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46th Texas Stableford Handicap Set for Nov. 11-13

Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville will be the host site for the 46th Texas Stableford Handicap. The championship will take place from Nov. 11-13.

Founded in 1974, Riverhill Country Club was designed by Texas Golf Hall of Famers Joe Finger and Byron Nelson, who is also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Built on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River, the 7,137-yard, par-72 course features tree-lined fairways, natural water features, and dramatic elevation changes which provide sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. The iconic Central Texas club, a popular and frequently visited venue, has been the site of a wide array of TGA championships since its opening.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Riverhill Country Club for one of our most exciting and unique events,” said Read Langhenry, TGA Tournament Director. “The club has been an incredible supporter of amateur golf through the years, and we are grateful to be back at this wonderful facility for what is sure to be another enjoyable championship experience.”

First held in 1976, the Texas Stableford Handicap is open to male amateur golfers who have a WHS Handicap Index® of 20.0 or less, will have reached the age of 21 on or before the tournament start date, and are current Texas residents.

The two-player team points competition is contested over 54 holes using the Modified Stableford scoring system. Under this format, players are awarded points based on their performance on each hole, with the aim of accumulating enough points to equal or better a preestablished goal. The number of points awarded on each hole is directly related to the score posted in comparison to par– more points given to better scores – corresponding to the following table: 8 for a double eagle, 6 for an eagle, 4 for a birdie, 2 for par, 1 for bogey, and 0 for double bogey or higher.

Teams in the starting field are preassigned to one of four flights based on the players’ combined Low Handicap Index™ over a 11-month period ending on Nov. 2.

Each team has a preset daily points goal derived from a percentage of the sum of the players’ Course Handicap™. After the completion of each round, the team quota is adjusted by one-half of the excess or deficit to determine the next day’s points goal. The total number of points earned for 54 holes will be used to determine final standings in each flight. The overall winner will be the team with the most plus (or fewest minus) points, regardless of flight.

At last year’s championship held at Riverhill Country Club, Curtis Harris of Eastland and Stephen Knight of Fredericksburg accumulated 3 points more than their team quota over three days for an impressive wire-to-wire victory. The duo was the only team to end the championship in positive territory.

Once the action gets underway from the 46th Texas Stableford Handicap at Riverhill, log on to the TGA website for starting times, live scoring updates, and daily recaps.