What is the TBGTE Golf League?
As stated above, this league has been in existence for over 50 years and is currently governed over by a 8 player Board of Directors. It is their charter to select the courses that the league plays at during the season. A typical season runs between the time changes (middle of March through the end of October).
Last year, the League played at seven courses for Spring Season, and seven courses for Fall Season, in and around Tampa Bay: The Eagles and Heritage Isles Golf Club on Monday, Seven Springs and Heritage Isles Golf Club (yes, 2 nights there) on Tuesday, Bloomingdale Golfers Club and Carrollwood Country Club on Wednesday, and Lexington Oaks Golf Course on Thursday. All were shotgun starts at 5:00 PM. All the courses offers discounted rates for golf, plus food and drink specials.
The Spring Season play consists of 18 weekly 9-hole match play rounds between flighted 2 player teams. Session champions were declared at the end of two nine-week round robin segments with the overall winner being declared the Flight Champion. Up to half the teams can qualify during the Spring season to compete in the playoffs that will ultimately determine two Flights of League Champions. Our Playoffs are a hybrid affair, with the initial round usually played at the better seeded team's course. Bracket winners advance to play 18-hole rounds over two weekends at neutral sites, followed up with 18-hole Championship matches, played on a separate date and location agreed upon by the teams involved.
The Fall Season is a 2 player scramble for 9 holes that runs for 10 - 12 weeks, depending on the timing. The play is at the same courses as the Spring Season. Shotgun starting times vary from 4:30 to 5:00 due to the diminishing sun light in the October evenings.
The information pertaining to handicaps and individual/team scoring, along with tournament scoring, are kept using our own software for the Spring and from GolfSoftware.Com for Fall. The pairings and results for each week are kept on this website, separated by course and flight, and are available to each league golfer. Golfers may choose to play at more than one course, or more than one night and there are provisions for that. Handicaps used for league play follow the guidelines setup by GHIN®, a USGA service.
Players can also sign up to make themselves available as substitute players, and specifiy the course(s)/nights they are available to play. This is true for Spring and Fall Seasons. When someone needs a substitute, they can find a list of golfers that have signed up for a given course/night. Things happen, vacations occur, our children's events, etc. Substitutes are ALWAYS needed somewhere for someone. Check it out.
Spring Season - 2 player team, handicapped, flights by ability, individual match play for 18 weeks, League Championship Tournament (NCAA® brackets style, single elimination, one Flight per side, with a Flight Champion from each side)
Fall Season - 2 player team, handicapped, flights by ability, scramble format for 10-12 weeks
What else do we do?
The League currently runs three different golf tournaments spaced through out the year.
This is held in early March, right about the time the Spring Season starts. It's a handicapped / flighted event that typically uses a Modified Stableford scoring system over 18 holes with 2 player teams. Recent venues for this tournament include Brooksville Country Club, Silverthorn Country Club, Carrollwood Country Club in Tampa, Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O'Lakes, and Summerfield Crossings Golf Club in Riverview.
This tournment is usually played in the mid-May to mid-June time frame. This is also a handicapped / flighted event where 2 player teams will play a 2 Person Best Ball Net scoring for your team over 18 holes. Recent venues for this tournament include Westchase Golf Club in Tampa, Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City, and Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in Tarpon Springs.
End Of Year Tournament
Finally, this tournament, held in late September/Early October, is the best of them all. This 3 day event is held at a golfing resort typically within 2 hours of Tampa and has something for everybody. There's golf on Friday afternoon, golf on Saturday morning and golf again on Sunday morning. Water parks and family entertainment are always near by, if not on the premise. Recent venues have been Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Innisbrook Golf and Resort Spa in Tarpon Springs, Reunion Resort in Orlando, Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee, World Woods Golf Club in Brooksville, Celebration Golf Club/Falcon's Fire Golf Club in Orlando and Mystic Dunes/Southern Dunes in Orlando/Haines City.
A portion of the proceeds from all TBGTE Golf League Tournaments are given to an ever changing group of charities. Our current charity is First Tee Tampa Bay, while past charities have included: Support the Troops, The American Cancer Society®, Joshua House, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, and others. The charities are invited to setup information stands by the registration table to raise awareness, and they are mentioned in the awards portion of the tournament gatherings.