Presidents Message
Last Updated: 06/17/18

President's Blog:

Hello Laddies,

We've had a bit o' golf since my last blog.
The City and the County boys got together at Los Serranos
golf club to do battle for the Cup.  The County lads eked one
out on us to take the coveted Maltese Cup.  Just wait
until next year!

The Club Championship was played at the beautiful Westin
Resort at Rancho Mirage this year over 3 days in May.  Gary
Gatena held off the final foursome to remain the club champion.
Low Net Champion of the tournament was Don Carter.
Gary and Don will represent the club in December at the
Tournament of Champions.  Congrats guys!
Drinks were pouring freely the second day of the tourney
thanks to Robert Franz's hole in one on the Player course
at the Westin in Rancho Mirage.  Nice shot Rob and thanks
for the drinks!

The Senior's championship was played on June 13th at 
Montebello CC.  We had 80 players competing for the title.
The tournament came down to a playoff between
Kelly Faulker and Gary Gatena who both shot 72.  Gary
birdied the second playoff hole to capture the title.  We had
the pleasure of Tom Harrison 87 and Mac McOsker 80 joining
the field.  Gary Klasse shot under his age of 77 with a 74. 
Well done to both Garys.  Steve Stigall shot a tournament 
low of 60 to take the Low Net honors.
The Partners Club Championship tournament at Sycuan
(Singing Hills) will be played on September 10-13 at  
Sycuan Resorts facility in El Cajon. The applications are
available on the side menu of the Home page.  3 days of 
partners play (Best ball, Shamble & modified Alternate shot).
Golf Club annual meeting, Horse Race and Comaraderie.
Don't miss the best tournament of the year!

Coming up is the Olivas Links tourney on June 20th.  One of my
favorite tracks.


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.

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).

Hey new and soon to be Retirees!!!
Kevin Wright VP with Morgan Stanley will pay your first years dues to 
the LAFD Golf Club for free when you retire. No strings attached.
Contact Kevin for details.

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


June 20 Olivas Links Eric Dillon

Summer Break

August 7-9 SoCalFGA @ Lake Tahoe Leigh McArthur 310-540-4848

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.



This story happened a while ago in Dublin , and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's true.

John Bradford, a  Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitch-hiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm.

The night was rolling on and no car went by.  The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.  

Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped. John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door ... only to realise there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn't running.  

The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life.  Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window, and turned the wheel. John, paralysed with terror, watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him. 

Shortly thereafter, John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road, so, gathering strength, he jumped out of the car and ran to it... Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had.
A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realised he was crying ... and wasn't drunk. 
Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath. Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other...

‘Look Paddy ... there's that fooking idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!'


Life is uncertain. -- Eat dessert first !


Tip of the Week
Putting accuracy entails two main components: path and face. The direction the putter swings is called club path, and the direction the face points at impact is face direction.  Most amateurs are concerned with their putter path-the direction the putter swings throughout the stroke. A multitude of training aids are available to improve path, helping you to fine tune the either slightly arced path or a straighter back and through path. However, research indicates the face direction accounts for nearly 80% of the accuracy of the putts. So why is everyone working on path when the face direction is of utmost importance? If you want to make more putts consider whether your putter face is accurately pointed at your intended target at set up and returns to that location at impact. A great drill to work on improving the putter face is to draw a line all the way around the ball (around it’s hemisphere). Line the ball to your target with the drawn line vertical, or perpendicular to the ground. Practice your putting stroke, working on face accuracy at impact. The line drawn around the ball when it rolls will tell you if the face was square or not. A squarely struck putt will result in a ball rolling to the hole with the line appearing tight and running top over bottom. A face that is open or close will result in a wobbly appearing line that is loose. Practice this drill and you’ll start to see more putts go in the hole as your putter face accuracy improves!

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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