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Jim Nugent

Jim Nugent is the Founder & Publisher of Global Golf Post. He has worked in golf media for more than a quarter century, and he is a frequent guest on Golf Channel and numerous golf talk radio shows across the country. He covers the amateur game on a global basis. He resides in Glenview, Illinois.

Articles by Jim Nugent

USGA Officials Happy With Rules Despite PGA Tour Complaints

If USGA CEO Mike Davis and his very capable rules colleague Thomas Pagel were the least bit concerned about some of the issues that have arisen in the professional game so far, it was not evident in San Antonio, writes Jim Nugent. “Change for some people isn’t as easy as it is for others,” Davis said.

Jones Cup Bolsters Its Mid-Amateur Presence

The Jones Cup, the season opener for significant amateur tournament play that started on Friday, has a larger contingent of mid-amateur players this year than in the recent past. Jim Nugent reports on the return of the career amateur, led by 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Kevin O'Connell, to Ocean Forest Golf Club.

The USGA’s Walker Cup Quandary

Six potential players for the U.S. Walker Cup team turned down an invitation to a recent practice session. Post publisher Jim Nugent, a close observer of the amateur scene, looks at the problems the USGA faces in team selection for the prestigious amateur competition with Great Britain and Ireland.

History Infuses Birmingham’s National Senior-Junior Stewardship

The Latin phrase sui generis, which means “in a class by itself,” accurately describes the National Senior-Junior Championship, being played this week at the Dye Preserve Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla. The name of the tournament clearly conveys what this event is all about. One skilled senior amateur, age 50 or older, partners with a junior, defined as a mid-amateur (25 or older). It is a 54-hole tournament at scratch that begins with a four-ball round, followed by a Chapman round and then a scramble. Famed Winged Foot Golf Club professional Tom Nieporte and Jim Hoffer started the tournament in 1991. Pennsylvanian John Birmingham took it over in the early 2000s and has run it – his way – ever since. He is a tournament committee of one, and all who have had the chance to compete in the event appreciate him for that fact. Limited to 56 teams, the tournament is one of the more popular events on the elite amateur circuit, and is unlike anything else in the nation. Birmingham starts hearing from interested players in late August, and the event is always sold out and has a lengthy waiting list. He labors for hours over the invitation list and the pairings each year. Get all of the premium content offered at Global Golf Post+ by clicking here to subscribe. Birmingham oversees the tournament in an effort to give back to a game that has been very good to him for seven decades. Introduced to the game as a 6-year-old, Birmingham grew up at Oakmont, the legendary Pittsburgh club that has a disproportionate number of really good amateurs. He played golf in high school in addition to basketball and soccer, and then went to Duke University, where he played soccer and golf. He captained the 1960 Duke soccer […]