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Tournament Changes – 2017

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PPGA Spring Scramble This is the fourth year for the PPGA Spring Scramble and will take place Saturday, 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.

Match Play Championship–  The PPGA introduces a Super-Senior division this year for players 60 years of age or older as of May 18, 2017. The rules will be the same as the previous year with 18-hole qualifying set for either Saturday or Sunday, the 13th or 14th of May as well as during the PPGA Better-Ball Championship which will be played on a Thursday this year, May 18. All qualifying will be at Turtle Creek GC. Each entrant is guaranteed at least one match regardless of qualifying score. The championship flight will consist of the top 32 qualifiers. Subsequent flights will be used depending on the number of participants. Everyone turning in a qualifying score will be placed in the appropriate bracket based on score. Players will be responsible for coordinating their match with their opponent and will have four weeks to complete their match. A complete set of rules, including deadline dates, can be found on the Match Play Championship page.

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.

PPGA Mid-Amateur Championship –  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.

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 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 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 2017 golf season with this "fun" 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 in a scramble format. The score for the team for each hole will be the lower of the two scores. 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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