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
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.
As Wonderful Counselor–Jesus walked the earth during His ministry as recorded in the Gospels – He spoke many wise parables and many commands for Christian living. He taught and prepared His disciples to for His death, burial, resurrection and how they would see great things after His return to heaven. After His resurrection He told His disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit came.
As Mighty God – As proof of Jesus as God He performed many miracles that no other could, healing people, raising people from death, and rose from the dead Himself as Might God.
As Everlasting Father – Here again shows Jesus as God the Father. He will reign as Judge over all people, both believers and non-believers. He will reign forever because all authority was given to Him by the Father as He stated in Matt. 28:18.
As Prince of Peace – Jesus preached peace and love during His time on earth. He is the one true Lord and Savior who brings peace to the heart and soul of man. He will return and there will be peace on earth and He will reign as the Prince of Peace.
Now let’s to move to Book of John in the NT and allow the scriptures to speak to us: John 1:1-14:
1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2. He was in the beginning with God.
3. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.
8. He (John) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
12. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13. who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
There is not much commentary I can add to John’s writing as he walked and lived with Jesus for about three years and was inspired by the Holy Spirit in his writing. The proof once again that Jesus is God is in V1, 10 and 14.
One more scripture I would like to share with you as Paul an Apostle gave witness to Jesus in Col 1:15-18:
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.
Through the scriptures I believe we have established the true identity of Jesus. He is the image of the invisible God, the Son of God, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace and much, much more.
My question today: Who is Jesus to you?
Last August six men from our church went to Sturgis, SD to the 75Th Motorcycle Rally. There was more than a million people visited that area during the weeklong rally. For (4) afternoons we worked in a tent witnessing to people by sharing our faith. We had only three minutes to share how our life was before salvation, how we came to salvation, and how our life changed after our salvation experience. I would like to share that with you today:
Before I became a Christian, there were many things going on in my life. I was selfish and hard hearted – always seeking things that I thought would make me happy such as golf, money, cars, alcohol, motorcycles, and many other things. However, I never seemed to find anything that would give me peace and true happiness I was seeking.
I also had a great fear of death and was not sure where I would go when I died. I remember when I was coming home from a business trip, along with another pilot, we were in a single engine plane, it was winter, we were in the clouds, it was snowing and we were over mountains. The engine started to lose power. I knew that if we were to crash in the mountains it would be tragic. It was as if my life passed before me with much fear.
I was divorced, my life was in a mess. Then I met someone who invited me to go to church with them and there I started to hear the truth about my life, how I was a sinner, that my sins had separated me from God, that God had sent His Son Jesus to die for me on a cross and by repentance and faith in Jesus I could be forgiven, and have a loving relationship with the true and living God. I received that free gift of eternal life by repenting, telling God I was sorry for my sins, believing in Jesus and turning my life over to Him.
After my salvation experience came peace and joy into my life beyond understanding, and I no longer have that fear of death, because I have the assurance that when I die I will go to heaven to be with Jesus forever.
I leave you with this: Where are you today, what are you seeking, if it’s salvation, peace and joy – Jesus is the answer. If you would like to talk after our meeting come and see me.
Tomorrow is EASTER SUNDAY – great day to be in church, I hope you will attend.
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. This year we have chosen Urban Community Ministries.
UCM grew out of the Study Buddy Club Tutoring program of CCC which began in the Lamar Terrace Housing Project in 1999. In that development of around 465 families with an average of 4 children, our location was a safe place for the children of the community to learn, grow, and be fed - physically and spiritually. We started with the tutoring program, but now have:
• After school program (snacks, tutoring, life skills)
• Summer Safe Haven (lunch, field trips, academic enrichment)
• Thrift Store (clothing & household items at minimal costs)
• Career & Educational Assessments (Crown Ministries Career Direct)
• Free Haircuts (in conjunction w/ the TN School of Applied Technology)
• Financial Education (Chalmer's Center Faith & Finance Classes)
• Annual Back2School Rally
• Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal
Learn more at the UCM website. Members, please remember to bring your pocket change filled golf balls to each round and watch the amount grow in support of our 2016 beneficiary ministry, (UCM). 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.