Program areas at USGA
See schedule o. championshipsthe Usga conducts championships that celebrate athleticism at the highest level of the game for both professional and amateur players and inspires golfers worldwide to play and enjoy the game. It conducts the United States open, United States women's open, United States senior open and United States senior women's open championships, which are open to professional and amateur golfers around the world. The Usga also annually conducts 10 national amateur championships and supports several international competitions. In 2020, the Usga was only able to hold four championships and did not conduct its typical qualifying process due to the covid-19 pandemic. Similarly, the Usga did not admit fans to any of its championships to maintain a safe environment for golfers, volunteers and staff. These decisions were made collaboratively with local and federal health officials. Through the four championships conducted in 2020, the Usga promoted the game at its highest level through a variety of different means including national and international television and radio broadcasts, and digital and social media platforms. Additionally, the Usga supports teams for several international amateur Golf championships, providing opportunities for american athletics to compete in global events.
See schedule o. Governance: rules, handicapping, equipment standards, distance. The Usga serves Golf by providing the standards by which all golfers play the game through a universal set of playing, equipment standards, amateur status and handicapping rules. The Usga's role as a governing body is shared globally with the r&a, and includes writing and interpreting these rules, as well as providing education assets for golfers, Golf administrators and Golf federations. Included in this function is delivery of both printed and digital learning tools, seminars, and the training of thousands of rules officials through a singular testing process. The Usga maintains one of two Golf equipment testing facilities in the world to ensure global conformance and promote a fair and equitable game for all. In its governance role, the Usga also conducts research and applies science to ensure the integrity of the sport while promoting innovation.
See schedule o. golfer engagement- ghin, members, regional affairs the Usga provides services and opportunities to more deeply engage golfers in the game. It maintains a robust technology platform that calculates a handicap index for any golfer in the United States who wishes to measure their Golf ability or play a fair game through a Golf Association or club. Millions of golfers, as well as Golf administrators, some international golfers if their federation is a customer of this Usga service and those who conduct events, use this system daily to connect with the Golf community. This platform delivers services through tools such as applications and online programs to promote accessibility and welcome more people to Golf regardless of ability. Through its Golf handicap and information network (ghin), Golf associations domestically and internationally provide a reliable handicap index to millions of golfers. The Usga also engages with more than 300,000 members whose financial support helps fuel many of its programs, and offer benefits to them including education opportunities, Golf event access, and others. Through its 59 allied Golf associations in every state in the u.s. and puerto rico, the Usga also has a network that provides services locally to every Golf community in america. This network delivers key Usga services such as the administration of Golf handicapping, rules education, event development and programs that welcome golfers to play. Usga regional affairs offices support these networks while engaging volunteers to serve the game.