2018 USGA TM Player Profile


Golf’s New World Handicap System Designed to Welcome More Golfers

Liberty Corners, NJ USA  & St. Andrews, Scotland - February 20, 2018

The way golfers around theworld willcalculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developedbythe USGA andThe R&A, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.

The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities:Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The new system will feature the following:

• Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability

• A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for handicapping authorities or national associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction


February 8, 2018, Lafayette, LA – The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) today announced a new partnership with Imperial Headwear, the #1 headwear brand for Private and Resort golf facilities as reported by the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) in their Member Survey, the last 3 consecutive years.  This partnership also creates an e-commerce fundraising collaboration.

Imperial will become the “Official Headwear of the Louisiana Golf Association” under the new agreement, and provide headwear for contestants in the LGA’s top competitive events in 2018.  "The LGA is excited to announce this partnership with Imperial Headwear," said Logan Ray, Executive Director of the Louisiana Golf Association.  "Imperial is a classic golf brand, and they make excellent products.  We are pleased to partner with a reputable company that proactively supports projects that help grow the game.”


Lafayette, LA     February 6, 2018

In recognition of outstanding contributions to the game of golf, the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced its annual Service Awards winners, and Louisiana was well represented.  Dr. John A. Hendry of Lafayette, LA and Henri Wolbrette III were recognized on Saturday, Feb. 3 during a gala dinner at the USGA Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Fla.  Both gentlemen earned the Isaac B. Grainger Award.  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.

This year’s USGA Service Awards celebrate the leadership, dedication and exemplary efforts of individuals who have devoted their time and talents to serve the game.  “These extraordinary individuals are committed to leading with impact in their communities,” said Mike Davis, USGA CEO. “The USGA is proud to recognize them for their achievements and contributions to the game.”

​Other noteworthy announcements made at this year's USGA Annual Meeting are below. 

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The following article was written and published by the USGA Communication Department.

Women’s Open Moves to May; Inaugural Senior Women’s Open Slated for July

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Jan. 16, 2018) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today confirmed the sites and dates for its 2018 championship schedule, which includes 14 annual championships and four international competitions. The season begins with this weekend's fourth Latin America Amateur Championship, which will be played from Jan. 20-23 at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile.

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., will host the 118th U.S. Open from June 14-17, the club’s fifth U.S. Open. The 73rd U.S. Women’s Open moves in advance of the U.S. Open and will be played May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek in Shoal Creek, Ala. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., will host the 39th U.S. Senior Open from June 28-July 1. The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open is slated for July 12-15 and will be played at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill.


Lafayette, LA (January 10, 2018) – The Louisiana Golf Association is pleased to have entered into a new relationship with the United States Golf Association, becoming one of fifty-nine regional golf associations throughout the country named as new Allied Golf Associations (AGAs). The partnership aims to enhance the golfer experience at the state and local levels in the United States.

"We are honored and excited to begin a more formalized partnership with the USGA," said LGA Executive Director, Logan Ray.  "This will be a win for not only our organization and the USGA, but most importantly, for all golfers in Louisiana and across the country.  We look forward to providing even more value added benefits to our members and member clubs as a result of this partnership.  We will continue to evolve together and progress the game of golf and serve its best interests." 


The Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) is pleased to announce a continued partnership with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Fore!Kids Foundation.  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 26 – Sunday, April 29, 2018 at LGA Member Club TPC Louisiana in New Orleans.  The 2018 tournament will once again feature a 2-Man Team Format that consists of two days of Foursome and two days of Four-Ball competition to determine a champion.  This format is exclusively played at the Zurich Classic, and it was a huge it for competitors and fans alike in 2017.  The event continues to garner widespread interest among PGA TOUR members and resulted in several high-profile commitments, including Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Justin Thomas, and Bubba Watson.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  The Zurich Classic is a first-class event that raises a tremendous amount of money for children’s charities.  It is an event that embodies the spirit of the game in our state: historic, competitive, and fun…  Both the LGA and the Zurich Classic strive to grow the game and to give back to it as well, so it makes sense for us to work together.  We are also pleased to be able to offer LGA members additional value-added benefits as a result of this partnership,” said LGA Assistant Executive Director Logan Ray.   


December 14, 2017  |  Lafayette, LA 


The venerable and historic Baton Rouge Country Club will host the 100th edition of the Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) Amateur Championship July 18-21, 2019.  Baton Rouge Country Club, established in 1916, is one of the founding members of the LGA and it is certainly fitting that the club will host the centennial edition of state’s most prestigious Amateur Championship.  Baton Rouge Country Club first hosted the Louisiana State Amateur in 1923 and has hosted the event a total of five times in all (1923, 1942, 1949, 1953, and 1968).  The 100th LGA Amateur in 2019 will mark the first time the LGA will conduct its marquee Championship at BRCC in 51 years (1968), an event won by Shirley Picard of Lafayette with a total of even par 288.  The 100th LGA Amateur Championship in Louisiana’s Capital City is sure to be a tremendous celebration of golf in the state, honoring the legacy and traditions of the past while setting the tone for a bright future.   


“We are truly honored to return to historic Baton Rouge Country Club,” said Logan Ray, LGA Assistant Executive Director.  “Bringing the 100th State Amateur to BRCC is a testament to the quality of the golf course and the longevity of the strong relationship the LGA has with the club.  We are excited to provide our players an opportunity to play this wonderful golf course and we look forward to history being made once again at this amazing venue.”

(e.g. State Amateur, GHIN, championships)

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