The GAP Winter Series returns for another year!
Cost is $40 per person per event, plus a $35 cart fee per event. Entrants are accepted on a first-come,
first-serve basis. The fall portion of the 2019-20 GAP Winter Series schedule is as follows:
Date Venue Shotgun start Format
Tuesday, Oct. 29 Foxchase 11 a.m. Individual stableford
Wednesday, Nov. 6 Whitford 11 a.m. Individual stableford
Wednesday, Nov. 13 Heidelberg 11 a.m. Individual stableford
Wednesday, Nov. 20 Jericho National 10 a.m. Individual stableford
Tuesday, Nov. 26 Seaview (Bay Course) 11 a.m. Better-ball-of-partners
The GAP Winter Series is open to all male and
female members of GAP Member Clubs, as well
as members of the Philadelphia Section PGA
and professionals at GAP Member Clubs. All
players must be 18 years of age or older. The
GAP Winter Series began in 2008 as a means of
offering players of any skill level an opportunity
to compete in tournament golf during the normally quiet, offseason months.
For more information, contact Chris Roselle,
GAP Tournament Director, at 610-687-2340,
ext. 29 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM
TO DEBUT IN 2020
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, GAP will highlight features of the upcoming World Handicap System, which will be officially implemented on Jan. 1, 2020.
The World Handicap System is an effort by six
governing bodies from around the globe (Golf
Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions
(CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African
Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA) to bring all golfers
together under one handicap system. The system
is designed to give all golfers a consistent measure of playing ability. More information will be
posted on www.gapgolf.org; on GAP social media
channels and in the GAP Magazine throughout
the year on what to expect in the new system.
Playing Conditions Calculation
A new feature as part of the World Handicap
System is this statistical calculation that determines if conditions on a day of play differ
from normal playing conditions to the extent
that they significantly impact players’ performance. This could include weather conditions
that make scoring difficult, or course setup that
made the course play easier than the course rating. This calculation will be done automatically
overnight when the handicaps are computed
and when needed, adjustments will be made to
the golfer’s score differential.
Exceptional Score Reduction
In the USGA Handicap System, if a golfer has two
tournament rounds over the past 12 months of
play that are significantly lower differentials
than the golfer’s handicap index, that golfer
could be reduced automatically under Section
10-3. The WHS replaces this with the Exceptional Score Reduction (ESR). This comes into play
when a golfer posts a round where the score differential is at least 7.0 shots below the Handicap
Index on the day of play. If that difference is between 7.0 and 9. 9, the reduction is minus 1.0 for
each differential in the golfer’s 20-score history.
If the difference is 10.0 or greater, the reduction
is minus 2.0 for each differential in the golfer’s
20-score history. ESR applies to all score types
posted, not just tournament rounds.
Maximum Hole Score for
The maximum hole score for each player will
be limited to a Net Double Bogey, calculated as
follows: Double Bogey plus handicap strokes a
player receives based on their Course Handicap.
This replaces Equitable Stroke Control.
BMW CHAMPIONSHIP VIP EXPERIENCE. Blue Bell Country Club’s Matt Nehoda was selected as the
winner of GAP’s 2019 BMW Championship VIP Experience Aug. 15-18 at the famed Medinah Country
Club. Nehoda and wife Allyse Nehoda pose with the BMW Championship Trophy.
Seaview (Bay Course)