Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rest in Peace our Friend

Rest In Peace our friend Dr. Henry W. Fricke, Jr. or as we all know him “FRICK” passed last night in a car accident. There are no words to begin to express our deep sorrow. All of us Scott, Randy, and myself, our Boatwright Interns past and present, MGA Directors and you the players will miss him horribly. He has touched so many of our lives. He spent this last weekend at the lake with Erin, his daughter and his grandaughters and then with all of us at the Father Son Championship at The Club at Porto Cima. He enjoyed every second of that. He has always said that is one of his favorite weekends of the season! I would like to share a quote that he shared with me while he was battling cancer earlier this year. HOPE. Start each day with it. But, more importantly, end each day with ACCEPTANCE of whatever happened. Then go on from there.We love you Frick! God Speed. And thanks for sending down the rain today. We know you had a hand in it. HE SO LOVED ALL OF YOU!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It is Missouri Am time

The Missouri Amateur Championship Trophy has arrived at Dalhousie Golf Club! The 105th Annual Missouri Annual Tournament begins on Tuesday, June 19th with 144 scheduled participants. The tournament lasts thru Sunday, June 24th. Pairing information can be found at Missouri Golf Association's website: mogolf.org We are ready for quite an exciting week!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Missouri Golf Trail

Here is a new way for people to book golf and lodging in the state of Missouri. You will see the list of courses on board now with more to follow in the upcoming weeks. So make sure to keep checking back each day to see what new courses and what specials might be running at these courses

Monday, April 16, 2012

MGA New Look Web Site


Everyone go and check out our new look on the MGA web site!! We have tried to freshen up some and be more member friendly. We are still doing some tweaking on the site so you might see some more changes coming in the next few days.

www.mogolf.org is the address

Thank you to everyone that supports the Missouri Golf Association.

Until I see you on the first tee!!
Scott Hovis, MGA Executive Director
3401 W Truman Blvd Suite 100
PO Box 104164
Jefferson City, MO 65110
573-636-8994 ext.303
573-636-4225 fax

Thursday, April 12, 2012

ASGCA View of the State of the Game of Golf


ASGCA Members Share Viewpoints on State-of-the-Game

Roundtable sparks discussion on growing the game, course rankings, planning and more

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – At the recent Golf Industry Show in Las Vegas, several American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) members shared their views on some of the industry’s top issues. The discussion took place during the event’s annual “Trends in Contemporary Golf Course Architecture” presentation moderated by ASGCA President Rick Phelps and featuring ASGCA Past President Damian Pascuzzo; Gil Hanse, ASGCA; and Jerry Lemons, ASGCA Associate.

On growing the game…
Jerry Lemons: “Everyone needs to ask, ‘What first made you fall in love with golf?’ From there, work on making golf fun for all, affordable, accessible to anyone and then you are making business sense.”

Damian Pascuzzo: “Part of the attraction is that I can play with the same equipment and on the same courses as the very best players in the world. I will never get together with my friends and play baseball at Fenway Park, but I can play Pebble Beach and TPC.”

On the value of golf course rankings…
Gil Hanse: “Rankings are more a popularity contest than a true evaluation of architecture. Rankings fill magazine pages in the offseason, but most people buy golf magazines for instructions and features, not rankings.”

Pascuzzo: “Reading about rankings is no substitute for going out and seeing the great golf courses. It’s like just reading about great works of art instead of going out and seeing them firsthand.”

On course superintendent’s participation in the design process…
Lemons: “The superintendent serves as the owner’s liaison and is often one of the owner’s best investments in a project. A good superintendent can assist in quality control and is an extra set of eyes for the architect.”

Pascuzzo: “The architect and superintendent need to work well together. Before even working with a superintendent, the architect may have hundreds of conversations about the project’s vision, goals and objectives, and meetings with government officials from all over, including the Environmental Protection Agency or Federal Aviation Administration.”

One standard design tip for any project…
Lemons: “Design for when times are bad rather than when times are good. As budgets decrease, some with over-the-top maintenance designs are suffering. They are looking for ways to decrease maintenance dollars and that is tough to do.”

Hanse: “When looking at Master Planning or renovations, you need to work with the superintendent. Discuss if it will cost more to maintain the course, and ask if members agree to the changes, even if it means a change in their dues. Communication is crucial.”

For information on the ASGCA, a piece which details the unique skills of ASGCA member or to contact an ASGCA member, visit http://www.asgca.org or call (262) 786-5960.


ASGCA Background

Founded in 1946 by 14 leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of four representative golf courses. ASGCA members are experienced golf course architects, able to counsel in all aspects of golf course design and remodeling and comprise many of the great talents throughout the golf industry.

For more information about ASGCA, including a current list of members, log on to the ASGCA website at http://www.asgca.org or call (262) 786-5960.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Get out and Play

video

Get out and Play

Everyone get out this weekend and enjoy this weather and do as our MGA Member Actor Lucas Back says!!

Free High School Golf Clinic




FREE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF CLINIC

OPEN TO BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS

PARENTS AND HIGH SCHOOL COACHES

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

TURKEY CREEK GOLF CENTER

1616 Oil Well Road

9:30 - NOON

JEFFERSON CITY MO

The Missouri Golf Association (MGA) in cooperation with Turkey Creek Golf Center will be hosting a high school golf clinic for coaches, players and parents on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The mission of the MGA is to promote amateur golf in the State of Missouri and we believe this clinic will assist our mission and more importantly the junior players in the state. The clinic is designed to assist the high school coach with swing mechanics that will benefit your players, a practice routine for the players to make their practice of the game more effective and efficient and to assist the players and their parents to understand the process necessary to play at the college level.



Presenters will include Molly Higgins from the Future College Golf Association, Dennis Goettel and Al Chandler teaching Professionals and MGA staff rules of golf. College coaches from the area have been invited and will be available to answer questions. The following is the agenda for the clinic:



9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Sign In

10:00 a.m. Molly Higgins, Future College Golf Association

Q&A

10:45 a.m. USGA Rules of Golf changes for 2012-2015

11:00 a.m. Swing clinic presentation and swing analysis



12:00 noon Closing Remarks





To register for the clinic you can simply email Randy Bickel or notify the MGA by phone.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Some Great info on golf In Branson

Branson, Missouri Emerging as Major Golf Destination: Top Five Courses to Play


By Brian Wright, Yahoo! Contributor NetworkFeb 14, 2:14 pm EST


Spring is just about a month away, and for golfers looking for a new golf destination to explore, the Branson area, located in southern Missouri's Ozark Mountains, is an option you shouldn't overlook.

There are a dozen golf courses - some with top-shelf designers such as Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus, and ties to golf legends like Payne Stewart - all in close proximity, and all with reasonable rates. The majority of Branson area golf courses are carved from the beautiful Ozark Mountains, and these courses will forever be etched in your memory bank once you play them.

The Branson area has long been known for its plethora of music shows. And, although 76 Highway, which winds through the bright lights of Branson's Music Row, can become congested at times, the various well planned, four-lane, alternate routes through and around the area's popular attractions offer a quick trek to your golfing destination.


In recent years, Branson has quietly become perhaps the best golf destination in the Midwest. In fact, it might well be one of the top 10 golf destinations in the nation.


Don't take this statement lightly. A locale must have key elements such as quantity and quality of courses, a wide variety of lodging and entertainment options, and easy accessibility, to even be considered a golf destination.


For many golfers, it's the after-golf activities that make a destination great. Like other top golf locales around the country, Branson features the key elements necessary to be among the elite. And unlike some of the nation's other fine golf destinations, the ancillary activities are equal to the golf - and the golf in Branson is fantastic.


"The variety of courses definitely makes Branson an appealing golf destination," says Bill Hasler, general manager at LedgeStone Country Club. "It's a great trip for buddies, couples, families, and golf groups. If you are looking to play three or four rounds during your stay, the variety of courses we have can accommodate the needs of most anyone. And there's a lot of things to do when you get done playing golf for the day."


Indeed. Branson features a large variety of lodging options including stay and play golf packages, and the area is also unique in that it offers world-class entertainment. Recreational activities include Table Rock Lake, one of America's greatest fishing and boating lakes. Quality dining and shopping are also abundant in Branson.


"Branson is just far enough South to offer a milder climate," says Hasler. "You'll be playing mountain golf, something you don't really think of with golf in the State of Missouri. We offer everything you need for a quick weekend getaway or a week-long adventure."


Here are my top five picks for places to play golf in the Branson area - and why.


1. Branson Creek Golf Club


Branson Creek Golf Club is simply outstanding. This 18-hole layout can hold its own with any championship course in the country. Designed by architect Tom Fazio, Branson Creek is the premiere golf course in the State of Missouri as it calls attention to the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains. Branson Creek Golf Club has held the No. 1 Public Course rating in Missouri since 2001 for both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.


2. LedgeStone Country Club


Golf Digest called LedgeStone "a masterpiece of mountain golf architecture" and awarded the facility a 4-Star rating in their 2008/2009 Best Places to Play category. Spectacular scenery accentuates the hilly terrain and dense forests that border virtually all of the narrow Zoysia fairways. LedgeStone is truly Ozark Mountain golf at its finest. Open for public play, LedgeStone offers visitors a country club experience - complete with on-site lodging, grille, practice range, and award-winning pro shop. Located in StoneBridge Village, just minutes from Silver Dollar City.


3. Murder Rock Golf & Country Club


If you arrive via air at the Branson Airport, you can be on the first tee at Murder Rock within minutes. This 18-hole championship golf course enhances the magnificent landscape of the Ozark Mountains, incorporating the natural beauty of the land with lush fairways and pristine greens. Just south of Branson, and just across the road from Branson Creek Golf Club, Murder Rock Golf and Country Club provides expansive and dramatic views from every vantage point. Great course - magnificent clubhouse.


4. Thousand Hills Golf Resort


Located in the heart of Branson, this Golf Digest award-winning golf course is the most unique in the area. Built around a meandering creek and large rock outcroppings, you will truly experience the beauty of the Ozarks. A relaxed family atmosphere and great service make for a great day of golf at this popular resort course. Beautiful landscaping, nightly rentals on the property, and central location make this a must play course during your visit.


5. Payne Stewart Golf Club


The Payne Stewart Golf Club is a tribute course honoring the late Payne Stewart and is Branson's newest golf product. Located just minutes from Branson Landing, which offers restaurants, shopping and entertainment on Lake Taneycomo. The Payne Stewart Golf Club offers 18 holes of championship golf, and is quickly becoming a contender for one of the best courses in the state. The highlight of this facility is the vast array of Payne Stewart memorabilia - a shrine if you will - to one of golf's most colorful, and successful players.


Branson, MO, is within a day's drive if you live in America's heartland. The recently opened Branson Airport offers daily non-stop and connecting flights from many major airports. For more information on golf in Branson, MO, visit www.explorebranson.com.


Brian Wright is a sports journalist and long-time member of the Golf Writers Association of America. Wright lives in Overland Park, KS, and plays most of his golf in the Branson area.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Follow Me !!!



Ok everyone it is getting closer and closer to the golfing season, so come on board and follow me this year on twitter. Ride shotgun along side me as I spend the summer on the road running the MGA.

The Account is : @golfexec

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Become a MGA Member




MGA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS For 2012


>Discounts on St. Louis Cardinal Baseball tickets

>Discounts on St. Louis Blues Hockey tickets

>A Year’s subscription to Golf Week

>Discounts on Avis Rental Cars

>A four-day pass to the Nationwide Price Cutter Charity Championship

>A raffle ticket for the Grand Prize Drawings at the Price Cutter Championship

>An MGA Decal

>An MGA Member Bag Tag

>A current USGA Rules Book

>Discounts at all Drury Inn Properties Year-Round

>MGA GHIN APP - Tool to follow your game and keep in touch with MGA events



And this is only the start! We expect to add more “Perks” as the season progresses!



We sincerely hope that we can count on you to continue to support the MGA by being a member and participant in the events conducted in 2012 and beyond.



If you have any questions please contact our office at 573.636.8994

Thursday, February 9, 2012

MGA NEW APP

The Official App of the Missouri Golf Association

FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE NOW!

It can be downloaded on an IPHONE, IPAD or an Android Phone.
iPhone download: go to your ITunes App Store and search for "GHIN"

Android download: Click Here to go directly to the Android Market APP

If you have a USGA GHIN number this is the app for you!

The MGA APP gives you the ability to manage and follow your game plus access to the MGA world:

>POST A SCORE
>VIEW SCORE HISTORY
>USGA HANDICAP INDEX LOOKUP
>COURSE HANDICAP INDEX
>SIGN UP FOR MGA TOURNAMENTS
>VIEW MGA PAIRINGS/VIEW MGA RESULTS/REAL TIME SCORING
>VIEW MGA CALENDAR/SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
>NEWS TICKER WITH USGA.GHIN NEWS


For a look at what the NEW APP looks like please go to www.mogolf.org and see for yourself- Pretty cool item that we are very excited about!


Alert: Anyone that is interested there is a provision for an Ad or Sponsorship placement.
So if you or your company is interested contact Karen Raithel. 573.636.8994

NEW MGA APP-- Check it out

The Official App of the Missouri Golf
AssociationFREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE NOW!It can be downloaded on an IPHONE, IPAD or an Android Phone.iPhone download: go to your ITunes App Store and search for "GHIN"Android download:

If you have a USGA GHIN number this is the app for you!The MGA APP gives you the ability to manage and follow your game plus accessto the MGA world:>POST A SCORE>VIEW SCORE HISTORY>USGA HANDICAP INDEX LOOKUP>COURSE HANDICAP INDEX>SIGN UP FOR MGA TOURNAMENTS>VIEW MGA PAIRINGS- VIEW MGA RESULTS/REAL TIME SCORING>VIEW MGA CALENDAR/SCHEDULE OF EVENTS>NEWS TICKER WITH USGA.GHIN NEWS

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2012 MGA New Policies



MGA NEW POLICIES

Since its origin in 1905, the Missouri
Golf Association has continually sought to provide Missouri’s amateur players with quality championships at quality venues. The MGA is dedicated to carrying on the tradition with one simple goal in mind: to provide each of the participants the best competition and the most enjoyable competitive golf experience possible.

The services provided by the MGA have grown over the years to include the GHIN Handicap Service, course marking, monitoring of amateur status, conduct of rules seminars and provision of course ratings to our members clubs. We are proud that our
major championships have grown to nine; along with other events such as the
Senior Series Tour, Junior Hieronymus Series, Little Juniors and the Ken
Lanning Championship. The tournaments conducted by the MGA continue to expand in number; and they are still being offered for you, the amateur golfer, with that original mission and goal in mind.

In an effort to further improve and expand the tournament offerings and the services you’ve come to expect, the MGA will be implementing a new Membership Fee in 2012. This Membership Fee will be $30 for the year. This payment option will be available to you online and on the mail-in entry forms.

The list that follows is the events and membership requirements to earn Cup points:

Missouri Amateur Membership Fee required to play and earn Cup points
Missouri Stroke Play Membership Fee required to play and earn Cup points
Missouri Senior Amateur Membership Fee required to play and earn Cup points
Missouri Mid-Amateur Membership Fee required to play and earn Cup points
Dawson, Boyce, Cotton, Stewart Membership Fee required to earn Cup points
Missouri Open Membership Fee required to earn Cup points
Porto Cima Four Ball Membership Fee required to earn Cup points
Missouri Four Ball No Membership Fee required
Missouri Senior Four Ball No Membership Fee required
Missouri State Club Team No Membership Fee required
Father Son No Membership Fee required

In an effort to provide additional benefits to our membership, the MGA has negotiated
some fantastic, value-added goods and services for every member: >Discounts on St. Louis Cardinal Baseball tickets >Discounts on St. Louis Blues Hockey tickets
>A Year’s subscription to Golf Week
gt;Discounts on Avis Rental Cars
>A four-day pass to the Nationwide Price Cutter Charity Championship
>A raffle ticket for the Grand Prize Drawings at the Price Cutter Championship
>An MGA Decal
>An
MGA Member Bag Tag
gt;A current USGA Rules Book
>Discounts at all Drury Inn Properties Year-Round

And this is only the start! We expect to add more “Perks” as the season progresses!

We sincerely hope that we can count on you to continue to support the MGA by being
a participant in the events conducted in 2012 and beyond.

If you have any questions please contact our office at 573.636.8994

Sincerely,


Scott
Hovis
MGA Executive Director



Monday, January 30, 2012

Here is the 2012 MGA Championship Schedule- As you will see, the venues for the events this year are oustanding again.

Players can start entering March 5th at 9 a.m. at mogolf.org

2012 MGA
Championship Schedule__________________________________________
Porto Cima Four
Ball

April 14-15
The Club at Porto
Cima
Sunrise
Beach
Senior Four Ball
Championship

May 22-23
WingHaven CC
O'Fallon
Amateur
Championship

June 19-24
Dalhousie GC
Cape
Girardeau
Amateur Stroke Play
Championship

July 16-18
Jefferson City
CC
Jefferson
City
Father/Son
Championship

July 23-24
The Club at Porto
Cima
Sunrise
Beach
Missouri Open
July 26-28
The Club at Old
Hawthorne
Columbia
Four Ball
Championship

August 18-19
Silo Ridge
GC
Bolivar
Mid-Amateur
Championship

August 28-29
Meadowbrook
G&CC
Prairie Village,
KS
Senior Amateur
Championship

September
18-19
St Joseph CC
St
Joseph
State Club Team
Championship

September
24-25
The Club at Porto
Cima
Sunrise
Beach
Hieronymus Cup
Matches

October
13-14
Hickory Hills
CC
Springfield

Until I see you on the first tee!!

Scott Hovis

Executive Director

Getting you ready for the 2012 Season

Before we kow it the 2012 Golf Season will be here, so I want to start sending out some Rules Videos every once in a while to help you the player freshen up on your knowledge.


Click
Here
to View the Loose Impediments Video



Unitl I see you on the First Tee!!

Scott Hovis
Executive Director
Missouri Golf Association