Bobbie Hopp Challenge

NWAGA Bobbie Hopp Challenge

June 29-30, 2020
Beatrice Country Club


13th Bobbie Hopp Challenge is Complete from Beatrice Country Club

A true test of golf, Beatrice Country Club, is set to host the 2020 Bobbie Hopp Challenge.  NWAGA members will compete in five 9-hole matches called races and the side with the most points after 45-holes will be crowned champions.

The 13th annual Bobbie Hopp Challenge featured no weather delays, which is something we have not seen at the BHC in sometime.  The event was comprised of 72 players across six flights. A special thank you to Beatrice Country Club staff for the great hospitality over the two-day event.  The following players were the winners of their respective flights.

Azalea Flight - 
Annie Bougger and Julie Olson, Lincoln
Magnolia Flight -
Shirly Rochelle, Blair and Jackie Warrick, Elkhorn
Tea Olive Flight - 
Pam Carmines, Omaha and Sarah Nordlund, Elkhorn
Golden Bell Flight - 
Sally Bryson, Kearney and Shelly Miratsky, Bellevue
Cameilla Flight -
Susan Kelley and Linda Mruz, Omaha
Juniper Flight -
Trichel Jorgensen, Papillion and Sarah Masters, Omaha

Enter This Tournament Online

Entry Deadline: 5 pm CDT on June 22, 2020

ELIGIBILITY
Entrant must be a member of NWAGA or a female member of Nebraska Junior Golf. Entrant must also be a resident of Nebraska (see below) with an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index® issued by a “member club” of the Nebraska Golf Association. All players must conform to the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by the United States Golf Association and The R&A.

An individual is considered a resident of Nebraska if they: a) maintain either a primary or a secondary residence in Nebraska, or b) are an active duty member of the United States Military stationed in Nebraska, or c) are a student physically attending college in Nebraska within a time period four-months prior to the event, or d) are a graduate of a Nebraska high school attending an out-of-state college. If these criteria are in question, the NWAGA Tournament Committee shall render any final decision.

FIELD SIZE
Limited to 36 sides (72 players).

ENTRIES: FORM, FEE, CLOSING DATE
All sides must file an online entry application. Entry fee of $240 must be paid by every side. Entry fee will be refunded regardless of reason if NWAGA is notified (402-505-4653, ext. 103 or via e-mail at nwaga@nebgolf.org) before the close of entries. After the close of entries, fee will be refunded in the event of medical condition, if requested before the first day of competition. No refund for any reason after that day. A $30 service charge will be deducted from all refunds. Entry includes 45-holes of competition; cart; use of the practice facility; prizes and boxed lunch both Monday and Tuesday.

Entries open at 8 a.m. CDT on Monday, June 8, 2020. Entries must be received by NWAGA no later than 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, June 22, 2020. If the competition receives more than the maximum number of entries by 12 p.m. CDT on June 8, a drawing will be used to determine the field and wait list order. If the tournament does not receive more than the maximum number of entries by 12 p.m. CDT on June 8, the field will be determined by order of entry. Entries may be accepted after the deadline, if field is not full, at the discretion of NWAGA. Partner substitutions may be made prior to competition.

CADDIES
Caddies are prohibited.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE, FOOTWEAR
Players must be neat in appearance with respect to clothing and personal grooming. Traditional spikes are prohibited. Model Local Rule G-7.

DETERMINING TIES
If there are ties for 1st or 2nd place in a flight, the ties will be broken as follows:

  • Result of head to head match.
  • Highest point total on day 1 (race 1, 2, and 3 combined)
  • Highest point total on day 2 (race 4 and 5 combined)
  • Most points in race 1
  • Most points in race 2
  • Most points in race 3
  • Most points in race 4
  • Most points in race 5
  • If still tied, the winner will be decided by lot

SCORE POSTING
NWAGA will post these scores for handicap purposes.

FORMAT
Net Four-Ball Match Play with sides playing five 9-hole matches (called races) within a flight. Each flight is comprised of six two-person sides. Sides earn a point in each match for winning a hole and a half point for tying a hole. There are nine available points in each match however the maximum number of points a team can win in any match is 6, the minimum is 0. The side that accumulates the most points following the five matches wins their respective flight.

FLIGHTS
Determined by a side’s combined Handicap Index on June 22. If there are two or more sides with the same combined handicap the order is determined by the side with the lowest individual Handicap Index. If the tournament is not full, the number of sides in each flight will be evenly distributed.

HANDICAP ALLOWANCE
Based on June 22 Handicap Revision. An individual’s Playing Handicap is 90% of their 9-Hole Course Handicap. Maximum Individual 9-Hole Handicap Index is 20.2. The 9-hole Playing Handicap of all four players in a match will be reduced by the 9-hole Playing Handicap of the player with the lowest Playing Handicap, who then plays from scratch. Example: Players A, B, C and D have a 9-hole Playing Handicaps of 5, 10, 12 and 15, respectively. Player A plays at scratch, B receives 5 strokes, C receives 7 strokes and D receives 10 strokes.

PAIRINGS & STARTING TIMES
Following the tournament deadline, flights will be determined and schedule of matches will be published including starting hole (1 or 10) and starting time for each 9-hole match. Flights will alternate nines each match play session.

PRACTICE ROUNDS
Practice rounds are available anytime in June.  Please call 402-223-2710 to arrange your practice round.  The rates are $25.00 for walking and $43.00 with cart.

SCHEDULE
Monday, June 29
7 a.m. - Check-in & Practice Areas Open
(cannot arrive more than one hour prior to tee time)
8 a.m. – 9:36 a.m. - First Challenge Match Tee Times off 1/10
Between Matches - Box Lunch
10:45 a.m. – 12:21 p.m. - Second Challenge Match Tee Times off 1/10
1:30 p.m. – 3:06 p.m. - Third Challenge Match Tee Times off 1/10

Tuesday, June 30
7 a.m. - Check-in & Practice Areas Open
(cannot arrive more than one hour prior to tee time)
8 a.m. – 9:36 a.m. - Fourth Challenge Match Tee Times off 1/10
Between Matches - Box Lunch
10:45 a.m. – 12:21 p.m. - Fifth Challenge Match Tee Times off 1/10

LODGING
Holiday Inn Express ($129.00/night)
402-228-7000
4005 N. 6th Street Beatrice, NE 68310
June 7th - Cutoff Date for Room Block
Victorian Inn ($70.00/night)
402-228-5955
1903 N. 6th Street Beatrice, NE 68310
Please reference Nebraska Women's Golf Association when booking your room for the reserved NWAGA block.

PLAYER CHECK-IN
Each player is required to check-in before play both Monday and Tuesday. Participants are not permitted on-site until one hour prior to their first daily start time and will be required to answer standard COVID-19 screening questions prior to play each day. Check-in areas will be set up to ensure social distancing.

GOLF CARTS
Sides are permitted the use of a shared cart (two players per cart) at Beatrice Country Club. Participants that prefer a single rider cart are required to do so during the tournament entry process.

PRACTICE FACILITIES
Practice facilities will be open to participants no more than one hour prior to their first daily start time each day of the tournament. Practice following play each day is prohibited. Driving range stalls will be spaced to allow for social distancing. There will also be a limit on the number of players permitted on the practice green.

RESTROOMS
Restrooms will be available in the clubhouse and on the golf course.

BOX LUNCHES
A box lunch will be available for each participant following the first match each day.

OTHER FOOD & BEVERAGE SERVICE
Classic’s restaurant will be available for other food and beverage service each day of the tournament.

DIGITAL SCORING
Players will be required to use the USGA TM application (available on iOS and Android app store) which will serve as their Official Tournament Scorecard. Verification of scorecards will be done verbally following the round. Information on using the USGA TM application will be provided in advance with tutorials posted to the NWAGA web site.

PUBLIC SCOREBOARD
To prevent gatherings there will be no public scoreboard. A scoreboard may be accessed via the USGA TM application and/or the NWAGA web site.

AWARDS
Flight Winners: Bag tag awards; Merchandise: Top two in each flight.

There will not be a formal awards ceremony. Winners will receive any applicable awards on an individual basis; either in-person or it will be shipped to their home address. Merchandise awards will be kept on file at Beatrice Country Club and can be redeemed immediately following completion of each flight or at a later time. Players must adhere to any pro shop social distancing protocols. A virtual awards ceremony recognizing award winners will be posted on social media and the NWAGA web site following the competition.

Player Memorandum
Player Memorandum - 2020 NWAGA Bobbie Hopp Challenge

Pace of Play Information
Pace of Play Policy - Beatrice Country Club

Rules Documents
NWAGA 2020 Local Rules and Terms of Competition
Notice to Players - Beatrice Country Club (Final)

COVID-19 RELATED ITEMS
SAFETY:
- Social distancing, defined by at least six feet of physical distance between all people, should always be practiced.
- NGA staff will have their temperatures taken each morning at all tournament venues.
- In case of a weather related evacuation, participants will be asked to shelter in their vehicles or identified areas that permit proper social distancing. Communication regarding the duration of suspension and/or resumption of play will be done via text message.
- Players, volunteers, and staff will be asked a series of health screening questions prior to each tournament round. Individuals that answer yes to any of the screening questions will not be permitted on-site.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided at registration and starting areas.
- NGA staff will wear masks when closely engaging with players.
- All communication with the NGA/NWAGA office must be through phone calls or e-mail. Physical visits to the NGA/NWAGA office are by appointment only. Contact information can be found on the NWAGA web site.

ELIMINATING TOUCH:
- No tournament paperwork will be printed. Rules documents or any informational documents will be posted to the tournament web page for access.
- Printed scorecards and a pencil will be placed on player carts. As noted earlier, the official scorecard will be electronic.
- Players must not touch, or remove, the flagstick at any time. Removing the flagstick will be a violation of NWAGA’s Code of Conduct policy and may result in penalty. An insert will be placed at the bottom of the flagstick in the hole to assist the players in removing their golf ball.
- All bunker rakes will be removed from the golf course. Players may lift, clean and place their ball within one club length of where their original ball lie that is not nearer the hole and in the same bunker. Players are encouraged to smooth the sand with their shoe or club
when exiting the bunker. Please refer to the event’s Notice to Players for additional information.
- Players are asked to refrain from the traditional handshake or hug prior to, and after, all rounds.

NWAGA also asks that you use the following precautions:
- If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, lips and eyes.
- Wash your hands frequently. If you are unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.
- Please familiarize yourself and follow best practices as published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and state / local governments.

Contact
Sam Oehm, NGA Manager of Membership and Women’s Programs
soehm@nebgolf.org; (402) 505-4653, x103

Beatrice Country Club

1301 Oak Street
Beatrice, NE 68310
Golf Shop Phone - (402) 223-2710
Website - beatricecc.com

Director of Golf - Seth Ray

Superintendent - Andy Hamilton

Red Tees (5,019, Par 72)
Front Nine - 34.8/124
Back Nine - 35.0/126

Course Yardage

HOLEPARYARDAGE
14288
24257
34271
45466
5385
64267
74269
83148
95424
Out362,475
HOLEPARYARDAGE
104287
113122
124252
134266
145450
153161
165447
174243
184316
In362,544
Total725,019
YearChampionsHometownsSite
2020--Beatrice Country Club
2019Sarah Nordlund & Pam Carmines-Elks Country Club - Columbus
2018Sally Bryson & Theresa Coyle-Oakland Golf Club

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