The Handicap Committee, appointed by officers of our golf club, is responsible for all aspects of the USGA Handicap System. Our Committee includes a Handicap Chair who has been certified by the Oregon Golf Association. We are obligated and committed to ensure the integrity of each Handicap Index we issue. In the interest of fairness, and because we are compelled by our license with the OGA / USGA, we will provide education as well as uphold the rules of the Handicap System. While this sounds very serious, these regulations are required so our club can assure equity in our games. More equity = more fun!
The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis.
Our Committee is: Marilyn France – Women’s Chair, Carol O’Keefe – Women’s co-Chair, Ron Willis – Men’s Chair, Steve Mason – Men’s co-Chair, Ron Crasilneck.
The Handicap Committee has set forth the following policies and procedures for all members carrying USGA Handicap Indexes:
- Each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played.
- All acceptable rounds must be posted for peer review, including 9-hole scores.
- Scores must be posted within 72 hours of the round being played.
- Scores must be adjusted properly for handicap purposes – for ESC (Equitable Stroke Control), for holes not played, and for holes that are started but not finished.
- The principles of the Rules of Golf must be followed.
Scores in both match play and stroke play, as well as under ‘Preferred Lies / Winter Rules’ must be posted for handicap purposes. This includes scores made in match play, in multi-ball, or in team competitions in which players have not completed one or more holes or in which players are requested to pick up when out of contention on a hole.
Disciplinary Actions for failure to post or player manipulating their Handicap Index:
- First failure to post or manipulation of your score will result in a verbal warning.
- Second failure will result in a written warning
- Third failure will result in the appropriate penalty round issued for scores not posted
- After your fourth failure to post your score or continued manipulation of your scores, further disciplinary action will be taken as the Handicap Chair / Committee deems fair and equitable.
A player must earn a Handicap Index. No player has an inherent right to a Handicap Index without providing full evidence of ability to our club’s Handicap Committee. The Committee has the ultimate authority and obligation to adjust or withdraw a Handicap Index if it deems it necessary to do so.
OGA Season Dates, Handicap Revisions, Active / Inactive Season:
- Handicap Indexes will be updated on the 1st and 15th of each month, as per the USGA National Revision Schedule.
- OGA active handicapping season begins March 1st. Last day to post a score is November 30th. Last official Handicap Index update of the season is December 1st.
- No local scores can be posted during the off-season, which is December 1st through the last day of February. Rounds played in sun-belt states must be posted in a timely fashion.
Please do not hesitate to direct any questions or concerns to the Handicap Committee. We encourage any and all member feedback.
One thing a golfer can and should bring to a golf lesson is a well defined need. Before putting yourself in the hands of your instructor and letting him/her dictate the action, the perspective student should have a specific area of the game that he/she wants greater satisfaction. The teacher should be able to focus in on your area of dissatisfaction and by teamwork, you both begin to cure the grievance.
Prepare yourself to confront your dissatisfaction with reasonable expectation and a goal of improving your weakness with information, practice and coaching. Your hope is to gain the necessary information and encouragement to know competence at a part of the game where you before had doubt.
Beginning golfers are hoping to make the game which seems hard and awkward, become an activity that is fun and has an upward trend. They want to hit shots they haven’t hit before, shoot a good score on the shorter holes, not hold up other golfers on the course and to attempt to shoot their best ever nine or eighteen. They want information on how to use the different clubs in their bag and rules and golf etiquette.
Some players are serious about competition. They hope to learn how to make repairs to their game in the course of a tournament round, or between rounds of an event. They may wish to know the nuance of shaping and flighting different shots. They want to be able to perform in competition the same way that they play in less stressful situations. The competitive golfer has goals or needs goals to chase. They might want help with their equipment to make sure it is helping, not hurting their play.
Try to write a paragraph about what it is that you want from a lesson. Your instructor/coach will be happy to expand on your words and help you define your hopes for more fulfillment at the different facets of a fascinating, complex game.
With more than 75% of all adults users accessing information about our club through their “padular devices” and cell phones, it was time to create and launch a “Mobile Version” of our basic web site information. The goal was to create a site that gave an annotated version of the massive amount of information on our full site (which has more than 90 pages of content), to help those interested in finding out more about Shadow Hills, as well as members looking for a quick link to ForeTees, ShadowHillsExtra, Member Content, or our social media, with just a “screen tap away.”
Now, when you go to http://www.shadowhillscc.org on your mobile device, you will be re-directed to the new mobile version of the site.
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This year’s Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt at Shadow Hills Country club broke our record for attendance! More than 500 happy Easter celebrants made this one of the most memorable events in our history!
Chef Diana and her crew prepared an amazing meal, and the staff (and Bunny) made this a flawless, fun event, that was blessed with clear skies (after a very wet week!).
Watch the video for some of the fun, food, and festivities!
Pressure on The Links Let’s say that you have been playing particularly well over the past thirty days leading up to the club championship. Your regular foursome has even speculated that you should be a favorite to claim the title this year.
Fast forward to the first tee of the club championship. You are excited, you had a good warm-up session, and you can see your name on the perpetual trophy in the clubs’ trophy room. You are, however, paired with a person who irritates you, who has won the tournament before and even gives you a needle now and again. He is up first and hits a great shot down the middle of the fairway on number one. Your name is called and now you feel that you have to perform.
You realize that it is suddenly hard to slow yourself down and hard to visualize the success you had so recently been feeling. Your swing gets as fast as your breathing is short, and the shot heads right into the fairway bunker behind some trees. Your eye cannot help but detect the look of your playing partner, his obvious interest. Alas your rhythm is off, you can’t seem to get any momentum, and your high hopes might have to wait until next year.
This scene is played out at nearly every one of the 20,000 plus golf courses across the country each year. People have desires and positive feelings that succumb to pressure. It is remedied some by experience, but everyone who puts their skills to the test in competition, knows the strange realignment of your body and mind when pressure is applied. It causes discomfort, doubt and in some cases severe distress.
Imagine that you are walking down a two foot wide path. There is traffic coming at you close on your left side, and there is a forty foot drop off just right of your trail. You are wearing flip flops and not feeling particularly stable. This is how it might feel to be in a big tournament vs. playing in a recreational atmosphere. On a two foot path across a pasture, you trust you can stay on the path, while on the dangerous one of the same dimension, there is fear and doubt.
Hard work, love of your equipment, the belief of your swing thoughts and a steady use of positive focus, are great weapons against the enemy, pressure.
The most obvious cliche and the most elusive of visions is to control that which you can control and be completely satisfied with yourself if you stay focused. To walk off the course at the end of the day and say to yourself that you acted and performed to the best of your ability that day is mature, satisfying and a success. Winning is usually both a surprise and an expected outcome if you prepare and stay steadfast.
Shadow Hills CC added to the list of “affordable housing for our feathered friends” this past month, by adding a couple of new bird houses on the perimeter of the course. Some stalwart, hearty members and staff braved the cold to get the job done.
The new structures are found adjacent to holes # 1,3,4,5,9 tee,13, & 14. We wish the new tenants “happy nesting” and offer special thanks to those who were involved! In the pictures below, you will find Jake Witherspoon. Deb and Wayne Elliott. Pat Williams. Susie Leo. Carolyn Townsend, and Betsy Ovitt.
Birds expected any day…
With an amazing golf season coming up, Shadow Hills Country Club is kicking off it’s 2017 Membership Drive with a handful of special offers that can save a prospective member as much as $2,000 or more in initiation and first month’s dues.
As a reminder to all Shadow Hills CC members, the prices for “Legacy Memberships” (children or grandchildren of current members, are HALF of the special offer rates, so there has never been a better time to bring your family into the Shadow Hills Community.
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As part of being our new teaching professional here at Shadow Hills, Pat Fitzsimons will be writing regular essays and posts about ways to improve, his teaching methods, and general golf items of interest to make golf more fun.
“Attitude Builds Confidence and Better Scores!”
by Pat Fitzsimons – PGA Professional
An often heard sentiment surrounding golf is “Why can’t I take it from the range to the course?”. I hope to offer some insight into this situation.
You sometimes find yourself having a wonderful session on the driving range, hitting shots with solid contact and pleasing flight. You dream of splicing them into the round you are about to play. Seems you can’t miss. No matter what club you bring out, the ball goes where you want it to, and the excitement and expectation for a good day on the course is growing. You head to the putting green and roll a few into the hole from five feet and lag some long ones close. All bases covered! Let’s see now….what is my best score ever?
Today is the day.
A record number of Shadow Hills CC women and guests turned out for the 2017 Women’s Night Out event on February 22nd. It was an amazing night of fun, food, beverages, and loads of door prizes and offerings from our amazing sponsors!
Everyone who attended enjoyed and evening filled with camaraderie, along with loads of ways to fill their lives with Health, Wealth and Happiness!
From the looks on the faces of all who attended, there was plenty of happiness to go around!
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There are more bird walks scheduled over the next few weeks. These are a wonderful way to enjoy the birds around our club, which make Shadow Hills a special place.
With more than 60 identified species, there are more than enough opportunities to make almost every Bird Walk unique!
Here is the list of upcoming events:
All on Saturdays
March 11 @ 7:00 AM
March 18 @ 6:00 PM
April 8 @ 8:00 AM
April 29 @ 6:00 PM
May 6 @ 8:00 AM (PLEASE NOTE LATER START TIME)
Women’s Club Holiday & Charity Luncheon
Sue GraVette, Chair
Once again the Holiday luncheon on December 7th was a huge success. From the wonderful food, excellent service, many volunteers and interactive entertainment to the rewards for our beneficiary, Courageous Kids, the staff and 106 members and guests out did themselves.
There were several ways to give to the charity and, as usual, guests were very generous. You could buy a bottle of wine from the wine grab table thanks to those many members who donated wine. You could take a chance via raffle tickets for two quilts and two wall hangings donated by Shadow Hill’s own creative and talented Club House Quilters, or you could just place a donation in a tabletop box. Courageous Kids, a grief support program for youth, does not charge for their services, but depend solely on grants and donations. They were presented with a gift of $2866 from this event.
Patric Miller stepped up once again to provide entertainment. Not only did he lead a sing-a-long of some golf related Christmas tunes, but he also starred in a Radio Play called An Unlikely Foursome, which he wrote. A few good sports helped out with that: Melinda Rausch, Suzi Creech, Nancy Moore and me.
Corrie Gelardi and Ryan McDonnell provided complimentary wine and holiday spirits tasting. Hearts for Hospice for set up a little shopping corner. The sale of their treasures brought nearly $900 to that charity.
It wouldn’t have happened without a great committee. Thank you Lori Reynolds, Amy Bennett, Shawn Bokn, Jeri Kessler, Sharon Bowers, Connie Green and Nancy Moore.
Continue Reading for Pics from the Event…
One of the most destructive forces on our course is in fact “man made.” No, we are not talking about the effects of humans on global warming, and the resulting La Nina super-wet weather. We are talking about irresponsible golf cart use, which can leave parts of our course deeply scarred for weeks, if not months.
Working with the golf committee, head professional and golf course superintendent, a new cart path rule has been drafted, and will become effective immediately. A “Modified 90 Degree Rule” has been added to our current standard 90 Degree Rule to take advantage of our firm fairways, while helping to protect less stable rough areas. One of the most important aspects of the new rule is to enter the fairway across the driest rough area available, and then staying on the fairway until your ball is on or near the green. You will then exit the fairway across the driest available rough area.
It is important to remember that using a golf cart anywhere on our facility is a privilege, and that our course is one of our most important assets. For this reason, common sense and courtesy are to be used at all times while operating carts.
Continue Reading to see the New Regulations and a Graphic Chart Explaining the Changes
By Sue GraVette – President Elect
More than 50 women attended the year-end meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd. The agenda was chalk-full of fun and serious business. As the social hour and delicious buffet lunch wound down, a video began playing. Set to the tune of “It’s all About the Bass” Don Hadley rewrote the lyrics to “It’s all About the Golf”. Lead singer, Melinda Rauch, nailed it with a hilarious song about leaving housework behind and heading to the course. Photos from activities throughout the year were included as well as shots of Melinda, Nancy Moore and Sue GraVette acting out various household chores. A huge thank to all who participated, but particularly to our renowned producer, Patric Miller.
The day’s agenda included a Memoriam to women members who passed away this year. Harriet Smith, Irene Cook, Gay Holland and Ellie Dumdi will forever be remembered as active members of Shadow Hills.
On the business side, the attendees unanimously passed updated By-Laws and Standing Rules. In addition, nominations for board positions were set to a vote. Suzi Creech, President-Elect and Nancy Pollard, Secretary, will join the board in 2017.
League Chairs presented awards and honors to 9-hole, 18-hole, OWGA, Most Improved and Women’s Club Champions. Winners will be listed in the December Newsletter.
This year co-recipients received the Kathryn Schneider Service Award. Carolyn Townsend and Nancy Moore share this award for above and beyond service to Shadow Hills. Carolyn has served on the Shadow Hills Board of Directors as well as the Women’s Club Board since 2008. Her contributions for the good of the club are numerous. Highlights include creating a brand identity through improved marketing materials at the “big” board level, making positive changes to Oregon Women’s Golf Association By-Laws and actively participating on the Women’s Club Board. Carolyn receives this award for her many years of working behind the scenes to promote Shadow Hills.
Nancy Moore, this year’s Women’s Club President, is recognized for her tireless effort to promote activities and communication for all women members of Shadow Hills. Under her leadership By-Laws and Standing Rules have been updated. In addition, these documents and other important Women’s Club information can now be accessed on line. Nancy promoted and lead several events during the year to promote inclusiveness including a poolside Beach Party, an employee appreciation event and Rainy Day Wednesday card games. Nancy is recognized through this award for her outstanding leadership.
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After days of unrelenting rain, the weather broke open into a gorgeous Fall day, with blue skies, moderate temperatures and some low scores, due to soft, receptive greens.
A record turnout showed up for the final “game of the day,” with Pride, Pro Shop Credit, and Thanksgiving Turkeys on the line.
In the end, a super low 63 for Gross, and a 4-way tie for Net at 55, ended up being the deciding factor for victory.
And when it came to a “KP for a Turkey,” one player hit a bullseye with a HOLE IN ONE, that kept any other contenders from “claiming fowl” on Hole #4. Great job, Scott Hoffine!
Full results below…
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