It is important that we keep the great traditions. Reviewing the comments from the past few years, it became overwhelmingly clear that the tournament needed to be updated to maintain viability,
As much as the qualifying round on Thursday was an important part of the Kirkwood in the past, dropping it was key to moving to a shortened three-day format. This year we will seed the flights using your individual handicaps listed on your application. We will place teams in flights of eight by the total of the two indexes. The lowest sixteen teams will become the championship and first flights. These sixteen teams will play an 18-hole shotgun on Friday morning. The scores will order the teams for the championship flight (teams 1 to 8) and the first flight (teams 9 to 16).
The match play tournament will begin Friday afternoon with a shotgun for all flights. Teams advance in their flight brackets on Saturday with matches using tee times. The winning teams will compete on Sunday morning for flight championships and consolations. All the remaining teams will play Sunday morning in a “Last Chance” event. The Kirkwood Champion will be the winner of the Championship Flight.
The Kirkwood Committee has made these changes to enhance the competition and challenge in the tournament while keeping the essentials of fairly qualifying teams and keeping match play the core format.