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The Board has had several meetings in planning our 2021 season. A tentative schedule is posted.


The Board would like to say "Thank You" to our members for managing a very difficult situation last year. Remember that 2019 was the perfect storm. The course was under new management, the restaurant was not open in the beginning of the year and Mother Nature provided us with one of the wettest springs in recent memory. None of these singularly caused any specific issues but all combined it made for a tumultuous beginning to the year. Then last year we were faced with the Covid-19 panademic. Again another tough start to the year but overall the club came together to make the best of a bad situation. Overall our membership was up, prizes were up and tournaments came off without any hitches.


This year's curve ball appears as damage to several greens by ATV riders. Repair has been done to the green's but the effect will be noticeable throughout the year. Thought has been given to using temporary greens while the damage heals.

We ask your understanding and patience while the crew works to repair the greens.


Just a reminder that we have a C Flight in order to widen the field of competition. The C Flight included golfers with course handicap ratings of 17 and over. After reviewing the results and looking at our current membership and handicap ratings, last years flights were set as follows:.  A - 0 to 9 ; B -10 to 14 ; C - 15 and over. Once the season begins we will review the flights to ensure an equitable field.


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.


NEW SENIOR TEES


New for 2021 will be the addition of a Senior category using the Yellow tees. In order to play from the Yellow tees you must be 60 years of age and carry a handicap of 16 or more. If you meet these requirements and choose to play from the Yellow tees you must state this when signing up for a tournament. You will be allowed to switch back to the White tees if you choose at a later date but you may do this only once. If you decide to go back to the White tees you will remain using White tees for the remainder of the year.

Players choosing to use the Yellow tees will compete in the C Flight for tournaments. This is in effect only for Individual tournaments. Scrambles and other tournaments that require all players to use White tees will still be in effect.

Keep in mind that all handicaps are based off the White tees. So if you are a 16, when moving to the Yellow tees you will lose strokes and may be playing as a 12.


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


Starting last year the GHIN System has been replace 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. Details will be provided to our members but in the meantime 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 $25.00.

HYDE PARK GOLF COURSE RATING


TeeLengthCourse Rating/Slope RatingFront 9Back 9
Blue618369.9/12635.9/12934.0/122
White592268.7/12335.4/12733.3/118
Senior506364.8/11033.0/11631.8/103
Red501969.3/12035.5/12033.8/119


*** 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.


JACO'S CUP

SOON TO BE UPDATED!!
Thanks to Jaco's Pizzeria who sponsors our version of the Fedex Cup. Let's all participate, have fun and feel free to offer up suggestions.

This will be a year long event and is a total point system based on ALL tournaments.
Points cannot be earned unless dues are paid.
Handicap scores, all players in one flight
Anyone posting a score in any tournament will receive points. 

Points will be awarded as follows:

 If there are 20 players who posted scores first place will receive 20 points, second place 19 points, third place 18 points and so forth with the last place person receiving 1 point.  When two or more players tie with the same score the points for those postions will be added together and distributed evenly. For example, three players shoot 80 and are in the third spot of a 40 man tournament. So they are in point slots 38, 37 and 36. Those points will be added together and divided among all three players so each would receive 37 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 18 points, both individuals for second place will receive 17 points and so on with the last place team each receiving 1 point.
The Club Championship and the A and B Team Qualifier 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

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding your point total please use the Contact Us form above. I will gladly contact you to correct any mistakes and review any issues.

You can download a spreadsheet that shows points earned for each individual tournament by clicking here

​Thru 7-25-21

Last Name First Name Total
Casero Jerry Sr. 431.5
Munro Jim 402.5
O'Callaghan Greg 361.5
Cuddy Dave 352.5
Buffone Phil 306
Spanbauer John 306
Ross Dave 300
Rickard Tim 290.5
Vitello Joe 270
Shanahan Dan 264.5
Burge Jeff 241
Perry Jojo 240.5
Tierney Matt 238
O'Donnell Bob 233.5
Clingersmith Bill 232.5
Ciurczak Dave 222.5
Fabrizio Al 220.5
Spanbauer Mike 217
Oliveira Mike 214.5
Horn Rick 212
Duff Chris 211
Ciurczak Jim 209.5
Clingersmith Dave 198.5
Stott Rob 189
Williams Rick 188.5
Demunda Paul 183.5
Bellegia Chris 178.5
Spacone Bob 177.5
Holody Phil 174
Aceti Larry 174
Casero Jerry Jr. 162
Crocker Doug 161.5
Perry Chris 154
Ciccarelli Pat 151
Wager Drew 148.5
Lodick Nick 143.5
Rickard Duane 141
Corsaro Gary Jr. 140.5
Tedesco Tom Jr. 139.5
Teeto Tom Sr. 137.5
Jacob Mike 129.5
Wood Lloyd 128.5
Zendano Rocco 127.5
McLeod Brad 125.5
Signore Gerry 125.5
Radt Doug 119
Reynolds Dave 118.5
Destino Joe 116.5
Richardson Neil 115
Hood Steve 106.5
Genua Vito 91
Peterson Len 90
Johns Eric 85.5
Magliazzo Aaron 83.5
Shanahan Matt 83
Stott Dave 79
Hood Greg 73
Hanna Tom Sr. 70
Bane Gerry 66.5
Luchese Tony 59
O'Callaghan Dan Jr. 53.5
Drongosky Chris 50
Briglio Joe 49.5
Tubinis Dave 48.5
Carrol Chris 45
Deering Tom 45
Evans Mike 44
Haig Dave 39.5
Teeto Tom Jr. 29.5
Gravino Brandon 29
Smith Ryan 27
Freeman Ryan 26.5
Jacob Joe 25.5
Kajfasz Stosh 25
Rader Kevin 25
Hanna Tom Jr. 25
McCue Andy 24
Bevilaqua Gary Jr. 24
Ventresca Tony 23
O'Callaghan Dan Sr. 23
Genua Joseph 23
Meteer Doug 19.5
Merrell Chris 19.5
Dubois Paul 17.5
Pratt Terry 16
Nearhoff Fran 15
Ricotta Mike 2
Ricotta Nick 2
Cummings Woody 1.5
Packer Mike 1



A FLIGHT
B FLIGHT
C FLIGHT
SCRATCH
 Dave Ciurczak
Greg O'CallaghanVito Genua
HANDICAP
Rick HornPhil BuffoneRob Stott


Adopt-A-Hole

In an effort to help police the course and help with the overall appearance and conditions, the club is starting an Adopt-A-Hole program similar to other clubs. Click on the Adopt-A-Hole title to learn more.

CURRENT CLUB CHAMPIONS

RULES OF GOLF

As you should be aware the USGA and the R & A have adopted some new rules and rule changes governing the game of golf. 


Below are some of the rules that you need to be aware of:


  • Out of Bounds or Lost Ball - The U.S.G.A rule in tournament play still calls for you to replay your shot from the original spot of play. They have allowed a local rule to be adopted that we will adopt. You still have the option of replaying the shot from the original spot, but you also now have the option of taking a two stroke and distance penalty. First, estimate where your ball is or where it went out of bounds. Imagine a straight line running from the hole through your estimated point. Next, estimate a point on the nearest edge of the fairway that is the same distance from the hole. Imagine a straight line running from the hole through that estimated point. Your relief area is two club lengths outside the two imaginary lines or anywhere between them but not nearer the hole where you estimated your original ball was lost. You cannot use this local rule if your ball was lost in a penalty or if a provisional ball was played. As an example if your tee shot is hit out of bounds you may elect to not re-tee but rather drop a ball per this local rule. You would be playing your fourth stroke. (Tee shot 1, Out of Bounds Penalty 2, Drop 3, Hitting 4.
  • To see a video of this explanation click HERE.


  • Rake & Place in Sand Traps - Remember that raking in a trap is an option. You are not required to do it. If you elect to rake the trap you are required to drop the ball from a height of at least 6 inches. You are no longer allowed to place the ball. If you deem there is interference by an abnormal course condition you may use the following:
    • The nearest point of relief and the relief must be in the bunker.
    • If there is no such nearest point of complete relief in the bunker, you may still take this relief by using the point of maximum available relief in the bunker as the reference point
    • Penalty Relief by playing outside the bunker (Back on the line of relief) for one penalty stroke.
    • ClickHEREfor a complete U.S.G.A. guideline


  • Lift, Clean & Place - After cleaning your ball you have a maximum area of 12 inches no nearer the hole to place it back into play. You are not allowed to change surfaces meaning you are not allowed to move it from the rough to the fairway or from the fringe onto the green.


  • Grounding Club in a Hazard - You are now allowed to ground your club within a hazard (not a sand trap) with no penalty.


  • Double Hitting - There will no longer be a penalty for double hitting a ball with one swing.


  • Lost Ball Time Limit - The time allowed to look for a lost ball has been reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes. This time starts when the player who hit the shot arrives and begins looking. It is always recommended that the player hit a provisional ball in order to speed up play.


  • ​Taking Relief - The relief area is measured by taking 1 or 2 club lengths using the longest club in your bag excluding a putter.


  • Dropping Procedure - The ball must be dropped straight down from knee height while in a standing position.


  • Putting - You now have the option to leave the flagstick in while putting. If the flagstick is attended while putting it must be pulled once the ball has been putted.


Again these are only some of the new rule changes for 2019. We highly recommend you acquire a rule book or search the web to review all the changes for 2019.