RULES OF PLAY:  The Rules of Golf, the WSNGA Hard Card, Basic Team Play Rules and the Team Play Local Rule Sheet will govern play.  Local rules on the scorecard are not in effect.


FORMAT:  Four-Ball Match Play (Rule 23).  A match in which two play their own ball and score their better ball against the better ball of the other two players, both gross and net.


HONORS:  On the first tee, honors are determined by a coin flip.  Thereafter, the honors on the tee go to the side having the lowest gross score on the last hole.  If your side does not have honors, do not play out of turn.


ORDER OF PLAY:  Balls belonging to the same side may be played in the order the side considers best.  You are partners; you may help each other and give advice.  When it is your side’s turn to play, you may decide between yourselves who tees off first, plays first or putts first.

In addition, a new rule expressly allows playing out of turn in match play by agreement for each stroke to be made.



PACE OF PLAY:  This is a match play competition and the rules of match play must be followed, however it is up to us as a group to police ourselves and to keep play moving.  Please do everything possible to stay up with the group in front of you and to complete the round in 5 hours or less.

  1. Pace of Play: Pace of play shall be established by the Tournament Committee based on current USGA Pace of Play guidelines.
  2. Out of Position: A group will be deemed out of position if the entire hole in front of them is open (excludes Par 3s).
  3. Penalty: Any group deemed out of position will receive a warning for the first offense. Any subsequent offenses will result in the group being required to pick up and move to the next hole. The points for the hole skipped will be halved. A refusal by a group to pick up and move to the next hole may result in forfeiture of the points for that hole.


SCORECARD:  You MUST pick up on a hole if you cannot help your side, but you must still post a score for handicap purposes. You may put down the score you think you might have made on the hole, never exceeding your maximum adjusted ESC (equitable stroke control) score.  The team scorecard must be completed and the scores for all 4 players totaled and in agreement by both sides.  The scorecard must be signed by both teams and then turned in to your team captain.


SCORING:  There are eight players per team: therefore, each team will have four matches.  Maximum points available per match are 6 (3 gross and 3 net).  Maximum points available per team are 24 (12 gross and 12 net).  Points will be accumulated for the year.  The teams in each division with the best overall, gross, and net standings will have a playoff.  A team may playoff for only one category.


PUTTING GREEN:  You may concede your opponent’s putt at any time by knocking the ball away from the hole or saying “that’s good.”  The player may not finish a conceded putt.  If a player finishes a conceded putt and it helps her partner, there is no penalty to the player, but her partner is disqualified from that hole.  You may continue putting by agreement.


PREPARING FOR AND MAKING A STROKE (Rule 10) When making a stroke, a player shall not allow her partner to deliberately stand on or close to an extension of the line of play behind the player’s ball when the player begins taking a stance for the stroke and until the stroke is made.


TEEING AREA:  If a player plays a ball from outside the teeing area, the opponents may require the player to re-hit a ball from within the teeing area or have the player play the ball where it lies.  In either case, no penalty is incurred.


RULES ISSUES IN MATCH PLAY (Rule 20-1b):  If a doubt or rules dispute arises on the course between the players (and a Rules Committee member is not available), the players shall continue the match without delay and report the facts to the Rules Committee when play is finished.


Clarification of Rule 20-1b While playing a hole, your opponent tells you that she feels that you are about to break or have already broken a Rule of Golf and you disagree with her.

At this point, you must make a decision yourself on how you want to proceed and play the hole out the way you think best.

If your ball wins or ties the hole, your opponent may make a claim stating that you’ve broken a Rule of Golf and actually lost that hole.

This claim must be made before teeing off on the next hole, or in the case of the last hole of the match, before the result of the match is final.

The players involved in the claim may not know the status of their match until the Rules Committee is notified and a decision is made.


REMEMBER:  In match play, when you are in doubt of a Rule of Golf or how to proceed, you may not play a second ball.


PROVISIONAL BALL (Rule 18):  In match and stroke play, there are only two times when you may play a provisional ball:


     For a ball you think may be out of bounds.

     For a ball you think may be lost outside a penalty area.


    Do not confuse a provisional ball with a second ball.  They are not the same thing.


You are encouraged to hit a provisional ball when you think your ball may be out of bounds or lost outside a penalty area to promote speed of play.


DRESS CODE:  Proper golf attire is required.  This includes no denim shorts or slacks, no cut-offs or short shorts and no halter-tops.  The tournament committee has the responsibility to inform participants of specific golf club requirements.  The tournament committee also has the authority to disqualify competitors that do not meet the minimum dress code requirements.

CELL PHONES:  Players are NOT allowed to use cell phones on the golf course during Team Play events except as described below:

If a player must conduct personal or business calls, they may use their cell phone at the turn or at the clubhouse.  Cell phones may also be used in the case of an emergency or as a Distance Measuring Device.  A player abusing this policy will receive a warning for the first offense.  Any additional offense(s) will result in loss of hole for the player and her partner.


Rules Committee:  Sue May, Chairwoman