Chapter Education

LPGA Amateur Golf Association Cleveland Education Opportunities

You do not have to be a good golfer to join LPGA Amateur Golf Association. In fact, many of our members are new or beginning golfers who have improved since joining. It is the best place to learn the game!

Our chapter tries to provide an environment where women can learn to play golf without pressure. You will find that we have league play at several different local courses covering a range of difficulty to help accommodate golfers of all skill levels.

We have a commitment to promote and foster a spirit of acceptance, dignity and respect for women golfers. One way we do that is to provide educational opportunities for our members whatever their level of experience. Our current education opportunities:

"Fairway Friends" - A Mentoring Program, is available for newer members who would like an opportunity to have an LPGA Amateur Golf Association member help them adjust to their new home course and/or help make that transition from instruction to playing golf. This program is open to all member golfers, provided you’ve been through a basic level of golf instruction. A mentor will help you get around the golf course safely and answer questions about etiquette, basic rules and the other nuances of the game in order to build your confidence and comfort in the golf course setting.

If interested, please check with your Course Director or contact Wendy Shick at

Golf With A Board Member - If you’re interested in learning more about LPGA Amateur Golf Association while spending some golf time with one of our Board members, please let us know. We’d be happy to share some time with you on the course and let you know more about our Chapter! Please contact Wendy Shick at  if interested.

Need a Golf Instructor?

Need a Golf Instructor?
HERE are a few suggestions!  If you have a teacher that you would like added to the list, please email Carolyn Caplan.

Changes to the Rules of Golf 2019

Click here for highlights of the new USGA 2019 Rules of Golf

Pace of Play

Being a short hitter isn’t the cause of slow play, being inaccurate however does add time to the round. What you do – or fail to do – between shots sets the pace of play, not the number of strokes you take.  Following the guidelines below will keep things moving along smoothly, earning you the approval of the marshal and the gratitude of the group behind you. 

Things you can do to keep up the pace of play:

Start smart
Confirm your tee time in advance and make it a point to arrive at the tee early with your golf equipment in order, ready to play. Remember essentials like extra balls, tees, gloves and appropriate clothing for the day’s weather conditions.

Minimize your time on the tee
On the tee it is usually acceptable for players to “hit when ready.” You can also save time by playing a provisional ball if you think your original ball might be lost or out of bounds.

Plan your shot before you get to your ball
Once you are off the tee, think ahead. Determine your yardage and make your club selection before it is your turn to play. Very often, you can do this while others are playing, without disruption. If you take your glove off between shots, have it back on before it is your turn to play. Even a small step like this saves time.

Keep your pre-shot routine short
Pick your line of play once and trust yourself. Try to take no more than one practice swing, then set up to the ball and play your shot. Most importantly, be ready to hit when it is your turn. Be efficient after your shot too. Start moving toward your next shot promptly.

Aim to play in 20 seconds
From club selection to pre-shot routine to execution, strive to hit your shot in 20 seconds when it is your turn to play. Help keep play moving at a brisk pace.

Develop an eye for distance
You don’t have to step off yardage for every shot. If you need to determine precise distance, try to find a yardage marker before you reach your ball, then step off the yardage on the way to your ball. Or, consider investing in an electronic range-finder or global positioning system for golf and use it when permitted by Local Rule. If others you are playing with are not familiar with the course, the Rules permit players to exchange yardage information without penalty.

When sharing a cart, use a buddy system
Don’t wait in the cart while your cartmate hits and then drive to your ball. Get out and walk to your ball with a few clubs. Be ready to play when it is your turn and then let your cartmate pick you up. Or, drive to your ball after you drop your cartmate off and then pick him or her up after you hit.

Be helpful to others in your group
Follow the flight of all tee shots, not just your own. Once in the fairway, help others look for their ball if you already know the location of yours. Volunteer to fill in a divot or rake a bunker for another player if needed. Be ready to attend the flagstick for others.

Keep up with the group in front of you
Your correct position on the course is immediately behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you. Arrive at your next shot just before the group in front leaves the area in front of you. If you are consistently not able to keep up and a gap opens in front of you, invite the group behind you to play through, irrespective of the number of players in the group.

Be efficient on the putting green
Mark your ball and lift and clean it when you arrive at the putting green so you will be ready to replace it when it is your turn to play. You can usually line up your putt while others are putting, without disturbing them. Leave your clubs on the side of the putting green closest to the next tee, and leave the green promptly after holing out. Wait until the next tee to record your score.

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