Frequently Asked Questions
Q1 … Why do the NHGA and NHWGA want to consolidate?
Three years ago, the NHGA entered into an agreement with the USGA to become the Allied Golf Association (AGA) within the state of New Hampshire. The USGA felt that the new AGA model would provide golfers with a richer experience that would allow goods and services to be more effectively delivered. This change in the amateur golf landscape also meant that the relationship between the NHGA and NWHGA would forever be changed. Whereas in the past, the two organizations both administered handicaps and provided course rating services, the USGA’s new AGA model stipulated that those core services would be administered by a single organization in New Hampshire, the NHGA.
We now believe one organization is better positioned to provide the best opportunities to all New Hampshire golfers whether they are men, women or juniors. This single organization creates a central resource for amateur golf in New Hampshire. Golfers would contact a single, unified organization for questions relating to handicapping, course rating, Rules of Golf/Amateur Status, and tournament programs.
Q2 … In the consolidation, will the NHWGA be absorbed by the NHGA or will the NHGA be absorbed by the NHWGA?
Neither. A new organization, with new by-laws, will be formed and re-branded under a new name.
Q3 … I currently play in both NHGA and NHWGA events, how will the consolidation affect my playing opportunities?
While both organizations have agreed that ALL existing playing opportunities will be preserved, including current NHWGA Tuesday events, it is also understood that the new organization will continue to improve, enhance and grow its programming to offer all golfers in the state with more chances to enjoy the game as determined by participation levels.
Q4 … Who will govern the new organization?
A volunteer board of directors, as determined by the consolidating organizations, will work alongside a full time staff.
Q5 … Who is handling the details of the proposed consolidation?
A transition committee made up of members from the NHGA & NHWGA boards are handling all aspects of the consolidation.
Q6 … Is there a time line for the consolidation?
The current NHGA/NHWGA agreement expires at the end of 2020. While no firm timeline has been established, the transition committee is working diligently to address complex and important issues as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
Q7 … What about finances? Who is accounting for the money that each organization has accumulated over the years?
Both organizations agree that monies accumulated from past operations belong to each respective organization. There is no desire nor need to consolidate as a means to access certain funds. However, both sides also agree that a budget must be established to ensure operations are able to be financially viable and a full re-brand will be a significant expense that both the NHGA and NHWGA expect to contribute to.
Once the new organizational budget has been established, the respective Boards would decide on the process for handling their remaining funds.