Golf as we have known it, for as long as we have played it, is changing. The CDGA’s role changed in 2018, the rules are changing in 2019 and the handicap system will change in 2020.
Effective 2018 the collaboration between Ohio Golf Association (OGA) and Columbus District Golf Association (CDGA) is official. You may have already noticed your GHIN handicap update now comes from OGA.
The CDGA is expanding in two areas. The CDGA will now serve 90+ private and public golf courses in 31 counties, allowing more players to play in our events. That will lead to fuller fields and larger prize payouts. And, in addition to our men’s and junior tournament we will be conducting a full slate of women’s tournaments starting in 2018. This is all being done in support of the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) initiative to grow the game.
In 2017 the USGA proposed major rule changes and solicited feedback. After considering this feedback they will announce the changes in 2018 and the adopted rules will be in effect starting in 2019. Among the proposals which may or may not end up as rules:
In 2020 a system developed by R & A and USGA will standardize the six different handicap systems used around the world into one. Some of the new features include:
All of the information on rules and handicapping is available on usga.org.
Now, let’s talk about playing golf. The CDGA season starts for the men at Pinnacle on May 10th with the Old Pal Scramble. For the women it’s OSU on June 14th with the Women’s Scramble ABCD. Individual, partner and team formats are scheduled throughout the season – gross and net. Complete schedules and courses are available at cdgagolf.org. All tournament entries can be done online.
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