One of the unique aspects about golf is the number of different
ways it can be played. New formats are constantly being created to go along
with longtime favorites like best-ball or alternate shot.
No matter what format is being played, one goal remains constant –
hitting the golf ball towards the hole and trying to do so in as few strokes as
of these interesting formats is on display yearly at the Texas Stableford
Handicap. Conducted by the TGA since 1976, the championship is
contested over 54 holes using team quotas based on the Modified Stableford
Modified Stableford scoring, points are awarded depending on the score for each
hole in relation to par. A bogey is worth one point, pars are worth two,
birdies are worth three and so on. Double bogeys and worse just get a zero.
clear: golfers simply are playing stroke play in Modified Stableford. But
rather than writing down the number of strokes taken on each hole, the golfer
writes down the number of points earned. What makes the Modified Stableford
format so enjoyable is that a blowup hole won’t ruin a round or the fun. When a
golfer is having a bad hole in Modified Stableford, they can just pick up when
they’ve gotten to the point where they can no longer earn a point on the hole
and head to the next tee.
in the Texas Stableford Handicap are pre-flighted based on the two players’
combined Low Handicap Index over the past 11 months. Total score for 54 holes
will be used to determine final standings in each flight. The overall winner
will be the team with the most plus (or fewest minus) points, regardless of
45th edition of the championship will be played from Nov. 12-14 at longtime
host Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville. It is always one of the most
anticipated events on the TGA’s annual schedule.
like the format, especially with a partner,” said Mark Moore, a returning
participant. “One of you (or both of you) can have a bad hole, but
you’re not out of the tournament. Also, the adjustments that are made
related to your quota each day keeps the flights competitive until the
travel from all over the state to take part in this engaging championship, many
who regularly play each year.
partner and I travel down with several friends who play, so I enjoy the great
camaraderie and competition,” said Moore. “I also enjoy the golf
course, the club staff and the TGA staff. They always make you feel
welcome and work very hard to put on a good event.”
Country Club was designed by Byron Nelson and Joe Finger and opened for play in
1974. Nestled deep in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Riverhill is
consistently rated as one of the top courses to play in the state.
are excited to host some of the best players in the state for another great
championship at Riverhill,” said Andrea Daly, TGA Tournament Director, Legends
Junior Tour. “This is consistently one of our most exciting and fun events
every year. Riverhill is a great venue for our players and this specific tournament.”
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