The Women’s Georgia
RECOGNIZING WOMEN'S NCAA DIVISION III INTERCOLLEGIATE GOLF IN GEORGIA
2013 Fall Season Update
The Oglethorpe women's team, led by head coach Cindy Vaios, has sprinted out to a quick lead in the Women's Georgia Cup team standings as the fall season comes to a close. Oglethorpe averaged 331.76 strokes as a team to take the early lead over Berry (337.29) and Piedmont (347.14). The Team of the Year receives the rotating Women's Georgia Cup trophy for that year. The trophy will then be back up for grabs in the following year's competition.
At the midway point of the second annual Women's Georgia Cup, Oglethorpe's Elizabeth Kim (78.00) leads her nearest competitor by nearly five adjusted strokes per round. The reigning Women's Georgia Cup individual champion, Piedmont senior Katarina Hodge, is tied with Oglethorpe senior Tori Van Wyen at 82.71, trailing Kim by 4.71 strokes per round. Berry's Sydney Weaver and Nikki Cline round out the top five at the end of the fall season.
The Women's Georgia Cup will be contested in the 2014 spring season at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga., and Indian Mound Golf Course at Jekyll Island, Ga., in March. The final two rounds will be played April 5-6 at Callaway Gardens' Lake View Golf Course in Pine Mountain, Ga. Team of the Year, Player of the Year and a four-player All-State team will be named and awarded trophies at the conclusion of the Callaway Gardens tournament.
About The Georgia Cup
The Women's Georgia Cup enters its second year of existence in 2013-14. In 2012-13, the Women's Georgia Cup was born, following the lead of the Georgia NCAA Division III men's programs who have been competing in this format for 16 years. The Women's Georgia Cup is contested by the three Division III women's golf programs in the state: Berry, Piedmont and Oglethorpe.
The Georgia Cup format is a tournament within a tournament pitting all the Georgia Division III teams in the field against each other in a team competition and players in an individual competition. The Georgia Cup has a unique scoring system because not all teams play in the same events. In order to be classified a Georgia Cup Event at least two of the three Georgia Cup teams must be in the event.
A formula giving weight to tournaments based on the number of Georgia Cup teams appearing together was created. If all three teams play in the same event it will be weighted more heavily than events with just two teams appearing.
Using weighted scoring average against an adjusted par, each round involving more than one Georgia Cup team will count in the standings. An adjusted par had to be brought into the equation because the numerous tournaments encompassing the Georgia Cup events will be played over a half-dozen different courses with par ranging from 70-72. Adjusted par is calculated by adding up the number of rounds played on the different courses and their respected par, weighted times the number of teams in the Georgia Cup playing in the tournament. To qualify, a player must compete in 75% of her team’s tournaments. If number is not a whole number, the number will be rounded up to the next whole number.
If only two of the three teams are playing in the same tournament field all individual and team scores are counted only once. If all three teams are in the same field for an event, each score counts twice.
The Cup, the All-State Team, and the Player of the Year are annually decided after the Callaway Gardens Spring Invitational in April. Immediately after the Invitational final round, awards are presented and the Georgia Cup ceremony is held. The Georgia Cup is awarded to the team with the lowest vs. adjusted par average for the season in pre-determined Georgia Cup events. Georgia Cup events include any event that at least two of the teams compete in together and complete a minimum of 18 holes and a maximum of 54 holes.
The player with the lowest vs. adjusted par average at the conclusion of the season is named Georgia Cup Player of the Year and awarded a trophy at the awards ceremony. A four-member All-State team also receives trophies at the ceremony.