My anticipation of writing this article is overwhelming because it deals with the mere essence of why I created the league ten years ago. I wanted an atmosphere where
you would have a rush of adrenaline, some sweaty palms, beads of sweat on your forehead and dripping down your back and knocking knees to be demonstrated in each competition. The absolute thrill when
you put in the work to improve your game and see it finally pay off through your dedication and persistence.
I sometimes use corny jokes or subliminal messages to help get my point across in my articles. For example, in the 2020 Open Tournament at Gus Worthman, Chad Adaway, an eight Handicap shot one under par, nine strokes under his handicap. I made a statement in that article about the probability of a person shooting a one-under-par who is an eight handicap. I said I sought out a scientific explanation from a professional expert to dissect this. I said he viewed and compared a video of Chad's golf swing to a professional golf instructor, Butch Harmon, in the article to help me explain how Chad could shoot so low with that swing. His conclusion merely made my point that Chad just kicked the shit out of everyone. It was simply his day, and he shined. Usually, that doesn't happen, but Chad has since been in the dark.
Here comes the part about the ELEPHANT in the Room; Joe Hart has been working on his game extremely hard over the past few months. He would text Villarreal and me about how well he was hitting the ball five or six birdies and a couple of lip out, but when he played with us, he was lucky to break 90. So Joe was every bit of 13.2, if not more. He and Villarreal were partners in the Two-Man Best-Ball tournament, and Jaime was petitioning on Joe's behalf to get more strokes. The new season popped off, and a new Joe emerged polished and confident, playing his best golf since entering the league. During the first three events, Joe won two, and he was one shot away from winning the third. His 13.2 handicap is a thing of the past. He has over 20 rounds on file, and it would take several more rounds to bring his handicap down to match his current level of play.
So let's address the elephant in the room. I could penalize Joe for his dedication and hard work to improve his game or let him play to his high handicap, which would jeopardize the league while all the new players are wondering, "what the hell is going on?" A decision to discuss this predicament could go either way, so I addressed it via conference call with the board members with a decision to keep his 2021, 2020, and 2019 rounds, which gives him a new handicap of 9.1.
Don't think for one second that Joe Hart is not a "favorite" to win the Masters now that his handicap has been adjusted. I'm predicting his performance last week at Southwyck will be mirrored in the Masters, and Khris Colbert, the 2020 champion, will be putting that white jacket on him.
Congratulations, Joe Hart, on your back-to-back wins. Turn that elephant into a three-peat success story for our history book.
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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.
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
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