With spring around the corner,
hundreds of golfers from across the state are eagerly anticipating the start of
Texas League Play.
Established by the TGA in 2006, Texas
League Play promotes the game’s inherent values such as fellowship, camaraderie,
and a competitive spirit through inter-club matches. The unique format of the
matches, which utilizes the World Handicap System to level the playing field
for all skill levels, provides many golfers with an opportunity to bond with
fellow members, play different courses and make new friends, all while enjoying
some lively competition in a welcoming environment.
“We are excited for another season of
Texas League Play and hope to see lots of new and familiar clubs
participating,” said Justin Guthrie, TGA Tournament Director. “This will be our
18th year conducting Texas League Play and we look forward to continue growing the
event so more golfers can have a chance to experience the thrill of
representing their home club or course in a team match play tournament.”
Texas League Play is open to all TGA
Member Clubs (public and private) that maintain at least one 18-hole regulation-length
golf course with a current USGA Course and Slope Rating. Registration for the
2022 season opened on Jan. 5 and will close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 23.
To keep travel time to a minimum,
conferences are formed in different geographic regions and consist of four
clubs that are in the same general area. A conference may be established
anywhere in the state where there are four clubs interested in competing
against each other. The exact number of conferences varies from year to year
based on how many clubs sign up. In 2021, for example, there were a total of 60
clubs competing in 15 conferences, tying a record for League Play’s highest
Texas League Play kicks off annually
in March with each club playing a home-and-away series against the other clubs
in its conference for a total of six regular-season matches. A club can have as
many representatives as it wants on its team. PGA Professionals which are
employed by the club are also encouraged to participate. Eight players are
needed for each match, so most clubs stock their rosters to ensure they can field
a full squad on a given day and have flexibility in scheduling.
Each team match consists of four four-ball
matches. Each four-ball match is worth a total of 3 points using the Nassau
scoring system. The team earning 6.5 points or more out of the 12 available,
wins the overall team match.
Three of the four matches in each team
match are played with net scoring, which encourages golfers of all
abilities to participate. Only the first match in each team match is played as a scratch
game. The other three four-ball matches use a player’s current WHS Handicap
Index from the day prior to the scheduled match, with adjustments based on
course rating and slope.
The first two four-ball matches are
played at about 6,800 total yards. The third and fourth matches are played at
about 6,500 yards, which is tailor-made for mid- to higher-handicappers.
At the conclusion of this year’s regular
season, which runs from March 3 to May 8, conference winners will advance to the
single-elimination bracket tournament, to be held June 2-5 on the Slick Rock Course
at Horseshoe Bay Resort, to determine the overall champion.
At the 2021 League Play Championship
Playoffs held at Horseshoe Bay Resort, Midland’s Green Tree Country Club defeated
Granbury’s Pecan Plantation Country Club, 8.5-3.5, in the final match. It was
the second overall title for Green Tree, which also won in 2012.
For more detailed information
about Texas League Play, click here. If you and other golfers at your club would
enjoy being part of this unforgettable experience and have questions about getting
started, email Justin
Guthrie at the TGA.