Club Championship Guide

Club Champion and Players Champion

This year, FWGA will recognize two (2) tournament players for their excellence. 

The Club Champion honors the best Low Gross golfer who not only plays exceptionally throughout the year but also wins the Gross match play tournament.

  • The Players Champion honors the best Net golfer who not only plays exceptionally throughout the year but also wins the Net match play tournament.
  • To compete for either of these titles players must be available to play in the Match Play Tournaments.  The top four in each field will compete.

Championship Tournament

  • Prior to the start of the first 18 hole tournament on April 8.   FWGA members will have the opportunity to declare their intentions to compete for either the Club Champion or Players Champion.
  • These 18 hole tournaments will be designated Championship Tournaments. However, all players are welcome to play in all tournaments.
  • Players deciding to play in the Club Championships must play in at least 3 of these tournaments. 
  • A cumulative score of the 3 lowest scores (gross scores for Club Champion and net scores for Players Champion) will be used to gain spots in the Match Play Tournament.
  • The players with the four lowest cumulative scores in each division will move to the Match Play tournament.
  • Players in the running for Club Champion or Players Champion will have the option to play in the Championship Flight at each of the six tournaments where scores will be counted. 
  • Ties at the end of the six tournaments for placement into the Match Play Tournament will be determined by: First, the lowest first posted score; Second, the lowest last posted score; Third, by the differential calculation.
  • A leaderboard will be posted at each tournament and online showing the scores of players participating in the Club Champion and Players Champion

The Qualifying Tournaments are:

April 8 – Callippe Preserve
May 21 - Poppy Ridge
June 10 - Canyon Lakes
July 15 - Boundary Oak
August 5 - Presidio
August 26 - Monarch Bay

Under Match Play Tournament
Dates completed by: September 17th
Final round – October 8                                     

  • Players will still be able to pick one person to be in their foursome. 

Match Play Tournament

Club Champion will be straight up match play with no “pops”.

Players Champion matches will be played by “spinning off the low” for handicapping. 
This means if a 30 handicap plays a match against a 15 handicap, the person with the 15 handicap would get no strokes, and the person with the 30 handicap would get one stroke on the number 1 through 15 handicap holes.  Handicaps will be based on the current month index at the start of the competition. 

The rounds of match play (gross and net) are scheduled as stated below:


Golf Course

Match Play Round


Completed by Sept 17

TBD between participants from approved list


1 vs 4

2 vs 3

Completed by Oct 8

TBD between participants from approved list


Winner of
1 vs 4

Winner of
2 vs 3

  • Rounds will be coordinated between participants and Club Championship Chair.
  • Compromise and flexibility in setting up these rounds between competitors is important.  Any problems in reaching an agreement should be brought to the Club Championship Chair.
  • Course for rounds will be mutually agreed upon between players among the courses listed above that are in the tournament schedule for this year.
  • Results from each round needs to be reported by winner to Club Championship Chair within 2 days of completion of round.
  • The Club Championship is a head to head match without additional players.  Foursomes may occur when two head to head competitions are grouped for a foursome or the course they are playing fills the foursome.

Rules for Match Play Tournament

 Match Play:  

Singles Match (Two Party).   

Tie Breaker:

If tied at the end of 18 holes players will continue to Hole 1(unless directed to another hole by the golf course.) and continue to play until one player is declared a winner. 
In net play “pops” continue to count.

Please contact Liz Riddle to register for the Club Championship and Player's Championship.


Here are some questions you may have in regards to the change from our previous club champion format. 

How do I know I am playing for the Club or Players Champion? 
You will need to let the Club Championship Chair know that you would like to participate and in which category, prior to the first tournament of the season.

What if I change my mind and don’t want to participate? 
No problem, just let the Club Championship Chair know.  BUT you may not decide to join later!  So go for it!  What do you have to lose? 

How do I earn points?  There are no longer points.  Your gross or net score depending on which category you are competing is counted and added together for a cumulative score of your 3 best scores. 

I like to play with my friends at tournaments and don’t want to play with the Championship Flight?  No problem.  You can be paired with one of your friends and still play for Club or Players championships

I can’t make all of the Tournaments? No problem.  You only have to turn in 3 scores.  If you play in 4 or 5 tournaments your 3 lowest scores will be used.

Please contact Liz Riddle to register for the Club Championship and Player's Championship.

FWGA 9 Hole Tournament - Vintner's Golf Course (Yountville) May 13, 2017 - 10:30 am


For the first 9-hole tournament for 2017, we are playing FWGA’s well-loved course, Vintner’s.  If you have not played this course, it is a must for your golfing life list.  As stated on their website, “This championship nine-hole resort course, featuring three different sets of tees, was originally designed by Casey O’Callaghan and opened in 1999.

You’ll enjoy a two-hour round of golf, and no matter what your handicap there is a set of tees that will fit your needs.  Golf course Superintendent, John Krueger, and his wonderdog assistant, Kit, has the golf course in great shape with beautifully manicured greens.  Vintner’s Golf Club is recognized as having the best greens in the area.”

Stats from Red Tees:          Par: 34    Yards:  2243    Rating:  32.9   Slope:  113
Course Architect:                Casey O’Callaghan (1999); redesigned by Bob Boldt            
Course Address:                 7901 Solano Ave., Yountville, CA 94599
Pro Shop Phone:                707-944-1992
Website:                              www.vintnersgolfclub.com

Member Fee:     $40.00      (Registration deadline April 26, 2017)
Guest Fee:         $45.00     (Registration deadline April 26, 2017)

Tournament Director:  Kathi Kling and Shelly Kopp

FWGA 18 Hole Tournament – Greenhorn Creek (Angels Camp) – April 30, 2017 – 8:30 am

Image result for greenhorn golf course

Stats from Green Tees: Par: 72 Yards: 4887 Rating: 70.0 Slope: 126

Course Architect: Redesigned by Robert Trent Jones II and Mother Nature

Course Address: 711 McCauley Ranch Road, Angels Camp, CA 95222

Pro Shop Phone: 209-729-8111

Website: www.greenhorncreek.com

Greenhorn Creek Golf Course, which meanders effortlessly through the stunning Sierra Nevada foothills, is both challenging and enjoyable with more of the fastest, truest greens in the state. It has also been recognized by many for its unparalleled personal service, well-maintained greens and challenging holes – wsa named “One of the Best in Northern California” by the NCGA magazine in 2006 and by Golf Getaways in 2014.

Member Fee: $92.00 (Registration deadline is April 12, 2017)

Guest Fee: $97.00 (Registration deadline is April 12, 2017)

Tournament Directors: Della Gutierrez and April Kenyon

FWGA 18 Hole Tournament - Saddle Creek Golf Club (Copperopolis) – April 29, 2017 10:30 am –

Stats from Red Tees: Par: 72 Yards: 4488 Rating: 66.7 Slope: 117

Course Architect: Carter Morrish (1996)

Course Address: 1001 Saddle Creek Drive, Copperopolis, CA 95228

Pro Shop Phone: 209-785-3700

Website: www. saddlecreek.com/golf-course.html (enjoy the website course tour)

The centerpiece of this 900-acre gated resort and residential community is this scenic, traditional-style golf course characterized by rolling terrain, mature oak trees, ponds, lakes, and natural wetlands. The goal was to blend the course and land together naturally. Saddle Creek is the home of the Northern California PGA and following debut in 1997, was ranked the seventh best upscale public access course in the country by Golf Digest and Golf Week Magazine recognized it in the top ten best public access course in the state of California. Come play and give it your rating!

Member Fee: $92.00 (Registration deadline is April 12, 2017)

Guest Fee: $97.00 (Registration deadline is April 12, 2017)

Tournament Directors: Sally Panella and Betty McCabe

FGA 2017 NCGA Upcoming Tournaments

2017 ASSOCIATE CLUB NCGA TOURNEYS (requires qualifying at club level)


All entrants must sign up with Kelly Tague by the FWGA sign up date listed @Kelly Tague

Must be available on all dates for each tourney entered. Please note index stipulations!

Qualifiers have Championship entry fees paid by FWGA!


Assoc Club 4 Ball Net (2 person net better ball)

FWGA sign up due April 10   NCGA Entry due: April 23

Qualifying: May 18

Championship: June 19 & 20 @ Poppy Hills & Quail Lodge

Qualifying: $142 per team Championship: $360 per team pd by FWGA

18.4 index or lower 18.5 plus can play but will use and 18.4 index


Assoc Club Championship (4 person team/two best balls)

FWGA sign up due June 2   NCGA Entry due: July 2

Qualifying: July 27/ fee $284 per team

Championship: Aug 28 & 29 @ Poppy Hills & Spyglass

Championship fees $300 pd by FWGA

18.4 index or lower 18.5 plus can play but will use and 18.4 index


Senior 4 ball Net (2 person net better ball)   Age 55+ by Aug 2, 2015

FWGA sign up due: June 9    NCGA Entry due: July 9

Sectional Qualifying: Aug 2

Championship: Sept 7 & 8 @ Poppy Hills

Qualifying: $142 per team Championship: $20per team pd by FWGA

18.4 index or lower 18.5 plus can play but will use and 18.4 index


Assoc Club Net Amateur

FWGA sign up due: July 6   NCGA Entry due: Aug 6

Sectional Qualifying: Aug 31

Championship: Oct 9 & 10 @ Poppy Hills

Qualifying: $71 per player Championship: $160 per player pd by FWGA

All indexes allowed. 100% of index used. Qualifiers NOT flighted. Championships have three flights based on index.