Weekly Challenge Golf Tour

The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour is wrapping up their 28th season.  The WCGT schedule consisted of some of the top Chicagoland public and Private Country Clubs.  WCGT will play 26 tournaments this year and between the 3 player tiers, there was 30 plus winners. Every golf tournament is run by a staff that is committed to the Tour and creating a fair and fun tournament.  Other Chicago suburb golf leagues play 1 or 2 courses through the year, but WCGT stands out above the rest by playing 24 different courses.  This is not just a golf league, it is a touring golf league.  With their own handicap system, shooting your handicap will put you in the running to cash that tournament.  Men and women golfers compete at all different skill levels.    With only 2 tournaments left before the final Tournament of Champions, the season is wrapping up, but next year is right around the corner

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Randall Oaks Golf Tournament Recap

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The members of the Weekly Challenge Golf Tour competed in the 20th tournament of the year on Saturday at Randall Oaks Golf Club. A perfect day in the Chicago Suburbs for a golf tournament on a challenging course. WCGT is a traveling golf league playing a wide variety of great golf courses in the Chicago suburbs. The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour is known for fair competitive golf tournaments with members in their 30s to 70s, men and women

Mark Smolens shot the low score of the day and won the Eagle Class with a 76, net 68 score. This was Mark’s 2nd victory of the year.  Charles Kimball won his first tournament of the year after a few close calls and took the senior division by 4 strokes. Michael Cox won his 2nd tournament of the year and won the birdie class after a tie breaker with Clark Sheldon. Congrats to all.

 

Weekly Challenge Golf Tour Tournament Recap

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The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour completed their 19th golf tournament of the year on Saturday at The Bridges of Poplar Creek.  WCGT is a touring golf league that plays many different Chicagoland Golf Course.  The WCGT members had an outstanding day with many low scores. 2 players stood out from the rest and won their flight with great rounds. Rich Colecchia carded a net 66 and won the Eagle Class by 1 stroke. Stuart Duhl shot a net 64 and won the senior class by 4 strokes! Both players earned their 2nd win of the year.  Hosting tournaments in the Chicago Suburbs, the Weekly Challenge Golf Tour is the #1 place for men and women golfers to play competitive golf with great prizes and do it all in a relaxed atmosphere.  Most Chicago golf leagues play one or two golf courses in a year, The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour plays 25 different Chicago Suburb golf courses throughout the year.  All tournaments ore handicap based, which means golfers at all levels can compete

Cress Creek Country Club Tournament Results

The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour completed their 18th golf tournament of the year at Cress Creek Country Club in Naperville. It was a perfect day for a competitive golf tournament for the 33 men and women golfers. Michael Saltzman, Clark Sheldon and Ronald Mambu all posted impressive under 70 net scores and walked away with a win in their individual class. Michael Saltzman and Ronald Mambu are now entered into the growing field for the Tournament of Champions.

The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour is the top touring golf league in the Chicago Suburbs.  Men and Women of all ages can be competitive in each tournament due to a WCGT handicap system that keeps scoring true and fair.  The Chicagoland area has a lot of great public and private golf courses and WCGT plays some of the best.

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The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour will be hosting a golf tournament on Monday at Cress Creek Country Club.  WCGT plays golf tournaments at some of the top public golf courses in the Chicagoland area as well as some of the best private Country clubs in the Chicago suburbs.  WCGT will bring 33 players to Cress Creek Country Club split into 3 different classes.  The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour plays competitive golf tournaments following USGA rules.  The Men and Women members of WCGT range in handicaps from 5 to 35 and all ages.

Cog Hill Dubsdread Tournament Recap

The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour played their 16th tournament of the year today at Cog Hill – Dubsdread.  The previous host of the Western Open, Dubsdread proved to be a tough test for all but 1 of the 28 golfers.  One of the best golf courses in the Chicago Suburbs played tough as expected even though it was a perfect day for a competitive golf tournament.

Brian O’Sullivan won the Eagle class earning his spot in the end of the year Tournament of Champions.  Steve Bochenczak was in a “golf league” of his own and won his class with a net 70.  Ray Wright won his 2nd tournament of the year and took home the first place prize in the Senior class.

WCGT is a more than a competitive golf league, it is a golf tour that has a long respected history.  Playing some of the best courses in the Chicago suburbs along with using their own handicap system to keep scoring fair, WCGT is the top Amateur Golf Tour in the Chicagoland area36255

Weekly Challenge Golf Tour Plays at Cog Hill #4 – Dubsdread

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The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour is bringing their touring Chicago Golf League to Cog Hill Golf and Country club on Saturday, August 5th.  The 28 men and women will be playing Cog Hill #4 – Dubsdread.  This will be a challenging golf tournament for all the WCGT members.  Dubsdread is one of Chicago suburbs toughest and most well know golf courses.  The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour brings competitive golf to the best courses in the Chicago Suburbs and Dubsdread is no exception.  Over the years, Dubsdread has challenged professionals and amateurs alike while hosting numerous PGA Tour and USGA tournaments.

The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour is more than a golf league, it is a tour!  WCGT plays some of the top Chicago suburbs golf courses and each golf tournament includes men and women golfers with handicaps between 2-36.

Bolingbrook Tournament Recap

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On a beautiful, but windy day, the Weekly Challenge Golf Tour completed their 15th official competitive golf tournament of the year.  On Saturday, 24 men and women competed at Bolingbrook Golf Club.  The temperature was great and it stayed dry, but as always playing in southern Naperville brought the winds.  Despite the wind, 2 players won their class with net 64 scores.  Dennis Karns wins his 2nd tournament of the year and Bruno Styrczula wins his first tournament of the year after a couple of top finishes.  Bruno now qualifies for the Tournament of Champions at the end of the year.  In the Eagle class, David Baldwin wins his 2nd tournament of the year.  Closest to the pin prizes were awarded to 4 different players.  Prizes included free rounds of golf for 2 at Bolingbrook Golf Club.

The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour is not just a Chicago Suburbs Golf League, it is a Golf tour.  Tournament play on some of the top golf courses in the Chicago Suburbs.  If you are looking for something more than a typical Chicago Golf League, join WCGT next year and enjoy the Tour!

Bolingbrook Golf Club Tournament

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The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour will be hosting their 15th tournament of the year at Bolingbrook Golf Club in Bolingbrook, Il.

The challenging course offers elevated tees, rolling fairways and 7 lakes. Highlights include a true island green par-3 and 600 yard par-5 that should play with the prevailing wind.
Measuring 4,931 yards to 7,104 yards from 5 sets of tees, Bolingbrook Golf Club will prove to be both challenging and fair for players of all abilities and a terrific compliment to any function.

This 18-hole championship golf course was designed by acclaimed course architects, Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest.

WCGT, the Chicago Suburbs leading Men’s and Woman’s golf league, will bring a field of 24 players to this beautiful course on what is expected to be a perfect summer day.  Defending champions Joe Chiaro, David Calhoun and Charles Kimball, in their respective fields, will not be participants, so the tournament is wide open to all players.

This is set up for another great Chicago Suburbs Golf Tournament, good luck to all the men and women golfers

 

Come Join Us – Membership Information

Surprising in its Simplicity

The Weekly Challenge Golf Tour was organized and founded in late 1989, by Dr. James Griseto, a retired dentist. With enthusiasm and determination, he promoted an idea that was not readily available to the average golfer in most areas: the thrills and excitement of playing golf competitively in accordance with USGA rules, within a strict professionally-managed, tournament format.

Single day 18 hole tournaments, on top quality golf courses, are open to both men and women golfers in the 0 to 36 handicap range. Members may play as an amateur for prizes and gift certificates, maintaining their Amateur status – or – play as a non-amateur for prizes and cash awards. Golf in this format, with fair competition, is truly a unique experience.

In 1992, the WCGT began with 147 enthusiastic members, and a schedule of 20 events on Chicagoland public golf courses, that averaged a field of 51 players. Without any advertising, the WCGT steadily grew in size and participation. Soon advertisers, sponsors and many of the best golf courses in Chicagoland were on board with the WCGT.

The WCGT is managed by a group of enthusiastic golfers dedicated to a concept that provides fair, competitive golf events for the average golfer. While the membership is open to all skill levels, the majority of players are in a range of six to sixteen in handicap index. A strictly enforced handicap process is maintained for all members, using only WCGT scores for maintaining and updating handicap factors.

MEMBERSHIP
How much does it cost to join the WCGT?

Individual Member players Tour card is $175. (Includes your 2016 CDGA Membership)

Returning Member players Tour card is $150. (Includes your 2016 CDGA Membership)
Must have been member last year.

The WCGT tour card fee pays for the current season, and allows you to choose from the events offered to create your own unique Tour schedule. You may play as many or as few events as you wish.

To be invited to play in the Tournament of Champions, you must win or tie for first in an event and complete a minimum of six events.

How much does it cost to play each event?
Total fees per event are determined by adding together the green fee, cart fee, prize pool $45 per tournament and an administrative fee $29 if the reservation is made 10 days or more before a tournament. The Tournament entry fee is therefore an amount equal to $64 if entered 10 days or more before the tournament or $74 if entered less than 10 days before the event plus the cost of golf. In addition, there is also a $5 Tournament of Champions fee that goes into our Tournament of Champions prize pool. Total fees do not change if you choose to walk in an event instead of using a cart. Most golf courses will require a cart for all players in a large group.

What is a verifiable handicap?
Along with your application you can submit a copy of your most recent verifiable handicap card as proof of your handicap. Any other league year-end score sheets may be submitted, and we will advise you if they are acceptable. We do contact your home course or other golf organization or association that computed your handicap for verification of your current handicap.

What do I do if I don’t have a handicap?
When you submit your application, you must also submit 5 of your most recent scorecards, which accurately represent the game you play.  They must be signed by a player in your foursome, or your home course pro, attesting that this is your range of normal scoring in a round of golf. You can not schedule a qualifying round until we receive your scorecards.

Then the 1st event you choose to play in is your qualifying round. Your entry fee will be $45 less (the prize money), because you cannot win any prize money in a qualifying round. A qualifying round does not count as a round played in your stats. This round and the five score cards are used to establish your handicap index which will become applicable to your next round.

Submitting false scorecards
If it is determined by the players council that a new member has submitted false scores, that players handicap will be adjusted to an appropriate skill level or if extreme their membership may be revoked.

For an explanation of handicap adjustment per tournament ask for the WCGT Handicap System flyer or read about our proprietary Handicap System on this web site.

PLAYER STATUS 
Amateur versus Non-Amateur
Whether you are Amateur or Non, if you win $600 or more in the season as a WCGT player your winnings must be declared to the IRS and you will receive a 1099 form. Therefore, we must have a social security number on file for you or we cannot give you your winnings.

Non-Amateur is a player who accepts cash for their winnings. We use this term, to prevent the mistaken conclusion that only very good players can be professionals.

If you plan to play as an Amateur in any other events or amateur tours, you must remain an Amateur in the WCGT. No more than $750.00 in prizes may be taken in any one event, by an amateur (Hole-In-One Prizes are exempt from that limitation by USGA Rule). If you do so, you automatically loose your amateur status. Amateurs have an extensive list of retailers from which they may choose to redeem their winnings.

REGISTRATION/PAYMENT/CANCELLATION 
How do I make reservations and payments for events?
Reservations may be made for any event prior to 10 days before the event. Reservations may be made by filling out the reservation form on the web site, by phone, fax or at any event.
>>All reservations are confirmed in writing to each member.

All members with credit cards will be charged $10 (a nonrefundable deposit) for each event reserved, at the time the reservation is made. This holds their spot in the event. If you authorized the credit card to automatically pay for event fees, then the balance of an event will be charged to your credit card 10 days prior to the event date.

When you sign up without a credit card on file, in addition to submitting payment equal to $10 for each tournament entered, you must include an escrow check for $200 to insure that final payment for each tournament will be made 10 days before the event. The balance of the total fee (after deducting the $10 deposit) is due 10 days prior to each event date. If the escrow amount on file is used for payment of the event, the $200 amount must be replenished before the next event payment is due. Unused credit balances will be applied to your account for the following season or will be refunded to you at the end of the golf season at your direction.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your credit card is declined, or payment is not received 10 days before the event, you may be removed from that event for non payment. Your reservation may be given to a member on standby who has an authorized credit card or escrow check on file.

What do you mean by standby in an event?
We usually have enough available tee times for all members who want to play. Occasionally, there will be more demand than available spots. This will create a standby list of players to be next into the event when a cancellation occurs. Our past experience with our players is that there are always last minute cancellations for a number of reasons. If you are notified that you are on standby for an event, don’t panic! We will let you know when an opening occurs. To avoid overbooking, the $10 reservation fee will not be refunded for changing a reservation or cancellations!

If a player is on the standby list and does not get to play in the event, the $10 deposit will be credited toward their next event.

How do I cancel a reservation?
A reservation may be canceled 10 days or more prior to the event date.  All cancellations are confirmed in writing. Cancellations may be made by filling out a form on the web site, by phone, fax or at any event. The $10 deposit will be forfeited, but any other prepaid or charged amounts will be credited toward your next event. Cancellations by a member between 9 days and 4 days prior to a tournament date will result in a refund of 50% of the original prepaid entry fee. Cancellations by a member 3 days or less prior to a tournament date will result in a forfeiture of the entire, prepaid entry fee regardless of whether you are replaced in the tournament.

PRIZE PAY-OUTS
What kind of prize money was won last year?
The average 1st place winnings in 2015 was $274.36

Top money winner in 2015– Cary Hajduk – $2,995.00
Seventeen (17) players earned over $1,000.00 in 2015 – 51 Players (62%) earned $250 or more and 61players or 74.4% of our members during 2015 won money or gift certificates

Over $2,434,840.00 has been paid out in prizes and purse money
over the last 25 years for an average of $97,393.60 per year.

How is prize money paid out?
For each event each player pays $45 into the prize pool (this is part of the total fee). By multiplying the total players by $45 you can quickly tell the size of pools. (Updated info available at each event)

The playing field of each event is broken into 2 or 3 classes (one for seniors 60 and over) as even in number of players as possible. This permits spreading out the prize money evenly to 30% of the players.The more players in a flight, the larger the prize pool. Ties are split evenly after first place.

How do you break ties?
A scorecard playoff settles ties for 1st place only. Looking at the hardest hole on the course, whoever shot the lowest NET wins, the second person is ranked tie for 1st, but wins 2nd place money.

A tie in any other place splits the prize money for those places. For example a two-way tie for 4th would be called a tie for 4th and split 4th + 5th place money. The next in line after that would be called 6th and win 6thplace money.

How do I get my prize?
For non-amateurs a check is attached to your scorecard at your next event. Amateurs must fill out a claim form letting us know how they wish their winnings paid out. Many department stores and pro-shops are available from which to choose. Amateurs usually receive their selected gift certificates at the first tournament after they select the type of certificate they would like. The certificates are then attached to your next scorecard. Amateurs who have their gift certificates mailed will pay a $10 certified mailing fee which will be deducted from the total gift certificate amount.

COURSE MANAGEMENT

What is the average: size of the fields & start time?
Last year the fields ranged from 22 to 44, with an average number of 30.29 players.
In 2016 events will be consecutive tee times starting in the mornings or early afternoons. No shotgun starts. Tee times span over a 1 to 3 hour range.

What tees do you play from?
To make distances fair, yet challenging, and at a length that provides speed of play, the tees at our courses will be divided more or less equally within a range of approximately 6,000 to 6,200 yards for Seniors and approximately 6,300 to 6,700 yards for men. All women (regardless of handicap index) will play from the Senior Men’s yardage with course handicap adjustments in acccordance with USGA Rules up to a maximum course handicap limit of 36.

What handicap class will I play with?
All the classes are mixed in a foursome or in some instances, a threesome during play. Our goal is to help people meet other new players throughout the year, and play consistently good courses, at a good pace of play. We have always been the Tour for the average player, and we treat everyone the same, no matter what your handicap index.

What about walking?
Event fees are set at one price only as many courses require carts for large groups. On courses that do allow walking, those that wish to walk may do so, but there is no cart fee refund. We appreciate it if you let us know along with your reservation, whether you will be walking, so we can pair you with another walker if possible.

Can I bring a caddie or gallery?
To find out about walking, caddies and gallery, check out the Course Information sheet at the check-in desk for every event. It tells you most everything you want to know about all the courses on the Tour schedule. We appreciate you’re letting us know if you plan on bringing a caddie or gallery.

WCGT & most courses do not allow gallery or caddies under the age of 13.

Caddies of members must adhere to the WCGT Dress Code. ( See Dress Code Information in the handbook )

Caddies: Courses that allow caddies fall into 3 classes: 1) you both walk 2) you or your caddy must walk, and the other ride 3) caddies are available at some of the courses, if you reserve ahead.

Galleries: Those courses that do allow gallery fall into 2 classes: Your gallery must walk behind your foursome and not disrupt play. Or your gallery must ride with an additional fee for the other ½ cart.

Hold Harmless Statement Caddies and galleries that accompany you on the course must sign this form before the event begins. It states that the WCGT and the golf courses are not responsible for your safety on the course. No one is allowed out without signing such a form.

TEE TIMES AND OTHER INFO
Tee times for each event are on the WCGT Web site 48 hours before each event.

Results of each event are on the Web Site 24 hours or less (usually much sooner) after the end of each event.

Our computer randomly assigns tee times. We don’t accept special requests for pairings, however, if you call enough in advance (4 days minimum), we will try and usually can accommodate special needs, such as a late tee time due to work / or early for a wedding, etc. We do watch for abuse in this area, and will bring such behavior up to the player’s council for review.

What do you do if it rains?
We do play as long as the course remains playable, so come prepared no matter what the weather conditions.

Who keeps you moving?
We have On Course Technology “Pace Monitors” for each foursome that tells at a glance where you should be on the course letting you know if you are on pace or behind. Everyone must keep moving and help their foursome keep up with the group in front of them to maintain a 4-½ hour pace. The marshals, placed throughout the course will inform groups if they are falling behind the group in front of them. If a consistently slow player or group is found, they will be warned, followed by the head marshal and penalized if necessary. The WCGT does issue slow play penalties during events for players or groups who can not maintain the pace with the group in front of themMarshals are not there for rules of golf, members are expected to know those! A player who will not keep up pace of play after receiving a letter about slowness, will be set at the end of tee times until their pace picks up.