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Diablo Team play update

WE have had our first 2 matches of the season. April 9 at Orinda and April 14, we hosted at Discovery Bay.

Our opponent at Orinda was Rossmoor. Our player were Annette, Lin, Cathy Houston, Jenny, Patty, Shelly, Cathy Fancey and Jeanne. Weather was really nice and we did ok. Patty and Shelly played played great and won 21 total points. Annette and Lin 18 points, and Cathy F and Jeanne 16 points and Cathy H and Jenny 11 points. We wish we could have done a little better but that’s golf!

On April 14 at Discovery Bay our opponent was Castlewood. Players were Annette, Lin, Dana, Cathy H, Becky, Jenny, Patty and Shelly. Dana and Cathy and Becky and Jenny had great matches and won 22 points and 21 points. Patty and Shelly did ok and won 15 points but Annette and Lin had a rough day and only won 12 points. Those Castlewood A girls could not miss. I did almost get into a fight with them on the 15th green. I was putting for par and they were in with par so they asked me why I was putting, they thought I was laying 5 and they had won the hole. I told her no i was laying 4 and explained my 4 shots to get there. She told me there was no way I could be there in 4 because she had hit two great shots and I couldn’t have possibly been as far as she was. Really!! We argued for about 45 seconds and she kept giving me this look like I was a big cheater. Then she said oh ok whatever, I hope you make the putt. I did make the putt and I won that half point!!!

Our next match is at Castlewood on April 30th and we have to play against Castlewood again. You play the same team at your course and at their course. So I will be seeking my revenge.

Right now we are in 5th place gross, and somewhere near the bottom in net. There are 10 teams in our league, Orinda, Discovery Bay, Castlewood, Moraga, Round Hill, Crow Canyon, Rossmoor, Diablo, Contra Costa and Blackhawk.

thanks Annette

Spring Handicap Information

Email from Dana:
Hello Ladies,

After listening to everyone and talking with Annette, The Spring Handicap Tournament will be the best two (2) out of three (3) rounds.

We will play May 5th, 7th and 12th. I have the attached the rules and info sheets.

I hope to see on fourtees the ladies that asked for the 2 out of the 3. I know the ladies that we at the meeting.

If you have any questions, please email me.

Thank you,
Dana Wardstrom

Rules and Information:
Tournament Information
Tournament Rules

DBWGC Club Championship

DBWGC Club Championship

The Club Championship was played on October 14, 16, and 21. The tournament came down to the exciting, final hole to determine who would be the 2014 Club Champion.
Overall Low Gross Winner aka 2014 Club Champion—Annette Krey (she has won this tournament 6 years in a row) with a score of 250 for the three days. A diamond will be added to her pendant. Additionally she received an orchid plant and $30 in script in the Pro Shop.
Low Gross Flight Winner—Cathy Houston with a score of 251 for the three days. Cathy received a trophy and $25 in script in the Pro Shop.
Low Net Winner—Dana Wardstrom with a net score for the three days of 229. Dana received $20 in script in the Pro Shop.
All of the participants received DBGCC certificates.

Chip Ins
There were no Chip Ins for the 3 days of the tournament

October 14—Dana Wardstrom on #7
Cathy Houston on #17
October 16—Annette Krey on #10
Dana Wardstrom on #14
October 21—Dana Wardstrom on #15

Congratulations to all of the participants in the Club Championship! You are all winners!!

Annette Krey—Club Champion—Overall Low Gross Cathy Houston—Low Gross Flight Winner Dana Wardstrom—Low Net Winner

Sister’s Day – Day with the Breakers

Hi and it is almost August!

Dolores Shore from the Breakers has asked me to send this on to you. The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the pro shop and cut off date is Aug 28. Attached is the menu and the format for the day. This will be a fun day and a great way to connect with the Breakers!!

Should you have any questions, please run them past me or if you know Dolores, ask her!


May Advisory Board minutes

May Advisory Board minutes

New lunch, dinner and breakfast menus will be used starting Memorial weekend.

A beverage cart person is still needed, two prospects did not work out.

Motown and the Country Western concerts will be sold out.

The Member Appreciation event will be a drive in movie. Some members would prefer a barbeque event as held other years.

The Ladies locker room is being decorated and two more furniture items are to be added in addition to the armoire in the entryway. The locker room will be “as is”, without any changes, once finished.

The golf course aeration has been completed.

The ground crew is still working on 11 and 12 fairways. Carts will still not be allowed.

Members are advised that portable sprinklers will be used during the week, not on weekends.

The Pro shop will send an email regarding the front 9 being closed at 5p.m., however fast players will be allowed out after that time with permission from the Pro Shop staff.

The question of having a free standing, cool water dispenser with cups near the Pro Shop was raised.

The reinstatement of the Horserace event was requested.

Plastic tees were again discussed and many of the Board were in favor. It will be looked into further by the Management. I did bring up the issue of environmental impact.


By-Laws & Standing Rules… Proposed Changes

At the March General Meeting, the Board will be presenting a few changes to the By-Laws and to the Standing Rules and Tournament Regulations. This changes will be posted on the official DBWGC Bulletin Board located in the Pro Shop. The following is a summary of the changes. These are minor and straightforward changes. The actual text is here:

By-Laws Change: The proposed change will make our election rules consistent with the WGANC rules which allows for waiving of casting and counting ballots for uncontested positions. All other elections processes remain the same including the acceptance of nominations from the floor and absentee ballots.

Standing Rules and Tournament Regulations:

Standing Rules:

Specify that the Course Handicap Maximum of 36 is calculated from the Gold tees. #3

Remove reference to the USGA Handicap Index, which will allow for changes to the course rating without updates to the Standing Rules.#3

Tournament Rules:

Update the deadline for Tuesday Play sign-up to Sunday at noon. #2

Clarify how CTP and Chip-in sweeps will be paid out. #6

Add the Invitational to the specified “Major Tournaments”. #9

Specify the posting requirements and content required in the Rules for Major Tournaments. #10 (Taken from the WGANC Tournaments Manual)

Remove the reference to the USGA Handicap Index, which will allow for changes to the course rating without updates to the Tournament Rules.#12

Remove the requirement to use Golf Carts on Guest Days. #14

Guidelines to stop slow play

If you played on first play day January 14th you would have been given this handout so……go no further……

If you did not attend please find the attached document that I wrote up to help us speed up play. I hope you find these guidelines helpful.


Note from Jan: The Pace of Play Helpful Hints doc is also on the right side panel under “Rules and Hints”.

Results for Club Championship Tournament

Hello ladies,

I want to thank all the ladies that played this year.
Here are the Results:

Tuesday 10/1 – Donna Johnson #16
Thursday 10/3 – Sondi Schnee #16 and Annette Krey #6
Tuesday 10/8 – Sonja Welin #14 and Donna Johnson #17


LOW GROSS WINNER – First Flight – Dana Wardstrom 256

LOW GROSS WINNER – Second Flight – Deborah Veatch 311

LOW NET WINNER – First Flight – Shelly Morgan – 220

LOW NET WINNER – Second Flight – Carol Grabar – 227

Congratulations to everyone!


Diablo League

Diablo League Standings:
2013 Standings Standings as August 14, 2013

Gross Division PointsPercentage

1. Blackhawk 319 0.633
2. Moraga 269.5 0.535
3. Crow Canyon 266.5 0.529
4. Discovery Bay 265.5 0.527
5. Castlewood 264 0.524
6. Diablo 261 0.518
7. RoundHill 243 0.482
8. Contra Costa 200.5 0.398
9. Orinda* 183.5 0.319

Gross Spreadsheet

Net Division PointsPercentage

1. Blackhawk 286.0 0.567
2. Moraga 282.5 0.561
3. Castlewood 259.5 0.515
4. Diablo 253.0 0.502
5. RoundHill 252.0 0.500
6. Crow Canyon 246.5 0.489
7. Discovery Bay 244.5 0.485
8. Contra Costa 244.0 0.484
9. Orinda* 236.0 0.410

USGA Prohibits Anchored Strokes


Here is the “Official” announcement from the USGA re anchored strokes and the use of belly putters. It will not be in effect until 2016 when the new edition of the Rules book is published.

You will all go “belly up” after then! Ha!


See the USGA announcement below.



Governing Bodies Issue Report Explaining Their Decision Following Comment Process
New Rule to Take Effect on January 1, 2016, Allowing for Transitional Period
Belly-Length and Long Putters Remain as Conforming Clubs

Far Hills, N.J., USA and St Andrews, Scotland (May 21, 2013) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) and The R&A, golf’s governing bodies, today announced the adoption of Rule 14-1b of the Rules of Golf that prohibits anchoring the club in making a stroke. The new Rule will take effect on January 1, 2016, in accordance with the regular four-year cycle for changes to the Rules of Golf.
Rule 14-1b, which was proposed on November 28, 2012, has now been given final approval by the USGA and The R&A following an extensive review by both organizations. The decision to adopt the new Rule came after a comprehensive process in which comments and suggestions from across the golf community were collected and thoroughly considered.
The USGA and The R&A have prepared a detailed report to explain the reasons for the decision to adopt Rule 14-1b. The report explains the principles on which the Rules of Golf are founded, why freely swinging the entire club is the essence of the traditional method of stroke, and why anchoring is a substantially different form of stroke that may alter and diminish the fundamental challenges of the game. It points out that the Rule will still allow the use of belly-length and long putters and that a wide variety of types of strokes remain for players to use. The report concludes that the new Rule should not adversely affect participation in the game, that it is not too late or unfair to require players to comply with it and that it will remove concerns about any potential advantage that anchoring provides. It also makes clear that one set of Rules is essential to the future health of the game. The report, entitled Explanation of Decision to Adopt Rule 14-1b of the Rules of Golf, can be found at or at
“Having considered all of the input that we received, both before and after the proposed Rule was announced, our best judgment is that Rule 14-1b is necessary to preserve one of the important traditions and challenges of the game – that the player freely swing the entire club,” said USGA President Glen D. Nager. “The new Rule upholds the essential nature of the traditional method of stroke and eliminates the possible advantage that anchoring provides, ensuring that players of all skill levels face the same challenge inherent in the game of golf.”
Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A said: “We took a great deal of time to consider this issue and received a variety of contributions from individuals and organisations at all levels of the game. The report published today gives a comprehensive account of the reasons for taking the decision to adopt the new Rule and addresses the concerns that have been raised. We recognise this has been a divisive issue but after thorough consideration we remain convinced that this is the right decision for golf.”
The current Rule 14-1 of the Rules of Golf will be re-numbered as Rule 14-1a, and new Rule 14-1b will be established as follows:
14-1b Anchoring the Club
In making a stroke, the player must not anchor the club, either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point.”
Note 1: The club is anchored “directly” when the player intentionally holds the club or a gripping hand in contact with any part of his body, except that the player may hold the club or a gripping hand against a hand or forearm.
Note 2: An “anchor point” exists when the player intentionally holds a forearm in contact with any part of his body to establish a gripping hand as a stable point around which the other hand may swing the club.
Rule 14-1b will not alter current equipment rules and allows for the continued use of all conforming golf clubs, including belly-length and long putters, provided such clubs are not anchored during a stroke. The new Rule narrowly targets only a few types of strokes, while preserving a golfer’s ability to play a wide variety of strokes in his or her individual style.
The January 1, 2016, timetable for implementation also provides an extended period in which golfers may, if necessary, adapt their method of stroke to the requirements of the new Rule.
David Rickman, Executive Director of Rules and Equipment Standards at The R&A, said: “This Rule change addresses the future and not the past. Everyone who has used an anchored stroke in the past, or who does so between now and January 1, 2016, will have played entirely within the Rules and their achievements will in no way be diminished.”
“The discussion around the Rule has been very helpful, and we appreciate that so many different perspectives were offered,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “We know that not everyone will agree with the new Rule, but it is our hope that all golfers will accept that this decision is reasoned and motivated by our best judgment in defining the sport and serving the best interests of the game.”
For more information about the adopted Rule, including a demonstration video, photos, infographics, and a Guidance Document for Players and Officials, visit or
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The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
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About The R&A
R&A Rules Ltd is the rules-making company of The R&A. Based in St Andrews, The R&A organises The Open Championship, major amateur events and international matches. Together with the United States Golf Association, The R&A governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The R&A’s working jurisdiction is global, excluding the United States and Mexico.
The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the game internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities. The R&A operates with the consent of 149 organisations from the amateur and professional game and on behalf of over thirty million golfers in 135 countries.
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