MSGA Announces Partnership with GEICO

MSGA members could save even more with a special discount from GEICO. Click on the GEICO logo or HERE to get your free quote. Be sure to tell GEICO that you are an MSGA member to see how much more you can save. Every quote helps benefit the MSGA and our programs.

MSGA Score Posting App is available for iPhone & Android
The MSGA score posting APP is free, and available to all MSGA members.  This APP will allow you to conveniently post scores, verify handicaps, search for golfer course and calculate your course handicap from your mobile device.  Visit your app store today and type in MSGA for your FREE download.  Login information can be found by contacting your club.
MSGA Charity Corner
The MSGA Charity Corner is a service provided for charities to list their upcoming golf events, or individuals trying to find an event to participate in your area.  Charities wishing to submit their information for posting can do so by clicking HERE Golfers can find a listing of events HERE.   
2016 MSGA Employment Opportunity -- USGA P.J. Boatwright Internship
This internship will provide exposure and training for qualified applicants in all aspects of day-to-day operations at the Maryland State Golf Association in an effort to provide experience and preparation for a career in golf administration.  To apply for the 2016 position, please do so between October 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016.  MORE INFO



The R&A and the United States Golf Association announced the publication of the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016. The new Rules book is the culmination of the normal four-year review cycle and is a collaborative work by The R&A and the USGA that applies worldwide to all golfers.

Among the most significant of the changes in the 2016 edition of the Rules are the following:

  • Withdrawal of Rule on Ball Moving After Address - Rule 18-2b (Ball Moving after Address) has been withdrawn. This means that if a ball at rest moves after the player addresses it, the player is no longer automatically deemed to have caused the ball to move. A one-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2 will be applied only when the facts show that the player has caused the ball to move.

  • Limited Exception to Disqualification Penalty for Submission of Incorrect Score Card - A new exception has been introduced to Rule 6-6d (Wrong Score for Hole) to provide that a player is not disqualified for returning a lower score for a hole than actually taken as a result of failing to include penalty strokes that the player did not know were incurred before returning the score card. Instead, the player incurs the penalty under the Rule that was breached and must add an additional penalty of two strokes for the score card error. In all other cases in which a player returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken, the penalty will continue to be disqualification.

  • Modification of Penalty for a Single Impermissible Use of Artificial Devices or Equipment - The penalty for a player’s first breach of Rule 14-3 (Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Abnormal Use of Equipment) during the round has been reduced from disqualification to loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play. The penalty for any subsequent breach of Rule 14-3 will continue to be disqualification.

  • Prohibition on Anchoring the Club While Making a Stroke - As announced in May 2013, the new Rule 14-1b (Anchoring the Club) prohibits anchoring the club either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point” in making a stroke. The penalty is loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play.



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