President's Letter

Jim Siders, Heritage Golf Club

Jim Siders
CDGA President

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:

  • No penalty for ball accidently moved on the green
  • Lost ball search reduced from 5 to 3 minutes
  • Allowing ball to be dropped from barely above grass
  • Allowing fixing spike marks
  • No penalty for hitting the flagstick when putting

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:

  • Only 54 holes needed to establish a handicap
  • Average of the eight best out of last twenty rounds used to establish handicap
  • Impact of abnormal weather conditions on day played
  • Handicap revised daily
  • Net double bogey max for all golfers on a hole for posting

All of the information on rules and handicapping is available on

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 All tournament entries can be done online.

Play on!
Jim Siders
Heritage Golf Club

  • Upcoming Events

    • Spring Old Pal Scramble

      May 10, 2018
      Pinnacle GC

      The 2018 CDGA Spring Old Pal Scramble is a one day tournament held at Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City, OH. more

    • Senior Championship

      May 23 - 24, 2018
      Northstar GC

      The 2018 CDGA Senior Championship is a multi-day tournament held at Northstar Golf Club in Sunbury, OH. more

    • Super Senior

      May 23 - 24, 2018
      Northstar GC

      The 2018 CDGA Super Senior is a multi-day tournament held at Northstar Golf Club in Sunbury, OH. more

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