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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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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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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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Spring and summer weather conditions are often perfect for quick thunderstorms to develop. The National Lightning Safety Institute offers the following information: Lightning is arbitrary, random and unpredictable. Five percent of annual United States lightning deaths and injuries happen on golf courses. Everyone associated with the game should participate in lightning safety. The United States Golf Association (USGA) makes available warning posters and stickers to inform players about lightning safety tips. As a golfer, you should know that the USGA Rules of Golf (Rule 6-8) allow players to discontinue play if they believe there is a danger...
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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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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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So you are a “new” golfer -- looking for a guide to playing the game? Or have you been playing golf forever but still feel like a “new” golfer at times? The Den Caddie has some tips to help! Question: I feel rushed all the time. How can I play faster? Answer: Learn to move quickly between your shots will help you play a hole in less time. The key to playing quickly is to prepare for your next shot while your playing partners are playing. When it is your turn, you have done all your prep work, just hit the ball, without feeling rushed. Some suggestions to help you prepare: Move as fast as you can between shots and preparing...
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Proud of our ladies for our second 2015 volunteer day at Second Harvest Food Bank this weekend. In March, we moved over 6,800 lbs of food, and this Saturday we moved over 5,725 lbs of food in under 2 hours. We've really enjoyed our time in the DEEP FREEZE! Looking forward to our next opportunity as a group in September! Hope those of you who could not make it this time will be able to join us!
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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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I’m sure many of us at one time or another while playing golf have witnessed people giving or asking for advice. Many golfers may not even realize it’s not permitted in the Rules of Golf. As you prepare for the EWGA Championship and Cup season, it’s a good time to review what is and is not considered advice. According to Rule 8-1 Advice : During a stipulated roun d, a player must not: a. give advice to anyone in the competition playing on the course other than his/her partner, or b. ask for advice from anyone other than his/her partner or either of their caddies. For giving advice , remember...
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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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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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Winter is a great time to get (or stay!) in shape for golf! I've joined the national online 30-day Cardiogolf workout, and so far (day 1) it's great. But anything you can do during the winter will help you feel better, stay flexible, increase your strength and power, and get you ready for the demands of golf come Spring. Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility; skiing and snowshoeing build your strength, power, and stamina; and running or walking improves your endurance. While it's tempting to become a total couch potato during the winter, remember that Spring isn't far away, and get moving!
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You are a “new” golfer -- looking for a guide to playing the game? Or have you been playing golf forever but still feel like a “new” golfer at times? The Den Caddie has some tips to help! Question: Golf seems so serious, do I have to be serious? Answer: It is okay to play golf for FUN! Here are some tips for new golfers from the PGA and Get Ready Golf : 1. It’s okay to not keep score. 2. It’s okay to play from the shortest tees or start at the 150-yard marker. 3. It’s okay to give yourself a better lie by rolling the ball around a little. It’s okay to tee the ball up anywhere when you are first learning. 4. It’s okay to...
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Golf Set Composition

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​ We just saw a great weekend of golf as the 79 th Masters concluded. For many people the Masters tournament signals the official start of the golf season, although people in southern climates celebrate the spring as the end of their busy winter season. You may be thinking about starting off your 2015 season by taking advantage of the new equipment offerings – but there are so many options, where does one begin? If you are in the market for a few new clubs or an entire set, you first need to think about set composition. This means thinking about which clubs you plan to put in your bag to get to your 14 club limit. This was the “norm” since 30...
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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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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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