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Ingram Fires Even Par With 1.5 Handicap @ Bear Creek

Congratulations to Jason Ingram (1.5 hcp), who bested the field of 34 players with a net score of 70.5 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas, TX and earned a nice paycheck of $1815.00 on the par 72 layout in the process. Jason shot even par to tie for first in the gross division ($110) as well as winning the front nine nassau ($345) and the 1-Day Net Division ($1300). Jason also collected $60 in the deuces game for making a 2 on hole #8. All told, Jason made money in every division he entered, which cost him a total of $200 on the front end but made him $1815 on the back end, nearly 10X his entry fee. Great job Jason, that's how you cash a big paycheck on the FairWay Tour...enter every division, then become the only player in the field to beat their handicap! Speaking of handicaps, there have been 119 rounds played so far this year on the FairWay Tour and only 7 of those rounds were under par. Four of those rounds, including the lowest (-2.2 net), were shot at Tangle Ridge Golf Club the first event of the year. Q: How often should I play to -- or beat -- my handicap? Answer: If it's accurate, you should average about three shots above your handicap. The USGA handicap system is based on 96 percent of the best 10 of a golfer's last 20 rounds, not simply average score. Scores normally fit into the classic bell-shaped curve. More than half of your scores should be within three strokes of three over your handicap. The player will better the handicap only about 20 percent of the time, or once every five rounds. Golfers should only beat their handicap by three strokes one out of every 20 rounds (source: USGA). On the FairWay Tour so far this year it is even more rare than the USGA says. In 119 rds, a player has broken their handicap 5.8% of the time and a player has yet to shoot more than 3 below their handicap. Just a few numbers to remember while deciding where and when to play your next event. Also, check out the new stats feature on the website...just go to the home page and click the stats icon at the bottom of the page. Hope to see you at our next event!