After 27 years of operating as the Boston Amateur Golf Society ? Rhode Island Division (B.A.G.S.-RI), I am pleased to announce the formation of a successor golf league that will continue our tradition of ?tournament golf for golfer's of all abilities?. The new organization ? New England Amateur Tour (N.E.A.T.), will commence for the 2019 season, and will encompass the existing B.A.G.S. - RI Division, while expanding its reach to appeal to many of our golfing friends in Massachusetts. The major reason for this change at this time is due to an ownership change with the original MA. B.A.G.S. league. 

Highlights of N.E.A.T. will be: 

Choose from about 80 events (3 per week) from mid-April to late October.  Members may participate in just those events that suit their schedule.

Host courses will include public and private courses located in Rhode Island, eastern and central Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, and eastern Connecticut.  We will seek out those courses that provide an optimum combination of both quality and value.

 We will be members of both RIGA (Rhode Island Golf Assn.) and MGA (Massachusetts golf Assn). Members my choose to carry their GHIN handicap affiliated with RIGA and/or MGA, and thus qualify to participate in RIGA and/or MGA events.  

We will be taking full advantage of the recent USGA partnership with Golf Genius software ? which is a ?cloud? based software system now being used by most state golf associations and many member clubs. 

All existing B.A.G.S.-RI division tournament credits will be honored toward N.E.A.T. membership and/or tournament entry fees.

I am confident that you will find that membership in N.E.A.T. will be the way to go.  Over the past 27 years- I have learned "a thing or three" about owning and operating a travelling tournament league. I am committed to maintaining the same high level of service and responsiveness that you have all come to expect.

Please feel free to contact me about the new tour. I am excited to discuss my vision, and happy to get your input on procedures, policies, host courses, and anything else that will enhance the new tour.

Jim Rooks