General USGA Questions


FAQ - General USGA Questions

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What is the difference between the USGA and the PGA or the LPGA?
How can I contact the PGA of America, the PGA Tour or the LPGA?
I'd like to play on the PGA Tour or the LPGA Tour. Should I contact the USGA for an application?
Where can I watch USGA championships?
Can I purchase or obtain the television broadcast coverage of USGA championships from the USGA?
Where can I write to Arnold Palmer?





What is the difference between the USGA and the PGA or the LPGA?       top

The USGA is the not-for-profit governing body of the game of golf. Existing to preserve and protect golf's tradition, this organization monitors the rules of golf and equipment standards in an effort to ensure that skill rather than technology represents the essence of the game. The USGA also conducts turfgrass and environmental research, maintains a National Handicap and Course Rating System and preserves an extensive collection of golf memorabilia at its museum and library. On behalf of all golfers, both amateur and professional, the USGA conducts three Open championships each year -- Men's, Senior Men's and Women's - and 10 Amateur championships.

The PGA (the Professional Golfers Association of America) and the LPGA (the Ladies Professional Golf Association of America) are organizations of individual professional golfers. Both the PGA and LPGA conduct tournaments for their members. Also, members of these associations provide expert golf instruction and are involved in a number of other local activities. The USGA has a close working relationship with these organizations.



How can I contact the PGA of America, the PGA Tour or the LPGA?       top

PGA of America
100 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 33418
407-624-8400
fax: 407-624-8448
http://www.pga.com/home
PGA Tour
112 TPC Boulevard
Ponte Verde, Fla. 32082
904-285-3700
fax: 904-285-7913
http://www.pgatour.com
LPGA
100 International Golf Drive
Daytona Beach, Fla. 32124-1092
Phone: (386) 274-6200
Fax: (386) 274-1099
http://www.lpga.com


I'd like to play on the PGA Tour or the LPGA Tour. Should I contact the USGA for an application?       top

No. The professional tours are sponsored by the PGA Tour and the LPGA. Please contact them at the addresses found above.



Where can I watch USGA championships?       top

Each year a number of USGA championships are televised. ESPN and NBC typically televise the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women's Open and the U.S. Senior Open. The 10 amateur championships are broadcast on NBC, ESPN or the Golf Channel.



Can I purchase or obtain the television broadcast coverage of USGA championships from the USGA?       top

No. The television broadcast coverage of USGA championships is not for sale to the public. The USGA produces highlights each year for the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and the U.S. Senior Open and may be ordered by calling the USGA Order Department at (800)336-4446 or online at the USGA Publications Web site at www.usgapubs.com.



Where can I write to Arnold Palmer?       top

Arnold Palmer has been the Volunteer National Chairman for the USGA Members Program since its inception. He undoubtedly has done a tremendous amount for the game of golf. Mr. Palmer can be reached at the following address:

Arnold Palmer
Volunteer National Chairman
USGA
PO Box 746
Far Hills, N.J. 07931



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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.


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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.



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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website, www.usopen.com, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit http://www.usopen.com/IBM

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit http://www.lexus.com/

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment


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