Knuth System

Knuth List

  • Sullivan, Mark (-3)
  • Hammerstad, David (-3)
  • Hutsinpillar, Jim (-3)
  • Defaccio, Mark (-3)
  • Witter, Bob (-3)
  • Ulmer, Steve (-2)
  • Pusillo, Daniel (-2)
  • Miller, Scott (-2)
  • Ellis, Greg (-2)
  • Carlson, Brian (-2)
  • Meyers, David (-2)
  • Preston, Matt (-2)
  • Haag, Scott (-2)
  • Hom, Douglas (-2)
  • Bergsvik, Dave (-2)
  • Kleckner, Bob (-2)

Dear West Seattle Golf Club Members,

The Tournament Committee, in an effort to “level the playing field” in our club golf tournaments, has adopted a Tournament Point System developed by Dean Knuth of the Handicap Department of the USGA. Specific information about the Tournament Point System can be found at

The USGA Tournament Point System is based on awarding points to net finishers in our club’s major tournaments. Major tournaments at West Seattle Golf Club taken into consideration for application of Knuth Points are the following:

  • President’s Cup
  • Spring Field Day
  • Summer Championship
  • 2-Person Scramble
  • 2-Person Best Ball
  • 4-Ball Match Play
  • Captain’s Cup Match Play
  • Bayview Memorial
  • Fall Field Day
  • 666

Examples of tournaments not included would be West Seattle Amateur, Blind Draw Scramble, etc.

Top net finishers in the tournaments listed above will be awarded five points to the individual, or each of the team members, finishing in first place. Four points will be given to 2nd place finishers, three to 3rd place, two points for 4th place, and one point for 5th place. Points are accumulated over a two-year period and are recalculated before each tournament. With regard to Match Play Events, the winner and runner-up of each flight will receive 3 and 2 points respectively. Inter-flight play for the overall winner (i.e. the “final four”) will not receive any additional points.

Once a player accumulates 7 points during any two-year period his handicap for all club tournaments will be reduced by two strokes. For each additional 2 points accumulated, an additional 1-stroke reduction will be taken. Full deductions will be in effect starting January 1st, 2017. These deductions will only be used during West Seattle Golf Club tournament play and will not affect a player’s USGA Handicap Index issued by WSGA.

The West Seattle Golf Club Handicap Committee will randomly check members’ score posting so that no attempts to manipulate a player’s Handicap Index are made to make up for these adjustments.

The committee believes that the Tournament Point System will make our major net results more competitive and give more players a chance to finish at the top.

Questions about the Tournament Point System and how and when it will be applied should be directed to The Handicap Committee at

Thank you,
The Tournament Committee