Northern Illinois Men's Amateur Golf Association

August 2007            John Brdecka

Message  from  the  President

The entry blanks are being mailed this week for the 30th Annual Tournament of Winners Event.  The defending champions are Steve Mueller low gross and Tom Niketopolous low net. The event is August 18th and 19th at Blackberry Oaks in Bristol, IL.  The last chance to qualify for this event is the August Two Day Championship.  We will try to have a Tournament of Winners Trophy at the August event sites so everyone can see how nice the trophies are!


For Your Info


The Senior event was held at Golf Club of Illinois.The Winner in the Low Division were Tom Niketopolous Low Gross and Val Russell Low Net. Winners in the High Division were Andy Hacker Low Gross and Jim Abbate Low Net. Congradulations!



The July midweek was held at Makray G.C. on a picture perfect day. Winners of the event in the Low Division were Paul Brown Low Gross and Ken Lyons Low Net. Winners in the High Division were David Brandhorst Low Gross and Sal Lombardi Sr. Low Net.




Milwaukee Challenge Match

 The 32nd annual meeting of the Milwaukee County Public Links Association vs. NIMAGA will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at the Evergreen Country Club in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Itís a shot gun start at 8:00 AM followed by a steak cookout. NIMAGAís team will be chosen to fill about 40 spots. You must be a second year member to enter. Entry form will be posted on website. Be sure to sign up by the August 17th deadline!  Consideration will be given to early entries. 

Minimum Score Rule

Itís the last week of July and a few members still do not meet the minimum score rule.  Please consult your brochure and turn in your scores.  A few members only show tournament scores.  You must turn in all your scores! 

.Scoring White Cards

More entries have been coming in later so please plan ahead and look at your schedules for the reminder of the year and get your entries in ASAP. Also please remember that if you donít have a partner for the October Two-man event we will pair you with a partner.



Rules Corner

Rules of the Game
Rule 26-1 Water Hazards

Water hazards are indicated by yellow stakes and lines.  A ball is in a water hazard when any part of it touches the hazard.  When your ball is in or lost in a water hazard, you have three options:

1.)    Play the ball from within the hazard as it lies or under penalty of one stroke:

2.)    Play a ball from the spot where the original ball was last played.

3.)    Drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped.  There is no limit to how far back behind the hazard the ball may be dropped. 

Lateral water hazards are indicated by red stakes and lines.  You have the same three options above plus two additional options, again under penalty of one stroke

1.)    Drop a ball within two club-lengths of and not nearer the hole than the point at       which the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard or 

2.)    Drop a ball within two club-lengths of a point on the opposite margin of the hazard equidistant from the hole. 

Note that if your ball crosses a water hazard and lands outside the hazard, but then spins or rolls back into the hazard, you cannot drop a ball on the green-side of the hazard.  However, the point at which the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard will be on the green-side of the hazard.

 For more information log onto the USGA web site at or the Royal and Ancient at and take the rules test.

New Members

The Marketing Committee would like everyone to know that Business cards and Bag Tags alone canít bring in new members. We still need each of you to be bold enough to talk to your friends and people you meet at your regular golf courses about our group. NIMAGA has a place for all skill levels so please tell your friends and pass out the cards to people you meet. If you have any ideas about Marketing we have a committee who wants to hear from you.


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Revised: August 24, 2008