Four Ball Championship Policy
Last Updated: 02/06/19


The following compromises everything you need to know about RPGC's Fourball Championship. If you have further questions, contact the Tournament Chairman.


This tournament is open to RPGC Members who are (a) members in good standing, (b) who have an established low index, and (c) who have competed in at least three RPGC sanctioned tournaments within 12 months prior to this tournament. Participation in the same event the year prior, does not count as an eligible round.

When you sign up to play, it's always best if you pay for your partner.  Short of that, just leave your partner's name in the notes.  In the event you do not have a partner to play with as a team, the Tournament Chairman will pair you up with another registered member within five strokes of your handicap index to form a team. 

16 teams in each flight.  Each team plays a 2-Man Best Ball.  The top eight teams in each flight advance to the Knock-Out stage of the tournament.  In the Play-In round each team won't be playing directly against the other team in your foursome, but against all other teams in their flight.  Each player will get their allotted strokes as shown on their scorecard. Scores will be added hole by hole to get a final team score.
Teams will tee off according to flight.  Championship, then President, then Vice President.  As teams enter the bar after their round to receive a free beer/beverage coupon, the Tournament Committee will officially tally their scores. 
Once all scores are counted for a flight, teams that qualify will be placed on a large board and seeded according to how they finished on the day. #1 will play #8, #2 will play #7, etc in the Knock-Out stage.  If your team isn't on the board, it means your team did not advance.

Teammates cannot be separated by more than five strokes, even if the course handicap calls for it.  If one player is a 13 and his teammate is a 20, the 20 must play as an 18. 

Tie breakers for the Play-In Round will be determined by the best net score from the back nine and, if necessary, the back six then the back three. If teams are still tied then we'll start at 18 and go back, hole by hole, to determine the winner.

Players play to Low Index or Club Index, whichever is lower.  Indexes may go down, but cannot go up during the course of the tournament.

Once the Play-In round is over, all further rounds will be head-to-head, single elimination Fourball matches.  The last teams standing in each flight will get their names on the trophy.

After the Play-In round, this tournament is a net Fourball match play competition where two competitors play as partners, each playing his own ball. The lower net score of the partners is the score for the hole. Player A and Player B are on one team, Player C and Player D are on the other team. 

The Course Handicap of all four players is reduced by the Course Handicap of the player with the lowest handicap (Player A in the example below), who then plays from scratch. Each of the three other players is allowed 100 percent of the difference. All players will play off the lowest handicap player of the group. Example:

A 3.9 4 0
B 7.2 7 3
C 7.5 8 4
D 12.1 12 8

Player B would have a stroke on each of the three lowest handicap holes, Player C on the four lowest handicap holes, and Player D on the eight lowest handicap holes.

Championship flight will play from the BACK tees and all other flights will play from the MIDDLE tees.


When the winners of each flight have been determined, there will be a "last man standing" contest to determine which team shall represent Rancho Park at the prestigious SCGA Four-Ball Championship scheduled in August/September.

Because this a Major Tournament, all competitors will be required to use their "Low Index" or "
Club Index" - whichever is lower. This index will be frozen from moving up during the tournament, but your index (either Low or Club) can always move down mid-tournament.

The Fourball Championship shall be played on any 18-hole championship length golf course. Championship Flight competitors shall play from the BACK tees. All other flights shall play from the SECOND tees from the BACK (for Rancho the BACK tees are Black, the SECOND tees are Blue). All competitors shall exercise due diligence in the selection of golf course for the match play, make good faith effort to complete the round within the deadline, and report the match results via email or text to the Tournament Chairman within twenty four (24) hours after completion of the match.  Again, for the second round and beyond, you are responsible for posting your scores as (T) Tournament rounds within 24 hours of the completion of your math. Failure to do so will result in a Penalty Round being added to your scoring file.

It is the responsibility of ALL players in each match to find a mutually agreeable date, time and course for the match to be completed by the deadline. Failure to complete your match by the deadline may result in disqualification. Please communicate with the Tournament Chairman if there are any problems or difficulties in scheduling and completing your match by the deadline. 

If players cannot agree on a date, time or course to play the following tie-breakers will be used:

  • If players cannot agree to play during the week or on the weekend, the weekend takes preference.
  • If players cannot agree on Saturday or Sunday, Saturday takes preference.
  • If players cannot agree on a time to play, the tee time closest to 9:00 am will be used.
  • If players cannot agree on what course to play the following list is used to select a course in order: Rancho, Wilson, Harding, Encino, Balboa, Hansen Dam, Woodley.

Failure to properly communicate with the Tournament Director and play your match by the deadline WILL result in disqualification.


There may be an occasion when one team member will be late or may not be able to play at all. In that event, the lone remaining team member may play the other team by himself, but he is only allowed to play his ball.

All play shall be in accordance with four-ball match play in the USGA Rules of Golf. It is the responsibility of each partner to know the rules of four-ball match play and how they differ from regular stroke play.

Competitors shall agree to a breaking method prior to commencing play. Here are some suggestions, but they are not mandatory:

  • Playing another 18 hole match, so long as match is completed by the posted deadline, or
  • Resume play immediately and continue play hole-by-hole until a hole is won. Players shall receive the same strokes on the same holes they had in the first eighteen holes, or
  • Use a card off method (back nine, back six, back three, 18, 17, 16, etc...) to determine the winner, or
  • A coin flip to determine the winner

If the 18 hole Match ends in a tie, then the competitors shall proceed forward with the agreed upon method. In the event that the competitors keep playing and are still tied after another 18 holes or they cannot continue playing due to darkness, they should meet to play another 18 holes on another day unless they cannot complete this round by the deadline.

If the competitors cannot reasonably settle who is the winner of the match by the deadline, it will be the Tournament Chairman's discretion on how the winner of the match will be decided. The Tournament Chairman's decision will be final.

In the event the match has been "closed out" before 18 holes have been played, the stipulated round is deemed to have been completed.  Once the Match has been completed, each player MUST post Net Par for any hole remaining to be played. A Net Par is the assigned par for a hole, plus any handicap strokes which the player would be entitled to receive on that particular hole (based on current course handicap.)

The club will post your score for the first round. After that, you are responsible for posting scores as Tournament (T) Scores. Failure to post as a Tournament Score or failing to post within 24 hours of your completed match will result in a penalty round being issued to your scoring file. There's a great GHIN app that makes it easy to post your scores from your phone, we suggest you download it.

Upon completing a match, it is the responsibility of BOTH teams to post their scores and email or text the completed (signed, dated, attested) scorecards to the Tournament Chairman within 24 hours to confirm the results. 

1st round – April 27
2nd round – May 18
3rd round – June 8
4th round – June 29

Champion (6): $500 
Runner-up (6): $175
Semi Finalists (12): $75 per player

POINTS (Golfer of the Year):
30 points for the Champions
24 points for the Runner-Ups
15 points each for Semi Finalists
6 points each for Quater Finalists

(Points above do not include additional participation points).

The Four-Ball Championship is the first MAJOR tournament of the year governed under USGA Rule 30.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me direct at 

Todd Wade
Tournament Chairman

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