2016 NCGA Amateur Tour Changes: Things You Need to Know
January 4, 2016
By now, you’re probably fully aware that under the 2016 Rules of Golf changes, you won’t be anchoring a club while making a stroke.
But did you know about the changes for 2016 regarding the NCGA Amateur Tour?
There are quite a few different things there, too. Here’s what you need to know:
- The Associate Club Championship, to be held August 29-30 at Spyglass Hill/Poppy Hills, will now only feature only one day of sectional qualifying (July 28) at 11 different sites. In the past, the championship featured two qualifiers (local and sectional).
- The highly popular Mixed Team Fall Championship (October 28-29) has been expanded to two courses—Poppy Hills and Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley. One tournament (with two flights) will be at Poppy Hills, with another two-flight tourney simultaneously being held at Quail Lodge.
- The annual NCGA Senior Championship, to be held May 25-27 at Poppy Hills, is now a 54-hole tournament instead of a 36-hole event. A cut will be made after the first 36 holes.
- There is a new Super Senior division for the NCGA Senior Amateur Match Play Championship, to be held Aug. 15-19 at Poppy Hills/Spyglass Hill. The Super Senior Match Play Championship (open to players 65-over) will feature a qualifier and the first round at Poppy Hills. On Tuesday, the championship will move to Spyglass Hill.
- The NCGA Masters Division Championship and NCGA Masters Division Four-Ball Championship are no more. Beginning in 2016, the new names for the championships are the NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship and NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship, respectively. Yes, the field in both events is open to players 25-older.
- The Flight names Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandel have gone back into the barrel and will no longer be used. Flight names for championships will now be Big Sur, Golden Gate and Yosemite, reflecting on iconic places in Northern California.
- The NCGA Parent/Child Championship, slated for July 16-17 at Poppy Ridge, has a new name. It is now called the NCGA Foursome Championship. There will still be a Parent/Child flight, but there will also be an open flight available to all.