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Molson Senior Men's League Guidelines (Revised 2018)

 

 

 

The following notes describe how the Molson Senior Men’s League will work this coming year (2018).  Currently the Men's League is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 3rd (7:30).  Visit or call the Pro Shop to select a tee time.

Time

The Men's Senior Golf games are to be played on Thursday morning starting about 30 minutes after the course opens. A sign-up sheet will be provided to allow players to select a tee time for the following week. Tee Times for the current week should be placed on the bulletin board in the Pro Shop (and/or Club House) no later than the Monday of that week; usually posted after the current week’s game. Allowance will be made to allow people to sign up on sheet during the week prior to game. The sheet will be taken down prior to start of the Thursday game.

 

Events

The season will consist of about 20 events throughout the season with 3 of the events being special events.

  • ·         Opening scramble, shot gun start with breakfast before
  • ·         Mid Season, match play, shot gun start, different meals for winners/losers
  • ·         Closing scramble, shot gun start with meal after

Scores will be kept on an individual basis for all games except above special events (to help establish handicap for Thursdays playing only) but may be grouped (afterwards) for some games played as team events. All three special events are team games. All games are 9-hole events played on the back-9 holes.  Alternative game formats may be used instead of those listed above.

 

Note – if 18 hole players are added, scores for the back nine will be the only ones recorded.  Tee times will be co-ordinated for a best fit for the course.

 

Team games may consist of either 2 or 4 players.  In the case of 4 player teams, if only 3 players are available, one player may two balls to event the balls played.

 

Scramble – all players on the team will tee a ball, best ball is chosen, all team players hit the ball from that chosen location and so on to the end of the hole.  One score per team is recorded.  Each player’s first shot must be counted at least once per game.

 

Alternative Game Formats for Specials

 

Champagne Scramble (Shamble) – first shot is best ball, then players play their own ball for the rest of the shots.  The best score is used.

Better Ball of Best Ball – each player plays the hole as normal.  Best score per the team is used.

Alternate Shot – teams of 2 players take turns hitting the ball.

Match Play – each player of 2 man teams plays their own ball, lowest score is used.  If one team has a lower score than the other team, then they win the point.  A tie is worth half a point.

Alternate Match Play – each team of 2 players plays one ball alternately.  Lowest score wins 1 point, a tie is halved.

 

Scoring

With the exception of the special scramble events noted above, scores should be recorded for each individual playing to help establish handicaps. A limit should be placed on strokes per hole of no more than three strokes over par per hole.

 

All each player has to do is keep track of the number of strokes he took on each hole and enter them on the score card provided to the group.  The scorecards are turned in at the Pro Shop at the end of the game.

 

Results will be calculated from these scorecards and posted at the beginning of the next week.

 

Points Handicap System

A Points Handicap System will be established for people playing in the Senior's games using a modified Stableford system of "3 strokes over par". For example, once a person has hit the ball 3 strokes over par and can't obtain any points, he can pick the ball up and card "3 over for the hole. For a par 4 hole, the maximum number of strokes a golfer is allowed is to enter is 7, so he would enter 7 strokes (3 over par).

 

The points needed for the next week will be updated and posted along with the scores at the beginning of the next week. For those interested in how the points handicaps for the Senior's games are calculated, see the following comments.

 

Calculation of Handicaps

 

The points needed for the Senior Games (designated as PTSn) are recalculated from the standard PGA handicaps because of the points system being used. For example, if the golfer had a PGA handicap of 17, he would be expected to score on average 89 [ 72 + 17 | on a PAR 72 course. To convert to the 3-strokes over Stableford-style point system on the Lindsay course, I would remove 3 strokes (assume back is 3 strokes easier than the front) and divide by 2 to arrive the number 7. I would expect he would play the back at 7 over [431 and the front at 10 over [46] for his total of 89.

 

Considering a baseline of 63 (not the Stableford standard 54) for 3-strokes over instead of the standard 2-strokes over. If he shot his 43, he should make 20 points [ 20 = 63-431. So, his points needed (PTSn) would be 20.

 

The handicap is updated after each game to reflect how the golfer played his last game. The handicap system is weighted so that it goes up faster (rounded half of difference) than it comes down (maximum of 1 stroke reduction).

 

Estimated PGA Handicap

 

To help people understand how the points they need to make each week relates to their normal handicap, an added column is shown on the weekly score sheet labeled “=PGA handicap”.  Whereas the normal PGA handicap is based on the best 10 games of the last 20 played, the :=PGA handicap” is a reflection only of how you are playing based on your last few Molson senior games played and the points currently needed.  The two handicap values may differ by a few strokes.

 

In the above example where a player shot 43, he should earn 20 points.  His estimated handicap (=PGAest Handicap) on the weekly score sheet will be 17.  This is based on him scoring 7 above par on the back nine and estimating 10 (3 strokes harder) on the front nine.  It will change rapidly with his weekly play, depending on how good his last few games were.

Example 1

If a golfer plays better than expected (lower score), he would have earned more points. For example, if a golfer had a PTSn of 15 (48 strokes on the back 9) and shot a game of 43 strokes, he would have earned 20 points (details not provided). He would be 5 strokes better than his handicap for "+5" points [20-15]. He would be eligible for the weekly Payout.

 

His updated handicap is rounded down to the nearest point. His new adjusted handicap (PTSadj) for the next week will be PTSn (15) + 5/2 = 17.5 . This is rounded down to 17. So, his PTSn for next week will be 17. He needs to make more than 17 points the next week.

Example 2

If a golfer played worse than he expected (higher score), he would have earned fewer points. For example, if a golfer had a PTSn of 15 (48 strokes on the back 9) and shot a game of 53 strokes, he would have earned only 10 points (details not provided). He would be 5 strokes lower than his handicap for "-5" points [10-15]. He would not be eligible for the weekly Payout.

 

His updated handicap can only be lowered by one point. His new adjusted handicap (PTSadj) for the next week will be PTSn (15) - 1 = 14. So, his PTSn for next week will be 14. He needs to make more than 14 points the next week

 

On a Point System, the points accumulated would be as follows

 

Shifted Stableford 3-Stroke Scoring

3 over par

0 points

2 over par

1 point

1 over par

2 points

par

3 points

1 under par

4 points

2 under par

5 points

 

Handicaps and scoring will be administered by Ken Lynes (designated person)

Payment System

For the 2018 Season, we are looking at some changes. Instead of the mandatory $7 weekly fee, we are planning to go to a $5 fee for the basic game and optional fee for the extra categories — closest to hole, skins. Each category entered would cost an additional $1 for a maximum of $7 per week [assuming 2 categories].

The three special events which include a meal will be higher in price [TBD, probably in the $15-$20 range]

A total of $3 out of the $5 dollars would be kept and given to Jeanine for prizes for the closing event. The other $2 would be used for payments of the basic game.

Payouts for the basic game will use a modified Stableford system (maximum of 3 strokes over par per hole) which is a points system. Payments per person are rounded down to the nearest quarter. Distribution is based on how each person plays against their established Stableford handicap (HCPs). Payouts will be administered by Ted Clarke, designated person at this time

Payouts for "closest-to-hole" and "skins" will follow the system established by Russ and will be looked after Ted Clarke.  Payouts will occur at the next scheduled game.

 

Alternate Payment System for 2018

 

For the 2018 season, we will add options which allow players to pay all or part of the prize contribution at the beginning of the season.  Also, we are adding an option which allows players to opt out of the closing prizes which would add a number of players and boost the weekly payout.  Here are the payment options for the coming season.

 

1.     For those who do not want to be eligible for prizes at the closing, they would only pay $4.00

2.     Partial upfront fee of $20.00 for membership, pay $1.00 contribution for the prizes.  Pay $5.00 total.

3.     For those who do not want to pay a beginner’s membership, they would continue to pay the $3.00 towards the prizes and be eligible if they played 5 or more games.  Pay $7.00 total.

 

The second option would automatically qualify the player for a prize at the end of the season.

 

Prizes for Closing Event

 

For options 2 and 3 above, the $3 collected each week will go towards prises for the closing event. Names will be drawn for distribution of the prizes. Each eligible person will receive a prize. To be eligible for the draw, a player must have played a minimum of 5 times during the year.

 

A player’s name may be entered more than once for the draws to improve his odds of being selected early. His name is eliminated once he has been drawn (once or twice, depends on number of prizes, TBD).

 

Times Played

No of Entries

5 min

1

6 -10

2

11-13

3

14-16

4

17-19

5

 

If a person has not played a minimum of 5 games, he will not be eligible for the yearend prizes. However, if the player has played at least 5 games, he will have his name entered multiple times as shown in the chart above. Once his name has been selected, he becomes ineligible for further prizes even if his name is drawn again.

Petitioning for Changes

Because it is expected that not everyone will be happy with how we are running things, I think we need to create an orderly method of requesting a change. This could be presented to the members running the group (Ted Clarke and Ken Lynes at this time) either verbally or in written form by any of the players. A petition (written page describing requested change and place for Yes/No vote for each player) will be posted for a period of time (say 2 weeks) to allow input (check off YES/NO beside name on sheet). Acceptance requires a majority YES. (If not signed, assume a NO for player). If accepted, rules will be updated.