Putting Competitions

While the course layout members are setting up the course, those at the Check-In Table collect entry fees, provide score cards, and designate starting holes for the shotgun start.

The Club holds weekly putting competitions on Wednesdays at the Grandview golf course.  We avoid the complications of making reservations and handling cancellations for our putting events by accepting all members who show up before the check-in closing time.

A member who wishes to play must report to the Check-In Table prior to the specified closing time.  There she pays the entry fee with three (3) $1 bills, and she receives her scorecard with her starting hole assignment.  If a member brings a guest, the guest does not pay the entry fee and is not eligible to win prizes.

 To accommodate the large attendance of members, the Check-In Table is divided into two sections, alphabetically.  After Check-In is closed, a short time is taken to reconcile the fees collected and the number of players.

 

Before putting, all the players gather to be briefed by the President or the officer in charge.

After Check-In is closed, all players gather to be briefed on the event and on other current Club matters by the officer in charge.  Then they all go to their assigned holes and form groups of two players.  There may be as many as four groups of two at each hole if the event is fully attended (144 players is considered a full field).  Adjustments in starting hole assignments are made quickly to assure that no player is left without a playing partner.  When the officer in charge determines that all groups are ready, she blows the whistle for the simultaneous start at all holes.


After completing her putting, the player waits for her partner to play the hole. Then they advance together in the line for the next hole.

 

Each player putts until her ball is holed out (or until she has taken 4 of the 5 allowed strokes) and then stands aside for the next player in line.  Each player marks her scorecard with her own hole score and the hole score of her group partner, and they check each other’s cards.  The play continues to the next hole until everyone has completed all holes.  For a full field, this requires approximately one hour and 20 minutes.  In the summer when attendance is reduced, completion of the course takes a considerably shortened time.

 

After attesting score cards, the players turn in their cards at the Pay-Out Table. They are paid $2 for each hole-in-one.

When the players have completed all 18 holes, they check and attest their scorecards and turn them in at the Pay-Out Table.  Those who have made one or more holes-in-one are paid $2 for each one.

Scorecards are picked up by the Scores, Awards and Handicaps Chairperson, who checks the cards for accuracy and records the scores.  She divides the field into “flights” and publishes the low net scores in each flight.  She uses the gross scores to update handicaps, and she allocates the remaining prize money to the low scorers in each of the flights.  Distribution of these awards is held until the Awards presentation at the next quarterly General Meeting & Awards Luncheon.

COURSE LAYOUT

At the golf course before each putting competition, the golf-course greenskeepers sets 18 hole locations on the large practice putting green.

Before and during Check-In, our Greens Set-Up Committee lays out the direction and length of each of the 18 holes, and they mark each with a numbered white arrow at the starting point and a like-numbered flagstick in the hole.

The course layout assures that there will be ample room to accommodate all players who are waiting at each hole for their turn to putt.  The hole lengths are adjusted as the Committee refines the layout to minimize congestion and to present a challenge to the putters.  At some events, the officer in charge picks a secret “Magic Hole”.  Any hole-in-one at the “Magic Hole” is awarded a $10 prize at the next General Meeting & Awards Luncheon.

HANDICAPS

Each player develops a handicap, from +2 to 10 strokes, based on the best 5 of her last 10 scores.  Her handicap is used to group her in a “flight” of players with comparable putting skills, so that she can compete on a level playing field.  To determine the “net score” (used to determine winners in the flight), a player’s Handicap is subtracted from her total (“gross”) score.  An exception to this applies to those with a “+” handicap, when the handicap is added to the gross score to determine the net score.  Thus, those who win the net score competitions are the ones who putt better that day than they normally do, regardless of which “flight” they compete in.  

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New members, who have not accumulated the necessary putting history to have a handicap, are assigned to the NO-HANDICAP (NH) flight, where they compete against other new members on the basis of “gross” scores.  Once they have turned in five attested scores, the Handicap Chairman calculates and posts a “Provisional Handicap”, thereby enabling the new member to begin competing in one of the handicap-based flights.  The player’s provisional handicap changes each week until she attains a regular handicap based on the best five of her first ten scores.  Regular handicaps are re-computed and posted a  minimum of twice per month.  

 

PRIZES/AWARDS

Aside from the $1 per player collected as a greens fee for the golf course, prize money of $2 per player is collected for each putting competition.  All of this prize money is returned to the players that day in several different ways.

Each hole-in-one made during play is rewarded by a pay-out of $2 when the attested score card is turned in at the end of play.  Typically, something more than half of the total prize money is paid out in this way.  The remaining prize money is turned over to the Scores, Awards and Handicap Chairperson, where the money is allocated to the winners and held for later distribution at the next quarterly General Meeting & Awards Luncheon.  The following categories of awards are made:

 

  • A player who accumulates 5 or more holes-in-one during a given quarter of play is awarded a “Birdie” pin.
  • A player who has made 3 or more holes-in-one on one day is awarded a large “Birdie” pin (the “Big Bird”).
  • If a “Magic Hole” has been designated, a player who makes a hole-in-one at the “Magic Hole” is awarded $10.
  • The remaining prize money is distributed to the handicap-determined “flights” (including the NO-HANDICAP flight), and allocated for low net scores in each flight.  These awards are in whole-dollar amounts not more than $6 and not less than $1 for each winner.  The awards are computed weekly and the accumulated awards for the quarter are distributed at the general meeting and luncheon.

Putting Events

 

The Club holds weekly putting competitions on Wednesdays at the Grandview Golf Course.  We avoid the complications of handling reservations and cancellations for our putting events by accepting all who show up before the check-in closing time.

A member who wishes to play must report to the Check-In Table prior to the specified closing time.  There she pays the entry fee with three (3) $1.00 bills and she receives her scorecard with her starting hole assignment.  If a member brings a guest, the guest does not pay the entry fee and is not eligible to win prizes.

After Check-In is closed, all players gather to be briefed on the event and on other current Club matters by the officer in charge.  Then they all go to their assigned holes and form groups of two players.  There may be as many as four groups of two at each hole if the event is fully attended (144 players is considered a full field).  When the officer in charge determines that all groups are ready, she blows the whistle for the simultaneous start at all holes.

Each player putts until her ball is holed out (or until she has taken 4 of the 5 allowed strokes) and then stands aside for the next player in line. Each player marks her scorecard with her own hole score and the hole score of her group partner and they check each other’s cards.  The play continues to the next hole until everyone has completed all holes.  For maximum attendance, this requires approximately one hour and 20 minutes.

After play is completed, all cards are attested and are turned in to the Pay-Out Table  Those who have made one or more holes-in-one receive their Pay-out of $2,00 per hole-in-one.  After completion the Pay-Out leader completes a Tally Sheet and turns in the remaining money to the Club Treasurer for distribution to the golf course and to the Awards Chairman’s account.

The Scores/Awards/Handicaps Chairman handles the scorecards after an event. She first checks the card for accuracy and records the scores.  She then divides the field into “flights” and publishes the low net scores in each flight. She uses the gross scores to update handicaps, and she publishes these at least every two weeks.  Finally, she allocates the remaining prize money to the low net scorers in each of the flights.  Distribution of these awards is held until the next quarterly Luncheon Meeting.