Last updated: January 14, 2011
Q: What are the advantages of being
an STMGC member?
A: Some benefits include:
- 10% discount on all purchases in Santa Teresa Pro Shop.
- Tournaments every month, nearly
all of them flighted.
- A variety of NCGA Qualifier events
during the year.
- NCGA Match Play competition.
- Tournament of Champions year-long
- Member discounts at Poppy Hills
and Poppy Ridge
- Club Championship (see here
for the benefits of belonging to the
- Away tournaments at Poppy Hills
and golf course to be named later
Q: What is the Tournament of Champions
(TOC) competition all about?
for details. Basically, it's a 12-month
long competition which rewards participation
and performance in our monthly tournaments.
Q: What are the Optional Contests all
At our monthly
home and away tournaments, we generally
offer several optional contests
(usually for $5). You should add the $5
(for each optional contest you enter)
to your entry fee when you make out
your check. Some of the more popular
optional contests are:
- Low Gross: the lowest gross
score wins the Low Gross pot of money
- Long Drive: the two winners
(usually on holes #8 and #17) split
the Long Drive pot of money
- Net Skins: you win a Net
Skin if your net score on a hole beats
the net score on that hole of everyone
else who entered the Net Skins competition.
Divide the Net Skins pot of money
by the number of Net Skins won, to
determine the value of a Net Skin.
- Gross Skins: you win a Gross
Skin if your gross score on a hole
beats the gross score on that hole
of everyone else who entered the Gross
Skins competition. Divide the Gross
Skins pot of money by the number of
Gross Skins won, to determine the
value of a Gross Skin.
- Team Competition: Team Captains
will draft tournament participants
onto their team prior to the tournament.
The winning team will split the Prize
Pool among its members who entered
the contest. Scoring and Tiebreakers
will differ depending on the tournament
format. See here
for complete details.
- Personal Best (PB): this
is a year-long flighted competition (with Net
and Gross categories) whereby we track
your best Net and Gross scores on
each hole at Santa Teresa GC, made
during a tournament round whose format
isn't Match Play. Your Personal Best
for the year is the sum of the 18
hole PB scores. The yearly cost is
$20 each for Net and Gross. See
for complete details.
What do my dues pay for?
- NCGA membership ($36)
- Prize money
- Administrative costs
- NCGA tournament entry fees
- Mailings and office supplies
Q: Can guests play in tournaments?
Due to the
strong demand for our tournaments,
guests are not allowed to play. We do,
however, conduct a Member/Guest
tournament. Also, we allow guests at
our away Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge
tournaments, on a space-permitted
Does the STMGC organize or sponsor
anything else other than tournaments to
further promote member socializing.
A: Not at this
Q: Are STMGC members eligible to play
in other tournaments outside of the
only known restriction is that you may
only represent one Club in the NCGA
Match Play competition.
Q: How quickly do the tournaments fill
entries close 1 week prior to the tournament
date. Depending on the tournament, it
could fill up several weeks before the
deadline, or on the day of the deadline.
If in doubt, contact the
Q: What do the tournament formats mean?
a variety of tournament formats, but
the most common are:
- Individual Low Net: a non-partner
event, a player's tournament score
is his net score (gross score minus
- Modified Stableford: a non-partner
event, where a player's tournament
score is the number of points he accumulates,
not the number of strokes he takes.
For instance, a net par on a hole
earns a player 0 points, a net birdie
2 points, a net bogey -1 points, etc.
- 2-man Better Ball: a partnered
event consisting of 2-man teams. Each
team hole score is the lowest net
score between the two players. For
example, on the first hole, Bob scores
a 4 net 4, while Dave scores a 6 net
5. The team score for the first hole
is a 4. If a group is out of position,
an irrelevant partner (ie he can't
improve the team score) should pick
up, as a courtesy. This improves the
pace of play.
- Club Championship: the first
round is generally stroke play, to
identify the top 8 players. Based
on their finish on the first day,
those 8 players are put into a bracket,
matching them with Match Play opponents.
- Yellow Ball: a 4-man team
event, with a virtual yellow ball
rotating among them. The team score
for each hole is the sum of two net
scores: the yellow ball, and the best
ball of the remaining 3 team members.
- Turkey Shoot Grudge Match:
Straight match-play between two opponents,
where the winner of each match takes
all (in this case, a gift card to
a local grocer).
The Rule Sheet for each tournament
generally details the format, and any
special rules. Note that in all team
events, you are not required to form
your own team; you may enter as a single,
and we'll do our best to pair you up
with a team.
Q: Are there any restrictions in signing
up for tournaments?
the Club Championship, you must have
played in at least 2 Mens Club tournaments
since the conclusion of the previous
year's Club Championship. There are
13 tournaments conducted during this
period (including the Away tournaments
at Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge), so
there is ample opportunity to fulfill
this requirement. Note that this requirement
exists to prevent a member who doesn't
actively participate in our tournaments
from winning our the lucrative payout
for 1st prize.
Q: Is there an annual event where the
club puts on a BBQ or something like
that? Maybe have a raffle, give out
trophies, and announce the year's winners.
Do/could the annual dues go towards
something like that?
A:: We do not
have the funds at this time to put on
this event. Many years ago we had such
a dinner that was very nice. It would
be great to be able to do that again.
Unfortunately, without a major dues
increase, it is not in the long term
How can I contact the tournament
email to firstname.lastname@example.org