The USGA values an important partnership with the Iowa Golf Association. A primary means of communications with golfers is through a network of state, regional, and district amateur golf associations like the IGA.
Through the IGA, the USGA is able to publicize information about its programs and, in turn, receive information about the state of the game. The IGA implements many USGA programs at the local level, including the USGA Handicap and Course Rating Systems, USGA Green Section services and manages the local and sectional qualifying for USGA Championships. Additionally, the IGA is authorized by the USGA to serve as the authority on the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status locally.
Administration of these programs can sometimes put strain on smaller associations, who have to rely on the help of dedicated volunteers to perform these tasks. Thankfully the USGA has developed the P.J. Boatwright Internship program. This program gives individuals interested in pursuing a career in golf administration some much-needed experience and also assists state and regional golf associations, like the IGA, with the day-to-day operations on a short term basis.