General Meeting March 16, 2010

March 16th, 2010

The meeting was called to order by Captain Donna Reich at 2:28 p.m. The required quorum of members was present.

The minutes of the General Meeting of September 15th were approved as read.

Treasurer’s Report:
Cathy Houston reported that our current balance is $11,157.86. Our proposed budget for this year is $2,465,00. The budget was approved by the members.

Liz Lord reported that she has many ideas for decorations, etc. She passed around a sign up sheet for those who want to help out. The theme is: Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby. It will be held August 3rd, 4th and 5th. Sign up sheet in upstairs locker room.

Team Play:

Central Valley: Raquel Myers reported that there will be 10 teams but only 9 team play days. Tracy will not host a team play day. Also, we will continue paying $35 to play. Donna Reich suggested that we let other clubs know that we can now drive on our course. Kay Smith will be Raquel’s co-captain.

Diablo League:
Becky Frazier stated that their first team play day would be tomorrow. On April 20th, we will host the play day. She asked for volunteers to help out that day. Becky also reported that our team play outfits are in and ready for pick-up. There was some money left over from last year’s play day and each team player will be given credit in their accounts.

Fran Shipilov reported that at the Regional meeting they discussed how to get more of their club’s members to play in the Handicap and Championship tournaments. Some of the other clubs have started taking the best 2 out of 3 scores. This would enable those who might miss one day of the tournament to play. It was voted on and accepted. We will have to change the wording of our Rules and Regulations to state the above. Also, Fran reported that to eliminate a lot of work for the Tournament chairs, they will use the handicaps from the first of each month as we’ve always done in the past. Tournaments we will use the 1st and 15th handicaps. Hilary Frigillana reported that some ladies save up their scores and then enter them at the end of the month. This way their handicap doesn’t change.

For our members who work and can’t play on our play days, they can now play on Saturdays. This will enable them to play in tournaments and be counted in Eclectic. The Saturday play days motion was passed.

WGANC is going to have “Pendant Days”. Players having a total of 3 out of 4 best scores will receive a pin. These days will be; May 18th, July 13th, August 24th, and September 14th.
Hilary reported that cell phones with compasses will not be allowed during play.


Donna Reich reported that we have $500 as a carry over for Donations from last year. Do we want to spend that money on donations? Motion was approved.

Proposed By-Law change: Article VIII, Section 1. B) was changed for more flexibility in our scheduling of our meetings. It will read: “ Three General meetings of DBWGC will be held during the year as close as possible to March, June, and September as indicated in the annual calendar of scheduled events.” This change was voted on and approved.


Donna Reich stated that our group needs to vote on the placement of our $750 donation.

  1. CY Youth Club–it helps underprivileged children.
  2. Delta Community Services–aid for families in need such as; payment of utility bills, food, etc.
  3. Save the Calif. Alliance; the anti-gates project being proposed for the Delta.

Becky Frazier said that we should focus on helping others, such as the Delta Comm. Services would do. Fran Shipilov moved that we donate $500 to the Delta Comm. Services and $250 for the CY Youth Club. The motion was voted on and approved.

Rally 4 a Cure:
Donna reported that the 9-Hole ladies will run this year’s Rally 4 a Cure and that Becky Carter will represent our group.

Donna also reported that the next Open Days is at Brookside on April 21st. Stockton will have an Open Day on April 22nd.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeanne Zwemer


First 2010 Rules Quiz (Hilary)

Hi Ladies:

It seems like the sun is finally coming out to stay so I’d better dust off my Rules quiz book. Here’s the first one for this year. Enjoy.

A. Here you are on the green of hole number one and while taking your practice strokes preparing to putt you strike your ball.

What penalty, if any have you incurred?

ANSWER. Although you certainly did not intend to strike the ball, and have not therefore made a stroke, you do incur a one stroke penalty under Rule 18-2a for causing the ball to move except as permitted by a Rule. You must replace the ball to where it was when you hit it accidentally.

B. After you are forced to take a drop as your ball goes into the lateral hazard on hole number 9, you find the nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole of course, and drop your ball according to the Rules. On the drop, the ball rolls approximately 25 feet from the place where it first struck the course when dropped. The ball didn’t roll closer to the hole.

Is a re-drop necessary?

ANSWER. Rule 20-2 requires a ball to be re-dropped if it rolls more than two club-lengths from the spot where your dropped ball first touched the golf course.

You must re-drop the ball.

C. During a round in a team play event you witness a Rules breach by your opponent in match play.

After completion of the round, you go to the Rules committee to inform them of the violation and seek a ruling.

Did you proceed correctly to receive a ruling on the violation?

ANSWER. Sadly no, you missed several steps.

According to Rule 2-5, the Rules committee can only consider a claim if the reporting player has informed his opponent that he/she is making the claim, the facts of the claim, and his desire for a ruling.

The claim must be made before any player in the match plays from the next teeing ground or, if the last hole, before all players have left the final green.

D. Anna and Maria are playing against one another in a match-play competition.

While both are on the putting green preparing to putt, Anna marks Maria’s ball and tosses it to her as a courtesy.

Is either person subject to a penalty?

ANSWER. Rule 20-1 states that a player’s ball may be lifted by an opponent with the player’s permission. Since Anna did not ask for permission to mark and lift the ball, she has innocently run afoul of the Rules and incurs a one-stroke penalty according to Rule 18-3(b)].

E. During a round played in a severe Discovery Bay wind, Sally’s ball comes to rest on the green. As the players approach the green, the ball begins to move, blown by the wind, away from the hole.

Sally says the ball was moved by an outside agency and she replaces her ball near the spot where it rested before it began to move.

Did Sally act correctly?

ANSWER. No, she did not.

Under the Rules of Golf wind is not considered an outside agency.

The ball must be played from wherever the wind blew it to, whether that was nearer to, or farther from the hole.

I hope this helps you, and the sun stays out!


iPhones and Smart Phones (Hilary)


I will be posting on our notice board in the locker room the WGANC ruling regarding the use of iPhones and Smart phone as distance measuring devices. (Click here to view.) This ruling is in acordance with the new 2010 decision for the use of iPhones and Smart phones during your rounds of golf. I will also give a copy to our tournament committee for their use during play days and tournaments.

The iPhone 3GS comes with a compass app that cannot be removed, so it is not allowed. The iPhone model 3G does not, so that model can be used.

It’s the compass they are worried about as you could work out which way the course/greens slope.

Any questions?…. don’t hesitate to e mail me.


Play Day, 3/9/2010 (Frances)

Our first play day of 2010 started out brisk, but turned into a very nice day. The course was in great shape and the ladies were delighted to be able to use their carts. The game today was Points, Putts and Low Net. We had 16 ladies play.
Our Winners were:
Overall Low Net – Jeanne Zwemer – Net 75 ($6.00 + award pin)
Overall Low Putts – Bonnie Ladd – 30 putts ($6.00 + award pin)
Flight Winners:
1st/2nd Tied: Frances Shipilov and Brenda Reisinger – Net 76 ($4.50 each)
3rd: Mary Watkins – Net 77 ($3.00)

Low Gross: Annette Krey – 90 Gross (Award Pin)

Closest to the Pin:
Hole #7 Frances Shipilov – 17’8” ($7.50)
Hole # 17 Jeanne Zwemer – 4’8 ¼ “ ($7.50)

We had one “birdie”: Dana Wardstrom – Hole # 17

Congratulations to all our players.

March Rules Seminars (Donna)

Dear Members:

There are two out of four Regional Rules Seminars still available to attend, and is open to all golfers. The cost is $20.00 (cash only) and includes a breakfast buffet, the USGA Rules of Golf book and a great 3-hour presentation. The next seminar is located at:

North Valley/River Valley
Valley Hi Country Club
Friday, March 19, 2010
Check-in 9:00 am – Seminar 10:00 am

East Bay/North Bay
Green Valley Country Club
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Check-in 9:00 am – Seminar 10:00 am

I have posted these events in the ladies locker room upstairs. Anyone interested please email me.
Thank you,
Donna Reich

New 2010 Decisions/Rules (Hilary)

Hi Ladies:

Having recently attended the Decisions meeting at Lake Merced Country Club I wanted to update you on changes that will affect our play in 2010.

RULE CHANGES. There was only one.

Rule 4-1/1.

This change will definitely NOT impact our play as it is only in use in “Competitions involving the highest level of expert play.”

Prior to 2010 the majority of golfers were using square or U grooves. This was beneficial for high caliber players as it allowed them to put an abundance of spin on their golf ball, especially out of the rough because of the sharp, deep grooves. The square grooves on wedges particularly were making it so that hitting a ball out of the rough was not a penal as it was intended to be. Hence the change. There is no need to change the irons you have in your bag unless you are heading to the LPGA tour.

DECISIONS. There are 28 new Decisions and over 50 Revised Decisions. The 4 below are important for us to know.

16-1a/ 9 Brushing loose impediments off the line of putt with palm of hand.

As long as you DO NOT press anything down, or test the surface of the green, you may “Use the whole palm of your hand, and use about a dozen strokes, to remove loose impediments which are difficult to remove from your line of putt.

27-2a/1.3 Announcement of Provisional ball.

If you want to put a Provisional ball in to play but your fellow competitors are far from you and unable to hear your “announcement” of a provisional ball you may now put a ball into play. However you must inform them of your action as soon as possible. This way play is not unnecessarily delayed.

14-3/16 Artificial Devices.

This is for all you “high tech” golfers who may use their iPhones on the course.

The application that has the distance measuring system MUST have the COMPASS part of its program removed. The iPhone, or any similar device must not be used to:

1. Access weather conditions that effect play, such as wind direction/speed/ or gradient of the course.

2. To call to ask for golf advice in breach of rule 8-1.

If you’ve managed to read through this far here’s a funny Revised Decision to end on.

23/ 6.5. Status of snake.

A live snake has always been an “Outside Agency” but now it defines that a DEAD snake is both an “Outside Agency and a Loose Impediment” This has been expanded to clarify that an item can fall under more than one Definition.

I’d prefer the Loose Impediment snake any day!

I hope this helps you.