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What’s New in 2017?


The Championship Committee of the Pennsylvania Golf Association recently approved the following changes for the upcoming season:

Exemption Classes Updated:

  • Exemption classes have been reviewed and updated across the board for the 2017 season; Here is a listing of the updates: 

    • Amateur: 

      • decrease from Top 3 of Dressler to only Champion (This class will NOT go into effect until 2018 season) 

    • Senior Amateur: 

      • add Top 5 from Sr. + S.-Sr. Art Wall

      • Top 5 from Sr. + S.-Sr. Dressler

      • Semifinalist from Sr. + S.-Sr. Match Play

      • increase to Top 25 Senior POY, Top 15 S.-Sr. POY

    • Middle-Amateur:

      • Increase Sigel Match Play Champions to past 10 years (from 5)

      • Add USGA Amateur Qualifiers

    • Art Wall, Jr. Memorial:

      • Increase past Art Wall Champions to 10 years for Overall division

      • Increase past Art Wall Senior Champions to 5 years

      • Increase past Art Wall Super-Senior Champions to 5 years

      • Increase to Top 20 from previous year Overall division

      • Increase to Top 5 from previous year Senior division

      • Increase to Top 5 from previous year Super-Senior division

      • Expand Host Site Club Champion to include Am + Senior + Super-Senior (if applicable)

    • R. Jay Sigel Amateur Match Play:

      • Add Past Champion class for past 5 years

      • Decrease to Top 66 in POY standings

    • Senior Amateur Match Play Invitational:

      • Expand Host Site Club Champion to include Senior + Super-Senior (if applicable)

      • Decrease to Top 14 in Senior POY

      • Increase to Top 14 in Super-Senior POY

      • Include Defending Champion from Senior + Super-Senior (If defending champion does not qualify on POY points, automatically is 15 seed the following year; If defending champion does qualify on POY points, POY standings determine seeding)

Junior Championship Age increased to 18 years old:

  • The Pennsylvania Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Championship age requirement increased to 18 years old to follow the lead of USGA.  In anticipation of increased participation, the Association is implementing exemptions based on previous performance in the Junior Championship.  The top 30 boys and top 15 girls from the 2016 event will be exempt in 2017.  Entries will then be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Junior Championship field will be limited to 156 players, to include 39 girls and 117 boys.  A wait list will be established to accommodate any overflow in entries. 

Super-Senior Division Updates:

  • The Championship Committee approved an adjusted breakdown of point distribution for the Super-Senior Player of the Year.  Please see point events HERE for the updated breakdown. 

  • Super-Senior Match Play Championship field has been increased from 8 to 16 players.  Players will be seeded based on their finish in the previous year points list.  An optional stroke play round will be available on day two of the event for those competitors eliminated on day one.

Father & Son Championship Update:

  • Father & Son Junior and Senior divisions will now feature both players competing from the same forward tee.  This move will eliminate confusion and aid in pace of play along with increasing playability.  Teams may choose to play from the championship tees to compete for the overall title.  The 2017 Father & Son will be hosted by Omni Bedford Springs Resort on Monday-Tuesday, July 17-18.

Administrative Improvements:

  • The Association has approved that events which require mandatory cart use at the request of the host club will have the fee collected at registration.  Players will be notified of the charges during the registration payment process.  The cart fee of $35 will include use of practice facilities.

  • Please note the Association will no longer accept paper entries.  Please call the golf office at 610-687-2340 x19 with any questions or if you need assistance. 

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