121st CGA Match Play Championship



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- Qualifier #1 May 16 Tiara Rado Golf Course, Grand Junction QUALIFIER INFORMATION

- Qualifier #2

May 24 Spring Valley Golf Club, Elizabeth


- Qualifier #3

June 1 Broadlands Golf Course, Broomfield


Last Chance Qualifier

June 3 CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora QUALIFIER INFORMATION


Championship Honor: The 2021 CGA Match Play Championship will be held in the memory of 2011 Champion Michael Lee, who passed away from COVID-19 complications in December of 2020. Michael was a Colorado resident who played his college golf at Colorado School of Mines and will be honored during this year's championship. To view or donate to his foundation page, The Michael Ray Lee Foundation, please CLICK HERE.


Host Facility: CommonGround Golf Course and Colorado Golf Club


Championship Dates: Monday, June 7 - Saturday, June 12


Registration Opens: Monday, March 15th at 7:00 a.m.


Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 20th at 11:59 p.m. 


Entry Fee: $250.00 for exempt players into the championship. Qualifying fees will be $95.00 per player with an additional $155.00 for successful qualifiers.


Field Size: 64 entrants. Based on exemptions and successful qualifiers. 


Qualifying: Players that are not on the EXEMPT LIST must go through a qualifying round at a course listed above.


Format (NEW in 2021): The CGA Match Play Championship will be played using the PGA TOUR style match play Pod Play system at gross scoring. This means that any player who qualifies for the championship will be guaranteed at least three (3) matches in the championship at CommonGround Golf Course. After each player is ranked (see below), all players will be distributed into their pod with three (3) other players. This will yield 16 pods of four (4) players. Each player will play all three other players in their pod (see schedule below). The winner of each pod will advance to the Round of 16 and a single elimination knockout round will be played at CommonGround Golf Course. The top 8 players will advance to complete the championship at Colorado Golf Club in a single elimination bracket. 


Championship Schedule: 

Monday (6/7): Day 1 of Pod Play at CommonGround GC 
Tuesday (6/8): Day 2 of Pod Play at CommonGround GC 

Wednesday Morning (6/9): Day 3 of Pod Play at CommonGround GC 

Wednesday Afternoon (6/9): Round of 16
Thursday (6/10): No matches will be played. An optional practice round will be available at Colorado Golf Club for pod winners moving on only.
Friday Morning (6/11): Quarterfinals at Colorado Golf Club 

Friday Afternoon (6/11): Semifinals at Colorado Golf Club 

Saturday (6/12): The 36-Hole Championship Match at Colorado Golf Club 


Player Seeding: All 64 players will be ranked 1 – 64. The defending champion will be ranked #1. Exempt players will be ranked next based on their 2020 CGA Player of the Year points standings. The rest of the field of 64 will be made from qualifying players that came from an off-site qualifier. Qualifying players will be ranked in order of their qualifying score at their given site.


Pod Assignments/Seeding: The pods will follow the PGA TOUR style of randomized drawing. Once players have been seeded 1 - 64, players will be drawn at random so that each pod will consist of a player ranked 1 - 16 (Player 1), 17 - 32 (Player 2), 33 - 48 (Player 3) and 49 - 64 (Player 4). Pod structure is available to view under the tournament information tab. 


Pod Play Scoring: There will be no extra holes during the pod play portion of matches. Scoring during pod play will be as follows:
Match Won – 1 point | Match Tied – ½ point | Match Lost – 0 Points. 

Note: If there is a tie for the pod winner, a sudden death playoff will determine the person advancing from that pod.


Starting Times: Beginning at 7:00am each day. 


Tee Time Estimates: Available under the Tournament Information tab. 


Groupings: Players will play in groups of four (4) during Pod Play. There will be two matches taking place at each tee time. All players will be grouped by their pod.


Walking Only: This is a walking only championship for all players and caddies. Players may choose to carry, have a caddie or use a push cart.


Prizes: Merchandise gift certificates are awarded to the winner, runner-up, semi-finalists, quaterfinalists and pod winners. Medals are also awarded. The winner will be the state champion.


Practice Round Information: 

CommonGround GC: Tee times are subject to availability, can be made 7 days in advance by calling the golf shop at 303-340-1520. Pricing: CGA Member pricing is available to championship participants when you call to book. Rates can be found HERE.  

Colorado Golf Club: Only players advancing from pod play to the quaterfinals will have access to a practice round. Availability/Price: TBD 

Yardage: Available under the Tournament Information tab. 


StrackaLine: StrackaLine yardage books and green guides can be purchased for a reduced price, with CGA tournament participants receiving a 25% off discount. Click HERE for more information. 


Food & Beverage: Lunch will be provided on day one of pod play at CommonGround GC following play, included in entry. Food and beverage avaialbe for purchase. 


Score Posting: Scores from match play events will NOT be posted by the CGA. The player may post their own score at the end of a round. The Tournament Director will always provide the applicable slope/rating for posting purposes. 


Mobile Scoring: Players will use the Golf Genius app to score their match as they play. Players will report the final match status to the scoring area. 


Defending Champion: Colin Prater (Blackstone Country Club - 2020)


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