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WALDEN LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION  CONSTITUTION   ARTICLE I:  NAME    The name of the organization shall be the Walden Ladies Golf Association (hereinafter   referred to as WLGA).    ARTICLE II:  PURPOSE    The purpose of the WLGA shall be to promote good fellowship and sportsmanship among the members, and to  encourage active participation in golfing events conducted in accordance with the rules of the United States Golf  Association, except as modified by the local rules of the course.              ARTICLE III:  MEMBERSHIP     Section 1.  The members of the WLGA shall consist of ladies who are members of the Walden Golf and Country  Club; are at least 19 years of age; and are not on a high school or college golf team.    Section 2.  Membership dues shall be set by the Executive Committee, payable in advance.      Section 3.  Any member with dues paid to date shall be in good standing; shall be entitled to vote at all meetings of  the WLGA; may be elected or appointed to an office or committee; and may participate in all events conducted under  its auspices upon compliance with the regulations under which they may be held.      ARTICLE IV:  OFFICERS    Section 1.  The officers of the WLGA shall consist of President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary,  Treasurer, and Playday Chairwoman.   They shall be elected at the October meeting of the WLGA, taking office the  1st of January for a term of one year.  Section 2.  Duties of Officers.    a.  The President shall preside at all meetings of the  WLGA and of the Executive Committee; shall have general  supervision of the affairs of the WLGA; shall appoint the chairwomen of such standing committees as are necessary  to conduct the affairs of the WLGA; shall fill any vacancy occurring on the Executive Committee with the majority  approval of the Executive Committee; and shall serve as a member ex-officio of all committees except the  Nominating Committee and serve as liaison to the Walden Ladies Golf Association Nine Holers.     b. The 1st Vice-President, in the absence of the President, shall preside over the meetings of the WLGA.  She shall  serve as Membership Chairwoman and shall be responsible for compiling and printing the WLGA Yearbook, the cost  of which is to be submitted to the Executive Committee for approval.    c. The 2nd Vice-President, in the absence of the President and 1st Vice President, shall preside at meetings of WLGA.  She shall be the Special Tournament Chairwoman and may appoint an assistant, who would take the responsibility  of 2nd Vice-President in her absence.  She shall be in charge of all tournaments, excluding the Spirit of America  Invitational Tournament, conducted by WLGA, shall keep all records of the same, and shall address questions  regarding rules and handicap.  She shall ensure that all tournament plaques and trophies are current including the  Championship and Presidents’ plaques.     d. The Secretary shall keep the records of the meetings of the WLGA and of the Executive Committee.  The  Secretary shall perform any necessary correspondence.    e. The Treasurer shall collect and keep all monies of the WLGA and disburse them as directed by the Executive WLGA.  She shall keep the accounts in books belonging to the  WLGA which shall be, at all times, open to inspection by the Executive Committee to whom monthly reports in writing shall be made of all monies received, paid out, and the balance on hand.  She shall make a report of the financial condition of the WLGA at each meeting.  She shall  submit a yearly budget to be approved by the Executive Committee.    f. The Playday Chairwoman and an assistant, if needed, shall be in charge of all Wednesday and Saturday Playdays  for WLGA member participation, and shall keep all records of same.      ARTICLE V: COMMITTEES   Section 1.  The committees of the WLGA shall include Social, Bluebonnet Interclub, North Woods Interclub,   Handicap, Photographer, Yearbook, the annual Spirit of America Invitational, Webmaster,  Texas Golf Association  (TGA),  Newsletter and Ladies Challenge Cup (LCC).      Section 2.  Chairpersons of standing committees or special committees shall select their own committee members as  needed. They shall present plans of work to the Executive Committee for its approval, and shall keep records of their  committee’s work to be passed on to their successors.    ARTICLE VI:  MEETINGS   Section 1.  The business meetings of the WLGA shall be held following Saturday playdays, or as specified by the  President.    Section 2.  The place of the meetings shall be in the clubhouse of the Walden Golf and Country Club, or as specified  by the President.    Section 3.  The order of business shall be: reading of the minutes of the previous meeting; report of the Treasurer;  reports of Committees; unfinished business; new business; and adjournment.    Section 4.  Special meetings may be called any time by order of the President or any three members of the  Executive Committee or by the 1st Vice-President in the absence of the President. The Secretary shall give notice of  special meetings at least two days before the date of the meeting.    Section 5.  A quorum to conduct business at any monthly or special meeting shall be twenty percent (20%) of the  voting membership.      ARTICLE VII:  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE   Section 1.  There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the officers of the WLGA, and the Past President.     Section 2.  The Executive Committee shall hold a regular meeting prior to the WLGA’s general meeting.       Section 3.  The absence of any member of the Executive Committee for two consecutive meetings, unless previously  excused by the President or unless satisfactorily explained to the Executive Committee at the next regular meeting,  shall be deemed a resignation from the Executive Committee.    Section 4.  The Executive Committee shall have the power to (a) make and amend rules for the conduct of golf  tournaments and social affairs which the WLGA may decide to sponsor and (b) expend the funds of the WLGA in  carrying out its objectives and purposes.    Section 5:  The Executive Committee may utilize e-mail in the conduct of its business.        ARTICLE VIII:  ELECTION (Dates Rev. 2019 by Member Vote )  Section 1.  There shall be a Nominating Committee of five (5) elected by ballot at the September meeting.  There  shall be at least eight (8) nominations made from the floor, and the five (5) receiving the highest number of votes  shall serve. The person receiving the most votes shall serve as Chairwoman.    Section 2.  The Nominating Committee shall present a name for each elective office at the October meeting.  Nominations from the floor will be accepted at this time and added to the ballot.  The Secretary shall post names nominated by the Committee and nominations from the floor on the bulletin  board for all members to review.    Section 3.  The WLGA shall hold its election each year in November. Voting shall be done by written ballot mailed to  each member directly after the October meeting.  The completed ballots shall be returned to the Secretary via mail or  deposited in the WLGA box in the Pro Shop and must be received before the November meeting when the Secretary  will report the results.)  Alternately, at the discretion of the Board, the vote may be taken electronically with the  Secretary e-mailing a ballot to each member.  Members would vote by return e-mail.       Section 4.  Should there be an uncontested slate of officers at the October meeting, the slate shall be accepted by  acclamation as presented.      ARTICLE IX:  PLAYDAYS   Section 1.  The WLGA shall have a calendar year from January through December with regular playdays on  Wednesdays and one Saturday as posted on the WLGA calendar.       Section 2.  There must be a minimum of six (6) members teeing off in accordance with regularly scheduled play to  constitute a playday.    Section 3.  To compete in a playday, all players must be paired at the clubhouse prior to play.      ARTICLE X:  AMENDMENTS   These by-laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, a quorum being  present, and the proposed change having been read at a previous meeting.  STANDING RULES   1.  Golfers participating in any WLGA sponsored event must have an established Walden handicap to compete.  If a  player's handicap is questionable, the handicap committee will review it and make adjustments accordingly.    2.  Each golfer shall turn in all scores.    3.  A Walden Golf Club member may join both WLGA and WLGA-9.  Membership dues must be paid for both  organizations.  A WLGA-9 player may choose to play and compete in WLGA playdays and events with a maximum  handicap of 40 for 18 holes.   WLGA players must compete with a maximum of 40 handicap.  (January 11, 2014 Exec. Bd.)    4.  Members will play in the flight determined by the tournament chairwoman.  Players must play in assigned  pairings, or otherwise be disqualified.  The tournament chairwoman has the option to change the format and may  flight players according to the number participating.  Playday Chairwoman may tee off on Wednesdays in the first  three groups regardless of her handicap.    5. A player may continue to compete in any team event even though she has picked up.  Putts will be recorded only  on any individual stroke play event.     6.  If conditions warrant, the Tournament Chairwoman shall announce, by a printed sign placed on Golf Shop counter  prior to play, if preferred lies are in effect.    7.  Players may post chip-ins, birdies, eagles, water pars, and sandy pars for year end awards provided score cards  are turned in.      8. A "pick up" disqualifies a player from the game of the day if the hole in question is part of the "game of the day". A  "pick up" by a player does not disqualify that player from a "closest to the pin" that day.       9.  Guests may not compete on playday, and will play with their hostess.  Guests are not  permitted to play in the  following five tournaments:  Club Championship, Bradley Cup, Past Presidents', Match Play, and Member-Member.      10.   Any member who breaks 100, 90, 80, etc. for the first time during a WLGA playday or tournament at Walden  shall receive the appropriate break pin.      11. The annual Walden on Lake Conroe Club Championship is governed by the following:   a) Must be a member in good standing of Walden on Lake Conroe Ladies Golf Association prior to the tournament.  b)  Must have an established handicap and five scores from Walden Golf Course posted or turned over to the  Tournament Chairwoman in the calendar year, and must have participated in three (3) LGA sponsored events in  the 12 months following the previous Club Championship Tournament.  c) The Club Championship will be a 54 hole gross tournament for the Championship Flight. There will be one  Champion who is the first gross winner. (Weather and Course Conditions permitting.) (Rev. Exec. Board 2016).         For all other flights, the Club Championship is a 36 hole         tournament with a first gross winner per flight.         (Weather and Course Conditions permitting.)         (Rev. Exec.     Board 2016)  D) These requirements are also applicable to be eligible        for  year end awards for the Walden Ladies Golf Association.   (Rev. Exec. Board 2018)    There will be one “Club Champion”, one “Super Senior Champion” and one gross winner in each flight other than the  Championship Flight. Six players are required to constitute a flight.      Flights will be determined by the Head Pro and Tournament Chair with the final decision being made by the Head  Pro.  Except in the Championship Flight, flights will be determined after everyone has teed off on Day Two.    Club Championship will be determined by the person with the lowest gross score in Championship Flight. There will  be a first gross winner in all other flights.    There will be a Championship Flight based on one-third of the field. The Head Pro will determine the handicap index  cut-off constituting one-third of the field.    A player who qualifies for the Championship Flight must play three days  and may not elect to play two days.    Day 1 - Pairings in the Championship Flight will be based on current handicap index starting with the lowest  index and working up to the highest.    Day 2 –Pairings in the Championship Flight will be based on the gross score from Day 1.    Pairings in Flights 2, 3 and 4 will be based on current handicap index  starting with the lowest index and working up  to the highest.    Day 3 – Pairings will be based on the cumulative gross scores of Day 1 and Day 2 for Championship Flight.     Pairings will be based on the gross score of Day 2 for       Flights 2, 3 and  4.    The Super Senior Championship will be played within the confines of the Club Championship following the same  guidelines i.e. pairings, ties, etc.    a) Players must be 65 years old to qualify for the Super Senior Championship.  b) Players must specify Super Senior eligibility prior to tournament play.  c) Any player 65 years or over could win both the Super Senior and Club Championship titles.  d) In the Championship Flight, the player uses the scores from Days 2 and 3 as her Super Senior score.    In case of a tie score for the “Club Champion” at the end of 54 holes, a sudden death playoff will be required beginning on hole #1 and ending when the hole has been won. In the case of a tie score for the “Super Senior Champion” at the end of 36 holes, a sudden death playoff will be required beginning on hole #1 and ending when the hole has been won.  Should the tournament be called prior to the completion of 54 holes for the “Club Champion” and 36 holes for “Super Senior”, a tie score would be broken in an 18 hole playoff. In the case of a tie for gross in each flight other than the Championship Flight, matching the score cards will determine the winner on the basis of the best score for the last nine holes. If the tying players have the same score for the last nine, the winner will be determined on the basis of the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole. Awards will be presented at the Award Festivities at the end of the year. 12.  Players must sign up to play in Saturday Playday by Thursday, 12 Noon.  Players must sign up to play in Wednesday Playday by Tuesday, 12 Noon.  13.   In all WLGA sponsored events, there shall be a Local Rule in effect on the number 12 hole.  If you believe your ball may be in the water hazard behind or beside the green, playing a provisional ball will be permitted.  If the original ball is not in the hazard you must play the original ball as it lies. 14. Should initial membership to Walden Golf Club become effective after August 1, the WLGA membership dues will be 50% of annual dues.  When the entire course is deemed cart path only, the following local rule will be in effect for LGA playdays.  Local Rule:  Lift, clean and place the ball within one club length of its' original location and not nearer the hole from tee through the green.  (January 11, 2014 Exec. Bd) 16. Participation in the WLGA Hole-in-One Club (HIO) is voluntary. Beginning in 2017 Hole-in-One participation is a $10.00 fee for an active WLGA member whose dues remain paid in the WLGA until the Hole in One prize is won.  Payout is distributed at the Awards Luncheon and is split among those members making a Hole-in-One during that year.   At the beginning of the following year, members can join again with a $10.00 participation fee.  New members of the WLGA may join at any time of the year by paying the $10.00 fee. The HIO must be made on the Walden course during a WLGA sponsored event.  WLGA Playdays, tournaments, Walden hosted interclubs, the Spirit Invitational are eligible events. (Rev. Exec. Board 12/2016) 17. The LCC Chairperson shall select an LCC team from WLGA members with current handicaps of 25 or less.  Should a team not be filled with a player with a handicap of 25 or less from the WLGA, the LCC chairperson shall extend invitation to play to other WLGA members of higher handicaps.  These  players must play to a 25 handicap.  (January, 2016 Exec.Bd.) 19. LOCAL RULE:  Measuring Devices  For all play at this course, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3."  (Exec.Bd. 2016)
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