been accounted for properly based on Standard Accounting practices. Therefore, our annual financial reports have been approved and accepted by the auditor. You may review these financial reports by clicking on the 'Forms/Reports' link at the top of this page.

Thanks to our Registrar (Falinda Hall) for a job well done preparing our annual financial reports.


Evanston's Purple Sage to Host 2020 Annual Tournament
It was announced at the general membership meeting on July 16, 2019 that the board has approved a proposal from Evanston's Purple Sage Golf Course to host our annual tournament on July 13-15, 2020. This will mark another milestone for the WSWGA since it will be the first time Evanston will be our host city.

It was also annouced that the board approved a proposal from Star Valley Ranch's Cedar Creek Golf Course to host our annual tournament on July 12-14, 2021.

The tournament committee will continue their effort in seeking a bid for 2022.

The schedule at this time is:
  • 2020 - Evanston's Purple Sage Golf Course (July 13, 14, 15)
  • 2021 - Star Valley Ranch's Cedar Creel Golf Course (July 12, 13, 14)
  • 2022 - TBD (July 11, 12, 13)

Brice Re-Elected to Board
At the general membership meeting on July 16, 2019 in Gillette, Gayle Brice (SVR) was elected to another three year terms on the board. Although Gayle's term on the board had expired, she decided to run again and was elected since there were no other volunteer candidates.

The 2019-2020 board officers are: Gayle Brice (President); Rita McGinnis (Vice-President) and Lee Kintzel (Secretary).


Alice Stump In Memory
We were deeply saddened by the news of Alice Stump passing on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

Alice loved playing golf and was a member of the Legion Golf Club in Thermopolis for many years. She was a member of the WSWGA from 1984 until 2018 and played in our annual tournament for 33 consecutive years.

You can view Alice's obituary by clicking here: Stump Obit

WSWGA's Gift Of Giving
As many of you may remember at our 2004 Membership Meeting, we approved a change in our By-Laws where we did away with the scholarships and instead stated all profits from our annual tournaments are to be donated to help support a local charity in the host tournament city. Below is a list of the charitable donations made by the WSWGA's local tournament committees since the change:

2019 Gillette $3,000.00     a) Sundance Fire Dept.
  "   " $1,000.00     b) Pine Haven EMS
  "   " $850.86     c) Bell Nob Jr. Golf
2018 Worland $3,800.00     a) Washakie Cnty Ministerial Food Bank
  "   " $3,800.00     b) At Risk Student Assistance
2017 Lander $6,400.50     a) Food 4 Kids Friday Backpack Program
  "   " $6,410.50     b) First Stop Help Center
2016 SVR $11,650.00     Thayne Senior Center
2015 Douglas $8,142.39     Boys & Girls Club of Douglas
2014 Cody $6,012.23     Heart Mtn Volunteer Medical Clinic
2013 Worland $2,582.55     Worland Senior Center
2012 Rawlins $1,041.00     Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County
2011 Sheridan $4,375.40     Kelly Shreibies Memorial Foundation
2010 Riverton $2,665.11     Amedisys (Little Wind) Hospice
2009 Star Valley $1,800.00     a) Animal Humane Association of Star Valley
  "   " $1,800.00     b) Family Foundation For Cancer Patients
2008 Casper $685.00     Make-A-Wish Foundation
2007 Cody $2,049.79     Humane Society Of Park County
2006 Rawlins $360.00     Pet Partners
2005 Worland         --             N/A
    TOTAL $68,425.33    

WOW is right! All of our members, tournament volunteers and donors as well as the host cities should be very proud of our organization and what we are doing. Just think, we are a non-profit organization helping other non-profit organizations. The more revenue we can generate through donations, raffles, and other sources at our annual tournaments, the more profit we produce to help another worthy cause. Fantastic job ladies!

Board Recognizes Member Donations With 2020 Dues Payments
The WSWGA Board of Directors would like to recognize the following for their donations made when paying their 2020 membership dues. Their combined generosity has raised $ (so far this year) to support our Association. Generous gifts like these help provide the financial and moral support needed to continue our mission. They are true partners in fulfilling our goals. THANK YOU LADIES!

Sorry, no donations have been recorded yet.

Prior year member donations with dues payments were: 2019 = 1,225; 2018 = $1,187; 2017 = $1,210; 2016 = $995; 2015 = $760; 2014 = $835; 2013 = $580; 2012 = $570; 2011 = $245; 2010 = $200; 2009 = $80;
Please Welcome Our 2020 New Members
As of today, we have new members which are:
Sorry, there are no new members so far this year.

* = Registered for tourney

USGA Rules of Golf App
The USGA now has a Rules of Golf app that can be downloaded and covers the new rules along with a few short videos on some specific rule changes. To download this free app, go to the following website:
Rules of Golf Apps

Pinnacle Bank Continues Sponsorship Of Our Website
We are pleased to announce that Pinnacle Bank is again a corporate sponsor of our WSWGA website for 2019. We want to thank them for this sponsorship and their continued support of our state wide organization. For their sponsorship, we have agreed to show their advertisement at the bottom of our home page. In case you missed it, it also appears here.

Pinnacle Bank
Pinnacle Banks are currently located in Cheyenne, Cody, Gillette, Moorcroft, Newcastle, Powell, Thermopolis, Torrington and Worland. The next time you visit Pinnacle Bank in your area, tell them thank you for supporting us.

We are always looking for individual or corporate sponsors to help defray the cost of our website. If you are interested, please contact our Registrar, Falinda Hall.

Members Hole-In-One Club
Making a hole-in-one (aka ACE) is a BIG deal to all golfers and when it happens it needs to be celebrated. Starting in 2015, we want to recognize all those who have scored an ACE when playing with friends, in a league or in any tournament. Our members want to celebrate with you as well and offer our congratulations. Send our Webmaster an Email by clicking and provide him with the info on your achievement.
WSWGA Hole-In-One Club
Carole Grosch Worland Green Hills Golf Club
#3 / 86 Yds
Janet Jones Riverton Hemet Golf Club, CA
#7 / 128 Yds
Kimberly Durfee Sundance Devil's Tower Golf Club
#16 / 82 Yds
Falinda Hall Cody Olive Glenn
#6 / 156 Yds
Trudy Durfee Sundance Keyhole CC
#7 / 141 Yds
Nancy McGuire Pinedale Rendezvous Meadow
#11 / 87 Yds
Rene` Lee Worland Green Hills Golf
#8 / 123 Yds
Joan Andreen Casper Three Crowns Golf
#16 / 110 Yds
Karen Holcombe Powell Powell Golf Club
#4 / 100 Yds
Joan Andreen Casper Paradise Valley
#15 / 123 Yds
Becky Marsh Casper Casper Muni-Park
#9 / 138 Yds

Board Approves Changes In Standing Rules
At the Board Meeting on July 16, 2018, they approved a new standing rule. It reads as follows:

If a tournament player, other than those in the Nifty Niner flight, has not posted at least five (5) scores in the GHIN system since the last WSWGA tournament, the WSWGA's handicap committee has the right to adjust the player's handicap index for the current year's tournament to be ninety percent (90%) of their GHIN handicap index as of the July 1st revision.

In addition, they modified their previous rule regarding the Nifty Niner flight. It now reads as follows:

Commencing with our 2018 tournament, there will be a special 9-hole flight for ladies, regardless of age, who can no longer play two days of 18 holes due to physical or medical reasons. It will be called the Nifty Niner flight and will be made available providing there are one (1) or more participants who sign up for it when they register. No GHIN handicap will be required and winners will be based on gross scores only. They will play the front nine holes on the first day and the back nine holes the second day. The entry fee for this flight will be the same as the entry fee for those who will be playing18 holes each day.


In Memory
Memory We would like to be informed of any WSWGA members who have passed away. As you know, we try to recognize these ladies at our annual membership meetings. However, we sometimes are not made aware of their passing. If we know the names as well as when and where they died, we often can find their obituary on the internet which we can post here on our website for all to see. In addition, we need to remove them from our contacts list.

Therefore, please send our Webmaster an Email by clicking whenever you become aware of a member we have lost.

Scoring & Reminder
Just as a reminder, in our WSWGA annual tournaments, your acutal gross and net scores are used to determine the Medalist, Low Gross, Low Net and Flight winners. However, when your gross scores are posted into the GHIN handicap system, they will be adjusted based on the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) pursuant to USGA rules. In addition, they will be shown as a "Tournament" score.

The Equitable Stroke Control is part of the USGA's Handicap System, and is a feature of that system that is designed to minimize the effects of "disaster holes" on a golfer's handicap index.

Equitable Stroke Control sets a maximum per-hole score that will be submitted to GHIN for handicap purposes and those per-hole maximums are based on the particular course handicap wherever our annual tournament is played.   Below is a chart that shows the Equitable Stroke Control limits:

9 or less         Double Bogey
10 through 19         7
20 through 29         8
30 through 39         9
40 or more         10

The Equitable Stroke Control will be replaced with a new rule effective January 1, 2020.
The new rule is simple - two strokes over net par is your max on any hole!

Undeliverable Email
Help With the last several group Email notices sent out to our membership, a few have come back as "Undeliverable". The notice message doesn't tell us whose Email can not be delivered.

Please try to remember, if you change your email address, please notify me by clicking Falinda Hall so I can update our records.

Paying Your Annual Dues Is Of Great Significance
We would like to remind all of our members of the importance of paying your annual dues regardless of whether you plan on playing in our annual tournaments. Among the benefits of belonging to our organization, is that we help support many charities in the Wyoming communities where we play our annual tournaments. Since 2004, those charities have included various Animal Humane Societies, cancer foundations, Coalition Against Violence, hospice, and the Wyoming Make-A-Wish foundation. Your dues, as well as participation in our tournaments, make these charitable donations possible.

As you all know, it is not an easy task to host one of our annual tournaments. It is a lot of work for the local tournament committees. One of their rewards for all their effort is the ability to make a WSWGA donation to a charity of their choice in their local community. Even if you are not playing in that years' tournament, payment of your annual dues help them make this happen.

During the past several years, your board has discussed the raising of our "dues reinstatement fee" to discourage those members who choose to pay their annual dues only if they plan on playing in that years' tournament. No doubt, the subject will be revisited again at next years board meeting. In the meantime, the board asks for everyones cooperation in supporting the WSWGA organization, its local tournament committees and the many wonderful Wyoming charitable organizations by paying your dues each year regardless of your participation in the tournaments.

Finally, a special thanks to all those members who have graciously supported our organization by paying their dues each and every year - even when they are unable to participate in all of our tournaments.

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