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On Sunday, March 23, 2014, the Austin Chapter of EWGA had their annual kick-off.  It was hosted at the Grey Rock Golf Course in South Austin.  We began with networking and getting to know each other.  There were a number of guests/non-members also attending. 

Former Texas State Champion and six-time Austin City Golf Champion,  instructor at the Barton Creek Golf Academy, best-selling author, and a student of Harvey Penick, Barbara Puett was our guest speaker at the EWGA Kickoff event at Grey Rock Golf Club, Sunday March 23.  She gave us lots of "tips" and told us cute stories that will help us with our game.  Here are just a few.  If you are hitting behind the ball: learn to clip the grass (no ball) with your club.  If your ball isn't going as far as you think it should: finish your swing, i.e. follow through!  If your game is falling apart and you don't know what you are doing wrong, try doing something right: slow down the first foot of your backswing, it gets your tempo back in balance.  (When you are playing poorly, you tend to speed up your swing thinking that if you hit the ball harder, it will go farther)  Furthermore, regarding your back swing, don't over back swing: your arms stop when your chest stops.  A great putting tip: you can look at the hole as long as you want and as many times as you want, but hit the ball within 2 seconds of the last look.  The longer you stand over the ball, the worse the shot will be.  The best tip for speeding up the pace of play:  only take one practice swing.  Besides the fact that your companions won't be tapping their feet, If you take more than one practice swing, which one will you use? (out of the mouth of Harvey).   

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Some of the clinics are already full. Don't wait sign up to improve your game today!
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I was born and raised in Buffalo. I survived the blizzard of 1977 (and had 2 weeks off school). I have a winter coat rated for -25 degrees.

But I am so over this winter!

League / Clinic registration opens Saturday after the brunch. I will be playing at Brookwoods on Tuesdays.

See you on the course.
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I would like to Thank all of the members that made me feel so welcome at the Kick Off outing on Sunday. A special Thank you to Pia, she was a great tam leader! I look forward to additional events in the future.
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More information forthcoming.

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Ever since the brunch last year, when I volunteered to help with the website, I have been having a blast. 

Contact  Brenda Pitts and find your passion!

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Indoor Golf Night - Tuesday, January 28 - 6pm to 8pm

Registration Now open - See the events page for more information and registration link!

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Join your fellow chapter members for Indoor Golf on Tuesday January 28 from 6 to 8 pm. More information coming soon in the events section.

I am going! Are you?

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Dear Fellow Golfers and Chapter Leaders,

What is the best strategy to secure a sponsorship with a car dealership?
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Just wanted to say mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to the warm welcome from other EWGA chapters.  Looks like we are going to have a lot of visitors!  E komo mai (welcome)! 

We are excited about starting a chapter here where the golf is everywhere (over 75 courses), the weather is fabulous and the views are awe inspiring. 

There are plenty of wahine (women) golfers here and plenty of wahine business owners and executives and now they'll have an opportunity to combine those skills and make new connections. 

Much aloha to all of you!

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Hello all EWGA members:  I am a member of the Fox Cities/Green Bay WI Chapter and will be trying to check off one of my bucket list items.  I would like to buy 2 tickets to the Masters Tuesday, April 8, 2014, practice round.  Does anyone have advice to share on where to purchase tickets...such as honest sites to watch or purchase from as well as sites which may not be reputable?  Or is it okay to wait until you get to Augusta to purchase?  Any advice would be helpful/most appreciated.  Thanks for reading and sharing information.
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Aloha from the new EWGA Hawaii Chapter! 

We are excited to bring the EWGA to the islands where golf is happening 365 days a year. 

We've already heard from some EWGA members from other chapters and we'd like to say "E komo mai" (Welcome) to everyone from the EWGA who will visit us here.

The entrepreneurial spirit is strong here and the number and variety of fascinating, fabulous and powerful women (and men, even bold enough to join our Board!) here is astounding.  I'm very grateful to know so many of them through golf and hope I can give something back to the local community by connecting them to the opportunities afforded by the EWGA.

Mahalo & Aloha!
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Everyone is nervous on tournament day and it’s easy to become flustered when things aren’t going your way.  Here are a few tips that might help you keep, or regain, your composure.

  • ­ Bad lies. If it’s not possible to hit your ball in the direction of the hole, consider hitting it sideways, or even backwards, into the fairway where you will be in a better position for your next shot.

     

  • ­ Unplayable lies. If you wind up in a place with no reasonable way to hit your ball, or you don’t feel confident about your ability to make good contact with the ball, consider declaring the ball unplayable and proceed under Rule 28. Sure, it will cost you a stroke, but it could save you a lot of strokes in the end. Let your fellow competitors know what you are going to do and if you are in a bunker, remember that you must take your drop in the bunker. And, by the way, you are the only judge of whether your ball is unplayable.
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I'll be in Tennessee May 23 -26 and would love to golf! Any EWGA member out there that is available and can tell me what course I should play? Cindy Ft. Worth Metroplex member
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From EWGA SMD Director of Membership, Evalyne Bryant-Ward: As we approach the golf season we want to equip you with some gentle reminders of golf etiquettes. Here are some more tidbits to remember as we quickly approach the golf season. "Before starting your round you are advised to 1) read the local rules on the score card and the notice board, 2) put an identification mark on your ball; many golfers play the same brand of ball and if you can't identify your ball, it is considered lost (Rules12-2 and 27-1)  and 3) count your clubs; you are allowed a maximum of 14 clubs (Rules 4-4).

Here are some general points taken from A Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf. 1) Show consideration to other players, 2) Play at a good pace and be ready to invite faster moving groups to play through, and 3) take care of the course by smoothing bunkers, replacing divots and repairing ball marks on the greens. Many of us have been playing for a while. Sometimes we forget these small things. However, overlooking these simple things can ruin a day created specifically for golf. Think on it and refresh your memory on the etiquettes of golf.

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With the complexity of work life, social media is frequently over looked as a communication tool. The integration of social tools into our EWGA communication strategies has become critical for nearly everyone and can yield tremendous and unexpected benefits. A blended scenario of traditional and unstructured approaches to membership communication can greatly affect the relevance, retention, and overall success or failure of our communication initiatives.

With individual’s short attention spans and the number of mobile devices and video’s, communication between organizations will not be anything like the old single event PowerPoint presentations. Location is of secondary importance, as anyone can meet anywhere, any time through our website. Meetings and discussions do not need to be single events but can result from a series of relationship-building opportunities held within the social media space and the tools available: discussion boards and blogs; Facebook and Twitter.

The key to communications success is to blend the various social media technologies into a coherent strategy, using each for its unique abilities to communicate, build story and community rather than as a replacement for email. League coordinators’ could start twitter accounts for participants so that last minute work schedules changes could open opportunities for replacement players. Weekend events could help arrange car pools and member engagement opportunities. Suzy and Deb successfully used an eGroup (a website tool) to help manage the Match Play ladder last year (great effort).

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My friend can't come to the short game session this Sunday at Camas. Anyone want the spot for free? Let me know at robindea@hotmail.com.
Robin
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Both my mother and father are left-handed and so was I born left-handed. At a very young age they switched me because they thought being left handed would be a disadvantage. Desks would not fit, lunch table seating could be awkward and many other issues that they both experienced in their lifetimes would present disadvantages to me throughout my life. So I was switched from being left-handed to being right-handed. In grade school sports it was a great advantage to me. I was a switch hitter in softball/baseball, in basketball I could go to the hoop from either side and dribble both ways. If seated next to a lefty I can also dine lefty. I have not viewed this as nothing but an advantage my entire life.

I have also always been an excellent athlete but one that needed lots of practice and warm-up. I can also be somewhat clumsy and awkward physically unless I had an objective and challenge! I bump into coffee tables, trip over small ledges and I seem to always mentally be trying to catch up with my body. Yet, I am blessed with an athlete’s mind and when I can align the physical and mental it is powerful. I can achieve and perform amazing athletic skills. But practice and training is always needed for this alignment to happen.

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