* Your GHIN # must be active in order to register for any events.When your home club activates you, you will still remain INACTIVE in the GHIN system until the next handicap revision on the 1st or 15th of the month, whichever comes first.
If your GHIN # has been inactivated please contact your home club to have them reactivate you!
2017 Scholarship Bag Tag Program
*Help Support the VGA Scholarship Fund! 2017 Scholarship Fund Bag Tags are now available!
Consider purchasing a 2017 Scholarship Fund Bag Tag! For a donation of $20.00 or more you will receive the personalized bag tag displayed above.
The 2017 bag tag features the 14th hole at the Dorset Field Club, site of the 2017 Vermont Amateur Championship!
Click here for more information and to download the 2017 Scholarship Bag Tag Donation Form!
$$$ Dollars for Scholars
The VGA Scholarship Committee is sponsoring a new fun raffle to help provide funds for Vermont students. Called Dollars for Scholars, representatives of the VGA will be selling a limited number of raffle tickets (600) for $50.00 each. Drawing will take place at the VGA Scholarship Scramble at Proctor-Pittsford CC on August 10, 2017. First Prize is $5,000, 2nd Prize is $2,500, 3rd Prize is $1,250 and 4th Prize is $500!
Each ticket will also receive a personalize bag tag (shown above). Click here to see the flyer for more details!
If you wish to purchase a raffle ticket online - see the link on the home page of our website - https://www.vtga.org
Just a reminder to all VGA & VSWGA members who establish their handicap through the Lakeside Golf Club (internet): All handicaps are automatically inactivated at the end of the year! You will need to pay your 2017 handicap fee before you will be able to register for any online events!
Click here for more information on how to renew:
Rules Corner - This issue we are going to talk about the duties and responsibilities of the Rules Committee! Contrary to what many people believe, folks on the Rules Committee do more than just ride around in carts during a tournament round. The Rules staff works from dawn-thirty to dark thirty behind the scenes making sure the tournament runs smoothly. Their job, particularly for the Rules Chairman, starts long before the 1st ball is in the air. The Rules Chairman, along with the OIC (Official in Charge) will usually visit the course once or twice in the weeks immediately preceding the event, meeting with the Superintendent and golf staff to check the course out and let them know what needs to be done for each particular event. The Rules Chairman and OIC will then spend the day before the event starts at the course, marking the hazards, boundaries, GUR and picking out the hole locations to be used. The Rules Chairman is responsible for creating the Notice to Competitors (Local Rules for the event) and this is usually finalized the evening before the tournament starts. On tournament days, the Rules Chairman and his officials will arrive usually 60 to 90 minutes prior to the first tee time to go out and set the tees for each hole and check to see that the hole locations on the greens match the locations on the hole location sheet. They set up the tents and tables for the first tee and the scoring area. Once play has begun, members of the Rules crew are either at the first tee acting as starters or at the scoring table taking and checking the scores, and out on the course, available to assist players with any Rules interpretations and to help prevent players from breaching a Rule if at all possible. They try (or should try) to remain conspicuously inconspicuous and should only be interacting with a player if the player has asked for assistance or to stop a player from breaching a Rule. Of course, if they observe a breach of the Rules or have been informed of one, they must act on that information. Their other major duty on the course is to monitor place of play and encourage and/or help groups that have fallen out of position to get back into position. After the last scorecard is turned it, it is now time to break down the scoring area, bring in the flagsticks and tee markers, generate the pairings for the next day and get all the paperwork ready for the next round. And they do this rain or shine, hot or cold! It's not as glamorous as some people think, but the reward for the official should be knowing that he has done everything he can to help the players achieve their best score possible - a score that does not include any penalty strokes. Acting on a breach of the Rules is part of the job but the bigger part is, and always should be, trying to prevent a breach before it happens!
Remember, it pays to know the Rules. Knowing the Rules of Golf can help you save strokes and enjoy the game of golf.
In order to participate in VGA and VSWGA tournaments, players are required to have a valid, active GHIN handicap.
We understand that situations can change and some folks may make the decision to forgo a golf course membership for one reason or another. Should you find yourself in this situation, you can still keep your handicap active by becoming a member of the Lakeside Golf Club. Click here for more information. If you have any friends in this situation, please pass this information along to them as well.
Handicaps are updated twice a month - on the 1st and 15th.
Although your home course may activate you on a given day, your handicap won't become active in the GHIN system until the next revision period on the 1st or 15th - the next one immediately following the day you are activated at your club.
- Please be aware of this when planning your summer golf schedule.
Member Clubs Special Events
Throughout the summer our Vermont member clubs host various golf events that are open to the public, both men and women. For more information about these events, dates and entry forms, check them out at our Member Clubs Special Events page.
Member Clubs Special Golf Offers
Vermont Golfers have two great savings opportunities for golf in 2017:
For more information on either the VIP Card or the Punch Pass - click here!
- The 2017 Golf Value Book VIP Card for $27
Special Rates at 30 Courses
- The 2017 Golf Valuel Book Punch Pass for $197.00
24 free rounds of golf
GHIN Handicap Benefits
One of the benefits of having a GHIN handicap issued through a Vermont club is that you are entitled to receive two great e-Magazines at no charge. The GLOBAL GOLF POST is a weekly e-magazine published every Monday with all the results from the past week's golf tournaments, both Amateur and Professional, along with some great human interest golf stories. The GRAIN is dedicated to the Major Championships and is published 6 times throughout the summer. There is a early season kick-off issue, issues immediately preceding the Masters, US Open, British Open, PGA Championship and in the fall, the Annual Travel Issue is released.
If you are not receiving the Global Golf Post or The Grain, you can sign up by clicking here.
VGA On-line StoreLooking for some gifts for your favorite golfer, or even for yourself? We have tee shirts, headcovers, caps, towels and even some gag gifts - embroidered toilet paper!!
Click here to visit our VGA Online Store!