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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. # COUNTDOWN TIMER

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

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.

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 $805 (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!

Donna BrownCarol ButlerDonna ClevelandMary Comings
Teresa DiedrichKimberly DurfeeTrudy DurfeeLaura Fenn
Carole GroschSusan HendrickRene` LeeDonna Lozier
Rita McGinnisGeorgia MooreMarianne MrakLee Niziolek
Sharon OstranderTara RobinsonKim SalvesonRoxie Shepperd
Kathy StutheitCathy ToolsonSandra WilsonCarol 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;
Please Welcome Our 2019 New Members
As of today, we have 4 new members which are:
Clark, Nancy - 82604Gutsche, Ronda J - RozetRatcliffe, Tamera M - Sinclair
Santoni, Judy - Casper

* = Registered for tourney

2019 Membership Application & Annual Dues Form Now Available
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.

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
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

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.

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.

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).


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. Our annual tournament has never been held in Gillette, so this will be a FIRST for them. Trudy will form her tournament committee with ladies from Sundance/Keyhole and 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)

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.


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:

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!

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 2018. 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.

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

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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