2021 

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

TEAM PLAY

  1. Team line-ups must be e-mailed or phoned into Margaret Farrell by the MONDAY (i.e. end of day, Sunday) prior to Team Play.  Lineups should include the names of the six players, including handicaps in the correct order of play, placing the lowest handicapped player on Team #1, followed by the next lowest handicapped player, etc. until all 3 teams are filled. 

Use the most current handicap indexes available by the call-in date – the first handicap revision will be sent to clubs on April 1st.  Handicaps will be confirmed by the USGA when we use the Tournament Management Program (TM).

 

2. Late team lineup reports will result in a ½-point penalty deduction from the team total score after points are totaled and bonus points added.

 

3. The STLWDGA recommends that each club field the lowest six handicappers available in order to provide equitable competition among teams.  Team players are paired by handicap index, with the #1 and #2 ranked players of a team playing against the #1 and #2 ranked players of the opposing team, and so forth.

 

4. The following formats will be used for the team makeup:

 

6 players =    2-2-2           4 players =    TBD              2 players =   1-1-0

5 players =    TBD            3 players =    1-1-1            1 player=      1-0-0

 

5.  If a club has a last-minute lineup change, it may be called in, texted, or emailed no later than 10:00 PM the night before the matches. Any changes necessary the morning of team play, must be provided (Margaret and Carol are usually at the course by 7:00) on a corrected lineup sheet by 7:30 am.  Otherwise, we will not move any team spots around, and play will continue as originally called in.  If a team is restructured without prior notification to the District Team Chairs, the team will play as originally called in with the substitute in the vacant spot.

 

If some unforeseen event prohibits a player from attending the match, she must call Margaret’s cell (314-704-2564) as soon as possible.

 

6.  Players should arrive at the course 45 minutes (7:45) ahead of the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. to allow ample time for Pro Shop personnel to load clubs on carts and for players to take care of business so that we may start on time.  Each player must check herself in at the Team Chairs’ table no later than 15 minutes before tee time to let us know they are present. Official scorecards and rule sheets will be placed on the carts.  Any player reporting to the check-in table later than 15 minutes before start of play, will incur a ½-point deduction from their team’s total before any bonus points are awarded.  Players should check in prior to hitting any practice balls. We will attempt to make announcements starting 15 minutes before the shotgun, hoping to send carts to their respective holes after announcements, so that we can tee off at the scheduled time.

 

7.  Team captains are responsible for making sure that all team players understand, prior to playing in a match, the rules and procedures used in a Four-Ball Match Play Competition.  (Refer to the Team Play section in the 2020 STLWDGA Yearbook and the USGA Rules of Golf.)

 

8.  Each cart will have two score cards, one for the Net competition and one for the Gross competition.  Only one card of each will be “official” (white) and will be signed by both teams before turning in.  The low gross card should be completed with total scores for each player on each hole (no handicaps applied).  The low net card will be marked with handicap “dots” that indicate the number of strokes to be subtracted from each player’s hole score before deciding who won the hole. No competitor will be given a Course Handicap higher than 20 strokes.  Handicap strokes for all players in a foursome will be reduced by the handicap of the lowest-handicapped player, who shall then play from scratch.  

 

For each hole played, please indicate which team won that hole by marking the card as follows:

 

Win hole      =        1 point

Lose hole     =        0 pts.

Tie hole        =        ½ point

 

Under Match Play rules, penalty claims must be made before going to the next hole.  If players are unsure of a ruling and cannot settle a claim among them, then they should continue play without indicating the outcome of the hole on the scorecard until they can contact a rules official.

 

Official (WHITE) Net and Official (WHITE) Gross scorecards must be signed by a player from each team and turned in by the Foursome captain immediately. No points will be awarded to either team unless both teams have signed the scorecard. 

 

Verify all points before you sign the card.  Cards will not be checked for accuracy.  Therefore, what you sign as correct will stand.  Do not assign bonus points as the District Team Chairs will do so.

 

 

IN THE EVENT PLAY IS STOPPED BECAUSE OF WEATHER, PLAYERS STILL NEED TO TURN IN THE INCOMPLETE SCORECARDS!

 

9.  We will continue to pay special attention to pace of play during this season’s Team Play events.  We will once again be asking host teams to provide spotters at strategic places on their course when possible.  Please remind all players to keep moving on the course and to report problems with slow play to the District Team Chairs. 

 

This is a match play event.  Holes can be conceded whether playing to the low gross or low net score.  Once the hole is won, players should pick up their balls and proceed to the next tee.   If a teammate is on the green and you cannot match or beat her score from where your ball lays, please pick up your ball to speed up play.

 

Players should not “finish the hole” for scoring or recording purposes. The USGA requires a player to record the “most likely score” when conceding a stroke (not to exceed the Equitable Stroke Control Limit) and when posting scores for handicap.

 

10.  If play is questionable because of weather, call the PRO SHOP for an update on the morning of play.  Please Do Not Call Margaret or Carol at home.  If we have updated information, we will either call or text the team captains.

 

11) Team players are expected to support the clubs that give us the opportunity to play on their courses by staying for the buffet lunches that follow play.  “To-go” boxes will be available for those who must leave immediately.  Each player will be billed for lunch regardless.

 

12) Following each match, team standings will be e-mailed to the club team captain and will be available at stlwdga.com.

TEAM PLAY

 

­ Team Play is conducted as a modified Match Play competition with both Net and Gross competitions, (Match Play rules apply). There will be two sections: White and Green. Each section will consist of two divisions. The four divisions are: Augusta, Firestone, Muirfield and St. Andrews. Teams compete within their division in a Round Robin four-ball Match Play competition. The division Net and Gross winners then compete in Semifinal Matches. The winners of the Semifinal Matches will compete for the District Team Net and Gross Championships.

 

1.  TEAMS

 

Each team shall be composed of six players.  STLWDGA recommends that these players be the lowest six handicapped players available.  The maximum individual handicap allowance will be 20.

 

  • Team players are ranked and positioned by Handicap Index.  The number one and two players of a team shall play against the number one and two players of their opposing team, etc.

  • If a club has only five players available, it will be the captain’s decision how their teams will be formatted; (either 2-2-1, 2-1-2, or 1-2-2).

  • If a club has only four players available, it will be the captain’s decision how their teams will be formatted; (either 2-1-1, 1-2-1, or 1-1-2).

  • If a club has only three players available, all three teams compete with one player from the opposing.

  • If a club has only two players available, the first two teams compete with one player from the opposing team. Their opponent, not having any players to compete against in the third team position, will play a net competition against par with handicap.  One equity point will be awarded for every six holes, with a maximum of three equity points. Points will be accumulated with three equity points added and any bonus points earned. This total will also be recorded as the team’s gross score.

  • If a club has only one player available, the first team will compete with the one player. Their opponents, not having any players to compete against in the second or third team positions, will play a net competition against par with handicap. One equity point will be awarded for every six holes, with a maximum of three equity points. Points will be accumulated with three equity points added and any bonus points earned.  This total will also be recorded as the team’s gross score.

  • If a club has no players available, their opponents will play against par with equity points awarded.  One equity point will be awarded for every six holes, with a maximum of three equity points per team. This total will also be recorded as the team’s gross score.

 

 

 

2. TEAM SCORING EXAMPLES

   

EXAMPLE #1

 

Team A discontinues play after 15 holes. Team A forfeits all gross and net points they have earned. Team B at the end of the 15 holes has 7 ½ points for the net competition and 10 points in the gross competition. Team B continues to play the remaining 3 holes against par in the net/handicap competition and wins 1 of the holes. Team B’s total net score would be 10½ points-(7½ they had after playing 15 holes, plus 1 more they won, plus 1 equity point for playing against par for a fraction of 6 holes. An additional bonus point would be added as they are the clear winner of the match (General Regulations letter c.)

 

Team B had 10 low-gross points at the completion of the 15 holes. Team B continues to play the remaining 3 holes against par in the gross competition and halves one of the holes. Team B’s total gross score would be 12 ½ points-(10 after playing 15 holes plus ½ more they won, plus one equity point for playing against par for a fraction of six holes. An additional bonus point would be added as they are the clear winner of the match (General Regulations letter c.) 

 

 EXAMPLE #2

 

Team A discontinues play after 11 holes. Team A forfeits all gross and net points they have earned. Team B at the end of the 11 holes has 6 ½ points for the net competition and 5 points in the gross competition. Team B continues to play the remaining seven holes against par in the net/handicap competition and wins 2 of the holes. Team B’s total net score would be 11½ points-( 6½ they had after playing 11 holes, plus two more they won, plus two equity points for playing against par). Remember equity points are awarded for every 6 holes or fraction thereof. An additional bonus point would be added as they are the clear winner of the match (General Regulations letter c.)

 

Team B had 5 low-gross points at the completion of the 11 holes. Team B continues to play the remaining 7 holes against par in the gross competition and wins 1 of the holes. Team B’s total gross score would be 8 points-(5 after playing 11 holes plus 1 more they won, plus 2 equity points for playing against par). They would not be awarded a bonus point as they are not the clear winner of the match with only having 8 points.

 

EXAMPLE #3

 

Team A is unavailable. Team A receives no points. Team B competes in a net competition against par. Team B wins 10 holes. They are awarded 14 points (the 10 they won, plus 3 equity points, plus one bonus point). This total will also be recorded as the team’s gross score.

 

 

3. TEAM PLAYERS

 

  • All team players must have a current paid membership status and a USGA Handicap Index based on at least twenty (20), 18-hole scores.  Team players new to District must have their New Member Coordinator present their last 20 scores to the District Team Chair or her assistant by the call-in date.  The new member will not be eligible to play at the current team event if this information is not received by the specified date.

  • If a player belongs to more than one District club, then she must declare which club she shall represent in Team play for the entire season, prior to the first scheduled match.  The player’s handicap will be maintained at her declared team course.

  • Players must report to the Registration table no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time.  Failure to report on time will result in a ½-point deduction for that player’s team.  This deduction will be subtracted from the team’s total before any bonus points are awarded.

  • After completion of the round, players must check the scorecard for accuracy, settle any doubtful points, and sign and attest the Official (WHITE) card (a player from each team must sign).  Cards will not be corrected after they have been signed. Foursome Captains are responsible for turning in both official scorecards.

  • Team players should record scores as regular/away NOT tournament. Posting your scores should be done in a timely manner.

 

 

  1. GENERAL REGULATIONS

 

  • All low net matches are played with handicap.  Matches will be played by reducing the handicaps of all four players by the handicap of the lowest-handicapped player, who shall then play from scratch.  Each of the other three players will be allowed 100% of the resulting difference.  A match is 18 holes and each hole is worth one point.  This point must be won, lost or halved.   The low net score on each hole is the winning score.  If a hole is halved, each team earns ½ point.  (See Rule 2.  Match Play)

  • All low gross matches are played with no handicap.  The low gross score on each hole is the winning score.  Points are accumulated the same way as in low net matches (won, lost or halved). Tee honors are decided by the gross scorecard.

  • In the event that there is a clear winner of the match, i.e. one team earns 9 ½ or more points; one bonus point will be awarded to the winning team.  This applies to both the low net and low gross competitions.

  • Each team will be responsible for keeping either the Official (WHITE) gross or Official (WHITE) net card.  Points will be credited only when scorecards are signed and attested.

  • A player shall not discontinue play unless the golf course has suspended play; she believes there is danger from lightning; sudden illness; or some other approved reason.  Bad weather is not of itself a good reason for discontinuing play. In case of inclement weather, play will be resumed or cancelled at the discretion of the golf course. Score cards must be turned in by Foursome captain.

  • Discontinuance of play for reasons other than those stated will result in disqualification and forfeiture of points accumulated for that round.  The opponents of a team that discontinues play shall continue and finish 18 holes.  Points for the opposing team will be calculated in the normal fashion for holes played with their opponents; thereafter, points will be accumulated playing against par with the appropriate equity points and bonus points added.  One equity point is awarded for every six holes or fractions thereof.  For example:  if only 9 holes are completed playing against an opponent, the team that remains must play the last 9 holes against par and will receive 2 equity points (one for each six holes or fraction of) and any bonus points that they are earned.

  • If a team is unavailable for play, no points will be awarded for that round.  The opposing team will play a net competition against par with handicap.  Points will be accumulated with three equity points added and any bonus points earned.  This total will also be recorded as the team’s gross score.

  • If both players of any team are late, the opposing team shall start play, holding their positions on the course.  Penalty: loss of hole or holes.  One player may start for her team and her partner may join the match between holes any place on the course.

  • At the end of division team play, if one team wins both the Gross and Net competitions in their division, that team will have the choice to play in either the Gross or Net Semi­final Match. The winning team will notify the Team Chair of their decision within three (3) days of the conclusion of the division matches. The runner-up in that division will then play in the competition not chosen by the winner.  In the event of a tie for the runner-up position, the team that won the head to head match during the regular season will be declared runner-up.  If the head to head match during the regular season results in a tie (same total point count), cards from the #1 team match will be reviewed starting on the #1 handicapped hole and proceeding to the #2 handicapped hole, etc. until a clear winner is determined.

  • The low-net and low-gross semifinal and final matches are conducted as traditional match play. The low-net semifinal and final matches are conducted with the use of handicaps.  The number of matches won will determine the winning teams.   For example, teams winning two out of three matches will be declared the winners.  After a team has won their match, i.e. won more holes than there are holes remaining to be played, play shall be discontinued.  If a match is all square after 18 holes in semi-final or final matches, play will continue starting at hole #1 until a hole is won outright, unless the other two matches have already been won by one club.  If play cannot be continued at hole #1, the committee shall make the decision on which hole play shall be continued.

  • Any circumstances not covered by the general regulations stated will be decided by the Committee.

  • The trophies will be presented to the winning teams at completion of play and re-presented at the closing luncheon.

 

  1. CLUB TEAM CAPTAIN

 

  • Is selected by each clubs District players and if possible, should be an active team participant.

  • Organizes and reports team lineups, using handicap indexes, to the District Team Chairs by the designated deadline date prior to each match on the STLWDGA calendar.  Late lineup reports will result in a ½ point penalty deduction from the team total score after points are totaled and bonus points added.

  • Notifies the District Team Chairs of any changes to the lineup as soon as possible.  (In the event the club team captain is not present for team play, she should name a responsible participant as her alternate in case of any changes, problems, etc.)

  • Informs players of team rules, schedules and starting times.

  • Arranges luncheon details and course spotters when their club hosts a team event.

  • Team captains for the following year’s team play should be determined and reported to the District Team Chair by the District Closing Luncheon.

 

  1. SCHEDULE

 

  • There will be five team play dates scheduled on the STLWDGA calendar.

  • One team from each division will sit out each play date.  This gives each team four play days.

  • Each team will play the other teams in their division once.

 

  1. AWARDS

 

  • Plaques will be awarded to each Section Winner. The District Team Champions and Runners-Up of both the net and gross competitions will receive a combined plaque (Listing Section and Champion/Runner-Up).

  • Trophies will be awarded to the Overall Net and Gross Team Play Champions. 

 

 

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