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SEASON FINALE

Tunica National turned out to be the perfect venue to end what has been a super competitve season.  I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff and great course conditions.  Buck, Art, Roosevelt, Ginger and everyone else were amazing.  First class facilities and a great course made it the complete package. 

Before we could crown our season point champions we had 36 holes to play.  It was just as competive as it has been all year and made for some exciting finishes. 

Champ flight- Day 1 saw Ed McDugle take a 1 stroke lead but Brandon Gurley was only 1 stroke behind with Jeff Dickey only 1 stroke behind Brandon.  Day 2 Ed and Brandon keep it close and Brandon took the lead after a run of 4 birdies in a row from 9 through 12.  The lead went back and forth until they reached the 18th tee box tied.  On the green Ed made a 5-foot putt for par and Brandon bogied.  Both players finshed the second day at even par but Ed still had the 1 stroke from day 1 to get the win on the 36th hole.  Congrats to all Champ flight competitors this year.  Participation in the premier flight was up all year and I expect bigger and better for next year as well.  Brandon Gurley and Jeff Dickey will represent Memphis/N.Mississippi’s Champ flight in the National Championships in October. 



A flight’s top 5 were separated by only 4 strokes at the end of Day 1;  lead by Tim Ferrell and Phillip Roberts with Jeff Edler only 1 point behind.  On day 2 once again Phillip Roberts shows his consistency by putting up a 39/40 79 final round but low round of the day in A flight went to 2nd place finisher Jake Williams at 77.  At the end of 36 holes Phillip wins with a 2-day total of 162 and Jake was just 2 strokes behind.   He didn’t have his best game for this tournament but Tommy Warren has been dominant all year and he came in with a nice lead in points.  Tommy held on this weekend to become the 2017 season champion.  Congrats Phillip on your 4th win this year and congrats to Tommy on your second championship!!! A flight will be represented in the Hilton Head National Championships by Paul Luker and Dalton Kulas.

Lafayette Simmons and Mike Bertoldo came into this final tournament 1st and 2nd in B flight points.  Lafayette had a commanding lead that put Mike in a position to have to win to be able to take the championship.

Day 1 Mike came out swinging and took a 3-stroke lead on the field with an 80.  Rick Debardeleben and Johnny Valentine both put up an 83 and stayed within striking distance.  Lafayette shot a very respectable 85 and left some work to be done on day 2.  When the 36th hole was played by all Rick had evened the score with Mike at 21 under par for the weekend.  Lafayette rallied on day 2 putting up the low score in B flight at 81 but fell 1 stroke short of the co-leaders.  This set up an awesome playoff between Rick and Mike.  If Rick won Lafayette would be season Champ and Mike would finish 2nd.  Mike stood to gain a lot and now was in the driver’s seat.  Mike took the win in the end on the first playoff hole.  This not only gave him the tournament win but the Season championship.  Lafayette and Mike were the only 2 competitors in B flight to win more than 1 tournament this year.  Both are strong competitors and played it down to the last stroke this year.  Congrats to Lafayette for a terrific year and Mike on his 3rd Championship title.  Well-deserved accomplishments this year!!!  Our B flight competitors for the Hilton Head Nationals are Mike Bertoldo, Tim Western, Neil Adams and Ken Smith.

In C flight the field was really tight early and it was anybody’s to win or lose.  Through the first 7 holes the entire field was separated by only 1 stroke.  At the end of day 1 Bart Watkins had the lead shooting 88.  George Powell was in 2nd at 89 and the remaining top 6 were separated by only 4 strokes.  On day 2 the standings didn’t change much until late in the round.   George evened the score with Bart on the par 4 12th ;  Bart took the lead back by 2 on 13.  With 2 holes left Bart went to the 14th tee box with a 2 stroke lead over George and a 3 stroke lead over Andy Gregory.  That’s when Andy turned it on and birdied 14 putting him only 1 stroke out of the lead with 1 to go.  On the final hole 15 Andy hooked his tee shot into the tall rough while Bart hit the fairway only 116 yards out.  Andy was able to get a club on the ball and dig it out but was still in the rough next to the cart path but only a short wedge shot away.  Bart made the green but had about a 30 foot birdie putt.  Andy chipped onto the green about 20 feet past the pin leaving a tough downhill putt.  Bart’s first putt left him about 4 feet for par.  Andy sized it up and read if perfectly making it dead center of the cup.  Bart missed the putt for par evening up the score at the end of 36 at 177.  Bill Barker who at one time in day 2 was 12 strokes off the lead rallied to get within 2 stroke to tie George Powell for 3rd place.  Now there was yet another playoff with a lot at stake.  Whoever wins between Bart and Andy not only wins the tournament but wins the season championship.  Andy teed up first hitting possibly his best drive of the day and went on to win the first playoff off playing the last 4 holes including the playoff hole at even par to take the tournament win and the 2017 season championship.  Congrats to all of the C flight competitors and especially Andy for 2 championships in a row.  Congrats Andy!!! A special thanks to Danny McDougle who weathered some injuries and ailments to be at the top of the points race all year.  C flight will be represented In Hilton Head this year by Andy Gregory, Bill Barker, Danny McDougle, Bart Watkins, George Powell, Richard Ward, Keith Smith and Ken Pieczonka. 


Before anyone in D flight teed it up this weekend Vince Vaghela had a commanding points lead.  He didn’t sit back and ride it out though.  Vince keep that commanding lead in check shooting an 85 on Day 1 with Arthur Miller 7 shots back and Austin Marshall 8 strokes back.  Day 2 however seemed to play a little tougher for all of the D flight competitors.  It was on the 35th hole that Austin took the lead and on the 36th hole and gained 1 more stroke to win by 2 over Vince.  Austins 2 day total was 188 and gave him his first win in this 2 day major to end the year.  Arthur Miller finished 3rd.   2nd place however was good enough for Vince to take this seasons D flight championship.  D flight participation has been huge all year.  Thank you to all for the great season.  Congrats to Austin on his first win and Vince for his first Golfweek Amateur Tour championship.   This years D flight will be represented by Vince Vaghela and Rodney Gillentine at the tour championships in Hilton Head.





2017 Season Points Winners

Left to right-Mike Bertoldo (B Flight), Andy Gregory (C Flight), Ed McDugle (Champ Flight), 

Tommy Warren (A Flight), Vince Vaghela (D Flight).




Director's Recognition Award Recipients

Front row Left to right-Mike Bertoldo,Andy Gregory, Neil Adams, Tim Western, Vince Vaghela, 

Richard Ward, Danny McDougal.  Back row-Director, Bart Watkins.  

Not shown-Andy Darrow and Ken Pieczonka.


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Live Score Instructions

We will be using Live Scoring for this event. Please follow the instructions below for using the Live Score System. We ask that you designate 1 person in each group to update the scores for the entire group and at least 1 person in the group keep a paper scorecard as well. 
Both the Live Score and Paper Scorecards are MANDATORY so please be sure that you designate players in your group to do each of them.
 

At the end of the round, go through the Live Score and Paper Scorecard as a group to verify the accuracy of both. Once everything has been verified,  
EVERYONE in the group must sign the paper scorecard attesting your scores in both the Live Score and on the paper card are accurate. Please hand the paper scorecard into the scoring table for verification and finalization of your round scores. 


Live Score Instructions for Updating Scores

  • Go to www.USLiveScore.com through the web browser on your smart phone
  • Choose “Memphis/North Mississippi” from the Drop Down Menu.
  • Click on the “Live Scoring” button to log in
  • When prompted for your login credentials enter the below... 
          E-Mail Address:  This is the e-mail address that you registered with the tour  
          Password:  Everyone’s password has been set to password in all lower case.
  • On the Main Scoring Screen, click on your starting hole and you will be brought to the “Update Scores” screen for that particular hole
  • Enter the scores for everyone in your group by clicking on the plus (+) or minus (-) button to adjust the scores for each player and then click the                            “Update” button to enter the scores
  • After you update the scores for your current hole, the system will automatically progress you to scoring for the next hole


Additional Navigation Options

  • Click on the “Menu” button in the top right hand corner of the screen to view your navigation options
  • Home will bring you to the Main Scoring Page where you can view the Tee Box Assignments, Group Score Card and select a hole to start scoring
  • There are 2 separate Leaderboard options. One will show you a simplified version of the leaderboards for each flight and the other will show you                                    the leaderboards for each flight with hole-by-hole scores.
  • The “Skins and Cash Games” option will show the up-to-date skins standings for the entire tournament as scores are entered into the system.
  • Event Special Announcements are where you can view any event specific announcements for each day

 

Update Scores Screen

  • At the top of the page, you will see the Hole Number and Par for the Hole
  • The next section will show you the Tee Boxes and Yardages for everyone in your group
  • The section under the tee boxes is your group’s pace of play. This will show you your current pace, average time it is taking your group to complete                                     a hole and what your expected total round time is based on the holes already played and their pace.
  • At the bottom of the page, you can view your entire group’s scorecard
  • The Previous Hole and Next Hole buttons at the very bottom of this screen will move you through the Update Scores Screen for each hole


Live Score Instructions for Viewing Standings without Logging In

  • Go to www.USLiveScore.com on the web browser on your smart phone
  • Click on the Drop Down Menu and select either the “Memphis/North Mississippi” option
  • Click on the “Leaderboard” button to view the Hole-By-Hole Score Leaderboard
  • Click on the Menu Button to view a limited set of options for viewing the Regular Leaderboard and Skins and Cash Games for the current event








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The GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour of Memphis/North Mississippi is the Premier Amateur Golf Tour dedicated to Amateur Golfers of all skill levels. We use some of the best championship golf courses in West Tennessee and North Mississippi to host our tournaments making your experience the best possible tournament atmosphere that we can produce.

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As a member of the Memphis/North Mississippi Tour, you are allowed to play in as many or as few Memphis/North Mississippi Tour events as you would like to. As an added benefit, you are also allowed to play in any other tour event throughout the country! For every Memphis/North Mississippi Tour event that you play in, you will gain season long points that could potentially pave your way to the National Championship in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at the end of the season.

Your 2017 Membership will only cost $90 and includes the following...

  • 2017 GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour Hat ($20 value)
  • 2017 GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour Bag Tag
  • 2017 GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour Member Card
  • 2017 USHandicap Membership  ($20 value) (Registration must be completed in order to receive this membership)
  • 1 Year Subscription to GOLFWEEK Magazine ( $39.95 value)
  • Discounted Practice Rounds at Most Event Courses
  • 15% to 50% on Golf Equipment, Apparel and Accessories at Tour Sponsor Golf Shop and Online Store
  • Opportunity to compete in National Tour Championship in Hilton Head, SC in October 2017. Over 600 golfers competed in 2016! 

 

Scoring_______________________________________________________________

Based on where you placed in each tournament, you will be awarded points. All participating members receive points no matter what place they finished in the event. The Season Long Points Winner for each flight will be awarded a trophy and a free tour membership for the next season or other nice prizes. The top 10 in each flight also have the opportunity to compete in the National Finals at Hilton Head Island in October.

Listed below are the flight assignments and yardages..

Championship Flight: 0 to 3.9 Handicap
A Flight: 4.0 to 8.9 Handicap
B Flight: 9.0 to 13.9 Handicap
C Flight: 14.0 to 18.9 Handicap
D Flight: 19.0 and Higher Handicap

Championship flight: 6700 yards and up

-A flight: 6500-6800 yards

-B flight: 6400-6600 yards

-C flight: 6200-6500 yards

-D flight: 6000-6300 yards 

Yardages for some flights will vary slightly up or down at different courses.


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