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FTSG Local Golf News for December 11
Winwood Most Improved Player in 2021

Winwood-Stephan-4x3Stephen Winwood, is the most improved player for the 2021 Season.  Starting the season with a 13.1 index on March 15th, Stephen played 65 rounds, most of them over his Home Course of Springfield Country Club and ended the season with a Handicap Index of 3.9.  His low round of 68 coming in early October at SCC.  This drop led to an improvement factor of 1.662. 

The way the most improved factor is calculated is by adding 12 to the player’s Handicap Index on March 15 (can be done with any start date) This value is A, then add 12 to the player’s Handicap Index at the end date. This value is B.

You determine the improvement factor by dividing value A by value B, calculating to three decimal places. This is the improvement factor. The player with the highest improvement factor is the most improved player.

Congratulations Stephen!

Note:  Of the 9,690 GHIN Members in the Miami Valley, 30% showed improvement this past active season.

Last Hole in One in 2021? 
Dreischarf-Tom_FTSGOur warm temperatures of late have increased our playing opportunities as we move into the middle part of December.  Over the past decade the last Hole in One of the Year can be all over the month or not at all as sometimes we don't play in December in the Miami Valley.

Yesterday, on the 17th Hole at Pipestone, Tom Dreischarf could have made the last Hole in One in the Miami Valley when he knocked in a 7 iron from 135 yards.  He now has Five Holes in One in his Golf Career.

Congratulations Tom!
Did You Know? 

Aeraal_Golf_ShotFor many golf clubs hosting charitable golf events is both a way of adding revenue to the facilities bottom line and giving back to the community that supports them. Regardless of the size of the field, these outings require considerable time from the golf staff in preparation for the event.

We all know that when working with the event organizer several changes to the player roster is likely to occur prior to hosting the event. Utilizing a roster spreadsheet is often the most effective way to overcome the changes that will take place with contestants prior to the event. Using either a XLS, XLSX, or a CSV format will allow for the staff to upload all the needed information in a quick and effective way.

You can customize this file to include all the pertinent information needed for each of the players registered to play. Name, team, starting hole assignments, gender and handicaps are needed for most events. You can also make communicating with the players easier by including both their email address and cellular numbers for texting. Are you in need of shirt or shoe sizes for any tee gifts? This information can be included as well. 

This file will allow for an easy transition of information from the event organizer to the facility staff. Best of all, after you have built the event in Golf Genius, it takes less than 5 minutes to upload this information saving you valuable time

If you are interested in more information on this process, please contact Dave Miller at the Golf Association.

Jasper Hills in the News 
web1_CMYKJasperHillsGCowners-1A nice article in the Xenia Daily Gazette on the two families who bought the Old Sebastian Hills GC and plan to reopen as Jasper Hills in the Late Spring of 2022.

To Read the Complete Article 
Part Time Volunteer Coordinator Position Available
Springfieldqualifier_50-X2Miami Valley Golf is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to recruit and manage volunteers.

The chosen candidate will be responsible for allocating responsibilities, entry level training and retaining our current outstanding volunteer workforce. 

Hours are flexible to work within your life structure, however there are some set schedule days to support events. 

The chosen candidate must possess excellent organizational skills and ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and experience. Our goal is to ensure that our organization is always staffed with the best and most reliable individuals, and that they are correctly utilized for the fulfilment of our collective missions.

Golf and technology skills are important for maximizing the impact of this position.

For More Information
Internships Available for 2022 

Lady_Interns_4x3Your Miami Valley Golf Association each golf season offers golf administration internships.  These paid internships can run from three to twelve months depending upon a candidate's availability, with flexible schedules based on the interns needs.  

In order to be considered for an internship position, prospective applicants must be enrolled at a college or university, be a graduate student, a recent college graduate or someone just interested in Golf Association Management.  A background or major in golf management, journalism, communications, or photo journalism would be an asset but is not necessary for these positions.  A strong interest and knowledge of the game of golf is also a plus.

Intern_Photo_2The responsibilities of the intern positions entail championship administration, database management, website maintenance, junior golf and membership activities.  In addition, the selected interns will also assist the staff with general administration. 

Applications will be accepted until February 1.

Proceed to Application  

Rules of Golf Winter Education Seminars from the USGA

Registration for the 2022 Rules of Golf Workshops are now open.

Registrants have numerous virtual and in-person options to choose from, please note in-person workshops seats are limited due to fewer in-person offerings and COVID-19 restrictions.

If you wish to attend an in-person workshop, please plan to register as early as possible.

For more information on Rules workshop offerings and exams

Tuition assistance is available for any level of education for those volunteering within our Miami Valley Golf Community.  To apply for full or partial reimbursement please email

From the Archives - Gene Marchi

The first time he swung at a golf ball, little, 9-year-old Frank Marchi figured he was going to hit it so hard; he'd knock it right on out of Columbus. So, let's see, grip tight, big backswing, let 'er rip.

"I missed it and fell down in a heap and couldn’t get up”  Marchi remembered.

For the Complete Article from 1977



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