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Last Updated: 01/05/2017

Event Formats

 

This page provides details on the formats used for individual GTGP events.  For information on The Golf Tour of Philadelphia's season-long competition, see the Season Long Competition and Money List Distribution pages. The purse and format for each event may be found on the tour schedule page

General Information

  • All events are based on net (handicapped) scoring.

  • Awards are given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at each event.  The awards will typically be gift certificates toward merchandise at a local pro shop or golf shop, or GTGP club credit that may be applied toward future GTGP event registration fees.  Unless otherwise indicated, awards will be funded by a "prize pool" created by taking $5.00 from each player's event entry fee; First, second, and third places in individual events will receive 50%, 30%, and 20% of the prize pool, respectively. In team events, the first place team will split 70% of the prize pool and the second place team will split 30% of the prize pool.  With this system, events with larger fields will have prizes with larger values. 

  • Tiebreaking procedures used to determine the event awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd based are based on a match of scorecards.  The order of tiebreakers is as follows:  (1) net score over last 9 holes; (2) net score over last 6 holes; (3) net score over last 3 holes; (4) net score on 18th hole; (5) net score on 17th hole; (6) net score on 16th hole, etc.  This procedure is recommended in the USGA Handicap Manual, which is available on the USGA's official Handicapping web site.  (Note: Tiebreakers are not used for determining the GTGP$ won in an event.  GTGP$ will be split equally among tied players.)

  • Your tournament handicap is determined according to the event format, tees played, course rating, slope, and your official USGA handicap index.  For information on how your tournament handicap is determined, see the Tournament Handicap Calculation page.  The tournament handicap will be indicated on your GTGP scorecard for the event.  Handicap strokes are then applied based on the course handicap stroke allocation (indicated on the scorecard).  For example, a player receiving 21 strokes receives one stroke on every hole except for the holes rated #1, 2, and 3, where the player receives two strokes.

  • For each event type, a percentage of the full course handicap is used according to USGA recommendations in the USGA Handicap Manual, which is available on the USGA's official Handicapping web site.

Specific Event Formats

Format Individual Net
Description A basic stroke play event in which each player plays his or her own ball.  Total net scores over 18 holes are used to determine order of finish.
Handicap Allowance (Format Adjustment) Men receive 100% of course handicap;  Women receive 100% of course handicap

 

Format Individual Match Net vs. Par
Description Each player plays a match against net par on each hole.  A player wins the hole with a net birdie, net eagle, etc.  A player loses the hole with a net bogey, net double bogey, etc.  A player halves the hole with a net par.  Total match standing after 18 holes (e.g. 4 up, 3 up, 2 up, etc.) is used to determine order of finish.
Handicap Allowance (Format Adjustment) Men receive 100% of course handicap;  Women receive 100% of course handicap

 

Format Individual Modified Stableford
Description Players earn points based on their net score for each hole.  The system rewards good hole scores more than it punishes bad hole scores.  Total points earned over 18 holes are used to determine order of finish.  For each hole:
  • Net Eagle or Better = 5 pts
  • Net Birdie = 2 pts
  • Net Par = 0 pts
  • Net Bogey = -1 pt
  • Net Double Bogey or Worse = -3 pts
Handicap Allowance (Format Adjustment) Men receive 90% of course handicap;  Women receive 95% of course handicap

 

Format 2 Player Better Ball
Description A basic stroke play event in which each player plays his or her own ball, but the team takes the better of the two net scores on each hole.  Total net team scores over 18 holes are used to determine order of finish.

*Note: If the event is designated "PYOP", then each player will be able to select their own partner; otherwise, partners will be chosen at random

Handicap Allowance (Format Adjustment) Men receive 90% of course handicap;  Women receive 95% of course handicap

 

Format 2 Player Aggregate
Description A basic stroke play event in which each player plays his or her own ball, and the team takes the total of the two net scores on each hole.  Total net team scores over 18 holes are used to determine order of finish.

*Note: If the event is designated "PYOP", then each player will be able to select their own partner; otherwise, partners will be chosen at random

Handicap Allowance (Format Adjustment) Men receive 100% of course handicap;  Women receive 100% of course handicap

 

Format 9 Hole Match Play
Description A bracketed match play event in which players play a nine hole match against another player.  The winners of that match "advance" to the next round and play against another winner.  Generally, the event will be bracketed into 16 player flights, with two 9-hole match rounds in the morning (matches played within foursomes over 18 holes), and two 9-hole match rounds in the afternoon (matches played within foursomes over 18 holes).
Handicap Allowance (Format Adjustment) Men and women each receive a full 9-hole handicap with no reduction (calculated according to the USGA Handicap System Manual) for each set of nine holes.

   

Format Solstice Challenge
Description This is a 36 hole event played over one day.  The format will be 18 holes of individual net stroke play for the "morning qualifying round".  All players will then play two 9-hole matches in the "afternoon final round".  Players will be grouped for the final round based on their qualifying round score, with the top four players in one group, the players finishing fifth through eighth in a second group, and so on.  The stroke-play qualifying scores will be wiped out and the final round will use a 9-hole match play format to determine final standings.  The overall champion will be crowned from the group of four players with the best net scores in the morning qualifying round.  Similarly, the group of players with the second-best qualifying scores will play to determine 5th through 8th places, and so on.  The standard 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes (gift certificates/club credit) are awarded at the end of the morning stroke-player qualifier (half of the purse) and at the end of the afternoon match play competition (half of the purse).
Handicap Allowance (Format Adjustment) Men receive 100% of course handicap;  Women receive 100% of course handicap

 

Format GTGP Tour Championship
Description

All members are eligible to play in this season-ending 36-hole event, which is spread over two weekends at the end of the season.  All members who participate will be eligible to compete in both Net and Gross divisions, and a Club Champion will be crowned in each division.  Competition is individual stroke play, with 18 holes on the first weekend and 18 holes on the second weekend. 

Members may play even if they are unable to attend both weekends, but are only eligible for the Tour Championship if they are present both weekends.  Each weekend will comprise an individual 18-hole event with a GTGP purse of $8,000,000 for the first event and $10,000,000 for the second event.

Additionally,  Club champions (gross and net) will be identified on the basis of this 36-hole event and receive prizes based on their placement in the 2 day event.  Purse distribution for each event and the combined championship event is based solely on the net score. 

To be eligible for the Gross division, members must play from the same tees for each event.   

Handicap Allowance (Format Adjustment) For the Net competition,
Men receive 100% of course handicap;  Women receive 100% of course handicap

For the Gross competition, handicaps are not used

 

Format GTGP Cup
Description In this 36-hole Ryder Cup style event.  This a 2-day event, with 2-player better ball competition on Saturday afternoon and individual net singles matches on Sunday morning.  The GTGP team will consist of the Top 8 players from the GTGP Money List (through the conclusion of the GTGP Tour Championship) and each of the players with the lowest ten Adjusted Net and lowest ten Adjusted Gross scores who have not already qualified. The remaining players will be taken in order of the money list based on the total number of players for the trip. This number will be determined each year based on league funds.  The final spot on the team is always allocated for one none qualifying Board Member.
Handicap Allowance (Format Adjustment) 2-Player Better Ball (1st round):
Men receive 90% of course handicap;  Women receive 95% of course handicap

Individual Net (2nd round):
Men receive 100% of course handicap;  Women receive 100% of course handicap