2014 Second Annual ABI Golf Tour Questions & Answers

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What is the ABI Golf Tour?

Again this year, ABI will offer registrants at conferences the option to participate in the ABI Golf Tour (the "Tour"). The Tour will take place during all conference golf tournaments. The Tour is designed to enhance the golfing experience for serious golfers, while still offering a fun networking opportunity for players of any ability.

In 2013, more than 70 ABI members participated in the Tour, from scratch golfers to players with handicaps over 20. The 2013 Tour winner was Harry Greenfield (Buckley King; Cleveland).

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How does the Tour work?

As opposed to the scramble format used in the regular ABI conference events, Tour participants will "play their own ball". Tour participants will be grouped on the golf course separately from other conference golf participants, and typically will play ahead of the other participants so that Tour play should be faster. Tour participants will be grouped in foursomes randomly, unless otherwise requested of the Commissioner in advance of each tournament. The scoring system is described below.

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Are there prizes apart from the regular ABI tournament?

Yes, prizes will be awarded for each individual Tour event, sponsored by Great American Group. The grand prize is the "Great American Cup", also sponsored by Great American Group, and will be awarded to the top player at the end of the Tour season. Great American Group will also award a prize to the medalist at each Tour event.
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Who can participate?

Only those registered for ABI Conferences (and who sign up for the golf tournament) may play in each Tour event. Only those with a verifiable USGA handicap (or equivalent) will be eligible for prizes in League play. Rob Schwartz, who has volunteered to be Commissioner (the "Commissioner") will keep track of handicaps and eligibility. The Tour is open to women, who compete with full handicap.

Yes, as long as they are true guests of those ABI members who are registrants of the conference, not professional (bankruptcy and restructuring) colleagues of a registrant.

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Is there an additional fee to participate in the ABI Golf Tour?

There is no additional fee.

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What ABI events will host Tour play?

Tour events will take place during the golf outings at the following 2014 ABI conferences:

  • Annual Spring Meeting, Washington D.C., April 24, Westfields Golf Club
  • Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Lake Geneva, Wisc., June 13, Grand Geneva Golf Resort
  • Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, Stowe, Vermont, July 18, Stowe Country Club
  • Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, Amelia Island, Florida, July 25, Golf Club of Amelia Island
  • Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop, Cambridge, Maryland, August 1, River Marsh Golf Club
  • Southwest Bankruptcy Workshop, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 4, Bali Hai Golf Club
  • Winter Leadership Conference, La Quinta, Calif., December 4, PGA West
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How will scoring be determined for each Tour event?

A standard Stableford scoring system (see below) will be used, applying full handicaps. All Tour events will be individual competitions, not team events. Each player in a Tour event will submit his/her USGA handicap index to the Commissioner one week prior to each event. If a player's handicap changes after this date, we will use the handicap submitted to the Commissioner, and NOT the new handicap. Each player must be able to verify this handicap to the Commissioner upon request.

The Commissioner will convert each USDA handicap index to a handicap number for each player on the particular course being played. At each Tour event, players will receive a scorecard containing his/her handicap, and the number of strokes on each hole that each player will deduct from their score. For example, if a player has a 15 handicap, her scorecard will contain marks on the 15 most difficult ranked holes on which she will deduct one stroke from her score. If a player has a 25 handicap, he will deduct two strokes on the 7 most difficult holes, and one stroke on the other 10 holes.

Each player will play each round in stroke-play. USGA Rules will be in effect. This means that no "gimme" putts will be permitted; no "mulligans" will be permitted; each player may have no more than 14 clubs in their bag; the ball will be played "down" (can’t touch it or move it without penalty unless specifically prescribed by rule), etc...

In case there is a question or dispute, the player will finish the round and may change their score depending on the final determination of the Commissioner.

The standard Stableford scoring system will be used for all Tour event scoring. Each player will receive a number of points per hole as follows:

  • Net Double Bogey or Higher - 0 points
  • Net Bogey - 1 point
  • Net Par - 2 points
  • Net Birdie - 3 points
  • Net Eagle - 4 points
  • Net Double Eagle - 5 points

The player with the most points will be the champion of each event. In the event of a tie, a tiebreaker will consist of comparing points on hole number 18. If the players tied on hole 18, the points on hole 17 will be compared, and so on until a winner is determined. A player's points will be recorded for each event, and a running total of each player’s points will be posted on the ABI Golf Tour website (golf.abi.org) throughout the Tour season.

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How will the winner of the Great American Cup be determined?

Cumulative points for your best 3 Tour events will be used to determine a winner after all Tour events are concluded in December 2014. The more Tour events you participate in, the more opportunity you have to improve your score.

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Still have questions?

Contact Rob Schwartz, rschwartzatresiliencecapital [dot] com.