Info, Rules & Course Yardages
Info & Rules (click right arrow to expand)
ELIGIBILITY / PLAYER COUNT - To be eligible to play, golf participant must have a handicap index 6.0 or below and be entering high school Fall 2020 and not have graduated high school. Stroke Play Qualifier will have Max of 32 players. Wait/Alternates List will be established after field reaches 32 paid registrations.
FRIDAY's QUALIFIERS - The lowest 16 gross scores on Friday will qualify for Saturday / Sunday Match Play. (See tiebreaker info under Rules)
TEES - All golf participants will play the same tees. See more information on yardages for each course at bottom of this page.
Practice rounds are allowed at Palm Aire CC and Heritage Oaks G&CC one week prior based on availability. $26 + tax at Palm Aire.
Laurel Oak CC is not allowing practice rounds.
A golf participant may not practice on the competition course before or between rounds. Penalty for first breach: General Penalty. Penalty for second breach: Disqualification.
COURSE SETUP - In general course will be setup as follows for all participants:
Par 71 - Minimum 6,500 yards
Par 72 - Minimum 6,800 yards
Tournament setup may change if necessary (including yardages) to offset unforeseen conditions such as inclement weather, very wet ground conditions, and other conditions / guidelines as required by the golf venue.
WEATHER and OFFICIAL ROUND - UGE will make every effort to complete 18 holes each day. However, UGE has the right to end tournament play each day before completing full 18 holes if the venue deems the course unplayable or unsafe, inclement weather puts the players, spectators, volunteers, etc. at risk. Play suspension will be at the host venue's sole discretion.
Friday's stroke play qualifier will be deemed official if each player has completed 9 holes. Every effort under safe conditions will be made to complete at least 9 holes to make the qualifier official. Participants will NOT receive a refund nor credit for a weather shortened event.
A minimum of 4 holes must be played for a 9-hole match to be official. If the match duration is shortened due to the potential conditions discussed above, the golf participant that is leading (in holes won, i.e. 1 up, 2up) will be deemed the winner of the match.
Pairings for Friday stroke play qualifier will be approximately based on handicap index but UGE has the right to make adjustments as necessary.
Pairings for Saturday Match Play Day #1 will be based on seeding that is established after the Top 16 scores and ties broken.
Pairings for Sunday (Champion and Consolation Bracket) will be based on Matches Won/Lost Saturday and the bracket shown at the bottom of this page.
GOLF RULES - USGA will govern all play except as where modified by local rule. A local rule sheet will be provided and it is the golf participant's responsibility to pick up a rules sheet at check-in or at 1st tee. Disregard Local Rules printed on golf course scorecards or posted at the golf course unless otherwise directed. The tournament committee's decision will be final in matters concerning Rules of Golf and Local Rules interpretation and enforcement. Golf participants are encouraged to play a second ball, per USGA rules, should the group not reach an agreement on a rule while on the course.
SPECTATORS / PARENTS / GUESTS
Spectator carts are allowed and will be based on availability. Check in with Proshop.
Parents, family members, and spectators are NOT allowed in the scoring area.
Parents, family members, and spectators may NOT provide any golf advice, coaching, or rules interpretations to the golfing participants. Spectators who must talk to a golfing participant such as due to health situation, provide beverage / food, provide medicine must do so in open area.
Proper dress attire must be worn on the golf course at all times. The golf venue and/or UGE has the right to ask a spectator to leave premise if they do not address an improper dress attire issue.
·Stroke Play Qualifier - If there is a tie for the 16th seeded golfer to make the match play field one of the following methods will used to break the tie: at the sole discretion of event director or golf course either sudden death playoff rotating between #1 and #18 until tie is broken (weather / daylight / course conditions permitting) or USGA (Last 9,6,3,1 holes). To break tie(s), the last 9 holes for each tied golfer is used to break the tie (lowest 9-hole score wins). If the tying golfers have the same score for the last nine holes, the winner will be determined based on the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole. If event is shortened, then (9, 6, 3, 1) applies working back from the last hole that every golfer completed..
During Saturday or Sunday Match Play, if a match is tied after 1st 9 holes, the match tie will be broken by a putt off on the putting green between holes #9 and #10 or #18 and #1 . If the match is tied after the round, a sudden death playoff may be used if course has availability and adequate daylight / weather permits, otherwise then the tie will be broken on the putting green. The higher seeded player will putt first followed by the lower seeded player. The putt will be approximately 25 to 30 feet in length. Each player will have two putts. (2 putts per player, higher seeded player has the 1st and 3rd putts) The participant that has the closest ball to the hole wins. Should both players make 1 putt then the participant with the closest 2nd ball to the cup wins. Should both players make both putts, then the lower seeded player advances.
Weather and course conditions permitting, if there is a tie at the conclusion of the last champion's bracket match on Sunday, then there will be a sudden death playoff starting at hole #1 or another method to be determined by the venue if teeing off hole #1 is not possible.
NATIONAL RANKINGS - Scores from this event will be input into the national Global Junior Golf Rankings (GJGR)
PACE of PLAY - Stroke Play - Golf participants should play at a prompt pace throughout the round. Players are both allowed and encouraged to play “ready golf” in a safe and responsible way (Rule 6.4b) and should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds (Rule 5.6b). Groups must stay within 15 minutes of the group in front of them. In order to stay within 15 minutes of the group ahead, the group should never have an open hole and they should be in the fairway on par 4’s and 5’s when the group immediately ahead of them leaves the green. If a golf participant is being timed by an official or UGE staff member and takes more than 90 seconds to play a stroke, the player may receive a warning for unreasonable delay. Each group is responsible for monitoring their own pace. A golf participant concerned about slow golf participants (golfers) in his or her group should first remind that golfer of the pace of play policy and encourage them to play more efficiently. The concerned golfer may, before or after penalties are assessed, request a Tournament Official to monitor the group. All golf participants in a group in breach of the pace of play policy are subject to penalty.
GENERAL POLICIES / RULES
All golf participants will walk the course and carry their own bags. Alternatively, push carts are allowable.
Golf Participants are able to use mobile phones for scoring and emergencies. Mobiles are not allowed to be used for obtaining advice, coaching, etc.
Live scoring / leaderboard will be used and golf participants are expected to keep score with both electronic device and on hard copy of scorecard. Signed hard copy of the scorecard is the official scorecard.
Golf participants, parents, spectators, etc. are guests of the host golf club and must follow their rules. UGE and the host golf club has the right to ask a golf participant, parent, spectator, or others should conduct be unbecoming of UGE and the golf course.
Caddies are not allowed.