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The officials had to go to the replay monitor to see who won the 2020 U S Open for The Houston Golf League. There were a plethora
of players who topped the leaderboard causing plenty of tension and drama until the last group, last hole, and even the last putt. It was a photo finish of nine players separated by one shot
each. Let's pick up the action on the first group with a 10:00 am tee time to see how this epic nail-biter finally concluded producing one of the closest U S Open tournament in the history of the
league. Hugo Amaro came out 'guns blazin' in the first four holes with two kick-in bridies pole vaulting to an early lead. Jaime Villarreal, also in that first 10:00 am group, looked as if he
saw a ghost. He witnessed this kind of performance previously from Hugo back in 2018 at Bay Forest, a league history low -15. Hugo's flame extinguished on the back nine with a 48 and a fourth
from the bottom finish.
The next player who was in the early lead was Adam Orta, who had a great birdie on 9 to close the front out winning the tournament, but 51 on the back is not how to close a tournament. Adam played the par fives very well. This gave him a skin and a low score on the par 5 challenge sending him home with a few hundred dollars in his pocket. Adam finished in a six-place tie with Lonnie Knowles and Roland Turner. Roland's game has been slightly off a year or so. His handicap has risen almost 4 points along with every statistical category that has gone down. Captain Turner, "are you out there?" PLEASE, come back.
Lonnie Knowles has 12 tournaments wins. The most in the league's history, yet another major has gone by... I'm going to leave it right there. The window of the Hall of Fame is closing fast. Now, this is where the tournament turns very interesting with these next few players.
Hal Gregory lost five shots on the closing six holes to lose by four strokes and a double bogie on 18. That coats him a third-place finish and $460. This was a carbon copy of what he did in the 2019 US Open at Bay Oaks.
Next on the thoroughbred's list chasing the leader was Josh Lewis who's pedigree and golf accolades are on the top amongst the league, yet two doubles on 10 and 14 derailed his quest to be Champion.
Well, that brings us to the Top 3-- Rodney Griggs, Todd Ritz, and Cameron Nichols. Rodney, 2019 defending Champ, did a great job just to put his nose in the photo-finish picture after going four over in the first four holes on the back. He fought gallantly to the end in 3 under on the closing holes. With his efforts on finishing third, it will put him as the number one player in the league. Cameron and Todd battled all day flip-flopping each other on the leaderboard on the back. Now, Cameron had a huge advantage over Todd with his handicap by getting a pop on every hole. So the smallest of mistakes were multiplied by two. Todd was unable to make up any shots from his mistakes on 13 the par 3 with a double bogie even though Cameron doubled bogie, also. I believe the deal-breaker was on hole 17, a three-putt, not the time for that snafu. Cameron was able to settle his nerves with the familiarity of playing Timber Creek. He hit a lot of fairways and kept his mistakes down to a minimum by cutting off ten shots better than his last two previous rounds.
Congratulations, Cameron Nichols! YOU ARE THE 2020 US OPEN CHAMPION of the Houston Golf League.
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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