Northern Illinois Men's Amateur
Golf Association

NIMAGA - Northern Illinois Men's Amateur Golf Association

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and there answers. Please click the questions to be directed to the NIMAGA response.

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Q. Are distance measuring devices allowed in NIMAGA tournaments?

Q. What's the difference in Regular and Package Memberships?

Q. What golf scores do I report to Certified Golf?

Q. Tournament Tee Times?

Q. What to expect at a NIMAGA Tournament?

Q. Can I play in a twosome at a NIMAGA Tournament?

Q. How can I know what division I will play in?

Q. I live right next door to one of the courses on your regular event schedule. Can I be sure to play there?

Q. My brother and I want to join and play together. Can we be paired together?


Q. Are distance measuring devices allowed in NIMAGA tournaments?

A. Yes distance measuring devices are allowed in all NIMAGA tournaments. NIMAGA adopted distance measuring devices according to the USGA decision (Decision 14-3/0.5).

Only those devices that measure distance are allowed and distance is no longer advice which means the devices could be shared. Sky Caddie devices are also OK.

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Q. What's the difference between the Regular and Package Memberships?

A. Regular Membership includes the membership fee and handicap service. The Package Membership includes everything the regular membership includes but it also includes the cost for the 7 regular tournaments. By getting the package membership you save over doing the regular membership and then playing in all the regular tournaments.

If you think you will play in all the regular events, then the package membership is a good choice. (Special Tournaments are not covered by neither one of the membership packages.)

Note: There is no refund if you pay for the package membership and then don't register for the regular tournaments.

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Q. What golf scores do I report to Certified Golf?

A. All Regular NIMAGA event scores will be reported to Certified Golf by the NIMAGA tournament director. It is your duty to report all none NIMAGA Tournament golf scores to Certified Golf. You can do this via a fax or the web. (see www.nimaga.org link on Reporting Scores under the handicap menu option.) If you have any questions on whether the scores will be reported, you should ask the tournament director when turning in your score card at the end of the tournament round.

Note: Your Member # should be sent to you via mail but it is also on your handicap card that you receive from Certified Golf via mail after each update and once accepted to NIMAGA for new members.

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Q. Tournament Tee Times?

A. Tournament Tee Times are set by the Tournament Director usually about 2 weeks before the event. All Tee Times are random except for starters and tournament scorers. Also, new members are usually paired with veterans for their first couple tournaments. It is important to get your Tournament Registration form in by the due date so that Tee Times posting is not delayed.

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Q. What to expect at a NIMAGA Tournament?

A. You should arrive at the Tournament site at least 15 minutes before your scheduled Tee Time. It is best to let the NIMAGA starter know you are there. (Not Course Starter but NIMAGA Starter)

Any special notes for the Tournament should be posted at the first tee. Know all rules as NIMAGA follows all USGA rules unless a tournament decision is posted. Right after you complete your round you should report to the NIMAGA scorers table for time check-in and to fill out the official score card.

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Q. Can I play in a twosome at a NIMAGA Tournament?

A. No. Every effort would be made to make sure that all groups in a NIMAGA Tournament go out with at least three people in a group. It is the NIMAGA starter's responsibility to manage this based on no-shows etc... This is also why it is important to arrive 15 minutes early for your tee time.

If by chance the last group ends up as a twosome, an effort should be made to have the closest foursome that went out have one person wait for the twosome so that it can be changed to a threesome.

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Q. How can I know what division I will play in?

A. In the regular events the tournament Chairman will take all the entries and put them in handicap order from say .5 index to 30.0 index. Then if there are 150 entries, the lowest 1/3 plays in the Palmer division and the middle 1/3 plays in the Player division and the highest 1/3 will play in the Trevino division. Entries over the past years would be approximately0-8.8 Palmer, 8.9-14.8 Player and 14.9-30.0 Trevino. HOWEVER, these breaks in the divisions will change depending on our entries.

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Q. I live right next door to one of the courses on your regular event schedule. Can I be sure to play there?

A. NIMAGA requires that each player must play at the course that there handicap group plays at. The special events heldat one site do allow everyone to play at the same site.

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Q. My brother and I want to join and play together. Can we be paired together?

A. The simple answer is no as we do not give any preference to members who wish to play together. You can however ask to be paired close to a friend if you need to drive together.

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Last Updated: July 25, 2008

Poll

New Poll Question Posted Regularly.

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Last Poll Results

You favorite Chicago team?

  • Bears 26.05% (31 votes)
  • Bulls 1.68% (2 votes)
  • Blackhawks 21.85% (26 votes)
  • Cubs 34.45% (41 votes)
  • Sox 15.97% (19 votes)

Total Votes: 119

Announcements

Posted: 11/16/2016

2017 Join By Mail Application Form Now Available

To join NIMAGA please click and return the following application form. Apply by mail form...

(To JOIN electronically, go to the Join NIMAGA page)


Posted: 10/28/2016

NIMAGA Notes — October 2016

Latest news and updates about our golf tour. View notes...

(NIMAGA Notes archive)


Posted: 07/03/2014

Player Championship Qualifiers

Click here for NPC Qualifiers...


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