Lonnie Knowles comes within two Major victories away from becoming the second player to enter into the Hall Of Fame. Lonnie is sitting on 9 regular tournament wins with his performance at Cinco Ranch this Sunday. To get in the Hall- a player must have two Major wins and 8 regular tournament wins. This was a typical fashion: Lonnie Knowles win! To keep the big numbers off the scorecard and to make more putts than anyone else in the field. He led this tournament from start to finish with David Blevins right on his heels pushing him all the way. David and Lonnie were actually tied going into 18 and playing in the same group. David missed the green on his approach and failed to get it up and down. Knowles two-putt par wins him the tournament. There are three Majors left on the schedule along with the Players Championship. Mr. Knowles has the possibility of getting in the Hall this year, but I think he needs to win the Brittish Open at Wildcat next Sunday to have any realistic chance of getting in. In fact, Lonnie's major record is not very good and that is putting it kindly. He has only finished in the top 10 once in his career and that was at the Masters back in 2013, where he was second to Marc Napier. Here recently he got two last-place finishes in 2017 one at the Masters and the other at the PGA Championship. He has the dubious distinction as the League's-best player to never win a major. He is the Lee Westwood of the HGL. Now can you shake this rather large monkey off your back next Sunday at Wildcat or will you retain the label that you can't win the BIG ONE!. Lonnie are you reading this, no one has a more regular tournament wins than you but when the lights are shining the brightest you fade into mediocrity. Lonnie have I pushed that inner soul button; that button that makes the impossible, possible; the button that says I will show you! Congratulations on your Win and Good Luck next week.
This was a very close race in the B flight at Cinco Ranch between 4 players with two shots separating first from fourth. Steve Sachs who probably has been the best player in the B flight this season so far. Steve did not have his A game, a costly triple bogey on 18 was indicative to his round, giving him a fourth-place finish two shots behind the leader. Next up in this plethora of winners was Hector Gonzales who finished one shot out of first place. Hector has been bouncing back and forth from the A flight to the B flight and looks like he will be in the B flight in the British Open next week at Wildcat Highlands Course. The last two players, Juan Malave and Jarrod Ballou finished all tied up and would go down to a scorecard playoff. They even went into the third hole to determine the winner and Jarrod Ballou was declared the winner. Ok, so you wonder where the title- Do the right thing- comes into play. Well listen to this, Monday morning Jarrod Ballou called me and said he should be penalized for giving the wrong score on his scorecard and golf genius. I asked if he was sure about his decision and he said that it is the right thing to do! So, that is why Juan Malave is the official winner at Cinco Ranch. With that in mind please do your job and handle your responsibility by making sure the scorecard and golf genius is done correctly. Jarrod has set a precedence that I intend to follow. Very few people will do the honorable thing and have the discipline to do the right thing, so believe me if it's not right you will be penalized. Congratulations, Juan and Jarrod on a job well done.
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 $100.00 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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