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50th Nebraska Match Play Championship
Shadow Ridge Country Club, Omaha
June 26-30, 2017


ELIGIBILITY
Entrant must be an amateur golfer who is a resident of Nebraska or a non-resident student that attends college in Nebraska; must also be a member of the Nebraska Golf Association (NGA). 

The championship field will be limited to 156 players. If more than 156 entries are received by the June 19, 2017 deadline, the field will be comprised of players that filed entries by the deadline in these categories:

1. From the NGA Player Rankings, the top 50 point leaders as of January 1, 2017
2.  From the NGA Point Standings, the top 25 point leaders as of June 19, 2017
3. Those golfers that qualified for match play at the 2016 Nebraska Match Play Championship
4. Special Exemptions selected by the NGA Board of Directors
5. Remainder of the field determined by order of entry

Amateur Status: All players must conform with the USGA Rules of Amateur Status as specified in the USGA Rules of Golf.

ENTRIES; FORM, FEE, CLOSING DATE
All players shall apply on NGA forms. Forms may be obtained from the NGA office or NGA web site (www.nebgolf.org).

Entry fee of $150 shall be paid by every player. Entry fee will be refunded regardless of reason if the NGA (402-505-4653) is notified before the close of entries. After the close of entries, fee will be refunded in the case of injury or illness, if requested no later than June 25. No refund for any reason after June 25. A $30 service charge will be deducted from all refunds.

ENTRY APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NGA NO LATER THAN

5 P.M. C.D.T. ON MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017.


ONLINE ENTRY APPLICATIONS CAN BE COMPLETED AT

www.nebgolf.org/competitions/apply


Late applications are not acceptable and will be automatically rejected.  (Entries by telephone, telegraph, or FAX not acceptable.)  Time limit for entries means time of receipt at NGA (not time entry is sent to NGA).  Entries should be submitted early to allow ample time for delay or error in transmission. The risk of delay or error in transmission lies solely with the entrant and the NGA shall have no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including rejection of the entry.

FORMAT; SCHEDULE
Competition will be in two stages.
A) Stroke Play – 36 holes stroke play to determine 32 qualifiers for match play. A tie for the last qualifier’s place will be decided immediately by a hole-by-hole play-off.
MONDAY, JUNE 26, 18-holes.
TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 18-holes.

B) Match Play – General numerical draw will be used. For purposes of determining places in the draw, ties in qualifying rounds will be decided by a blind draw, except that places of those participating in a play-off will be determined by the order on the public scoreboard summary and by performance in the play-off.
WEDNESDAY  A.M., JUNE 28, First Round, 18-holes.
WEDNESDAY P.M., JUNE 28, Second Round, 18-holes.
THURSDAY A.M., JUNE 29, Quarterfinal Round, 18-holes.
THURSDAY P.M., JUNE 29, Semifinal Round, 18-holes.
FRIDAY, JUNE 30, Final, 36-holes.

Note: Beginning in 2017 the champion and runner-up are no longer exempt from stroke play qualifying and awarded the numbers one and two seeds.

PRIZES
WINNER: Gold medal, championship money clip, commemorative framed bracket and custody of championship trophy, subject to such conditions as the NGA may establish .
RUNNER-UP: Silver Medal and crystal trophy.

LOWEST QUALIFYING SCORE: Silver medal; if a tie, duplicate medals will be awarded.
MERCHANDISE PRIZES: TBA

RULES OF GOLF; CLOSE OF COMPETITION
Play will be governed by the Rules of Golf as approved by the USGA. Questions shall be settled by the on-site Rules Committee, whose decision shall be final. The competition is deemed to be closed when the Championship trophy has been presented.

GOLF BALLS; DRIVER HEADS
Only brands of golf balls on the most current USGA List of Conforming Golf Balls and driver heads on the most current list of Conforming Driver Heads may be used. Updated lists may be found on the USGA website at www.usga.org or by contacting the USGA Equipment Standards Department at (908) 234-2300.

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
In the Championship proper, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3. If a player obtains distance information by using a multi-functional device, refer to Appendix IV for additional guidance. To learn more about conformance issues related to the Local Rule, visit www.usga.org/dmd.

FOOTWEAR
It is a condition of the competition that shoes with traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition, i.e., ceramic, plastic, etc.) or spikes, regardless of design, comprised either entirely or partially of metal (if such metal may come in contact with the course) are prohibited during the stipulated round.  Penalty for breach of this condition: DISQUALIFICATION.

CADDIES
A player may provide his own caddie. If he wishes the host club to furnish a caddie, he should ask the NGA because sufficient caddies may not be available at the host club. Caddies are required to wear a caddie bib.

PUBLICITY and PROMOTION
By submitting an application, the player agrees to allow the NGA to use the player‘s photographic/video image for any NGA media related use.

SCORE POSTING
All qualifying scores will be posted for handicap purposes. Players should not post these scores individually.

TRANSPORTATION
Automotive transportation is permitted.

PRACTICE PRIVILEGES
Complete details on practice rounds will be available on both the championship web site and the pre-event player memorandum.

CONDITIONS; SCHEDULES
The NGA Tournament Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules herein. The decision of the NGA Tournament Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.

PERSONAL APPREARANCE
Players must be neat in appearance with respect to clothing and personal grooming.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Information on the Championship will be e-mailed after the close of entries. If you have not received information within two days of the Championship, it is your responsibility to contact the NGA (402 505-4653). Tournament information will also be available on the championship site accessible through the NGA website  www.nebgolf.org.