District 3 Meetings

Last Thursday and Friday I attended my first events for the Idaho Golf Association. The District 3 spring meetings were held at Juniper Hills Country Club in Pocatello. I got to meet Gengher Fahleson, IGA Executive Director, Vanessa Sinclair, IGA Member Services Manager, and Russ Peterson, IGA Course Rating Director, for the first time in person. I already can tell that they all have a great passion for the game and that I will learn so much from them this summer. Gengher served as rules executive for the USGA in her "previous life" as she calls it. It was also really nice to get reacquainted with members of the Eastern Idaho golf community that I had known from my high school and junior playing days.

Thursday there was a refresher on the handicap system. I had a pretty good idea of how the handicap system worked but it was nice to know some of the more intertracies. Such as how automatic reductions occur.

After the refresher, the District 3 Spring Meeting was held. Tom Hirsch was re-elected to the board of directors. The IGA definitly seems to be heading in the right direction, membership has increased significantly over the past few years and the budget is becoming more fluid.

On Friday a rules meeting was held. A significant part of the meeting focused on new rules that were going into effect for the 2012 season. A few that I would like to highlight include:

Rule 18-2b. Ball Moving After Address
A player is no longer penalized if the ball moves by a gust of wind or another natural force after it has been addressed. The ball is to be played from the new position.

Rule 6-3. Time of Starting.
The official penalty for being late to tee time, but within five minutes of starting time, is reduced from disqualification to loss of first hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play. Previously this rule was usually put into play as a condition of competition.

Rule 14-3. Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Unusual Use of Equipment.
Under decision 14-3/17 a player is not allowed to use any artificial device that might assist him in making a stroke or in his play. Therefore the use of artificial device to listen to music whether or not through headphones is no longer allowed as it may eliminate distractions or promote a good tempo.

The whole two days were very informative and I can't wait to get to Boise on April 15!