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Entries now open for 2017 U.S. Open Championship, Senior Open, Women’s Open

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Women’s Open. The U.S. Open Local Qualifier will be held in Burlington at Spirit Hollow Golf Course on May 15.

There is not a qualifier for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open or U.S. Women’s Open in Iowa.

Click here to find qualifying sites/dates, enter any of the three championships and to view application deadlines from the USGA.

USGA, R&A announce proposed rule changes

The R&A and the USGA announced today a major set of proposed changes to the Rules of Golf. These changes result from our Rules Modernization initiative that began five years ago in an effort to bring the Rules up to date to fit the needs of the game today globally. This initiative had two guiding themes:
– Even far-reaching Rule changes should be open for discussion, but golf’s essential principles and character must be preserved.
– Revisions should be assessed with all golfers in mind, so that the Rules are easier to understand and apply not only for professionals and elite amateurs, but also for beginners, high-handicappers and typical club and recreational golfers at all levels of play around the world.

Click here to learn more

PGA Tour Ruling Video – Fairly Taking your Stance

Check out this video with Stewart Cink from this weekend’s Honda Classic.  Stewart, properly, wants to make sure he is “fairly taking his stance” in the hazard.  It’s a great lesson on what to be aware of if you ever encounter this situation.

Read more about “fairly taking your stance” in Decision 13-2/1.

2017 IGA Four-Ball Host Hotel

The IGA has set up a room block at the Country Inn & Suites in Council Bluffs for those competing in the 2017 IGA Four-Ball Championship at Bent Tree Golf Club.  The Country Inn is conveniently located next to the Horseshoe Casino near the Mid-America Center.

A block of rooms has been reserved for May 25 – May 27, 2017.  The special room rate of $99 will be available until April 25th or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.

COUNTRY INN & SUITES
17 Arena Way
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
712-322-8282
If phoning in to reserve, please tell them “IGA Men’s Four-Ball”.

Click here to go to the online booking site.

2017 Iowa Amateur Host Hotel

The IGA has set up a room block at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids for those competing in the 2017 Iowa Amateur Championship at Cedar Rapids Country Club.

A block of rooms has been reserved for July 23 – July 26, 2017.  The special room rate of $99 will be available until July 9th or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.

HAMPTON INN & SUITES
1130 Park Place NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-832-1130
If phoning in to reserve, please tell them “2017 Iowa Amateur Golf Championship”.

Click here to go to the online booking site.

2017 IGA Rules of Golf Seminars Announced

VIEW FLYER ON IGA RULES SEMINARS

The Iowa Golf Association will once again host a series of seminars focusing on the Rules of Golf.  We have three scheduled for 2017, one of which is dedicated specifically to educating high school golf coaches.

The three dates feature one in the western part of the state, one central and one east.

For the central site, we have partnered with the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association (boys).  We will provide a few hours of rules education during a full day of training for high school golf coaches.  The clinic will be held at the Iowa Hall of Pride at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines on Saturday, April 8th.
Click here to view a flyer with sign up instructions on the HS Coaches Clinic

Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Iowa City will host for the eastern part of the state on Saturday, March 25th.  Council Bluffs Country Club will be the host for the western part.  Both of these seminars will begin at 9 a.m. and finish around noon.  We will focus on some of the most commonly applied rules of golf, as well as answer questions from those in attendance.

WHO CAN ATTEND?:

The IGHSAU & IHSAA are the administrators of the clinic on April 8th, therefore only high school coaches are eligible to attend (see flyer).

Anyone is eligible to attend on March 25 (Pleasant Valley, Iowa City) or April 1 (Council Bluffs CC).  High School coaches and players are strongly encouraged to attend.  These seminars are FREE to attend, no cost.

TO SIGN UP:

To sign up to attend the High School Clinic on April 8th (Iowa Hall of Pride), please email [email protected].

To sign up to attend either March 25 @ Pleasant Valley (Iowa City) or April 1 @ Council Bluffs CC, please email [email protected].

If you have questions, please give us a call (515-207-1062) or email [email protected].

Norwalk couple comes up aces in California

Talk about a two-day stretch of golf.

Norwalk’s Jerry Hardy and Bonnie Bell, both members at Echo Valley Country Club, each made a hole-in-one, just one day apart.

If that wasn’t amazing enough, Bonnie informed the IGA of something ever more amazing.

“Jerry had spent nine days in the hospital,” Bonnie said. “As soon as he found out he was getting out he had me make a tee time at Palm Desert’s (CA) Oasis Country Club.’

As this (true) story would have it, upon release, Jerry played golf with Bonnie and others for golf and witnessed Bonnie get her first hole-in-one

Jerry felt well enough to golf the next day to play again – and he got a hole-in-one.

“It was very exciting for us,” Bonnie said. “Different holes though and it was Jerry’s fourth (hole-in-one).”

Several IGA member courses ready for play

The following IGA Member Courses have communicated they either are or will be open:

AH Blank Golf Course – Open for the season
Airport National Public Golf Course – Open Friday (2/17) 10 a.m.-dusk, Sat/Sun 9 a.m.-dusk
American Legion Golf Course (Marshalltown) – Will open Saturday/Sunday, maybe Friday
Bent Tree Golf Club – Will open Thursday (2/16), cart path only & no range
Bos Landen Golf Club – Will open Thursday (2/16)
Brown Deer Golf Course – Opening Friday (2/17) and will remain open as weather permits
Burlington Golf Club – Opening Friday (2/17) at 11 a.m. & Sat/Sun at 9 a.m.
Cedar Creek Golf Course – Opening Friday (2/17), weather pending
Council Bluffs Country Club – Open as weather permits
Dodge Riverside Golf Club – Will be open this weekend
Fox Ridge Golf Club – Will open on Friday (2/17)
Harvest Point Golf Course – Will open Friday-Sunday (2/17-19), longer depending on weather
Jefferson Community Golf Course – Opening Friday (2/17)
Lake Panorama National Resort – Opening Friday (2/17)
Leon Golf and Country Club – Currently open
Oakland Acres Golf Course – Currently open
Palmer Hills Golf Course – Driving range is open, course will open Thursday (2/16) at 11 a.m.
Pleasant Valley Golf Course – Will open on Friday (2/17)
Prairie Links Golf & Events Center – Will open Sunday (3/5) at 10 a.m.
Rustic Ridge Golf Course – Open for play, weather and course conditions permitting
Tara Hills Golf & CC – Open to members only as weather allows
Terrace Hills Golf Course – Will be open Friday through Monday (2/17-20)
Saddleback Ridge Golf Course – Will open Saturday, March 4th at 9 a.m.
Sheaffer Memorial Golf Club – Will open Friday-Sunday (2/17-19) at 8 a.m., no tee times needed
St. Andrews Golf Course – Currently open
The Legacy Golf Club – Opening Thursday (2/16) and will remain open as weather permits
The Preserve on Rathbun Lake – Will open Thursday (2/16)
Tournament Club of Iowa – Friday (2/17) at 9 a.m.
Veenker Memorial Golf Course – Opening 9 holes on Thursday (2/16) and all 18 holes on Friday
Warrior Run Golf Course – Currently open, can change day to day
Westwood Golf Course – Opening Friday (2/17), all 18 holes
Whispering Creek Golf Club – Opening Thursday (2/17)
Woodland Hills – Opening Thursday (2/16) at 10 a.m., as weather permits

Click here for more information on all of our member courses.

Be sure to check back for updates to this list!

Elliott, McCoy capture 61st International Four-Ball

With a final day 1-under 70 the Iowa duo of Mike McCoy and Gene Elliott were able to shake free of a 36-hole tie and win the 61st playing of the International Four-Ball.

McCoy and Elliott proceeded their final round at The Fox Club in Palm City, FL, with tallies of 70-64 as they finished 9 under (204) and a slim one shot in front of runner-up Chad Wilfong and Allen Hobbs.

Iowa’s Dennis Bull and Terry Cook also competed, finishing 9th (210).

Click here to read more.

Click here to read a recap from Global Golf Post

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