2020 LEAGUE GOLF
Tuesday night league play will begin on May 12, 2020. Thursday night league play will begin on May 14, 2020. We will have ten weeks of league play. Rain-out weeks will be skipped and regularly scheduled league play will continue. We will then have two weeks of newly formatted playoffs (see Scoring and Playoffs below).
The cost of league is included with your membership in the men’s association. If you are not a member of the men’s association, then you will not be permitted to participate in league. If you are going to play league on both nights, then an additional $20.00 must be paid for the league pot. The voluntary egg game will cost an additional $15.00 (per league) for the season. Subs that have joined the men’s association will be included in the egg game at no additional charge. Eggs will be paid on net score and awarded within each division.
We currently have two divisions for Tuesday night and two divisions for Thursday night. In an effort to make league more competitive, divisions were formed based on the combined handicap for each team. The lowest combined handicaps were placed in division one. The highest combined handicaps were placed in division two.
The league website can be accessed at: http://web3.golfsoftware.net/13012/
The last ten scores are used to figure handicaps. Your initial handicap is the handicap you ended league play with in 2019. Those without 2019 handicaps must provide a minimum of two, 9-hole scores (leave at the bar) and a handicap will be assigned. The maximum handicap is 18. The minimum handicap is 0.
SCORING AND PLAYOFFS
There are twenty-two points available in each match. Two points are awarded each hole for low net, team score. If there is a tie, then each team receives one point. Four points are awarded for low net, nine-hole team score. If there is a tie, then each team receives two points.
The top 4 teams from each division will advance to the playoffs. The playoff format is as follows:
Week 1, Match 1: Team 1 v. Team 4
Week 1, Match 2: Team 2 v. Team 3
Week 2, Match 1 (Championship): Winner of Week 1, Match 1 v. Winner of Week 1, Match 2
Week 2, Match 2 (Consolation): Loser of Week 1, Match 1 v. Loser of Week 1, Match 2
Playoffs will use the same scoring format but only intra-match. Previous league points do not affect the playoffs and playoff week 1 scoring does not carry over to playoff week 2. If you lose in playoff week 1, then the best place you can get is 3rd place. Correspondingly, if you win in playoff week 1, then the worst place you can get is 2nd place.
RULES FOR PLAY
Seniors (age 70 and over) can play the red tees but must declare their intention prior to the beginning of league play. All others will play the white tees.
We will play the ball up in the fairway and down in the rough. If you are on a rocky area or bare spot, ask your opponents for a drop. Drops should be given freely.
We will play a local option “Out of Bounds” rule that allows the player to take a 2-stroke penalty and drop the ball in the fairway at a point that is equidistant to the distance from the hole and where the ball first crossed the out of bounds line. Players are allowed to play the normal stroke and distance rule if desired.
We will play a “Hazard/Penalty Area” rule that provides multiple options, including: (1) playing the ball as it lies, or (2) taking a 1-stroke penalty, removing the ball from the hazard/penalty area, and dropping the ball within 1 club length of where the ball first crossed the hazard/penalty area line. All native (unmowed) areas are considered hazard/penalty area. You do not have to find your ball to avail yourself of the hazard/penalty area rule so long as your opponent agrees that the ball went into the hazard/penalty area.
We will play a “Lost Ball” rule that allows the player to take a 2-stoke penalty and drop the ball on the line and in the vicinity of where the ball was lost. Players are allowed to play the normal stoke and distance rule if desired. Please do not spend more than 3 minutes looking for a lost ball. If it is questionable as to whether the lost ball rule or hazard/penalty area rule applies, then confer with your opponent. Most lost balls likely fit under the hazard/penalty area rule.
We will play a local option “Railroad Tie” rule on hole number 3/12. If your ball is in the bunker and the railroad tie interferes with you swing, then you may take a free drop within the bunker to remove the interference.
As a result of Covid-19, we will temporarily play a “Covid-19 Bunker” rule that allows the player to pick up the ball from the bunker, smooth the lie in the bunker, and drop the ball back into the bunker. This rule will remain in effect until rakes are placed back on the course.
Quadruple bogey is the maximum score per hole. Once you are 4 over par on the hole, please pick up your ball.
SUBSTITUTES AND FORFEIT
Matches will begin at 5:30 pm. Hole assignments will be on each scorecard and the league website. If possible, all matches should be played on the date designated on the league website. Regardless, all matches must be played before the next date designated for matches. If a makeup match cannot be completed within that time, then the unavailable team shall forfeit the match.
A list of subs will be available on the league website. Each team can have one player and a sub as often as needed. If a sub is not available, then “Casper” can play at the missing member’s handicap, plus five strokes. This may only be done twice during the season. After two matches, the team must forfeit its match. Both players may have a sub for the same match only twice during the season. After two matches, the team must forfeit its match.
In the case of forfeit, the forfeiting team shall receive 0 points. The non-forfeiting team shall receive 14 points.