WELCOME TO THE BEAT SCRATCH CHALLENGE!

NJSGA Members can start submitting scores NOW through August 14

NEW JERSEY GOLFERS CAN BS WITH THE BEST... BUT WHO IS THE BEST?

WELCOME TO THE NJSGA ‘BS’ (Beat Scratch)
CHALLENGE!

This a unique event that is both real and virtual.

The Beat Scratch Challenge is open to all golfers who have NJSGA/GHIN handicaps at public golf courses that are members of the NJSGA. We hope that this will add extra excitement to a casual round of golf by challenging golfers to beat the Scratch Golfer using their handicaps.

WHAT IS REAL ABOUT THE BS CHALLENGE?

The golf is very real. This is NOT AN ONLINE GAME. Your 18-hole gross score minus your Course Handicap will determine if you beat scratch. Also someone in your playing group must attest your score with a signature.

The winning prize is also very real which is an invitation to play the esteemed Plainfield Counrtry Club. Plainfield is one of the most highly regarded golf courses in NJ and most recently hosted the PGA Tour Barclay's Championship in 2011 and 2015.

It is also the home club of Leighton Calkins who is known to be the Father of the USGA Handicap System.

WHAT IS VIRTUAL ABOUT THE BS CHALLENGE?

Players will be submitting their scores by photographing their scorecards with their smart phone and emailing it to the NJSGA (beatscratch@njsga.org). The score is then reviewed and entered at the NJSGA.

Below is an example scorecard and in the upper right corner there is a Live Leader Board which will keep track of the # of strokes below scratch for each player in the Challenge.


WHAT IS A SCRATCH GOLFER?

A "scratch golfer" is a player who can play to a Course Handicap of zero on any and all rated golf courses. A male scratch golfer , for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 250 yards and can reach a 470-yard hole in two shots at sea level. A female scratch golfer , for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 210 yards and can reach a 400-yard hole in two shots at sea level.

The USGA indicates the average score of the Scratch Golfer through establishing a Course Rating for each tee at a golf course.

WHEN CAN YOU START COMPETING AND SUBMITTING SCORES FOR THE BS CHALLENGE?

Any round of golf between Thursday, May 12th through Sunday, August 14th where your NET score is equal or better than the Course Rating (rounded .5 and up) qualifies for the BS Challenge. There is no limit to the number scores submitted during this time. Your lowest five net scores that Beat Scratch will count for the competition.

VENUES (WHERE DO YOU PLAY)?

Any golf course that is open to the public for daily fee play that is also a member of the NJSGA. Click HERE to view a listing of NJSGA public golf courses.

WHO CAN PLAY?

All NJSGA Members male and female that have an active GHIN handicap through an NJSGA member public golf course.

HOW DOES THE COMPETITION WORK?

Before you play determine what tee your going to compete from and then convert your USGA Handicap Index to the Course Handicap of the tee you've decided to play. Write the Course Handicap (CH) along with your GHIN # underneath your full name where it is easily visible.

Play your normal round of golf – take your ESC maximum score on any holes that you struggle with except the 18th hole. Call us traditionalists but the NJSGA wants you to finish your round by putting the ball in the hole. See below for UNACCEPTABLE SCORES.

Next, deduct your Course Handicap from your 18-Hole score and then compare it to the USGA COURSE RATING of the tee you have just played. If your 18-hole score is equal to or below the rounded Course Rating you can enter it into the challenge by taking a picture of the scorecard and emailing it to beatscratch@njsga.org.

BEFORE YOU TAKE THE PICTURE OF YOUR SCORECARD … MAKE SURE

-          Your Name, GHIN # and Course Handicap are printed clearly

-          The tee you competed from is circled clearly

-          The Course Rating of the tee you competed from is either circled or indicated clearly

-          Your Hole by Hole scores and 18-Hole score are indicated clearly

-          The scorecard must be signed by you (the player) and someone else in your group (the attester).

            Note: The attester must provide an email address and a GHIN # (only if the attester has an active GHIN #).

SCORING

Just like in any official NJSGA competition your scorecard will be reviewed by an official and then entered into the NJSGA's tournament scoring system. The 'Live Scoring' leader board for the BS CHallenge is displayed on the upper right hand corner of this page.

HOW ARE THE WINNERS DECIDED?

Players can enter as many scores as they like within the given time frame. A minimum of five scores will be required to win the competition. The top five scores will be counted. The top three players will be invited to play Plainfield Country Club on September 17th.

EXAMPLE BS CHALLENGE SCORECARD

UNACCEPTABLE SCORES

– Any scores that fall under USGA Handicap System Section 5-1e “Unacceptable Scores”

- Scorecards not attested by a fellow golfer in the group or don't accurately indicate the golfer's GHIN #, Handicap Index, and the tee played.

– Temporary hole conditions on one or more holes

– Majority of the tees are moved up or back significantly, i.e., Monday Outing conditions

– Change in the overall yardage resulting in the golf course rating not reflecting normal course conditions, i.e., playing varying sets of tees (blue, black, white) throughout the 18-hole round.

- Non-Conforming Clubs, Anchoring of a putter during putting strokes, or more than 14 clubs are in the golfers bag during round.