Submitted by Ruth on 9/27/2011 7:28:02 PM Last updated by Barbara on 12/27/2013 4:24:55 PM
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is EWGA just for the skilled golfer?
- How do I know what skill level I am?
- What leagues, clinics and monthly events are appropriate for my skill level?
- If I participate in a clinic, will I have the chance to actually play on a golf course?
- If I am a new golfer, should I participate in monthly scramble events or leagues?
- What is a scramble?
- What is stroke play?
- How do I become a better golfer?
- Who should participate in the short game clinic?
- What is a handicap?
- How can I volunteer to serve on a committee or help with an event?
- How can I find out what each committee does?
- Can you tell me about the Section Semifinals Event?
1. IS EWGA JUST FOR THE SKILLED GOLFER?
No. EWGA prides itself on promoting the growth of women's golf in general. The Quad Cities Chapter is proud to provide golfing opportunities for all skill levels, the new golfer (who has never played golf before), the advanced new golfer, intermediate golfer, and the advanced golfer. Although EWGA has a fair number of advanced golfers, most of our members are new or intermediate golfers, many of whom were new golfers when they joined EWGA. We try very hard to provide something for everyone. Most of our members agree that they have greatly benefited from playing with golfers of all skill levels, and our advanced golfers are very understanding and supportive of less experienced golfers.
2. HOW DO I KNOW WHAT SKILL LEVEL I AM?
Check out our chart on skill levels. It will give you a very good idea of your skill level.
3. WHAT LEAGUES, CLINICS AND MONTHLY EVENTS ARE APPROPRIATE FOR MY SKILL LEVEL?
Our chart on skill levels outlines our recommendations for each skill level on leagues, clinics and monthly events that are appropriate for that skill level. If you find you are between levels, we recommend that you use the lower of the two to ensure that you are comfortable with your learning and playing partners.
4. IF I PARTICIPATE IN A CLINIC, WILL I HAVE THE CHANCE TO ACTUALLY PLAY ON A GOLF COURSE?
Yes. Our Chapter offers a New Golfer Program, "Getting Started" where you will get to play 9 holes with a mentor who will assist with course etiquette and rules.
5. IF I AM A NEW GOLFER, SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN MONTHLY SCRAMBLE EVENTS OR LEAGUES?
If you are a new golfer, we recommend that you participate in monthly scrambles and leagues after you have completed the New Golfer Clinic and have progressed to at least the first skill level. You are encouraged to participate in league play at a course that is rated for the new golfer (skill level 1 courses).
6. WHAT IS A SCRAMBLE?
A scramble is a playing format where four players tee off. The group then chooses which of their four tee shots is in the best location for the next shot. Each then moves her ball to that location, and hits a ball from that location. After hitting, they then pick the best ball location for the next shot, and all four shoot from there, and so on, until the ball is in the hole. Scramble play allows less experienced golfers to play golf and improve their games in a non-intimidating welcoming environment. EWGA monthly golf events are usually scrambles.
7. WHAT IS STROKE PLAY?
Stroke play means that each player hits her own ball from wherever it lands until it is in the hole. As a general rule, there is a maximum of 10 strokes allowed on any hole. So, if a player has hit the ball 10 times and has still not landed it in the hole, the player should record 10 strokes on her scorecard, pick up her ball, and move on so that play is not delayed. EWGA leagues use stroke play, but each foursome is usually composed of golfers of approximately the same skill level.
8. HOW DO I BECOME A BETTER GOLFER?
We have two suggestions. First, take group or private lessons and/or participate in EWGA clinics. Second, play golf as often as you can. As a practical matter your golf should improve the more you play, and will improve even more if you obtain good professional instruction.
9. WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE SHORT GAME CLINIC?
We believe that each player, regardless of skill level, can always benefit from refresher lessons and professional instruction. The Short Game Clinics are appropriate for all skill levels from the advanced new golfer to the advanced golfer. In these clinics, the professional instructors customize their instruction to each player's skill level, so each player benefits regardless of skill level.
10. WHAT IS A HANDICAP?
A handicap is a numerical score established by participating in stroke play golf. The handicap number roughly estimates the number of strokes over par that the player scores when playing 9 or 18 holes of golf. The better a golfer is, the lower her handicap will be. Although you can establish a 9-hole or 18-hole handicap, we recommend that you establish an 18-hole handicap. One can be established even if you play in a 9-hole league. Normally, a handicap can be established after playing 5-10 rounds of 18-hole golf or 10-20 rounds of 9-hole golf. Handicap rules are governed by the USGA. When you have a handicap and participate in a competition, your handicap number is subtracted from your total score to adjust your score down to a level playing field with other golfers. For example, if you have a handicap of 40 and score a 130 for 18 holes, your adjusted net score would be 90. If you are playing against a player with a 20 handicap, and her gross score is 120, her net score is 100. In such a case, you would beat her based on net score (after adjusting for handicap), whereas she would beat you based on gross score (with no adjustment for handicap). In many competitions, both gross scores and net scores are used, thereby giving you two different ways to compete and win.
11. How can I volunteer to serve on a committee or help with an event?
Contact any Quad Cities Chapter Board member. Board members names are listed on the Leadership page. Or, send an e-mail to the Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org
12. How can I find out what each committee does?
Here is a run down of the Committees. Remember, the more you put into an organization – the more you will get out of it.
Communications/Newsletter/Website - This committee publishes and distributes the newsletter, establishes public relations connections with Quad Cities media, maintains the Website and assists other committees with publicity and information distribution. Whether you’re an experienced writer, a budding artist or just want a venue to express your creativity, this committee is for you. Communications is always looking for new ideas and new faces.
Golf Events - This committee decides the types of events to have and when to have them, and hosts each event. Past events have included GlowBall Golf, Mystery Golf, Animal Golf, country club events at Pinnacle, Oakwood, Short Hills, and Arsenal Golf Club, the Chapter Championship, and the Awards Banquet. You can be involved in the entire committee or help plan one or more events. If you’re a great planner or want to learn how to produce successful events and meet enthusiastic women, this is the committee for you.
Kick-Off - This committee plans and implements the Kick-Off Event. They create and distribute the event invitation, compile the activities information packets, plan the program, negotiate with the hotel or other convention facility, and procure prizes. This is an annual event and a lot of fun to be involved in as we’ve always had a big turnout for this extravaganza.
Education/Clinics - This committee will be planning a variety of learning opportunities for all members during the golf season. They will work with our teaching pros to organize golf clinics, golf schools, rules and etiquette classes, a mentoring program and other educational opportunities for new and intermediate golfers. If you want to learn more about the technical aspects of the game and would like to meet some area golf pros, serving on this committee is a great opportunity.
Sponsorship - This committee plans the sponsorship drive, targets likely sponsors at all levels of the organization and ensures that obligations to sponsors are met. This includes the major corporate sponsors, golf event sponsors, social event sponsors, and tee sponsors. Input from all members is encouraged to locate interested businesses. If you have a lot of contacts in this area or have sales skills, this committee is a great way to build relationships and refine your skills.
Membership - This committee plans the membership drive including responding to requests for information and looking for opportunities to recruit new members. They maintain the chapter database, monitor the chapter hotline, plan and hold new member orientation meetings, and are responsible for ensuring that members’ needs are being met. If you like to meet new people, have or want to learn sales skills, this committee is the right one for you.
Leagues - This committee plans and monitors all league play. They decide where and when league play takes place, negotiate with golf courses, monitor play throughout the season, decide the format of league play, and handle our handicap program. This committee needs league captains to help the leagues run smoothly and organize after golf socials and games. If you’re interested in learning about organizing a league or have great ideas, join this committee.
Social Events - This committee focuses on planning and implementing our monthly luncheons, dinners, and social activities. They plan times, dates and places for each activity and work with the Education and other committees to plan programs and get speakers. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who likes to plan small events (or wants to learn) but has limited time to devote to EWGA. This also provides a great way to learn new networking skills and meet your fellow Chapter members.
13. Can you tell me about the DISTRICT SEMIFINAL EVENT?
This event was formerly known as the Heartland Sectional Tournament. After a reconfiguration of all of the regions in the Association, the event is now known as the Upper Midwest District Semifinals Event. This event is the second stage of a three part championship series that takes place all over the U.S. culminating in the EWGA Championship Finals.