The United States Christian Golf Association is an inter-denominational golf ministry that promotes fellowship among Christian golfers, provides relationship building opportunities to encourage and strengthen the believer, and provides an enviroment for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with unbelieving… Read More
Relationships are everything! Opportunities to make new Christian friends. Great venue to introduce your unchurched or non-believing friends to Christianity. Devotional or testimony at each round.The uniqueness of the USCGA is not so much what happens between the tee and… Read More
2017 Tour Membership & Tournament Registrations
- 2017 Tour Membership Registration opens 1/26. Early membership registration cost is $50 until 2/28, $75 after. Signup link on right side of website homepage.
- We have transferred to a new tournament golf software program this year. After you register for your 2017 membership, you will be emailed your new ID/PW to use for tournament sign-ups.
- For 2016 members that won a 2017 Membership by virtue of acquiring a 2016 Tour Championship Eagle or Ace Sponsor, your 2017 membership will be automatically renewed.
- All members who wish to renew their USGA Ghin Handicap service the 2017 cost is $25 the same as 2016. You can renew your Ghin handicap during membership registration. Ghin renewals must be done by 2/29.
- Tournament registrations will open sometime in February.
2017 Tour Schedule
- Season Opener (3/25): The 2017 Tour kicks off at Cherokee Valley.
- 2017 Tour (16 Events): There will be 14 regular Tour events plus the Tour Championship and USCGA Cup. Season concludes in September instead of October. In order to finish in September there will be three tournaments played in consecutive weeks in August. (Galloway, Tunica, & Orgill)
- Top Favorite Courses: Mirimichi (5/6), Ole Miss (7/15), Fair Oaks (7/29), Galloway (8/12), Tunica (8/19), RTJ The Shoals (6/16-6/17): Two day road trip to RTJ The Shoals. Schoolmaster (Fri./16) Fighting Joe (Sat./17)
- New Schedule Additions: The Links at Audubon (6/3) and Orgill Park (8/26). Eric Howard, formerly at Stonebridge, has taken on the new head position at Orgill. He’s informed us great improvements to the course and clubhouse are planned.
- Tour Championship at North Creek (9/9): The course was in excellent shape last year. It’s an ideal venue for the Tour Championship! It’s in a central location with perfect facilities for our season ending festivities.
- USCGA Cup (9/22-9/23): Location TBD. The competition is OPEN TO ALL PLAYERS. There is no qualification or minimum tournaments played requirements to participate.
2017 Tour Revisions
- New Tournament Golf Software: We will no longer be using Bluegolf tournament software. We are switching to a more cost effective alternative. The cost savings will be reciprocated in reduced tournament entry fee costs. The new software will allow members to sign-up for tournaments, view tournament results and receive USCGA emails.
- POY Flights Restructure: The POY flights have been restructured from six flights per division to four flights per division. (O1,O2,O3,O4) (M1,M2,M3,M4) The change will allow for a more competitive field in terms of competition and prize distribution. The flight distribution ranges groups player of similar ability to promote equitable competition. This will also allow tournament flights and POY flights to be the same resulting in less confusion.
- Age Requirements: Modified from age by the start of the season to be the age a member turns in 2017. In previous years any Masters players had to be age 55 by the start of the season. This year if one turns 55 no matter his date of birth, he may sign up for Masters division.
2017 Membership Drive
- Our 2017 Tour Membership Goal is 100 members. You can help us reach our goal by recruiting members. As a recruitment incentive, we will again offer a $25 credit for each new recruitment up to four recruits ($100 credit). Credits will be applied to any tournament entry fee of your choice. Inform your new recruits to list you as their referral when registering for membership. Let all possible recruits know about our early bird $50 membership fee. New recruits are also able to get in on the recruitment incentive. The 2017 green schedule cards, flyers, and posters will be available soon to help you in your recruiting efforts.efforts.
In the Book of Isaiah there are several predictions about the coming of the Immanuel as God was speaking to the nation Israel through the His prophet. Isaiah is not the only book in the OT with prophecies about the coming of the Immanuel.
Isa 7:14 – “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (meaning God with us). Isa 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.–Notice in this verse God did not hold back the description of Immanuel.
Bobby Nichols won the PGA Championship in 1964 held at the Columbus CC in Columbus, Ohio, hometown to Jack Nicklaus. He won by three strokes over Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. A reporter asked Bobby what the best lesson he’d ever received was. Without hesitation, he said the lesson had come from his father and it was this: "Five is better than six, six is better than seven, seven is better than eight."
And if you asked Kevin Na about that, he might add that 16 is better than 17. At the 2011 Valero Texas Open Kevin was one under par through the first eight holes not far from the lead. Teeing off on the par-4 9th he appeared to have his game under control, but he pushed is drive right and into the trees. It was a dense wooded area with lot of branches. Na had to climb over and through the undergrowth and fallen branches to even get to his ball. Once there, he had no swing at all and had to declare an unplayable lie. His only option was to return to the spot from which he last hit, which was the tee. Now hitting his third shot off the tee, Na pushed it right again into almost the same place as his first drive. This time he tried to hit it from the dense woods. And it got worse from there. Ultimately Na escaped the woods, got to the green, and two putted for a score of 16.
Na is not alone in making a double-digit score. John Daily had an 18 on the par-5 6th hole at Bay Hill in 1998, which is the “scoring record” on a single hole on the PGA Tour since 1983. He did it by repeatedly (and unsuccessfully) trying to fly his drive 320 yards over water to a C-shaped green. Tin Cup in real life.
The host at that Bay Hill Invitational, Arnold Palmer, who himself once made a 12 in tournament play on a par-5. That was at the Los Angeles Open in 1961, and when reporters asked Palmer how he made 12, he famously answered, “I missed my putt for 11.”
That answer points out something else Na, Daily, and Palmer have in common, along with many other double-digit pros: they kept trying to get the ball in the hole. They cared about how many strokes they had on each hole. Remembering that from the 1st tee shot to the last putt is one thing that consistently separates those who shoot low scores from those who don’t.
This idea of “caring too little” usually happens where we have “given up” on a hole, or even a round due to a bad shot. It is not a pretty picture, and it almost never results in a better score. How many times have you had a putt for a double-bogey and not tried to make it? Example: I once played in a tournament with someone that missed a short easy makeable birdie putt. He walked up to his next putt and angrily knocked his ball off the green. He ended up making triple bogey. His anger caused him 3 strokes. Bad shots happen, even to the very best players in the world. But it is rare for those players, or even for single-digit handicappers, to have those bad shots cost them more than the price of that one bad shot.