LPGA Amateur Golf Association - Northern New Jersey
Bunker Buzz - February 2019
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President's Messages

Playing golf for your health - According to the lead article on the Golf and Health website; Golf is played by some 55 million people, on 32,000 courses in over 200 countries.” This is pretty impressive, but even more so is the fact that all of these people could actually be substantially benefiting their health in the process!

These health benefits are not just unique to the professional players either, in fact, former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George viewed less talented golfers as reaping more benefits than those bestowed upon the likes of Rory McIlroy & Annika Sorenstam: ”Golf is the only game where the worst player gets the best of it. He obtains more out of it as regards both exercise and enjoyment, for the good player gets worried over the slightest mistake, whereas the poor player makes too many mistakes to worry about them.”

A landmark Scandinavian study of over 300,000 golfers estimated they lived a remarkable 5 years longer than those who do not play golf, regardless of age, gender, or socio-economic status. Evidence also suggests that golf has a role in preventing and treating many chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes and through regular use can help strengthen bones and prevent hip fractures.

That said we are glad to announce that we will be offering many chances for you to participate in leagues, events, tournaments to hone your golf skills, have fun with you golfing and non-golfing friend who want to learn how to play the game and maintain a healthy life style.

Keep checking our website for information about some of the exciting things we have planned for you this year, starting with our winter leagues; save our Tee Off date April 7 th we’ve got some great gifts, prizes and down-right fun things for you that day. Share that fun, bring your golfing and non-golfing friends. Don’t miss it. Mark your calendar now!

Want to hit it far – see this short video .

Welcome 2019 New Members
In 2019 so far we have 8 new members joined our LPGA Amateur Golf Association, Northern NJ family. A big shout out to our rookies!

January New Members:
Gretchen Andersen
Jessica Kaylor
Margaret McMenamin
Allison Ponturo
Toby Yontef

 February New Members thru 2/10/19:
Tara Donnelly
Elizabeth Fisch
Laura Lima      
LPGAA-NNJ 2019 Golf School at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort!

Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28, 2019
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
One River Road, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania 18356
800-742-9633 • www.shawneeinn.com
2019 Tee-Off Brunch
When: Sunday, April 7th
Where: Forrest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, NJ

Regarding donations for our Tricky Tray: this is a great way to generate excitement at the event – the more donations we have, the better. If anyone would like to donate a service or goods, please reach out to Connie Bauman at:  Bauperson@aol.com . She will be the point person for collections.

W also encourage all of you to think about small businesses in your area that you’d like to promote, or friends or family that may like to donate something to promote themselves.

Save the Date
Season Opener

When: Saturday, May 4th
Where: East Orange Golf Club
Save the Date
Play for Pink

When: Monday, June 3rd
Where: Basking Ridge Country Club


LPGA Amateurs NNJ will be hosting a booth at this event and we are looking for volunteers. Please reach out to Lorraine Hara at membership@lpgaamateursnnj.com if you are interested in volunteering or want more details.

March 1st - 3rd
New Jersey Convention and Expo Center
97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837

Visit the Golf and Travel Show website for more information
2019 Rule Changes
The new USGA Rules of Golf go into effect on January 1, 2019.   Click here  to download a copy of the 2019 Rules of Golf Changes brochure that was created by the LPGA for the LPGA Tour players. This brochure is also available at  LPGAAmateurs.com  under the "Events".

LPGA Amateurs Chapter Merchandise Shop

The online store to purchase merchandise and apparel with the LPGA Amateur's Chapter logos is now open! Start shopping now
Tournament Operations Committee (TOPS)
Seeking Members 

LPGA Amateurs Golf Department is accepting applicants for the 2019 Tournament Operations Committee. If you have tournament management experience and would like to be part of a dynamic team, please consider submitting an application. Deadline to submit the application is Friday, March 1.

2019 Handicap Benefit
Important Changes
During the last few months, there has been considerable discussion regarding the handicap benefit through GolfNet. After a great deal of deliberation and feedback, including during the recent leader calls this week, the following decision has been made regarding the LPGA Amateurs handicap benefit for 2019 and beyond. Members will be informed of the changes early next week as we have inundated their inboxes enough the past few days.  (Please note that complete details are available at this link) .  
  • The Member benefit of accessing a handicap through GolfNet will remain intact through 2019 for ALL current and new members. (This is a change from what we discussed earlier this week.)
  • Beginning January 1, 2020, the handicap benefit through LPGA Amateurs will be eliminated. ALL members will be responsible for obtaining a handicap through their State and Regional Golf Association or through a third party, such as GolfNet. 
  • Members joining or renewing mid-year during 2019 will receive the GolfNet benefit for just the remaining months left in the year and not for a 12-month period as was the case in the past. 
  •  Example: If a Member joins or renews on July 1, 2019 - that Member will receive the benefit for a total of 6 months with the benefit ending December 31, 2019.
  • The handicap benefit will remain on the website and will be included in all benefit communications BUT will be marked with a disclaimer noting that the benefit will officially end December 31, 2019. 
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