The NEW Two Person Scramble is Done and was a Success!

Go to our Tournament Results page to view the Winners Results.

This was our first time running a Two-Person Scramble.  It was slightly-less competitive with a friendly and fun format.  Scores were still tallied and awards were given. The first day of the tournament was held at Mira Vista Golf & Country Club in Berkeley hills. The second day was held at Contra Costa Golf & Country Club in Pleasanton.  We had 108 members come out to play this tournament.



Dear Members,

The 2017 Tournament Season is well underway and the tournaments so far have been well-attended and enjoyed by our members.  The new 2-Person Scramble appears to be heading to oversubscription!  Our Open Days had a slow start this year because of inclement weather, but we are going strong now.  Open Days are a wonderful way to play outstanding courses for a fraction of the price, enjoy two meals and get to know some new “golf buddies.”

Thank you to all of our members who participated in our Survey Monkey Questionnaire in March regarding viable options available to WGANC as a result of the USGA Membership Initiative.  The results of this survey revealed the following preferences of those members who responded.  Of our 10,101 WGANC members, 28%, (or 2,828 individual members) responded to the questionnaire.  Of the 28% that responded,

・ 85.52% (or 2,418 members) chose Option 1,

・ 12.83% (or 363 members) chose Option 2,

・ 1.65% (or 47 members) chose Option 3.

If Option 1 was not available, 68.43% (or 1,935 members) chose Option 2 and 31.57% (or 893 members) chose Option 3.

To refresh your recollection of the options available at the time of the questionnaire, they are summarized as follows. Following Option 3 is a summary of the latest activity:

Option 1 – WGANC contracts with NCGA to provide GHIN services to our members, but otherwise remains a separate association for purposes of tournaments, Open Days, charitable contributions, and other association activities. WGANC would continue to collect dues from members and clubs; it would pass along an amount necessary to compensate NCGA for the GHIN services; and WGANC would retain the remainder of the dues to fund its usual operations.

Option 2 – WGANC fully merges or is absorbed into NCGA, but retains its identity as an affiliated association under the NCGA umbrella. NCGA would collect dues from our members and clubs, and would provide WGANC with a budget each year to conduct tournaments, make charitable contributions, and cover administrative expenses (including staff and office). The WGANC operating budget would be re-evaluated each year by NCGA. (The terms of the merger/absorption described in this paragraph and initially discussed with NCGA have changed significantly since our survey questionnaire.

Option 3 – WGANC contracts with outside vendors to supply handicapping and tournament management services. Handicaps developed by a non-USGA system would probably not be considered official for purposes of golfer participation in USGA and NCGA events, but would enable tournament play at club and WGANC tournaments and Open Days.

The Latest Activity:

During the first week of May, 2017, WGANC learned that NCGA declined to accept our proposal to enter into a contractual arrangement whereby we would purchase handicapping services from them. Instead, NCGA provided a “draft” proposal, the terms of which were significantly different than those described to you as Option 2 in our Survey Monkey Questionnaire. The terms and conditions of this draft proposal were reviewed and analyzed by an Ad Hoc Committee. Rest assured, we are still investigating all options available to us that would allow WGANC to continue to operate as it has been over the past 110 years.

With respect to the current status of the merger option, and after much deliberation and discussion in the Ad Hoc Committee, a counterproposal was sent to NCGA on June 18, 2017. The counterproposal essentially states that should a merger be our only alternative, we want either (1) a three-year transition period prior into the merger where our members would pay dues to NCGA and we would retain our reserve funds so that we could continue to work our tournaments and open days and pay our volunteers to do so, or (2) a two-year period in which we would purchase our handicap and rating services and we would continue to collect dues from our members and essentially function as in the past, with a merger to occur after the third year.

Once we receive a response from NCGA, expected on or before July 21, 2017, all members will be notified of what we believe will be our three options: (1) Continue as we have with our members paying NCGA for their handicaps and WGANC a smaller membership fee; (2) A merger with NCGA under the best possible conditions that we can negotiate for our members, or (3) Dissolution.

Kim Algren
President – WGANC

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