March 6, 2000

TO: All Virginia PPA and APA tournament players

Enclosed with this newsletter please find your schedule for tournaments on the Virginia PPA Tour for 2000. The tournament committee met on Saturday Feb. 26 to work out details for this year. The tour for 2000 will offer some new challenges for everyone.

Thanks again to the efforts on our behalf of Peter Neumann, this year's schedule has been coordinated with those of the NC and SC tour to reduce conflicting dates, and allow for designated tournaments on the NC and VA tour to count towards the minimum for qualifying for the respective State Championships. In addition there are two weekends of tournaments that will be jointly sponsored by the NC and VA tours. 

Again this year, this letter will be quite lengthy, but it is an effort to make sure everyone understands what is in place and why. I hope you will take the time now to read through this, and keep it handy for reference.

HIGHLIGHTS of The 2000 Schedule

?span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        4 VA/NC co-sponsored 54-hole tournaments

?span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        11 regular 54-hole tournaments

?span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        MAJOR EVENTS

o       The Dogwood Festival Open (May 21st)

o       The Virginia Open (July 9th)

o       The Virginia Putting Classic (August 27th)

o       The State Championship (September 10th)

o       The Clayton Cup (October 14th and 15th)

o       The Hancock Cup (October 14th and 15th)

o       The Team Championship (August 26th)

o       The Pro/Am (August 26th)

For 2000 entry fees for all tournaments will be the same as last year. For joint sponsored tournaments, the NC entry fee and prize money breakdown will be used for the tournaments in Durham and Roxboro, NC and the VA fees and payout will be used in Lynchburg. At the time of this letter, NC fees are $40 for PPA and $20 for APA and first place in the PPA pays $150. Please refer to the enclosed schedule for a complete listing of entry fees, dates, tee times, number of rounds and prize money.

GENERAL RULES OF PLAY AND ETIQUETTE

All tournament play is governed by the rules as stated in the Official Rules and Regulations of the Professional Putters Association. As a member of the PPA or APA everyone pledges to "keep and uphold the rules and regulations of the PPA.  Furthermore, to always strive to display excellent sportsmanship and good character while putting on a PPA Sanctioned Golf Course... Also, under no circumstances, will play on any Putt-Putt Golf Course without paying all appropriate greens fees prior to commencing play; Understand that failure to abide by the content and spirit of this pledge will result in immediate disqualification from all future PPA/APA sanctioned events during this calendar year."

Please read through your NEW rulebook when you receive it with your membership. As members of a professional organization, it is up to the integrity of the players to see that these rules are enforced. Of particular concern to the committee is the lack of respect for, and self-enforcement of the rules pertaining to appropriate dress and conduct.

There was much discussion on the LACK OF COMMON COURTESY among some players. The following areas were discussed and are things need to be addressed and a stop put to by YOU if the items pertain to you. The following actions were brought up, cursing, throwing putters, burying putters in the ground, swinging putters through bushes, trees, flowers, kicking rails, yelling out, standing around hole 18 an talking after rounds, walking back on the course while others are playing and you have finished, slow play, not starting the next round timely when the tee off is off hole one. We all need to make an effort to control these and other displays of unsportsmanship.

In order to better police us, the following procedure will be used.

1.      If you are playing with someone or observe someone that is continuing to act in an unsportsmanlike manner, seek out a committee member who is NOT playing at that time. Catch them as they finish a round or between rounds if the tournament is by shotgun start.

2.      The committee member will then inform the other committee members and a warning to the player will be given.

3.      If three members observe further acts that require action on part of the committee, the committee may decide to impose a fine of a minimum of $25, or suspend playing privileges for the next two tournaments, or both.

Please remember that we are playing as invited guests of the local course owners and managers. How we, as professionals, conduct ourselves while at a tournament site, determines how the PPA is perceived by the owner, manager, and especially the public who may be present during the time we are at a site. This will determine whether or not we will be invited back again. Please do not assume that just because we have always played a certain course that we are always going to be welcome. When you arrive at a site and again before you leave, take a moment to thank the owner or manager and staff for hosting our tournament.

Pairings for all tournaments

All defending champions, i.e. the winner of the last state tournament held at that site, will tee off first. The current State Champion will tee off second. All other players will be paired by luck of the draw except in the Dogwood Festival Open, Virginia Open, Virginia Putting Classic and the State Championship. In these "major" tournaments, the defending champion will tee off first followed by the State Champion, except for the State Championship when the State Champion is defending, and then the remaining players will be seeded and paired by points. After the defending Champion and State Champion are paired, the highest player on the points list will be the next player paired and so on until all players have been paired.

If you are a defending champion in either division please do not assume that it is remembered, and inform the tournament official at the time you pay your entry fee that you are the defending champion. If you fail to do this, you may not be paired in your appropriate spot.

A final call to pay entry fees will be made one hour prior to tee off. If you have not paid by this time, please do so immediately. As soon as there are no players waiting to pay after the call, entry fees will be closed and pairings for the tournament will be made. NOTE: This rule has worked to make tournament entries and pairings go much smoother, and allowed those players who give their time to administer the tournament, the opportunity to get back to their practice time. Thank you for your cooperation.

?span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        Once pairings have been completed, a $5.00 late fee will be charged to any professional member who wishes to compete and has not entered. These players will then be paired at the bottom of the professional pairings. Any player failing to pay on time forfeits any standing he may have for specific pairings.

?span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        If a player has been practicing for a tournament and fails to pay his entry fee on time, and then does not enter to avoid a late charge, that player will be assessed a $25 fine for violation of rule IV.2 regarding practice times, and be require to pay the appropriate greens fee to the local course.

In past years, there has been a concern expressed about slow play. While it can still be a problem, the pace of play last year was such that the committee did not hear much complaining. Thanks to everyone for your efforts. A few hints to help keep up the pace of play; each player should be ready to play when his turn comes. Those waiting can do their best to give all players a chance to putt without outside distractions. In a further effort to help the speed of play, before pairings are posted, when they are done by luck of the draw, they will be reviewed to insure that a group does not include three players who tend to be more deliberate in their play.

QUALIFYING FOR THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Any player may play in the State Championship if he meets the following qualifications. A pro must play in a minimum of 9 (nine) tournaments, excluding the Team Championships, and pay the entry fee for the State Championship. Or he may pay the balance of entry fees due to make up for tournaments missed, and pay the State Championship entry fee. An APA member must play in a minimum of 5 (five) tournaments and pay the State Championship entry fee. Or pay the balance of entry fees due to make up for tournaments missed, and pay the State Championship entry fee.

Prize money in the State Championship for 2000 will be TBA. In the PRO DIVISION, PRIZE MONEY WILL BE PAID TO AT LEAST ONE HALF OF THE FIELD. The State Championship will be in Fredericksburg, VA for 2000 and Richmond in 2001.

STROKE AVERAGE AWARDS

Stroke averages will be kept using a weighted average method. The average of all scores in a division of play at each specific site will be used to rate the players by stroke average. For example, if at a site there are 20 players and the total strokes for all players are 1800, then the average score for that tournament is 30.

Player one scores an 85. His stroke average is 28.33. His weighted stroke average is -1.67. Player two scores 95. His stroke average is 31.67. His weighted stroke average is +1.67. Weighted stroke averages from each tournament will be added and averaged for a weighted stroke average.

To be eligible to win the stroke average award a pro must play a minimum of 12 tournaments. An APA member must play a minimum of 9 tournaments. All tournaments through the State Championship will count for official statistics.

TEAM PLAY and PRO/AM TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

TWO MAN TEAM play will be held again in 2000 in the pro division at all tournaments. Play will be combined score for a team score. Entry fee at each tournament will be $10 per team. Prize money at each tournament will be $20 to the first place team and $10 to the second place team. All entry fees above this will be added to the Team Championship purse.

Any two members of the PPA may team up at any site. It is not required that the same two players team at all sites. What is important is that you compete in enough team events through out the year to make you eligible for the team championship. For those who play in the team championship, it has become an exciting and fun event on our tour. Plan now to be a part of the team championship this year.

On Saturday, August 26th, in Richmond we will hold the Pro/Am event for PPA and APA members. This event will tee off at 11 am. Entry fee will be $25 for PPA and $10 for APA and the format of play will be 36 holes of best ball. Teams will be made by luck of the draw. Total prize money will be TBA with $100 plus all entry fees making up the purse and one half the field will be paid. APA places will receive a $15 expense reimbursement. Trophies will be awarded to each member of the winning team. During the Pro/Am event, the pro will always putt last for the team.

The Pro/Pro and APA/APA team championships will follow the Pro/Am starting approximately thirty minutes after the conclusion of the Pro/Am event. To be eligible for the team championship, each member of the Pro team entering the Team Championship must have played in a minimum of eight team events. If they have not, they may pay the difference in entry fees to meet the minimum requirement. The APA team championship is open to all who wish to play. Entry fee for the team championship will be $100 per team for pros and $40 for APAs.

The team Championship will be four rounds with the first round being better-ball, the second round being alternate stroke, and the final two rounds being individual stroke play, counting the combined scores for both players. Prize money for the Team Championship is TBA. Trophies will be awarded to each member of the winning team in each division.

POINT STANDINGS

Points earned in 2000 will be used to determine pairings for major tournaments and to rank players. In all 54 hole tournaments, points will be given out as follows; 20 points for first place, 19 points for second 18 for third and so on with all players receiving at least one point. In major tournaments, including the State Championship, first place will receive 25 points, second will receive 20 points, third 19 and so on with all players receiving at least one point. No points will be awarded for low rounds. This will be for both PPA and APA divisions of play.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

For Player of the Year consideration the following system will be used for APA and PPA.

?span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        For all 54-hole tournaments - 1 point for 1st

?span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        For all the majors, including the State Championship - 3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd

?span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        Points Standings, Stroke Average standings, Money winnings standings - 5 points for 1st, 4 for 2nd, 3 points for 3rd, 2 points for 4th, and 1 point for 5th in each category.

CLAYTON CUP and HANCOCK CUP TEAMS

Congratulations to the NC tour in winning the 1999 Clayton Cup, and the VA APA for winning the Hancock Cup. The NC Tour will be the host for the 2000 Clayton Cup Championship and it will be held in Richmond, VA, on course number 2. 

Any member of the PPA may be a member of the Virginia Clayton Cup team if he is a member of the Virginia Tour. However, each player must declare his intentions that he wishes to be considered for selection to the Clayton Cup team at the beginning of the season. This may be done at the first tournament at which you compete.

The following criteria will be used to determine the team:

A point system will be used to determine the top players on our tour. This point system will use the point standing list mentioned above, weighted stroke average standings, and money winning standings. Points will be awarded in each of these three categories. First place will receive one point, second two, third three and so on through the top twenty. The points for all three categories will then be added together. The players will then be ranked for Clayton Cup points with the lowest combined total being the leader. A player must play in a minimum of ten tournaments to be eligible.

The Clayton Cup Championship and Hancock Cup will be played over two days. This year the Great Lakes tour will be added. The format will be as follows;

Saturday 5 better-ball matches with one two man teams from each tour competing, 5 alternate shot matches with one two man teams competing, 5 two man total team score with one team from each tour competing. All three matches are 18 holes. 6 points are earned for 1st, 4 for 2nd, 2 for 3rd, 0 for 4th.

Sunday 3 round of individual matches with points awarded each round, 3 for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd, 0 for 4th.

In addition APA members will compete for the Hancock Cup.

This is named in memory of Wayne Hancock a long time member of the APA from High Point who competed regularly in NC and VA The APA team will be selected by points. The format will be the same as the Clayton Cup.

APA OLD DOMINION CUP

Congratulations to the Richmond team of Wayne Cheatham, Chuck Cyr, and Russell Johnson for winning the 1999 Old Dominion Cup.

For 2000, APA members may form a three-player team from your local course and compete for the Old Dominion Cup. As many three-player teams per course, may enter as there are players wanting to play. The competition for the Old Dominion Cup will be a part of the regular tour schedule. The dates for this competition are noted on the schedule. Remember, there is no added cost to you to form a team!

Each team must register three players. All three players must be from the same home course or same geographic area. i.e. Tidewater, Northern VA, Maryland, or Richmond Metro area. For players without a true home course or enough players, an at large team will be allowed. All team members must play in the designated tournaments for the Old Dominion Cup. There is no additional entry fee required.

The best two scores each round of the team members will be added for a team total. The team with the lowest combined score at each designated tournament, will receive five points for first, the second place team will receive four points and so on. All teams will receive at least one point. Points from each tournament will be added. If a player is unable to compete, then that team will count the two scores of the other members of the team. No substitute players will be allowed.

The team that has the highest point total for all tournaments designated as an Old Dominion Cup tournament will win the Old Dominion Cup to be displayed for one year at the local course. In addition, each team member will receive a plaque or trophy designating them as a member of the Old Dominion Cup championship team, and a $25 expense reimbursement. If two or more teams are tied for the championship, the State Championship will be counted as a playoff.

If you are a member of the APA, begin planning now to enter a team. Talk to others in your area and encourage other teams from your area to compete. There are fifteen designated tournaments for Old Dominion Cup play. Talk to your course manager to help recruit a team from your course.

Thank you for your interest in the PPA and APA in Virginia. I feel that we have an exciting schedule for 2000 and hope you will take advantage of every opportunity to compete and encourage your fellow PPA and APA members to do the same. The more you play and support the tour with your attendance and your actions, the better the tour will be for you and everyone else.

If you have Internet access, Peter Neumann will continue to update VA PPA news and National events as well as other State tours.

Best of Luck in 2000,

Gary Hinshaw, Chairman VA-PPA

 

 

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