DGA a NJ Golf Club
It's well known that the DGA Partners Tourney has seen a steady decline in participation and interest the past several years. The tourney has gone from a steady 16 team event (or more) down to 12 teams (barely) this past year. It has also been blemished with controversial timing issues (complexity getting 4 guys together), several seemingly unmerited forfeits and an unfair format which sporadically included unwarranted byes. Not all Partner Teams (P-teams) agreed with the revised group system implemented last year, and voiced their displeasure with the group disparities, and their belief that total net match points unfairly determined the eventual group winners.
Therefore, a change is necessary. In an effort to increase participation and renew interest, the Partners Tourney shall be modified from being an "invitational" tourney to a "qualification" event. Members will no longer be required to announce their Partner Teams at the Winter Meeting... which is 3 months before the DGA season actually starts. Instead, P-teams will be allowed to sign-up anytime up until April 1st, after which P-teams will be locked-in.
At the recent DGA Christmas Dinner, an idea was presented to me by an honorable DGA member which involves a new approach to determine how the best 8 teams would qualify for the Partners Tourney quarter-finals. I have accepted and further standardized his recommendation to go forward with a P-Team "qualification" play-in format
2019 Schedule of Deadlines
Qualifying Rounds - by July 13th
Quarter Finals - by Sept 7th
Semi Finals - by Oct 12th
Finals - by Nov 16th
1st Place - $190/Team ($95/Man)
2nd Place - $100/Team ($50/Man)
3rd Place - $50/Team ($25/Man)*
4th Place - $50/Team ($25/Man)*
* consolation match is optional