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Chapter Newsletter - March 15, 2024

Hello everyone,

 

Spring is in the Air:

I'm thrilled to see the enthusiasm for Spring golf and setting goals for improvement. It's true, having clear goals and holding ourselves accountable is key to progress, whether it's in golf, our careers, or any other aspect of life.

GOALS:

I couldn't agree more about the importance of setting realistic goals. While it's fantastic to aim high, setting goals that are too ambitious can indeed lead to frustration and disillusionment. Taking small, manageable steps toward improvement is the way to go. It's all about consistency, dedication, and maintaining a positive mindset.


NEW THIS YEAR:

Mentoring Volunteers

The introduction of mentoring is a fantastic initiative! Having support from experienced members who can offer guidance, tips, and introductions can make a significant difference, especially for those new to the group or looking to enhance their skills. It's wonderful to see the community coming together to support one another in this way.


Successful 2024:

Here's to a successful and enjoyable golf season for everyone, filled with progress, camaraderie, and maybe even a few breakthroughs on the course!

 

Best regards,

Mary


Mary Faggiano

Chapter President

president.lpgaamateursroc@gmail.com

Our Newest Chapter Members


Kelley Klemp

Diane Michael

Hannah Stanley


Welcome Back!


Nancy Chodak

Teresa Gibson

Mary Beth Sayre

Carol Schmitz


What's Happening in April....

Club Champion Appreciation Night

April 3

Club Champion Ladies Night

April 17

April Happy Hour Social

April 23

Rules of Golf Seminar for our Chapter

April 25

APPRECIATION NIGHT

April 3rd

4:00PM - 8:00PM


Club Champion is offering the Chapter a chance to come in and find out more about what they have to offer. At sign up people can designate that they are interested in a

putter fitting or a ball fitting. 


Refreshments on site.



Maximum of 25 people



Come support our Ace Sponsor Club Champion

LADIES NIGHT

April 17th

4:00PM - 8:00PM


Come check out what Club Champion

has to offer.

People interested at sign up can designate that they are interested in a club fitting of choice


Maximum of 25 people


Come support our Ace Sponsor Club Champion

Chapter Social:

April Happy Hour


WHEN: Tuesday, April 23rd

WHERE: Monroe Golf Club

TIME: 5:30pm - 7:30pm


Come share some appetizers and social time with golf friends and guests at one of Rochester's premier private clubs. Hear two of Monroe's Pros talk about new equipment, tell some golf jokes, give tips and share about the new season.


Registration opens March 21


Rules of Golf Seminar


WHEN: Thursday, April 25th

WHERE: Webster Golf Club

TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm


RDGA Rules Officials, Dan Overbeck & Paul Turner, will review the Rules of Golf for our Chapter members and guests.


It's always a good idea to have a refresher course of rules before starting your golf season!


Come at 5:30pm when Webster's Grill & Bar will be open for you to purchase food and beverage before the seminar starts.


Support our

Super Ace Sponsor RDGA & Ace Sponsor Webster GC

Check HERE for more details & to Register for any of our Chapter Events!

APRIL 30th


The Chapter is providing two sessions on this date at Henrietta Library-Community Room



  • New Member Orientation Meeting
  • Handicap Seminar for all Chapter members


Details about both of these sessions will soon be in the Golf Genius Event Schedule

Rochester Golf Expo


WHEN: March 16th & 17th

WHERE: Tim Horton's Iceplex

TIME: Saturday from 10am - 5pm

Sunday from 10am - 4pm


Chapter Members - Order Your

Tickets Now and Get a 40 Percent Discount!

Click HERE to purchase tickets.


2024 Rochester Chapter Leagues




Register NOW for any of our Chapter Leagues!


Our Golf Programs & Services Director, Nancy Conklin, has lined up a very nice variety of options for you.


Here is a list of scheduled leagues:

  • Monday evening: Ravenwood (waitlist only) - closes April 1st
  • Tuesday daytime: Webster - closes April 15th
  • Tuesday daytime: Woodcliff - closes May 7th
  • Tuesday evening: Ontario - closes May 1st
  • Tuesday evening: Wild Wood - closes April 28th
  • Wednesday evening: Victor Hills - closes April 15th
  • Thursday evening: Links at Greystone (waitlist only) - closed


FYI...Leagues are open to LPGA Amateur Golf Association members only. Substitutes must also be members. You must be current in membership dues to register. Individual league format, cost and other information is located in Golf Genius.

Click HERE for more details and to REGISTER for leagues

Are You Interested in Playing 9 Holes on the Weekend?


In past years, we had members asking to play 9 holes on the weekend and we want to help make this happen. This year the Chapter wants to offer a 9-Hole Weekend Travel Play at 9-Hole Golf Courses in our area. This option will be set up similar to our regular Weekday & Weekend Travel Play, i.e. a notice will be in Golf Genius on Sunday, you can register to play, then you pay when you arrive at the course. You are not obligated to play every weekend; you choose when you want to participate.


We are looking for at least 8 ladies who want to participate in this 9-Hole Travel Play in order to make it happen. If we get enough interest, then the 9-Hole Weekend Travel Play will be set up with sign up each week and then pay the course when you arrive as the other Travel Play Days do.


If interested please click HERE.

LPGA Amateurs Golf Association

Website

LPGA Amateurs -Rochester Website

LPGA Amateurs -Rochester Events

2024 Calendar (updated often!)

Check Out Upcoming Chapter Events


LPGA Amateur Golf Association-Rochester

(unless otherwise noted)


MARCH EVENTS

  • 03/16 & 17/24 - Golf Expo @ Tim Horton's Iceplex


APRIL EVENTS

  • 04/03/24 - Club Champion Appreciation Night - Putter Fitting & Golf Ball Analysis
  • 4/17/24 - Club Champion Ladies Night - Fitting of Choice
  • 04/23/24 - Chapter Social April Happy Hour @ Monroe GC
  • 04/25/24 - RDGA Rules Seminar for our Chapter @ Webster GC
  • 04/30/24 - New Member Orientation @ Henrietta Library Community Room
  • 04/30/24 - Handicap Seminar @ Henrietta Library Community Room


  • MAY EVENTS
  • 05/04/24 - Clinic: Full Swing @ Ravenwood GC
  • 05/11/24 - Season Opener 9-Hole Golf Event @ Ridgemont CC
  • 05/18/24 - Clinic: Chipping/Putting @ Champion Hills GC
  • 05/21/24 - Clinic: Tuesday Short Game w/bucket of balls @ Big Oak Driving Range

It's All About Our Members

Our golf season in Rochester will not begin until April 15th but that doesn't mean our members have put away their clubs!

If you're golfing in warmer weather then you need to send us some info and photos.


Send your big news to NEWSLETTER INFO

The Winter Indoor Golf League at Avid Golf ended on March 6. The photo below has members: Mary Faggiano, Anne Levitt, Lisbeth Saracene & Annette Doell. Thank you to Sponsor Jamie Cucinelli & Avid Golf for all you do for our Chapter.

Deb Celestino and Theresa Seil took off last month to spend some time in warmer weather. Most recently they were in Myrtle Beach, SC and played golf at Myrtlewood Pine Hills. Theresa wrote, "It was a decent day and then at the turn - when the pics were taken - a COLD wind blew in and we were freezing! 🙂 A pretty course & we played with a nice man named Mark from Ohio."

The next week the two of them then went on to play at another nice course in SC. Theresa tells us, "We played Willbrook Plantation on Pawley's Island, SC. We saw a couple gators on the course however, it was a very beautiful course! We played with Joe and John from CT. We have been fortunate to be paired with good people! It feels great to be out swinging a club again!"

Pics from Willbrook Plantation on Pawley's Island, SC

Pic of Theresa & Deb's

golf pal, Al


These ladies make friends wherever they are!

Pics from Myrtlewood Pine Hills in Myrtle Beach, SC

Deb & Theresa

RDGA 2024 Tournament Schedule


Check out their tournament schedule and plan which events you want to play.



The Two Person Tournaments are very popular among our Rochester Chapter members.


Click HERE for RDGA schedule


Registration opened

March 1st.



NYSGA 2024 Tournament Schedule


Any of our Chapter members are eligible to participate in NYSGA Amateur Series as long as you maintain a GHIN Handicap Index. The tournaments are scheduled across the state at some very nice courses.


Check out the NYSGA schedule

HERE.


First Wave opened March 1st

Second Wave opens June 1st



NEED HELP?.....


  • New to the Rochester Chapter & have questions about your current arrangement for a Handicap Index?


  • Don't have a Handicap Index but you want one?

  • Have a Handicap Index through Rochester Chapter & RDGA

and want to continue with it?


All of these questions and more can be answered by our

Handicap Committee.

Contact Wendy Bolton at info.lpgaamateursroc@gmail.com


FYI...If you choose to maintain your Handicap Index through our Chapter in connection with RDGA, you will be billed in May 2024.



World Handicap System 2024 Revision Hub


Our area's golf season won't start until April 15th. But for those of you who travel to warmer climates to play golf and you are recording your scores, the WHS has made some revisions that went into effect January 2024.


Click HERE for the USGA articles, videos and resources to explain these updates to the WHS.


RDGA has also made these changes available. For additional details on the Rules of Handicapping, which will apply to all RDGA Two Person tournaments in the new season, click HERE.

LPGA Amateurs-Rochester Region 2024 Board of Directors

President: Mary Faggiano Membership Services: Kathryn Douglas

Membership Recruitment: Karenne Roberts Finance & Records: Cherrie Main

Golf Programs & Services: Nancy Conklin Golf Events & Activities: Colleen O'Mara Marketing/Sponsorship: Luanna Andrews Communications: Lynn Daley



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Questions? Concerns? Comments?

Please send them to the email listed below and they will be directed to the appropriate board member:

info.lpgaamateursroc@gmail.com



LPGA Amateurs Member Benefits Galore!

 

Have you seen all the many amazing benefits that await LPGA Amateurs Golf Association Members in the Member Clubhouse? Check out the discounts in the Member Marketplace, the LPGA Amateurs Perks, and the exclusive discounts from the LPGA Amateurs partners on the Member Offer's page!  Member Clubhouse > My Benefits 

ONE OF OUR NEW SPONSORS OFFERS THESE SESSIONS...


Medicare Seminar Sessions


WHAT: Medicare Seminars (FREE & Educational)

WHEN:

  • April 17th at 6:30pm at Sweden Clarkson Community Center, 4927 Lake Rd., Brockport
  • April 30th at 6:30pm at Ogden Farmer’s Library, 269 Ogden Center Rd., Spencerport


Join Theresa Seil, Chapter Sponsor and Chapter member, to learn the basics of Medicare! Learn about the eligibility requirements of Medicare, Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, and Medicare costs and benefits. We discuss Part D prescription drug coverage, Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans.

This is a FREE* educational session for people turning age 65 or anyone already participating in Medicare!

For more details and to RSVP, contact Theresa at: theresas@maustandleone.com or call/text 585-507-6316, TTY 711.


*Attendees are under no obligation to enroll in a plan. Not affiliated with or endorsed by any government agency. 

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At Nancy Lopez Golf, Inc. you'll find apparel, equipment & accessories. Click on the LOGO & check out the 20% discount and Free Shipping for LPGA Amateurs members!!


Cindy Miller, Double Eagle Sponsor, offers One Person Play Lessons or Two-Hour Group Playing Experience. Check out Cindy's website for more details about her lessons.  Click HERE for details

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You'll find lots of logoed apparel, headgear, bags and accessories at LPGA Amateurs Golf Shop!

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At Girls Golf you'll find apparel, equipment & accessories.

LPGA Amateurs logo apparel!!


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This sports apparel shop has LPGA Amateur Golf Association logo apparel and accessories. Click on the LOGO & check out the 25% discount for our logoed apparel!

Our Chapter Sponsors

We Love Our Chapter Sponsors:

Their support helps us give more value to you, our members. 

  • Sponsors donate prizes for our events and we all love prizes!
  • Sponsors help us keep our event costs lower . . .
  • And when our event costs are lower, more people participate & that makes it more fun for everyone! 

Click on the logo to check out the website!

SUPER ACE SPONSOR



The Rochester District Golf Association (RDGA) is an Allied Golf Association of the USGA. Its primary responsibility lies in the delivery of USGA Core Products and Services to each of its member clubs. Founded in 1929, the RDGA remains committed to enhancing the golfer experience in the greater Rochester area and to growing and improving the long term health of the game we love.

ACE SPONSORS

A huge shout out to our ACE Sponsor,

Alecia Fisher Dougherty, CFP®.   Alecia won the Women of Excellence award for 2023! The 2023 Women of Excellence are leaders of impressive achievement and this year there were 50 honorees. They are making a difference at work, at home and in their communities. Congratulations to Alecia. She has given back to the community by mentoring young females who are entering a male-dominated industry. Since 2016, she has mentored women who are interested in financial planning and pursuing their Certified Financial Planner certification. Alecia, along with supporting LPGA Amateurs – Rochester Chapter, also is a member of the Small Business Council of Rochester and the Beta Gamma business fraternity and volunteers with the Rochester chapter of Dress for Success. While doing all this, Alecia and her husband have transitioned from Echelon Wealth Advisors, LLC to Naviter Wealth. It is an honor to have her in our Chapter! 

Club Champion is the #1 club fitter in the country, but they know they aren’t the only choice. The club fitting industry is growing and Club Champion continues to offer the absolute best custom club fitting on the market. At Club Champion, the kind of data that transforms a golfer’s game is gleaned using the best technology in the industry. From TrackMan Pro full-swing analysis to putter stroke measurement using SAM PuttLab, the technology focused philosophy is laser-focused on one thing – making the golfer better. The in-depth process starts in the fitting bay and ends with the golfer shooting lower scores. Every step along the way is designed to match custom golf clubs to the golfer’s individual swing. Club Champion has been ranked as a Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitter for over a decade and that’s no mistake. On average, they find 20+ yards off the tee, and 10+ yards better dispersion for customers.

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Debby Murphy from Webster Golf Club is our Ace sponsor for the 3rd year in a row. Since she returned to the Rochester area, it has been a great partnership. In 2023, we will have an 18- hole day league there and we have taken advantage of the six new simulators available in the off-season. Lessons are available on simulators where you can sign up on the website, or once the weather is better, of course outside. Please think of Webster Golf Club the next time you think of golfing. 


Srixon is a new ACE Sponsor for our Rochester Chapter. Tim Vangellow representing RDGA, along with Todd Vangellow from Srixon, have donated Q-STAR Srixon golf balls with our Chapter logo to be given to all of our Chapter members. Todd is a sales representative with Srixon.

DOUBLE EAGLE SPONSORS

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Cindy Miller, our latest Double Eagle sponsor, is a graduate of the University of Miami where she began as a walk-on and gained All American status her senior year on the Division I Women’s Golf Team. She served as Team Captain and helped her team win the NCAA National Championships in 1977 and 1978.

A veteran of five U.S. Women’s Opens, she is a former LPGA Tour Player and presently a Class A LPGA Professional. Currently she plays on the Legends Tour, the Official Senior Tour of the LPGA and sits within the top 50 of their career money list. She competes with such LPGA Tour stars as Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley, and Annika Sorenstam.

As a Certified Behavior, Motivation, and Emotional Intelligence Professional, she is sought after as a speaker, coach, and corporate trainer. She uses decades of competitive golf experience and a lifelong pursuit of personal potential to inspire, educate and challenge individuals, teams, and corporations to unlock potential and improve performance.

Voted the 2010 National LPGA Teacher of the Year, she has also been named Player of the Year for the Northeastern United States. Cindy is among The Top 50 Women Teachers in the United States ranked by Golf Digest Magazine and The Top 50 Women Teachers in the World by The Women’s Golf Journal. She was recently named the 2021 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award winner for her leadership, passion, giving, and approachability.

Although her list of credentials is impressive, perhaps Miller is best known for her appearance on The Golf Channel’s hit reality series The Big Break III: Ladies Only in early 2005. Miller’s patience, skill and steady play propelled her to success on the show, where she outplayed seven other contestants.

She can be seen frequently on Golf ChannelLPGA Women’s Network, and Womensgolf.Com giving her simple yet profound golf tips. She is the co-host of the podcast The Women of Golf”, a columnist for The Buffalo News, and a Senior Editor for Golf Tips Magazine.

Look for future clinics that will be coming using our new sponsor!

In 1971, Big Oak started as a small family business, offering our area the first public driving range. In 1979, they expanded, by adding the golf shop. This brought equipment, clothing and accessories to their customers.

To this day, Big Oak's mission remains the same... to offer their valued customers the latest and best in golf equipment, clothing and services. Their success is achieved only because of their experienced and knowledgeable staff. Thanks to their qualified staff and loyal customers, Big Oak is celebrating over 50 years of helping the customer perfect the wonderful game of golf.

Maust and Leone is a new Double Eagle Sponsor for our LPGA Amateurs-Rochester Chapter. They are experienced and licensed Medicare brokers who focus on education and total client satisfaction. Medicare can be confusing! Our LPGA Amateurs member Theresa Seil is a Licensed Insurance Agent affiliated with Maust & Leone. Theresa provides education to clients as a foundation to their Medicare journey. Each client’s needs are different, and Theresa uses a fully consultative, needs-based approach to help her clients select a proper Medicare Advantage or Supplement Plan to best fit their needs. As the needs of the client change, she can help find a plan that changes with them. To schedule your FREE consultation or for more details, contact Theresa at: theresas@maustandleone.com or call/text 585-507-6316, TTY 711.

Linda Opalisky brings over 30 years of professional teaching experience to Webster Golf Club. Through the years, Linda played on the Futures mini tour, taught in golf schools in Florida and New York and has attended numerous PGA and LPGA seminars thus keeping abreast of innovations on the instructional side of the game. She has created programs to promote her personal philosophy that golf is a game for a lifetime and should be fun to both learn and play. As a result of her success and dedication, she has been selected to the PGA President’s Council for Growing the Game through Player Development Programs every year beginning in 2004 to the present.

Linda emphasizes alignment, routines, and the short game because those parts of the game don’t know or care if you are young or old, strong or weak, male or female. All are crucial to lowering your score. Understanding the four basic positions of the follow thru is important too, because when standing still anyone can be as good as a tour player. Linda often uses ‘on course’ instruction because just hitting balls is not at all like playing the game.

Cobblestone Capital Advisors has become a Double Eagle Sponsor for our LPGA Amateurs-Rochester Chapter again. Their offerings include traditional investment management and wealth management services, as well as private investments and family office services. Cobblestone employs a customized goals-based approach to wealth management, which is guided by the unique needs and objectives of each client. Our LPGA Amateurs member, Tara Henry, is a Principal and the Director of Operations at Cobblestone and can provide further information or answer any questions you may have. Thank you to Cobblestone Capital Advisors for your support of LPGA Amateurs- Rochester Chapter.

Seneca Hickory Stick is a new Double Eagle sponsor this year. The Northeast Regional Cup Qualifier will be held at this course September 8th & 9th. Named to reflect the presence of rare and protected Shellbark Hickory trees on site, Seneca Hickory Stick features a picturesque layout highlighted by tranquil lakes and ponds, native plants and grasses that are surrounded by large mature trees.

The Robert Trent Jones II design weaves its way through some of the finest topography for golf in the entire region. Combining the absolute best course conditions and customer service levels in the area, Hickory Stick redefines Premium Daily Fee Golf in Western New York.

Architect Craig Schreiner's masterpiece opened in 1996 with a beautiful 18 Hole Scottish links-style golf course featuring rolling hills and large undulating greens. The Links at Greystone was sculpted amidst the natural features of the land with Scottish-style mounding, tall native grasses, and pot bunkers. Playing to a Par of 72 and just over 7,200 yards from the championship tees, Greystone offers 4 sets of tees on every hole to ensure the course is playable, challenging, and rewarding for golfers of all skill levels. Simply put, this golf course layout is a must play for anyone in Western/Central New York.

Lying in the heart of the Genesee Valley, just 20 minutes from downtown Rochester, FarView offers one of the most beautiful and interesting layouts in Livingston County. The greens at FarView are some of the largest and best manicured in the area. They now offer discounts listed on their website, such as Play All Day or Purchase a 5 rounds at a discount! They are located at 2419 Avon-Geneseo Road, Route 39, Avon, NY 14414. Contact the course at 585-226-8210 for tee times to support our Double Eagle Sponsor.

Whether you are looking for the perfect place to play golf, enjoy a drink at the bar or on the patio overlooking the golf course or even a relaxing dinner with the special someone, Wild Wood Country Club has it all. Our Executive Chef has helped bring the country club back to Wild Wood,

"Wild Wood Country Club was founded as a private country club in 1968 known as Thunder Ridge Country Club. In 1980 the club changed names to Wild Wood Country Club and became semi-private allowing non members to play. The club was recently take over by Henrietta natives Mike & Liz Sweazy. We have spent the last 5 years improving the level of service, appearance and golf course drainage. The club has transformed into a full service year round banquet facility, golf course and indoor simulators allowing for year round golf leagues and tournaments. In 2019, Wild Wood was selected as #18 Public/Semi-Private golf course in New York State. What an accomplishment in only 6 full years of ownership."

-Mike Sweazy, PGA General Manager / Director of Golf

EAGLE SPONSORS

AVID Indoor Golf is home to the best simulator technology available where you can play, practice and compete with your clubs and real golf balls. Indoor golf has come a long way since hitting into nets, practice areas and old technology. Here you and your friends will have an experience like no other, playing on your choice of over 90 world-famous golf courses. Each golf course has been carefully reconstructed with realistic 3D graphics, surround sound, customizable wind and weather conditions.

Rod Christian started the New York Golf Trail in 2010 because it used to be such a hassle to set up a golf trip in New York state. Rod is now President. Today, a New York golf trip has never been easier thanks to New York Golf Trail. The organization will make sure everything goes smoothly for you. The organization has earned outstanding Google reviews and are proud of their exceptional customer service.  They make sure your trip is memorable and fun! The organization is based in Rochester, a golf mecca and the organization is always checking out new courses and hotels throughout the state to add to the Trail. 

IN-KIND GIFT SPONSORS

BIRDIE SPONSOR

Pro Andrew Blatnik

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Would you like to be highlighted on our website and newsletter?


Want to reach almost 500 people?  


Consider supportimg the LPGA Amateur Golf Association-Rochester Region NY. Sponsors receive recognition at all events and are listed on our website and newsletters. Some levels offer a feature story. 

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Sponsorship Levels Document 

Want to Know More?

Visit our website at 

 LPGA Amateur Golf Association- Rochester Region, NY

 or  

give us a call at 

1-800-871-9012 ext. 227373.  

We look forward to hearing from you!


Check out  LPGAAmateurs.com to see all what National has to offer!

COVID-19 General Recommendations for Members of LPGA Amateurs - Rochester



  • Participation in any LPGA Amateurs Chapter events is strictly voluntary and is a personal decision. Members are encouraged to review and follow national, state, and local recommendations.
  • Be aware of general precautions to avoid COVID-19, including social distancing, hand washing and other hygiene practices such as wearing a facial covering.
  • We appreciate your understanding that changes in conditions and restrictions may require modifications, and possibly cancellations of Chapter events.


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