Presidents Message
Last Updated: 03/01/18

President's Blog:

Hello Golfers,

Our 2018 golf season is off and running.  We have a good 
line up of courses this year which should provide for some
fun competitions. 
The Maltese Cup is being held on March 28.  We will be
defending the Cup from our bretheren at LA County Fire
Golf club.  Make sure to sign up for this match play
competition and represent your club. 
Our Club Championship will return to
the beautiful Westin Mission Hills Resort.  We will play the
Pete Dye and Gary Player courses again. 
The Senior's tournament will return to the Montebello CC
on June 13.
The Partners tournament at Singing Hills will be played in
September at the Sycuan Resorts. 
Make sure to put these on your calender.
We have been blessed with great weather and the courses
have been in remarkably great shape.  
We had a good turn out at Brookside GC on Tuesday
February 13, about 60 players, and had 2 flights.  The greens were
exceptionally fast and some of the pin placements were somewhat
suspect, to put it nicely.  All in all it was a great day.

Arnold Palmers last interview with Jim Nantz at Augusta National.



Sand Canyon Resorts(Robinson Ranch) is offering First Responders
a weekday special of $55. Weekend is $70. You must show your ID.  This
is available to retired members as well.  This offer is for Fire, Police,
Sheriff and CHP.

The Club Championship will be played the second week of May.

The Senior's Championship will move back to Montebello CC and
will be played on June 13.

Gordon Wilson said he would start visiting Fire Stations seeking new 

Contact Gordon Wilson to update your contact information(email and
phone numbers).

The USGA and the R&A said a new universal handicap system is in
the works.  It's called the World Handicap System(WHS).

SCFGA Palm Springs results:
Open flt.
3rd Gross Gary Gatena
6th Gross Allan Black

Senior's flt
1st Gross Dale Gant
3rd Gross Gary Klasse
6th Net Barry Hedberg 

USGA, R&A detail NEW "World Handicap System"

By Randall MellFebruary 20, 2018, 6:00 am

The USGA and the R&A released details Tuesday of a proposed new World Handicap System.

The WHS takes the six handicapping systems that exist worldwide and aligns them under a new single system.

The USGA and the R&A will govern the WHS with the six existing handicap authorities administering them locally.

A two-year transition will begin to fully implement the new system in 2020.

The unified alignment is designed to make it easier to obtain and maintain a handicap and to make the handicap more equitable among golfers of differing abilities and genders around the world.

“For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap,’” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game.”

Davis said the effort is designed to both simplify and unify the handicap system.

“We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play,” he said.

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said the new handicap system should make the game more inviting.

“We want to make it more attractive to golfers to obtain a handicap and strip away some of the complexity and variation which can be off-putting for newcomers,” Slumbers said. “Having a handicap, which is easier to understand and is truly portable around the world, can make golf much more enjoyable and is one of the unique selling points of our sport.”

The new WHS system aims to more accurately gauge the score a golfer is “reasonably capable of achieving” on any course around the world under normal conditions.

Key features of the WHS include:

*Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.

*A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with “some discretion available for handicapping authorities or national associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.”

*A consistent handicap that “is portable” from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA course and slope rating system, already used in more than 80 countries.

*An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and “factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.”

*A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.  

*Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.

*A limit of net double bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only). 

*A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

The USGA and the R&A devised the WHS after a review of the handicap systems currently administered by six authorities around the world: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA. Those authorities, plus the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada, collaborated in helping develop the new system.

The six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.  

“While the six existing handicap systems have generally worked very well locally, on a global basis, their different characteristics have sometimes resulted in inconsistency, with players of the same ability ending up with slightly different handicaps,” the USGA and the R&A stated in a joint release. “This has sometimes resulted in unnecessary difficulties and challenges for golfers competing in handicap events or for tournament administrators. A single WHS will pave the way to consistency and portability.”

 The USGAand the Royal and Ancients are proposing some new rule 
Player accidentally moves his or her ball during search

New rule: No penalty.

Current rule: 1-stroke penalty.

1. Elimination or reduction of "ball moved" penalties.
2. Relaxed putting green rules.
3. Relaxed rules for "penalty areas" (currently called water hazards).
4. Relaxed bunker rules.
5. Relying on player integrity.
6. Pace of play support.
7. Simplified way of taking relief.

Check them out at


February 26 Griffith Park Wilson Gordon Wilson
March 15 River Ridge Jeff Simon
March 21 San Juan Gary Mannan
March 28 Maltese Cup Noel Murchet

As always, I would like to invite any LAFD member, active or retired, to join our
club.  We are a social club that enjoys traipsing around well manicured green
pastures and tossing back a few cold ones now and then.  We have players of all
abilities.  Our handicaps range from 35 to 0.  You will be competing with players
of your ability.  We have local tournaments from as far north as Ventura and as far
south as El Cajon in the SanDiego area and east to Palm Springs. We have two
Majors tournaments.  The Club Championship in Palm Springs and the Partners
Championship in El Cajon.  We are affiliated with the Southern California Firefighters
Golf Association and play in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs and Pebble Beach.
 So please come and join in the fun and comaraderie with fellow LAFD golfers.


Married 50 years 
After being married for 50 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said, "Fifty years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa-bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV. But hey I got to sleep every night with a hot 23-year-old girl.
Now ... I have a $750,000 home, a $45,000 car, a nice big bed and a large screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 73-year-old woman.  So I said to my wife "it seems to me that you're not holding up your side of things."
My wife is a very reasonable woman.  She told me to go out and find a hot 23-year-old girl and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap house, driving a junk car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV.
Aren't older women great?
They really know how to solve an old guy's problems!

Life is uncertain. -- Eat dessert first !


Tip of the Week

Shoulder tilt is one of the keys to solid contact in the golf swing. Shoulder tilt is the angle your shoulders are at the top of the golf swing. Golf Digest recently published an article by GolfTec describing how professional players have steeper angles of shoulder tilt at the top of their swing compared to amateur golfers, validating the importance of this concept.  At the top of your swing, the lead shoulder will feel lower to the ground than the trail shoulder, and should smoothly rotate underneath your chin without touching it. This allows you to stay in posture and avoid standing up while rotating around your spine. Consequences of a flat shoulder tilt include thin, or topped shots, shots flying low to the ground and off to the right, and shots hit with predominant arm movement, rather than the trunk, arms, and hip movement.  A great way to practice this tilt is to place a club across the front of your shoulders, and rotate into your backswing. The club should point diagonally to the ground, rather than out and away from you. Improve your shoulder tilt to increase solidness of contact and increase your distance.

For help with your golf game, contact Alison Curdt, PGA/LPGA, Director of Instruction at 562-981-4662  For more tips or to schedule a lesson visit her website at


Play well my friends.  I'll see you at the 19th hole,

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