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Mahalo Nui Loa!

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Just wanted to say mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to the warm welcome from other EWGA chapters. Looks like we are going to have a lot of visitors! E komo mai (welcome)! We are excited about starting a chapter here where the golf is everywhere (over 75 courses), the weather is fabulous and the views are awe inspiring. There are plenty of wahine (women) golfers here and plenty of wahine business owners and executives and now they'll have an opportunity to combine those skills and make new connections. Much aloha to all of you!
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Documents as Objects Shifting from writing paper documents to digital media is the subject of this third series Writing for the Web. Writing well is not only about words anymore but has become more about structure. Once hundreds of files or documents are created we need to give an assist to our viewers so they can: Glean the messages we are sending and Find what information they are looking for Achieve success almost immediately Example: When creating a tournament or game for your Chapter: Write an article for the newsletter AND Website Use the announcement feature Use the...
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When reviewing our website with a critical eye it’s important to know who we are hearing from and that their voices represent targeted, yet diverse and willing members. Active participation is a crucial factor. The feedback needs to come from people that have used the site! The Scavenger Hunt was an effort to gather active Member participation and yet it has been not as successful as the web team had hoped. Most of the feedback we currently get has been hearsay and from the same few voices. Research Despite the explosion of social media in the last five years, the 1% rule first identified by research in the early 1990’s (website research) still...
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Indoor Golf Anyone?

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Join your fellow chapter members for Indoor Golf on Tuesday January 28 from 6 to 8 pm. More information coming soon in the events section. I am going! Are you?
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With the complexity of work life, social media is frequently over looked as a communication tool. The integration of social tools into our EWGA communication strategies has become critical for nearly everyone and can yield tremendous and unexpected benefits. A blended scenario of traditional and unstructured approaches to membership communication can greatly affect the relevance, retention, and overall success or failure of our communication initiatives. With individual’s short attention spans and the number of mobile devices and video’s, communication between organizations will not be anything like the old single event PowerPoint presentations. Location...
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Both my mother and father are left-handed and so was I born left-handed. At a very young age they switched me because they thought being left handed would be a disadvantage. Desks would not fit, lunch table seating could be awkward and many other issues that they both experienced in their lifetimes would present disadvantages to me throughout my life. So I was switched from being left-handed to being right-handed. In grade school sports it was a great advantage to me. I was a switch hitter in softball/baseball, in basketball I could go to the hoop from either side and dribble both ways. If seated next to a lefty I can also dine lefty. I have not viewed this...
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A quick and easy way to drop a few strokes on your score includes re-gripping your golf clubs. When I give golf lessons, this is one of the first things I evaluate - the student's grips - as they reveal wear patterns from holding the club incorrectly or with too much pressure. ​ How do you know if you need new grips? If they are slippery or appear worn, it's time to get new grips. Slippery grips require you to hold the club with more pressure and thus interferes with making a good golf swing. A general rule of thumb is to re-grip your clubs once a year. Visit your LPGA or PGA Professional for help in getting the proper...
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What Is In It For You?

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21st Century Work Skills! As business professionals, we often confuse volunteer work with busy work. We talk ourselves into thinking that our workloads prohibit extra, non-work related activities. As professionals looking to add to your business related work skills, this could not be further from the truth. As technology advances and social structures shift, the global marketplace becomes a rapidly evolving workplace that requires new forms of collaboration and productivity tools. The ability to collaborate online, learn critical virtual communication skills, post to online discussions, are learned through time and experience. Experts in future...
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Match Play is one of the oldest forms of competition in golf. It pits players one against another, rather than one against the field as in stroke play. Opponents compete to win individual holes, and the player(s) who wins the most holes wins the match. Match play can be played by two individuals, one on one, and that is known as Singles Match Play. Or teams of two players can square off, with Foursomes and Fourball the most common formats for team play. As an EWGA Portland member you have several great opportunities to participate in these games. Portland Chapter has a match play ladder league where we play Singles (one player against another)...
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Golf carts are a source of revenue for golf courses, so in most instances when you play in a tournament you will be riding in a golf cart. If you are a new golfer, you may feel more comfortable having a more experienced golfer drive the cart. The MOST IMPORTANT thing is to make sure your golf bag is fastened securely to the cart. You don’t want it to fall off – and risk being embarrassed. When taking a golf cart, the golf staff will let you know if it is “Cart Path Only” (no carts allowed on the course at any time - mainly due to wet fairway conditions). If the conditions require “Cart Path Only,” take several clubs (plus an extra ball in case yours...
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I’m sure we can all recall a time when our round of golf seemed like an eternity – you get paired with a person in a tournament or local event who over-analyzes every shot. Or maybe they have a pre-shot routine that takes so long you get tired of waiting. Some tips to help you enjoy your round: The numb er one rule of golf is to have FUN! If you have a playing partner who blames missed putts on the direction the grass on the putting green is growing or the mis-hit shot on the old driver, keep your chin up. Keep your composure and remember you are outside enjoying the beauty of the golf course and want to have FUN. ...
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We’ve all had a situation before – standing on the tee where there is a water hazard to the left or the right or water hazard you need to carry your shot over. You take a few practice swings and say to yourself, “Don’t go in the water” and sure enough, you hit your shot into the water. Golf psychologists have written books about how to keep your mind clear and in the present. Rather than saying, “Don’t go in the water,” you should be thinking, “I have to hit my shot 75 yards to clear the water – so I’ll use my 3-wood that I hit 125 yards, just to make sure I clear the hazard.” In her book, From Birdies to Bunkers noted golf course architect Alice...
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If you're faced with a difficult bunker lie, particularly a "fried egg," use the sand to your advantage. PGA professional David Hutsell , 2011 PGA of America Player of the Year and golf professional at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, Md. , said the key to having confidence when facing a shot where you have a buried lie is how you angle the face of your sand wedge for the sh ot. With a typical sand shot, most amateurs are taught to open the club face and use the bounce of the edge to sweep under the ball, which pops it up and out. But when you have a buried lie, Hutsell says do the opposite:...
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As the leaves turn and fall to the ground, so do the temperatures across most of the country. When I lived in the Midwest, my favorite time to play golf was in the Fall. Other than losing an occasional golf ball in a pile of leaves, you couldn’t beat a nice autumn day on the course. Here are some ideas to help you enjoy golf this Fall even as the temperatures start to drop. Dress in layers – Now more than ever, golf clothing is made for comfort, performance and appearance. Some are designed to wick moisture away while helping to keep you warm. Layering is good for cool mornings and allow you to “remove layers”...
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Having recently served as a tournament official for both the EWGA Championship and EWGA Cup, I observed instances that could have helped with the overall pace of play. Most people don’t want to hold up play, but at the same time, they don’t want to play feeling rushed. When you look at simple etiquette hints we all know, remember it becomes a key to pace of play - “being ready.” When your group is on the teeing area, make sure you have your glove, golf ball, tees and your club so you can hit. Many times the three players stand to the side (or sit in the cart) and don’t get their club from the bag until it’s their turn – rather that doing...
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Ask any golfer what contributes to a slow round of golf and he or she is likely to point out the slow play comes from other golfers. This is partially true, but other factors contribute to a less than desirable pace of play. Having just attended the USGA Pace of Play Symposium last week, I want to share those factors so you are better prepared to "keep pace" on the golf course. The three factors that contribute to Pace of Play are 1) The Players; 2) The Course Architects and 3) Course Owners/Operators. The Players are usually the first ones to blame for slow play and can back up an entire course – turning a 3 hour and 30...
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We had a great day yesterday on the golf course, but it won't be long until the heat sets in. Start getting ready today. Refresh the stock in your bag: sunscreen, cooling towels, baggies for clean ice or to keep your cooling towel wet, lip balm, hair implements (barrettes, bands, etc) and an extra hat or visor. Other suggestions: Be sure to buy water before you leave the clubhouse. And although it seems counter-intuitive, think about long sleeves. There are plenty of new solutions for protecting you from the suns harmful rays. Plan now to check in with your playing partners throughout the round to make sure everyone is aware of each other and how...
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As we all know, the quickest way to lower your score on the golf course, is to practice the short game. Yet many golfers prefer to hit golf balls at the practice facility or play 9-holes rather than practice putting. When practicing, remember putting is all about distance control - so it's more important to get comfortable with this, before worrying about which way a putt will break. To begin on the practice green, roll golf balls to different holes with your hand rather than with a putter. This will help you get an idea of the speed of the green. Once you have a feel for roll and speed,...
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In an earlier Forecaddie Blog, I talked about the importance of changing your golf grips on a regular basis. The same is true if you wear golf shoes with soft spikes. Runners use a rule of thumb to replace running shoes every 200-500 miles. Most people playing 18-holes will walk anywhere from three to five miles during a round. So if you are lucky to play two rounds of golf a week, you would walk more than 500 miles a year. Due to swinging, twisting, torque, balance and walking on all kinds of turf and pavement, the need to replace your soft spikes increases even more. Here are some helpful hints for taking care of your golf shoes and more importantly,...
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Most golfers learn early in their golf lessons that it’s important to rake following a bunker shot, but many do not know the correct way to rake a bunker. (First lesson: it may feel like a trap, but it’s not called a trap…show your knowledge of the Rules of golf by calling the hazard with sand, a bunker). There’s nothing worse than walking up to your ball in a bunker, only to find it in a divot or footprint from another player who was too sloppy to not rake or not rake properly. Besides practicing good etiquette, it’s something golfers can do to take care of the course. Use caution when entering a bunker – enter from the lowest side nearest the...
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