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
2016 Tour Membership Registration and Renewal
- 2016 Tour Membership Registration opens 1/15/16.
- Early bird membership registration cost is $50 through 2/29/16. Price goes to $75 beginning 3/1/16. Early bird registration cost reduced $15 from 2015!
- For 2015 members that won a 2016 Membership by virtue of acquiring a 2015 Tour Championship Eagle or Ace Sponsor, your 2016 membership will be automatically renewed.
- All members who wish to renew their USGA Ghin Handicap service the 2016 cost is $25 the same as 2015. You can renew your Ghin handicap during membership registration. You may also renew your Ghin by going Here and following renewal instructions. Ghin renewals must be done by 2/29/16.
- Tournament registrations opens 2/1. The 2016 Tour schedule is posted on uscga website.
2016 Tour Revisions
- USCGA Cup: The competition is OPEN TO ALL PLAYERS. There is no qualification or minimum tournaments played requirements to participate. The competition is however based on acquiring a multiple of four players to meet the team requirements. In order to manage getting that multiple of four players, we need early participation commitments in order to determine our team counts.
- POY Flight Guidelines: Open and Masters POY flights will not be combined at any tournament to meet a minimum flight requirement as was the case in 2015. There does however have to be a minimum three players in a POY flight to receive the maximum 1st place POY points. If only one player/POY flight, that player will receive third place POY points. If only two players/POY flight, the 1st place awarded 2nd place POY points, and 2nd place awarded 3rd place POY points.
- Tournament Flights Costs: All tournament entry fees include the tournament flights/CTP competition costs.
2016 Membership Drive
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.
Each year the USCGA chooses a worthy local charity or ministry and makes a donation from the sponsorship revenues that we receive for our Championship tournament.
MAM's mission is to help build godly youth in underresourced neighborhoods by teaching them to love God, love others and love themselves. Our vision is to develop youth into Christ-centered, productive adults, positively impacting their families and neighborhoods.
Learn more at the MAM website.
MAM Charity Skins Fundraiser contest at each 2015 Tour event. Player participation cost is $5. Two dollars of each skins fees goes to MAM. Skins winners awarded retail gift card payouts. Members, please remember to bring your pocket change filled golf balls to each round and watch the amount grow in support of our 2015 beneficiary ministry, (MAM). Thanks for your donations!
The branded Iphone and Android app is ready for members and fans to download and begin using immediately!
The iPhone App is available by searching for United States Christian Golf Association or USCGA directly from the iPhone in the App Store or from iTunes on a PC. The Android App is available by searching for United States Christian Golf Association or USCGA directly from a smart phone in the Android Market.