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President's Blog

Well here it is the middle of May and I'm finally getting to put something down as the newly elected President of the Club. The most gratifying item for me so far is the number of new active duty members that have joined since the first of the year. We've been kind of stagnant for a couple of years in regards to new members.
We just finished the Memorial Club Championship in Palm Springs and congratulations are in order for Low Gross Champion Gary Gatena and Low Net Champion Don Carter, who both will be representing our club in the SCGA Tournamet of Club Champions.
Our monthly tournaments have been going nicely with an increase in the attendance for each tournament. We need to continue that trend. This September will be our 50th Anniversary of our Partners Tournament at Singing Hills. I encourage our members to attend the tournament is it is considered the best event on our schedule. I hope to see you there.
I will leave the rules information below. It is a great reference for the newly changed golf rules.

I'll see you on the course,

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.

Check out the latest Rule Changes for 2019
Click on the link below for a video explaining the changes.

NEW GOLF RULES 2019 | The 20 Most Important CHANGES

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.”

New Rules as of January 1, 2019

The following are the main changes to the Rules of Golf taking effect January 1, 2019 that are expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers. The items covered on this page are organized into eight categories, and within each individual item, you will find the main reasons for the change. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us any time.

Ball at Rest  |  Ball in Motion  |  Taking Relief  |  Areas of the Course    

Equipment  |  Playing a Ball  |  When to Play During a Round  |  Player Behavior  |  Local Rule

Ball at Rest

Ball in Motion

Taking Relief

Areas of the Course


Playing a Ball

When to Play During a Round

Player Behavior

New Local Rule



Dec 11 Rio Hondo Mike Monroy

Jan 10 Moorpark Todd Tsujimura

Jan 24 Industry Hills(partners) Ryan Chance
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.


Onions and Christmas Trees

A family is at the dinner table. The son asks his father, 'Dad, how many
kinds of boobs are there?
The father, surprised, answers, 'Well, son, there are three kinds of boobs:
In her 20's, a woman's are like melons, round and firm.
In her 30's to 40's, they are like pears, still nice but hanging a bit.
After 50, they are like onions'.
'Yes, you see them and they make you cry.'
This infuriated his wife and daughter so the daughter said, 'Mum, how many
kinds of 'willies' are there?.
The mother, surprised, smiles and answers, 'Well dear, a man goes through
three phases.  In his 20's, his willy is like an oak tree, mighty and hard.
In his 30's and 40's, it is like a birch, flexible but reliable.  After his
50's, it is like a Christmas Tree.'
'A Christmas tree?'
'Yes - the tree is dead and the balls are just for decoration.


Tip of the Week

Still looking for distance and not quite sure how to attain it? The lack of distance I see in the majority of the players I work with stems from a poor use of the lower body. Sitting at a desk all day, stuck in LA traffic for hours, and then sitting at home after a tough day of work causes key muscles in the lower body to become inactive. So when you step out to play on Saturday morning and wonder where your distance has gone-looking at how to re-engage the lower body is the key. The glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings are super vital in producing power. Begin by evaluating if you are in an athletic posture at address which includes bending from the hip joints, having a slight flex in the knees, and maintaining a neutral spine. By the time you reach the top of your swing, you should still maintain flex in the lower body and feel like you are loaded in the legs. At impact, the brunt of work should feel like it is coming from the legs as you transition into posting into the lead leg. Finally, as you watch your drive soar down the fairway, almost all your body weight should feel like it has shifted toward your lead side. Evaluate how you can wake up those lower body muscles by walking more in between shots, standing while eating lunch or making phone calls, and adding hill walking into your fitness routine
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 

Life is uncertain. -- Eat dessert first !

This is my last blog.  I hope you have enjoyed them.
Play well my friends.  I'll see you at the 19th hole,


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