Northern Illinois Men's Amateur Golf Association

July 2007            John Brdecka

Message  from  the  President


There are only three events to qualify for the August 18th and 19th event at Blackberry Oaks.  July’s Freedom Open, the July Midweek and the August Championship. Blackberry Oaks is a challenging golf course that will identify NIMAGA’s best players.  This is our only event with a cut of the top 50% of the field to play on Sunday. New members are NOT eligible to play this year, but all members start the qualification process at the September event for the 2008 tournament.

For Your Info

Please send in your tournament applications as soon as possible. Delays in sending in your applications till last minute has created some problems with getting tee times posted to website. Tee times will be posted as early as possible after deadline. Also, please do not staple checks to application. In some cases a revision date will be part of the delay. Get your applications in early!


Midweek Tournament

The July Midweek is TUESDAY July 24th. Deadline for this event is July 10th get your entries in early please.

Daily Heraild Open Championship

The event is scheduled for the Monday July 16th event at Stonewall Orchard G.C. in Grayslake. Entry fee is $95.00. 1:00 PM shotgun start.  Daily Herald entry form is on our web site.


Pace of Play

After starting the year averaging pace of play slower than expected, it seems pace of play has improved by last event. Its been noted that the June event in most divisions played right at or near pace of the course. Please remember that the group in front of you is the one to keep in sight and be ready to hit when its your turn. This will make an enjoyable round for not only your group but the rest of the field.


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 can’t 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.


For Your Info

Members News

Sean Johnson, a member in the Player Division scored a Hole-In One in the June Summer Classic at Boone Creek. Sean used an 8 iron on the 4th hole playing at 159 yards. Playing in the foursome with Sean was Charlie Kuhn, Dick Gerasta and Dan Plens Sr. Congratulations Sean!


Did we miss something? Something you’d like membership to know about?

Send them to and we will include them in a future NIMAGA notes.


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Revised: August 24, 2008