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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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USGA announces 2017 U.S. Senior Open Qualifying sites; Bellingham G&CC and Columbia Edgewater CC set

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced sectional qualifying sites for the 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship, to be held at Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Mass., June 29-July 2. Salem Country Club is hosting its second U.S. Senior Open and its sixth USGA championship.

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Evans Scholarships Awarded to Three Washington Caddies

Three Evans Scholarships Awarded

Three high school caddies from the state of Washington have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full, four-year housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies,

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USGA boss hopes to change more than golf’s Rules

Changing More Than Rules

by Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

Variable-distance golf balls, courses that are more brown than green, hard and fast fairways, slower greens and balls with chips embedded in them that you will always be able to find.

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Ultimate Indoor Golf Arrives in Seattle

Ultimate Indoor Golf (UIG) is placing golf simulator facilities in LA Fitness clubs around the country. The new facility in Bellevue, Wash. is their second collaboration.

At UIG, you can play or practice in a comfortable, climate-controlled, indoor setting. Play iconic courses such as Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines or Kapalua; day or night, rain or shine.

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USGA Announces 2017 U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying Sites

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced sectional qualifying sites for the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which will be contested July 13-16 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. It will be the seventh U.S. Women’s Open to be played in New Jersey, and the first in 30 years.

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WSGA launches Youth on Course program; major initiative provides access to affordable golf for junior players

WSGA Launches Youth on Course

by Tony Dear

Steven Moore can’t wait to play more golf with his dad in 2017.

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Former WSGA CEO John Bodenhamer discusses proposed Rules changes

Bodenhamer Discusses Rules

At the North American Golf Innovation Symposium, held in Vancouver, B.C. on March 6-7, the USGA’s Senior Managing Director of Championships

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New USGA Technology Helps Golf Facilities Manage Resource Consumption and Increase Productivity

The USGA has introduced Resource Management, a new web-based product that will help golf course superintendents, owners and operators be more precise, efficient and productive in maintaining their facilities.

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USGA Announces 2017 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Sites; Tacoma C&GC to host qualifier

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced sectional qualifying sites for the 117th U.S. Open Championship, which will be held at Erin Hills, in Erin, Wis., on June 15-18. Erin Hills is hosting its first U.S. Open and third USGA championship.

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USGA and R&A announce proposed changes to modernize golf’s Rules; asking for feedback

Modernizing the Rules of Golf

The USGA and the R&A have unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf, as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules

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The Incredible Bob Hollister

The Incredible Bob Hollister

by Ron Read

It’s hard to fully describe the pleasure of working with thousands of volunteers in my 43 years in golf. They gave their time and resources to the Game of Golf, usually for one reason – their love for their pastime.

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Robert S. Hollister, CCM

Robert S. Hollister, CCM

Bob Hollister, 67, of Steilacoom, Wash. passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017. He was born on July 31, 1949 in Seattle, and grew up on Browns Point near Tacoma.Bob leaves a 40-year legacy of service as general manager at more than 10 private clubs in the Puget Sound region.

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WSGA FEATURES & BLOGS

Why is there an “R” next to my Handicap Index???

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.  With that rust usually comes higher scores before rounding into mid-season form.  This can create a situation for some golfers where the “R” will suddenly appear next to their Handicap Index causing instant alarm. 

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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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Video: Reduction of Handicap Index

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Important reminders for the upcoming Inactive Score Posting Period

As the golfing season draws to a close we would like to give you information regarding your membership with the WSGA and the posting of scores during our Inactive season, November 15 to the last day of February.

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Video: Brad Karns wins 30th WSGA Senior Amateur Championship

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Video: Gudmund Lindbjerg wins 9th WSGA Super Senior Amateur

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Karns Jumps Into Lead After Round Two at Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur; Lindbjerg Maintains Lead in Super Seniors

WSGA Senior Men

Brad Karns of Vancouver, Wash. shot his second consecutive 3-under par 69

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