Deep into the 12th hour of the kickoff of the 2019 season, mother nature was not in the best of moods. High winds, light drizzle and the temperatures on a bit of the chilly side, made even me, Mr. Optimistic feel a little pessimistic about playing the League Opener as scheduled. The 30-minute drive over to the course had me texting and calling my players for guidance and reassurance. By the time I had reached the course, it was game on! Everyone was in and still wanted to play. My optimism quickly turned into enthusiasm with the participation of the new season. All of the hard work I had put in would not be wasted even if mother nature was feeling a little bitchy. We teed off on time and it was apparent from the start of this tournament, it would be a nail biter. One or two shots was the difference from first place all the way to 8th place. Even at the turn, it was still a six-man race. One of those guys, Mark Ripley who is arguably the league's best player but finished bogey, bogey, bogey the last three holes to drop to 6th. Vincent Gilmore and Ronnell Calixterio mirrored each other. They played the front ok but got hot on the back finishing 5th and 4th. Jaime Villarreal, David Feldschua and newcomer Rodney Griggs all finished in a three-way tie.for first place. Each of them had an opportunity to win it on 18. Rodney failed to get up and down after missing the green on his approach. Jaime missed a 7-foot birdie putt and David took a seven on the 18th. The league Open went down to a scorecard playoff between 3 players and it would be David Feldschau winning the first event of the 2019 season. Congratulations David on a job well done.
Chris Allen is a very religious man, but this loss had to shake his faith. He must be wondering why the Golf Gods have left him in such a cold and lonely place. Chris lead this tournament from the start and it was his to win or lose. There were 3 others close on his heels, Joe Hart, Joe Eckford, and Mitch Moses. Joe Hart was inspired to golf with a little extra motivation he had a sentimental reason, it's where he started playing golf as a child with his uncle. Hart could not quite keep his emotions in check at the finishing hole where it counts the most. He went 4 over on the closing 3 holes to finish his round 4 shots back. Next up was Joe Eckford, no doubt the best tournament of his career in the League. Eckford's slow starts are killing him. His 47 on the front was probably 4 or 5 shots giving up to course management. He has to do a better job keeping the big numbers off his scorecard. After hole 6, he was the best golfer on the course in the B Flight. Now that takes us to Mitch Moses and Chris Allen. Chris was winning early and hitting it well, but stumbled and fell on 4 with a snowman 8. He recovers nicely the rest of the way in to shoot a field-low 41 on the front. Only down by one to Mitch, as it relates to there handicap after nine. Chris birdies 10 to flip Mitch and also picks up another shot on 12. He falls again with a double on 14 to tie the score back up. Chris birdies 15 to go up once again and both tie 16, Mitch beats him on 17 to go into 18 all tied up. This is where the story gets interesting they both missed the fairway and green, but Chris gets a visitor when he gets to the green by a 3 headed serpent. This serpent calls Chris' name 3 times for he knows Chris well. As the serpent slithers away into the hole, Chris is wondering why me! On the other side of the coin, Mitch was truly the fortunate one. Congratulations Mitch you are the 2019 Season Opener Champ.
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Established in 2012, the purpose of the League is to provide amateurs of all ages, sexes and handicaps the opportunity to compete in stroke-play golf tournaments on a regular basis. The League concludes with a Player’s Championship in which the winner from each tournament. Through this competition, the Houston Golf League promotes the sport of golf by providing an atmosphere of friendly, fair, and well-managed competition for amateur golfers in the pursuit of excellence.
The Houston Golf League has an annual membership of $150.00
The cost of each regular tournament is 120.00 the majors are $200.00 The entry fee for each tournament includes green fees, cart, and range balls in most cases. A portion of the entry fee establishes the purse. Tournaments can be prepaid online or the day of the tournament.
Cash Money and Trophies are awarded to the first place winner of each flight. A purse is established from the entry fees, and depending on the size of the flight, money is awarded to the top finishers in each flight. Additionally, there are voluntary skins games, deuce game, and closest to the pin. Membership dues must be paid before any prize money awarded.
The players are flighted by handicap, then play a gross stoke-play format within their flight.
Base on the number of players
0-6……. A Flight 0-10……..A Flight
7-13……. B Flight 11-20 ……B Flight
14-20…… C Flight
The League uses the Callaway system if a player does not have to establish a verifiable handicap, and the league trumps all other handicaps of other leagues handicap. Callaway system 10 strokes max for A flight and 20 shot max for the B flight. The League will access your level of play based on your most recent scores, which courses you have played and the tees you used. Once you’re placed on a flight, your tournament scores and handicap index are posted on the web page
The League will establish your handicap index based solely on your scores posted in the tournaments. If your handicap index improves during the season, you will be promoted to the next higher flight if your index falls within the parameters of higher flight. If your index falls within the parameters of a lower flight, you will only be moved to the lower flight if you request it.
All the tournaments are played on the weekends, with most being played on Sundays. Tee times vary but are posted on the website. The tournaments are played at local courses listed on our website.
Play in as many or as few as you would like. Of course, the more you play, the more points you can accumulate toward qualifying for the Players Championship and Culture Cup.
No. You can join the League anytime during the season. The sooner you join, the more points you start accumulating towards the points race.
If you enjoy weekend golf at some of the finest local courses, if you enjoy competitive stroke-play golf, if you want to improve your game by playing under tournament conditions like the pros, and if you like the feeling of winning, collecting prizes and trophies, join the tour and enjoy all of these benefits. All tournaments are played by USGA rules and handicaps are tracked on each player to ensure the integrity of each flight.
105 PLAYERS 3 FLIGHTS 1000/600/400/200
75 PLAYERS 2 FLIGHTS 1000/600/400/200
35 PLAYERS 1 FLIGHT 1000/600/400/200
20 PLAYERS 1 FLIGHT 800/400/200
10 PLAYERS 1 FLIGHT 400/200/100
144 PLAYERS 4 FLIGHTS/500/300/200/100
105 PLAYERS 3 FLIGHTS/500/300/200/100
75 PLAYERS 2 FLIGHTS/500/300/200/100
35 PLAYER 1 FLIGHT 500/300/200/100
20 PLAYERS 1 FLIGHT 400/200/100
10 PLAYERS 1 FLIGHT 200/100/50
The Houston Golf League format mirrors that of the PGA Tour. The tournaments will be held on the finest golf courses around the greater Houston area. The HGL will consist of four major tournaments and a “Players Championship”, Ryder Cup-type Event called the Culture Cup. Stats will be kept on putts, fairways, and greens hit. There will also be a money list leader from each flight. These leaders will be eligible for awards that will be given at the Tournament’s Awards Banquet
Finally, a place to compete with other golfers in the city on some of Houston's best golf courses.
Ryder Cup Event
Stats Kept: Fairways, Greens, and Putts.
Tour ID cards with discounted fees.
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