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TGA Announces 2018 Tournament Schedule

  We are excited for the upcoming TGA competition season which is right around the corner.  Entries will open on March 1st at 9 a.m..  

  During the recent off season, the TGA Competitions department was restructured.  During this restructure, the Men’s Competitions and Women’s Competitions departments were merged and now the TGA has one Competitions Department conducting state Championships, Qualifiers and USGA Qualifiers.  

  As we are preparing for an exciting year in golf,  we wanted to share with you some reminders and enhancements, as well as some changes for the 2018 season.  

 Registration for the TGA 2018 Men’s Championships and qualifiers will begin on March 1, 2018.  Please remember that in order to compete in any TGA Men’s Championship, you must have an active USGA/GHIN Handicap Index from a TGA Member Club or Course.  

  If you need to activate your handicap, please see your pro shop staff or visit www.tngolf.org/tga for more information.

 Affinity Travel Benefits is once again the travel partner for the TGA.  

  Log in with your GHIN number through the TGA Member Benefits page and you can receive great deals on travel within Tennessee and nationwide.  

  Please visit the TGA Travel page within the Member Benefits page and the Association Tournaments drop-down menu to see the TGA schedule and book your hotels.

 New in 2018, the TGA Four-Ball Championship will have 18 holes of stroke play qualifying with 32 teams advancing to match play.

 The TGA has adopted the new USGA Local Rule for Wrong Score for Hole in Stroke Play.  “If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to failure to include a penalty stroke that the player did not know he had incurred, the player is not disqualified.  

   The penalty for the applicable Rule is applied, but there is no additional penalty.”

  In the coming days, the new TGA website will be launched.  The website will have a new look and offer many upgrades!

 We will continue to communicate on the first of the month beginning in April the following information:

 TGA Championships and Qualifiers within the next two months

USGA Championships within the next two months

Player of the Year Events within the next two months

Upcoming TGA and USGA entry deadlines approaching within the next two months

 We will also send out emails one week prior to an entry deadline for TGA Championships.

 In 2018 we will be using the new USGA Tournament Management software powered by Golf Genius.  Through this software, players will be able to enter live scoring through a mobile device during the round.  We would like to encourage players to download the USGA Tournament Management app from the Apple Store or Google Play.  Entering hole by hole live scoring will be encouraged, but not mandatory.