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The United States Golf Association (USGA) is the United States' national association of golf courses, clubs and facilities and the governing body of golf for the U.S. and Mexico. Together with The R&A, the USGA produces and interprets the rules of golf. The USGA also provides a national handicap system for golfers, organises several leading golf championships, and tests golf equipment for conformity with regulations. It is currently led by Executive Director David B. Fay, and President Walter Driver, Jr., and is headquartered at Golf House in Far Hills, New Jersey. Image File history File links Usga-logo. ... Image File history File links Usga-logo. ... Golfer after swing. ... The clubhouse of the R&A. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is the one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, the oldest being the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield. ... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a sport where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... A golf handicap is a numerical measure of an amateur golfers playing ability. ... Far Hills is a borough located in Somerset County, New Jersey. ...


The Bob Jones Award is the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. The inaugural award was given in 1955. The Bob Jones Award is the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. ...

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Competitions organised by the USGA

The USGA organises or co-organises the following competitions:


Open championships

An "open" golf championship is one which both professionals and amateurs may enter. In practice, such events are always won by professionals nowadays. The two leading opens in the U.S. are:

The USGA also runs a senior open for men which is part of the Champions Tour schedule. Although a Women's Senior Golf Tour has existed since 2001, the USGA has not yet created a Senior Women's Open. The United States Open Championship is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June, scheduled such that the final round is always played on the 3rd Sunday of that month. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The U.S. Womens Open Golf Championship is one of the LPGAs major championships along with the LPGA Championship, the Womens British Open, and the Kraft Nabisco Championship. ... Womens golf has evolved a set of major tournaments which parallels that in mens golf, but the womens system is younger and has been less stable that the mens. ... The Champions Tour, a golf tour run by the PGA TOUR, hosts 30 events annually in the United States and Canada for golfers 50 and older. ... The Womens Senior Golf Tour is a professional golf tour for women aged 45 and upwards. ...

The U.S. Senior Open is one of the major championships in mens senior golf. ...

Individual amateur championships

Professional golf in the U.S. is mainly run by the PGA of America, the PGA Tour and the LPGA. However, the USGA is at the heart of amateur golf in the country and it organizes the ten national amateur championships. The leading events are open to all age groups, but are usually won by golfers in their early twenties who are working towards a career in professional tournament golf: Founded in 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States and claims to be the largest working sports organization in the world with more than 27,000 members. ... The PGA Tour is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA that operates the USAs main professional golf tours for men. ... LPGA stands for Ladies Professional Golf Association. ...

There are two tournaments for under eighteens: The U.S. Amateur Championship is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for male amateur golfers. ... The U.S. Womens Amateur is the leading golf tournament in the United States for female amateur golfers. ...

And two for senior golfers: The United States Junior Amateur Championship is one of the thirteen U.S. national golf championships organised by the United States Golf Association. ... The United States Girls Junior Championship is a golf championship organized by the United States Golf Association for girls under the age of eighteen. ...

Because the two non-age restricted amateur championships are dominated by future professionals, two national championships have been established for "career amateurs" at least 25 years old: The United States Senior Womens Amateur Golf Championship was launched in 1962 as an annual tournament for female amateur golfing competitors at least 50 years of age. ...

  • United States Men's Mid-Amateur Golf Championship - men, established 1981
  • U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur - established 1987

There are also two events for "public links" golfers. Members of private golf clubs are excluded from these championships: The U.S. Mid-Amateur, often called the Mid-Am for short, is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for post-college male amateur golfers. ...

The U.S. Amateur Public Links, often referred to as the Public Links or the Publinx, is a mens amateur golf tournament, one of 10 individual amateur championships organized by the United States Golf Association. ...

State team championships

The USGA's two amateur state team championships are played biennially in odd numbered years. They were both established in 1995. College golfers are not eligible for the three player teams.

  • USGA Men's State Team Championships
  • USGA Women's State Team Championships

International team competitions

The USGA co-organise two biennial amateur team competitions between the United States and a joint team representing Great Britain and Ireland:

Through its membership of the International Golf Federation the USGA is involved in the administration of the two "World Amateur Team Championships", which are played biennially in even-numbered years. The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in odd numbered years between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the United States and Great Britain and Ireland (in political terms the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland). ... The clubhouse of the R&A. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is the one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, the oldest being the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield. ... The Curtis Cup is the best known team tournament for women amateur golfers. ... The Ladies Golf Union (LGU) is the governing body for womens and girls amateur golf in Great Britain and Ireland (in political terms, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland). ... The International Golf Federation is an organisation which, despite its grand title, occupies only a small place in the structure of golf. ...

The Eisenhower Trophy is a biennial world amateur team golf championship for men organised by the International Golf Federation. ... The Espirito Santo Trophy is a biennial world amateur team golf championship for women organised by the International Golf Federation. ...

External link

  • USGA home page

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