Tournament Formats

Five-Club

The tournament is called the “5-Club Memorial’ because years ago, a TGA member passed away while playing this event. We’ve lost some good friends and competitors throughout the years. If you feel it’s appropriate, take a moment to remember those folks.

  • This is not a postable round.
  • You select the five (5) clubs that you wish to use. If you choose a putter, that doescount as one of your clubs.
  • Field divided into five Divisions based upon handicap index and age. Players may choose to compete in any Division in which they are eligible.
    • Men A: 7.9 index or less (all ages, Blue Tees)
    • Men B: 8.0 index or higher (all ages, Blue Tees);
    • Senior Men A: 7.9 index or less (age 55+,White Tees);
    • Senior Men B: 8.0 index or higher (age 55+,White Tees);
    • Super Sr Men: No index restriction (age 65+, White tees).
  • A minimum of four entries is required to create a Division. Otherwise, Divisions are combined together at the discretion of the tournament Committee. Division changes are not allowed after entries close.
  • Lift, clean and place in your own fairway.
  • Root and rock rule in effect ‘between the tree lines’ on the Reynolds Course. Confirm with your playing partners before taking any relief. You may move your ball one club length.
  • 18 hole stroke play event.
  • Your scorecard shall be returned to the Tournament Committee with appropriate number of signatures. If all Players are on one scorecard, all four players must sign the scorecard. Individual scorecards must be signed by the player and the marker. A scorecard is deemed returned when the score is posted on the scoreboard.
  • Payouts will be Net and Gross within each Division, with the number of payouts determined by the number of entries in each Division. At a minimum, there will be a 1st Gross and 1st Net paid in each Division. Player will be paid the highest payout they are eligible for.
  • Ties will be determined with a scorecard playoff of the back nine score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 6 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 3 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it we will go to the front 9 hole score, then the last 6 holes on the front 9, if still not settled then the last 3 holes on the front 9. If that doesn’t decide it we go by hardest handicap hole to the easiest.

Club Championship

  • This is a postable round, and will be posted as a Tournament round by the Handicap committee.
  • USGA Rules apply except when superseded by local rules.
  • Standard TGA Protocol Rules apply.
  • Range finders that measure yardage only are allowed.
  • The format is a 36 hole stroke play event.
  • The number of flights will be determined based upon the number of entries.
  • The first two flights will play the Gold tees.  After the first day, these two flights will be ‘re-flighted’ into Flights 1A and 1B based upon their first day score.  The overall Club Champion can come from either sub-flight.
  • The middle flights will play the Blue tees.
  • There will be at least one flight (and possibly two) that play the White tees.  If the number of entries dictate two flights, one flight will play Gross, and one Net.
  • Your scorecard shall be returned to the Tournament Committee with two signatures. A scorecard is deemed returned when the score is posted on the scoreboard.
  • The player returning the lowest 36 hole score in each flight will be declared the winner of the flight.  If there is a tie for 1st place, there will be a sudden-death playoff to determine the winner.  Resolution of ties for other positions will be determined by the USGA recommended method.

Easy Day Format

  • This is not a postable round.
  • All players will play from the RED Tees.
  • Play will be gross only except for the last flight.
  • Lift, Clean, and Place; you may place your ball within one club length no closer to the hole in the same condition – fairway, rough and bunkers, but not water hazards (unless you’re using a throw – see below).
  • If there happens to be snow on the course, you can place your ball one club length no closer to the hole out of the snow.
  • A combination of 3 mulligans OR throws is available for purchase prior to starting the round. A throw is not considered a new stroke, but is an extension of your prior stroke. The competitor must announce to his fellow-competitor that he intends to use a mulligan or a throw.
  • If you can get to your ball in any hazard (water or otherwise) without the use of a club or a ball retriever and throw it, that is legal – but counts as a throw.
  •  Gimmies are good inside of 18″.  A gimmie string, or an 18″ ‘mark’ on your putter may be provided by the tournament committee, at their discretion
  • Ties will be determined with a scorecard playoff of the back nine score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 6 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 3 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it we will go to the front 9 hole score, then the last 6 holes on the front 9, if still not settled then the last 3 holes on the front 9. If that doesn’t decide it we go by hardest handicap hole to the easiest.

Hatfield and McCoy

  • The Hatfield and McCoy Tournament is designed to give one group of the Association ‘bragging’ rights for the next year.
  • The participants are divided into two opposing groups = either a Hatfield or a McCoy. Once you are assigned to a group, you remain in that group for as long as you are a member of the Association.
  • To determine the matches to be played, the Captains will meet at the Pairing Party and assemble their respective pairings.
  • The Captain of the defending team will offer up a Player (Player A). Then the opposing Captain will decide who he wants to face that Player (Player B). Once the initial pairing has been determined, the preselected partners will then be paired.
  • The Captains then alternate offering a selection until the rosters have been set. Note: Different pairings are selected for each day.
  • The format consists of matches played simultaneously by teams of two players in both a four-ball (or Team) and individual match play competition as follows:
  • In each of the four-ball matches, the lowest handicap player will play at scratch and each of the other three players in the group will receive the full difference in strokes as the strokes fall on the scorecard.
  • In the Individual matches, the highest handicap player of the two players will receive the full difference in strokes, as they fall on the scorecard, between his handicap and that of his opponent.
  • Individual – The players designated as the “A’s” compete against each other in an 18-hole match with the winner being awarded 2 points; tie match – 1 point to each team.
  • The “B” players also compete against each other in an 18-hole match with the winner being awarded 2 points; tie match – 1 point to each team.
  • Four-Ball – A Hatfield two-man team plays a McCoy two-man team in an 18-hole (four-ball) match with the winner being awarded 2 points; tie match – 1 point to each team.
  • Total possible points for one two-man team are six (6). Total possible points for the entire team depends on the number of teams in that year’s competition.
  • TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES (Play-off Matches) –
  • In the event of a tie, there shall be a sudden-death play-off, beginning on hole #1 to determine the winner of the match. Team captains will have selected one participant to represent their team at the Pairing Party.  The names will be placed in a sealed envelope to be opened in the event of a tie.
  • I. The sudden-death play-off will involve only the two individuals pre-selected by their Captains.
  • II. The sudden-death play-off will involve the same format of play as used during the regular match for an individual match, and the strokes will be assigned based on the highest handicap player of the two players receiving the full difference in strokes, as they fall on the scorecard, between his handicap and that of his opponent.

Individual Points

  • This is a postable round!!!!
  • All flights will be played from the blue tees except the last flight which will be played from the white tees.
  • All putts must be holed out, (no gimmies) unless ESC is reached.
  • All flights will be played for gross score.
  • All flights should pick up after triple bogey. Post your most likely score not to exceed ESC.
  • The ball is to be played as it lies unless otherwise stated in the clubhouse on Saturday morning.
  • Ties will be determined with a scorecard playoff of the back nine score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the first 9 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it we will go to the 18 hole score and if that doesn’t decide it we go by hardest handicap hole to the easiest Everybody’s target # will be determined by (36) minus the player’s course handicap. Max course handicap is 36.
    • Example: A 12 handicap target # is 24 points. The # of total points minus your target # is what is how the winners are determined.
  • Range finders that measure yardage only are allowed.
  • USGA Rules apply except when superseded by local rules.
  • Scoring Format:
    • Double bogies or worse – -1 point
    • Bogies- +1 point
    • Par- +2 points
    • Birdies- +4 points
    • Eagles- +8 points
    • Double Eagles- +16 points

Irish Rumble

  • This is a postable round
  • Each team will be comprised of three or four players. There will be an A, B, C and hopefully a D player.
  • The A and B players will play from the Blue tees, the C and D players will play from the White tees.
  • Each team will consist of (hopefully) four players we might have some three player teams so these teams will take par as a partner on (18) since you must post four scores on the 18th hole. Each team member will play each hole as an individual but part of a team. The first six holes (1-6) the team will post one net score, the next six holes (7-12) the team will post two net scores, holes (13-17) the team will post three net scores, then on (18) your team will post all four net scores.
  • Each player will play the own ball throughout the tournament.
  • We will play the ball down if possible but depends on weather and conditions.
  • The winning team will be the team with the lowest NET total. Par for ( 1 score counts) is 23 par for ( 2 scores count) would be 46 par for ( 3 scores count) would be 60 and par for the ( 4 scores count) hole would be 16. So if your team shot even par for all holes your total team score would be 145.
  • Ties will be determined with a scorecard playoff of the back nine score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 6 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 3 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it we will go to the front 9 hole score, then the last 6 holes on the front 9, if still not settled then the last 3 holes on the front 9. If that doesn’t decide it we go by hardest handicap hole to the easiest.
  • Range finders that measure yardage only are allowed.
  • USGA Rules apply except when superseded by local rules.

Keep It Simple Sandbaggers

This is a straight forward simple tournament to allow us to post an early season tournament round.

  • This is a postable round.
  • The field is divided into five Divisions based upon handicap index and age. Players may choose to compete in any Division in which they are eligible.
    • Men A: 7.9 index or less (all ages, Blue Tees)
    • Men B: 8.0 index or higher (all ages, Blue Tees);
    • Senior Men A: 7.9 index or less (age 55+,White Tees);
    • Senior Men B: 8.0 index or higher (age 55+,White Tees);
    • Super Sr Men: No index restriction (age 65+, White tees).
  • Lift, clean and place in your own fairway.
  • Root and rock rule in effect ‘between the tree lines’ on the Reynolds Course. Confirm with your playing partners before taking any relief. You may move your ball one club length.
  • 18 hole stroke play event.
  • Your scorecard shall be returned to the Tournament Committee with appropriate number of signatures. If all Players are on one scorecard, all four players must sign the scorecard. Individual scorecards must be signed by the player and the marker. A scorecard is deemed returned when the score is posted on the scoreboard.
  • Payouts will be Net and Gross within each Division, with the number of payouts determined by the number of entries in each Division. At a minimum, there will be a 1st Gross and 1st Net paid in each Division. Player will be paid the highest payout they are eligible for.
  • Ties will be determined with a scorecard playoff of the back nine score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 6 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 3 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it we will go to the front 9 hole score, then the last 6 holes on the front 9, if still not settled then the last 3 holes on the front 9. If that doesn’t decide it we go by hardest handicap hole to the easiest.

Member/Guest

  • You must sign up as a two person team – the TGA will not assign partners
  • USGA Rules of Golf will apply with one exception noted below.  Additionally, TGA Tournament Protocols are in use (click here to view them).  Any additional local rules will be posted before each round.Exception: We are waiving rule 7.1b, Practice Between Rounds for Saturday afternoon.  If, after Saturdays morning round you would like to play more golf on EITHER course, you are free to do so without penalty.
  • These are postable rounds, and scores will be posted by the Handicap committee
  • There is no maximum handicap differential.  Teams will be assigned based on total team handicap.  However, if the handicaps are drastically different, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to manually assign teams to different flights.
  • Four ball stroke play (best ball of the two players) both days.
  • All flights will play from the Blue tees except the final flight, which will be from the White.
  • Flights will be determined based on the combined handicaps of the team and payouts will be determined based on the number of entrants.
  • All flights will play gross except the final flight, which will be Net.
  • Both players should play out the hole and record the Best Ball of the pair. To speed up play, you may pick up once your partner has completed the hole and you can no longer improve on the team score.
  • All putts must be holed out. No gimmies.
  • The ball is to be played as it lies unless otherwise stated in the clubhouse on Saturday morning.
  • Remember to sign and attest your scorecards.
  • If there is a question on a ruling, play 2 balls and ask for a ruling in the pro shop.
  • If two teams tie for first place, there shall be a sudden-death playoff, beginning on #1.
  • Flight winner takes 1st place in Calcutta.
  • Ties second or third place will be determined with a scorecard playoff of the back nine score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 6 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 3 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it we will go to the front 9 hole score, then the last 6 holes on the front 9, if still not settled then the last 3 holes on the front 9. If that doesn’t decide it we go by hardest handicap hole to the easiest.
  • For Calcutta purposes, any ties other than 1st place will be split equally.
  • The Calcutta purse stays within the flight.
  • Range finders that measure yardage only are allowed.

Member/Member

  • Players may pick their own partner, or sign up as an individual and the Tournament Committee will assign partners.
  • There is no maximum handicap differential between partners.  However, if the handicaps are drastically different, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to manually assign teams to different Divisions.
  • USGA Rules of Golf will apply with one exception noted below.  Additionally, TGA Tournament Protocols are in use (click here to view them).  Any additional local rules will be posted before each round.
    • Exception: We are waiving rule 7.1b, Practice Between Rounds for Saturday afternoon.  If, after Saturdays morning round you would like to play more golf on EITHER course, you are free to do so without penalty.
  • Range finders that measure yardage only are allowed.
  • Four-ball stroke play (best ball of the two players) both days.
  • Field divided into multiple Divisions.  Players may choose to compete in any Division in which they are eligible.
    • Men’s A Division (Blue Tees);
    • Men’s B Division (White Tees);
    • Men’s C Division: (Black tees Championship / White tees Reynolds).
  • A minimum of four entries is required to create a Division. Division changes are not allowed after entries close.
  • Payouts will be Net and Gross within each Division, with the number of payouts determined by the number of entries in each Division.  At a minimum, there will be a 1st Gross and 1st Net paid in each Division. Player will be paid the highest payout they are eligible for.
  • Both players should play out the hole and record the Best Ball of the pair. To speed up play, you may pick up once your partner has completed the hole and you can no longer improve on the team score.
  • All putts must be holed out. No gimmies.
  • The ball is to be played as it lies unless otherwise stated in the clubhouse on Saturday morning.
  • Your scorecard shall be returned to the Tournament Committee with appropriate number of signatures.  A scorecard is deemed returned when the score is posted on the scoreboard.
  • If there is a question on a ruling, play 2 balls and ask for a ruling in the pro shop.
  • If there is a tie for 1st place (Gross or Net), there will be a sudden-death playoff to determine the winner.  Resolution of ties for other positions will be determined by the USGA recommended method.
  • Overall Division winner takes 1st place in Calcutta.  Other places will be split among eligible teams.
  • All other ties will be determined with a scorecard playoff of the back nine score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 6 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 3 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it we will go to the front 9 hole score, then the last 6 holes on the front 9, if still not settled then the last 3 holes on the front 9. If that doesn’t decide it we go by hardest handicap hole to the easiest.
  • For Calcutta purposes, any ties other than 1st place will be split equally.
  • The Calcutta purse stays within the Division.

Red, White and Blue

  • This is not a postable round due to the mixed use of tees.
  • It will be played as an 18-hole stroke play event.
  • Lift, Clean, and Place; you may place your ball within one club length no closer to the hole in your own fairway.
  • Each player selects the 6 holes to play from the Red Tees, the White Tees, and the Blue Tees.  Please play the tee markers, not the plates.
  • Prior to arriving at the course, please have a reasonably good idea/strategy of which tees you’ll play – please don’t plan to ‘make it up as you go along’.
    As you depart the green, please inform your partners which tee you plan to play on the next hole.
  • The scorekeeper is responsible for recording each players score, and clearly indicating which tee.  The player is responsible for verifying they have played six holes from each tee.
  • Please keep pace with the group in front of you, and play ready golf.
  • Ties will be determined with a scorecard playoff of the back nine score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 6 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 3 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it we will go to the front 9 hole score, then the last 6 holes on the front 9, if still not settled then the last 3 holes on the front 9. If that doesn’t decide it we go by hardest handicap hole to the easiest.
  • Range finders that measure yardage only are allowed.
  • USGA Rules apply except when superseded by local rules.

Senior Club Championship

  • You must be 55 years of age to be eligible.
  • This is a postable round, and will be posted as a Tournament round by the Handicap committee.
  • USGA Rules apply except when superseded by local rules.
  • Standard TGA Protocol Rules apply.
  • Range finders that measure yardage only are allowed.
  • The format is a 36 hole stroke play event.
  • The number of flights will be determined based upon the number of entries.
  • The first day will be played on the Reynolds Course.  Each flight will play the Blue tees.
  • The second day will be played on the Championship Course.  Each flight will play the White tees.
  • Each flight will play Gross except the final flight.
  • The final flight will play Net.
  • The overall Senior Club Champion can come from any Gross flight.
  • Your scorecard shall be returned to the Tournament Committee with two signatures. A scorecard is deemed returned when the score is posted on the scoreboard.
  • The player returning the lowest 36 hole score in each flight will be declared the winner of the flight.  If there is a tie for 1st place, there will be a sudden-death playoff to determine the winner.  Resolution of ties for other positions will be determined by the USGA recommended method.

Texas Scramble

  • This is NOT a postable round!!!!
  • Teams will be composed of A-B-C-D players as assigned by the computer.
  • The A-B players will play the Blue tees.  The C-D players will play the White tees.
  • Each player will be given 50% of their handicap.
  • Each player shall hit a drive and the best one is chosen. From there, each player plays his own ball the rest of the hole.
  • One gross score and one net score are required for each hole and must come from different players.  Putts must be holed for these scores.
  • On Par 3’s, you will still select the best tee ball and everyone would play/putt from that point.
  • If you are out of the hole – please pick up.
  • One scorecard per group shall be returned to the Tournament Committee with two signatures. A scorecard is deemed returned when the score is posted on the scoreboard.
  • Ties will be determined with a scorecard playoff of the back nine score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 6 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it will go to the last 3 hole score, if that doesn’t decide it we will go to the front 9 hole score, then the last 6 holes on the front 9, if still not settled then the last 3 holes on the front 9. If that doesn’t decide it we go by hardest handicap hole to the easiest.
  • Range finders that measure yardage only are allowed.
  • USGA Rules apply except when superseded by local rules.

TGA Players Championship

  • Only current year tournament winners are eligible. If you have not won a tournament, or been part of a winning team this year, you are not eligible.
  • This is the 11th tournament of the year, and not officially covered by the TGA. Therefore, there is a $10 entry fee.
  • This is a postable Tournament round.
  • USGA Rules apply except when superseded by local rules.
  • Local rule 1: Stones AND LEAVES in bunkers are movable obstructions. Please inform your fellow competitors before removing them
  • Local rule 2: If ball is lost in leaves, free drop at spot agreed to by fellow competitors. The lost ball should be in a place where you would not have lost it under normal conditions (i.e. if you’re 50 yards in the woods, this exception does NOT apply…). No penalty stroke.
  • Local rule 3: #5 Rule: If you can’t make it across the pond on #5, your drop zone is anywhere on the ladies tee box. Standard penalty stroke applies (you’re laying two, and hitting three).
  • Standard TGA Protocol Rules apply.
  • Range finders that measure yardage only are allowed.
  • The format is a 18 hole stroke play event.
  • Flights: None. Based on handicap INDEX. Any player with a single digit INDEX plays the Blue tees. Any player with a double digit INDEX can play the White tees.
  • FLIGHT WINNERS: We pay the top three gross places, and the top six net places
  • Your scorecard shall be returned to the Tournament Committee with two signatures. A scorecard is deemed returned when the score is posted on the scoreboard.
  • The player returning the lowest 18 hole score in each flight will be declared the winner of the flight. If there is a tie for 1st place, the winner will be determined by the USGA recommended method.

Tough Day

  • This is a postable round, and will be posted as a Tournament round by the Handicap committee.
  • USGA Rules apply except when superseded by local rules.
  • Local rule 1: Stones AND LEAVES in bunkers are movable obstructions. Please inform your fellow competitors before removing them
  • Local rule 2: If ball is lost in leaves, free drop at spot agreed to by fellow competitors. The lost ball should be in a place where you would not have lost it under normal conditions (i.e. if you’re 50 yards in the woods, this exception does NOT apply…). No penalty stroke.
  • Local rule 3: #5 Rule: If you can’t make it across the pond on #5, your drop zone is anywhere on the ladies tee box. Standard penalty stroke applies (you’re laying two, and hitting three).
  • Standard TGA Protocol Rules apply.
  • Range finders that measure yardage only are allowed.
  • The format is a 18 hole stroke play event.
  • The number of flights will be determined based upon the number of entries. Typically all the but the final two flights will play the GOLD tees. The final two flights will play the BLUE tees. The final flight will play net, using 80% of their handicap
  • Your scorecard shall be returned to the Tournament Committee with two signatures. A scorecard is deemed returned when the score is posted on the scoreboard.
  • The player returning the lowest 18 hole score in each flight will be declared the winner of the flight. If there is a tie for 1st place, the winner will be determined by the USGA recommended method.

52 weekends, 11 tournaments, 1 round of fun