Springhill Match Play Tournament
A match play tournament has been added to this year’s activities. The matches should be played independently of our club’s stroke play events, and it will be the responsibility of each participant to arrange the matches, and assure they are completed and the results reported, within the deadlines provided below. There is no entry fee for participating in the match play tournament, nor will any prize money be awarded. A trophy will be awarded to the eventual champion, and a plaque with his/her name will be added to the clubhouse wall. Entries will be limited to the first 32 people who sign up.
All matches are handicapped using the course handicap on the day of the matches. Course handicaps are available in the clubhouse. The difference in the two competitors’ course handicaps on the day of the match should be used to determine on what holes the higher handicap player receives strokes. Example 1: Player A has course handicap of 18, Player B has a course handicap of 9. Since the difference is 9, Player A would receive strokes on handicapped holes 1 through 9, as designated on the scorecard. Example 2: Player A has a handicap of 24; Player B has a handicap of 3. Since the difference is 21, Player A would receive a stroke on all 18 holes, plus a second stroke on handicapped holes 1 through 3. Additional examples, plus the USGA’s philosophy in applying handicaps in this manner are provided in this link. http://golf.about.com/cs/handicapping/a/matchplaystroke.htm
Men participants will play the matches from the white tees, women from the blue/flex tees.
The deadline for entering the tournament will be April 12. This date will provide tournament administrators sufficient time to populate and publish the brackets prior to the May 3 tournament kick-off date. No late entries can be accepted once the brackets are established.
In order to keep the tournament moving forward, it is critical for matches to be completed, and the results reported, within the deadlines provided, earlier is better!. The league president will have the discretion and duty to disqualify one or both competitors if a deadline is not met.
The clock for the tournament begins ticking on May 3. Three weeks are allotted for the completion of each round. Round one matches must be played and the results reported by May 24. Round two, June 14. Round three, July 5. Round four, July 26 and round five, August 16.
If a match ends in a tie, we will use the USGA-recommended tiebreaking procedure of awarding the victory to the first player to win a hole in the match. Please note that it doesn’t matter if the course is set up to begin play on the front or back nine, the first player to win a hole owns the tiebreaker, regardless of what hole number it is.
All participants are asked to provide a phone number and email address upon entering the tournament. You can obtain contact information for your next opponent through the “Match Play Participants” link.
Tournament brackets will be randomly populated and available on our web site by the May 3 kick-off date. Two brackets of 16 entrants will be provided, and the winners of the two brackets will play for the championship.
Signing up and reporting match results
Please sign up by clicking by completing the form below. The results will be returned using a similar form after the tournament begins.