January 2024
Connect.
Meet Your 2024 Chapter Leadership!
Every month, we'll introduce you to a member of the Madison Chapter's leadership team. This month, get to know Chapter President, Brenda Homeister!
Q: How and when did you start golfing?
A: My cousin’s grandma introduced me to golf and I started playing as a Freshman in high school.

Q: When did you join the LPGA Amateurs and how long have you been on the Board of Directors?  
A: I joined in 2001. I have been on the board 6 years.

Q: What is your favorite golf memory?
A: Playing golf in Scotland

Q: What is something on your golf bucket list?
A: I would like to Bandon Dunes in Oregon.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the Madison chapter?
A: The wonderful people I have met and now call many of them my friends.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not golfing?
A: I enjoy playing volleyball, reading, and playing cards with friends when not playing golf.
PinSeekers Happy Hour–Thursday, February 15, 2024
Join fellow LPGA Amateurs Madison Chapter members for Happy Hour at PinSeekers in DeForest on Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 5:30-7:30pm.

We will have 3 bays reserved, so bring your clubs to hit some balls at this new facility! This event includes the cost of the bays, but members will be expected to pay for their drinks and food.

@PinSeekers
6909 River Road
DeForest, WI 53532
Connect with the Virtual Community
Have you checked out the new LPGA Amateurs Virtual Community yet? This new resource allows you to connect with LPGA Amateurs members locally AND globally. You are automatically a part of the virtual community by being a member of the Madison Chapter! Note that access to your member ID will now be through the Virtual Community (see details and instructions in the "Belong" section below).

Do you have a rules question? Ask it in the Rule of the Week forum in the Member Hub, and headquarters leadership will answer!

Looking for a playing partner while you're on vacation? Connect with members from a chapter near your destination to get the inside scoop on the best golf in the area and find a group of women to play a round or two with!

Looking for a local playing partner outside of our leagues? Post in the Madison Chapter community to see who is available.

Want to sell or buy used equipment, accessories, or golf clothes? We have a thread in the Madison Chapter community specifically for that purpose!
Learn.
Sip, Swings, & Suites
Join fellow LPGA Amateurs chapter members and non-members for an evening of socializing while improving your golf game. Range balls will be provided, and a PGA teaching professional will be providing 1:1 instruction! 
 
Program includes one drink of your choice (wine, beer, and cocktails available), range balls, Toptracer, and reserved Golf Suite during the 1.5 hour period. The hour of PGA Professional golf instruction will be provided from 5:30-6:30pm. 
 
All levels are welcome, especially beginners! Cost is $15 per person with a maximum of 9 participants.
 
PLEASE NOTE: If more than 5 golfers are not registered 24 hours in advance, the event will be cancelled. You will be refunded or able to roll your payment over to another date.

@Vitense Golfland
5501 Schroeder Rd
Madison, WI 53711

5:30pm-7pm
Thursday, January 11

Thursday, January 25

Thursday, February 8

Thursday, February 22
Rule of the Month
Every month we will highlight an interesting or commonly misunderstood rule. Keep reading to learn the latest!

Moveable Obstructions and Loose Impediments

Loose impediments and movable obstructions are two categories of items that the Rules do not consider part of the challenge of playing the game; therefore, they can be moved. Loose impediments are unattached natural objects such as sticks, leaves, twigs, and blades of grass so long as they are not fixed or growing, solidly embedded in the ground, or sticking to the ball. Movable obstructions are artificial objects that can be moved with reasonable effort such as a water bottle, scorecard, broken tee, trash can, bench, etc.

Loose impediments and movable obstructions can be moved anywhere on or off the golf course, including in bunkers and penalty areas, even when your ball also lies in the bunker or penalty area. If your ball moves when moving a movable obstruction, there is no penalty and you simply replace the ball. However, you need to be careful when moving loose impediments because if that causes your ball to move, you get a one-stroke penalty (with only a few exceptions) and must replace your ball. 

Find more information on this rule at the USGA website!
Play.
SAVE THE DATE!
Women's Golf Day Outing
Tuesday June 11, 2024
We are thrilled to announce that this year's Women's Golf Day Outing is being held at the newly renovated TPC Wisconsin on Tuesday, June 11, 2024! Celebrate women in golf at this one-of-a-kind course with us! More information and registration will be announced as the outing approaches.

We'd also love feedback on what format you'd like to play at the outing this year. Let us know by completing the poll below!
What format would you prefer for the 2024 Women's Golf Day Outing?
Team scramble (see definition below)
Team best ball (see definition below)
Individual stroke play
In scrambles, players take turns teeing off, and then all players play from the spot of the best shot.

In best ball, each player plays their own ball throughout the round, and the lowest score on each hole is used as the team score.
Winter Golfing Options
Don't let a little cold and snow get in the way of your golf game! Below are some places to keep swinging until Spring and sunshine return.
Indoor Simulators
X-Golf (Middleton and east side locations)
Hook and Fade (downtown)
7 Iron Social (downtown)
Blind Shot Social Club (near east side)
The Oaks Golf Course (Cottage Grove)

TopTracer Ranges with Heated Bays
Vitense Golfland (west side)
Pinseekers (DeForest)
Leagues
She-Ra @Vitense Golfland
  • Women's Individual league
  • Tuesdays, 6pm
  • 12 weeks: January 9-March 26
Iron Maidens @Pinseekers
  • Women's 2-person team league
  • Wednesdays, 6pm
  • 12 weeks: ongoing
X-League @X-Golf (both locations)
  • Co-ed 3-person team league
  • Weekly Monday-Thursday, 6:30pm
  • 12 weeks: January-April
Pin Seekers @PinSeekers
  • Co-ed 2-person team league
  • Thursdays, 6pm
  • 14 weeks: ongoing
LPGA Amateurs Tournament Schedule
Mark you calendars!!! The 2024 LPGA Amateurs tournament schedule has been released!

Whether you've never played in a tournament before or have a room full of trophies, any member with a current handicap (no matter how high or low) is encouraged to sign up and experience the thrill of competition!

The LPGA Amateurs offers a variety of team and individual competitions, including stroke play, match play, scrambles, and more! Keep an eye out in future newsletters for introductions to the various golf formats.

For the complete tournament schedule, click here!
Belong.
Company Sponsorship
It's Time To Renew!
You do not want to miss out on all the FUN the LPGA Amateurs has planned for next year! If you haven't already, here is a friendly reminder that now is the time to renew your LPGA Amateurs Membership for 2024! 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you again in 2024!
Become a Volunteer!
Do you want to get more involved with our organization? We have ample opportunities for you to volunteer with us ranging from single-day opportunities all the way to serving on our Board of Directors.

Contact us at [email protected] for more information and to get added to our team of volunteers!
LPGA Amateurs Member ID
The process to obtain a digital Membership ID is changing and we will be using the Virtual Community instead of ID123 starting on January 1, 2024. Members can use a digital version or a printed copy of their LPGA Amateurs Member ID, and instructions can be found at this link.

Please note that either the new LPGA Amateurs Member ID or the printed ID card will be needed to access member benefits, including entry to LPGA Tour events in 2024. Additional information regarding the process to access 2024 LPGA Tour Events will be sent out soon.
Member Get a Member Drive!
Help Fill the Ball and Earn Incentives
It’s no secret, members are the best supporters and promoters of the LPGA Amateurs! Now is the time to invite your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to join in the fun of being an LPGA Amateurs member! The LPGA Amateurs is hosting a Member Get A Member Drive (presented by Callaway Golf) and we know that YOU can make our target of adding 1,000 new members by June 30, 2024 a reality. AND…members who recruit new members during this drive can be eligible for great incentives!. Click here for details.
Member Offers
Vitense Golfland Discount

All LPGA Amateurs Madison Chapter members receive a discount on range balls at Vitense Golfland! Mention the discount at checkout, and receive a discount on your purchase of a bucket of balls. You may be asked to show your LPGA Amateurs Member ID.

Member Access to 2024 LPGA Tour Events

New for 2024! The LPGA is partnering with Seat Geek regarding ticketing for some of the 2024 LPGA Tournaments. This partnership will change the way that LPGA Amateurs members access their complimentary LPGA Tour tickets at certain events as well as their discounted hospitality tickets!

A schedule will be published on the LPGA Amateurs website that indicates how members can claim their tickets for each LPGA Tour event. An email will be sent next week with this announcement.

For questions, please reach out to [email protected]
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Madison Chapter email: [email protected]
Our Communications Director, Rebecca Swartz, administers this account and will forward your inquiries onto the appropriate Board Member. 
As always, Board Members' personal contact information can be found on our website.
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