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Griswold wins Super Major #1 @ Waterchase with 2-Day net score of -2.2 under near perfect conditions

Congratulations to Eddie Griswold, who fired gross scores of 73-68 at Waterchase GC Feb 4-5 and added 0.8 strokes to the 141 total for a net score of 141.8 on the par 144 layout to take home $4700 from the 19 player field! The highest handicapper in the event, Michael Ordonez, posted a first round 68.2 with an 11.8 handicap to lead this event after the first day, but consistency is sometimes an issue with higher handicappers and Michael was unable to finish the deal on Sunday. This leads to an interesting subject, the HANDICAPS! I could not help but notice the field size vs payout for the NTPGA Players Tour event at Lantana, where 71 players signed up for the first event. The winning score in the scratch format was a 3-way tie at -9 for 2 rounds and a first place check of $3000. Now I'm no math whiz, but none of that adds up! First of all, in 16 years and 750+ events, only once has there been a winning score lower than -9 on the FairWay Tour, which was -9.1 at Tierra Verde last year. In fact, the average WINNING SCORE on the FairWay Tour in ten 36 hole events for 2016 was -3.37, the lowest average of any year since 2001, as a result of the -9.1 at Tierra Verde. Secondly, 71 players for a chance at $3000 or 19 players and a chance at $4500? (please note Curtis Crabtree's 2ND PLACE check of $2500). I think it's safe to say we all like PRIZE MONEY and ODDS TO WIN! That being said, which event would you choose? And the kicker...there were THREE players at -9 for 2 rounds at Lantana on the NTPGA Players Tour. I just think it is very unfortunate the stigma of using handicaps in a competition has still not been totally overcome despite the proof in the numbers over the course of 16 years running these events and over $5 million paid! Although the tour has been quite successful over the years, I am certain that number would be $20+ million if golfers would just tee it up and stop thinking about handicaps. After all, with a USGA License and 16 years experience, that's what we do and we take great pride in doing it well! Comparibly speaking, with just 60 players in a 36-hole event, the FairWay Tour would pay $10,000 to the winner, $6,000 to 2nd and $4000 to 3rd with an entry fee only a few hundred dollars more! And I can say with 99.99% certainty the winning score will be higher than -9 no matter the handicap, just look at the results posted on the website for 16 years. It has been proven time and again the better golf you play, despite your handicap, the better your chances to win! This week the tour goes to, yes, Lantana Thursday afternoon ($230 entry includes course fees) and Deerwood CC Saturday ($235 entry includes course fees) in Kingwood, TX for 1-Day events that pay $1100+ to the winner with 20 or more players. Deerwood CC is the home of Tin Cup and Stage 2 PGA Tour Q School! We hope you can participate in our affordable, high quality events this week because..."If you don't tee it up you can't win!"