Connecticut Women's Golf Association
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CWGA April 2018 Newsletter



CWGA Renewal is open until May 1st -- if you haven't renewed yet, please take time to renew now (click here). Remember, CWGA individual membership is open to any women with a USGA index of 23.5 or lower and is an active golf member of a CWGA member club. Get your friends involved!

We have some new and exciting changes to our 2018 Event Schedule.

Here are some highlights...

2018 CWGA Championship June 5-8, 2018 at The Golf Club Of Avon

  • Entry into the Championship Flight is open to anyone with a handicap index of 23.5 or less.
  • NEW THIS YEAR The Founders' Cup Flight is limited to players with a handicap index between 13.0 -- 23.5. Entries can be made directly to the Founders' Cup division.
CWGA SOLHEIM CUP June 18, 2018, at Highfield Club

  • CWGA Solheim Cup is a new 1-day tournament
  • All registered players will be divided into two teams, the Red Team and Blue Team
  • The tournament will consist of 3 nine hole segments--Best Ball, Alternate Shot, and Scramble.
  • Each match will be played as a 2 person team. Red vs Blue

The Medallion September 20, 2018, at The Patterson Club

  • As in previous years, The Medallion tournament is a stroke play event open to 2 players from the same member club.
  • NEW THIS YEAR -- It will be an aggregate format combining net and gross Stableford scores for each team. The Stableford score of the gross player will be added to the net Stableford score of the net player.  


The CWGA has changed from the USGA's Tournament Pairing Program (TPP) to Golf Genius (GG) for tournament management and 2018 membership renewal.

We have been working hard to learn the new system. A big thank you to Robin Bickerstaff for all her hard work to implement the new system and also to Janet Karabin and Sharon Nightingale for their efforts in setting up the 2018 tournament information.


  • Applications The scholarship committee is accepting applications until April 13th. These scholarships are awarded to girls, who are CT residents, based on academic performance, participation in golf programs and financial need. Affiliation with CWGA is not required. Click here for more information and to obtain the application forms.
  • Donations While each member makes a $15 donation to this scholarship fund when they pay their annual dues, the committee will gladly accept additional donations. Click here for information on how to make a donation to further help us support girls' golf in CT.


Connecticut's Women's Open Championship
May 29th-May 30th at 
Innis Arden Golf Club, Greenwich, CT

Connecticut Women's Tournament of Champions
June 28th at 
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club, Branford, CT

Connecticut's Women's Amateur Championship 
August 14th-August 16th at
 Hartford Golf Club, West Hartford, CT

Click here for a pdf with highlights of the CWGA's Women's Series.


Hitting the wrong ball and how to avoid!

One of the worst feelings in golf is discovering you hit a wrong ball. In stroke play, it is a 2 stroke penalty (loss of hole in match play). If you hit the wrong ball multiple times the penalty is not additive. It is still a 2 stroke penalty regardless of the number of times you hit the wrong ball. Before teeing off on the following hole you need to correct your error. This means you need to either find your original ball and play it or take stroke and distance if you cannot find the original ball. The two-stroke penalty is yours for the rest of the round!

How can you avoid hitting the wrong ball? The best thing you can do is to clearly mark your ball so your markings are visible from multiple angles. If you are still not sure the ball you are about to hit is yours, you are allowed to "mark, lift, identify, and replace" it to see if it is your ball. However, before you do anything you must announce your intentions to one of your fellow competitors (or opponent in match play) and give them the opportunity to observe the procedure. If you fail to make the proper announcement you incur a 1 stroke penalty. When the ball is lifted you may only clean it to the extent necessary to properly identify it.

Often when the ball is in tall grass or rough we tend to bend the grass to see more of the ball to make an identification. Remember, if the ball moves you will incur a 1 stroke penalty. So please avoid this situation by either marking the ball clearly or making your announcement and lifting the ball using the proper procedure to make sure it belongs to you!


Sara Papa

1st Vice President


Upcoming Events:

Opening Day Mixer - Wednesday, May 9th at Aspetuck Valley CC

Club Rep Meeting - Thursday, May 17th at Pine Orchard - open to club reps (plus one guest from your club) and board members

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