educate all of our rules officials, which should
ultimately mean a better experience for our
We are always on the look out for individuals
who are interested in learning about the rules.
Right now, we have six to eight people who have
attended multiple USGA-PGA Rules Workshops
and help us out regularly. We would love to
double that number in the next few years. If you
have an interest, please send our staff an email
or give them a phone call. Becoming a certified
rules official is not a quick process, but it is very
rewarding and can be a lot of fun.
We are excited to continue to work closer with the
two High School athletic organizations in the state
as they work to make high school golf even better.
For the past few years we have provided scoring
at the state tournaments for the IGHSAU (girls)
as well as partnering in rules of golf education for
players and coaches. We will continue that for the
foreseeable future. We have been working more
closely with the IAHSAA (boys) to help provide
quality rules education as well and look forward to
a stronger relationship as we progress.
As the calendar turns to 2017, we are looking
forward to championship season. We think we
have some of the best collective sites we have ever
had, with Cedar Rapids Country Club set to host
the Iowa Amateur and The Harvester Golf Club
hosting the men’s and women’s Match Play. Plus,
Beaver Hills Country Club will host an IGA event for
the first time since 2003 when they host the Iowa
Mid-Amateur in May.
I would be remised if I did not “Shout Out” a big
THANK-YOU to the IGA staff of Chad, Bill, Katelynn,
Clint and the USGA interns Meg and Brad. Those
six individuals cover the same turf that many
states that have two to three times the staff do.
They administer our events in a professional
manner, which makes it very fun and enjoyable.
When you see them in 2017, please give them a
big Arnold Palmer Thumb’s Up!
So be sure to sign up for some events when
entries open in March. In the meantime, I hope
the winter treats everyone well, and maybe even
allows you to get south to play a few holes. If not,
we look forward to starting up with you all again as
soon as the weather turns here in Iowa. See you
on the first tee.
Hole 9 at The Harvester, site of the 2017
IGA Men’s and Women’s Match Play