Archive for the ‘Tournaments’ Category

Chuck Thomas Wins the Purgatory Club Championship

By: Tony Adragna on September 27th, 2013

The Purgatory Golf Club Championship was held Saturday and Sunday, September 21st and 22nd.  The Championship was a 36 hole, stroke play format.

The winner of the Championship was Chuck Thomas of Indianapolis.  Thomas is a former champion at Purgatory, and just recently moved back to Indianapolis after living in North Carolina.  Thomas shot a 75 and a 72, for an overall score of 147.

The “Low Net” winner was Tony Rhode, who shot an 83 and a 75 with a 3 handicap, make his overall net 152.

We appreciate all of those that participated in the Club Championship, and congrats again to Chuck Thomas!

Hamilton County Amateur Open 2013

By: Tony Adragna on September 16th, 2013

The Hamilton County Amateur Open Finals were held at Purgatory Golf Club on Sunday, September 15.

The open was a 36 hole tournament, with the opening day at Prairie View Golf Club, and the finals at Purgatory.

The field was set at 72 players – 48 amateurs and 24 senior amateurs.

To be eligible for the open, players in the amateur division must have had a 2013 IGA/USGA handicap index of 9.9 or less.  Players in the senior amateur division must have been at least 55 years of age, and had a 2013 IGA/USGA handicap of 14.0 or lower.

Look below for photos from the event:

Louisville Wins IU Fall Kickoff

By: Tony Adragna on September 9th, 2013

The IU Fall Kickoff took place at Purgatory Golf Club yesterday, September 8.  The Louisville Cardinals took first place in the 36 hole tournament, tallying a team score of 570.  Louisville’s Laura Restrepo took the individual crown with a score of 139.

Rounding out the team scores were Indiana (597), Xavier (604), Cincinnati (605), Indiana State (618), Youngstown State (647), and DePauw (648).

Last year’s winner of the IU Kickoff, Elizabeth Tong, finished tied for 20th overall with a score of 152.

We appreciate all of the teams and fans that came to Purgatory, we hope you enjoyed yourselves!

Here are some photos from the event:

Kristi Cardwell Defends Title at Indiana PGA Women’s Open

By: Abbi Magsamen on June 29th, 2013


109 of Indiana’s top women’s golfers took to the links at Purgatory Golf Club on Wednesday and Thursday for the 20th Indiana PGA Women’s Open. After two days and 36 holes of golf, Kristi Cardwell, a professional from Kokomo, defended her back to back championship title. The win makes Kristi the first woman to win the open both as an amateur and a professional.

After day one , Kristi launched herself into the lead shooting a 67 on a very challenging Par 72 setup. Day two, Kristi dominated the field again, shooting a 70 and taking the top spot at -7 for the tournament. Second place was held by amateur, Jenna Hague, of Muncie, shooting even for the tournament.



By: Aaron Konold on June 23rd, 2013




113 Top Women Golfers Entered.


The 36 hole Indiana PGA Women’s Open will be held at Purgatory GC June 26-27 with 113 golfers competing.

The event gets under way at 8 am off both the front and back sides. Par is 72 with course set up of 6,008 yards

While the event is listed at the Women’s PGA Open, the field is dominated by top amateurs from across the state.

In all, 16 Hamilton County golfers are entered led by amateur Brooke Beegle of Fishers, winner of the IWGA’s Match Play Championship last month. Brittney Kelly, also from Fishers, is the area’s lone professional in the field.

Kristi Cardwell, now a professional at Kokomo Country Club, is the defending champion.

Spectator admission is free.

U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion qualifier at Purgatory Golf Club

By: purgatorygolf on June 14th, 2013

Public Links AwardToday, we are pleased to welcome members of the USGA and 45 players of The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship qualifier to Purgatory Golf Club. Often referred to as the Public Links or the Publinx, this tournament was created as a championship for golfers who play on public courses, as members of private clubs are not eligible to compete. The first Public Links was held in 1922 at the Ottawa Park Course in Toledo, Ohio and has grown as an event from 140 entries in 1922 to a record number, 6,300 entries in 1998; this year, 3,020 entries were accepted. This is the final year for the public links tournament as it will be replaced by a new men’s amateur four-ball championship.

Entrants must follow the USGA’s guidelines for amateur status; therefore anyone who has ever played or taught golf for money is ineligible. The Public Links has no age limit, is open to men and women, and players must have a USGA men’s handicap index of 4.4 or lower. Each player must then qualify to play in the U.S. Amateur Public Links by playing one of many qualifying tournaments held at sites around the country, such as Purgatory Golf Club. Today, the players will participate in 36 holes of stroke play. Two golfers will then advance to the championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia in July. The 64 qualifiers will compete in three rounds of stroke play. The top sixteen players will then move on to single-elimination match play. The winner of the event will earn an invitation to the next year’s Masters, so long as he/she is still an amateur at the time of The Masters.

In 2005, the event received an unusually large amount of media attention as 15-year-old Michelle Wie became the first woman to advance to the match-play portion of the tournament, where she lost in the quarterfinals to Clay Ogden, who went on to win the tournament.  Other notable players include Public Links Champion, Trevor Immelman, winner of the 2008 Masters Tournament, as well as his playing partner in the final round Brandt Snedeker.

PS. This article was written by Abbi Magsamen, not Tenna. We’re having some technical glitches so I was unable to get her set up as an author, but will strive to do so for her next brilliant article. Thank you Abbi!

IHSAA Boys Sectional

By: purgatorygolf on June 4th, 2013

scoreboard for the IHSAA boys sectional, individual scoresscoreboard for the team IHSAA boys sectionalWe were pleased to be the host course to the IHSAA Boys Sectional yesterday. As you can see by the scoreboards, Pendleton Heights came in first with a team total of 302, followed by Noblesville with a team total of 303 and 3rd place went to Hamilton Southeastern with a team total of 318.

Individual low scores were:

71 Collin Proctor Pendelton Heights

73 Jackson Wright Noblesville

Josh Keating Noblesville
Tyler Mever Pendelton Heights


The red check marks next to the names indicate the individuals, who are not on advancing teams, but who will as advance as individuals:

Tanner Watkins Lapel

Johnson Brooker Fishers

Mitchell Richardson Lapel


Thank you to all the teams, coaches, and parents who made today so successful!

Noblesville high school golf team




Our Favorite Golf Score App

By: Tenna Merchent on August 28th, 2012

Clay wanted a way to keep his golf scores. The way his Dad does when he caddies for him, with all the details. He wants to know:

  • greens in regulation,
  • number of putts,
  • scrambles
  • sand saves
  • fairways hit

He wants all that detail so he can see where he left shots on the course (which is usually on the putting green).

So I spent a couple of hours over the course of a couple of days on the app store looking at all the golf score apps. There are a lot of them, and many of them are very similar. In the beginning it was a little overwhelming.

I took screen shots, and studied and compared the differences. One bubbled to the top, called myGolfStats, you can see their website. I wish these apps would be more consistent in their naming conventions, on their website they call it myStrokeTracker, but don’t let that imperfection stop you from considering it. Because from what I can tell, in today’s world, it’s the best one out there for keeping the details.

Here is a screen grab where he has recored some of his scores. You can see that it has all the details he is looking for.

screen grab


Plus you can use it to communicate with the USGA for your handicap if you like. You can also preview it on the iTunes store.

It is a tool for us to keep track of where shots were successful, and where they didn’t go as planned. Yes, we could do it on paper, and we have in the past.

Funny thing is, after the round, we take a picture of the scorecard with our phone so that we don’t lose it!

PurgatoryGC, and the Merchent’s have no relationship with this app developer other than being a paying client. The app cost $2.99 in today’s world, by the way.

If you do use this app, or anything like it to record your golf scores, make sure you back up your phone. Then back up your computer, then rotate those backups. You will be so glad you did if anything ever happens to your phone, and all your wonderful golf data. Then all you do is restore your backup, and everything is wonderful again!

IHSAA High School Boys Sectional Award Ceremony

By: Tenna Merchent on June 6th, 2012

In this short video you will get to see the awards ceremony from the recent sectional and meet some of the winners. Hope you like it!

IHSAA Boys Sectional Championship

By: Tenna Merchent on June 4th, 2012

We are thrilled to be hosting the IHSAA Boys Sectional Championship today. The course is crawling with players, coaches & spectators. 15 teams are competing:

  • Alexandria,
  • Anderson,
  • Carmel,
  • Elwood,
  • Fishers,
  • Frankton,
  • Guerin Catholic,
  • Hamilton Southeastern,
  • Lapel,
  • Liberty Christian,
  • Noblesville,
  • Pendleton Heights,
  • Sheridan, University,
  • Westfield.
  • Three teams will qualify for Friday’s regional at the Player’s Club in Muncie.
  • The three lowest individuals (not on advancing teams) will qualify for Friday’s regional.
  • 18 hole  stroke play.
  • Team score: four best scores of five player team.

We will have more photos, video, & coverage of the outcome tomorrow. Good luck to everyone, and have fun!