The York County Amateur Golf Association is making some changes for the 2014 season.
Chief among those is the addition of a new member club — Quail Valley, located between Littlestown and Gettysburg in Adams County.
Quail Valley becomes the third club from outside of York County to belong to the organization. The others are The Bridges Golf Club near Abbottstown and Lebanon Country Club. There are now 21 courses in the YCAGA.
The YCAGA changed its bylaws a few years back to allow for course members from outside of York County.
"A lot of our members have played down there and they gave Quail good reviews," said Dave Bennett, the executive director of the YCAGA. "When it was first built (in the early 1990s), the majority of their play was from Maryland. But now they've decided to get more involved with Pennsylvania. Our name was dropped to them and they called us. It should be a good addition."
Bennett said Quail Valley would soon be incorporated into the YCAGA tournament schedule, although no YCAGA events are set for Quail Valley in 2014.
When the YCAGA players finally get a shot at Quail Valley, it should provide a stern test. From the back tees, the course measures just more than 7,000 yards and has a slope rating of 139 and a course rating of 74.2.
Other changes: The addition of Quail Valley is not the only YCAGA change.
The YCAGA Senior and Super Senior Championship will be played on a Monday (June 23) this season on a trial basis. There will be an open division that plays from the championship tees, along with age divisions of 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and above that will play a slightly shorter yardage.
"The event had less than 50 players the last three or four years," Bennett said. "Some of it was 'why should I play in it when I don't have a chance of winning it (against some of the perennially strong players who usually compete).' We'll see how it goes. To be frank, I'm not completely sold on (playing it on a Monday)."
This year's York Open on Friday, Aug. 8, at Royal Manchester will now feature a separate senior division. Before, the event had a senior division, but it was held within the open division and the senior golfers played from the same tees as the open division. Now the seniors will play from their own set of tees, likely somewhere between the blue and white tees. The management company of the host club kicked in some additional sponsorship money for the senior division.
The Champion of Champions event, set for Sunday, Sept. 14, at Honey Run, will also return to age bracket flights. The YCAGA is also looking for any past champions to send them invitations to play in the event. Any players who have won member club titles or senior club titles are eligible, along with past winners of YCAGA individual events.
The YCAGA has also slightly altered the way War of the Roses points are awarded. The War of the Roses is set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, at Bon Air Country Club.
Schedule: The other major events on the YCAGA schedule this year are as follows:
•The Interclub Championship on Sunday, May 18 at Valley Green.
•The York County Amateur on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and July 13, at Briarwood East.
•The Junior Championship (boys and girls) Monday, Aug. 4, at Out Door.
•Mid-Amateur Championship, Sunday, Aug. 24, at Regents' Glen.
•The Spring Better Ball was played Saturday, April 12, at Springwood. Jay Kostenbauder and Randy Grim won that event.
The Match Play Championship is set to run throughout the summer, as normal.
— Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.