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Barb Reiland from the Quad Cities Chapter is looking for fellow EWGA people to share lodging...

I am the only competitor from the Quad Cities Iowa Chapter who will be going on to compete in the Championship Finals Oct 1-2, 2010.  I have a room reserved with two queen beds at the Lodge at Geneva Ridge, which is a very nice resort only 2 miles from Geneva National.  If anyone else is in the same boat and would like to share the room & cost with me, please send me an email:  barbreiland@mchsi.com.

The room is reserved for the nights of Thurs, 9/30 thru Sat, 10/2.  Even though the hotel list that was provided did not indicate they offered a special EWGA rate, they gave one to me!  This place is really nice and actually more affordable than the other places near the course.  Contact me and I'll give you more details.
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Documents as Objects

Shifting from writing paper documents to digital media is the subject of this third series Writing for the Web. Writing well is not only about words anymore but has become more about structure. Once hundreds of files or documents are created we need to give an assist to our viewers so they can:

  • Glean the messages we are sending and
  • Find what information they are looking for
  • Achieve success almost immediately

Example:

When creating a tournament or game for your Chapter:

  • Write an article for the newsletter AND Website
  • Use the announcement feature
  • Use the site registration description area
  • Use the glossary and links for detailed descriptions of the rules of the game (add this if it is not available)
  • Don’t stray off with extraneous details in your article that loses readership
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 It's all about paying it forward. On Sunday evening, an 8 year old girl shared her feelings about the game of golf at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, FL as part of the 8th annual EWGA Foundation Fundraiser to support LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. She shared softly, "It's fun. I really like it." 

 

Accompanied by her very proud grandfather to the event, this adorable youngster from the Jacksonville,FL LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program charmed everyone as she lit up the room when asked how she likes playing golf. She really enjoys learning how to play, the rules and what's right and wrong (and her grandfather mentioned she's helped him with the rules as well....)  Enabling her to meet LPGA Tour Players, like Julieta Granada who was with us that evening, was a great experience and an unforgettable one!  

 

Providing tools to young girls through the sport of golf is the right thing for the EWGA to do.  The EWGA has been serving as mentors to young girls through LPGA-USGA Girls Golf for nearly a decade and the fundraising element is the by-product.

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The 2010 EWGA Championship season has begun, please click here to find the results for your Chapter Championship.  Visit the EWGA Championship page on EWGA.com for more details on local qualifiers, Semi-Final Championships and the Championship Finals.

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The New Chicago South/Southwest chapter now has a calendar of events! Please review the schedule and see if you can join us at one of our golf dates or networking get-togethers. If you would like to learn more about this new and exciting chapter, want to get involved to meet new people and have fun on the golf course drop me a line!
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I will be volunteering at Georgetown University Women's Golf 2010 Hoya Invitational Tournament at the Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Maryland on March 29 or 30, 2010.  Interacting will many collegiate women golfers in the NCAA.  I'm hoping to introduce EWGA and it's student memberships and the benefits of joining chapters to some of the young women golfers in attendance.  Will blog on this experience next week.

SAVE THE DATE:  Monday, April 26, 2010 for the EWGA Southern Maryland Tri-county Chapter
Two Jacks & Two Jills Charity Golf Tournament at Andrews AFB, benefitting the Capital Breast Care Center.  For more information visit www.ewgasmd.org to register.
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I'm from the Quad Cities Iowa Chapter and will be the only person in our Chapter traveling to Lake Geneva for the Championship Finals.  I have a room reserved with 2 queen beds at the Lodge at Geneva Ridge, which is only two miles from the tournament course.  The resort is new and looks fantastic.  They gave me a special EWGA rate, so they're not quite as expensive as the other options.

I would like to find someone to share the room & expense.  The room is reserved for the nights of 9/30 thru 10/2.  Please send me an email at: barbreiland@mchsi.com if you're interested.  I can send more details.

Barb

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When reviewing our website with a critical eye it’s important to know who we are hearing from and that their voices represent targeted, yet diverse and willing members. Active participation is a crucial factor. The feedback needs to come from people that have used the site! The Scavenger Hunt was an effort to gather active Member participation and yet it has been not as successful as the web team had hoped. Most of the feedback we currently get has been hearsay and from the same few voices.

Research

Despite the explosion of social media in the last five years, the 1% rule first identified by research in the early 1990’s (website research) still holds true:

  • 1% of people create content
  • 9% edit or modify that content, and
  • 90% view the content without contributing (called lurkers)

New  research has demonstrated that Community-based Websites tend to buck this trend:

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21st Century Work Skills! 

As business professionals, we often confuse volunteer work with busy work. We talk ourselves into thinking that our workloads prohibit extra, non-work related activities. As professionals looking to add to your business related work skills, this could not be further from the truth.

As technology advances and social structures shift, the global marketplace becomes a rapidly evolving workplace that requires new forms of collaboration and productivity tools. The ability to collaborate online, learn critical virtual communication skills, post to online discussions, are learned through time and experience. Experts in future forecasting along with visionaries from diverse industries are shedding light on the rapid changing nature of work and work place skill sets:

  • Technological and social developments are creating new forms of work
  • Employers will require workers with new skills and knowledge for jobs that do not yet exist
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For the second year, the EWGA Foundation has designated two PGA of America-inspired golf programs for its own ‘Drive for Dreams’ campaign … an opportunity for EWGA members to share their good fortune with those in need.

Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) and Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere (GIVE) are giving the gift of golf, its rehabilitative aspects, and the wonderful and needed sense of fun and normalcy to men and women who have returned from war to fight a new battle … a battle to resume their lives from an altered state … and a battle that we the citizens for whom they stood in harm’s way owe our greatest effort to support.

  • The SMGA was founded in 2004 by PGA Teaching Professional Jim Estes at Olney Golf Park in Olney, MD. Begun as a therapeutic outlet for soldiers undergoing prolonged medical treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital, SMGA’s mission is to provide rehabilitative golf experiences for combat-wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American heroes.  Through donations, the SMGA provides golf lessons, equipment, and playing opportunities for combat-wounded soldiers injured in Iraq or Afghanistan.  To date, the SMGA has equipped more than 250 soldiers with properly fitted clubs, offered free lessons and range balls to more than 600 combat-wounded soldiers, and enabled the rehabilitative benefits of golf to improve the mental and physical condition of every soldier who has participated.
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Where would we be without Billie Jean King? Trailblazers such as Donna De Varona? Ann Meyers? That group helped spawn a modern generation of empowered athletes – gold medal winners such as Dot Richardson, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, Kerri Strug and Lindsay Davenport.  How about Pat Summitt receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Golfers like Dottie Pepper, Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie?





Today because of the gender equality enforced by Title IX legislation, career choices for women are varied and plentiful and athletic opportunities are significantly improved. Young girls now have role models: lawyers, doctors, engineers, architects, CEOs, astronauts and athletes. They can dream big dreams with the potential of making those dreams come true. The picture was a bit different just 40 years ago.
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Yardage Books

If you are like me, you are a fan of Yardage Books and what they provide, but find that most books are such a disappointment. They not only lack critical information but they are focused on the Men’s golf game, NOT the women’s golf game. What I want, besides previous course experience; is a REAL yardage book. You can purchase the books the Pro’s use for many coursed but I’m looking for one that Women Amateur golfers could use with local knowledge and options like: “take it up the left side to be safe or risk the over the lake shot for long hitters”; or Approach this green from the left side of the fairway—mounds protect the right side of the green.’’

We don’t need fancy color simulated photo graphics (you can’t write notes on them). I want  line diagrams in black and white or minor color with empty areas on each page to add notes. I also require a large area to map the curvatures and slope of the greens.

Many of us play the same course all the time or the course is so sedate (wide and or flat) that a yardage book does not make much sense. However, many of us like to play a variety of courses and tournaments. Sometimes we may repeat the same course a few times in one year or we do not know if we will ever be back, so making your own is not worth it. When the course you are playing is part of a tournament then a practice round can be used to create a golf aid that is legal, widely used and of great help!

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Happy Holidays 2010

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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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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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Insights and invitation from Evalyne Bryant-Ward, EWGA-SMD Membership Director:

Often I encounter women in different walks of life. Because I am the membership chairman for the SMD EWGA, I invite them to join us. The most prevailing excuse given is "I don't know how to play." That is perhaps the worse... reason to not play. Golf is like so many other things, you only get better with time. Take lessons and then hit the course with like minded individuals whose primary purpose is to promote you, not judge you. Join the EWGA Southern Maryland Chapter. We will help you have fun while you learn.

To contact Evalyne:  ebryantward@yahoo.com or access the EWGA SMD Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/EWGA-Southern-Maryland-Tri-County-Chapter/179248995468542

http://www.strategicgolfer.com/golf-instruction-online/beginners-golf/
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The journey to the EWGA Championship began with 2,505 members across the USA and Canada testing their golf acumen at local events during the months of June and July. Throughout August and September, over 1,100 women advanced to the second stage of qualifying for the Championship. And just this past weekend in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 220 women converged on the PGA National Resort & Spa Palmer and Squire golf courses to represent the best of EWGA’s best competitive players. They represented 77 Chapters in 33 States along with 3 finalists traveling from Canada to compete.  Congratulations to EWGA’s 2012 National Champion, Rachel Moreaux from the Sonoma-Marin-Napa Chapter for defending her title!  



Rachael Moreaux
2012 EWGA National Champion

FOX New, ESPN and several other media outlets were on sight capturing the emotion, excitement and player stories from our competitive field. A standout  was Brenda Daugherty from Houston; a woman with an unbreakable positive attitude. Just 19 months after brain surgery, she won her local Chapter flight and advanced to the EWGA Texas Regional Championship in San Antonio and won there. Now she had the opportunity to play for the national title in her flight. Consider this, most of us have a hard enough time hitting just one ball, but Brenda’s brain tumor left her seeing double. Her spirit, grit, courage and determination and of course, love of the game, propelled her forward. What an inspiration she is to all of us!

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Cramming more things into your head with swing thoughts and other concepts is not the best way to improve you game of golf. In fact, it can often hinder you game play. Match Play is a game of golf that is played one hole at a time. You can shoot a 9 or 10 on a hole and only be down one! Match Play allows you play much more freely and allows you to forget very bad holes. It values the mental game of golf and most
pros value the mental game and realize it can often determine their success. It is amateurs that need these mental skills just as much! Most beginners do not realize how much of golf is mental.

Match play is a balancing act. You must balance the need to be aggressive enough to win individual holes against your component and you must control your nerves. Always assume your opponent is going to make his putt even if it’s 60 feet! And don't panic if you fall behind you have time to make a turn around, but that does not mean trying every low-percentage shot that presents itself. It's easy to see why match play is a game of golf that many prefer to play.

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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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In this session I will discuss creating better links. Our members are experiencing an information overload both in their work environments and personal life. We need to help our members navigate our complex new Website to access the information they need. Remember, our members are NOT here to read for enjoyment but to find information.

  • Click counting and tracking are the most popular methods used to measure user interest
  • Links may be the only words users actually read
  • Clicking is how our Web viewers find what they are looking for
 

Don't Use ‘Click Here’ for Your Links

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