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2017 IGA Spring Meetings

District 1
February 16, 2017
Crane Creek Country Club

District 2
March 9, 2017
Blue Lakes Country Club

District 3
March 16, 2017
Blackfoot Golf Course

The agenda for all three meetings will be as follows:

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Handicap System Review (Club HDCP Committee Responsibilities)
6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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Top 10’s of 2016

Some of our members have posted an astounding amount of rounds to their handicap this year. That’s why we want to share this information with the golfing community!

These numbers are based off of golfers that were active in the GHIN system as of December 14, 2016.

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Idaho Junior age division changes and Idaho Junior team requirement changes!

Parents and Juniors, a few changes for 2017 age requirements, deadlines and Idaho Junior Teams you need to be aware of for 2017.

Changing from last year, juniors will participate the summer tour schedule at their ages as of June 1st regardless of age changes during the summer. 

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New Local Rule Eliminates Penalty for Player Who Accidentally Causes Ball to Move on Putting Green


New Local Rule Eliminates Penalty for a Player Who Accidentally Causes a Ball to Move on the Putting Green

FAR HILLS, N.J. (Dec. 8, 2016) – 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.

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Remembering Bob Saxvik, past President of the IGA

Robert W Saxvik passed away October 18, 2016 at his home in Portland, OR. Bob served on the first Board of Directors of the Idaho Golf Association which was established in 1969. Saxvik represented District 2, living in Burley at the time working as vice president and general manager of KBAR Radio.

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Remembering Dr. Richard Stroud


On November 5, 2016, one of the game’s most influential and accomplished volunteers passed away at his home in Eagle, ID at the age of 80. Stroud served on the USGA Executive Committee from 1977 to 1979, but his legacy is in the area of handicapping and course rating.

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Nov. 15, 2016 Revision

IGA Board of Director, application deadline:  December 31.

The IGA Board of Directors is comprised of 12 members, nine District Directors (three from each of the three IGA districts) and three At Large Directors. Board members serve three year terms and are elected by the membership at the Spring District meetings (a spring meeting is held in each district).

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IGA Member Clubs Viewing Inactive Season

We can’t believe that time of year is already here!  November 14, 2016 is the last day to record a score to your handicap if you play a round of golf at any IGA member club. Keep in mind, that if you travel to an area viewing an active season, you must post that score.

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2016 IGA Tournament Expenses Explained…

Recently the IGA sent a survey to those golfers who had competed in an IGA Championship in 2015 and/or 2016. Thank you to those who responded. Your feedback will help us improve our championships.


A fairly consistent theme in the feedback was that the entry fees are too high and amenities (including merchandise payouts) are too low.

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IGA Versus USGA Membership

A couple of times a year, we receive phone calls about membership options. There are two memberships that often get mixed up. That’s a membership to the United States Golf Association and a membership to a State or Regional Golf Association.

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Nov. 1, 2016 Revision


Score Posting: The posting season for rounds played at IGA member clubs/courses is March 1 through November 14. If you play during the inactive season of November 15 through February 28 at Idaho courses, those scores are not acceptable for posting.

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New to the Game?

Golf can be a very intimidating game to be introduced to. The game has its own culture with a set of complicated Rules that can turn away newbies in an instant. Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out where to start. Lessons, Rules, people to play with, do I go out on the course or stay at the range?

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What Does Our Membership Look Like?

Fun Facts

As of the October 1, 2016 handicap revision, here is what we know about the current Idaho Golf Association membership:

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Eligibility Changes for USGA Junior Championships to Take Effect in 2017


Article Courtesy of the United States Golf Association


Starting in 2017, major modifications to the eligibility criteria for the USGA’s two junior championships will take effect., bringing these championships more in line with the worldwide standards for junior golfers.

The maximum age for competitors in the U.S.

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i-Links Letter for October 1, 2016

If you are an IGA member and interested in giving back to the game, there are opportunities to serve on the IGA’s Board of Directors. The IGA is “governed” as follows:

The Idaho Golf Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that supports the efforts of four full-time employees and a cadre of volunteers.

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