Tournament Points System Beginning with the 2018 season, the TMGC Board of Directors has chosen to implement a widely known and utilized Tournament Points System (TPS), developed by Dean Knuth (, the creator of the USGA’s Course Rating System, to ensure our Members compete in a fair and equitable environment. It has been proven by many parties that the USGA’s 10-3 Exceptional Tournament Performance computation is very conservative and only works in specific situations. Anytime a member has more than 5-10 T-scores within a 12-month period, the 10-3 reduction usually fails to do anything except in the most extreme conditions. The TPS provides a tool for the Handicap Committee to modify a Member’s Course Handicap (CH) for the purposes of competition in Club tournaments. By only changing the CH, a Member’s Handicap Index (GHIN) would remain unchanged for play at outside facilities, clubs, and events. TPS analyzes up to 2 (two) years of prior individual stroke play tournament performance to identify a pattern which indicates the need to reduce a player’s CH for future tournaments. It is not meant to penalize good play, only establish a consistent, unbiased method to make handicap adjustments, specifically related to activity in our Club. The Handicap Committee has made slight modifications to the standard TPS to better match our flighted formats. Details of TPS can be found in the Policy File. Per Policy File: ---------------------- 19. Tournament Points System A. The TPS Period consists of (10) stroke-play tournaments, specified by the Handicap Committee, spanning (2) consecutive seasons. i. The TPS Period is a rolling group of tournaments. a. After the 11th tournament is played, the 1st tournament (earliest in the rota) is removed from the TPS Period. b. Any points earned for a removed tournament are dropped from the Member’s total points calculation. 20. Points will be assigned to Members placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each Flight. A. 1st Place, 3 points B. 2nd Place, 2 points C. 3rd Place, 1 point i. Ties for places will receive a split of combined points – same calculation as place money. a. Example: A 4-way tie for 2nd Place (means no 3rd Place), 2nd and 3rd Place TPS points (2+1=3) are split 4-ways = 0.75 point per player. 21. Points accumulated during the TPS Period are tracked by the Handicap Committee to determine if a Course Handicap (CH) reduction is necessary, based on the following scale: A. 7.99 points or less, no adjustment B. 8 – 9.99 points, 1-stroke reduction C. 10 – 11.99 points, 2-stroke reduction D. 12 – 13.99 points, 3-stroke reduction E. 14 – 15.99 points, 4-stroke reduction F. 16 – 17.99 points, 5-stroke reduction G. 18 – 19.99 points, 6-stroke reduction H. 20 points, 7-stroke reduction I. 21 points, 8-stroke reduction J. New Member Exception: i. The Handicap Committee has determined there is a need for New Members to establish a playing history with TMGC to ensure a fair and balanced competitive environment. Therefore, all New Members will play under a temporary modified TPS for their first season of play. The following scale will apply to New Members only in their first season of play: a. 3.99 points or less, no adjustment b. 4.99 points, 1-stroke adjustment c. 5.99 points, 2-stroke adjustment d. 6.99 points, 3-stroke adjustment e. 7.99 points, 4-stroke adjustment f. 8.99 points, 5-stroke adjustment g. 9.99 points, 6-stroke adjustment h. 10.99 points, 7-stroke adjustment A. The TPS reduction will be applied to the Member’s CH used for the Member’s next tournament, and remain in effect for all future tournaments, potentially from season to season, until either of the following occurs, i. Further reduction becomes necessary due to the earning of additional TPS points or, ii. The Member’s points total is systematically reduced by the removal of rolling tournaments or, iii. The Member’s GHIN is naturally reduced and creates a CH equal to or lower than the TPS-reduced CH. B. The Member’s CH may be reduced by a combination of both GHIN and TPS. i. Example: If a Member’s CH is 20 at the time a 2-point reduction is earned, and GHIN reduces the Member’s index enough to correspond to a 19 CH before the next tournament, TPS will reduce the CH an additional 1-point to equal the initial 2-point reduction. C. The Handicap Committee will continue to review the Member’s GHIN to ensure the lower of the CH reduction or the Member’s GHIN (if reduced naturally) is being used for future tournaments. D. Any increase in a Member’s CH due to a GHIN increase, will not apply to the calculation of a tournament CH. i. Example: If a Member’s CH is 20 at the time a 2-point reduction is earned, and the Member’s GHIN increases to create a CH higher than 20, the 20 CH will continue to be used as the basis for the reduction. ii. This policy remains in effect between seasons as well should a Member’s GHIN increase due to playing outside of Colorado during the off-season. iii. This policy does not apply to a Member who goes Inactive for at least (1) full season and returns as a Member in a future season. 22. A Member with a TPS-adjusted CH will remain in the flight in which points were earned, unless his GHIN naturally reduces to the TPS-reduced level. In other words, a TPS reduction does not move a Member into the next flight. A. Example: If a Member is in 5th Flight at the time points are earned, and the TPS reduction creates a CH eligible for 4th Flight, the Member remains in 5th Flight with the reduced CH. B. However, if a naturally-reduced GHIN creates a CH equal to or lower than the TPS-reduced CH, then the Member will naturally move to the next higher flight (ie, 5th to 4th) because a TPS reduction is no longer necessary. 23. The Handicap Committee will provide ample notice to a Member whose CH will be adjusted for an upcoming tournament. A. If there is only (1) week between tournaments, the Member will have the option to withdraw from the upcoming tournament without penalty. Withdrawals must be by 11pm, Monday before the tournament. Otherwise, existing withdrawal stipulations will apply. 24. The Handicap Committee will post an ongoing TPS Report, after each tournament identified in the TPS Period, to the TMGC/GG website, so all Members’ activity may be peer reviewed throughout the season. 25. As a USGA/CGA sanctioned Club, the Handicap Committee reserves the right to adjust Members’ GHIN indexes regardless of TPS activity.