DALLAS—The Texas Golf Association’s Championship Department in early November won a national award for best practices in Tournament Operations during the 48th International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) Meeting.
The TGA won in the “Large Association” category, which is reserved for state associations with at least 40,000 members. There are approximately 127,000 individual TGA members. From oversized digital scoreboards and live scoring on a mobile website to roped-off tee boxes and standard bearers with the lead groups for the final round, the TGA strives to create for its players, volunteers and host clubs a true championship experience that remains consistent across all statewide and regional events.
The inaugural IAGA Gold Tee Award validates the TGA’s efforts and further illustrates why the organization continues to set the standard for all U.S. state associations.
“The entries make it clear that there is a lot of passion and creativity among our IAGA membership,” one of the three judges said. “Publicizing this good work is a great first step to sharing the success stories that can help all of our associations be the best they can be. Our congratulations go to the winners.”
Custom designed trophies were presented during a ceremony. A complete list of award winners follows.
|CATEGORY||SMALL ASSOCIATION WINNER||LARGE ASSOCIATION WINNER|
|Membership/Club/CommunityDevelopment & Outreach
|Arizona Women’s Golf Association||Arizona Golf Association|
|Tournament Operations||Connecticut State Golf Association||Texas Golf Association|
|Education||* only one entry – Board decision required||Southern California Golf Association|
|Communications/Marketing/PR& Branding||Louisiana Golf Association||Golf Association of Philadelphia|
|Alternative Revenue Streams/Corporate Partners||South Dakota Golf Association||Oregon Golf Association|
|Non-Traditional Association Award to American Junior Golf Association|
About the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA)
Originally created in 1968 as a small, informal gathering, the IAGA now includes over 250 golf administrators representing over 3 million golfers. Members are golf administrators of regional amateur golf associations and employees of national and international golf organizations. The IAGA has members from the United States Golf Association, the Royal Canadian Golf Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the PGA of America, Club Managers Association of America, National Golf Foundation, National Club Association and most of the state and provincial golf associations throughout North America.
About the Texas Golf Association (TGA)
The TGA is one of the largest, fastest-growing and most respected golf associations in the country. Founded in 1906, the TGA is an official representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and is the governing body for amateur golf in the state. In its mission to promote and advance the game of golf, the TGA provides its member clubs a comprehensive array of services. Those services include providing the premier handicapping system in the country, administering top-flight tournaments and competitions, overseeing an innovative junior golf program, and conducting educational seminars and course maintenance programs. These services, and others provided by the TGA, enable clubs to deliver a superior golfing experience to their members, ultimately creating greater usage and loyalty.