Want to see who the leaders are in each of the five divisions for NCGA Player of the Year honors? You’re at the right spot. Further below you can learn how the NCGA points system works, find the forms you’ll need if you’re hosting an event and see results from recent years.
NCGA Points Program
The NCGA Points Program has determined the Player of the Year since 1971. A Senior Player of the Year award was added in 1995, and a Super Senior Player of the Year award was added in 2015. In 2016, a Women’s Player of the Year and Senior Women’s Player of the Year were added to the points program.
Former NCGA great Spencer Levin established a record in 2004, earning 2,770 points on the strength of California State Amateur and NCGA Amateur titles as well as low amateur honors at the U.S. Open. The senior record was established in 2013 by Sunnyvale ‘s Jim Knoll with 3,003 points. Burlingame’s Randy Haag has the distinction of holding the most Player of the Year Awards at six, with Casey Boyns next at four. When he won his first Senior title in 2017, Haag became the first player in NCGA history to have won both a Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year title.
The 2016-2017 NCGA Points season runs from Oct. 1, 2016 through Nov. 30, 2017. Beginning with the 2017-2018 season, the season will run from December 1 through November 30 of the following year. All players begin each new points year at zero. The tournament finish date determines which year points will be awarded. Should an event change dates that would cause the event to be played twice in one points year then points will be awarded twice within that given year.
In order to earn NCGA Player Points, contestants must be amateur golfers who are current members of the club in good standing of the NCGA. This includes being in compliance with the NCGA Handicap Certification Program. The USGA’s definition of an amateur golfer is the standard of the NCGA. Players must have a current numeric index listed on the master report prior to the start of the event. Anyone who has not established a current numeric index is ineligible for points. Players suspended from NCGA competitions are not eligible to earn points.
All points will be assigned by the NCGA ONLY based on the official results provided by the tournament.
***Players keep in mind, important changes have been made to the Points Policies for the 2018 season. Among them: If a tournament does not have a points total associated with it, that means it is a “live tournament.” A “live tournament” will be between 50-200 points, depending on the size of the field when play begins. If you have any questions, please call 831-625-4653.