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NEW LOCAL RULE ELIMINATES PENALTY FOR A PLAYER WHO ACCIDENTALLY CAUSES A BALL TO MOVE ON THE PUTTING GREEN

Far Hills, NJ            December 8, 2016

The content of this article was written by USGA staff writers

The USGA and The R&A today announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.

The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a competition to use starting Jan. 1, 2017. It will be adopted by the USGA and The R&A in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.

“Eliminating this penalty responds to the concerns we have heard from both golfers and committees about the difficulties in applying the current Rules when a player accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green,” said Thomas Pagel, USGA senior director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, said. “This change is a good example of the type of Rules Modernization changes we hope to implement after completing our fundamental review of all of the Rules. We are looking for ways to improve the Rules by making them easier to understand and apply.”

David Rickman, executive director - Governance at The R&A, said, “For the past several years, as part of The R&A and USGA’s Rules Modernization initiative, we have considered the penalty for a ball that is accidentally moved on the putting green. Both Rules Committees agreed that it needed to be changed and decided that in this particular case it was important to act now, through a Local Rule, rather than wait for the next overall set of revisions to the Rules of Golf.”

BERGERON,CHOI WIN THE 39TH POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC

Palm Beach Gardens, FL          November 25th, 2016

The content of this article was written by the AJGA staff writers.

Jacob Bergeron of Slidell, Louisiana, and Hye-Jin Choi of Gimhae-si, South Korea, etched their names into history as the champions of the 39th Polo Golf Junior Classic Friday at PGA National Resort & Spa.

Bergeron, an LSU commit, started the morning with a birdie on No. 1 to take the early lead against Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tennessee. He extended his advantage to 2-up on No. 4, before Shore fought back to make it 1-up. Shore birdied Nos. 9 and 10 to take the advantage 1-up.  The Alabama commit, playing in his last AJGA event, pushed the lead to 2-up before Bergeron won the next two holes to square it up heading into No. 16. A par for Bergeron on No. 17 gave him the Dormie 1 lead, and a pair of pars secured him his first AJGA career victory 1-up. During his five rounds of match play, Bergeron defeated both the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked players in the Polo Golf Rankings.

“At this point last year, if you would have told me I would have gotten into this tournament, I probably would have gotten really excited and not believed you,” Bergeron said. “This win means the world to me. It’s taken a lot of hard work and patience. To win here, at a PGA TOUR venue, means a heck of a lot to me.”

Bergeron is a member of the Louisiana Golf Association and was a member of the victorious Team Louisiana at the Junior River Cup matches last month. 

ZURICH CLASSIC ANNOUNCES NEW TEAM FORMAT FOR 2017

The content of this article was written by the staff writers for PGATOUR.com. 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR Policy Board has approved an exciting new two-man team format for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans which will feature two rounds each of Foursome and Four-Ball competition.

The change will be in effect for the 2017 tournament, which is scheduled for April 24-30 at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans. It has drawn widespread interest among TOUR members and already has resulted in a couple of high-profile commitments. Announcing their participation today were the teams of World No. 1 Jason Day with Rickie Fowler, and 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion Justin Rose with Henrik Stenson, the Olympic gold and silver medalists, respectively.

“I’ve loved being a part of team events throughout my amateur, collegiate and now professional career. I’m so excited that the TOUR and Zurich are making this part of our schedule and can’t wait to tee it up with Jason in April,” said Fowler, the 10th ranked golfer in the world.

“As a longtime ambassador, the Zurich Classic is already a special tournament for me,” said Rose, who beat Stenson by two strokes to become the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist in Rio de Janeiro. “The addition of a team format adds a new, incredibly exciting element to the event. Henrik and I are very excited to tee it up together in April, and hopefully we can continue our longstanding chemistry and success in team formats.”

LOUISIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

November 2, 2016 — Lafayette, Louisiana  

The Louisiana Golf Association announced its 2017 Championship Schedule on Wednesday.  The LGA will conduct 12 Championship and 20 qualifying events during 2017, beginning April 17 with the U.S. Men’s Four-Ball Qualifier at Contraband Bayou Golf Club at the L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles.  This is the last qualifier to be conducted in the country, and 69 teams will compete for three spots in the Championship proper at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, May 27-31.  Five days after the U.S. Four-Ball Qualifier, the LGA will kick off its own Championship Season at Contraband Bayou with the popular Louisiana Club Team Championship.  The impressive 2017 Schedule is highlighted by the 98th LGA Amateur Championship (June 8-11) at the Country Club of Louisiana (CCLA) in Baton Rouge and the LGA Mid-Amateur Championship (August 4-6) at the new Bayou Oaks at City Park Golf Course in New Orleans.  This will be the first time since 2006 that the State Amateur will be conducted at CCLA, and the State Mid-Amateur will be the first major Amateur Championship to be featured at the Rees Jones designed City Park course.  The season concludes with the Junior River Cup Matches at the phenomenal Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, September 23-24.

“We are excited about our 2017 LGA Championship schedule and the quality venues we can provide our members an opportunity to play,” said LGA Assistant Executive Director Logan Ray.  “The 2017 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 2017 Season at these excellent golf courses.”

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