These Allied Golf Associations (AGAs) – as
they have been named – are supported by the
USGA’s five existing regional affairs offices and
will administer the USGA Handicap and Course
Rating Systems within defined geographic areas
across the country. The Golf Association of Philadelphia’s territory is defined as Eastern Pennsylvania (to the center of the state), Central and
Southern New Jersey and the state of Delaware.
In addition, the AGAs will serve as the
community’s primary resource for USGA services
such as championship qualifiers, governance,
golf facility support and programs that help grow
and improve the long-term health of the game.
The Golf Association of Philadelphia will administer 19 USGA Qualifiers in 2018 in various
parts of the territory.
“We are honored to be partner with the
USGA as an AGA,” said Mark Peterson, the
Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Executive
Director. “Our history runs deep within the
game in this region. We look forward to the
opportunity of expanding our services across
the entire GAP region.”
The Golf Association of Philadelphia is the
oldest regional or state association in the coun-
try dating back to 1897.
“Regional golf associations are a vital part
of the golf community and the USGA,” said
Mike Davis, USGA CEO/Executive Director. “As
the game moves forward into the future, we
feel this formalized new alliance of working
together on grassroots programs will improve
how we serve golfers and providing a healthy
foundation from which the entire golf commu-
nity can grow.”
The newly recognized AGAs were identified
through a nearly year-long discovery process
that encouraged collaboration among existing
golf organizations within each state and
region, sharing best practices and leveraging
programs that have made a positive impact.
The resulting relationship will enable AGAs
to provide a variety of competitive playing
opportunities that engage more golfers of all
levels within their region. The AGAs will also
serve as local experts for education on topics
such as modernizing golf’s rules, the new
World Handicap System and related governance functions.
Each AGA will also have direct access to
USGA research, funding for programs such as
USGA P.J. Boatwright Internships, data and technology, additional expertise to better serve the
health of golf facilities and support of national
grow- the-game initiatives including PLAY9.
One of the alliance’s most significant benefits
to golfers will be the centralized computation
of USGA Handicap Indexes in the United
States to improve efficiency, consistency and
governance oversight. The move to a more
modernized, digital platform will also empower
Allied Golf Associations to more deeply engage
golfers within their community through rich,
real-time player data. m
Peterson joins AGA Council
AN AGA COUNCIL HAS BEEN FORMED to share information, to help ongoing
service delivery and to provide continuous feedback directly to the USGA to better
serve golfers and golf clubs. The Golf Association of Philadelphia will have a
voice on that Council in Mark Peterson, the organization’s Executive Director.
He’ll be part of a 12-member group consisting of AGA executive directors from
across the country.
USGA selects GAP as an Allied Golf Association
THE GOLF ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA was one of 59 regional
golf associations selected in early January to enter into a new relationship
with the United States Golf Association to enhance the golfer experience at
the state and local levels.