What is the difference between the USGA and the PGA?
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
-- Women's, Men's, and Senior Men's - and ten Amateur Championships.
The PGA is the Professional Golf Association that represents the Professional Golfers
in the country. The PGA sponsors many tournaments for its professional players,
which are open only to professionals.
Where can I watch USGA Championships?
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.
Where can I write to Arnold Palmer?
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:
Volunteer National Chairman
PO Box 746
Far Hills, NJ 07931