NCGA Team Match
you wish to participate in this year's
NCGA Team Match competition, then please
send your name and the best way
to contact you by
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some of
the conditions of play / match rules.
By 9 AM on the
Wednesday prior to each of your scheduled
matches, please confirm with the Team
Captain (email is preferred: email@example.com).
If you’re unable to play a match
for which you're scheduled, you
must notify the Captain as
early as possible, so we can find
a replacement, and avoid a forfeit.
Please read carefully
the pages in this packet: it is each
player’s responsibility to understand
the format of the Matches, and any special
Rules of Golf which may apply.
NCGA has reminded clubs about a couple
of rules because they are commonly
We all know it is against the rules
to stand behind your partner when he
is putting, but did you know the same
applies to all strokes? e.g. standing
behind someone while they are driving,
to watch their ball as it disappears
into the sun.
Check the number of clubs in your bag
Be careful about conceding a hole; it
might have implications on the four-ball
There is only one
category of costs involved:
Hosting club pays green fees.
This means that for every match
you’re scheduled to play, you either
pay the pro shop directly at Santa
Teresa or in the case of an away
match, you pay the Team Captain $63 (the cost of a round
of golf at Santa Teresa).
Each Club fields 12 players
for a Team Match.
The six two-man teams of each
Club compete against each other in three
Match #1 (2 points): Lower
Handicap player on each of the 2-man
teams plays his corresponding opponent
in an 18-hole individual match.
Match #2 (2 points):
Higher Handicap player on each of the
2-man teams plays his corresponding
opponent in an 18-hole individual match.
Match #3 (2 points):
Each 2-man team players their better
ball (net) against the opposing 2-man
team’s better ball (net) in an 18-hole
If a match ends in a tie, there are
no extra holes; each side gets 1
Match Handicap Strokes
Lower Handicap player plays from
Higher Handicap player receives
full difference between course handicaps
Match Handicap Strokes
Lowest Hdcp player plays at scratch,
and each of the other three players
the full hdcp difference between
their course handicap and the Lowest
Dave receives 2
Bill receives 7
Allocation of Handicap strokes
as listed on score card
Each player is responsible for
verifying his own Handicap,
prior to teeing off.
The sorted (ascending) list of
Player Course Handicaps (CH) will determine
their relative position on the team.
Thus, the lowest CH will be player
#1, and will partner with player #2
in the first group; the highest CH will
be player #12, and will partner with
player #11 in the final group.
Play to current index for the
month in which the match is scheduled
(effective index is limited to 18.4,
by NCGA rules)
the Players’ Score
The Hosting Team Captain will
post all scores; posted as Tournament
If a player begins, but does
not complete a hole:
- Record the score which most
likely would have been made
if the hole was completed.
This holds true if the hole
has been conceded, meaning if
your competitor concedes the
hole and you have 15 feet for
birdie, you should mark down
the score you most likely
would have made. You are
not obligated to take
- Not to exceed 'Equitable Stroke
Control Limit' (ESC).
If the Individual and Four-ball
matches have been closed out before
18 holes have been played:
Record actual score per hole, not to
Leave the course:
Record “Par Plus any Hdcp strokes”
entitled to receive.
Example: Hole #17
Team Match Rules of Play
Rules of Four-ball Match Play (Rule
30) and the Team Match Play Rules
Document govern all matches.
General Rule for Match Play Breach of
Rules: Loss of Hole
NCGA Team Match Program involves both
Four-Ball and Individual Match Play.
Because of this, Rules Unique
to Four-ball apply and are summarized
Rule 30-3 Four-ball
A side may be represented by one partner
for all or any of a match; all partners
need not be present. An absent partner
may join a match between holes, but
not during play of a hole.
b. Maximum of 14 clubs:
The side shall be penalized for a
breach of Rule 4-4 by any partner.
Rule 4-4. The state of the match shall
be adjusted by deducting one hole
for each hole at which a breach occurred.
Maximum deduction per round: two holes.
(Penalty also applies to individual
Balls belonging to the same side may
be played in the order the side considers
Disqualification of side:
If a player plays a stroke with a
wrong ball except
in a hazard, he shall
be disqualified for that hole,
but his partner incurs no penalty
even if the wrong ball belongs to
him. The owner of the ball shall replace
it on the spot from which it was played,
without penalty. If the ball is not
immediately recoverable, another ball
may be substituted.
(1) A side shall be disqualified for
a breach of any of the following by
- Rule 1-3: Agreement to waive rules.
- Rule 4-1, -2, or -3: Clubs
- Rule 5-1, or -2: The Ball
- Rule 6-2a: Handicap (declaring
a higher Hdcp)
- Rule 6-4: Caddie
- Rule 6-7: Undue Delay (repeated
- Rule 14-3: Artificial Devices/Unusual
(2) A side shall be disqualified
for a breach of any of the following
by all partners:
Effect of Other Penalties:
- Rule 6-3: Time of
Starting and Groups
- Rule 6-8: Discontinuance of Play
If a player’s breach of a rule assists
his partners or adversely affects
an opponents play, the partner incurs
the applicable penalty in addition
to any penalty incurred by the player.
In other cases where a player incurs
a penalty for breach of a Rule, the
penalty shall not apply to
his partner. When the penalty is stated
to be loss of hole, the effect shall
be to disqualify the player for that
Form of Match Played Concurrently:
In a Four-ball match when another
form of match is played concurrently,
the above Rules apply.
Other Rule Reminders
of next Stroke, Hole or Match
concession of the next stroke, hole
or match, by any player is binding on
both the individual and four-ball
Before making any concession,
the player should consider the implication
of the concession on his individual
match and the four-ball
player may elect to not finish a hole.
If a player so elects, this has no effect
on the four-ball match. His partner
may continue to represent the side in
the four-ball match. However, it is
important that the player who wishes
to not finish a hole simply state that
he is disqualifying himself,
rather than conceding the hole, since
a concession of the
hole is binding on the four-ball match.
concession may not be withdrawn or declined.
No Continuous Putting
ball farther from the hole shall be
played first. (Exception: Four-ball
the four-ball match is closed out, the
players who were partners no longer
remain as such, and may no longer give
advice to each other.
Match Play Claims
is no provision in match play
which allows for the play of a second
ball if a player is in doubt of his
rights or procedure. (This rule does
not prohibit play of a provisional
ball under rule 27-2).
•Try to resolve disputes as it occurs
(carry Rule Book in golf bag)
•If a doubt or dispute occurs and
agreement can not be made, inform
your opponent prior to any
player playing from the next teeing
ground, or in the case of the last
hole of the match, before all players
in the match leave the putting green,
that you are making a claim and want
the rules of golf to apply.
•No latter claims shall be considered
unless it is based on facts previously
unknown to the player making the claim
and the player making the claim had
been given wrong information (Rules
6-2a and 9) by the opponent.
•Inform Team Captains at conclusion
of your match.