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PRESIDENT’S REPORT ON OPINION SURVEY

PRESIDENT SE VERSLAG OOR OPINIE OPNAME

SAGESPresidentAlecDixsonOctober 2018

Dear SAGES friends

Over the years there have been mutterings by members regarding a number of issues, namely, where our women members should be playing in competitions, the competitions themselves and the age old debate about the dress code. The report of the ad hoc committee that was tasked to investigate the format of the national tournament was tabled at the past AGM and it was decided that additional cost cutting measures should be pursued.

 

  

It was thus decided to obtain members’ opinions by means of a questionnaire which was distributed a few months ago with the request that each member have the opportunity to respond. These responses have since been analysed and the results appear in the annexure. It is noted that more than 10% of the total membership responded which may not seem a lot, but statistically it is an acceptable representative sample of general opinion.

The survey dealt separately with the 8 particular aspects which are listed and discussed below: 

1. Eurika Gowans trophy/women’s’ division;

Three issues were addressed regarding the woman members’ participation and the results clearly indicate a need for woman to have the option to participate in the division of their own choosing. Only 28% of respondents preferred limiting woman to their own division, but most (55%) disagreed. There was strong agreement that the current handicap system has levelled the playing field to accommodate competition with men.

2. Divisions in general;

Traditionally, not only in SAGES, but golf clubs in general, it has been the case that the crowning of a National/Club champion has been decided through a Medal competition which effectively ruled out participation by golfers other than those in the A division/low handicap rankings. As far as SAGES is concerned there is an overwhelming opinion that this is not the will of our members. The majority of respondents did not agree that our championship competitions should be limited to low handicap players, that low handicap players should receive preferential treatment and that IPS competitions disadvantage low handicap golfers. Some 94% of respondents agree that every player should have the opportunity to participate in these competitions.

3. National tournament – Flag raising;

There was a normal opposing reaction regarding support or otherwise for this event with a strong no opinion response. Although the event may be critical to some, it is clearly not so for everyone, but there is a strong indication that the event is not well attended.

4. National tournament – Dress code (players);

There is clear support for the current players’ dress code and further discussion is superfluous.

5. National tournament – Dress code (events);

There is stronger support for the current dress code, but there is also significant opposition. Most respondents confirm that the projection of a unified image is important, but there are mixed feelings about the way in which this can be achieved. It is important to note that more respondents agree that there are tournament participants who do not attend events because of the dress code and a significant percentage of no opinions – perhaps by respondents who do not regularly attend national tournaments.

6. National tournament – Tuesday prize-giving;

The majority of respondents appear satisfied with the retention of this event.

7. National tournament – AGM

There was a normal opposing reaction regarding support or otherwise for catering at this event with a strong no opinion response.

8. National tournament – Gala dinner;

There is a strong indication that the event is important and that the cost is generally acceptable, but almost 30% of respondents indicated that it was too costly. There was a strong no opinion faction.

The possibility of a revised format for the national tournament has been raised a number of times in the past few years, hence the decision for the convening of an ad hoc committee the results of which have provided the basis for further progress. There is undoubtedly a need for change and the indications by our members through the medium of a questionnaire have confirmed this – the high percentage opinions on some key factors also reflect the necessity to react sooner rather than later. Analysis of the handicap distribution of our membership at the last National tournament revealed that only 10% of the members qualified for participation in the A division, i.e. 90% of members are excluded from ever winning the championship spot. In the true spirit of SAGES our aim is primarily to organise activities for the benefit of our members and while we may not satisfy every member all the time, it should certainly be our aim to be influenced by the majority’s opinions.

In view of all the above, the NMC have decided that the winner of the National Championship be decided based on the result of an IPS competition and that our woman members be allowed to decide in which category they wish to participate. This only applies to the individual component of the tournament and does not affect the team competition. The individual competition is then divided into three divisions, namely, general, veterans and women. All groups play an IPS format and the national champion is determined by the highest score overall. This means that the champion can emerge from any of the 3 divisions. However the overall winner does not qualify for any further recognition in his/her particular division. Furthermore, a participant may not compete in more than one division.

PRESIDENT SE VERSLAG OOR OPINIE OPNAME

Oor die jare was daar kommentaar deur lede ten opsigte van ʼn aantal aangeleenthede, naamlik, in watter kategorië ons vroue lede in kompetisies behoort te speel, die formaat van die kompetisies en die ou debat oor die kleredrag reëls. Die verslag van die ad hoc komitee wat daargestel is om die formaat van die nasionale toernooi te ondersoek, is tydens die jonste AJV ingedien en daar is besluit dat verdere koste besparings ondersoek moet word. Daar is gevolglik besluit om lede se menings te bekom deur middel van ʼn vraelys wat versprei is met die versoek dat elke lid geleentheid moet kry om te reageer. Hierdie terugvoer is intussen verwerk en die resultate verskyn in die bylae. Daar is kennis geneem dat meer as 10% van die totale ledetal gereageer het wat min blyk te wees, maar uit ʼn statistiese oogpunt is dit ʼn aanvaarbare verteenwoordigende monster van die algemene gevoel.Oor die jare was daar kommentaar deur lede ten opsigte van ʼn aantal aangeleenthede, naamlik, in watter kategorië ons vroue lede in kompetisies behoort te speel, die formaat van die kompetisies en die ou debat oor die kleredrag reëls. Die verslag van die ad hoc komitee wat daargestel is om die formaat van die nasionale toernooi te ondersoek, is tydens die jonste AJV ingedien en daar is besluit dat verdere koste besparings ondersoek moet word. Daar is gevolglik besluit om lede se menings te bekom deur middel van ʼn vraelys wat versprei is met die versoek dat elke lid geleentheid moet kry om te reageer. Hierdie terugvoer is intussen verwerk en die resultate verskyn in die bylae. Daar is kennis geneem dat meer as 10% van die totale ledetal gereageer het wat min blyk te wees, maar uit ʼn statistiese oogpunt is dit ʼn aanvaarbare verteenwoordigende monster van die algemene gevoel.

Die opname het 8 spesifieke aspekte wat hieronder gelys en bespreek word:

1. Eurika Gowans trofee/vroue divisie;

Drie aangeleenthede is aangespreek met betrekking tot die vroue lede se deelname en die resultate dui duidelik dat daar ʼn behoefte is dat vroue die opsie moet hê om self te keis in watter afdeling hulle wil deelneem. Slegs 28% van respondente verkies dat vroue beperk word tot hul eie divisie, maar die meederheid (55%) gaan nie akkoord nie. Daar is ʼn sterk aanduiding dat die huidige voorgee stelsel die speelveld gelyk maak om kompetisie met mans te vergamaklik.

2. Divisies in die algemeen;

Tradisioneel in SAGES en in gholf klugs in die algemeen, is dit so dat die bekroning van die Nasionale/ Klub kampioen besluit is deur middel van ʼn “Medal” kompetisie wat effektief die deelname deur gholfers anders as die in die A divisie/lae voorgee spelers, uitgesluit het. Wat SAGES betref is daar ʼn oorweldigende opinie dat dit nie is wat ons lede wil hê nie. Die meederheid respondente het nie saamgestem dat ons kampioenskap kompetisies beperk word tot lae voorgee spelers, dat lae voorgee spelers voorkeur behandeling moet kry of dat IPS kompetisies lae voorgee spelers benadeel. Sowat 94% van die respondente is van mening dat elke speler die geleentheid moet hê om in hierdie kompetisies deel te neem.

3. Nasionale toernooi – Vlaghysing;

Daar was ʼn normale opponerende reaksie met betrekking tot ondersteuning of andersins vir hierdie geleentheid met ʼn sterk geen respons groep. Alhoewel hierdie geleentheid vir sommige lede krities mag wees dit is duidelik nie die geval vir almal nie, maar daar is ʼn duidelike gevoel dat dit nie goed bygewoon word nie.

4. Nasional toernooi – Kleredrag (spelers);

Daar is duidelike ondersteuning vir die huidige voorskrifte en verdere bespreking is oorbodig.

5. Nasional toernooi – Kleredrag (geleenthede);

Daar is sterk ondersteuning vir die huidige voorskrifte, maar daar is ook beduidende opposisie. Die meeste respondente is van mening dat dit belangrik is om ʼn verenigde beeld uit te dra, maar daar is gemengde gevoelens oor die manier waarmee dit bereik kan word. Dit is belangrik om kennis te neem dat meer respondente ooreenstem dat daar toernooi deelenmers is wat nie die funksies bewoon nie as gevolg van die kleredrag vereistes assok ʼn beduidende persentasie geen opinies – dalk deur respondente wat nie gereeld die toernooie bywoon nie.

6. Nasional toernooi – Dinsdag prysuitdeeling;

Die meeste respondente blyk tevrede te wees met die behoud van hierdie funksie.

7. Nasional toernooi – AJV

Daar was ʼn normale opponerende reaksie met betrekking tot spyseniering by hierdie funksie, met ʼn sterk geen opinie groep.

8. Nasionale toernooi – Gala dinee;

Daar is ʼn sterk aanduiding dat hierdie geleentheid belangrik is en dat die koste in die algemeen aanvaarbaar is, maar byna 30% van die respondente het aangedui dat dit te duur is. Daar was ʼn sterk geen opinie groep.

Die moontlikheid van ʼn hersiene formaat vir die nasionale toernooi is by verskeie geleenthede oor die afgelope jare geopper, vandaar die besluit om die ad hoc komitee saam te roep waarvan die resultate die basis vorm vir verdere vordering. Daar is ongetwyfeld ʼn behoefte vir verandering en die aandudings van ons lede deur middel van die vraelys bevestig dit – die hoë persentasie menings oor sekere sleutel faktore, reflekteer ook die noodsaaklikheid om eerder vroeër as later te reageer. Ontleding van die voorgee distribusie van ons lede by die jongste nasionale toernooi dui daarop dat slegs 10% van die deelnemers in die A divisie kon speel, d.w.s. 90% van alle deelnemers sal nooit vir die kampioen posisie kan meeding nie. In die ware gees van SAGES is ons primêre doel om aktiwiteite te reël ten gunste van al ons lede, maar terwyl ons nie almal altyd tevrede kan stel nie, moet dit beslis ons doelwit wees om deur die meederheid beïnvloed te wees.Die moontlikheid van ʼn hersiene formaat vir die nasionale toernooi is by verskeie geleenthede oor die afgelope jare geopper, vandaar die besluit om die ad hoc komitee saam te roep waarvan die resultate die basis vorm vir verdere vordering. Daar is ongetwyfeld ʼn behoefte vir verandering en die aandudings van ons lede deur middel van die vraelys bevestig dit – die hoë persentasie menings oor sekere sleutel faktore, reflekteer ook die noodsaaklikheid om eerder vroeër as later te reageer. Ontleding van die voorgee distribusie van ons lede by die jongste nasionale toernooi dui daarop dat slegs 10% van die deelnemers in die A divisie kon speel, d.w.s. 90% van alle deelnemers sal nooit vir die kampioen posisie kan meeding nie. In die ware gees van SAGES is ons primêre doel om aktiwiteite te reël ten gunste van al ons lede, maar terwyl ons nie almal altyd tevrede kan stel nie, moet dit beslis ons doelwit wees om deur die meederheid beïnvloed te wees.

Met inagneming van alles hierbo genoem, het die NBK besluit dat die wenner van die nasionale kampioenskap op die resultaat van ʼn IPS kompetisie gebaseer moet word en dat ons vroue lede toegelaat word om self te besluit in watter kategorie hulle wil deelneem. Dit is slegs van toepassing op die individuele komponent van die toernooi en raak nie die span kompetisie nie. Die individuele kompetisie is dan in drie divisies ingedeel, naamlik, algemeen, veterane en vroue. Dit beteken dat die kampioen uit enige van die drie divisies na vore kan kom. Die oorhoofse wenner kwalifiseer egter nie vir enige verdere erkenning in sy/haar spesifieke divisie nie. ʼn Deelnemer kan voorts nie in meer as een divisie meeding nie.

Daar is nie ʼn dwingende behoefte om die spelers se kleredrag te verander nie. Daar kan egter nog oorweeg word om die vlag-hysing geleentheid af te skaf of ten minste die koste daarvan te verminder sowel as die formaat en koste van die Galadinee te verander.

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Sages groete,

Alec Dixon
Nasionale President
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