Newest Committee Decisions

This page (UPDATED on 3-26-18) will display the most current decisions and updates made by the Handicap and Competition Committee usually during the off season meetings.  PGT still reserves the right to change, add, delete, or modify any regulation at any time.
The following are in effect for the 2018 season and beyond. 
All previous PGT rules and regulations still in effect unless modified below.
New decisions will be added and/or existing decisions modified as needed.
2018 updates will be posted after the off season meetings or when a new decision is made.  We will have numerous USGA rules, local, and daily rules at the registration table before each tournament.  While it is the players responsibility to know and abide be all USGA rules and regulations, we strive to give as much information as we can to the players so we are all playing the same game and the Field is protected.

Current Schedule-- The yearly schedule is usually not completed and filled in until sometime around the Golf Show date which is the middle of March.  We have to wait for some of the private clubs to decide which date is best for us to have a tournament there based on their club activities because of the limited number of weekend spots available to us there.  When and if an agreed upon date is made, it is posted.  Then the remaining open dates on the schedule are filled in with the courses we have a great working relationship with. As always, there are usually only 25-30 events scheduled with a limited number weekends.  Most events are local (within 2 hours of Pittsburgh), and we have a few travel events every year.  Based on the number of clubs we can hold a tournament at, this is why the schedule changes from year to year, and we always try to visit new venues and revisit venues we have not been to in a while.
Handicap and Membership Dues-- GHIN is still being used as the main USGA handicap and is required to play in tournaments.  Fee paid to and managed by PGT but KPGA is still the association used. If you keep your handicap with the PGT, your GHIN will show Pittsburgh Golfers Tour as your home club.  PGT will always enter your scores for any PGT tournament that will show up as a "T" score for Tournament, but players must always enter all their other rounds played that will show up as "A" for an Away score.  If you keep a USGA handicap at another club, it must be active, and you are required to make sure PGT has the information so we can verify it and you are responsible for entering ALL of you own rounds.  PGT will maintain a separate PGT index (short term change until GHIN revision catches up), and a Tournament only average (see additional details in next topic).  All players will play to the lowest of these.  Note a USGA handicap rule change for this year, and see details below.
All players must register as an active Member and be paid before competing in tournaments by clicking on and completing the online membership ("Join the PGT" or Members Renewal").  Call, text, or email PGT for all details but information is posted on the forms.
GHIN, PGT Index, Tournament Average, and Handicap adjustments-- A verified USGA handicap isrequired to participate, GHIN is preferred and what PGT uses.  If you do not have a USGA handicap. PGT can easily start one for you when you provide 10 past scores with a slope and rating of the tees you played.
     1)  PGT will maintain an individual tournament PGT index that reduces your GHIN based on lower differentials over a short period of time until GHIN catches up on revisions.  If a PGT index is used, it will be clearly listed on the scoresheets so a player knows their exact handicap prior to competing.  A Tournament average is calculated when a player shows signs of Tournament differentials being lower than the majority of Away differentials.  The lowest Tournament differentials are calculated as an average over the past year.  The lowest index of the three will be the index that a player uses for upcing tournaments.
The PGT Handicap Committee may at any time adjust a players handicap for a variety of reasons, and may disqualify and withold any winnings as a result of exceptionally low net scores.
     2)  New members and players may have certain reductions and restrictions until tournament scores can be added into their handicap calculation and/or index is verified.  This is based on the number of Tournament scores, courses played, length of time the USGA index is active, and/or the number of rounds used to calculate the index.
Handicap Calculation Used for NET score-- We will now be using 100% of your course adjusted handicap for all calculations.
In past years we have used the USGA guidelines of a reduced course adjusted handicap to calculate your tournament handicap.  We have used 85-95% in the past, and 90% the last two years.  Basically a players GHIN index was calculated to a course adjusted handicap based on the slope.  This number was used to calculate net skins, but we reduced that number to 90% for the tournament.  Now we will course adjust your index based on the slope of the tees you compete from and that number will be used for skins, tournament net score, PCS, and Player of the Year rankings.  Your course adjusted handicap will still be changed to reflect the rating difference if you happen to be playing from a different set of tees in that specific tournament.
Tour Schedule and Entry Fees-- Many of these courses will have green fees of $50-$60 or less.  We will limit this year to two "premium" events  or those with green fees over $80.  The tournament entry fees include the green fee, cart, range, taxes, fees, and prize purse.  Any of which may or may not be included for any specific event.  The final format and actual cost breakdown is posted on the Tee Times & Pairings page before the event.  We will try to keep the costs as low as possible and the averge teournament entry fee usually is between $90 and $110.  The green fee is what usually changes the entry fee, but sometime we play for a larger or smaller amount in the prize purse.  The following types of events will be listed...
     1) Money Majors--One offered per month but must play in at least one other event month before.
     2) PCS Majors--One per month offered for additional points.  Bonus points after 7th and 10th event.
     3) WAC qualifiers--must also play in at least 3 other events
     4) Super Tournament--
     5) Split Field Player Option--
     6) Two Day Tour Championship--Anyone can play in each day as single event. 
          Must have played in 8 during season to qualify for bigger money and flight trophy ($3000 extra was added into the purse in 2015).
     7) PCS Final--Final event of season to accumulate points
PCS structure-- Same as in past years, similar to PGA FedEx Cup.  Optional side year long competition.  Entry fee $50.  PCS tournaments are considered an official tournament.  Even if you don't participate in the PCS competition, the PCS tournaments are used for certain qualifications.  For example, 8 official tournaments must be entered in order to compete for the two day Tour Championship trophy and extra large prize purse.
Top 25 % of PCS Field is in the money.  REFER TO SCORING SYSTEM PAGE FOR ALL DETAILS.  Only difference this season is that there will be a dedicated PCS Major each month where points are greater.
World Amateur Championship (WAC) prize qualifications-- No changes as far as prize structure and winners.  Three qualifier events, one each month starting in May.  Lowest total net from those three qualifiers makes the final 8 winners.  A $25 fee will be collected prior to the first qualifier from all participants.  This $25 fee will be returned to all players who participate in the World Am in Myrtle Beach, regardless if you win one of the top 8 prizes.
In order to be eligible to win any of the 8 prizes, players must have competed in 3 non-WAC events prior to the WAC final.  Also, a first year player cannot win the top prize, but can win any of the remaining.  So, if a first year player happens to have the lowest net qualifying score from the three tournaments, they would get the second place prize and all other players move up respectively.
Tees-- All players will play from a middle tee distance for that course similar to the white markers (average of 6200-6400 yards).  Players with a USGA index or PGT index under 10 have the option of moving back as far as they want  and players with index of 12.9 or less have option to move back typical one set to the back tees or the blue tee markers.  These players will have their index course adjusted based on slope and ration of those tees.  Women still play from red/forward tees, and players who petition the handicap committee can move to gold/senior tees (based on combination of driving distance and scoring ability).
Payouts-- Refer to Tee Times & Pairings page prior to the tournament for all details. 
Flight A will have a slightly increased entry fee and therefore a higher payout to the winners for the early part of the season.  This will determine if players like higher payouts and approx the top 20% paid.
Flight B and C will have regular entry fees and top 25% to 30% paid out.  
Flights/Divisions-- There has been some talk about changing the number and description of the flights.  There is still not enough participation of the low single digit and scratch players to justify a gross only flight. 
The main structure will still remain as Flights A-B-C with index ranges of A--0.0 to 7.9, B--8.0 to 12.9, C--13.0 and up.  This is not a range set in stone and each flight may have a slightly differnt index range to maximize the number of players in that flight for the best payouts. There may be full field events based on the tournament format, or only two flights based on the number of overall participants.   
Maximum (and lowest) Handicap allowed to participate-- The PGT is designed for the average golfer and is set up so that similar skill players compete against each other.  Flights of set index ranges are the main thing made for this purpose.  While the PGT is a Pro and Amateur tournament format, and has the catch phrase of "Competitive golf for players of ALL skill levels" there still must be limitations on the high and low end of the handicap scale.  Also, the PGT is set up for tournament play and the players are expected to know and follow the USGA rules of golf.  This is not the place for the PGA type Pro or plus handicap player, nor is it the place for a player to learn the game as a beginner with a very high handicap.  The PGT will make the final decision based on an interview of a player who may fall into the high or low handicap, and possibly after demonstrating their true ability to get around the course.  We have decided that anyone over a 30 handicap index should improve their game before joining the PGT and playing competitively.  To put this in perspective, a 30 index player and course adjusted on an average golf course would play to around a 36.  This is probably then not a handicap that would make a player competitive, may become a distraction for fellow competitors, and even cause a pace of play issue.  And on the other extreme, a higher plus player may score exceptionally better than all other players and dominate even in a net competition.  The bottom line is that the PGT reserves the right to review a players ability to determine if they can compete in our format.
Ryder Cup Qualifications-- The Ryder Cup Team Captain shall have the final determination on the team roster.  For the most part however, a standing team player will have first opportunity to be on the roster, and certain medical issues for instance will be reviewed.  But a qualification is that a player compete in at least 5 official rournaments before the end of June, and at least one in July prior to the Ryder Cup competition at the end of July.  This ensures a proper handicap and ability based on their current handicap for pairing purposes.  
Match Play-- Our year long Match Play competition will simply be one tournament and one field per season.  If the tournament brackets are not all filled at the designated start time, a random and blind draw will be made for a first round bye.  All details can be seen on the Match Play page and we will stick to a strict time frame for matches to be completed.  Players must be flexible enough and willing to play their match during a regular PGT event in order to get it in on time if needed.
New USGA rules for 2017-- PGT, as a golf club, has the ability to modify a USGA rule, or even add or ignore a rule for the purposes of our format.  These local rules are made aware to the players when they needed.  An example would be free relief for an embedded ball thru the green, or lift-clean-place based on course conditions, or even a lost ball rule.  Our starters will make sure you are advised of a local rule prior to your tee time.