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many more changes in 2017.

We are currently re-working our website,


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 at


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 at