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Tournament Changes – 2018

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PPGA Spring Scramble This is the fifth year for the PPGA Spring Scramble and will take place Sunday, April 8 at the Kimberton GC. The tournament is two-person teams competing in a scramble format . There will also be senior and super-senior divisions. Player of the Year points will be awarded for this championship.

PPGA Team Championship The PPGA Team Championship replaces the PPGA Team Matches and is open to all golf clubs, PUBLIC or PRIVATE. The PPGA Team Championship will be contested over 18 holes of medal play at Five Ponds GC, Saturday, April 28. The college style tournament features six player teams, of which the top four 18-hole scores will count towards the team total. the team with the lowest total will be crowned the winner of the PPGA Team Championship. All contestants on a team must be active players from the same club/course. There will also be a senior division in the PPGA Team Championship and all team members must be 50 years of age or older, as of April 28, 2018. There is no limit on how many teams can be from a club/course.

PPGA Better-Ball Championship The PPGA introduces a net division for this year's PPGA Better-Ball Championship. All players competing on the net division must have an active GHIN handicap. The May 15 USGA handicap revision will be used for this championship. GHIN handicaps can be obtained through the PPGA (handicap application).

Philadelphia Better-Ball Championship   The 51st edition of the Philadelphia Better-Ball Championship will be decided by Match Play in the Championship Flight. Friday's round will serve as the qualifying round with the top 16 teams qualifying for Match Play. The teams that do not qualify for the Championship Flight will compete in stroke play in their flight over the final two days, (same as in the past). The Championship Flight will tee off first Saturday morning with the winners of the morning matches playing again in the afternoon. The semi-final matches will be Sunday morning with the championship match being played in the afternoon. The 12 teams in the Championship Flight that are eliminated from Match Play on Saturday will play an 18-hole flight shoot-out on Sunday.  The Senior Division for this championship is still 36-holes but the championship will be contested on Saturday and Sunday this year as opposed to Friday and Saturday as it has been in the past. Player of the Year points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up, semi-finalists and the teams in the championship flight recording the best cumulative scores from the Friday and Sunday rounds. If less than 15 teams complete play in the championship flight, the best score(s) in the other flights will be used to complete the fifteen teams receiving POY points.

PPGA Father-Son Championship   The PPGA introduces the father-son championship in 2018. The championship will be contested at Twin Ponds GC on Saturday, June 30 with a 1:30 shotgun start. The competition will be played in the chapman format. The chapman format is both players drive. Both players play a second shot htting the other's drive. The team then selects one ball to alternate hitting until the ball is in the hole. There will be two age divisions, sons aged 18 and under and sons aged 19 and over. There will also be divisions for father-daughter, mother-son and mother-daughter. There is no limit to the number of partners for a father or mother. There will also be a net division for this event. There will be a buffet dinner at the conclusion of the round. To be eligible to participate in the net division players must have an active GHIN handicap.  GHIN handicaps can be obtained through the PPGA (handicap application).

PPGA Mid-Amateur Championship   The PPGA Mid-Amateur Championship moves to Coatesville CC in 2018 and the championship date moves to Monday, August 6. The PPGA Mid-Amateur Championship is for players 25 years of age or older as of August 6, 2018.

Senior Divisions   The PPGA will again have senior divisions in all championships this year except the Mid-Amateur Championship. The senior divisions are for players 50 years of age or older and will be contested from a forward set of tees. There will also be a super senior division for players 60 and older if there are enough entrants.

PPGA Senior Championship  Lu Lu CC will again be the host course for the PPGA Senior Championship which will be contested on September 18. The Senior Championship is for players 50 years of age or older as of September 18, 2018. There will be three age groups for the PPGA Senior Championship, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. There will also be a net division in the Senior Championship. To be eligible to participate in the net division players must have an active GHIN handicap.  GHIN handicaps can be obtained through the PPGA (handicap application).

Atlantic Publinks Challenge   The "Atlantic Publinks Challenge" was unveiled in 2011 with great success. The PPGA emerged victorious in 2017 after falling to the BPGA in 2015 and 2016. The competition moves back to Baltimore this year. This is a team competition pitting players from the PPGA against a team of top players from the Baltimore area. The top finishers on the PPGA POY Points list qualify for the event and will represent the PPGA team. 

2018 PPGA POY Points   The PPGA introduced the "wrap-around season" for 2017 and will continue to do so in 2018 as the PPGA Fall Classic will be contested with 2018 POY points on the line. The top finishers in each event will be awarded points that will count towards the 2018 POY race.

PPGA Fall Scramble   The PPGA wraps-up the 2018 golf season with this "fun" event. Hopneybrook GC makes its debut as a PPGA host course. The championship will be contested on Sunday, October 28 with a 9:00 shotgun start. Teams are comprised of two individuals playing in a scramble format. There will also be a NET division for this event.

Player of the Year   POY points are awarded to ALL participants in PPGA tournaments. The highest player for both the POY and SPOY who has their handicap with the PPGA will be the PPGA representative in the GAP Tournament of Champions. The POY and SPOY races will also be used to determine the qualifiers to represent the PPGA team in the "Atlantic Publinks Challenge" matches against a team from Baltimore. Points accumulated through the Senior Championship to determine the Challenge Match team.


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