Northern Illinois Men's Amateur Golf Association

August 2008 

GOLFTEC Support and Gift certificates for NIMAGA Members

Every regular Monthly NIMAGA Tournament, within each division, GOLFTEC has offered a free 1 hour evaluation gift certificate to a golfer selected at random from our tournament: To be eligible, you must register to play and complete the round. Prior winners throughout the year are no longer eligible for the remainder of the calendar year.


Not TOO Early to plan for the September Match Play Event against Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Challenge Match is quickly coming up on its 30th year! Each fall NIMAGA members face off with their Milwaukee counterparts in a match play tournament in Evergreen Wisconsin. Shown as an invitational event, this event is now open to the first 40 golfers that apply. Applications will be posted shortly, so get your application in early to enjoy this fabulous event, followed by a Wisconsin steak diner. Many choose to arrive on Friday for a practice round and local fish diner. If you have applied to enter this event in the past and did not get invited, please don’t give up; send your application in early to reserve your spot.

NIMAGA Tournament of Winners August 16th and 17th

Only the August Championship tournament left to qualify for NIMAGA’s most prestigious event. This is a qualification event which is not open to first year members. Qualification begins in September of previous year. Players who place in the top 4 net and all gross winners qualify for regular monthly tournaments. October 2 man gross winner and all ties for first place net qualify. All gross winners and first two places in each division for the mid-weeks and Sr. Tournament qualify. Low Gross and first five places (trophy winners) from last years tournament qualify. Those who have qualified have been posted on the web site. Check to see if you’re eligible for this outstanding event to be held at Blackberry Oaks. The field for this 2 day event is cut to the top 50% and ties after day one scores. This event has a 31 year history and essentially fulfills the “Club Championship” role. A proposal has been made to potentially change the name of this event for future years to “ NIMAGA Club Championship” or “NIMAGA Championship”   Each entrant receives a etched crystal glass – several members have quite a collection of this important reminder of qualifying in years past.



Turning Scores In

A few members may have noticed that there is a double star behind their name on the tee sheet. NIMAGA has a requirement of turning in a requisite number of scores that builds over the year.  Turned in enough scores to qualify? Here are the requirements for the rest of the year:

August least 8

Autumn least 10

Two Man least 12

Any member who does not fulfill the foregoing requirements for a tournament will be eligible in that tournament to win no more than a $15 minimum prize.


Frequently Asked Questions
There is a new FAQ link on the menu. Check it out and hopefully it will help with those common questions that come before the board.


Rules Corner

Reply from USGA on Marking of golf ball on green…

In reply to your email, please refer to Decision 20-1/16, which will provide the answer to your question.  A player is not required to mark the position of his ball before moving it if he places the back or toe of the putterhead next to the ball, aligns the putterhead on a fixed object and then moves the ball from the back to the toe of the putterhead or vice versa.  In this case, the back or toe of the putterhead is marking the position of the ball while it is being moved.  Otherwise, the position of the ball must be marked before it is lifted under a Rule that requires it to be replaced. If it is not marked, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke - see Rule 20-1.

New Rules on Distance and advise for 2008

Advice -— Amended to allow the exchange of information on distance, as it is not considered to be “advice.”

Text in 2004
Information on the Rules or on matters of public
information, such as . . ., is not

Text in 2008
Information on the Rules, distance or matters of public
information, such as . . ., is not

Have a question about a rule? Send us an email.

For further info on this rule and others go to the USGA website


Members News


Check out the web site regularly! Many will notice some changes to our web site. A big thanks go out to Shawn Pipes, our tournament director and web guru! In a n effort to go green! And to lower costs (and a bit of work) we have eliminated much of the paper you would receive in the mail. Make a weekly habit of visiting our web site to check out the latest news and information. We still have a few members who either have difficulty in accessing the internet, and we are doing everything we can to assist them. If you know of someone who has this problem let us know and we’ll try and find them an internet friend who can keep them up to date! You will also note that we will be sending out regular email notes to advise members of upcoming events and special news.

 Check periodically over the winter months and check out any new items on the web site.

Speaking of special news? Any good stories or information that your friends at NIMAGA should know about? Send us photo’s and articles about what’s going on in the off season or up coming special dates. Any new holes-in-one?

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


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