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Tournament Changes – 2017
PPGA Spring Scramble –
Philadelphia Better-Ball Championship – The 50th 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.
The PPGA Mid-Amateur Championship moves to Rancocas GC in 2017 and the championship date moves from August to Friday, May 5. The PPGA Mid-Amateur Championship is for players 25 years of age or older as of May 5, 2017.
The Donald Ross Better-Ball Championship – This event is extremely popular and well received by all participants in its first two seasons. The tournament is 36-holes of better-ball play. Saturday's play is a 1:00 shotgun start. There will be a buffet dinner in the main ball room after the conclusion of play. Breakfast will also be served before the start of Sunday's final round. All food is included as part of the tournament and compliments of Jeffersonville GC. The field will be cut into flights for the final round on Sunday and play will proceed with starting times off the first tee.
PPGA Senior Championship – Lu Lu CC makes its debut as a host course for a PPPGA Championship. The PPGA Senior Championship which will be contested on September 19. The Senior Championship is for players 50 years of age or older as of September 19, 2017. 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.
Atlantic Publinks Challenge – The "Atlantic Publinks Challenge" was unveiled in 2011 with great success. The BPGA emerged victorious in 2015 and 2016. The competition moves back to Cobbs Creek 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
PPGA Alternate-Shot/Better-Ball Championship – The PPGA wraps-up the 2017 golf season with this "fun" format event. Middletown CC will again be the host venue and the championship will be played on Sunday, October 29 with a 9:00 shotgun start. Teams are comprised of two individuals playing alternate shot with both balls in play the entire hole. The score for the team for each hole will be the lower of the two scores.
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.