This tournament produced a level of close competition like never before seen in the league. This is exactly why The League was created 8 years ago, to give the average golfer a chance to compete like the pros. The pressure of every shot, the pressure of every putt that could have a winning or losing implication. The sweaty palms, the raised heart rate, the increased adrenaline, it's called the thrill of the fight. And this Sunday at Oakhurst there was plenty of it. When the smoke cleared there was only one man standing with his pistols still in an amber glow and his badge on his chest gleaming as if he got away with murder. Six players were in this closely knit pack and one shot separated them. Gabe Ramos was the first to get hit by the Sheriff when he came stumbling out of the saloon on 16,17 and 18, with double bogeys. The next bad guy to feel the wrath was in his group, Lonnie Knowles the slick lawyer from the west side of the Mississippi. Lonnie had a 35% chance to win going into 17, but after a bogey on the very difficult par three 17, his chance dropped to 20% on the 18 tee box and again another bogey on 18. His chances were like the tumbleweed blowing in the wind, zero. Next up was Steve Sachs aka The Ice Man. The Sheriff had gotten word that Steve was hiding out in the town brothels and shot him dead with his pants down on 17 and 18, with a pair of bogeys to finish 4th place, tied with Lonnie. The next lawbreaker on the Sheriff's list was Billy White Shoes. This guy was wanted in 4 states, indecent exposure and disturbing the peace based on the pants he was wearing. Billy White Shoes won twice his rookie season. Last year one of them was The Masters, so he knows how to win. But just like Lonnie and Steve he also had a bogey, bogey finish on 17 and 18. The Last Villian on the Sheriff's hit list was the Biggest Baddest Meanest of them all. The Director aka Tony Barnett aka me! The only one in the top 6 to par 17. I knocked down 3 iron with a baby cut that floated back to the middle of the green right at the stick. Giving me a 12-foot birdie putt that I missed. Going into 18, I had a 50% chance to win the match. My drive right down the middle of the fairway, chances went to 75%. I hit the exact same shot on 17, but with a 5 iron that came up 20 feet short right below the hole. My chances just went to 95%. Two putts and the match is mine. The next thing I remembered, I was hovering over my body and The Sheriff aka Rodney Griggs was putting two coins over my eyes. Apparently, I had three-putted giving Rodney the match in a scorecard playoff. Congratulations Rodney as you ride off into the sunset. I shall return!
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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