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Changes Coming to 2023 UGA Championship Season
In 2023 players should expect a few changes to the format of some UGA Championships. These changes are being made after careful consideration, factoring in the current needs of the championship, and UGA member input. Here is what to expect in 2023:
Super-Senior Age Change & Player of the Year:
In an effort to increase the level of competition in both the Super-Senior and Legends divisions, the age for the Super-Senior division has been reduced from 65 to 60. This age bracket now matches the age brackets at the Utah Section PGA and creates a more natural progression for players to advance from Senior (50), to Super-Senior (60), and finally to the Legends (70) Division. In addition to this change, the UGA has added a Super-Senior Player of the Year Award and will count the Top 6 events when calculating PPR rankings.
This championship will now feature maximum capacities per division. These were calculated based on historical data and are intended to allow all UGA Members with a chance to play in this popular event. Additionally, with ever increasing popularity in the state, it has become more difficult to obtain golf courses as host sites. With that in mind, Winterchamps will be reduced from 3 sites to 2 sites.
Spring Open & Women’s Four-Ball:
Similar to Winterchamps, teams will now be able to choose their pairing for Round 1 of each competition. Teams will be re-paired for Round 2 based on results from Round 1.
Utah Mid-Amateur Championship:
Given the historical success and popularity of this event, this event will now expand to two separate one-day 18-hole qualifiers to be able to compete in the championship proper.
Utah State Amateur Championship:
Going forward, the field size for the Utah State Amateur will be reduced to 156 players. As such, the UGA has greatly reduced the exemptions for this event. To review this list, please Click Here.
Utah Senior State Amateur Championship:
This championship will now feature a Legends Division. 48 senior players, 24 super-senior players, and 12 legends players will qualify to championship week through regional qualifying or through exemption.
Utah Senior Women’s Amateur Championship:
New in 2023, the four-lady match play bracket will be played with the semifinals on day 3 and the final match on day 4.