Newest Committee Decisions

This page 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. REFER TO THE CLUB HANDBOOK for all PGT rules, regulations, and guidelines.
The following are in effect for the 2021 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.
2021 updates and beyond will be posted 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 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.  The yearly fee is paid to and managed by PGT but WPGA 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 may enter your scores for PGT tournaments that will show up as a "C" score for Competition, but players must always enter all their other rounds played that will show up as "A" for an Away score.  If PGT does not enter your Tournament score, you will be advised to enter it yourself as soon as possible or face a penalty score to be added.  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 index), and a Tournament only index (see additional details in next topic).  All players will play to the lowest of these.  
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 Index, and Handicap adjustments-- A verified USGA handicap isrequired to participate, but GHIN is ultimately what PGT uses.  If you do not have a USGA handicap. PGT can easily start one for you when you provide some 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 index is calculated when a player shows signs of Tournament differentials being lower than the majority of Away differentials.  The Tournament differentials are calculated as an average of 10 of the last 20 rounds.  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  be using 100% of your course adjusted handicap for all calculations (playing handicap).
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.  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.  
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 since the previous money major.
     2) PCS Majors--One per month offered for additional points.  Bonus points after 8th, 10th and 12th events.
     3) WAC qualifiers--must also play in at least 3 other events prior to the final qualifier.
     4) Super Tournament--a full fiield competition with larger prize purse and no side games.
     5) Split Field Player Option--Two flights based on entry fee.  One flight cost of a normal tournament and normal payouts. Second flight a higher sost with higher payouts.
     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.  There will be a dedicated PCS Major tournaments for extra points.  Bonus points of 400 on your 8th tournament, 100 on your 10th, and 100 for your 12th.
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.  Any player who has never participated in a World Am in Myrtle Beach can play in our three qualifiers, and the lowest net 54 hole score of the new participants will win a free entry into the world Am.  If that player happens to be one of the top 8 of the field, they are removed from that list to win the single prize and all players behind move up one spot.
Tees--PGT will use our own tee markers.  #1 (yellow), #2 (black), and #3 (teal). All players will play from the default #2 tee (maximum of 6300 yards for par 72) unless otherwise requested.  Players that usually play and post majority of their rounds from a longer tee have the option of moving to tee #1 (maximum of 6600 yards).  Women play from red/forward tees or the womens rated tee (maximum of 5700 yards), and players who petition the handicap committee can move to tee #3 because of shorter driving distance or medical condition, to fairly compete (maximum of 6000 yards).  Players granted permission to play tee#3 must play from that tee for the entire season. When you petition to play tee#3, your GHIN will be reviewed, and you will play at least one round with a committee member from default tees before a decision is made.  Your play will be monitored during the season and the committee could move you back to the default tees based on your play. 
The basic layout for all tournaments will be similar to...
Yellow Tee#1--6600 par 72--6500 par 71--6400 par 70
Black Tee #2--6300 par 72--6200 par 71--6100 par 70
Teal Tee #3-- 6000 par 72--5900 par 71--5800 par70
Payouts-- Refer to Tee Times & Pairings page prior to the tournament for all details. Prize purse payouts to top 25% to 30%.  
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 general index ranges of A--0 to 7, B--8 to 13, C--14.0 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.   We will often have a set C flight of 14 and up while the A and B flight is simply divded into half to make an equal number of players per flight.
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. Regardless of your actual index, a maximum of 32 strokes is allowed.  This is your playing handicap for both net score and skins (we play both gross and net skins).
Ryder Cup Eligibility-- The Ryder Cup Committee shall have the final determination on the team roster.  For the most part, all active PGT members have the opportunity to be on the team if they meet certan eligibility requirements.  Past Ryder Cup players have preference because they are familiar with the Ryder Cup format.  But a qualification is that a player compete in at least a certain number of 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. There will be various Match Play days and competitions that you must play in to show your ability and knowledge of match play.  Final RC committee decisions will be made available.  If you are interested in participating, let us know for your consideration on the team.
Match Play-- Our year long Match Play competition will simply be one tournament and one field per season to crown the year long match play champion.  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.  Payouts go to the semi final winners and up and champion also receives a trophy.  We may add a second chance match play tournament for cash payouts only.  We may also add a separate match play tournament where players must play their matches outside of PGT tournaments.
New USGA rules for 2021 and beyond-- PGT, as a golf club, can add USGA approved local rules.  These local rules are made aware to the players when they needed.  An example would be to mark- lift-clean-place based on course conditions, or even a lost ball rule.  It is the players responsibility to know and follow all rules.