many more changes in 2017.
We are currently re-working our website,iowagolf.org
to be more mobile-friendly and easier to navigate. We
are hoping to launch the new site shortly after the first
of the year.
We will be launching new tournament management
software for use by our member clubs in 2017. The
new “USGA Tournament Management powered by
Golf Genius” will eventually be a replacement for the
current Tournament Pairings Program (TPP). While
we are still learning the new software ourselves, I can
safely say it has already shown itself to be much more
powerful in terms of running day-to-day club events
such as leagues and member-guests. We think our
clubs will see it as a big improvement.
We are working more closely than ever with
the Iowa Section PGA and the Iowa Golf Course
Superintendents Association and are currently
collaborating to bring more attention to our Iowa
golf courses through tourism and other promotions.
We have commissioned a new Iowa Golf Economic
Impact Study, which will be released in early 2017.
In 2006, the study showed golf as an approximately
$750 million industry here in Iowa and we hope to see
something close to $1 billion this time around. We
will publish the results of the study atiowagolf.org
soon as available.
The IGA, Iowa Section PGA, and The Iowa Turfgrass Association
are looking to build a closer relationship to bring more attention
to Iowa Golf through tourism and promotions.
Handing over the trophy to 2016 Iowa Senior Amateur Champion
and Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member, Gene Elliott.
So we have a lot going on, that is for sure…so I should
probably get back to work! Please enjoy flipping
through this yearbook and bringing back memories of a
terrific season for the IGA. We look forward to seeing
you all on the links again next spring!
My first ever hole-in-one happened this year at the U.S. Amateur
Four-Ball qualifier at the Glen Club in Glenview, Illinois.
Check out the IGA’s new website atiowagolf.org