Through the Green

An Update from our President

WGANC President, Kim Algren

WGANC President, Kim Algren

Dear Members,
Our Emergency Regional Meetings are continuing on schedule, and for those members who could not attend a scheduled meeting, we are hopeful that we will be able to accommodate them via a series of telephone conference calls, as well. So far, there has been great enthusiasm at these events and members leave with a new purpose.

Because USGA, to date, has declined to offer handicapping services to WGANC, by declining our application to become an Affiliated Golf Association, or by directly licensing WGANC, our membership will have to decide how they wish to proceed in the future. The purpose of these meetings was to educate the Captains and/or Delegates on the options available so that they could then take the knowledge they gained back to share with their individual club members. Our options are:

(1) Remain a stand-alone association offering the same benefits and services as in the past and remaining a major voice for women’s golf in Northern California and a leader for the future of women’s golf through our Junior Girls Golf programs. The only change is that we will no longer be able to offer handicapping services. Membership fee will be $25 per member. (The price of a few sleeves of balls!)

(2) Assimilate into NCGA and dissolve WGANC. You will obtain your handicap and receive all benefits of being an NCGA member for $39 per year. NCGA cannot guarantee that WGANC’s current Tournaments and Open Days will continue unless former WGANC members volunteer to work those events and agreements to waive green fees can be obtained from the various venues.

(3) Dissolve the Association at the end of 2017. All remaining assets on dissolution shall be distributed to a non-profit fund, foundation, or, corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes and is a Section 501(c)(3) exempt entity.

Essentially, should your club vote to remain a WGANC member and be a stand-alone association, the cost would be $25 for our membership fee ($5 less than last year), plus the $39 fee to NCGA for your handicap services.

Our Notice of Special Meeting and Ballot will be emailed to the delegates on August 31, 2017. Each delegate will vote, via email or mail, pursuant to the directive of its club members, on or before September 12, 2017.

For those members who would suggest that WGANC is no longer relevant, let me share with you the sentiment of an older member at one of our WGANC clubs: “I am of an age when I no longer participate in Open Days or tournaments, but that won’t stop me from supporting WGANC. We need to continue for the future of women’s golf, to make sure there is a woman’s voice for our daughters and granddaughters and that they have an organization that represents them and whose sole function is to support women’s golf for all handicap ranges.” Women have come so far in the game of golf over the past 110 years. In fact, the biggest growing segment of the golf industry is junior girls who WGANC specifically supports. Do you want to preclude the next group of young women from enjoying Open Days and tournaments as you may have done in the past?

Kim Algren
President – WGANC

 

Summer Message from our President

WGANC President, Kim Algren

WGANC President, Kim Algren

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,
• and 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:
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.

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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