Rules for Local Match

Summer Local Match Play Rules for 

Two Person Match Play

In Short…..

Each team plays the other teams once. A player may only be on one team.

SCORING DISTRIBUTION (19 points per match) 

ϖ One point for each hole won

ϖ One-half point for each hole halved

ϖ One point for a match won

ϖ One- half point for an all-square match

The winner will be the team with the most points from all their matches.  A tie will be decided by an 18-hole four-ball match playoff.

HANDICAP

Four-Ball Match Play

In four-ball match play, two play their better ball against the better ball of two other players (“The Rules of Golf,” Rule 30 and Definitions).

Allowance:   The full Course Handicap of all four players is reduced by the Course Handicap of the player with the lowest handicap, who then plays from scratch.  Each of the three other players is allowed 100 percent of the difference.

Example:  Players A, B, C, and D have a Course Handicap of 5, 10, 15 and 20, respectively. Player A plays at scratch, B receives 5 strokes, C receives 10 strokes, and D receives 15 strokes.

DEADLINE AND FORFEITURE PROCESS

Match must be played by September 30, 2017. Closing Event is October 7th this year. Teams are not required to play all their matches but will forfeit points to any team they do not play.  The forfeit points will be the team average lost points for the matches they do play.

In Long…….Additional Rules of Play are below

FORMAT: Four-Ball Match Play. A match in which two play their better ball against the better ball of the other two players, both gross and net. An understanding of USGA Rules 2 (Match Play) and 30 (Four-Ball Match Play) is essential in comprehending the format of Team Play.

LOCAL RULES: Local Rules must conform with the USGA Rules of Golf.

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only (USGA Decision 14-3/0.5). However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of USGA Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is loss of hole for the player and her partner for the first offense. For subsequent offense the penalty is disqualification.

ORDER OF PLAY: Balls belonging to the same side may be played in the order the side considers best. If a team plays out of turn the opponent may immediately require the player to cancel the stroke and play in the correct order. HONORS: On the first tee, honors are determined by a coin flip. Thereafter, the honors on the tee go to the side having the lowest GROSS score on the last hole. If your side does not have honors do NOT play out of turn.

ADVICE: When the four-ball match remains ongoing, both players are deemed to be partners and therefore may exchange advice.  REMEMBER: When making a stroke a player shall not allow her partner to position herself on or close to an extension of the line of play or line of putt behind the ball.

BALLS AND CLUBS: Only golf balls listed on the USGAs latest Conforming Golf Ball List may be used (Note to USGA Rule 5-1). Penalty for use of a ball not on the list: Disqualification of the player and her partner. The One-Ball Rule will not be in effect for any phase of local match play. A players clubs shall conform with the provisions of USGA Rule 4-1 and with the specifications and interpretations set forth in Appendix II of the USGA Rules of Golf. Penalty for carrying, but not using, a nonconforming club: At the conclusion of the hole at which the breach is discovered, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred; maximum deduction per round two holes. Penalty applies to the player (individual and team match) and her partner (team match only).

SCORE CARD: A team score card will be kept by each team. The teams must complete the scores for all 4 players, be totaled, signed and agreed to by both teams and turned in to. Pro Shop. Players who are ‘out of the hole’ and cannot help the side may (and should for pace of play) pick up on the hole. You must still post a score for handicapping purposes. You may put down the score you think you might have made on the hole never exceeding your maximum adjusted ESC score. Any hole where the player ‘picked up’ must be designated with an X on the scorecard.

PRACTICE: Practicing on the competition course on the day of or between rounds will NOT be permitted.

SCORING: There are two players per team. A player may only be on one team. Each team will play each other once within their bracket. Handicap Allowance: The full Course Handicap of all four players is reduced by the Course Handicap of the player with the lowest handicap, who then plays from scratch. Each of the three other players is allowed 100 percent of the difference.

Example: Players A, B, C, and D have a Course Handicap of 5, 10, 15 and 20, respectively. Player A plays at scratch, B receives 5 strokes, C receives 10 strokes, and D receives 15 strokes.

Points: There is one point won or halved per hole and one point for winning the match. One half point is awarded for an all square match. Maximum points per match are 19 for a team. Points will be accumulated for the play season. The season will end September 30, 2017. A tie will be decided by an 18 hole play-off match.

CONCEDING A HOLE OR PUTT: You may concede your opponent’s hole or putt at anytime. If on the putting green you concede your opponents next putt, THE PLAYER MAY NOT FINISH A CONCEDED PUTT. If a player finishes a conceded putt and it helps her partner, there is no penalty to the player, but her partner is disqualified from that hole. Also remember you MAY NOT CONTINUE putting unless your side is away.

MATCH PLAY CLAIMS: Players competing in Team Play are reminded of USGA Rule 2-5: In match play, if a doubt or dispute arises between the players, a player may make a claim. If no duly authorized representative of the Committee is available within a reasonable time, the players must continue the match without delay. The Committee may consider a claim only if the player making the claim notifies her opponent (i) that she is making a claim, (ii) of the facts of the situation and (iii) that she wants a ruling. The claim must be made before any player in the match plays from the next teeing ground or, in the case of the last hole of the match, before all players in the match leave the putting green. Remember: In match play, when you are in doubt of a Rule of Golf or how to proceed you MAY NOT play a second ball as is the case in Stroke Play. EXAMPLE: While playing a hole, your opponent tells you she feels that you are about to break or have broken a Rule of Golf and you disagree with her. At this point, you MUST make a decision yourself on how you want to proceed and play the hole out the way you think best. If your ball wins or ties the hole, your opponent may indicate that they think you broke a rule of golf, are making a claim and want a ruling. They must make this statement before teeing off on the next hole or before leaving the green of the last hole. Players involved in the claim may not know the status of their match until the Rules Committee is notified and a decision is made. Note: Once a valid and timely claim is made, players are to continue their match without delay. Do not wait for a decision.

PROVISIONAL BALL: You may only play a provisional ball if you believe your ball may be out of bounds or lost outside a water hazard.

LOSS OF HOLE PENALTIES: In Stroke Play the general penalty for a rules breach results in a 2 stroke penalty. In Match Play the general penalty for those actions results in the loss of hole. All players should familiarize themselves with Match Play and Four-Ball Rules and carry a current USGA Rules of Golf book.

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