Last year I won my first Men's Club Championship- 2 rounds gross stroke play- Everyone played even from the back tees in the Championship flight. Anyone who had played in at least 3 Men's League events prior to the Club Championship was eligible to play.
This year, they mentioned towards the beginning of the season that the Club Championship would be Match Play. About 10 days ago, they announced they would seed people into 2 brackets (one from middle tees, one from front tees) based on our 4 best league scores (Daily formats included 2 individual gross/net days, an individual Mystery Hole day, a "poker putt" day, a two player best ball day and a four player best ball day).
Yesterday they announced that they had seeded all players in a single 23 person bracket based on their 3 low scores. Matches are to be played from the middle tees (5517 yards, 64.8/113) at 75% of the differential between the two players handicaps. I have a bye the 1st round, but in the round of 16, will have to give either 11 or 20 shots to my opponent.
About half as many guys competed in League this year compared to last season (mostly because they raised the pass price). However, we have a new sub 3 index player who I was looking forward to competing against in defending my Club Championship title. Now I don't even feel there is a true Club Championship to win this season.