We are excited about the 2017 Inter-Club Annual Spring Team Matches totaling 23 Individual Cups. Each cup is made up of 6 member club teams, 7 members per team. These teams compete in 5 match play rounds to determine the cup winners and their placement. Some teams will compete in playoff matches following the 5 match play rounds to determine their final cup placement and position.
Dates for the 2017 Team Matches are as follows: 4/25, 4/28, 5/2, 5/5, and 5/9. Challenge Rounds will be held on 5/12. Super Jump Rounds will be held on 5/16. Match schedules will be posted online as soon as they are available.
Team Coordinator/Captains: The lineups for your teams will be updated on the website this year. This will be reviewed at the Chairmen/Captains meeting (deadline for line-ups will be Friday, March 24).
The designated starting time for Team Matches is 9:00 AM. Because of traveling complications or other emergencies, the teams may, by mutual consent, play earlier or later than 9:00 AM. The Host Club has the option of a shotgun start.
Seven players, with individual association memberships and handicap indexes of 36.0 or better, computed on at least 10 2016 scores, shall constitute a team in all matches. Individual matches shall score one point. When a team player cannot play, the players must be moved up according to the permanent list.
Winners and losers of Inter-Club Team Cups shall be decided by Team Match wins. Ties for the winner of the Philadelphia Cup shall be played off. All other ties shall be decided on the basis of individual matches won.
The winners of all Cups shall challenge the last team in the Cup above for its position. The first eligible team on the waiting list shall challenge the team in the last position in the last Cup for its position. The loser must reapply in writing to be put on the waiting list.
When a team scores 30 or more points, and wins all five matches and has advanced to the Cup above by winning the Challenge Round, it is eligible for the SUPER-JUMP ROUND.
This team challenges the team in the fifth position in the Cup above because 6th position has already moved down to the cup below or won a challenge to stay in its current cup. The Super-Jump win must be by a team margin of 5-2 or better.
A team may not DOUBLE jump into the Philadelphia Cup or the Second Cup. It must advance into these Cups by winning Challenge Rounds.
NEW RULE FOR 2016
CELL/SMART PHONES - All players are advised that the use of cell/smart phoness for emergency phone calls/texts/messaging on the course is permitted as it is done so within the confines of Rule 14-3 and if the host facility allows those devices to be used on the course. All playerss are expected to keep their phones in silent mode while on the course. If a player consistently disregards his fellow competitors or opponent to their detriment, there could be a penalty for undue delay (Rule 6-7) or disqualification (33-7) based on a player's actions.
LOCAL RULE (Decision 14-3/0.5) PERMITTING USE OF DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE
A player or caddie may use a USGA approved legal distance measuring device in Team Matches and Tournaments unless a local rule at a Member Club prohibits the use of such a device.
Penalty for using an illegal device where or when prohibited is Disqualification.
CADDIES AND CARTS
Golf carts may be used by any player. Any club which cannot provide caddies and/or on whose course golf carts cannot be used will forfeit those matches.
Players MAY NOT carry their own bag, use a pull cart or bring their
own caddie. RELATIVES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO CADDIE FOR FAMILY
MEMBERS. Exception: Only if a situation arises that will be benefit
pace of play, a player may carry her bag to her ball then return the
bag to the cart.
The player may choose whether to take a caddie or cart. Procedures regarding caddies and carts and corresponding fees and charges will be in accordance with the home club's existing policy.
TEAM DEFAULT RULE
“Default” - not playing by choice or intent.
- “Team Match Default” – default during one team match season
- “Annual Team Default” – 2 “team match defaults” during one team match season or a team defaulting prior to the start of the season
“Forfeit”— inability to play with intent to play
A team must HAVE seven players ON THE TEE in two matches, no fewer than five ON THE TEE in two matches and no fewer than four on the tee in one match.
If a team has one "Team Match Default” during the season, that team is still eligible for the remaining matches. The team defaulted to will win all 7 match points.
If the defaulting team defaults a second time in that same team match season, it will result in an “Annual Team Default” which excludes them from the remaining matches and all matches previously played will be voided. The team shall be dropped to the next lower cup. That team shall not during the ensuing year be allowed the privilege of filling a vacancy which may occur in the cup from which it has been dropped.
If the same team suffers an "Annual Default" a second time within a five year period, this team will be dropped to last position of the last cup available, otherwise to the wait-list.
The winner of the lower cup automatically moves to the next higher cup. THE CUP STANDINGS SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE RESULTS OF THE REMAINING TEAMS.
When there is an "Annual Default" in a cup, that cup will have 5 teams remaining. If one of the remaining teams is Super-Jumping out of that cup, they must have won all 4 matches and 24 out of a possible 28 points.
In order to be placed on the waiting list, a team shall submit a written request and include the required minimum number of players’ names.
The substitute requirement for teams on the waiting list is dependent on the number of teams from a club as follows:
1 team ---- 4 substitutes
2 teams ---- 6 substitutes
3 teams ---- 8 substitutes
4 teams ---- 10 substitutes
For TEAM MATCH PLAYER ONLY who, because of unusual circumstances (illness or incapacitated) was unable to post the required 10 scores in 2016. DOES NOT pertain to tournament play or Open Day privileges.
If the member played in Team Matches and then became ill or unable to play, her Team Match scores should have been posted.
REASONS FOR HAVING AN INSUFFICIENT NUMBER OF SCORES MUST BE SENT IN WRITING OR BY EMAIL BY THE INDIVIDUAL APPLYING FOR THE COURTESY HANDICAP.
DEADLINE FOR COURTESY HANDICAP REQUESTS IS FEBRUARY 24, 2017.
PROCEDURE FOR PROTEST OF ANY MATCH
The following two steps must be taken to protest a match:
- A verbal protest must be made to the Golf Office or to any member of the Executive committee on the day of the match in question, and
- A written protest must be faxed, e-mailed or mailed to the Golf Office and postmarked within 24 hours of the match.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR TIES,
CHALLENGES AND SUPER-JUMP ROUNDS
Philadelphia Cup ties as well as all cups' Challenges and Super-Jump Rounds shall be played off on dates and neutral courses selected by the Team Match Committee.
A team must have a minimum of five players on the tee for any playoff match. If this requirement is not met, this will be considered a “Team Match Default.”
The following criteria may assist you in determining eligibility for your players for playoffs. If you have eligibility questions prior to the playoffs, please contact the Golf Office.
- Any player who has played in at least one regular match is eligible to play in a playoff with her regular team or may play as a substitute on a higher team.. Players must play in team line-up order.
- A player may only play on one team in the event that weather conditions necessitate Ties, Challenges or Super-Jump Rounds being played on more than one day.
BEFORE LISTING YOUR PLAYERS FOR A PLAYOFF
CHECK THE ABOVE CRITERIA CAREFULLY