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NEW Ladies' Race to the Carolinas Cup

BRAND NEW CGA Women's Program - The Race to the Carolinas Cup

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (March 2, 2016) -- The Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) has announced The Race to the Carolinas Cup, a new women’s golf program in 2016. Much like the LPGA Tour’s Race to the CME Globe or the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, the Race to the Carolinas Cup is a season-long points competition in which players accumulate points based on team finish and participation in CGA Ladies’ Four-Ball Play Days.

Four-Ball Play Days are also new in 2016. The play day season will consist of at least 12 ladies-only four-ball (better ball) competitions that will be conducted at member clubs across North and South Carolina.  Play Days are designed for players of all skill levels and abilities. These events are flighted by team Handicap Index and include gross and net prizes.  Players have the option to play in two divisions at different yardages (one of which is always the most forward tees on the golf course).  Most events will be a shotgun start and all events will include lunch.  The schedule of Ladies’ Four-Ball Play Days starts in March at Croasdaile Country Club (Durham, N.C.) and will culminate in the invitational Carolinas Cup Tournament in December at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club (Pinehurst, N.C.).  See full schedule here.

Every team at every Four-Ball Play Day will earn points in the Race to the Carolinas Cup based on their gross or net finish in their respective flight.  Each team will also receive participation points.  Team points will be split between players to apply to each player’s individual standing in the Race to the Carolinas Cup.  Players may play with any partner in any of the play days and earn points toward her individual standing.

At the end of the Race to the Carolinas Cup regular season, the player with the most points will be named the inaugural Race to the Carolinas Cup champion.  This award will be given at the year-end Carolinas Cup Tournament.

Players in the Top 100 of the Race to the Carolinas Cup standings, as well as each gross and net flight winner at every Four-Ball Play Day, will be invited to participate in the Carolinas Cup Tournament at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club (No. 1).  Players may compete with any partner that is also eligible for the tournament.  The Carolinas Cup Tournament will be held on December 11, 2016 and will include a banquet and luncheon to celebrate the Race to the Carolinas Cup Champion as well as the Carolinas Cup Tournament winners.

“I think this will be a really fun program for ladies that are looking for more playing opportunities at new golf courses.  The Race to the Carolinas Cup provides a little something extra to play for, and the bonus is that you get points no matter how you finish!” said Maggie Watts, Director of Women’s Golf at the CGA. “I think players of all skill levels will enjoy the camaraderie and the laid back atmosphere at these events.”

For more information about the Race to the Carolinas Cup please click here.  To see the full Ladies’ Four-Ball Play Days schedule click here.

Note: The Race to the Carolinas Cup has no affiliation with the Richard S. Tufts CGA Women’s and Senior Women’s Players of the Year or the Carolinas Women’s and Senior Women’s Rankings systems.  Players will not receive points toward the Race to the Carolinas Cup based on finishes in Carolinas women’s championships or CGA One-Day events.

About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

Now in its 106th year, the CGA annually conducts 43 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 140 One-Day (net and gross) events and qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed more than $1,500,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.  

For more information about the CGA, visit www.carolinasgolf.org.

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