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Celebrating Golf in America

December 23: New York

Watch: 17-time LPGA Tour winner Dottie Pepper on growing up, learning the game in Empire State

Read: New York’s Turnesa, Strafaci Families Make Multi-Generation Mark

December 18: Wyoming

Watch: PGA Tour winner, Wyoming Native Jim Benepe on growing up, learning the game in Cowboy State

Read: Hornbeck one of the most decorated amateur players in Wyoming history

December 11: Alabama

Watch: 1976 U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate on golf in Alabama

Read: Birmingham's Green known for gutsy U.S. Open victory


December 4: Missouri

Watch: St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith discusses his passion for the game

Read: Bellerive Hosted – and Missouri’s Holtgrieve Won – Inaugural U.S. Mid-Am


Nov. 27: New Mexico

Watch: LPGA Tour player Gerina Piller on growing up and learning the game in New Mexico

Read: Nancy Lopez took game by storm in Hall-of-Fame career

November 20: Maryland

Watch: 2009 U.S. Senior Open champion Fred Funk on growing up, learning the game in Maryland

Read: Maryland’s Beman Won Pair of U.S. Amateur Titles Before Making Impact as PGA Tour Commissioner

Nov. 13: Utah

Watch: PGA Tour player Tony Finau on growing up in Utah

Read: The Utah Amateur just keeps going ... and going

Nov. 6: Vermont

Watch: Golf instructor Steve Dresser on growing up, learning the game in Green Mountain State

Read: Ouimet Earned Most Cherished Victory in Vermont

Oct. 30: Oregon

Watch: 2004 U.S. Senior Open champion, TV analyst Peter Jacobsen on golf in Oregon

Read: A long walk toward dawn: Tiger Woods earns U.S. Amateur three-peat at Pumpkin Ridge

Oct. 23: Connecticut

Watch: Fox Sports golf analyst, noted instructor Michael Breed on golf in Nutmeg State

Read: Connecticut Native Boros Was a Force in U.S. Open

Oct. 16: New Hampshire

Watch: 27-time LPGA Tour winner Jane Blalock on growing up, playing golf in Granite State

Read: New Hampshire's Phil and James Pleat got to U.S. Amateur in 2012 

Oct. 9: Michigan

Watch: Hall-of-Fame pitcher, 2018 U.S. Senior Open qualifier John Smoltz on Michigan

Read: Arnold Palmer's career launched by 1954 U.S. Amateur victory in Michigan

Oct. 2: Rhode Island

Watch: Fox Sports golf analysts Brad Faxon, Brett Quigley on growing up in Ocean State

Read: U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open were born in Newport

Sept. 25: Minnesota

Watch: Major champion Tom Lehman on growing up, learning the game in Land of 10,000 Lakes

Read: Alissa Herron gave golf-passionate family a USGA title in 1999

Sept. 18: Arizona

Watch: Two-time USGA champion Billy Mayfair on growing up in Grand Canyon State

Read: Xavier Prep girls's golf builds legendary record in Arizona

Sept. 11: Colorado

Watch: LPGA Tour rookie, 2018 USA Curtis Cupper Jennifer Kupcho on growing up in Centennial State

Read: A Common Cause: Colorado Golf Association's Course Helping to Grow Game

Sept. 4: Tennessee

Watch: 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Brandt Snedeker on golf in Volunteer State

Read: Dick Horton Forged Tennessee's Trailblazing Path

Aug. 28: Iowa

Watch: 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, 2015 USA Walker Cupper Michael McCoy on golf in Iowa

Read: Jack Fleck, the ultimate U.S. Open Underdog

Aug. 21: South Dakota

Watch: 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Shannon Johnson on growing up and learning the game in South Dakota

Read: Eureka! Bauer sisters helped found LPGA

August 14: North Carolina

Watch: 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Scott Harvey on golf in the Tar Heel State

Read: Catching up with ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas

August 7: Mississippi

Watch: PGA Tour winner Jim Gallagher Jr. and wife, Cissye, a 12-time Mississippi Women's Amateur champion on golf in Magnolia State

Read: Mills fulfilled prophecy by winning U.S. Women's Open

July 31: Montana

Watch: 1996 U.S. Open champion Steve Jones on what makes Montana special for golf

Read: Golfers in Big Sky country savor short season

July 24: Wisconson

Watch: 2019 U.S. Senior Open champion and Madison resident Steve Stricker on golf in the Badger State

Read: Two-Time U.S. Open champion Andy North inspired others

July 17: Ohio

Watch: Ohio native Renee Powell on the legacy of Clearview G.C. in East Canto

Read: Columbus Led Nicklaus to Golf, Hall-of-Fame Career

July 10


Watch: LPGA Tour player, 2009 U.S. Girls' Junior champion Amy (Anderson) Olson on growing up and learning the game in North Dakota


Read: North Dakotans Podolak, Olson Share Parallels in Golf Journey 

July 3

Watch: Two-Time U.S. Women's Open champion, Hall of Famer Betsy King on growing up in Pennsylvania, charity work

Read: Carol Semple Thompson, female golf ambassador

June 26: Indiana

Watch: 2019 U.S. Senior Open competitor, Indiana golf standout Chris Smith reminisces about growing up in the Hoosier State

Read: French Lick a Shining Example of Pete Dye’s Timeless Work

June 19: Arkansas

Watch: Golf Channel host Lisa Cornwell reminisces about junior golf days in Arkansas and playing for the Razorbacks

Read: Arkansas Native Van Horn Founded, Fosters U.S. Kids Golf

June 12: California

Watch: Five-time USGA champion Juli Inkster on Golden State's impact on golf career

Read: Northern California a Hotbed of Champions

June 5: Alaska

Watch: Seven-Time Alaska Amateur champion Greg Sanders on golf in The Last Frontier

Read: Alaska’s Local Qualifier Open to All Who Can Get There

May 29: South Carolina

Watch: Two-time U.S. Women's Amateur champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Beth Daniel on golf in the Palmetto State

Read: Furman Women’s Golf: The Palmetto State’s First College Juggernaut

May 22: Texas

Watch: Notable Texans explain what makes golf special in Lone Star State

Read: Byron Nelson: A Legendary Texan Who Found Niche On, Off Golf Course

May 15: Idaho

Watch: Nine-Time Idaho Amateur champion Scott Masingill on growing up at Scotch Pines G.C. in Payette, a course started by his father

Read: Hayes Scholarship, Annual Auction Help Idaho Junior Golfers

May 8: Illinois

Watch: 2017 USA Walker Cup competitor and 2017 U.S. Amateur runner-up Doug Ghim on growing up playing golf in Illinois

Read: Coach Small Sees Benefit of Still Being a Competitor


May 1: Kentucky

Watch: 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley reflects on her junior/amateur golf days in the Bluegrass State

Read: Thomas Giving Kentucky Golf Some Cachet

April 24: Louisiana

Watch: 2018 U.S. Senior Open champion David Toms on his love for his home state of Louisiana, golf in Pelican State

Read: Louisiana Golf Association Launches Six-Event Junior Tour

April 17: Massachusetts

Watch: 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and 2018 U.S. Open co-low amateur Matt Parziale discusses golf in the Bay State

Read: Ouimet’s Legacy Goes Far Beyond 1913 U.S. Open Win

April 10: Georgia

Watch: 2014 USA Curtis Cup competitor, current LPGA Tour player Mariah Stackhouse on how growing up in Peach State played a role in her golf development

Read: After Hall-of-Fame Career, Stacy Still Treasures Amateur Golf

April 3: Washington

Watch: 2005 USA Walker Cup competitor Michael Putnam on growing up in Evergreen State, qualifying for 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay

Read: The Larger Legacy of Chambers Bay

The USGA was founded on Dec. 22, 1894. With the 125th anniversary coming at the end of 2019, every week throughout the year we're highlighting how all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, make the game we all love a great one in the United States.

March 27: District of Columbia

Watch: Washington Capitals All-Star T.J. Oshie on his passion for the game

Read: Langston Golf Course Stands as a Shrine of Black History in D.C.


March 20: Maine

Watch: CBS golf analyst and Maine native Peter Kostis on golf in the Pine Tree State

Read: Mark Plummer: The Main Man of Maine Golf

March 13: Florida

Watch: 2007 U.S. Women's Open champion Cristie Kerr on growing up in the Sunshine State

Read: Azinger: Florida ‘Made All the Difference’ in His Life

March 6: Kansas

Watch: Three-time PGA Tour winner Gary Woodland on how grrowing up in Kansas shaped his career

Read: Throughout Grier Jones’ Decorated Golf Career, Wichita Has Always Been Home

Feb. 27: West Virginia

Watch: Current West Virginia governor and former Marshall University golfer Jim Justice

Read: For Slugger White, West Virginia Will Always Be Home

Feb. 20: Nebraska

Watch: Six-time LPGA Tour winner, past Nebraska high school champion Val Skinner

Read: Johnny Goodman: Nebraska’s Rags-to-Riches Golf Hero


Feb. 13: Virginia

Watch: 1970 U.S. Amateur champion and 21-time PGA Tour winner Lanny Wadkins

Read: Career Amateur Vinny Giles Tops List of Virginia Golf Luminaries


Feb. 6: Oklahoma

Watch: Five-time PGA Tour winner and 1984 U.S. Amateur champion Scott Verplank

Read: Runaway Colt Spurred Susie Maxwell Berning’s Decorated Career


Jan. 30: Nevada

Watch: Interview with two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Patty Sheehan

Read: A Q&A with past Nevada high school champ, two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Inbee Park

Jan. 23: New Jersey

Watch: Interview with PGA Tour player and 2009 USA Walker Cup competitor Morgan Hoffmann

Read: Golf's Spectacular Vernacular Has Roots in Garden State

Jan. 16: Puerto Rico

Watch: Interview with Puerto Rico Golf Association tournament director Francisco Rivera

Read: Chi Chi Rodriguez Overcame Humble Roots to Become a Golf Ambassador


Jan. 9: Hawaii

Watch: Interview with NBC/Golf Channel analyst and longtime Hawaii resident Mark Rolfing

Read: Porter-King Put State Junior Program on National Map

Jan. 2: Delaware 

Watch: Interview with 2004 Senior British Open champion Pete Oakley 

Read: Delaware a State of First, Including Golf