GSGA Core Services
GSGA Member Clubs and individual members receive the following benefits as part of their membership dues:
The GSGA utilizes the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) for its handicap services, which are administered in accordance with the USGA Handicap System. Individuals receive handicap revisions twice per month, on the 1st and 15th. These revisions are transmitted to Member Clubs and via e-mail to individuals who sign up for the GSGA's eRevision service. Included in the GHIN service package is software for tournament administration, rules of golf decisions and other sources of information for golf professionals, course managers and club officials.
Course Rating and Measuring
Each member course in the state is laser-measured when it joins GSGA and again whenever major changes are made. The course is rated every 5-7 years by a trained team of raters, usually consisting of six men and four women, working in accordance with the USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating System. Approximately 80 courses are rated each year, with ratings issued for all sets of tees in play for both men and women at each course. There is no additional charge beyond the aforementioned membership dues to Member Clubs for course rating and measuring services.
The GSGA annually conducts 18 competitions that are open for statewide participation for men and women of all ages and skill levels, four interstate team competitions, a statewide junior golf program and 17 qualifying events for all USGA championships. Entry fees are charged for each competition and registration is available online at www.gsga.org.
A number of GSGA volunteers, both men and women, serve as well-trained and highly-qualified rules officials at GSGA competitions. GSGA also annually provides rules officials, equipment and administrative assistance for the Georgia Women's Golf Association Amateur championship, the Georgia High School Association state championships and various other events as approved by the Championship Committee.
The GSGA recognizes Players of the Year for men, women, senior men, super senior men, senior women, junior boys and junior girls during a luncheon following its Annual Meeting. The Tommy Barnes Award is presented to the overall Player of the Year.
Membership Magazine and Other Publications
Golf Georgia, the membership magazine of the GSGA, is published six times a year. Golf Georgia includes reports and features on individuals and events which impact the game, with an emphasis on amateur golf in Georgia. Each issue includes articles on different Association activities, GSGA Member Clubs, the rules of golf and golf course maintenance. Golf Georgia has earned several awards from the Magazine Association of the Southeast, including the 2005 GAMMA Award for Overall Excellence. Golf Georgia is sent to each individual member who has provided the GSGA or their club with a mailing address.
Other GSGA communications include:
- Member Club Directory, available for Member Clubs, GSGA Board of Directors and volunteers and allied associations
- USGA Handicap System in Brief, a description of the USGA Handicap System
- GSGA Monday Mulligans, a weekly email newsletter distributed to GSGA members
The Georgia State Golf Association's website, www.gsga.org, is a comprehensive source of golf information, with full coverage of Association activities. It is also a useful resource for GSGA members to take full advantage of their membership benefits. GSGA members can check their USGA Handicap Index and register for GSGA competitions and other events. Golfers can research golf courses in Georgia and find links to other golf organizations on the local, state and national levels. Interested individuals can sign up for GSGA membership through the website.
The GSGA also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. Anyone interested in Association activities is encouraged to interact with the GSGA via these social media sites.
Recognition and Rewards
GSGA maintains an awards program for individuals who score holes-in-one, win club championships, are their club's most improved golfers or achieve other unique feats on the golf course. Individuals who have garnered these honors are submitted by their Member Clubs, and GSGA recognizes them with a certificate and listings in Golf Georgia magazine and on the GSGA website. GSGA also provides RewardLinks (a members-only discount program), TravelLinks (members-only travel opportunities) and DealFinder (links to special offers from GSGA member clubs) via its website.
Georgia Golf Industry Support
The GSGA provides financial support to the junior and adult golfer development programs and services of the Georgia Section, PGA of America and contributes to turfgrass research through the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association. It has also joined with other golf industry organizations in the state to form the Georgia Allied Golf Council, which represents the golf industry to the Georgia General Assembly and state administrative agencies.
The GSGA conducts educational seminars on golf-related subjects such as the rules of golf, handicapping and course rating. It also can provide answers to questions about these subjects, in addition to amateur status, tournament operations and course marking. The Association serves as a clearinghouse of information about major golf tournaments in the state and provides a guest speaker service for golf-related activities to GSGA Member Clubs at no charge.
Georgia Golf Hall of Fame
In 2010, the GSGA entered into an agreement with the Georgia Department of Economic Development to manage the ongoing activities associated with the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. The terms of the agreement authorize the GSGA to host the banquet to honor inductees; store memorabilia of the members of the Hall of Fame and display as available; and to have right, title and interest to the trademarks, trade names and logos associated with the GGHOF. For more information on the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, visit www.gghof.org.
Georgia State Golf Association Foundation
The GSGA Foundation, the GSGA's charitable affiliate, uses contributions from individuals, corporations and the Association for the following educational opportunities:
- Yates Scholarships - for employees, or dependents of employees, at GSGA Member Clubs
- Moncrief Scholarships - for agronomy and turfgrass management students at the University of Georgia, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and students who work and live in Georgia, but attend an accredited program outside the state
The GSGA Foundation has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Those interested in Foundation activities can visit www.gsga.org to learn more about the GSGAF's scholarship programs, read about current scholars and make a secure online donation.
The GSGA headquarters building houses a library with various golf publications, golf literature and a modest museum with artifacts from some of the Association's players and volunteers. A collection of video discs with interviews of past Georgia golf champions and volunteers is available for viewing. Throughout the building, there are displays on Georgia connections to the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup as well as reigning GSGA Champions.
United States Golf Association
Though not a branch office, the GSGA serves as the arm of the USGA in Georgia, providing the following areas of assistance and cooperation:
- Rules of Golf: The GSGA helps administer the rules of golf through seminars and general inquiries.
- USGA Qualifying Rounds: The GSGA conducts all USGA qualifying rounds in Georgia.
- USGA Handicap System: The GSGA is licensed to issue USGA Handicap Indexes through its Member Clubs in Georgia. It administers the USGA Handicap System in Georgia through seminars, publications and other means.
- USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating System: The GSGA is licensed to issue USGA Course Ratings and Slope Ratings to golf clubs in Georgia. It administers the USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating System in Georgia by rating GSGA Member Club courses, conducting seminars and answering general inquiries.
- Amateur Status Reinstatement: The GSGA works in concert with the USGA in examining applications for reinstatement as an amateur golfer that are made by individuals who live in Georgia.
- Committee Appointments: The GSGA works in tandem with the USGA's Southeast Regional Affairs Director in making recommendations for USGA committee members in Georgia.
- "For the Good of the Game" Grants: The GSGA assists the USGA Foundation with identifying and recommending groups in Georgia with which it is familiar that are being considered for the "For the Good of the Game" grants program.