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LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION AND ZURICH CLASSIC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

January 27, 2016               Lafayette, LA

The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) is pleased to partner with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Fore!Kids Foundation beginning in 2016. This partnership between the governing body of amateur golf in Louisiana and the state’s only PGA Tour event will serve to strengthen the game of golf in Louisiana.

The Zurich Classic will be played Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1, 2016 at LGA Member Club TPC Louisiana in New Orleans. The LGA will have a Fan Fest booth located to the left of the 18th fairway all four days of the Zurich Classic. There will be contests, prizes, unique photo opportunities, and much more at the LGA Fan Fest booth.

LINDSAY HORTON TO SERVE AS LGA’S 2016 P.J. BOATWRIGHT INTERN

January 13, 2016 - Lafayette, LA

The Louisiana Golf Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Lindsay Horton as its 2016 USGA P.J. Boatwright Jr. Intern. Through this internship, Lindsay will gain experience in all aspects of golf administration. Her responsibilities include assisting with office administration, championships, course rating, member services, and social media. “We are excited to have Lindsay work with us this year and feel confident that she will gain much insight into all facets of golf administration and enhance our brand. She brings an exuberant energy to work, and her local knowledge and public relations experience will serve her well,” said LGA Assistant Executive Director Logan Ray.

DRIVE, CHIP, AND PUTT ANNOUNCES 2017 QUALIFYING SCHEDULE

January 11, 2016, AUGUSTA, Ga. – Today the United States Golf Association (USGA), Masters Tournament and the PGA of America officially launched the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship by announcing the local qualifying schedule for the upcoming year. The schedule includes dates and locations for participants to play in local qualifiers across the country with the opportunity to advance and earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. Online registration will also be available at www.DriveChipandPutt.com, starting Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Local Qualifiers in Louisiana will be conducted at the David Toms Academy (May 28) and The Island (June 21). TPC Louisiana will host the Sub-Regional on August 9, 2016. 

NAGDEMAN HIRED AS LGA'S DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SERVICES

December 15, 2015 - Lafayette, LA

The Louisiana Golf Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Kyle Nagdeman as its Director of Member Services. Nagdeman will begin his tenure in mid-January 2016. He will have direct responsibility for handicapping, course rating, and information technology, as well as serving the organziation in a number of other capacities. 

"We are fortunate to have been able to hire such an upstanding candidate as Kyle. We feel that his knowledge and experience in golf administration will be a valuable asset to the LGA. He has a very solid understanding of the golf landscape around the country, and he will bring a renewed energy and fervor to our organization. Kyle will quickly develop relationships with our clubs and individul members. Simply put, he's a great fit for us," said LGA Assistant Executive Director Logan Ray. 

HANDICAP SYSTEM CHANGES

The USGA Handicap Index System makes it possible for golfers to compete against one another on an even playing field, no matter how big of a gap in playing ability. Simply put, with a Handicap Index, the game is more fun. The USGA recently announce a few changes to the Handicap System, and there's no denying that golfers are having strong reactions to the news that rounds of golf played alone will no longer be able to be posted for Handicap purposes. In fact, the reactions have been so strong that Golf Digest compiled a list of social media freakouts on the subject. Considering we oversee the Handicaps of 17,000 LGA members, we understand the impact and importance of these changes, but we will continue to carry out USGA policy accordingly. Below are some arguments for and against the changes that we've heard from around the country. Lively discussions are welcome. We always strive to do what's in the best interest of the golfers and the game itself. 

LGA WINS 2015 IAGA GOLD TEE AWARD

Lafayette, Louisiana — November 18, 2015

The Louisiana Golf Association is pleased to announce that it won the 2015 International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) Gold Tee Award in the category of “Communications / Marketing / PR / Branding.” This marks the second time in as many years that the LGA has won this award, having also been the recipient of the inaugural IAGA Gold Tee award in the same category in 2014. The Gold Tee Awards were established to recognize member association achievements and best practices. LGA Executive Director Carr McCalla and Assistant Executive Director Logan Ray were on hand to accept the award last week in Monterey, California, site of the 2015 IAGA Annual Conference.

USGA, R&A RELEASE 2016 EDITION OF THE RULES OF GOLF

Resources on 2016 Rules Changes   

The R&A and the United States Golf Association announced on Monday, October 26 the publication of the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016. The new Rules book is the culmination of the normal four-year review cycle and is a collaborative work by The R&A and the USGA that applies worldwide to all golfers.

Among the most significant of the changes in the 2016 edition of the Rules are the following:

Withdrawal of Rule on Ball Moving After Address - Rule 18-2b (Ball Moving after Address) has been withdrawn. This means that if a ball at rest moves after the player addresses it, the player is no longer automatically deemed to have caused the ball to move. A one-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2 will be applied only when the facts show that the player has caused the ball to move.

LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

October 16, 2015 — Lafayette, Louisiana  

The Louisiana Golf Association announced its 2016 Championship Schedule on Friday. The LGA will again conduct ten Championship and 16 qualifying events during 2016, beginning the fourth weekend in April with the Club Team Championship and concluding the last weekend in September with the Senior 4-Ball Championship.

“We are excited about our 2016 LGA Championship schedule and the quality venues we can provide our players an opportunity to play,” said LGA Assistant Executive Director Logan Ray.  “The 2016 schedule showcases facilities across the state of Louisiana that make a conscientious effort to give back to the game by hosting our Championships. We sincerely appreciate their support and are looking forward to a fun and competitive 2016 Season at these excellent golf courses.”

(e.g. State Amateur, GHIN, championship login)



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