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From Inside the Ropes

By Alicia Eckman, MGA. This weekend at Merion there have been many rulings come into play, whether it was an unplayable bunker lie or a water hazard there have been drops and strokes added. This is...

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A “Bold and New Approach” to Golf

Call me cynical, but I always cringe when I hear language like this: “The game is evolving and requires bold and unique approaches on many levels.” I worry. I worry a lot. Golf is way different from...

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Doug Hoffmann fields Q&As on USGA’s Groove Condition

Q & A about the New Groove Condition (By Doug Hoffmann, MGA Tournament Director) Effective January 1 of this year, a new “Groove Condition” took effect for all USGA Championships and qualifying...

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Grass and ball stuck to clubface

Dave Lingren, Cloquet Country Club, attempted an explosion shot from a grassy area near a water hazard, and the ball and grass remained stuck to the clubface. Lingren asked the Rules Guru,...

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Mower mauls golf ball in motion after a stroke.

John Dickerman asks the MGA Rules Guru how to proceed when a player’s golf ball is sliced and diced by a fairway mower while in motion? John’s question sent the MGA Rules Guru to the mount to seek...

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MN Golfer Magazine Snags Gold Award

MGA’s own publication, Minnesota Golfer magazine, brought home a gold award Nov. 13 at the 18th Annual MMPA Excellence Awards. The Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association shindig, put on at...

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Is this a bonafide hole-in-one?

This fall, Glen Simonson, of Chisago Lakes Golf Course, aced a par-3 hole on his home course in Lindstrom, Minn. Since he was playing a “one-man best ball” and it was his second ball that went into the...

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What are the odds?!

Exceptional golf shots are in the news lately. The husband and wife duo of Janet and Tony Blundy recently scored back-to-back aces at the same hole at Meadows Ledge Golf Course, Grand Ledge, Mich. The...

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Bunker Mentality

Bunkers are more than just sand-filled holes in the ground, just ask the turf scientists with the USGA’s Green Section. The Green Section is 95 years old, and has been delivering on its mission of...

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Minnesota Golfer Magazine wins top awards

By Joe Oberle, managing editor, Minnesota Golfer Magazine MGA’s publication, Minnesota Golfer magazine, grabbed five awards, including two gold awards, at the 19th Annual MMPA Excellence Awards on Nov....

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