PHGA Newsletter
July 2011


PGA Championship Last Major of 2011

The season's final major will be contested Aug. 8-14, 2011 at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Atlanta, GA. The Club will join four other storied venues to have hosted three or more PGA Championships: Southern Hills Country Club of Tulsa, Okla.; Oakland Hills Country Club of Bloomfield Township, Mich.; Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.; and Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together the winners of golf's four major championships.

Golf's best professionals have been competing for more than 90 years for the Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Past Champions span both the legendary and recent stars of the game: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson.

About the Atlanta Athletic Club

With the hosting of The 93rd PGA Championship, the Atlanta Athletic Club continues its tradition of hosting major championships. Founded in 1898 and the home club of golf hero Bobby Jones, the AAC is the only club in the southeast to have hosted both men's and women's U.S. Opens, as well as two previous PGA Championships.

The club's history of developing young players into champion golfers is legendary. From the most famous in Bobby Jones, to Charlie Yates, Tommy Barnes, Charlie Harrison, Dot Kirby and Martha Kirouac, to modern day players like Justin Bolli and Scott Dunlap, who are on the Nationwide Tour. The club's focus on golf, and its two challenging golf courses recently redesigned by Rees Jones, demonstrate the club's commitment to the players and the business of golf.

The best players in the world will face a vastly improved Highlands golf course in August of 2011. A new cultivar of grass called Champion bermuda has been planted on the greens and the fairways have been changed to Diamond zoysia; a combination surely to please the players for the Season's Final Major.

Labor Day Tournament

The Labor Day Holiday Event will be held Monday September 5 with an optional 36 and 54 hole tournament using combined scores from PRST Saturday and/or Sunday September 3 and/or 4. The tournament will be Team Total Net, teams will be determined by the computer using an A,B,C,D format. Please go to the Labor Day Tournament link on the web site at to sign up for the Tournament. There will be no envelope in the pro shop for this event. Forms and envelopes for submitting your payment are available in the Clubhouse next to the black box, sign up on-line today!!

Takahashi Classic Round Requirements

The PHGA Board of Directors is currently reviewing the round requirements for the Takahashi Classic, the annual end of year event to be held September 10 and 11. We encourage all PHGA Members to play in the Classic which is a two-man handicapped event. Please continue to play your rounds, the requirement is 12 rounds for all members prior to review. Stay tuned for further information.

President's Cup Match Schedule

The President's Cup Match Play brackets and rules are posted on the web site. Please complete your third round by August 8.


Travel Event at Bartlett Hills Golf Club

Originally built in 1923 and purchased by the Village of Bartlett in 1978, Bartlett Hills Golf Club has long been a favorite destination for golfers in the Chicagoland area. The course has been reshaped over the years to complement both the improvements demanded by today's golfers as well as optimizing its beautiful rolling terrain. Indeed, the area players have come to recognize Bartlett Hills as one of Chicago Suburb's finest golf values. In 1982 the Village of Bartlett committed to a complete renovation of the facility, including the rebuilding of all 18 greens, the reshaping and addition of bunkers, a new practice range complete with grass tees and a short game area, and the addition of a state of the art irrigation system. Most recently, a conversion to bent grass fairways and the redesign of greens #1, 3, 4, & 5 were completed in the fall of 2002, making Bartlett Hills one of the finest golf courses in the area. The event will take place Thursday August 18, Check out the Club at

Travel Event at Bowes Creek Country Club

Located in Kane County on the west edge of Elgin nestled amid rolling hills is Bowes Creek Country Club, a premier 616-acre country club community. The golf course and clubhouse were created to be enjoyable for all golfers, five sets of tees accommodate every level. The 18-hole golf course ranges from 6,900 yards from the professional tees to 5,000 from the junior tees.  Along with the golf course there is a full practice area complete with an elevated 30-station driving range with target greens at varying distances, putting and chipping greens. The clubhouse features a full-service pro shop, men's and women's locker rooms, and an English-style restaurant and bar. The event will take place Thursday September 15,check out the Club at


Rule 12-2 Identifying Your Ball

Recently there have been questions on the Rule that allows the player to lift the ball for identification. As with anything in golf, there is a proper way to do this per Rule 12-2. When lifting a ball care must be taken to return it as close as possible to the original lie. Changing the lie in any way could be viewed as improving your lie which is not permitted at any time under USGA Rules. If you have difficulty identifying your ball take a Sharpie or Magic Marker and place multiple marks on the ball that can be viewed from any angle.

To quote NBC Analyst Roger Maltbie, "If you are going to play this game you have got to know the Rules."

The Rule from the USGA states:

The responsibility for playing the proper ball rests with the player. Each player should put an identification mark on his ball.

If a player has reason to believe a ball at rest is his and it is necessary to lift the ball in order to identify it, he may lift the ball, without penalty, in order to do so.

Before lifting the ball, the player must announce his intention to his opponent in match play or his marker or a fellow-competitor in stroke play and mark the position of the ball. He may then lift the ball and identify it, provided that he gives his opponent, marker or fellow-competitor an opportunity to observe the lifting and replacement. The ball must not be cleaned beyond the extent necessary for identification when lifted under Rule 12-2.

If the ball is the player's ball and he fails to comply with all or any part of this procedure, or he lifts his ball in order to identify it when not necessary to do so, he incurs a penalty of one stroke. If the lifted ball is the player's ball, he must replace it to the original lie. If he fails to do so prior to his next stroke he incurs the general penalty for a breach of Rule 12-2.

*Penalty for Breach of Rule 12-2:
Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.


  • August 8
    Complete Third President's Cup Match
  • August 18
    Travel Event-Bartlett Hills Golf Club
  • August 27 and 28
    Palatine Hills
    Club Championship
  • September 5
    Labor Day Holiday Event
  • September 10-11
    Takahashi Classic Two Ball Tournament
  • September 15
    Travel Event-Bowes Creek Country Club


PHGA Scoring Reminder
Please put your PHGA Member number on your completed scorecard before dropping it in the black box. Also, write legibly so your correct score can be entered by the scorekeeper.

Arnold Palmer Prostate Cancer Drive
Congratulations to the PHGA Volunteers who collected donations for the Arnold Palmer Prostate Cancer Drive. Thanks to their hard work and your generosity over $4000 was raised for the charity. Thanks to all who participated! Closest to the pin winners received a Calloway Gift Certificate along with an autographed picture of Arnold Palmer:

  • Thursday - Mike Glienna
  • Saturday - Clint Palmer
  • Sunday - Larry Niemczyk

Shoot Your Age
Please join the PHGA Board in congratulating Larry Niemczyk who, not once but twice, posted scores below his age. On June 23 and July 17 Larry shot 75, an investigation is under way to verify his birth certificate. Great Job Larry!

Prospective New Members
Please forward this newsletter to any of your friends interested in joining the PHGA. If you need more information on how to sign up a new member please talk to any PHGA Board member.


Palatine Hills Golf Association

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