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further away from the center of his landing zone (30-plus yards). Scratch’s approach shot is slightly longer than Bogey (111 yards), but he is still hitting less club. Let’s see what our obstacle

evaluation numbers look like for both (Scratch listed fi rst). These numbers are from the men’s tables. Women’s num- bers will be different: Topo (4/4), Fairway (1/3), Target (5/7), Rough ( 4/6), Bunkers (7/9), OB (1/1), Water (4/5), Trees (1/1), Surface (7/8), Psych (0/6).

I should point out that I am not just pulling these numbers out of thin air. Specially designed tables have been prepared for each obstacle factor to promote objectivity and consistency to ratings—be it a course in Fresno or Monterey. So a 96-yard approach shot for Bogey to a green of this size comes out of the Green Target table as a 5. A bonus point is awarded since the green surface is not visible on the approach shot. A 111-yard approach shot for Scratch to the same green with the same visibility issue comes out a point lower due to Scratch’s greater accuracy on shorter shots. Similar objective tables and subjec- tive adjustments apply to all the other obstacles. Don’t the higher obstacle numbers for Bogey make sense? The fairway is more diffi cult for him to hit (as is the green), and the bunkers and water do come into play more for him than they do for Scratch. In some sense you could say that the trouble is ganging up on Bogey which is a recipe for a high Slope Rating. If you played a course with all 18 holes identical to this one, the Course Rating would be extremely low (since the

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he tournament season is almost upon us, so it is time to prepare the

entries for your events. The entry is a key component to a successful event. Players need to know what they are signing up for and the tour- nament committee must determine the procedure for entering the competition. In some club events, a

player may enter by request- ing the golf professional to post his name on the score sheet, or just sign the list himself. The method of entering is solely up to the committee. Though many events

do not have a closing date until much later in the year, the information contained within the entry is impor- tant. NCGA entries have information about player eligibility, format, fees and entry dead- lines. Who is eligible? Is the

course would measure around 5,500 yards), but the Slope would be in the high 140s. And that is one of the

morals to this story. A short layout where Bogey can reach a lot of the greens in regulation lends itself to a low Course Rating, but a fairly robust Slope that might feel a little high. The greenside trouble will impact Bogey much more than Scratch in part, because Bogey is coming into the greens with so much more club. And that is the breeding ground for a higher Slope Rating (and just one of the reasons that Slope Ratings alone can be deceiving). In the next issue, we will

tackle a much longer par 4 at Pebble Beach, and see more surprising results.

event open to men, women, juniors or seniors? The NCGA has events for all. If your tournament is open to juniors, the player’s date of birth is an important component of the entry. Is the event fl ighted by index, age or even gender? What is the format? The NCGA offers many different formats for its championships, including stroke play, match play, four-ball, foursome, and even Chapman. In some cases, clubs require that a player has to be an active member of that club to participate in qualifying for NCGA events. This may mean that they have to play in several club events prior to trying to qualify for an NCGA event. Play- ers should check with the club’s policies prior to submitting entry. The NCGA does not dictate to the club how to host qualifying events, but does recommend that the club play a similar format of the event it will be participating in at the championship. All tournaments should

have defi ned closing dates and times for entry. This ensures that the commit- tee has enough time to process the entries, create documents required for the players and publish group- ings and starting times. All NCGA championships close at midnight on Friday approximately 30 days before the fi rst qualifi ers are held. The 2014 NCGA championship calendar with entry deadlines has been available online since October of 2013 to allow clubs to prepare for events that require qualifying at the club level. The NCGA sends out a packet of entries

By RYAN GREGG Director of Rules and Competitions


in the beginning of January for championships that require club qualifying. These entries are sent to the club’s tournament chairman, along with a tournament handbook that includes the NCGA’s policies, proce- dures and descriptions of its championships. All entries to NCGA championships can be processed electroni- cally through Club offi cials have the ability to sign up their qualifying teams or players for the championships through this system. This allows club offi cials to enter and pay their entry fee electronically. In addi- tion to the entry process, the contains documents that specify eligibility requirements, qualifying sites, the format and schedule, the deadline for registration and many other conditions. The NCGA Rules and

Competitions Depart- ment is here to provide members with an enjoyable experience, but needs the assistance of the club tournament chairman to provide the necessary infor- mation to its members. It is important that these entries be submitted in a timely manner, as incomplete or late entries will not be ac- cepted. If your chairman has not received this package by the end of January, or you need assistance using the online system, please con- tact the Rules and Compe- titions Department, and we will be happy to assist.

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