Thu Dec 13 2012Queensland Senior Order of Merit kicks off in 2013
Golf Queensland today announced the introduction of the Queensland Senior Order of Merit to its calendar for 2013.
Queensland Senior Order of Merit (QSOOM) events will be held at various clubs from Coolangatta to Mosman throughout the year and open to golfers over the age of 55 years.
Golf Queensland's Golf Operations Manager Luke Bates said the schedule has been designed so players throughout the State have the opportunity to participate.
"The QSOOM offer many possibilities for Senior Golfers, Golfers located in Northern Queensland can play in the QSOOM without having to travel to the southern part of the State, while at the same time we envisage many players travelling north from South East Queensland to play in QSOOM events" Mr Bates said.
"We have scheduled 45 events this year with the first being kicked off at the Indooroopilly Golf Club in January."
"The QSOOM promotes Senior golfing events, played under the same structure all across Queensland"
The QSOOM is available to all male and female golfers, 55 years of age and over, who hold a current Men's Australian or overseas equivalent handicap of 27 and under, or a Women's Australian or overseas equivalent handicap of 45 and under to play in a Queensland-wide event.
QSOOM Program Administrator,Alan Davies
QSOOM program administrator Alan Davies has been the driving force behind the development of the calendar and said it was pleasing to see so many golf clubs support the concept.
"We welcome all senior golfers to play as there will be an Order of Merit for each category, with both a Scratch and Nett division" Mr Davies said.
The first event will be a two-day event held at Indooroopilly Golf Club from 21-22 January, 2013. The event will be held on the East course on the first day and the West course on the second day.
For the full calendar of events, conditions of the QSOOM and points table please go to www.golfqueensland.org.au.
- The QSOOM will recognise performances for both scratch, net (handicap reduced) scoring and 65 and over age group for men and 60 and over age group for women.
- There will be an Order of Merit for each category.
- It is also intended that a number of positions on the Queensland Senior representative team be picked from the Senior Order of Merit in 2014.
- A player's final QSOOM points total for both scratch, nett and 65 and over age group, will comprise of all points accrued from his/her best eight performances in designated events during that calendar year. Once a player plays more than eight designated events, his/her worst performance (e.g. lowest points total from a designated event) drops off for each additional event he plays.
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