NIMAGA - Northern Illinois Men's Amateur Golf Association

NIMAGA Notes - August 2009

Celebrating 50 Years
Serving the Greater Chicagoland Area

RULES CORNER: Nimaga Tournaments and Drop Areas

During a recent tournament, there were several questions about the use of a drop area on a par three. Now drop areas on a par are very common and usually well marked. Because of this, it is often tempting for a player to want to use this drop area during a Nimaga event. Can he? The answer is NO, unless the Nimaga tournament directors have specified it in the rules for the event and honors the local course rule. If the Nimaga rules do not state that the use is permitted then the player must proceed under rule 26 that outlines water hazards, the penalty, and the proper drop options for regular and/or lateral hazards.

So next time you’re on the course, don’t get caught in limbo, know the rules! USGA rules of Golf.

Tournament of Winners has a New Name

The well-established qualifying event known as the Tournament of Winners has changed its name to the Nimaga Players Championship. This event is a two-day event designed to showcase our members who have won tournaments and/or finished in top places in major events. If you qualified, you would have received a special invitation. If not, you, like the Cubs will have wait until next year! This year’s event will be played on Saturday and Sunday September 12th and 13th at Broken Arrow Golf Club and Coyote Run Golf Club respectively. This event will have a full field the first day and on Sunday only the top half of the field will be competing for the prestigious title.

NIMAGA and Chicagoland Golf Mourns the Loss of a Friend

We all received sad news that a long time Nimaga supporter and friend Phil Kosin died on Tuesday August 11th after a four-year battle with cancer. Mr. Kosin was the founder of the Illinois Women’s Open and the Chicagoland Golf Newspaper. Mr. Kosin was an enthusiastic promoter of amateur golf and specifically, the Nimaga mission and many of our events. In addition to his publications, Mr. Kosin hosted a Saturday morning radio show on WSCR –670AM that featured discussions about Chicago golf! Recently Nimaga was promoted on his broadcast featuring our past president, Roger Scott. Mr. Kosin will be missed and Chicagoland Golfers owe him gratitude for his efforts in supporting the public golfer! Please keep Mr. Kosin and his family in your thoughts and prayers!

Milwaukee Challenges Match set for September 19th at Evergreen Country Club

Each year forty Nimaga players make the trip up North to play forty of the Milwaukee area players in what has become a wonderful competition. Nimaga has won eighteen of the thirty-five matches. This fun event is a great value and brings some long time friendly competitors back together each year. If you are not playing this year please consider this one for a future Nimaga selection! Look for the results in the Nimaga Notes next month.

Congratulations to our August Winners

August Championship @ White Pines Golf Club

Palmer Division Player Division Trevino Division
Mike Kruegar- Gross Roger Scott- Gross Roy Robbins- Gross
Tim Jordan-Net Jim Neceda- Net Sal Lombardi Sr. - Net

August Classic @ Naperbrook Golf Course

Low Division High Division
John Brdecka - Gross Jack Lebar - Gross
Roy Robbins – Net Tim Prentiss – Net

** The Palmer division has been rescheduled and will be played on September 27th due to poor weather conditions. The event will be played at Naperbrook Golf Course at the same times.

Suspension of play during bad weather

During a recent Nimaga stroke play event the tournament was face with some threatening weather that forced to suspension of play. During the event the course sent out a message that suspended play. Some members asked what the rule on the suspension of play is and can a group or individual decide to waive or ignore the suspension. As you read below the rules of golf have firmed up their position on the enforcement of this rule. As you will read, in the interest of safety a player or players must adhere to this suspension of play.

APPENDIX I- LOCAL RULES; CONDITIONS OF THE COMPETITION
Part C

5. Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b)
As there have been many deaths and injuries from lightning on golf courses, all clubs and sponsors of golf competitions are urged to take precautions for the protection of persons against lightning. Attention is called to Rules 6-8 and 33-2d. If the Committee desires to adopt the condition in the Note under Rule 6-8b, the following wording is recommended:

When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.

1-3. Agreement to Waive Rules
Players must not agree to exclude the operation of any Rule or to waive any penalty incurred.Penalty for Breach of Rule 1-3: Match play — Disqualification of both sides; Stroke play — Disqualification of competitors concerned.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday & Sunday Sept. 12th &13th- Players Championship (Qualifying Event)
Saturday September 19th- Milwaukee Challenge Event (invitation only)
Sunday October 4th- Two Man Event

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