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USGA Launches U.S. Women’s Open App powered by Cisco

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.- May 15, 2019) – The United States Golf Association (USGA)  launched the official U.S. Women’s Open app, powered by Cisco, to provide fans with an immersive mobile experience for the 74th Championship at Country Club of Charleston, from May 30 – June 2.

Available for both iOS and Android devices, the U.S. Women’s Open app is the first stand-alone mobile platform for a women’s golf major. Sports enthusiasts around the world can access real-time scores, live streaming video, stats, news and highlights of their favorite players via the event app.

To download and explore the app, please click here.

“At the U.S. Women’s Open, fan experience continues to be one of our primary initiatives and we are excited to launch a comprehensive mobile app to offer our fans instant access to information and unique experiences at the course and off,” says Navin Singh, USGA chief commercial officer. “In partnership with Cisco, the U.S. Women’s Open app is set to transform how we allow fans to engage with the world’s premier women’s golf championship.”

For fans on site in Charleston, the app also features on-site player tracking, which allows spectators to locate their favorite competitors on the course and practice areas, as well as an on-course map that highlights amenities and fan activations.  Fans will never miss a moment of action via app notifications that will alert fans to player autograph signings, special events and promotions, and more. As the Official Technology Partner of the USGA and its championships, Cisco will provide the Wi-Fi network on-site and deliver secure, enhanced connectivity in fan areas and grandstands, so spectators can engage and share throughout the event.

Additional features of the app that will help bring fan offsite a piece of the action include live streaming video coverage, scorecard highlights, news, photos, videos and social media updates from the Country Club of Charleston.

Limited Championship and Palmetto Pavilion tickets are still available at uswomensopen.com/tickets.

For additional 2019 Women’s Open information, visit uswomensopen.com.

USGA Championship Season Set to Commence

With the first major championships of 2019 in the rearview mirror, the busiest section of the golf schedule has arrived. Across the next 15 weeks, there will be a combined seven men’s and women’s majors, as well as a full slate of USGA championships, beginning this weekend with the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.

The action certainly hasn’t slowed after an unforgettable Masters. Just up the road in Hilton Head, S.C., C.T. Pan, of Chinese Taipei, registered his first PGA Tour victory by one stroke over Matt Kuchar in the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on Sunday. On Saturday, Brooke Henderson held off 2009 U.S. Women’s Open champion Eun-Hee Ji, reigning Women’s Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn and 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Minjee Lee in the Lotte Championship in Hawaii. Henderson’s eighth career win matched Sandra Post for the most LPGA Tour victories by a Canadian.

More excitement is on the horizon, with the PGA Tour holding its two-man team event (Zurich Classic) in Louisiana, the LPGA Tour in Los Angeles and the USGA in the Sunshine State. Here are three things to know as we enter this exciting stretch.

Ready, Set, Team

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship begins Saturday with 64 two-player sides playing two rounds of stroke play attempting to earn one of 32 spots in the match-play draw. Competitors hail from 29 states and nine countries, and range in age from 12 to 58. The field includes eight USGA champions, including defending Women’s Amateur Four-Ball champions Ellen Secor and Katrina Prendergast.

In the professional ranks, 80 sides will tee it up on Thursday in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana, in Avondale, the only official team event on the PGA Tour schedule. The 72-hole event includes two rounds each of four-ball and foursomes (alternate shot), with a cut to the low 36 sides and ties after two rounds.

How do these formats work under the Rules of Golf? Check out the four-ball and foursomes sections of the Rules of Golf for more, and be sure to watch this video from the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball in 2015, which delves further into four-ball situations:

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U.S. Women’s Open Qualifying Begins

Last Wednesday, entries closed for the 74th U.S. Women’s Open Championship at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.), May 30-June 2, with 100 players exempt from qualifying. That group included 47 of the world’s top 50 players. Although some spots are being held for winners of LPGA Tour-sanctioned tournaments between now and the U.S. Women’s Open as well as anyone who gets inside the top 50 of the Rolex Women’s Rankings on May 27, sectional qualifying at 25 sites in five countries will determine the remaining places in the field. On Monday in Japan, four places were earned.

How high are the stakes for the 1,400-plus competitors who will play in the 36-hole qualifiers? Twice since 2003 players who have made it into the field via qualifying have gone on to win the championship (Hilary Lunke in 2003, Birdie Kim in 2005), and in 2018, amateur Patty Tavatanakit parlayed her qualifying success into a tie for fifth at Shoal Creek. The UCLA sophomore is one of the 100 exempt players by virtue of placing among the top 10 and ties.

Last Chance to Enter the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is the most democratic championship in the game, with about half the field determined via qualifying. In order to have a chance to tee it up at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, though, a competitor must file an entry. The deadline is 5 p.m. EDT on April 24. Professionals and anyone with a USGA Handicap Index of 1.4 or lower can enter.

Local qualifying takes place in all 50 states and Canada beginning April 29. Check out the full schedule here.

Click here to learn more and to apply to play.

Scott Lipsky is the senior manager of content for the USGA. Email him at slipsky@usga.org

USGA and The R&A Announce Proposed Changes to Modernize Golf’s Rules

FAR HILLS, N.J., USA and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (March 1, 2017) – The USGA and The R&A have unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf, as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply.

The online release of this preview begins a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the proposed changes and provide input before they are finalized in 2018 and take effect January 1, 2019.

The announcement follows a comprehensive review process that began in 2012 with a working group of key USGA and R&A Rules administrators, professional tour officials and other Rules experts. While the Rules are revised every four years, this is the first fundamental review since 1984, and was established to ensure the Rules fit the needs of today’s game and the way it is played around the world.

“We are excited and encouraged by the potential this work brings, both through the proposed new Rules and the opportunities to use technology to deliver them,” said Thomas Pagel, senior director of Rules & Amateur Status for the USGA. “We look forward to an ongoing conversation with golfers during the feedback period in the months ahead.”

David Rickman, executive director – Governance at The R&A, said, “Our aim is to make the Rules easier to understand and to apply for all golfers. We have looked at every Rule to try to find ways to make them more intuitive and straightforward, and we believe we have identified many significant improvements. It is important that the Rules continue to evolve and remain in tune with the way the modern game is played, but we have been careful not to change the game’s longstanding principles and character.”

The proposed 24 new Rules, reduced from the current 34, have been written in a user-friendly style with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, bulleted lists and explanatory headings. The initiative also focuses on assessing the overall consistency, simplicity and fairness of the Rules for play.

The Rules are currently delivered in more than 30 languages, and the proposed wording will support easier translation worldwide. When adopted, the Rules will be supported by technology that allows the use of images, videos and graphics.

Highlights of the proposed Rule changes include:

  • Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
  • Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
  • Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
  • Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
  • Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
  • Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.
  • Simplified way of taking relief: A new procedure for taking relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from a specific relief area; relaxed procedures for dropping a ball, allowing the ball to be dropped from just above the ground or any growing thing or other object on the ground.

A series of materials have also been prepared to explain the proposed Rule changes and provide background on the initiative. Found on usga.org/rules and randa.org, they include:

  • Overview of the Rules Modernization Initiative: Goals, Proposed Changes and Process for Implementation in 2019
  • Draft New Rules of Golf for 2019: The Full Text of Proposed Rules 1-24 and Definitions
  • Draft Player’s Edition of the New Rules of Golf for 2019: Written from the perspective of “you” the golfer, this shorter version covers the most commonly used Rules and is meant to be the rule book golfers will use when finalized and adopted in 2019
  • Explanation for Each Major Proposed Change in the New Rules of Golf for 2019: Short summaries of each major proposed change
  • Summary chart of major changes
  • Videos and Infographics: Visual explanations of the proposed Rules.

Golfers are encouraged to review the proposed changes and submit feedback online via worldwide survey technology that can be accessed at randa.org or usga.org/rules from now until August 31, 2017.

The feedback will be reviewed by the USGA and The R&A in establishing the approved final version of golf’s new Rules. These are due to be released in mid-2018 ahead of a January 1, 2019 implementation. Social media fans can also follow the discussion using #GolfRules2019.

Players are reminded that the current 2016 Edition of the Rules of Golf remain in force when playing, posting scores or competing, until the new Rules are officially adopted by the USGA and The R&A in 2019. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of this review process.