February 2, 2005
The 2005 Virginia PPA Tour
The 2005 putting season is
just around the corner. I know most of you are already planning your season.
Please take a few minutes to review this year’s newsletter and schedule as
well as the prize money breakdown .
For complete information on
all the National and State events and to get 2005 membership information
visit the Official Web Site of the Professional Putter’s Association,
www.proputters.com. Please renew your membership early, by mid February.
The Virginia tour will be given spots for the World Championship Match Play
event the week of the Nationals based on
memberships received by March 6, 2005.
MEMBERSHIP FEES MUST BE
PAID TO AND RECEIVED BY THURSDAY EVENING PRIOR TO ANY TOURNAMENT
WEEKEND. IF YOUR FEE IS NOT PAID, THEN YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN
THAT WEEKEND’S TOURNAMENTS. PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT TO PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP FEES
AT THE FIRST TOURNAMENT SITE. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY THAT
WEEKEND. PLEASE SEND YOUR RENEWAL TO THE ADDRESS ON THE MEMBERSHIP FORM. BE
SURE AND MARK VIRGINIA AS YOUR HOME STATE OR TOUR ON THE APPLICATION.
Enclosed in this newsletter,
please find your schedule of tournaments for the Virginia PPA tour for 2005.
Scheduled tournaments for the National tour are noted, as well as majors
on other tours that count toward qualification for the Virginia State
championship. Please verify all sites and dates for other tours with the
host tours. The Virginia tour cannot be held responsible for changes to
schedules of these tours. If any changes to the Virginia tour schedule are
made you will be notified of those changes.
Your tournament committee
met January 15, 2005 to plan our tour for 2005 and report 2004 financial
results. Brad Lebo, Vince Batten and I represented the VA tour at the
“three tour meeting?on January 5th and as a result of that
meeting, the schedules of SC, NC, and VA offer a great opportunity for the
players to compete without conflicts.
The 2005 Schedule
The Dogwood Festival Open May 22
The Virginia Open June26
The Virginia Putting Classic August 21
The State Championship Sept 18
General Rules of Play
All tournament play on the
Virginia tour is governed by the rules as stated in the Official Rules
and Regulations of the Professional Putters Association. As a member
of the PPA and APA everyone pledges ?to uphold the rules and regulations of
the PPA and APA; to display proper character and good sportsmanship while
participating OR practicing on a PPA sanctioned golf course…”
The 2005 Official Rule Book is available online at ProPutters.com. There are
several rules changes that you will want to review.
Please read through your new rule book and review your Membership Contract
which you signed when submitting your application for membership. As
members of a professional organization, it is up to the integrity of the
players to see that all rules are enforced. Of concern to the committee is
the self enforcement of dress code, player conduct and pace of play.
Please familiarize yourself with these rules as well as all rules of play.
The biggest concern of the committee is how we
collectively get a handle on outbursts of temper, whether by verbal or some
physical action, that are detrimental to PPA, the host course, fellow
players and the player committing any such act. The committee feels that
it is incumbent upon each person to take personal stock of themselves and
then make a personal commitment to insure that we project a positive image
of the PPA.
While it is understood that there are times,
both in triumph and defeat, that players may spontaneously express their
emotions, and there is no desire on the part of anyone to suppress such
emotion, there are limits to such displays when they become an
embarrassment (i.e. profanity) or a danger, (i.e. flying objects)
to fellow players, spectators, the host course, or the PPA.
With this in mind, the committee asks that all
players place a special emphasis on projecting a professional and positive
image going forward. To that end, any acts of unsportsmanship that are
witnessed or reported will be dealt with and we will reserve the right to
fine players even on a first offense a minimum of $25.00.
Please be advised that warnings or fines may be delayed if actions are
reported after an event.
At each tournament site the course owner or representative will act, if it
is their desire, as the tournament official to make rulings during play and
enforce any rules of sportsmanship and dress. In the event that the course
does not wish to provide this service, then the committee, which is elected
by the players, will serve. At each site there will be up to two PPA
and one APA committee representative assigned to act as the tournament
officials. All decisions that might need to be addressed specific to that
day’s events will be up to those three players. All committee members
present will be available to assist with collection of entry fees, make
pairings, make rulings during play, pay out prize money, record and report
all tournament results, and be responsible for any remaining funds.
Please remember that we are playing as invited guests of the local course
owners and managers. Please take a moment when you arrive at a site and
again before you leave to thank the owner or manager and staff for hosting
our tournament. Also do all you can to help keep the facility clean during
our tournaments. We have had some problems reported by course personnel
that a few of our players have been less than respectful to staff members,
and customers and not attentive to the fact that once a tournament is over
there is a need by the course to continue on with business.
Pairings for all tournaments,
Prize Money and Starting Times
The defending champions, i.e. the winner of the last state tournament held
at the site, will tee off first. The current State Championship will tee off
second. All other players will be paired by luck of the draw. Committee
members who are assigned to work a tournament will be paired in the second,
third or fourth pairing, so that they may be finished and able to assist
at the end of the tournament. In all major tournaments, the defending
champion will be teed off first, followed by the State Champion. All other
players will be paired based on the point standings with the player
highest on the points standing entered in the tournament being paired next,
and so on until all players are paired.
If you are a defending champion in either the PPA or APA please volunteer
this when you pay your entry fee to insure that you are appropriately
paired. Failure to do this might result in you not receiving the
recognition due you as the defending champion.
Entry fees for PROS for all 54 hole tournaments will be $50. At designated
tournaments, spots for the World Championship can be won. Any player may
attempt to qualify by stating that they wish to qualify. All qualifying
spots will go to the low medalist attempting to qualify who must then pay
the $125 entry fee for the spot. Any ties for a qualifying spot will be
decided by an eighteen hole playoff. At the time of this printing it is not
know how many spots for the World Championship will be awarded on the
Virginia tour. We will know before our first tournament is played. Please
refer to the enclosed schedule for the order in which spots will be awarded.
One spot will be reserved for the player highest in the points standing
after the July 10th tournament in Abingdon. For PPA members,
entry fee for majors will remain $80. Please refer to the enclosed prize
money pay-out for the 2004 prize money pay out.
Entry fees will be taken starting one hour and thirty minutes prior to tee
off. A final call to pay entry fees will be made one hour prior to tee off.
If you have not paid your entry fee by this time, please do so immediately.
If you are unable to pay your entry fee during the time designated and you
wish to play, you may give it to someone to pay for you. However, once an
entry fee is paid, it is not refundable without good reason and committee
approval, and will not be considered until the tournament for that day is
As soon as there are no players waiting to pay after the final call, entry
fees will be closed. At this time the one ball rule will be in effect. Entry
fees will not be taken while pairings are being made and completed .Any
rights for pairings are forfeited at this time. Once pairings have been
completed, a $ 5.00 late fee will be charged to any professional member who
wishes to compete but has not entered. These players will then be paired at
the bottom of the pairings.
If a player who has been practicing
on the day of a tournament fails to pay his entry fee on time, and then does not
enter the tournament to avoid a late fee, that player will be assessed a $25
fine for violation of the rule regarding practice times, and be required to pay
the appropriate greens fee to the local course. Starting times, unless requested by
the course, will be 12 noon for all Saturday tournaments, 10 am for all Sunday
tournaments. Please check the schedule for starting times for each event.
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 nine (9) 54 hole
tournaments, 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 entry fee for the State Championship. An APA member must play in a
minimum of five (5) tournaments and pay the entry fee for the State
Championship, or he may pay the balance of the entry fees due to make up for
tournaments missed and pay the entry fee for the State Championship.
Prize money for the 2005 State Championship 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 held in Richmond, VA.
point system, as used in previous years, will be used again in 2005. Points
will be won and awarded according to place of finish in all tournament play.
All players competing, regardless of their playing status, i.e. non Virginia
tour regulars, will be awarded points. Points will be awarded in the
following manner; all 54 hole tournaments will award 25 points for first
place, 24 for second and so on down to one point for all finishers 25 to the
last place. In the APA division of play, the points will start with 20 for
first, 18 for second, 17 for third, 16 for fourth and so on with all places
receiving at least one point
In all major tournaments, those tournaments that are scheduled for four
rounds or more, first place points will be 30 in the pro field and 25 in the
APA. Second will receive 25 in the pro and 20 in the APA and then increment
down one point for third to the end will all players receiving at least one
Awards will be given in the PPA and APA for stroke average, player of the
year, and sportsmanship.
The 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 a 54 hole tournament is 1800,
then the average score for the 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 stoke averages will be a
cumulative average of all tournaments with each tournament round being
weighted such that each tournament round for the season is given equal
weight in the calculation of the overall weighted stroke average. For
example, a four round tournament will have
4/3 the weight of a three round tournament
in the calculation of the overall weighted stroke average. Similarly, a 6
round tournament will have twice the weight of a three round tournament in
the calculation of the overall weighted stroke average.
To be eligible to win the stroke average award in the pro or APA, a player
must play in a minimum of 75% of the total tournament rounds. All
tournaments through the State Championship will count for stroke average.
The Player of the Year award will be based on the following criteria:
- 1 point will be awarded for each win in a
regular tournament (3 rounds)
- 3, 2, and 1 points for 1st, 2nd,
and 3rd in the Majors. ( 4 or more rounds) 3 for 1st
and 1 for 2nd in APA.
- 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 points for 1st through 5th
in the following three statistical categories: stroke
average, points and prize money won.
The Sportsmanship Award in the PPA and APA will be voted on by the players
at the State Championship and the course owners on the tour if they wish to
vote. Pros will vote for pros and APAs will vote for APAs. The
sportsmanship award will award a plaque for each recipient.
The Virginia Open will be played over six rounds. Tee off for the Virginia
Open will be 9:30am. After three rounds, there will be a thirty
minute break and players will be repaired. All six rounds will be played on
course number three.
State Championship Weekend
The Saturday tournaments the weekend of the State Championship will be
played back to back. The morning tournament will begin with a shotgun start.
The afternoon tournament will be straight tee off. The State Championship
will be a straight tee off at 9 am, with three rounds in the morning,
a break, and then three rounds in the afternoon. The order of play in the
morning will be novice, APA and PPA. This gives everyone equal time between
morning and afternoon rounds. Novice will play four rounds in the State
Championship without taking a break.
In the event that a course becomes unplayable because of standing water on
two or more holes or for torrential rain, or rain with lightening, play will
If after a one hour delay in play, it appears that there is no reasonable
chance that condition will improve, the three committee members assigned for
that tournament will call the tournament. In order to determine the
likelihood of a reasonable chance that conditions will improve, the
committee will use all available technology to make this decision, whether
it be TV weather reports, Internet access to weather reports or other
sources. The final decision to cancel remaining rounds or postpone or
cancel the tournament will be at the discretion of the designated committee
In the event that a tournament is stopped because of weather, and play is
unable to continue, then a tournament will be considered official if, by
division of play, the following has occurred: for a 3 round tournament, 2
rounds completed, for a 4 round tournament 2 rounds complete, and for a six
round tournament 3 or more rounds complete.
If a tournament is canceled without being official, all entry fees will be
refunded for that day. Any tournaments that are rained out will be attempted
to be made up if the schedule allows.
CLAYTON CUP and HANCOCK CUP
2004 brought the Clayton Cup back to Virginia for the second year in a row.
Our team represented our tour well with a convincing win in Columbia, SC.
The 2005 Clayton Cup and Hancock Cup will be played in High Point, NC.
Players will be asked to fill out a player declaration form which will be
used to determine which tour a player wishes to compete. If a player makes
the team of his first choice, then that player must compete for that tour’s
team. A second choice may be used only if the player fails to qualify for
his first choice team. Player declaration forms are due in by May 15th.
The following criteria will be used to determine the Clayton Cup team:
point system will be used to determine the top players on the tour. This
point system will use the points standings list mentioned above, money
winnings standings and relative stroke average. Points will be awarded in
each of three categories. First place will receive one point, second two
points, third place three points and so on. The points for all three
categories will then be added together. The players will then be ranked for
the Clayton Cup team with the player with the lowest combined total being
the leader. A player must play in a minimum of 50% of the tournaments to be
eligible for the Clayton Cup or Hancock Cup team.
The top eight players on the Clayton Cup standings will make the team. Once
those eight players are determined they will vote
one player onto the team. Once that player is in place, those nine will then
vote for the final player’s spot. The ten members will then vote for a
captain who may be another player or a team member. In the event that any
player on the team is unable to compete after making the team, then any
alternate spots will be awarded to the next highest player on the Clayton
Cup team points who was not selected.
For the Hancock Cup team, the APA players will use the points standings. The
top six players in the point standings will make the team. Any alternate
spots will be awarded based on points.
The State Championship will be the final tournament that will count towards
the formation of the Clayton Cup and Hancock Cup teams. In the event that
the State Championship is rained out and rescheduled to the rain date, then
standings through the last played tournament will be used.
APA Old Dominion Cup
Congratulations to Malcolm Shumaker and Dennis Biesma for winning the 2004
Old Dominion Cup.
The format for the 2004 Old Dominion Cup will be as follows. APA players may
form a two or three player team and compete for the Old Dominion Cup. The
competition for the Old Dominion Cup will be part of the regular tour
schedule. The tournament dates for the Old Dominion Cup are noted on the
schedule. Remember, there is no additional charge to form a team and
Each team must register its players. At least two members of each team
member must compete in a designated tournament for that team total to count,
but a team does not have to play in every designated tournament to be
eligible to win the cup. A team must play to receive any points for a
The scores for each team member at each site will be the best two of three
scores each round combined for the team total. The team with the lowest
combined score at the end of each tournament will be awarded three points, 2
points for second and so on with each team competing receiving at least one
point. For major tournaments, the points awarded will be doubled. Each team
will count it’s best eight point totals out of eleven designated tournaments
for the final point total to determine the winning team.
The team with the highest point total after all tournaments designated as an
Old Dominion Cup event will win the 2005 Old Dominion Cup which will then be
displayed at the team’s home course. In addition, each team member will
receive a plaque or trophy designating them as a member of the winning team
and a $25 expense reimbursement. If two or more teams tie for the
Old Dominion Cup then the State Championship will serve as a playoff for all
If you are an APA member beginning planning your team now so that you can
Committee Member Elections
For 2005 your tournament committee members are: pros?Gary Hinshaw,
chairman, Vince Batten, Mike own, Jeff Spainhour, Brad Lebo, Jonathan
Moore, statistician, and Buddy Taylor, and APA members, Chuck Dibbs, ,
Dennis Biesma, and Amy Smith. These member will serve throughout 2005.
Members for 2006 will be elected at the State Championship. Any player who
is eligible to play in the State Championship is eligible to vote for
committee members. Any player who has played in at least ten (10) Virginia
tournaments, not counting the NC/VA event in Martinsville, will be
eligible to be elected to the committee. Committee members will serve a one
year term. If a qualified person is not elected who is willing, and has the
necessary skills to perform the duties of statistician, then the elected
committee members may elect a statistician as an additional committee
member. I will remain as course owner liaison and chairman, and five PPA
members and two APA members from different areas will be elected.
Statistics and Tournament
One area of concern expressed is the need to be more timely with updating
statistics and reporting tournament results to ProPutters.com. The
committee asks that all updated statistics be sent to the field by email
within one week of a tournament. If they are not sent by that time, the
committee will take action to make sure that they are reported. Jonathan
Moore will again keep stats for the PPA and Amy Smith for the APA. Also, in
an effort to help keep news current, after each tournament the winner is
requested to make him or herself available briefly so that an article can
be written to send to ProPutters.com. Brad Lebo has volunteered his time
to write the stories for each 2005 VA PPA event.
hope to see everyone in Richmond on April 9 as we begin the 2005 season.
Virginia PPA Chairman