TGA of Wake County, NC Partners with LPGA*USGA Girls Golf

Article contributed by Kevin Frisch, TGA Premier Junior Golf Public Relations

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Wake County, NC – With the Olympic Games taking place recently in Brazil and women’s golf at the center of the world stage, two of the leading initiatives to grow the game are announcing they have come together in Wake County, N.C.

TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA) and LPGA*USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) are partnering to create local programs that impact and inspire girls golf for the future and perhaps the Olympic Games of tomorrow.

Founded 25 years ago, Girls Golf is a non-profit 501-c3 junior golf program with sites in more than 300 communities across the country. Girls Golf provides girls with quality golf instruction led by LPGA and PGA teaching professionals and creating experiences that show girls just how much fun golf really is.

The upcoming fall session for the girls will take place at Knights Play in Apex beginning on Sept. 1. It goes for 10 weeks. Beginner programs will run from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and more experienced players will go from 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. The cost of the program is $219 and families can register at www.playtga.com/wakecounty and also learn more about TGA’s other programs like camps and leagues.

Each girl will need to register at www.girlsgolf.org to become a member of the Girls Golf community.  The cost is $16 per year, and they receive a packet of goodies from the LPGA including a hat and sling bag.

TGA of Wake County currently has had 57 girls signed up for the Girls Golf program and hopes to reach 75 by the end of the year.

Wake County is one of 57 TGA markets across the country where thousands of youth are in full swing through its introductory school and community based golf programs, and more than 40 percent are girls. A partnership with Girls Golf where TGA transitions girls through its Player Pathway model into the LPGA*USGA initiative was a natural fit.

“As a golf coach for TGA, I knew it would be a good fit to bring the Girls Golf program together with TGA,” Karen Crisp, LPGA Teaching Professional, and a top teacher for TGA of Wake County, said. “Through TGA’s programs, we are seeing a large percentage of girls participating and to create the Pathway for them to the Girls Golf initiative is very exciting. ‘Girls Just Wanna Have FUN!’ and we want to empower them to be themselves while learning the game that will stay with them for a lifetime.”

Crisp started doing the Girls Golf programs with TGA last spring on Thursday evenings where 34 girls participated. The program was 10 weeks with one-hour classes that covered the basic golf swing, rules, golf etiquette, knowledge and history of the game. In addition, a summer Girls Golf Camp was put on the TGA camp schedule, which had 21 girls participate.

“The Girls Golf programs and summer camps are a ton of fun. We do some competitive games, but in a way that it is fun and non-competitive for the girls,” Crisp explained. “I made special targets for them to practice their shots involving hula hoops and noodles – the girls loved them! In honor of the Olympics we created the five-colored rings of the Olympic games for them to land their pitch shots in. We also honed their putting skills by playing Tic-Tac-Toe and other games with their putters.”

The TGA model, with its focus on youth ages 3-13, fits perfectly with the Girls Golf demographics, and has become a growing feeder system and pathway to introduce girls to national initiatives. The Wake County chapter has been doing an impressive job planting the seed for the future in 40 area schools with over 2,300 kids going through the after-school enrichment programs and 500 more participating in summer camps.

TGA, (Teach, Grow, Achieve), first launched its Player Pathway in 2003. TGA begins by delivering extended-day golf enrichment programs at Pre-K, Elementary and Middle Schools putting golf on the same menu for kids as the mainstream core sports. Parents are given the option to enroll their children in the sport through a before or after-school golf program they otherwise may not have considered.

For more information on the upcoming girls golf program and access to a photo of the girls, click on the link below:

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About TGA Premier Junior Golf

TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA) is one of the leading industry models bringing new players into the game. The franchise business model, the only one of its kind and recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a “Top 10 Franchise Value,” empowers entrepreneurs, PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and Golf Management Companies to activate youth (ages 3-13) and their parents (ages 25-45) through introductory programs at elementary and middle schools, childcare centers and community centers. TGA’s curriculum focuses on instilling a passion and skills development of golf while incorporating character development, STEM core academics, and physical activity. Introductory programs feed into recreational programs at golf courses that include camps and leagues. TGA has taught over 500,000 juniors while making the sport available to 1.5 million families nationwide.

For more information about TGA Premier Junior Golf, visit www.playtga.com or follow @TGAJuniorGolf on Twitter.

Handicapping Help: Understanding the T-Score and how it has changed

Article contributed by Tom Johnson, CGA Director of Handicapping

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The USGA first added Section 10-3, which deals with the reduction of handicap index based on exceptional tournament scores, to the USGA Handicap Manual in 1991.   This procedure was added to automatically reduce the USGA Handicap Index for any player who returned two or more exceptional tournament scores in a 12-month period.  The purpose for this procedure was to ensure fairness and make sure that players who performed exceptionally in a tournament atmosphere saw those results reflected in their Handicap Index, even if the scores they posted on a regular basis were higher.

The USGA conducted a study of more than 7.5 million scores to prepare for the 2016 version of the USGA Handicap Manual in order to refine and improve the USGA handicap system going forward.  One of the most obvious findings of this study was the need to clarify the definition of a tournament score.   The USGA found that designating too many competition rounds as Tournament Scores dilutes the table value in the Handicap Reduction Table for exceptional tournament performance; therefore the procedure was not performing the way it was originally intended because too many scores were being posted as tournament scores.

The USGA wants to make sure the Committee is cautious when determining whether an event is designated as a tournament score so that the integrity of the handicap system is maintained.   The Committee should only designate significant events as tournament scores, such as the club championship or member-guest.  (Tournament scores must be 18-hole stipulated rounds, so many member-guest events do not qualify as tournament scores.)

We are frequently asked about traditional tournament score designations for events such as interclub matches, league play and fundraising events.   These types of events MUST NOT be designated as tournament scores under the new USGA guidelines.  The 2016 tournament score definition now provides the Committee a flow chart to help determine which events should be designated as tournament scores (see below).

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You can learn more about rules related to tournament scores in the USGA Handicap Manual by clicking here.

WELCOME!

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Welcome to the brand new CGA Ladies’ Corner Blog!  This blog is a companion publication to the CGA Ladies’ Latest newsletter that will expand on and explain some of your favorite golf topics.  Below are a few things to look forward to:

Rules Review
Every week from September 12 – March 28, there will be a Rules Review blog posted.  These blog entries will cover everything from the simplest rules situation to complex rulings that have actually been given out on the course.  Feel free to submit a question for the Rules Review to Maggie Watts at maggie.watts@carolinasgolf.org.

Handicapping Help
The USGA Handicapping system can be very complicated, but with periodic blog posts under the tag Handicapping Help, CGA handicapping experts will explain some of the tougher concepts in easy-to-understand language.

Carolinas Stories
There are so many wonderful stories happening each and every day in the Carolinas golf world.  The Carolinas Stories tag will help bring some of those stories to light.

This blog will not be used to advertise or promote CGA events – it is simply an informational blog about important topics in women’s golf.  If you have any suggestions for stories, questions for the Rules Review or Handicapping Help, or anything else, please contact Director of Women’s Golf Maggie Watts at maggie.watts@carolinasgolf.org.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!