FTSG for March 21
PLease_ShareThe forecast is starting to show signs of better golf weather.  At this time only a few of our area golf courses have decided to close (See List) and for the moment our state is allowing our Golf Courses to remain open.  This could change and our Ohio Golf Community has been working hard to ensure they remain open.  Yesterday, we presented Governor DeWine's Office with reasons why our courses should remain open.  We would like to call on any of you with connections to please share this document with officials in our State to help ensure we all can play our game.  Clearly, we strongly believe and  science indicates that given the right amount of precautions, which our facilities are working hard to implement,  our game can be a respite for our world in these uncertain times.  

Thank You for any Assistance you can provide!
Steve Jurick, PGA       
Executive Director 
Best_PracticesTo ensure social distancing and good hygiene standards are in place.  To protect not just you but others.  Our area golf facilities have likely taken many precautions among them are...
  • PVC_in_HoleAsking you not to remove flagsticks and placing foam or PVC inserts to prevent the ball from dropping to the bottom of the cup.  This will likely require a local rule for balls hitting the flagstick or reflecting off of the insert.  Other facilities are raising the cup liners to ensure deflection.  (Decision on Posting Scores From USGA - Yes)
  • Space out tee times integrals, adjust league or event schedules and forgo shotgun starts,
  • Close the clubhouses and stop or greatly restrict food and beverage services to ensure only carry out is possible.
  • Spread out check in areas and cart staging and in some cases move fee collections and registration outside. 
  • Require single rider carts except in cases of those who are isolating together.   (There is not enough cart inventory for this, so you may want to consider walking if at all possible.)  
  • Staffs may be wearing disposable gloves and mask.  This is more to keep them from touching their faces. 
  • Facilities may not accept cash payments to reduce touch points or require advanced check in and fee payments prior to arrival. 
  • Facilities may remove bunker rakes, divot bottles and sand boxes, please replace your divots and smoothen the bunker after your shot with your foot or hand.
  • If a private club, they may limit outside guest play, require you to handle your own clubs and forgo bag storage.
Ever Evolving Best Practices for Golfers
Please keep in mind that everyone is coming to terms with our new normal so please be patient with operators, their staffs and each other so that we can all continue to enjoy this great game as we enter our new season!  
Anticipated Questions
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Q: If I don't hole out in the "Traditional Sense" do I still post my score ? 
A: Yes, While in all of these instances, the ball is not holed per the Rules of Golf (Rule 3.3c), a round played under these conditions will result in an acceptable score for handicap purposes using the most likely score guidelines (see Rule 3.3 of the Rules of Handicapping).   
Q: How can I post my score if the clubhouse is closed ?
A: Given the current concerns of spreading the Coronavirus, we are recommending that you use the USGA-GHIN Mobile App or post through our site or  This is also a good recommendation moving forward and we will likely begin phasing out our Scoring Kiosks wherever possible to avoid future contaminations. 
Q: I can't post a score as it says I'm inactive and I can't go into the Golf Shop to renew.
A: You can renew at almost all of our Public Access Facilities by following this link and selecting where you play the most golf 
Q: What is the status of MVGA, DDWGA and Masters Events  
A: At this time we have cancelled everything through the first week of April, and suspended event registrations as it is likely adjustments will be made with respect to field size and F & B to ensure good Social Distancing Measures are taken into account.
when to NOT post your scores 
March 15th signaled the start of the New Score Posting Season in the Miami Valley.  Here are a few things to remember when it comes to NOT posting your score.  All other times you should!

When_to_PostSo, don't post your score....
  • When your score can’t be verified by another person
  • While being coached on the course
  • When you play using non-conforming clubs, non-conforming balls, or non-conforming tees;
  • When you don't play the required number of holes, Less than 6 for 9, less than 14 for 18.  For the holes you haven’t played, you post net par for the hole.
  • And when you are not playing your own ball — scrambles, shambles or foursomes (alternate shot).

And remember...A key tenet of the World Handicap System is that it is based on the fact that a you will try to make the best score at every hole in every round. 

So you post just about everything and that includes scores when you play Preferred Lies or adapting to modified Holes due to the Coronavirus !

getting ready for the season

The Perfect Meal

EatingEach meal should consist of fresh, minimally processed foods. This includes protein, vegetables, smart carbohydrates and healthy fats. This is good information to know, but how do you turn these foods into a delicious meal? Flavors, seasonings and cooking methods are the key to making your meal perfect.


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2020 Play More Golf Challenge
Play_More_in_2020 ChallengeBack by popular demand for the second season...The 2020 Season Challenge to post more rounds of golf during our active season than you did in 2019.    

The Grand Prize will be a $750 Gift Certificate to the Miami Valley Golf Shop of the winners choosing.   

The drawing will be held in early December.  Chances for wining the Grand Prize will increase based on the number of scores posted over their 2019 total.    

To be eligible you must have posted at least 5 rounds in 2019.   

To register or for more details 
WHS Online certification
All Member Clubs Need to Be Certified by June 30, 2020
The Online Certification consists of four educational video segments, with each segment made available after the previous one has been viewed. 

After all segments have been completed an Open Book, 20 question quiz will take place with 16 or more correct answers needed to attain Certification. 

You can take this quiz as many times as you like to achieve certification.

To Take Start the Process
Attend the WHS Seminar at Sugar Valley on March 14th
USGA_Annual_Meeting_-_FacebookEver wonder what a USGA Annual Meeting is like? 

Here is their presentation on Facebook Live.  You hear a Presentation from Mike Davis and the relaunch of the US Open Brand. 

Click Here or On the Video to View  
About the Banner:  Golfers practicing social distancing
2020 Non Playing Events
Sat, Mar 14 - World Handicap Seminar - Sugar Valley - Cancelled
Wed, Apr 1 - DDWGA Club Rep Meeting - Cancelled
Sun, Apr 5 - Tripp Bowden - Fredie and Me - Moraine CC - Cancelled
Mon, Apr 6 - Course Rating Calibration - Cancelled 
Wed, Apr 8 - MVGA Trustee Meeting - Web Call
Wed, Apr 15 - Master Club Rep Meeting 
Wed, July 1st - Nominations Due for Dayton Hall of Fame  
2020 Tournament Season - Registration Suspended for Now
Mon, May 4 - Spring Better Ball - Sugar Valley GC - Info
Mon, May 11 - Masters Event - Walnut Grove CC - Info
Mon, May 18 - DDWGA Shamble - Urbana CC - Info
Tue, May 26 - Ohio Amateur Q - NCR CC - North Course - Info
Mon, June 8 - US Open Final - Springfield CC - Info
Mon, June 15 - DDWGA Twin BB - CCN - Info
Mon, June 22 - Masters Event - Piqua CC - Info
Thu, July 9 - USGA Women's Am Q - Walnut Grove CC
Mon, July 13 - USGA Men's Am Q - Moraine CC  
Thurs, July 23 - Sun, July 26 - Metropolitan - Piqua CC
Mon, Aug 10th - The Mercedes Benz Dealer Championship - Moraine CC 
Mon, Aug 17th - Masters Event - CC of the North 
Mon, Aug 31st - DDWGA Classic - Piqua CC 
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Urbana Men's Program 
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Wright State Men's Program
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Top 5 Things to Know About the World Handicap System? 
World Golf Handicap Informational Videos 
2019 Rules of Golf Changes in Video
Take Sample Rules Quizzes (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
Key Changes Poster in a PDF Form to Download and Print 
Download 2019 Rules of Golf App - Android Operating System 
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