USGA creates regional golf associations to support grassroots programs

By |  January 11, 2018 0 Comments

Fifty-nine regional golf associations have entered into a new relationship with the United States Golf Association (USGA) to enhance the golfer experience at the state and local levels in the United States.

These Allied Golf Associations (AGAs), supported by the USGA’s five existing regional affairs offices, will administer the USGA Handicap and Course Rating Systems within defined geographic areas across the country, according to a press release. In addition, they will serve as the community’s primary resource for USGA services such as championship qualifiers, governance, golf facility support and programs that help grow and improve the long-term health of the game.

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“Regional golf associations are a vital part of the golf community and the USGA,” says Mike Davis, USGA CEO. “As the game moves forward into the future, we feel this formalized new alliance of working together on grassroots programs will improve how we serve golfers and providing a healthy foundation from which the entire golf community can grow.”

Newly recognized AGAs were identified through a nearly year-long discovery process that encouraged collaboration among existing golf organizations within each state and region, sharing best practices and leveraging programs that have made a positive impact, according to the USGA.

The resulting relationship will enable AGAs to provide a variety of competitive playing opportunities at all levels within their region. The AGAs will also serve a point of contact for education on topics such as modernizing golf’s rules, the new World Handicap System and related governance functions.

Each AGA will also have direct access to USGA research, funding for programs such as USGA P.J. Boatwright Internships, data and technology, additional expertise to better serve the health of golf facilities and support of national grow-the-game initiatives including PLAY9. Another benefit afforded to the alliance’s golfers will be the centralized computation of USGA Handicap Indexes in the United States to improve efficiency, consistency and governance oversight.

An AGA Council has been formed to share information, help ongoing service delivery and provide continuous feedback directly to the USGA. The 12-member council consists of AGA executive directors who will represent regions and markets throughout the United States, according to a press release.

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