January 6, 2017
New Year Brings Changes to NCGA Championship Calendar: What You Need to Know
Changes are afoot for 2017, such as the new Local Rule that takes you off the hook if your ball accidentally moves on the putting green.
But did you know about the big differences for the New Year regarding the NCGA Championship calendar season? If not, here’s a breakdown of what you need to know:
- The biggest, and most important switch for those chasing NCGA Player of the Year honors (Men, Women, Seniors, Senior Women and Super Seniors) is that the points season no longer concludes at the end of September. Instead, the points season will conclude at the end of November. The move was made for a number of reasons including that the 2017 USGA Championship season will have since concluded. For Senior men, the change also means that the annual California Senior Amateur will play a larger role in determining POY honors.
- The annual NCGA Senior Championship, which was formerly contested in the spring, has moved down the calendar to Sept. 27-29. Along the lines of the points calendar season switch, the Senior Championship found a new home due to in part a conflict with a national championship that will be held in California.
- The annual NCGA Valley Amateur and Senior Valley Amateur Championships have moved up in the calendar. Previously held in mid-September just prior to the conclusion of the points season, the 2017 Valley Amateurs will be held Aug. 7-8 at Del Rio CC near Modesto. The change here was made to accommodate the new host course and in hopes of allowing more school age players to join the field.
- The annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship (formerly known as the NCGA Master Division) has moved off of its normal weekday dates and will now be held on a weekend—July 10-11 at Poppy Hills. The change is a boon to those who found themselves on the outside in the past due to their weekday work obligations.
- There’s a new event on the calendar. In an NCGA salute to active and retired men and women who have served in duty for their country, the inaugural Armed Services Championship will tee off Aug. 21-22 at Poppy Hills. All participants must be active duty or retired.