Year: 2018

Clarifications of the 2019 Rules of Golf now available

As you probably have heard, 2019 marks the most substantial update to the Rules in the last 60 years. The rules have been modernized and even reduced down in number from 34 to 24. While many of the changes are very player friendly (penalties have been removed or lessened), there are some changes that could result in penalty to the player, if you don’t take the time to learn them.

In order to further understand these rule modernizations, the USGA has provided the Iowa Golf Association with ‘Clarifications of the 2019 Rules of Golf’ (linked below). The purpose of these clarifications is to provide additional context to the Rules of Golf (often as the result of frequent questions received since the 2019 Rules of Golf were released).

The USGA does not plan to add to these clarifications on a regular schedule, but may do so periodically if additional context is considered helpful. The IGA will be sure to share any additional information when it is made available.

Clarifications of the 2019 Rules of Golf

Lockridge presented 2018 George Turner Distinguished Service Award

Larry Lockridge was presented the IGA’s 2018 George Turner Distinguished Service Award during the Annual Awards & Player of the Year banquet on Friday, December 14, at Echo Valley Country Club. Lockridge served 15 years on the IGA Board of Directors, including serving at president from April 1999-April 2001. Lockridge is best known for his continued service and volunteer efforts administrating the Des Moines City Junior Tournament, starting in 1974.

The Iowa Golf Association named its distinguished service award after Turner in 2003. His name value runs beyond state borders. Turner qualified for and played in the 1981, 1984 and 1993 U.S. Senior Open and the 1988, 1990 and 1991 U.S. Senior Amateur. Off the course, George has been an Iowa Golf Association volunteer for decades, helping run numerous events. George and John Nervig took over operations of the Iowa Masters from the late Harry Burrell 20 years ago. It’s not an official Iowa Golf Association event unless George Turner is somewhere on the course!
(Courtesy of Rick Brown)

LaRocca named 2018 IGA Sean Flanders Volunteer of the Year

The IGA’s Sean Flanders Volunteer of the Year for 2018, is Leighann LaRocca (pictured above). LaRocca was presented her award in a surprise announcement on Friday, December 14, during the IGA Annual Awards and Player of the Year Banquet held at Echo Valley Country Club, Norwalk.

LaRocca has given countless hours to the IGA over the years, and 2018 was no different. She currently serves on the IGA Board of Directors as the Treasurer. As an officer she is part of the IGA Executive Committee – one of four IGA committees she serves on.

She is the chair of the Ann Griffel Scholarship Selection Committee, charged with ciphering through 75-100 scholarship applications each spring, narrowing it down to the 20 or so that will be shared with the entire committee. In addition, she serves on the Women’s Rules & Competitions Committee and the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, which, again, requires substantial amounts of reading when studying all the info on the various individuals that have been submitted.

LaRocca also recently decided to add course rating to her list of volunteer efforts in 2018, as she has joined the central Iowa group. Not only did she participate in ratings, but she also had to learn about the rating process, which takes up a significant amount of time in and of itself.

Finally, LaRocca has also been one of the top supporters financially to the IGA Foundation Scholarship programs. She is always extremely supportive of the Golf Marathon and Benefit Tournament that we hold to raise funds for our scholarships.

Click here to view a video of the presentation

IGA names Volunteer of the Year after Sean Flanders

The Iowa Golf Association is privileged to announce that the Volunteer of the Year Award has been named after Sean Flanders (pictured on the right with IGA Executive Director Chad Pitts). The annual award is selected each year by the IGA staff.

Click here to view a video of the presentation

Flanders has volunteered his time and efforts at the IGA championships and qualifiers for about past five years. During the competition season, Flanders feels almost like a member of the staff. Most of the time, he arrives at the course before staff. He not only helps out on the competition days, but he now spends a great deal of time helping prep in the days leading up to the events – this means painting hazards, Ground Under Repair, selecting hole locations and all the other stuff that goes into championship preparation. It’s not an exaggeration to say it has been hundreds of hours of volunteer service to the IGA over the past few years.

Flanders, who won this award twice in those five years, has had his name come up during discussions about who should win each year. IGA staff ultimately made the decision to honor Flanders, much to his surprise, by naming the award after him at the December 14, IGA Annual Awards and Player of the Year Banquet.

IGA Executive Director Chad Pitts (left) announces to the audience that the IGA Volunteer of the Year will be named after Sean Flanders (right).

IGA Executive Director Chad Pitts (left) and Sean Flanders share a laugh during the presentation.

Sean Flanders accepts a plaque signifying the IGA Volunteer of the Year will named in his honor.

Past Sani Scholar Quernemoen featured by PGA of America

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The PGA of America has announced a multiyear partnership with China’s Mission Hills Group and PacificPine Sports Group that will see the launch of three PGA Golf Academies in China.

The partnership between the PGA of America — one of the world’s largest sporting organizations, with a membership of nearly 29,000 golf professionals; and Mission Hills, the world’s largest golf facility, with 22 golf courses across two locations — will see two PGA of America Academies established at the Mission Hills Shenzhen resort in southern China and a third academy at the Mission Hills Haikou resort on Hainan Island.

PacificPine Sports Group has been appointed to manage the three academies at Mission Hills in China, with PGA of America Member Patrick Quernemoen overseeing operations. Previously, both the PGA of America and PacificPine’s parent, i3 Sports, partnered to create a digital media strategy that localizes the PGA’s vast library of content and distributes it via wide-reaching platforms, including a dedicated microsite on Sina Sports’ leading website.

Quernemoen was a 1994 Herman Sani Scholarship recipient.

Click here to read more courtesy of the PGA of America

IGAF, ISPGA partner to promote 2019 Iowa PGA Golf Pass

The Iowa Golf Association Foundation is continuing their partnership with the Iowa Section PGA to promote the 2019 Iowa PGA Golf Pass to members of the IGA.

An Iowa PGA Golf Pass is a booklet that contains FREE or discounted rates at over 250 golf facilities across Iowa and Western Illinois. By purchasing the golf pass, you can save hundreds – even thousands – of dollars on green fees, cart rentals, range balls, merchandise, and golf lessons!

Remember, that each Golf Pass offer is only valid for the individual Golf Pass holder. One Golf Pass is not valid for everyone in the group. The golf facilities included in the Golf Pass are only required to honor their deals to individuals that present a valid Iowa PGA Golf Pass.

Golfers now have the option to purchase the 2019 Iowa PGA Golf Pass in an electronic version ($40) or the typical printed booklet ($45) that has been available in the past.

The best part is you can use the coupon code “iowagolf” at checkout to receive $10 off your purchase (from $45 or $40 down to $35 or $30). Additionally, if you use that code, the IGA Foundation will receive a $10 donation from the Iowa PGA.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code “iowagolf” to receive $10 off your purchase of the Iowa PGA Golf Pass.

Click here to purchase your 2019 Iowa PGA Golf Pass today!


REMINDER — The Iowa PGA can no longer accept credit cards over the phone. All order must be done online or send a check to the Iowa PGA Section Office at 3184 Hwy 22, Riverside, IA 52327.

Iowa’s Gene Elliott wins Golfweek Senior TOC

LECANTO, Fla. – Gene Elliott (Pictured above) showed why he is Gene Elliott on Friday Nov. 30, in the final round of the Golfweek Senior Tournament of Champions. The Iowa golf legend rallied in the final round as his opponents were moving in the opposite direction on the leaderboard. Elliott used a final-round even-par 72 to win the event by four shots.

Elliott entered the final round at Black Diamond Ranch’s Quarry Course trailing Allen Peake by one shot. Peake tumbled down the leaderboard with a final-round 79. Elliott put together a solid round with two birdies and a double bogey. His 72 was the second-lowest round of the day. Only runner-up Mike Arnold had better (1-under 71) but opening rounds of 76 had left him to far back at the start of the day.

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Reocín puts the name of ISU’s Celia Barquín Arozamena to its municipal pavilion

The full council of Reocín has agreed to put the name of the Cantabrian golfer murdered in September, Celia Barquín Arozamena, who played college golf at Iowa State University, to its municipal pavilion of Puente San Miguel (shown above courtesy of Alan Shipnuck), as a tribute to this born sportswoman in the locality and whose family resides in it.

In a statement, the first deputy mayor and Councilor for Sports of the Municipality of Reocín, Mario Iglesias, highlights that the plenary adopted this decision last night, considering that Celia Barquín “represented and represents the values ​​of sport”.

“Those of us who knew Celia and her family can say that it is an honor for all our people that our municipal sports center bears her name,” the mayor assures.

Click here to read more from La Vanguardia Ediciones

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2019 IGA Schedule, USGA Qualifying venues announced

Many great venues will be featured as part of the 2019 IGA Championship schedule. A link at the bottom of the page will allow you to view the entire schedule, including USGA Qualifiers.

In 2019, the Iowa Amateur will travel to the northwest part of the state and visit The Ridge Golf Club, Sioux Center, on July 26-28. The Ridge most recently hosted the 2018 IGA Club Team and the 2013 IGA Four-Ball Championship. The Ridge, the 2012 IGA 18-Hole Course of the Year, will offer a good test of golf, stretching to 7,200 yards as a par 71. Yet with generous fairways and green complexes The Ridge Golf Club is sure to be enjoyable.

The Iowa Women’s Amateur will be hosted by Ankeny’s Otter Creek Golf Course (pictured above). Otter Creek GC, named 2016 IGA 18-hole Course of the Year, is no stranger to IGA championships, having hosted several in recent years, as well as many USGA qualifiers in the state of Iowa.

Otter Creek GC features a links style course with multiple sets of tees at each hole, 44 bunkers, 17 ponds, and an abundance of tall grasses and mounding. Otter Creek was originally built in 1982 as a park style golf course and underwent a complete renovation of both the golf course and clubhouse in 2008, re-opening in 2009. The Iowa Women’s Amateur will take place on July 22-24.

Tournament Club of Iowa, Polk City, will host the men’s and women’s IGA Match Play Championship on June 24-27. TCI, host of the 2018 Iowa Amateur, has hosted the IGA Match Play three times (2006, 09, 15), 2017 Director’s Cup and the 2013 Iowa Senior Amateur. Tournament Club of Iowa is the only Arnold Palmer Signature Course in the state of Iowa. In 2003, Arnold Palmer and his team created TCI’s beautiful course layout in the 500 acres that cuts through the dramatic bluffs and running ravines between Big Creek Dam and Saylorville Lake.

The Herman Sani Tournament, presented by Coppola Enterprises, will be played at Echo Valley Country Club, Norwalk, in 2019. The tournament will be held on its traditional dates – Fri-Sun, August 9-11. The championship will feature professional and amateur golfers with proceeds from the tournament going to the IGA’s Herman Sani Scholarship Fund.

The 2019 Iowa Senior Amateur will he contested at Mason City Country Club over a weekend, Aug. 16-18. The course was built in 1915 and has hosted many major events over the years. It has been the host site of the Iowa Amateur seven times; the Iowa Senior Amateur six times; and the IGA Match Play in 1992. The Iowa Senior Amateur was held last in 2012 and the Iowa Women’s Amateur in 2013 at MCCC. Recently the club was the host of North Iowa Amateur, a sanctioned point event of the IGA beginning in 2018.

The Iowa Wife-Husband Championship will be held at Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo, after being held at Lake Panorama the last three years. The championship is set for Sept. 20-22. The tournament will remain a 3-day format in which couples choose to play their two rounds on Friday & Saturday, Friday & Sunday or Saturday & Sunday.

As in the past, the IGA will conduct and administer several USGA Qualifiers throughout the state in 2019. Davenport Country Club will host U.S. Open Local Qualifying in early May, Spirit Hollow Golf Course, in Burlington, will host U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying in early June, while Wakonda Club will host U.S. Amateur Qualifying in early July. U.S. Senior Amateur and U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Qualifying will take place in late July, being play concurrently at Cedar Rapids Country Club. Rounding out the USGA Qualifying sites are Glen Oaks Country Club (U.S. Mid-Amateur) in mid-August and Des Moines Golf & Country Club (U.S. Four-Ball) in early September.

In addition to those championships and USGA qualifiers already listed, the IGA will conduct events at the following venues – Briarwood GC (Iowa Mid-Amateur), Bos Landen GC (IGA Four-Ball), Finkbine GC (IGA Senior Match Play), Grinnell College GC (Iowa Forever 39 Match Play), Jester Park GC in Granger (Father/Son, Parent/Child), Indianola CC (Iowa Junior & Girls’ Junior Amateur), Oneota G&CC (Iowa Senior Women’s Amateur), Pheasant Ridge GC (IGA Women’s Four-Ball), Coldwater GL (Women’s Club Team) and Oakwood CC (IGA Club Team).

IGA Member Play Days will be scheduled and announced at a later time.

Entries to all IGA Championships and Member Play Days will be available on March 1, 2019. Entries are available for USGA Championships at a later date, which will be determined by the USGA and announced on their website.

Click here to view the entire schedule, including USGA Qualifiers

‘Iowa gals’ take part in Play for P.I.N.K. event

A large group of ‘Iowa gals’ participated once again this year in the Naples Invitational Golf Tournament to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation earlier this week as part of the Play for P.I.N.K. efforts. Those from Iowa that participated in the charity event (pictured above) included Jan DeMott, Mary Saxton, Julie Lisle, Julie Swanson, Jules Daughton, Judy McCarty, Jill Blackwood, Debra Larson, Judy Arledge, Diane Sanders, Flo Schall, Jody Neuhaus, Lyn Schumann, Kathy Fortune, Ruth Bond, Cristy Schmidt, MaryAnn Brown, Robbie Hall and Carol Dodge.

To speed advances in breast cancer detection, treatment and survivorship, Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge) supports thousands of volunteers nationwide as they raise funds for research through sporting and lifestyle events. Their efforts raise $4.6 million annually — and 100% of that goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“This is a true labor of love for us because each of us has had a battle with breast cancer,” Blackwood said in a recent feature on the Play for P.I.N.K webpage. “Judy was diagnosed in 1999, had a mastectomy and has been disease free since. I was diagnosed in 2016. I had a double mastectomy followed by chemotherapy. In 2017 the cancer had metastasized. I went on a drug that was specifically developed for this type of cancer and did well for another year. When it stopped working I switched to another drug. The side effects were disastrous. I stopped taking all cancer medications and entered hospice. Today, I am happy to report that I am feeling much better and am able to function. I’m sharing my experience to illustrate the need for more research to bring an end to this awful disease. Play for P.I.N.K. donates 100% of all monies raised to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation which is important to Judy and me. Both of us believe research is the route to a cure.”

Play for P.I.N.K. supports events in 30 states across the country, with more than 30,000 annual participants turning their passion for golf, tennis, and other sports and lifestyle pursuits into substantial support for research. To date, Play for P.I.N.K. has raised nearly $53 million and currently supports 26 scientists at leading academic medical institutions around the world.

Click here to read a feature on Blackwood
and McCarty’s involvement in the charity event

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