March 01, 2013

FSGA Holds Spring Training

Tournament Chairmen Meet In Tampa

With the upcoming 2013 tournament season quickly approaching, the Florida State Golf Association held their own version of spring training at their headquarters in Tampa on January 30-31. Twenty volunteer Tournament Chairmen from around the state who administer qualifying for FSGA and USGA Championships met at FSGA headquarters and the overlying theme of the two-day event was consistency. The Chairmen arrived on January 30th and after a casual lunch the meeting began. 

Executive Director Jim Demick kicked off the meeting with a brief introduction as he highlighted the topics that would be up for discussion. He discussed the FSGA standards and goals for conducting a tournament. During the rest of day one, FSGA staff and the invited volunteer Tournament Chairmen would discuss topics such as Course Set-up, the Notice to Players, Committee Packets, Women's Golf, and the Assignment of Officials. Afterwards, a dinner, which was catered by Carrabbas was enjoyed by all. 

The Chairmen would meet back at FSGA headquarters the next morning as the discussion was mainly about the day of tournament duties. The first topic discussed was Pace of Play. The group later went on to discuss Policies, Playoffs and Results, and Suspension of Play due to weather. FSGA staff members also gave some insight on their areas of expertise. Gary Donat gave a brief overview of the Course Rating system while Jeff Magaditsch and Nick Fallon discussed One-Day and Interclub events. Lastly, the Chairmen discussed the best ways to train and potentially recruit new volunteers as a way to familiarize volunteers with all of the daily tournament tasks as well as growing support for FSGA administered events. After a brief lunch, the Tournament Chairmen were on their way home and back to their perspective regions.

FSGA staff and the volunteer Tournament Chairmen all sat down for those two days with the same goal in mind; to administer events across the state in a consistent manner. The group also discussed the best ways to grow so that the FSGA can continue to provide competitive, professionally administered quality golf tournaments to our members and golfers all over the state of Florida. The presentation and open discussion was an overall success as the attendees were able to come to a conclusion on a sense of consistency for FSGA tournaments. Year after year the FSGA is confident that whether you attend an event in Tallahassee or Miami, Jacksonville or Naples, you will be provided with a consistent first class product.

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