Save the Date:
The Dunes Pink Classic will be held on June 6 2016. Registration opens on April 1, 2016. Get your team together and register early! Visit dunespinkclassic.com for information about registration, sponsorship and donations.
Golf Membership $20
Golf Membership Plus WPGA $35
Social Members $10
Click here for details on WGA Membership Info and membership form.
Remember to join by March 15 if you are interested in WPGA Match Play, since the roster must be submitted by April 1!
Sunshine Lady: Kathy Murray
If you have information you would like to share with the WGA@ BTD membership, contact Kathy.
Share your golf achievements with us. Send them to Kathy Murray to include in the Newsletter.
As your WPGA chairperson, I would like to invite you to join the WPGA this year. Dues remain at $15.00, and this low fee gives members a big bang for their buck! The dues are paid through the WGA, so include that $15 with your WGA dues, and we will take care of the rest!
Deadline for our WPGA 12 member Match Team roster is April 1. In order to be considered for the team, please join the WGA and the WPGA by March 15. By WPGA rule, the 8 lowest handicaps available to play, plus 4 alternates who might be needed in case of an emergency absence, make up the team. Eligibility of team players is based on the following requirements:
1. must be a member of BTD
2. must be a member of WPGA
3. Must have handicap based on 20 scores posted within 2 years.
Match play dates are noted on the calendar included in this newsletter. If you are available on all those dates,(May 10, May 17, May 24, June 7, June 16 and June 21) and would like to apply to be a member of our team, remember to join the WPGA before March 15.
We are planning a day in March for education about WPGA match play, explaining rules, etc. Look for the date in the February newsletter!
For information about open days at member golf clubs, please check the WPGA website.
Ladies, the Delaware Women’s Golf Association is getting ready for a great 2016 season. You can now go on-line per the instructions below and join. This year, the DWGA has dropped its membership fee to $40. The DWGA has some great tournaments at lots of fun clubs. There are individual events but most of the tournaments are either a two or four person team. All the events are flighted, with many opportunities for golfers of all levels to play. In addition to tournaments, the DWGA also allows you to play open days at its member clubs for cart fees. Visit the DWGA website for more information about member benefits and the tournament schedule.
Please contact Donna Tanguay, our BTD rep for the DWGA, at email@example.com for more information.
The WGA@BTD members support various charitable organizations. The First Tee of Delaware program is fairly weak in Sussex County. The program uses golf as the vehicle to teach nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement. Additional information about the First Tee can be found on its website http://www.thefirsttee.org/.
There are several programs within First Tee:
First Tee DRIVE Program. Bear Trap Dunes is one of several local clubs which will offer its facilities to teach children and young adults who are involved in the First Tee program. We are looking for BTD members to become volunteer coaches to work with thse children and young adults. There is a requirement to take an online course and have a background check (charged to the volunteer coach). The contact is Charma Bell who works at the First Tee in Wilmington, DE. She can be reached at 302-593-2062 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A volunteers’ meeting is set for March 18 at American Classic in Rehoboth at 6 pm. A coaches’ training is set for Rookery South from 9 am to noon on May 2. If you would like to share your talent with these children and young adults, please reach out to be involved.
National School Program: The goal of the National School Program is to provide the resources (equipment and training) for the Physical Education teachers in the elementary schools to introduce golf and the nine core values of the First Tee program. In Sussex County we have two schools involved in this program – Lord Baltimore Elementary and John M. Clayton. First Tee would like to increase participation to addition elementary schools in Indian River and Cape Henlopen. Mike Cutright spearheaded an effort with the support of many members of BTD to help Garrett Lydic’s school, North Laurel Elementary, to receive the funding necessary to introduce the National Program at his school. There are plans to have a benefit golf tournament at BTD on September 6 to raise funds for additional elementary schools in Sussex County. Details will follow, and we look to have members volunteer to make the event a success.
Danette and our club pros will coordinate tee times for road trips to area courses for WGA members. Generally there will be three tee times with sign-ups available – first come, first served.
Every winter, golfers who live in cold climates face the challenge of staying physically and mentally fit. As the frigid temperatures set in, it’s very easy to start thinking more about long cold days than long straight drives. How do you maintain your golf game during the off-season? If we don’t take the time to to take care of ourselves physically and mentally, our bodies won’t be prepared when the golf season swings into full gear. Even if you live in a warm climate year-round, you still need to work on a fitness program to keep yourself in optimum condition. To help you get prepared – or to improve your fitness- here are a few simple tips to use during the off-season, or for anytime you want to increase your fitness level.
Maintain or work toward increased flexibility, especially with muscles you use in your golf swing. Yoga is a great example.
Begin a program of cardiovascular fitness for endurance. Brisk walking, riding a stationary bike, or swimming in an indoor pool are good forms of training. Try to sustain a slightly elevated heart rate for at least 20 minutes, three times a week.
Increase abdominal strength to support a straight spine at address. Simple abdominal crunches are great for building your core body strength.
Catch up on reading about the mental golf game. We often become too focused on the physical aspect of the game and ignore the mental side.