About the SNGA

About the SNGA

The Southern Nevada Golf Association (SNGA), formed in 1967, is a 501(c)(4) is a not-for-profit organization founded to represent, promote and serve the best interests of golf in the state of Nevada and it is the official representative of the United States Golf Association in Southern Nevada.  It is governed by volunteer, amateur golfers who employ a full-time, professional staff of five people.   Today, the SNGA includes more than 50 public and private clubs numbering approximately 10,000 members comprised of all demographics including Men, Women, Adults, Seniors, Juniors, Private and Public golfers throughout Southern Nevada.

Licensed by the United States Golf Association as guardian of the game of golf for this region, the SNGA promotes enhancement and expansion of the game of golf by protecting the game’s integrity and valued traditions, as well as promoting opportunities for all that want to play by leading in the development of member and information services. Every golfer, regardless of age or ability, should join the SNGA through their local golf club to ensure the maintenance of an impartial, non-commercial governing body for amateur golf in Southern Nevada.

The SNGA administers and performs the duties of the following:

Handicaps:   The SNGA administers the USGA Handicap System throughout Southern Nevada assuring compliance with all USGA requirements.  It provides member clubs with the GHIN handicap computation service which is the defacto standard and the ONLY service integrated with the National Course Rating database so that golfers are always posting using the most accurate information.  It is the only nationally recognized service.

GHIN products and services include GHP Online (a web-based administrative system for clubs to manage their rosters and scores), GHIN Mobile (an app on the I-Phone and Droid systems allowing golfers to post and lookup scores as well as register for tournaments, get regional news and more), TPP Online (the Tournament Pairing Program is used by golf associations, golf professionals and clubs to administer tournaments), eClubhouse (a free website for clubs to manage and grow their membership), eGolfer (an online service that allows golfers to track their score history and main statistics such as fairways hit, greens in regulation, putts, penalty strokes and more!)

Southern Nevada News & Information:  The SNGA partners with Fairways Media to publish Nevada Fairways 18, the official monthly digital news magazine of the SNGA as well as with Rogue5Media, publishers of Las Vegas Golf & Leisure which is mailed to the homes of all SNGA Members (with addresses on file with their Handicap record).  In addition, the SNGA publishes results of tournaments to both national and area media outlets.

Course Rating/Measuring:  The SNGA provides course rating and measuring services to its member clubs to ensure all handicaps are fairly administered.  This extensive process requires teams of trained volunteers to follow common procedures established across the country to make objective measurements of the obstacles both scratch and bogey golfers encounter at golf courses.

Tournament Schedule:  Arranges and compiles a yearly tournament schedule with a variety of events open all golfers.  The expansive event schedule includes events for players of all abilities and genders.

USGA Qualifiers: The SNGA regularly conducts local and sectional qualifying events for USGA administered national championships including the US Open, US Amateur, US Mid-Amateur, US Amateur Public Links and US Junior Amateur.

Nevada State Championships: The SNGA share responsibility with the Northern Nevada Golf Association to administer the Nevada State Golf Association and its championships which include the Nevada State Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Net Amateur, Senior Amateur and Match Play Championship as well as the Oliver Cup and Cobb-Whalen Cup team competitions.  Participants MUST be members of either the SNGA or NNGA.

Southern Nevada Championships: The SNGA administers the Clark County Amateur, Southern Nevada Amateur, Las Vegas City Amateur and SNGA Championship for scratch, net, senior and super senior golfers.   Participants MUST be members of either the SNGA or NNGA.

Medalist Series – The SNGA administers a highly competitive series of 36-hole gross stroke play competitions with an Open Division (49 & Under) and Senior Division (50+).  Participants must have a USGA Handicap Index of 10.0 or less to participate.  This series is open to both Members and Non-Members, with members paying lower entry fees.

SNGA Tour: The SNGA Tour is a series of flighted 18-hole gross & net stroke play competitions for golfers of all skill levels.  Participants select which tee they are most comfortable playing from and net scores are computed using the USGA recommended Rule 3-5 adjustment (for players playing different tees). Events include both an Individual Series and a Partner Series and there is a season-long points race to determine who can play in the SNGA Tour Championship. This series is open to both Members and Non-Members, with members paying lower entry fees.

Member Days: This is a social, less competitive series of events open exclusively to Members who get to play some of the courses they might typically not get an opportunity to play. Participants select which tee they are most comfortable playing from and net scores are computed using the USGA recommended Rule 3-5 adjustment (for players playing different tees).

Player of the Year: Participants in many of the SNGA events earn points toward determining the Player of the Year title for Scratch, Net, Senior (Scratch & Net) and Super Senior (Scratch & Net).  Points are also used to determine teams that represent the SNGA at the Pacific Coast Amateur, USGA State Team, Oliver Cup and Cobb Whalen Cup competitions.

Legislative Issues: The SNGA represents golf consumers with the Nevada Golf Industry Alliance in monitoring state, regional and local governments in regards to issues that can impact the game of golf.

Allied Associations:  The SNGA works closely with associations including the WSNGA, the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Southwest Section for the PGA of America, the Nevada Chapter of the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Southern Nevada Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame: The Southern Nevada Golf Association works with the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame, who administers the nomination and balloting procedure that recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the game of golf in Nevada.  Download a Hall of Fame nomination form. If you have questions about the Hall of Fame process, please contact the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame at 702-270-9630 or email bhurlburt@cox.net.

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