Some exciting new endeavors are underway at the MSGA. First is our renewed commitment to increasing Rules knowledge among all golfers in Maryland with our project KNOW AND PLAY BY THE RULES. In early spring seminars have been scheduled at 12 area clubs. These seminars do not cover the basics, nor complex situations, but focus on events that occur during every day play. Check with the management at your club to schedule a free seminar.
As you post scores at your club and through your online profiles this year, you might notice a new look and feel to the system. With the help of our technology partner, GolfNet, the Maryland Handicap Program has transitioned our clubs to a completely web-based handicap system (GN21). The new system will help streamline score posting through automatic handicap revisions on the 1st and 15th of each month and real-time score posting that allows scores posted at the club, as well as online, to show immediately in your scoring record. In addition to simplifying the process of score posting, the new system has many benefits that go beyond calculation of handicap index, that include:
-Game Tracker allows golfers to post scores hole-by -hole and enter information about fairways hit, greens in regulation, putts, sand saves, birdies, etc. Results are accumulated in your online profile and you can track your progress throughout the year.
-Message system that allows golfers to send messages to other golfers in the system without knowing their email address.
-Buddy lists can be created to easily communicate with friends and golfers you play with regularly, as well as follow trends with their handicap.
-A Calendar feature that allows the golfer to enter and keep track of personal events, tee time reminders, or upcoming lessons.
-Product upgrades throughout the year, with many new features close to being released, such as a smart phone app for posting scores and managing your handicap from your mobile device.
Each golfer has access to these features through their online profile at www.msganetwork.org. If you have questions about how to access the new system, or your unique username and password, please contact your golf shop.
We have also added 3 new play days for a total of 5 this year. These are fun tournaments for the B and C player as well as the elite crowd. Be sure to click the play day tab on our homepage for details.
Now some poll data. Nationally, as determined in numerous polls, the number one complaint in all of golf, from the junior level, college play, all the way to the major professional Tours continues to be SLOW PLAY. I can report that due to the efforts of Randy Reed and our tournament officials, this is not the case at MSGA Championships. We have been diligent in enforcing our pace of play policy and players report their appreciation of our average 4 hour 20 minute rounds.
Let’s all look forward to another successful year. If any of you truly finds the secret, be sure to look me up and share. See you on the course.