By Bucky Albers

It’s that time of year -- time for golfers in this vicinity to resume turning in their scores for the handicap system. Scores of rounds played on Southwestern Ohio courses during the winter are not factored into handicaps because playing conditions are usually adverse. However, a golfer playing somewhere in a warm climate during the winter should post that score. March 15 is the date on which golfers playing in the Miami Valley should begin posting scores for handicap purposes.

Regardless of their proficiency, most golfers who take the game somewhat seriously maintain a handicap index for a variety of reasons. First of all, handicaps enable golfers of all skill levels can compete on an equitable basis. They give golf an “equalizer” lacking in most other sports. Secondly, most competitions require players to submit valid handicaps. Soon golfers will be able to access the GHIN system through mobil apps on their Androids and I-phones.

The modest fee required to maintain a GHIN handicap helps finance the course rating process necessary to have handicap indexes. It also helps to support the associations that conduct golf programs in the community, so there is a philanthropic aspect to it.

One can join the handicap system at any golf course affiliated with the United States Golf Association or by contacting the Miami Valley Golf Association through this website and joining its eClub.


Doug Wade, Head Golf Professional at Miami Valley Golf Club

Doug Wade, a former Ohio State University golfer from Lima, is in his second month as head golf professional at Miami Valley Golf Club. A first team All-Big Ten golfer in 2002, Wade was selected from a field of 37 candidates to replace Colin Miller.

After graduation from OSU, Wade played golf on the mini-tours for four years. He has worked at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., Belfair Plantation in Bluffton, S.C., Celebrity Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., and Western Hills Country Club in Cincinnati.

Last year Wade won the Southern Ohio PGA Assistants Championship and finished fifth in the Southern Ohio PGA Section Championship, which qualified him for the Professionals’ National Championship in Monterey, Cal, this June. He and his wife, Tracy, were married in 2006 and have a daughter, Samantha.

Miami Valley Golf Club president Vasil George said, “Doug’s hiring begins a new era in golf excellence for our club. He will concentrate on providing the highest quality player experience at our course and bring new strength and expertise to our instruction, service and programming.” 


Ryan D’Autremont, who received the Miami Valley Golf Course Superintendents’ Chris Fuller Award as assistant of the year while on the NCR Country Club staff in 2011, has joined the Dayton Country Club staff as assistant superintendent.

Other MVGCSA award winners for 2011 were: Jason Mahl of Moraine Country Club, superintendent of the year; and Bruce Jones, industry representative of the Year. The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation presented Jim Hesselbrock with the professional excellence award for his service to the turfgrass community.


Jimmy Logue, head pro at Springfield Country Club, has moved to Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, Ohio. His replacement at Springfield is Bob Beliveau.

Nathan Combs, assistant pro at Piqua Country Club, has moved to Troy Country Club where he is the general manager.

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