FTSG for the 1st Weekend in March!
spring better ball presented by midwest security
Field Size Limited and expected to fill quickly.
The Spring Better Ball returns to our schedule after a year off due to COVID.  This year the event will be held at the freshly renovated Troy Country Club.  There are four divisions of play,MVGA_Spring_BB_5x4 Handicap, Scratch, Senior Handicap and Senior Scratch. 

This is a can't miss opportunity to start the season off right in this Two Man Better Ball Event.  All contestants must have an active GHIN Handicap Membership to be eligible.

In the Handicap Divisions the playing handicap will 85% of the course handicap with a 8 shot maximum difference in team members.

Don't miss out!

For more info or to register!
Trivia - Who won the first Florida Citrus Open Invitational played in 1966 (What is now known as the Arnold Palmer Invitational) (Answer at the Bottom)
Random Golf Footnotes -  From John Fischer

"The Golfing President"

WilsonWe all know that former President Trump was an avid golfer having played about 310 rounds of golf during his term in office. President Joe Biden is also a golfer, and a pretty good one at that, sporting a handicap index of 6.3 a few years ago. And Biden didn’t start playing until 20 years ago when he was 57. 

That’s pretty old to take up the game, but the president who played the most golf of anyone to hold the office didn’t start playing golf until after he was in office at age 55. That was our 28th President, Woodrow Wilson. It wasn’t that Wilson suddenly had a desire to play golf, which was still relatively new to the United States, he was told to by the White House physician, Dr. Cary T. Grayson, a doctor in the U.S. Navy. 

To read the Full Story
Enter the More Golf Challenge for 2021
2021_Challenge_to_Play_More_GolfNow back for it's third year, the 2021 Season Challenge to post more rounds of golf during our active season then in 2020 will begin on March 15th and end at the end of our Active Season, November 30th.

The Grand Prize will be a $500 Gift Certificate to the Miami Valley Golf Shop of the winners choosing. Certificates will also be awarded to the next four drawn winners.

Rules Question: True or False, You are NOT entitled to free relief from an out of bounds fence or post when your stance, swing or lie of ball is interfered with? (Answer at Bottom)
Golf, My Future, My Game, starting Programming in our area this summer! 


To understand more about this program that will be held at Yankee Trace and other area locations, listen to this episode of Bucky's Bunker, when Bucky Albers interviews Craig Kirby the founder of Golf, My Future, My Game

The podcast is available on most streaming services.

To listen on Spotify
New "Deacon" Tool to help Courses improve


The USGA has reached a key milestone in its efforts to support the long-term health of golf courses with the launch of Deacon, an innovative golf course management tool created to help operators improve the golfer experience by delivering better playing conditions while optimizing and prioritizing critical resource consumption.

Developed by the USGA’s Green Section and backed by its 100 years of hands-on industry experience, Deacon was designed to address two universal problems faced by golf courses: a gradual decline in participation due to a lack of satisfaction and rising maintenance costs. The digital tool is accessible online and available at both iOS and Android app stores. 

To Read On
Registration Now Open 
Calling all Junior Golfers don't forget to get registered for this years edition of Drive Chip and Putt.  There are local qualifiers all within an easy drive.  In our area there is one at Miami Shores on May 1st & Heatherwoode on July 15th.

For More Information or to Register
Next Golf Genius Education - Wednesday at 10am


To view the inventory of past Golf Genius webinars.

TO REGISTER   -   PGA MSR Credits for Attendance 
who are THese Winning GOLFERs from our Last Spring Better Ball?
If you think you know, send us an email at

If you’re interested in golf history, consider joining the Golf Heritage Society (, If you’re not a member already. 

It also makes a great gift!
College Corner

DaytonThe University of Dayton women's golf team wrapped up play at the 2021 Kiawah Island Classic Tuesday. As a team, the Flyers finished in 27th place out of 41 teams with a score of 306-316-314 = 936 (+26). The three-day event was hosted by the College of Charleston at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort..

For a full recap

The Lady Flyers travel next weekend to the Wofford Low Country Intercollegiate in Hilton Head.

The University of Dayton men's golf team will return to action next weekend as well for the Pinehurst Intercollegiate. The three-day event will be played at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C.  For More


The Raiders are in Georgia right now finishing up the Sea Palms Invitational in St. Simons Island, Ga., the second of six regular season tournaments ahead of the Horizon League Championship in late April.  For More 

The Wittenberg Tigers Women's & Men's teams both start their Season on March 20th.


GHIN_AppNew this year, all golfers interacting with the GHIN Mobile App will be prompted to update to the newest version.

Any golfer not logged in with a Digital Profile will be signed out at that time.

Additionally, profile management will be made available to logged-in golfers on and the updated GHIN Mobile App, enabling them to edit their email address, mailing address, and phone number. 

Can't create a profile?  You must have a email in the GHIN System to set one up!
To add or change your email address

About the Banner - A contestant from the last Spring Better Ball not able to give up the ball when it met it's watery grave.  (Thanks Ron Alvey for all our great photos)
2021 Tournament Schedule
5/3 - Spring BB - Troy - Info or Register5/17 - Shamble - Urbana
6/1 - Ohio Am Q - NCR North 6/14 - Twin BB - CC of the North 
6/7 - US Open Final - Springfield 8/30 - Fall Classic - Piqua 
7/8 - US W Am - Walnut Grove MASTERS 
7/12 - US M Am - Moraine 5/10 - Walnut Grove 
7/22-25 - Metropolitan - Yankee Trace 6/21 - Piqua 
8/9 - Mercedes Benz - Moraine 8/16 - Sugar Valley 
8/23 - One Eye Open - Moraine 9/13 - CC of the North
9/9-10 - Sr & Mid Am Metro - Troy WOSGA (WOMEN)
9/23 - MVTI - CC of the North 5/24-25 - State Sr - Kinsale - Powell
10/11 - Celebration - Dayton CC 6/7-9 - World Team - Alliance - Alliance 
10/12-13 - Ohio IntraState - Moraine 6/28-7/1 - Am & Mid Am - Walnut Grove 
Ohio Golf Association7/12-13 - Junior - Marion CC - Marion 
6/22-24 - Ohio Sr Am - Miami ValleyOWGA
7/26-30 - Ohio Am - Avalon Lakes  
8/1-3 - Sr. Am Hall of Fame - Plum Brook9/11-12 - State Park Champ - Hueston Wds 
8/23-25 - Ohio Mid Am - Sylvania LPGA AGA 
To Enter a USGA Championship 

 Registration Information will be hyperlinked when available.


Ohio Golf Journal for February
Items in this edition...

  • Fans are returning to PGA Tour Events
  • Adjustments Caddies Made During COVID
  • Meet the Captains of the Solheim Cup
  • VGA to hold 8 Events in Ohio
  • and Much More
The Fried Egg 
The Morning Read
Global Golf Post
From the Short Grass Archive 

Bucky's BunkerPod_Cast_Logo
David Feherty
Golfers Journal   
The Shotgun Start
The Fried Egg
No Laying Up
18 Strong- Golf Fitness

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Trivia Question - Who won the first Florida Citrus Open Invitational played in 1966 (What is now known as the Arnold Palmer Invitational)

Answer - Lionel Hebert by two strokes over Charles Coody, Dick Lytle and Jack Nicklaus.  If his name rings a bell, Lionel also won the final PGA Championship played at Match Play at Miami Valley Golf Club in 1957.

Rules Question -  True or False, You are NOT entitled to free relief from an out of bounds fence or post when your stance, swing or lie of ball is interfered with?

Answer - True (See the definition of Out of Bounds. Objects defining out of bounds, such as walls, fences, stakes, and railings are not obstructions and are deemed to be fixed. Thus, the player is not entitled to relief from an obstruction under Rule 18)

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