This competition is a two-man team event. Each player must have an active USGA Handicap Index between 5.0 and 24.0 at the time the team attempts to qualify at the club level. Players with handicaps that exceed this Handicap Index Range are not eligible to compete by agreeing to play with the handicaps within the eligible range. The combined Handicap Index of the team may not exceed 40.0. Team members must belong to the same club.
Note: Teams that qualify for sectional or championship rounds will compete using the current Handicap Indexes throughout the remainder of the competition.
The format of play at the club qualifying, sectional qualifying, and championship levels shall be 18 holes of stroke play on a net better-ball basis. Each player (on a team of two) will compete at 90% of their Course Handicap.
Tuesday, June 5, Panther Valley Golf & Country Club, Allamuchy, NJ
Thursday, June 7, Brynwood Golf & Country Club, Armonk, NY
Monday, June 11, Port Jefferson Country Club at Harbor Hills, Port Jefferson, NY
The entry fee for this tournament is $40 per team that attempts to qualify. Clubs should bill players as they would a regular club event. Clubs are requested to send all entry fees collected (maximum of $200) at club qualifying to the MGA by cash, check, or charge.
GOLF COURSE AND QUALIFYING COMPETITION
A club should attempt to prepare its golf course so as to allow teams to compete on as equal a competitive basis as possible. Good tee management can maintain a constant course length over consecutive days. Competing teams should play from the regular men's tee area. If qualifying play will take place over more than one day, a club might consider having competing teams play a set of permanent markers on each tee, or from some other easily identifiable starting point, rather than from a set of men's tees that would have to be moved every day.
USGA (Summer) Rules should govern play. The use of winter rules should be avoided whenever possible. However, the same rules should govern play throughout the qualifying period.
A player may enter a club's qualifier only ONCE, and NOT multiple times with different partners.
A team should not be allowed to qualify when playing alone. competing team should play in groups of three or four when attempting to qualify. Ideally, two teams attempting to qualify should play together.
Before starting play, teams should be reminded that they must hole-out on each hole.
After completing play, a team should be required to turn in a score card signed by one team member and a marker, who should not be a caddie.
Golf carts may be used in competition.
In case two or more teams tie for the medalist position, the MGA recommends that the following tie-breaker formats be considered in this priority: an 18-hole playoff; a three-hole net total-stroke playoff, followed by hole-by-hole sudden death if necessary; a pure hole-by-hole sudden death; match of cards.
Once the club qualifying competition is complete, the club should advise the MGA of its medalist team. Clubs should mail or fax this entry form to the MGA office no later than FRIDAY, MAY 30th by 5:00 p.m.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
Both members of a club's medalist team will receive an attractive tournament memento at the Sectional Qualifying Site. Each team member that qualifies for the Championship Round will receive a memento and bag tag at Aspetuck Valley Country Club. The three teams finishing play at the Championship Round with the lowest net team scores shall receive trophies.
Clubs entering the competition for the first time this year will receive an attractively engraved plaque that will allow for the listing of its medalist teams for the ensuing years.