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Lawrence, McCarty, Lindwall move on from U.S. Open Local at DCC

Davenport Country Club didn’t give up much during Monday’s U.S. Open Local Qualifier. Only four players were able to shoot par or better, with David Lawrence, of Moline, IL, being the only player to break par to earn medalist honors.

Lawrence (right), who admitted he has chased the professional golf dream all over the world, shot 69 (-1) on a day that saw many players struggling to find success.

“I thought anything around par was going to be a great score today,” Lawrence said. “I really thought par was 72 today, especially with the wind directions and hole locations. I made a nice, solid par on #1 which is a good way to get your day going. It’s a tough hole. I had a tap in birdie on #2 and slid one in on #4. When you see a couple go in and your pace is good it really sets the tone for the day nicely.”

Being from the Quad Cities area Lawrence admitted it was nice to be close to home for the qualifier and felt like he knew, to some degree, what to expect at Davenport CC.

“I have played out here occasionally over the years, but the course has changed over that time too,” Lawrence said. “I have only played it a couple times over the last three years or so. I am a huge fan of the course.”

The final two qualifying spots into U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying went to (pictured left) Sean McCarty, of Solon, and Frank Lindwall, of Cedar Rapids, via a three-way playoff along with Charles Jahn (1st Alternate), of Sperry, who all finished at 70 (E). Second alternate went to Broc Everett who posted 71 (+1).

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Register now to volunteer at the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship | August 24-29, 2019

There are many volunteer options during the 2019 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur tournament at Cedar Rapids Country Club (CRCC). All volunteers are encouraged to register for 2-3 shifts plus one training session. The cost to volunteer is $50 and each volunteer will receive a golf shirt, golf hat, meal voucher, and one (1) free round of golf at CRCC (dates TBD by Head Golf Pro).

The USGA holds the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship annually in August, September or October. Approximately 500 of the best female golfers in the world, age 50 and above, seek to qualify for the Championship at sites across the United States in the late summer. From these regional qualifiers, 132 women will come to CRCC for two practice rounds on August 22 and 23, followed by two qualifying stroke play rounds on August 24 and 25. The top 64 finishers from the qualifying rounds will compete in a series of single elimination, match play rounds from August 26-29.

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McCoy honored with USGA’s Ike Grainger Award

Norwalk’s Mike McCoy (right) was honored last week by the USGA with one of its highest honors – the Ike Grainger Award. McCoy is in his 25th year as a volunteer committee member of the USGA, which qualified him for the award.

“My first role with the USGA was when Rod Bliss, a long time USGA volunteer, asked me to become involved as a member of the U.S. Mid-Am Committee,” McCoy said. “ Robb  Pomerantz had been the Mid-Am representative for several years and decided to retire from the committee. I fulfilled that role for several years and when Rod retired from the then Sectional Affairs Committee , I expanded my role to what is now known as the Regional Affairs Committee.

McCoy commented that his volunteer work with the USGA for the betterment of amateur golf in Iowa has been quite satisfying.

“My most satisfying work on the committees was focused on helping Iowa amateurs form their own independent association and hire their own staff,” McCoy said. “It was unpleasant because I had many friends who felt the status quo of a joint office was satisfactory. I knew that Iowa’s amateurs would never enjoy the unique benefits and quality of governance I observed in other states until the split was made. While emotional at the time, it has proven to be beneficial to Iowa’s amateur golfers, both men and women.”

Established in 1995 as part of the USGA’s Centennial Celebration, the Isaac B. Grainger Award recognizes volunteers who have provided 25 years of service to the Association. Grainger served as USGA president from 1954-1955 and led the USGA effort to develop the first unified code of the Rules of Golf with The R&A in 1951.

“Satisfaction from the volunteer work has primarily come in the wonderful friendships that I have made with USGA staff and fellow volunteers,” McCoy said.


2019 Boatwright Internship Opportunities with the IGA

The Iowa Golf Association (IGA) is excited to offer two P.J. Boatwright Internships – a 9-month and a 3-month – in 2019. Working under the direction of the IGA Executive Director and senior staff, the interns will learn about all aspects of amateur golf administration.

The IGA is an Allied Golf Association (AGA) of the USGA and is the governing body for golf in the state of Iowa.  It exists as a non-profit organization that works to preserve, protect and promote the best interests and spirit of the game.  As “caretakers” of the game the IGA works to preserve the rich history of golf in our state and to provide numerous services that benefit all that play the game in Iowa.

In 1991, the USGA established the P.J. Boatwright, Jr. (pictured above) Internship Program. This program is designed to give experience to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in golf administration, while assisting state and regional golf associations in the promotion of amateur golf, on a short-term, entry level basis.

The deadline to apply is February 11, 2019.

Click here to view 2019 Intern job description and instructions for applying

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.

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USGA Announces U.S. Junior Amateur Field Increase in 2020 to Provide More Player Opportunities

264 Juniors Will Compete for 2020 Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club

Aligning with ongoing initiatives to expand its support of junior golf, the United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that the field size for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will increase from 156 players to 264, beginning with the 2020 championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (July 20-25). Chaska Town Course will serve as the stroke play co-host course, as it did for the 2006 U.S. Amateur Championship at Hazeltine National.

“Increasing the U.S. Junior Amateur field to 264 players gives an additional 108 deserving junior golfers an opportunity to compete in the preeminent championship in junior golf,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director for Championships. “The larger field will allow for an expansion of exemptions that will ensure deserving players from around the world will have the chance to compete for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship Trophy and a spot in the U.S. Open.”

In 2017, USGA announced several significant enhancements to the U.S. Junior Amateur. The maximum age for USGA junior championships was raised from 17 to 18, the field size was increased from 156 beginning in 2020, and a U.S. Open exemption was awarded to the champion. Noah Goodwin, the 2017 Junior Amateur champion, played in the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

“As we do with all our championships, we annually evaluate and refine the conduct of our competitions. Any strategic changes come from that work, which includes valuable input from players, coaches and Allied Golf Associations,” said Greg Sanfilippo, director of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. “We look forward to welcoming more players to the championship venue and providing them with a world-class experience.”

The U.S. Junior Amateur was first played in 1948. The championship is open to amateurs who have not reached their 19th birthday by the conclusion of the championship and who have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4. Tiger Woods (three times), Jordan Spieth (twice), Johnny Miller, David Duval and Hunter Mahan are among the notable U.S. Junior Amateur champions. The USGA accepted 3,693 entries for the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club, won by Michael Thorbjornsen.

The 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur will be contested July 15-20, 2019, at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur will be conducted at the Country Club of North Carolina. The Dogwood Course will serve as the primary course and the club’s Cardinal Course will serve as the stroke play co-host.

Six Iowans set to make a run at 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur

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A total of six Iowans will be in the field at the 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship being held in Charlotte, N.C. Iowa’s Gene Elliott (Top 400 World Amateur Golf Ranking) and Mike McCoy (2013 Mid-Amateur champion; 2015 Walker Cup competitor), who are both exempt into the field, will join Joe Palmer, JD Anderson, Nate Dunn and Kyle Davies. This will be the first U.S. Mid-Amateur contested in the state of North Carolina.

Players will play both Charlotte Country Club (CCC) and Carolina Golf Club (CGC) during the stroke play portion of the event. The field, which begins with 264 players, will be cut to 64, after stroke play rounds are complete, that will advance into match play. A total of 4,709 entries were accepted by the USGA this year for the event, the most since 1997. The U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to any golfer who turns 25 as of Sept. 22 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 3.4.

Stroke play will begin on Saturday, Sept. 22, with the following tee times (listed in CDT) for those from Iowa:
-Nate Dunn, Cedar Rapids 7:30 a.m. – CGC
-Mike McCoy, Norwalk 6:42 a.m. – CCC
-Kyle Davies, Iowa City 8:20 a.m. – CGC
-Gene Elliott. West Des Moines 11:37 a.m. – CCC
-Joe Palmer, West Des Moines 11:59 a.m. – CCC
-J.D. Anderson, Johnston 12:32 p.m. – CGC


Tropical Storm Florence Spares U.S. Mid-Amateur Courses in Charlotte
By David Shefter, USGA

Like many residents of the Carolinas, John Szklinski anxiously watched as Hurricane Florence made landfall late last week. The longtime superintendent of Charlotte Country Club (pictured at the top of the page), the host site for the 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, had every reason to be concerned a week ahead of the competition.

Fortunately, Charlotte Country Club and stroke-play co-host Carolina Golf Club were mostly spared from the nearly 8 inches of rain that fell over a two-day period. Two trees came down at Charlotte C.C., one of which landed on the sixth green, but remarkably didn’t affect the putting surface. The course’s two creeks never overflowed and its bunkers did not wash out, bringing smiles to the maintenance staff, because as Szklinski noted, “Nobody likes shoveling wet sand.”

“We were very fortunate,” said Szklinski. “When a creek overflows its banks, you can have a real mess.”

The club’s 29 full-time staffers spent two days clearing the two fallen trees, branches and other debris from the course. By Wednesday, the course was ready for the 264 competitors – the USGA’s second-largest championship in terms of field size – to start their practice rounds on Thursday. Because it has fewer trees, there was less debris to clean up at Carolina Golf Club.

“The beauty is the rain didn’t come down all at once,” said Szklinski, who has been at Charlotte Country Club for 11 years. “It was over a two-, two-and-a-half-day period. That’s not really all that bad.”

Added Bill McCarthy, the USGA’s director of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship: “John and [Carolina Golf Club superintendent] Matthew [Wharton], along with their teams, did an incredible job recovering from Florence. This was no surprise as they are the best in the business.”

Thanks to that cleanup effort, the stage is now set for a world-class field of amateurs age 25 and older to begin their quest for the Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Trophy. Following two rounds of stroke play this weekend (one on each course), the low 64 scorers advance to match play, starting on Monday. FS1 will have live coverage of the semifinals and 36-hole final match on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 27 from 4-6 p.m. EDT. Fans are encouraged to come out and watch the action.

2019 Rules of Golf – Just Around the Corner


January 1, 2019 is going to get here faster than we all think.  That means that the most comprehensive changes to the Rules of Golf to ever take place are almost here.  Today, the USGA announced that they have published the new rules that will go into effect on January 1.

Read the entire release here

2019 will mark significant changes to the rules themselves, as well as significant changes to the way we all learn and research the rules.  For the first time, a “Player’s Edition” to the rules will be published.  This will be shorter than the regular rules book and will be written in the second-person, to allow for better comprehension.  The new rules book will feature more graphics and diagrams and the updated Rules of Golf Mobile App and USGA website will include even more videos, showing examples of the rules and how they should be applied.

Finally, there will no longer be a “Decisions on the Rules of Golf” book.  This is being replaced by the new “Official Guide to the Rules of Golf”, which will be available in November.  The “Official Guide” is currently available via digital formats at or via your mobile app.



Golf’s Modernized Rules and New Player’s Edition Published

Publications Feature Most Significant Changes to Rules of Golf in More Than 60 Years

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (Sept. 12, 2018) – Golf’s new Rules have been published by the USGA and The R&A ahead of their effective date on Jan. 1, 2019.

For the first time, a new Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf is being introduced to provide a shorter, more user-friendly version of the Rules for golfers at all levels of the game. This version, which will serve as the primary publication for all golfers, features:

• A more intuitive organization with 10 simplified topical groupings

• A “Purpose of the Rule” description at the top of each Rule, to better define why the Rule exists

• Easy-to-follow, full-color diagrams and charts to aid in understanding

• A simpler, more direct writing style

Two million copies of the Player’s Edition will be distributed in the United States and its territories and Mexico by the USGA and a similar number by The R&A in its respective governance jurisdiction, all with the support of Rolex. The new book will be translated into more than 30 languages.

The Player’s Edition is being launched alongside the modernized full Rules of Golf book, which includes some of the most significant changes made to the Rules in more than 60 years.

Thomas Pagel, senior managing director, Governance for the USGA, said, “From the project’s inception, our one goal was to make the Rules easier to understand and apply for all golfers. It sets a new standard in the way we write and interpret the Rules and is central to our efforts to ensure a healthy future for golf. We look forward to continuing that process in the years to come.”

David Rickman, executive director – Governance at The R&A, said, “We are delighted to be rolling out the modernized Rules of Golf today. This is the biggest set of changes to the Rules in a generation and a major step forward in our efforts to make the Rules, and the sport itself, more accessible and more in tune with the way the modern sport is played.”

A new Official Guide to the Rules of Golf is also available in digital format via website and official apps today, with a printed version to be released in November. Designed for golf administrators and club officials, the Guide features Interpretations on specific Rules (which replace the current Decisions) and includes the first jointly-produced Committee Procedures document, providing practical guidance to Committees for running competitions and overseeing general play.

Another key feature is the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities. This document is released alongside the Rules of Golf and enables players with disabilities to play fairly with other players with the same or different types of disability and, importantly, with those without disabilities. The Modified Rules were developed in close consultation with the community of players with disabilities and disability organizations.

All of the new books are available in digital formats online at and the official USGA Rules of Golf app, and through The R&A outside of the United States, Mexico and its territories. A range of explanatory videos and resources is available on both websites to enable all golfers to learn about the 2019 Rules.

Extensive educational programs are being conducted around the world, with the assistance of national and regional associations, to ensure that golfers and administrators throughout amateur and professional golf are ready for the new Rules when they take effect on January 1.

The process to modernize the Rules began in 2012 with the aim of making the Rules easier to understand and apply for all golfers and to help make golf more appealing and accessible for newcomers.

Some of the key changes in the new Rules include new procedures for dropping the ball when taking relief, the elimination or reduction of several penalties, relaxed putting green and bunker rules, and rules that encourage improved pace of play.

Golfers are reminded that the current Rules of Golf remain in effect for the remainder of 2018. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of the review process.

As an extension of its support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support The R&A and the USGA’s efforts to modernize golf’s Rules. The Swiss watchmaker’s contribution to excellence in golf is based on a rich heritage stretching back more than 50 years, forged through pivotal partnerships at every level of the sport, from the leading professional and amateur competitions and organizations to players at the pinnacle of their sport worldwide.

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Instructions for Ordering Rules of Golf 2019 Publications from the USGA

Printed copies of the Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf, the complete Rules of Golf, and the Official Guidebook can be ordered at

Digital versions exist at or via the official USGA app found on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Please note that the 2019 version will update today if users have enabled automatic updates on their mobile device.

About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, as well as 10 amateur championships and international matches, attracting players and fans around the world. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings, with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and the work of the USGA Foundation. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents. For more information, visit

About The R&A
Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 143 countries and with the consent of 156 organisations from amateur and professional golf.

The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities. For more information, visit

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