USGA to Retire USGA State Team
Following nearly a two-year review process, the USGA has made the decision to retire the Men’s and Women’s State Team Championships, effective following the 2017 Women’s State Team Championship at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M. The Men’s State Team was conducted for the last time in 2016 at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.).
As part of the USGA’s continuous review of its championships, the Rules and Competitions department developed a working group that represented a cross-section of State and Regional Golf Association executive directors to seek input regarding the importance and relevance of these championships. A survey of all SRGA executive directors was also conducted to determine the level of support extended to these championships. This feedback revealed that these championships were important to some and less of a priority to others. All agreed that they had achieved the celebratory goal when they were initiated as a one-time event as part of the USGA’s centennial celebration. It was also determined that some SRGAs embraced these end of season competitive opportunities as a way of incentivizing some of their players to participate in state and regional events.
As part of its evaluation process, the USGA also considered the future of its overall championship program. In recent years, the Association has created men’s and women’s Four-Ball championships, which have proven very popular, and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open championship, which will be launched in July of 2018. Further, at its Annual Meeting in February, the USGA announced that it would be creating a new national championship for golfers with disabilities. Additional commitments have also been ongoing to enhance the local and sectional qualifying experience for the nearly 40,000 participants who enter USGA championships, as well as expanding international qualifying opportunities, and sending more players to international competitions representing the USA. Also, the USGA championship calendar will evolve in 2018 as the U.S. Women’s Open will be conducted in late May. These and other future considerations also contributed to the USGA’s decision.
In the spirit of celebrating and honoring the legacy of these events, we intend to conduct an exemplary and memorable final Women’s State Team Championship at The Club at Las Campanas. We look forward to working with the wonderful folks at the club, a very supportive community, as well as our friends and partners of the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association.
Celebrating the history of the competitions as well as the Women’s State Team this fall will also be a focus of work for the Communications, Digital and Museum departments.
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