We had a very special 2022 averaging 205 players per regular season tournament. We conducted a successful experiment combining a scramble with the annual banquet. We will do this again in 2023.
We look forward to playing 15 excellent courses in 2023. As in the past, two-man pairings will be used, with emphasis on completing a round in less than 4 hours and 20 minutes. The D Flight playing the forward tees has proven to be a very
popular approach. If an 80-year-old qualifies for the A, B, or C Flight, he will be allowed to play in the D Flight but cannot enter the honey pot.
Entry deadlines are enforced. If you do not get your entry in on time, you do not play. Since the mail is not very dependable, if you are afraid your entry might be late, email or text me. Text or email ONLY, no phone calls! Please provide me with time of day, partner, and side pot choices.
Former Tournament Chairman, Lee Spencer, worked very hard to improve the pace of play at our tournaments. No one wants to wait and wait for the group in front of them. We really miss Lee. He would have been proud of us in 2022.
Please remember that we play by USGA rules of golf. We also use two IESGA local rules (See TOURNAMENT INFORMATION—TOURNAMENT RULES—IESGA RULE FOR LOST OR OB BALLS). If you witness a rules infraction, please call it to the attention of the offending party (even if he is your buddy). We are all responsible for “protecting the field”. If you have rules questions, contact me or one of our extremely knowledgeable rules committee members, Jerry Hopkins or Doug Kearsley.
This is a great organization, and I have enjoyed being a part of it for the past 27 years. I am pleased to have Doug Kearsley, as my assistant. If there is anything either of us can do to improve your experience, please let us know.
Tournament & Handicap Chairman
Your IESGA Board of Directors approved the continuation of the Old Goat Cup for 2023. It is modeled after the FedEx Cup competition where points are awarded throughout the year depending on how well you place in each tournament played.
We had good participation in 2022 with payout to 35 players in the amount of $3,750 over the four flights of A, B, C, and D flights.
We expect even greater payouts and participation for 2023. Pay outs are based upon the contribution of the participating players. Results of the accumulated points and payouts are posted on the IESGA website.
Points are based on the top 20 players by net score in each flight. The player with the best net score in each flight will get 20 points. The 2nd best net score will get 19 points and so on down to the 20th place, which will get 1 point. Points will be accumulated even if you play in more than one flight. Your final point total will be based on the flight most played, but will also include all points from the other flights played.
Points will be accumulated for the 12 local Spokane and Inland Empire tournaments. The two-day “over-night” tournaments at the beginning and ending of the IESGA season will not be included because there are a number of members that are not retired and are unable to participate, and there are snow bird members that aren’t here in the spring and fall, and we want to make the competition equitable and available to as many members as possible.
Players will be awarded double points for each of the two tournaments in the two-day club championship.
If you missed a couple of regular tournaments during the year, points could be made up in the championship play at Meadowwood GC and Twin Lakes GC.
The top 15 competitors, or 25%, whichever is the lesser, in each flight will receive cash payouts at the end of the year.
There is a one-time entry fee of $25 to participate in this competition and it must be paid on or before June 10, 2023.
Again, this is a voluntary competition. It is separate from the other tournament games: skins, deuce pot, honey pot, net score, etc.
The idea here is to encourage you to play in as many tournaments as possible, and give you an opportunity to win more money.
In previous years there were a few people that missed some tournaments and still scored high in points so don't decide to not enter the competition because you might miss a tournament or two.
The entry form is included as part of the 2023 Tournament Entry Forms.