Hyde Park Golf Club
CURRENT CLUB CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to this year's club members who have recorded a Hole-In-One
Doug Crocker - Hole 14
|A FLIGHT||B FLIGHT||C FLIGHT|
|SCRATCH|| Jim Munro||Chris Bellegia||Dave Meeter|
Just a reminder that we have a C Flight in order to widen the field of competition. The C Flight includes golfers with course handicap ratings of 15 and over. After reviewing the results and looking at our current membership and handicap ratings, flights are set as follows:. A - 0 to 9 ; B -10 to 14 ; C - 15 and over.
We will maintain that the required players for a Flight to qualify in a tournament is 8. So if 8 players are in any Flight for a tournament it will count. If less than 8 players are in the B Fight they will move up to the A Flight. If less than 8 players are in the C Flight they will move up to the B Flight.
SENIOR TEES AND TOURNAMENTS
Any player 65 years of age with a handicap of 13 or more can play from the Senior tees in all tournaments with the noted exceptions. So for example, if a player has a handicap of 14 from the White tees and is 65 years of age or older, he may play from the Senior tees with an adjusted handicap of 7 but will be playing in the B Flight based on his 14 handicap from the White.
An additional change for this year concerning tournaments is that players will play from their assigned tees in ALL tournaments, meaning that in 2 Man Best Ball, Scrambles etc., A-Flight players will play from the Blue tees, B & C Flight players will play from the White tees, and Seniors meeting the 65 years of age and 13 or over handicap can play from the Yellow tees. Handicaps will be adjusted accordingly.
Once again we would like to stress the importance of managing your tee time. If your posted Tee time is 11am, it IS 11am. Not 10:30 or 10:40. Jumping out before the actual starting time of a tournament unless specifically approved by the golf course management and the Board member at the registration table will be cause for disqualification. If a group is not ready to play at their assigned Tee time, you are not to jump in just because your group is ready unless told to by the board member at the registration table. If a gap occurs because a group is not ready the Board member in charge will move groups up accordingly. Having said all of this, please arrive at the course and check in at least 20 minute prior to you posted Tee time.
GHIN-WHS HANDICAPPING SYSTEM
The GHIN System has been replaced with the World Handicap System (WHS). This should prove to be a more equitable means of acquiring a handicap and keep it current on a day to day basis. Please click on WHS to learn more about it.
The GHIN handicapping system worked very well and was well received by the membership. All paid members are provided with a GHIN number in order to access the system and enter in their scores. Moving to the GHIN system provides you with the ability to see your handicap at anytime should you choose to play in a tournament elsewhere. For those that do not have access to a computer or smart phone in order to enter your scores, cards can still be dropped into our club box and your score will be entered by one of the GHIN committee members. Anyone wishing to have a GHIN handicap on file for participation in the WNYPLGA and BDGA tournaments only, and not participate in our club tournaments, may do so by becoming an Associate Member. Cost is $40.00.
HYDE PARK GOLF COURSE RATING
|Tee||Length||Course Rating/Slope Rating||Front 9||Back 9|
*** A USGA Course Rating is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for a scratch golfer under normal course and weather conditions. It is expressed as strokes taken to one decimal place, and is based on yardage and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring ability of a scratch golfer.
*** A Slope Rating evaluates the relative playing difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers. The lowest Slope Rating is 55 and the highest is 155. A golf course of standard playing difficulty has a Slope Rating of 113.
The Below May Help Explain How the GHIN System Works
Golf is a unique game in that anyone can compete with anyone else, regardless of skill level. This is thanks to handicapping.
Handicapping is implemented via the World Handicap System. This system, jointly governed worldwide by the USGA and R&A, levels the playing field and enables golfers of all abilities to compete on a fair basis. No matter your skill level, if you have a handicap index, you can compete with another golfer in a fair competition, in any format, on any course, anywhere in the world. olf is a unique game in that anyone can compete with anyone else, regardless of skill level. This is thanks to handicapping.
However, despite the utility of handicapping, many golfers have a fundamental misunderstanding of how handicap indexes work. That’s where we come in. Below, you’ll find five handicap-index misconceptions and some explanations we hope clear things up.
Myth #1: A handicap index represents your average score
Many golfers have a fundamental misunderstanding of what a handicap index actually represents. They hear someone is a 2 handicap and assume that golfer should shoot two over par every time they tee it up. That is far from the truth.
“A handicap index, in basic terms, is a numerical value that represents a golfer’s demonstrated ability,” says the USGA’s Assistant Director of Handicap Education and Outreach Lee Rainwater. “Ultimately, we say that because we’re not looking at a golfer’s average. We are looking at how a golfer is capable of performing on a golf course.”
“Demonstrated ability” is a key phrase here.
Myth #2: You should shoot your handicap every time
This is directly related to No. 1. Again, handicap index does not represent your expected score every time you play. It is a reflection of demonstrated ability, not average ability. It can be frustrating not to play to your potential — but that’s kind of the point, too.
“It’s actually expected that in any given round, you’re going to shoot two, four, five strokes higher than your handicap index,” Rainwater says. “And it could be higher than that if you just have a poor day. Golfers vary from a standpoint of consistency. But generally, one in every four to five rounds you will play to your handicap.”
Myth #3: A handicap index counts all your scores
Another misconception comes from the way a handicap index is actually calculated. As noted above, many golfers think a handicap index refers to an average of your scores. This is partially true, but not completely accurate.
Per the USGA’s website, “your handicap index is calculated by averaging the best eight score differentials out of your most recent 20 scores.”
Each time you tee it up, it is more likely than not that it won’t affect your handicap index. Unless it’s one of your eight best rounds, that score will get dropped. So, next time that 2 handicap in your group has an off day, don’t automatically assume it’s a vanity handicap.
Myth #4: All scores are created equal (Pt. 1)
Score differential is a key ingredient in handicap index calculation, but it’s not widely understood. For a proper explanation, we turn to the USGA’s handicap FAQs.
“A score differential measures the performance of a round in relation to the relative difficulty of the course that was played, measured by the course rating and slope rating,” the USGA explains. “The result of the daily playing conditions calculation is also included in the score differential calculation, which may provide an adjustment if course and/or weather conditions significantly impacted scores on that day.”
The score differential formula is as follows:
(113 / Slope Rating) x (Adjusted Gross Score – Course Rating – PCC adjustment)
Myth #5: All scores are created equal (Pt. 2)
Golf scores, like many things in life, require nuance to interpret. A pair of 78s from two different courses could count in different ways for handicap purposes. This is because score differential is used to calculate your handicap, and not raw scores in relation to par.
“We’re looking at your scores in relation to the course rating and the slope rating being played,” Rainwater says. “Someone might see a score and simply compare it to par, and it gives a distorted view about performance. Shooting an 82 on a really difficult course may very well be a much more impressive performance than a 78 on an easier course. We focus on the score in relation to the difficulty of the course to drive the handicap index.”
This will be a year long event and is a total point system based on ALL club tournaments.
Points cannot be earned unless dues are paid.
Handicap scores, all players in one flight
Points will be awarded as follows:
NEW SCORING SYSTEM IN PLACE
There will be a maximum of 35 points available in any tournament with a minimum of 35 players. Points will be awarded as before with the winner getting 35 points, second getting 34 points etc. If there are 40 players, again the maximum number of points available will be 35 meaning the persons placing in spots 36 through 40 will receive zero points.
If less then 35 players are competing the maximum points available will be adjusted accordingly. So if 25 players are competing the maximum number of points will be adjusted to 25 meaning all players would receive points.
In team events such as a Two Man Best Ball the following system will be used. If 18 teams (36 players) enter and post scores both individuals from the first place team will receive 35 points, both individuals for second place will receive 34 points and so on with the last place team receiving zero points.
The Club Championship and the final ABC Individual will be considered Major Tournaments and points awarded will be doubled. If 25 players post scores the first place finisher will receive 50 points, second 48 points, and so on with the last place person receiving 2 points.
Gift Cards will be awarded as follows:
1st Place - $75
2nd Place - $60
3rd Place - $50
4th Place - $30
5th Place - $25
Kau,eyer Cup standings will no longer be posted here.
Kaumeyer Cup standings are available through the Golf Genius web site link sent out following each tournament.