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New Women's Match Play Champ Format

New Women's Match Play Championship Format
Tournament division will use net scores for match play

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 18th Carolinas Women's Match Play Championship at Cowans Ford Golf Club in Stanley, N.C. on July 7-9, 2015. Entries are being accepted via the championship website thru June 30.

The format is 18 holes of stroke play to determine seeding and flights for match play. Players have the option to compete in either the “Championship” division or “Tournament” division.

New for this year, the Tournament division will compete using gross scores for stroke play qualifying and net scores for match play. Matches will be stroked off the low ball (lower handicap competitor playing at scratch and the higher handicap competitor receiving the difference in course handicaps between the two competitors). The Tournament division plays a shorter course and is ineligible for the overall championship.

Cowan's Ford Golf Club in Stanley, N.C.

The championship division will play from the "championship" tees and compete using gross scores. Championship flight is comprised of 16 players that will compete for the overall title. Remaining championship division players are flighted according to number of entries. On-course playoff is used to break a tie for the last spot in the championship flight. A blind draw is used to determine the last spot in all other flights. Mallory Hetzel of Waynesville, N.C. is the defending champion and is seeded number one for match play if otherwise eligible.

Entry is open to any female amateur golfer who has reached her 13th birthday by July 7, 2015, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club that does not exceed 40.4.

Championship Schedule
Monday, July 6
Tee times available for practice rounds.

Tuesday, July 7
First round. 18 holes of stroke play. Field divided into flights by scores for match play.

Wednesday, July 8
Championship flight. First and quarterfinal round matches (18 holes each).
All other flights: First round matches and semifinal round matches (18 holes).

Thursday, July 9
Championship flight. Semifinal and championship matches


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.    

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