USGA Comes To Aid Of Golf
Associations Affected By Hurricanes Katrina, Rita
December 7, 2005
By , USGA
Far Hills, N.J. - The devastation created by Hurricanes
Katrina and this past August and September was of monumental
proportions. The images from New Orleans and other Mississippi
and Louisiana Gulf Coast towns of the destruction remain
indelible. Thousands of individuals have been displaced and many
will never return to their homes or businesses.
But the generosity of millions of people is helping to get the
region back on its feet, and the golf world is no exception.
The Mississippi Golf Association was forced to cancel a state
championship that was scheduled Sept. 10-11 at Windance Country
Club on the Gulf Coast. Another major event, the Bill Cass Senior
Four-Ball held Sept. 16-18 in northern Mississippi, saw its
participation numbers severely decline. Some courses in the state
haven't even reopened, and a few more lost valuable
handicapping computer hardware. Rounds and memberships have
declined due to lack of disposable income.
The USGA recognized this financial hardship and agreed to
assist the MGA, which derives its annual income from member clubs
and tournaments, along with the Louisiana Golf Association during
this time of need.
"We are so appreciative of
the USGA's willingness to support us in this manner,"
said Carr McCalla, the executive director of the Louisiana Golf
Association and the president of the International Association of
Golf Administrators, in an e-mail. "Thanks so much for the
USGA's support, most assuredly in this instance, but for all
the organization does on behalf of the game."