FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP


 

RULES OF ELIGIBILITY and CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION

The Fourball Championship is governed under USGA Rule 23, which can be found in the 2019 USGA Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf.

 

This is a MATCH PLAY playoff tournament. In summation, there are two players on each team. Each member plays to 70% of their low index for the past year as established by the GHIN Handicap System. This index will be locked for the entire tournament.


This is a net best ball tournament. Player A and Player B are on one team, Player C and Player D are on the other team. All players will play off the lowest handicap player of the group. Where the lowest handicapped player will play at scratch and other players will take strokes of them. In the rare case where a competitor cannot make the match and is also the low handicap, the handicaps for the group will be enforced the same as if they did make the match.  Example:
 

PLAYER

INDEX

HANDICAP

STROKES

A

3.9

4

0

B

7.2

7

3

C

7.5

8

4

D

12.1

12

8


Player B would have a stroke on each of the three lowest handicap holes, Player C on the four lowest handicap holes, and so forth. This tournament is a four-ball match play competition where two competitors play as partners, each playing their own ball. The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole. Each team will use the ball that has the best NET score for the hole. If one partner fails to complete play of a hole, there is no penalty.


A team may not have a player that recieves more than one stroke per hole against any opponent.

The tournament is scheduled to begin February 1st or whenever the tournament field is full. If you wish you may choose hold your fourball match during another other Griffith Park tournament in the back of the field. However, if you do this you are not eligible to participate in the event itself including skins or prizes. If your match cannot be scheduled before the match deadline this method must be exercised.


Initial pairings in each flight shall be determined by the blind draw. This self-scheduled tournament will start in March and reasonable time will be given for each match to complete. Not less than three weeks must be given to complete the match. GPGC does not mandate that one of the team members have a current City of Los Angeles Golf Reservation Card in order to schedule tee times at any of the City golf courses but encourages it. Rounds may be played at any golf course (including non-city courses) that players from both teams agree upon.  If the two teams cannot reach an agreement on a course, the match defaults to Wilson Golf Course.

The finals must be played on Wilson Golf Course.


When the winners of each flight have been determined, the Gallardo and Strong Champions shall represent Griffith Park at the SCGA Four-Ball Net Championship scheduled in August/September. The Duhon Champions will represent Griffith Park in the SCGA Four-Ball Championship.
 

ELIGIBILITY
This tournament is open to GPGC Members who are (a) members in good standing as of Feburary (b) who have an established low index, and (c) who have competed in at least 5 GPGC tournaments within 12 months prior to this tournament. The committe may waive the 2 tournament requirement for players that attempted to fulfill the requirement, but have a valid handicap and failed to complete 5 tournaments for various reasons. In the event you do not have a partner to play with as a team, you may still sign up as a single in need of a partner. Players that sign up as singles will be listed on the website with handicap and contact information so that other singles may suggest a partnership. On February 1st any players remaining on the list will be paired by the tournament director. We reserve the right to alter any of the conditions and schedules herein. We reserve the right to reject the entry of any applicant, at any time, for any reason. Any decision that is made in any matter, shall be final.

 

HANDICAPS
Because the club deems this a major tournament, all competitors will be required to use 70% of their allowed stroke after using their established "Low Index" to calculate the handicap strokes. The same "Low Index" will be used during the entire tournament for purposes of establishing the player's stroke handicap and locked in at the start of the event prior to seeding. All players play off to the lowest handicap among the competitors, there is a MAXIMUM differential limit of five (5) strokes between the two partners in one team.  You may still partner with someone whom has a handicap differential of more than 5 strokes than your own, but the player with the higher handicap will be lowered to 5 more than the low partner.  Handicaps should also be adjusted so that no team has a player recieving more than one stroke on a hole. In other words any differential in player A to D may not be greater than 18. All players of a particular gender in a match must play from the same tees.

 

REGISTRATION
Entry to the tournament and payment of the individual fee will be made available online. You will be required to pay the $25 per person fee. This $25 fee covers only your contribution to the prize pool.  It does not cover your greens fees for any matches. You also need to identify your partner at time of registration. If you do not have a partner to form a team, just pay your individual $25 fee.

 

SELF-SCHEDULED PLAY
It is the responsibility of BOTH teams to contact each other and select an agreeable date and time to play your stipulated round of golf, then make a tee time and play. Each round of play will be given at least 3 week time period to complete the match. If matches are set prior to the start of that rounds play, the two teams can elect to play early. Extentions can also be granted, but you will need to inform the tournament director of the delay and report a reason and date of reschedule. An extension may only be granted once per group for the entire tournament. If the tournament director feels any team has not made a proper effort to complete a match, the director may declare the opposing team winners. Players are encouraged to play their match at Griffith Park Golf Courses, but matches may be played on any 18-hole championship length golf course that is acceptable to both teams. All competitors shall exercise due diligence in the selection of golf course for play, make good faith effort to complete the round within the deadline. We will be using the same Golf Genius System that all our tournaments are run in. Please follow these procedures for play.

  1. Make contact with your competitors and agree on a course and tiebreaker method
  2. Email the Tournament Director with the course information so they can adjust the match course and handicap in Golf Genius
  3. The day of the match assign a mobile scorer (GGIDs will be given throughout the event) and at least one physical score keeper
  4. Play the match
  5. Both teams sign the physical scorecard and one person email it to the Tournament Director for verification and score posting within 24 hours of the match
  6. Repeat for each round until knocked out or champions

 

A cancellation of an agreed upon date must be made at least 48 hours prior to the tee time or it will need to be agreed upon by the opposing team. A cancellation within less than 48 hours without the agreement of the opposing team yields a default. A team is only granted one cancellation of an agreed upon tee time for the course of the entire tournament.
 

TEES FOR MATCHES

Tees for each match played can be decided by the two teams playing. If an agreement can not be reached it will default to Duhon matches playing from the Black tees, Gallardo matches playing from the Blue tees, and Strong matches playing from the white tees. The same will go for the equivalents on other courses with different tee schemes. When in doubt ask the tournament director for final say.

 

DEFAULT TIEBREAKERS

Generally a tiebreaker should be agreed upon before the match by both parties. But in the case that no tiebreaker was agreed upon, then the default tie breaker is to play another match. Alternative tiebreakers include extra holes, putt off, card off of any method, or coin flip but any method agreed up by both parties can be used. The tournament director reserves the right to determind any nonstandard tiebreaker invalid for any reason which will result in the match using the default tiebreaker. If the match is not replayed by the round deadline then a card off will be used on the original match to determine the winner. The card off method will be selected randomly between USGA, back to front, and hardest hole first and the results will be final.

 

REPORTING TO THE FIRST TEE
There may be an occasion when one team member will be late or may not be able to play at all. In that event, the lone remaining team member may play the other team by themself, but they are only allowed to play their one ball. If the player shows up after the match has started, they are allowed to proceed but no prior holes may be replayed. Any diliberate act to delay play will result in a warning, then loss of the hole, loss of another hole, and ultimately forfeit as mentioned in USGA Pace of Play - Match Play.

 

RULES OF GOLF
All play shall be in accordance with four-ball match play in the USGA Rules of Golf. It is the responsibility of each partner to know the rules of four-ball match play and how they differ from regular stroke play.

 

PACE OF PLAY
Competitors choosing to play at Griffith Park Golf Course shall be familiar with and follow the pace of play policy to avoid penalty for slow play.

 

PRIZE PAYOUTS AND CHARLIE CHAPLIN CUP POINTS
This is a two-way payout structure. The First Place team in each flight will receive 75% of the prize pool from their flight. Second Place teams will receive 25%. Amount is TBD based on number of entries.

Teams are awarded points based on the "Playoff" Point Distribution.