USGA to allow measuring devices in amateur events

Pinehurst, NC ( - The United States Golf Association announced on Thursday that players in their amateur competitions will be allowed to use measuring devices.

The distance-measuring devices (DMDs) will be allowed in all amateur championships in 2014, as well as at their respective qualifying events. The USGA's Championship Committee made the announcement at the association's annual meeting in Pinehurst, N.C.

The DMDs will be allowed through a local rule in amateur events, but they will not be allowed in the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open championships or their respective qualifying events.

Devices may be used to measure distance only, and cannot measure other conditions such as wind speed or direction, temperature or elevation.

"We have seen progressive developments in technologies available to golfers who seek to improve their playing performance and enjoyment that also maintain the essential elements of the game," said Thomas J. O'Toole Jr., USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. "It is in this spirit that we are allowing the use of distance-measuring devices in our amateur competitions."

The USGA collected data at the USGA Women's State Team and U.S. Women's Mid- Amateur championships last year and found that there was no negative impact on pace of play. The USGA will continue to measure DMDs effect on pace of play going forward.

02/06 15:56:48 ET

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