HGoOC Tournament Tie Breakers
Low Net – USGA Tie-Breaker
Matching scorecards to break a tie is also known as a card count-back or a
scorecard play-off. Complete USGA tie-breaker rules and guidelines can be
in Committee Procedures 5A, paragraph (6).
If this method is used in a competition with a multiple tee start (shotgun
start), it is recommended that the “last nine holes, last six holes, etc.”
are holes 10-18, 13-18, etc.
net competitions where the stroke index allocation as set by the Committee
is not used, such as individual stroke play, if the last nine, last six,
last three holes scenario is used, one-half, one-third, one-sixth, etc. of
the handicaps should be deducted from the score for those holes. Handicap
stroke fractions should be applied in accordance with the rules or
recommendations contained within the Handicap System operating in the local
Overall Low Net (2-day total low
Last 18 holes/round net score
USGA low net tie-breaker on last 18 holes/round
Also used from Members’ Memorial Cup tie-breaker (2 days over 2-month)
Overall Low Gross
(2-day total low gross)
18 holes/round gross score
low gross tie-breaker on last 18 holes (same as low net tiebreaker, but
handicap not taken/used)
CoViD-19 Specific Rules
must remain in the hole during play and golfers must not touch the flagstick at
any time. If a golfer should make a stroke from anywhere on the golf course with
the flagstick removed, the golfer will be assessed a one stroke penalty for
breach of the modified local rule to rule 13.2. Maximum of one stroke per hole.
If the flagstick is removed inadvertently and then replaced before a stroke is
made then there is no penalty.
Traps/Bunkers: When a
golfer’s ball comes to rest in a bunker, it is played as it lies in a general
area (no stroke). General area no stroke and stroke options can be taken if
Other USGA & Local Rules
Maximum search time
for lost balls is 3 minutes. If you didn’t hit a provision ball, use the
2-clublength fairway drop
KPs (“Closest to the Pin”) and “Second Chance”:
Mark your ball with another golfer in your group present. If you will be
measuring, mark your ball BUT do not pick it up/lift it. Measurements need to
be done by a golfer other than the golfer whose ball is being measured. Record
measurements to the nearest ½ inch. Except for hole-in-ones and chip-ins, no
“Ready Golf”: Don’t demand,
expect or play “honors” or “your tee” if you are not ready to play. It's okay
to hit/putt before someone behind you (“away”) if you can reasonably do so.
Pace of play is very important. Each golfer in your group will be penalized a
stroke a hole if your group finishes two holes or more behind the preceding
As always, no gimmes -
putt the ball until it stays in the hole. A foam “noodle”, metal insert or
upside-down cup may be used in the cups, but the ball usually stays in the
hole. If a ball for any reason
bounces out of the hole, the ball is not holed. Golfer must hole out period
(Rules 3.3c and 6.5).
If you didn't hit a provisional, use the 2-stroke penalty, 2-clublength fairway
for lost and OB balls. Allow 3 minutes maximum for looking for a lost ball.
Box/Ground (Rule 6.2):
It is a rectangular area two club-lengths in depth, the front and the sides of
which are defined by the outside limits of two tee-markers. A ball is
outside the teeing ground when all of it lies outside the teeing ground.
given or requested between golfers in not allowed in tournament/match play.
USGA defines advice as: “Any verbal comment or action (such as showing what club
was just used to make a stroke) that is intended to influence you or another
player in choosing a club, making a stroke, or deciding how to play during a
hole or round. But advice does not include public information such as the
location of things on the course, the distance from one point to another, or the
Marking your ball on
When marking your ball, mark it exactly as it lies. Do not give yourself an
advantage by flipping your marker or sliding your marker under your ball. If
needed, move your mark not your ball. Use a reference point/landmark when
moving your mark.
Videos and Other RulesRules
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