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GPO Golf League Rules

  1. Golf Rules

      1. The league will follow USGA Rules unless otherwise specified

  2. Teams

    1. Each team will consist of two players, one of which must be a current or former employee of Navy Federal Credit Union.

    2. Each team is responsible for creating a name for their team.

      1. Teams that do not provide a name by the first official week of the season, will be assigned a team name by the commissioner or scorekeeper for the league.
    3. Attendance/Subs

      1. If a player is unable to play in a match, they should attempt to find a substitute player to play in their place.
      2. The league will publish a list of substitute players that may be available, but it is up to the player/team to notify their partner, the commissioner, their opponents, and find substitutes when they become aware that they will not be able to attend the scheduled match.
      3. If no substitute can be found, the match can still be played with only one team member in attendance. Note that this means that the team will use the single player’s score as the team score on every hole.
      4. Any amateur golfer may play as a substitute, however, utilizing substitutes with established league handicaps will be in the best interest of the team utilizing the substitute.
      5. If a team cannot make it to the scheduled match:
        1. A representative of the team must work with the commissioner, scorekeeper, and their scheduled opponent to reschedule the match sometime between the prior week’s match and prior to the following week’s match.
        2. Obtaining the proper scorecards and providing them to the scorekeeper is the responsibility of the team requesting the change of schedule.
        3. Failure to reschedule the match, provide subs, or provide the scorecard to the scorekeeper by the following week’s match will result in the team receiving 0 points and the scheduled opponent receiving all 20 of the match points.
  3. Matches and Scoring

    1. A match consists of nine holes of golf between two teams of two players each, for a total of four players per match

      1. Each hole in the match is worth 2 points.
        1. The team score on a hole is determined by whichever team member has the lowest score after applying any handicap strokes for the hole.
        2. The team having the lowest score on the hole receives 2 points and the other team receives 0 points for the hole.
        3. If the two teams tie for the lowest score, then each team will receive 1 point for the hole.
      2. The maximum score a player can have on a given hole is three over par or triple bogey which is:
        • 6 on a par 3 hole
        • 7 on a par 4 hole
        • 8 on a par 5 hole
        • If a player reaches triple bogey and has yet to hole the ball, the player will pick up his/her ball and receive an ‘X’ on the scorecard for that hole.
          1. A player with an ‘X’ for a hole cannot win the hole
            1. Any other player in the match holing the ball in triple bogey or less is considered to have a lower score than ‘X’.
          2. If all four players in the match score an ‘X’ on a given hole, the hole is considered a tie and each team will receive one (1) point for that hole.
          3. For handicapping purposes, a score of ‘X’ on the scorecard will be converted to triple bogey for the hole.
    2. At the end of the match, the team with the highest score wins the match

      1. The team that wins the match will receive an extra two points for winning the match
      2. If the teams end up in a 9 to 9 tie, each team receives one extra point for the match
  4. League and Scoring

    1. Each week, the team adds the points scored in the match that week to their season total

    2. At the end of the season, the teams that have the 8 highest scores will advance to the playoffs

      1. In case of a tie, the commissioner will decide on the method of breaking the tie
  5. Playoffs

    1. The playoffs are a single-elimination tournament of eight teams, with the top four teams receiving awards

    2. Ties in Playoff Matches

      • There cannot be a tie in a playoff match

      • If, after 9 holes of a playoff match, the match is tied at 9:9, the match will proceed to the next hole and continue forward to subsequent holes until the match is decided or suspended

      • The tied match is not complete until one of the teams has won a hole by holing the ball with the lowest number of strokes. Note: Handicap points for holes will still be observed during the extra/overtime holes

      • If the match cannot continue (darkness, inclement weather, etc.) then the teams will have to agree on another time within the next week to resume the match. Failure to reschedule will result in the forfeiture of one or both teams at the commissioners discretion

      • The tied teams can agree to decide the tie in another way (such as a coin flip) but this requires the approval and presence of the commissioner to be valid.

    3. The first week of the playoffs, starting with the first seed, each of the top four seeds will play the lowest seed available

      • Top seed will play the 8th seed

      • 2nd seed will play the 7th seed

      • 3rd seed will play the 6th seed

      • 4th seed will play the 5th seed

    4. The teams that lose on week 1 are eliminated from the playoffs.

    5. The second week of the playoffs, the highest seed that won in week 1 will play the lowest seed that won in week 1 and the two other teams will play each other.

    6. The third week of the playoffs, the two winning teams from week 2 of the playoffs will play to determine the champion and the 2nd place team, while the teams that lost their match on week 2 of the playoffs will play to determine 3rd an 4th place.

    7. In the case of a tie for the final position in the playoffs, the tie will be broken by following tiebreakers, in order of application:

      • Head-to-head results

      • Overall score against all common opponents

      • Sudden death chipping and putting competition

      • Dance off!

  6. Handicapping

    1. All players enter the league with no handicap

    2. There will be at least one handicapping week at the beginning of the season to create a base handicap for the new players and subs that do not have a handicap

    3. Players returning to the league will be handicapped based on their prior league scores/handicaps

    4. Subs who have not played with the league before, will not have a handicap and, for handicapping purposes, will play as a scratch golfer (handicap of zero) the first time they compete.

    5. Strokes Given

      1. The strokes given to a player on a hole is dependent upon several factors, including, but not limited to:
        • The lowest handicap of the foursome, which will automatically receive no handicap strokes
        • The handicap of the player in question
        • The difficulty of the hole being played
      2. A player may receive zero, one or two handicap strokes on a given hole based on the factors listed above
      3. Handicapping is the sole purview of the scorekeeper and any questions related to handicaps should be directed toward the scorekeeper.
  7. Subs

    1. Do not have to be current or prior Navy Federal Credit Union employees

    2. Are not required to pay league dues

    3. Are responsible for paying for their weekly green fees

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