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

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

5/11/2019
Keyhole CC Hosting Free Monday Night Dinner
Keyhole Country Club in Pine Haven, WY is hosting a FREE dinner on Monday evening (July 15th) for all the WSWGA tournament players who sign-up for it on their Entry Form.

A bus will be available to the first 58 players who sign-up for the dinner. It will leave from the Best Western Tower West Lodge in Gillette at 5:50 PM. It will then leave the Keyhole CC at 8:00 PM for the trip back to Gillette.

The address of the Keyhole CC is: 230 Pine Haven Rd, Pine Haven, WY. Pine Haven is approximately 41 miles East of Gillette.

4/5/2019
2019 Tournament Entry Form Now Available
The 2019 Tournament Entry Form is now available. Click on the 'Forms/Reports' link above to view and print the form. The deadline for submitting entries is July 1, 2019. The Entry Form includes the Schedule of Events and a listing of available Hotels/Motels.

Entries postmarked before June 15th will be eligible for a $100 gift certificate in a drawing. Don't wait, REGISTER NOW!

Remember, no tournament entries will be accepted unless you have already paid your 2019 dues to our Registrar, Falinda Hall. The 2019 Membership Application & Annual Dues Form is also available on the 'Forms/Reports' page.

4/5/2019
Is Your Club Unable To Host Our Annual Tournament?
Help As a reminder to all our 2019 tournament players from those communities who are unable to host one of our annual tournaments, we ask that you or your group consider getting a donation together for one of the prizes such as a wine basket (or any kind of basket), a putter or other type of club, a painting by one of your local artists or some other craft item, an Amazon Gift Card, etc.

If you are able to do this, please contact me to advise that you will be bringing a prize and what it is that you plan to donate. It will be a big help to our local tournament committee.

As with all tournament players, you may wish to include a donation along with your entry form to help with our tournment expenses.

Thank you,
Trudy Durfee, 2019 Tournament Director
Email: tdurfee@rangeweb.net
Cell: 720-290-0270

4/19/2019
VOLUNTEER Board Members Needed For 2019 Ballot
Since 1967 many members have dedicated their time and expertise to shape the future of our Association by volunteering to serve a 3-year term on our Board. By being a member each year and playing in our annual tournaments you are indeed supporting our cause that we all care about. Nevertheless, since we are incorporated in the state of Wyoming, we are required to have By-Laws and a Board of Directors to control and manage the Association to ensure that goals are met and that ethical principles serve as guidelines for all activities.

You might be asking what our Board does. We only meet once each year at our annual tournament although we may communicate with each other on the phone or email at other times if needed. We share new ideas on how we run our annual tournaments, retaining new members, hosting future tournaments, setting/modifing standing rules, review the By-Laws and financials and ask questions. We vote on matters requiring a majority approval. This is what good Boards do each and every year. Serving on the Board is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and ideas for how we might serve and improve our membership and goals. You will also be representing all members in your geographical area of the state.

It is not in the best interest of the Association to wait for nominations from the floor at the annual meeting where arms are twisted at the last minute just to get someone on the ballot for an open Board position. Many of our members are more than qualified to be on our Board and probably just need a little nudging. Therefore, we urge you to run for the Board or start nudging your member friends to do so by submitting your name to one of the current Board members so that you can be on the official ballot BEFORE our annual meeting on July 16th in Gillette.

Current Board members and their phone numbers are: Gayle Brice (801-726-4704); Carol Butler (307-587-6413); Trudy Durfee (307-290-0270); Lee Kintzel (904-335-7431); Rita McGinnis (307-231-9939); Brenda Stutheit (307-347-2712; and Barbara Waters (307-265-5962). We look forward to hearing from you.

4/19/2019
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.
4/19/2019

Clara Lehman In Memory
We were deeply saddened by the news of Clara Lehman passing on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Clara loved playing golf and was a member of the Riverton Country Club for many years. She joined the WSWGA in 1986 and played in most of our annual tournaments until 2009 when her health begin to decline.

You can view Clara's obituary by clicking here: Lehman Obit

3/13/2019
Gillette Tournament Lodging
Trudy Durfee has provided a listing of Gillette Motels who have agreed to give us a discounted rate for our 2019 Annual Tournament players. Click HERE to view and/or print the list.

Be sure to make your reservations early since accomodations fill up quickly during the summer months.

2/26/2019
Board Recognizes Member Donations With 2019 Dues Payments
The WSWGA Board of Directors would like to recognize the following for their donations made when paying their 2019 membership dues. Their combined generosity has raised $1185 (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!

Marvene AlexanderAllison BetzSusan BrodieDonna Brown
Carol ButlerDonna ClevelandMary ComingsTeresa Diedrich
Wendy DittoKimberly DurfeeTrudy DurfeeLaura Fenn
Carole GroschSusan HendrickBonnie JohnsonRene` Lee
Rosemary LoosDonna LozierRita McGinnisNancy McGuire
Kathi McKeeDeanna MirichGeorgia MooreDee Mortenson
Marianne MrakLee NiziolekMarty Jo OrtizSharon Ostrander
Tara RobinsonKim SalvesonRoxie ShepperdBobbie Stratton
Kathy StutheitSandy ThomasDonna ThompsonCathy Toolson
Mary Beth VossBarbara WattersSandra WillisSandra Wilson
Carol Woodward

Prior year member donations with dues payments were: 2018 = $1,187; 2017 = $1,210; 2016 = $995; 2015 = $760; 2014 = $835; 2013 = $580; 2012 = $570; 2011 = $245; 2010 = $200; 2009 = $80;
5/21/2019
Please Welcome Our 2019 New Members
As of today, we have 11 new members which are:
Balas, Kimberly D - Casper*Bear, Penny R - WrightClark, Nancy - Casper
Gutsche, Ronda J - Rozet*Labbe', Ann M - WrightMirich, Deanna D - Moorcroft
Nelson, Peggy J - Pine HavenPerrson, Cindy L - GilletteRatcliffe, Tamera M - Sinclair
Reynolds, Jana D - GilletteSantoni, Judy - Casper

* = Registered for tourney
5/21/2019

2019 Membership Application & Annual Dues Form Now Available
YOUR
MEMBERSHIP
MATTERS
The 2019 Membership Application & Annual Dues Form is now available here on our website. Just click on the above link 'Forms/Reports' where you will find it. Remember, for our 2018 members the deadline for paying your 2018 dues is March 15, 2019. After that, the $10 late fee will apply. There is no deadline for new members who are joining for the first time or for those former members who are reinstating their membership.

12/26/2018
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 webmaster@wswga.org and provide him with the info on your achievement.
WSWGA Hole-In-One Club
NAME FROM COURSE
HOLE/YDS
DATE
Janet Jones Riverton Hemet Golf Club, CA
#7 / 128 Yds
12/18/2018
Kimberly Durfee Sundance Devil's Tower Golf Club
#16 / 82 Yds
09/22/2018
Falinda Hall Cody Olive Glenn
#6 / 156 Yds
08/02/2017
Trudy Durfee Sundance Keyhole CC
#7 / 141 Yds
09/09/2017
Nancy McGuire Pinedale Rendezvous Meadow
#11 / 87 Yds
06/15/2017
Rene` Lee Worland Green Hills Golf
#8 / 123 Yds
06/04/2017
Joan Andreen Casper Three Crowns Golf
#16 / 110 Yds
07/07/2016
Karen Holcombe Powell Powell Golf Club
#4 / 100 Yds
05/04/2016
Joan Andreen Casper Paradise Valley
#15 / 123 Yds
06/16/2015
Becky Marsh Casper Casper Muni-Park
#9 / 138 Yds
06/11/2015

    3/05/2019  
Gillette's Bell Nob Golf Course Adding 14 New Forward Tees
Gillette's Bell Nob golf course announced they are adding 14 new forward tees which will be ready in May, 2019. You can read their PGA Pro's email to Trudy Durfee on the 2019 tournament webpage by clicking HERE.

10/15/2018
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! New 2019 USGA Rules of Golf Are Coming!
Most golfers are aware that the USGA and the Royal and Ancient have collectively made a mass overhaul of the Rules of Golf which will become effective on January 1, 2019. This is a huge and highly "out of character" effort to modernize golf guidelines to make them easier to understand, simpler to learn, and more consistent with one another.

You may read these new rules by clicking the link below.

9/26/2018
McGinnis, Kintzel & Watters Elected to Board
At the general membership meeting on July 17, 2018, Rita McGinnis (Pinedale), Lee Kintzel (Jackson) and Barbara Watters (Casper), were elected to three year terms on the board. Lee and Barbara replaced Leslie Petersen and Penny Steever whose terms had expired. Although Rita's term also expired, she decided to run again and was elected.

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

7/18/2018

Gillette to Host 2019 Annual Tournament
It was announced at the general membership meeting on July 17, 2018 that the board has approved a proposal from Gillette's Bell Nob Golf Course to host the 2019 annual tournament. Trudy Durfee (Sundance) will be the Tournament Director. The last time our tournament was held in Gillette was way back in 1973 at the Gillette Golf and CC. This will be the FIRST time at their newer Bell Nob GC. Trudy will form her tournament committee with ladies from Sundance/Keyhole and hopefully Gillette.

The tournament committee will continue their effort in seeking a bid for 2021.

The schedule at this time is:
  • 2019 - Gillette's Bell Nob Golf Course (July 15, 16, 17)
  • 2020 - Cody's Olive Glenn Golf Course (July 13, 14, 15)
  • 2021 - TBD (July 12, 13, 14)
7/18/2018

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.

7/18/2018

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:

YEAR CITY
AMOUNT
CHARITY
2019 Gillette TBD     a) Sundance Fire Dept.
  "   " TBD     b) Keyhole EMS
  "   " TBD     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 $63,574.47    

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!
4/20/2019

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 webmaster@wswga.org whenever you become aware of a member we have lost.
1/14/2018

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:

COURSE      
HANDICAP    
    MAXIMUM SCORE
ON ANY HOLE
9 or less         Double Bogey
10 through 19         7
20 through 29         8
30 through 39         9
40 or more         10
2/9/2018

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.
11/18/2016

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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