Match Play Championship Policy
Last Updated: 09/18/17

MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP POLICY

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

You can follow the tournament as teams advance by checking out the brackets page.

ELIGIBILITY:
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.

PLAY-IN ROUND:
Stroke play. 32 players in each flight.  The top 16 players in each flight, according to net scores, advance to the Knock-Out stage of the tournament.

Players will tee off according to flight.  President, then Secretary, then Championship.  As players enter the bar after their round to receive a free beer/beverage coupon, the Tournament Committee will officially tally the scores.

Once all scores are counted for a flight, the names of the players that qualified will be placed on a large board and seeded according to how they finished on the day. #1 will play #16, #2 will play #15, etc in the Knock-Out stage.  If your name isn't on the board, it means you did not advance to the Knock-Out stage.

KNOCK-OUT / FOURBALL STAGE:
Once the Play-In round is over, all further rounds will be head-to-head, single elimination (match play) matches.  The last players standing in each flight will get their names on the trophy.

HANDICAPS: 
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.

Additionally, if a player's low index is revised downward in a bi-monthly GHIN revision, the player must use this new, updated low index.  To clarify, a player's low index for any given match play tournament is "frozen" from going up for the balance of the tournament, but if a player's low index is revised lower, by either the GHIN Handicap Network or a decision of the Handicap Committee, then he will be responsible for using the updated lower low index.

Email the Handicap Chairman if you have any questions.

SELF-SCHEDULED PLAY:
Match play shall be played on any 18-hole championship length golf course. Flight "A" 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 to the Tournament Director within twenty four (24) hours after completion of the match.  Again, for the second round and beyond, post your scores as (T) Tournament rounds within 24 hours.

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 Director (TD) by EMAIL 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:

1. If players cannot agree to play during the week or on the weekend, the weekend takes preference.

2. If players cannot agree on Saturday or Sunday, Saturday takes preference.

3. If players cannot agree on a time to play, the tee time closest to 9:00 am will be used.

4. 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.

Because this is a self-scheduled tournament after the first round, it will run from June until September.  RPGC encourages players have a current City of Los Angeles Golf Reservation Card in order to schedule tee times at any of the City golf courses. 

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

RULES OF GOLF: 
All match play shall be in accordance with the USGA Rules of Golf. It is the responsibility of each partner to know the rules of match play and how they differ from stroke play. 

TIE BREAKER: 
Before commencing play of your match, all competitors shall agree in advance with how to determine the "tiebreaker". Consensus shall be reached in utilizing one of the following permissible TIE BREAKER methods:

1. Resume with hole-by-hole play if permitted by the golf course operator until a hole is won.

2. Play another 18 hole match, so long as this match is completed by the posted deadline.

3. A coin flip to determine the winner.

4. Use a CARD OFF method to determine the winner, beginning with the last hole and moving backward until a winner is determined.

In the event option #1 is selected and a tie still exists after the second 18 holes or play cannot continue due to darkness, it is recommended that another 18-hole match be played. If this cannot be scheduled before the deadline then option 3 or 4 should be selected. If the competitors cannot reasonably settle who is the winner of the match by the designated deadline, it will be the Tournament Director’s discretion on how the winner of the match will be decided. The Tournament Director’s decision on this matter will be deemed final. When using option #1 or #2, handicap strokes shall continue to be used on the same holes as they were in the first 18 hole match. 

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.

WHEN MATCH IS CLOSED OUT:
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.)

OTHER NOTES:
It is encouraged that each competitor in a match bring one player to fill out the foursome who understands that you are playing a match against someone else, and that the match takes precedent within the group that is playing. Players are not allowed to solicit or accept advice from the other players in the group for things such as reading the line of a putt or which club one should use. If you are unfamiliar with the USGA rules regarding Advice and Line of Play, please refer to Rule 8 in the USGA Rules of Golf. Someone playing in the foursome shall not be allowed to be designated a caddy.

POST SCORES AS TOURNAMENT (T) ROUNDS:
The club will post your score for the first round only. 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. No exceptions.  There's a great GHIN app that makes it easy to post your scores from your phone, we suggest you download it.

SUBMITTING SCORECARDS: Upon completing a match, it is the responsibility of BOTH players 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. Failure to meet the deadline may result in disqualification.


DEADLINES FOR COMPLETION OF ROUNDS:
1st round – June 10
2nd round – July 2
3rd round – July 23
4th round – August 13
Final Round - September 5

SCRIP PRIZE PAYOUTS ($2,700 TOTAL PRIZE PURSE):
Champion (3): $500 
Runner-up (3): $200
Semi Finalists (6): $100 per player

POINTS (GOLFER OF THE YEAR):
30 points for the Champion
24 points for the Runner-Up
15 points each for Semi Finalists (2 players)
6 points each for Quater Finalists (4 players)

If you have any questions or comments please contact me direct at rpgcgolf@gmail.com. 


Thor Tandberg
Major Tournaments Director