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National Survey Finds That Most Private Clubs Promote Sustainability

Three out of every four private clubs pursue sustainability, and the majority of clubs that don’t have sustainable practices plan to implement them in the future. This is just one of the key findings of the Environmental Behaviors & Practices survey, the first study of its kind to evaluate the environmental practices of private clubs across the United States.

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USGA to change Walker Cup Mid-Amateur Requirements

The USGA is prepared to move away from its two mid-amateur Walker Cup minimum.

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USGA and R&A Work with Handicap Authorities to Develop a Single World Handicap System

Driving Distance Study

The USGA and R&A are working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System for the game.

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WSGA Pre-Screening of ‘Tommy’s Honour’ a Success

Tommy's Honour Screening

Thanks to everyone who came to the exclusive pre-screening of the film Tommy's Honour, held Thursday, April 13 at the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma.

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Washington State Golf Association Selects Team for 12th Annual PNGA Cup

WSGA Selects PNGA Cup Team

The Washington State Golf Association’s (WSGA) Championship Selection Committee has announced its team to represent the Association at the 12th PNGA Cup

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12th Annual PNGA Cup to be held at TimberStone Golf Course

The 2017 Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s (PNGA) championship season will kick off in early May as 48 of the top amateur golfers in the region prepare to square off in the 12th PNGA Cup, to be held May 3-5 at TimberStone Golf Course in Caldwell, Idaho.

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USGA opens entries for 2017 U.S. Juniors and Ams

Applications are now being accepted for four of the USGA’s oldest and most prestigious championships – the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior – and will remain open into June.

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USGA Announces Retirement of Men’s and Women’s State Team Championships

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced the retirement of the Men’s State Team Championship and Women’s State Team Championship, following the completion of the 2017 competitions calendar.

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PGA Tour to Test Distance Measuring Devices on Three Tours

The PGA Tour has announced that it will begin testing the use of distance measuring devices during competition at select tournaments this year on the Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

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Four Washington Players to Compete in Drive, Chip & Putt Finals at Augusta National

Drive. Chip & Putt Finals

Eighty junior golfers representing 30 U.S. states and one Canadian province have earned an invitation to Augusta National Golf Club

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USGA Announces Sectional Qualifying Exemptions for Inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open

The USGA today announced its exemption categories from sectional qualifying for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, which will be contested for the first time July 12-15, 2018 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill.

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Montgomery Ferreira plays in qualifier for LPGA’s first major of season

Ferreira Plays in LPGA Qualfier

Montgomery Ferreira of University Place, Wash., along with 39 other elite junior golfers from around the world, was selected to compete in a qualifier for the chance to earn a spot in the opening LPGA major

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Adam Hagen hired as new Manager of Rules and Competition

After a brief period of being away from the game, Adam Hagen has returned to the world he loves by being hired as the new Manager of Rules and Competition for the PNGA and WSGA.

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Jason Connery opens up about directing the movie ‘Tommy’s Honour’

Connery talks 'Tommy's Honour'

by Tom Cade, Editor

It’s about time for a golf movie. And it’s about time for a golf movie about the first family of golf.

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Ken Still – a Northwest Legend Passes

Remembering Ken Still

One of the Northwest’s first true sports celebrities, Ken Still of Tacoma passed away on Sunday, March 19 due to kidney failure. He was 82.

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WSGA FEATURES & BLOGS

Equitable Stroke Control

We all have bad holes from time to time in any given round, but we must apply Equitable Stroke Control in order for our handicap index to be properly calculated.

All scores for handicap purposes, including tournament scores, are subject to the application of Equitable Stroke Control (ESC).

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Podcast: NW Golf Show 4/8/2017 (w/ WSGA “Tommy’s Honour” promo at 39:00)

Jim Moore and Shon Crewe discuss the Masters Golf Tournament with Todd Millis of the Tacoma News Tribune, and they bring you the biggest golf stories of the week in Sweeping the Dial Golf Style. Be sure to stay tuned at the 39:00 mark, as Jim & Shon talk about the special WSGA prescreening of the film "Tommy's Honour" on Thursday, April 13 in downtown Tacoma!

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Podcast: NW Golf Show 3/30/2017

Cam Rogers joins Jim & Shon to talk about the world of golf and what to expect from the Masters. Plus, Sweeping the Dial and golf rules.

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Podcast: NW Golf Show 3/25/2017

Jim Moore and Shon Crewe run down all the golf news of the week with Sweeping the Dial Golf Style and they talk to Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel.

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Podcast: NW Golf Show 3/18/2017 (w/ producer of “Tommy’s Honour”)

Jim Moore and Shon Crewe bring you the Top 5 Golf Stories of the Week, and they talk to Keith Bank, Producer of the upcoming golf film "Tommy's Honour."

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Why is there an ‘R’ next to my Handicap Index???

The “R” next to your Handicap Index stands for reduction. It is not a restriction, and it is not permanent.

Most people coming into the new golf season are a little bit rusty unless you had the comfort of playing down South during the winter.

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SCORE POSTING BEGINS!

As of March 1 you can begin posting scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the Washington State Golf Association. The WSGA is a seasonal golf association which has a period of time (November 15 to the last day of February) in which scores played from within its boundaries are not acceptable for handicap computational purposes.

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Handicap Spotlight: Preferred Lies (Winter Rules) and Score Posting; ‘NH’ showing at GHIN or Club

Preferred Lies (Winter Rules) and Score Posting

Scores made when a Local Rule for Preferred Lies (Winter Rules) is in effect must be posted for handicap purposes unless the Committee (preferably the Handicap Committee in consultation with the Committee in charge of the course) determines that course conditions are so poor that such scores are not acceptable and should not be posted.

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Handicap Spotlight: Temporary Greens and/or Tees

Scores made during temporary situations are acceptable for handicap purposes when the conditions of the course are equivalent to the USGA Course and Slope Rating.

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Rules Spotlight: Preferred Lies and/or Winter Rules

One of the primary principles of the Rules of Golf is to "play the ball as it lies," which the WSGA strongly recommends in most instances.

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Let’s Play Two; Golf and baseball go hand-in-hand for Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Sims

Dave Sims

by Jim Street

It took a while for the golf bug that bit 14-year-old Dave Sims nearly 50 years ago

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The First Tee’s Impact in 2016

In 2016, the First Tee of South Puget Sound was able to provide programming on the golf course, in the schools, and in the communities to 37,260 youth in Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties.

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Active Score Posting Season Right Around the Corner

The active score posting season is almost upon us!!! 

On March 1st you can again begin posting scores for rounds played within the boundaries of the WSGA.

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Inactive Score Posting Period Starts Now

Just a quick reminder that the WSGA observes an Inactive Score Posting Period which runs from November 15 to the last day of February. During that period, scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the WSGA are not acceptable for handicap purposes.

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Posting Scores During Inactive Score Posting Period

With just two weeks until our Inactive Score Posting Period we would like to pass along important information regarding the posting of scores during our Inactive Score Posting Period

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