CSGC Tournament Formats

Revised 1/10/2018




CONTENTS


Definitions
Course Handicap
Local Course Handicap
Mixed-Tee Competition
Stroke Allowance
Tournament Handicap
Individual Stroke Formats
Hate 'Em
Home Free
Medal Play
Nassau
Stableford
Three-Hole Skins

Two-Man Team Formats

Alternate Stroke
Better-Ball
Chapman or Pinehurst
Razzle Dazzle
Scramble
Shamble
Total

Four-Man Team Formats
Alternate Stroke
Best-Ball
Best-Balls
Cha-Cha-Cha
Gross-Net
Scramble
Shamble
Square-Ball
Yellow-Ball

Mixed-Tee Adjustment




DEFINITIONS

Course Handicap: the number of handicap strokes a player receives when competing in an individual stroke event. It is derived from his USGA Handicap Index or his Local Handicap Index (in which case it is called a Local Course Handicap) with the formula CH = SLOPE x HI / 113, where SLOPE is the Slope Rating for the tee set and HI is his Handicap Index. The Course Handicap is rounded to the nearest integer. See Section 2 of the USGA Handicap Manual.


Local Course Handicap
: a Course Handicap derived from a Local Handicap Index which is calculated using the USGA formula except: (1) there is no reduction for "exceptional tournament scores" and (2) it is based only on post-able club tournament scores using fewer scoring records:

No. CSGC Rounds
Differentials Used
1-3
lowest 1
4-5
lowest 2
6-7
lowest 3
8-9
lowest 4
10 most recent
lowest 5



Mixed-Tee Competition: a tournament in which players are allowed choose the tees from which they play. If a non-basis tee-set is chosen a Mixed-Tee Adjustment will be applied to the player's Stroke Allowance. The basis tee-set is where the majority of the field plays from.


Stroke Allowance
: the number of handicap strokes a player or team receives for a specific competition. A player's Stroke Allowance is derived from his Tournament Handicap by applying a Stroke Allowance Factor, SAF, (like 80% or 90%) and/or applying a Mixed-Tee Adjustment. Team Stroke Allowances are usually determined by a formula specific to the event type, for example T = (A + B) / 2 for Two-Man Alternate Stroke play.


Tournament Handicap: same as Local Course Handicap unless the member has fewer than 10 Local rounds, in which case it is the lesser of his Local Course Handicap and his USGA Course Handicap.

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INDIVIDUAL STROKE FORMATS


Hate 'Em    100% SAF
Scoring variant of Medal Play: prior to teeing-off, each player declares three holes (at least one from each side) which are to be scored no worse than net-par.

Home Free    100% SAF
Scoring variant of Medal Play: holes #9 and #18 will be scored no worse than net-par.

Medal Play    100% SAF
Each player receives a Stroke Allowance of 100% of his Tournament Handicap. The player's tournament score is his total number of strokes minus his Tournament Handicap.

Nassau    100% SAF
Scoring variant of Medal Play: the low net scores (and ties) for the front-nine, back-nine and total will place.

Stableford    100% SAF
Each player receives a Stroke Allowance of 100% of his Tournament Handicap, distributed over 18 holes according to the hole-handicap allocation for the course. His net score on each hole determines the number of points awarded for that hole, using a point-schedule based on net score relative to par (birdie, par, bogey, etc.) The player's tournament score is the total number of points. The point schedule depends upon the type of Stableford (Conventional, Modified, Point-Par, etc.)

Three-Hole Skins    100% SAF
Each player receives a Stroke Allowance of 100% of his Tournament Handicap, distributed over 18 holes according to the course hole-handicap allocation. This event consists of 6 three-hole games. The net scores for each hole are collected in groups of three where the low triplet score wins a "skin"; tie triplet scores share a skin.

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TWO-MAN TEAM FORMATS

Alternate Stroke    100% SAF    non-postable
Also called Foursome Stroke Play. Two partners form a side and each side plays one ball. The partners decide which player is to tee off on the odd-numbered holes and which from the even-numbered holes. The partners play alternately from each teeing ground and alternately during the play of each hole. The team Stroke Allowance is T = (A + B) / 2 where A and B are their Tournament Handicaps. The team handicap may be rounded to the nearest integer or rounded to the nearest 1/10th to reduce the number of tie scores. The team score is the total number of strokes minus the team Stroke Allowance.

Better-Ball    90% SAF
Also called Four-Ball Stroke Play. Each player receives a Stroke Allowance of 90% of his Tournament Handicap. Furthermore, if the difference in the players' Stroke Allowances is greater than 8, an additional 90% factor will be applied (USGA Handicap Manual, Section 9-4-b-ii). The team score is the sum of the net better-ball scores for each hole.

Chapman or Pinehurst    100% SAF    non-postable
In Chapman or Pinehurst stroke play, two players play as partners, each partner plays from the teeing ground and plays his partner's ball for the 2nd shot. After the 2nd shot, partners select the ball with which they wish to score and play that ball alternately to complete the hole. The player whose 2nd ball was not chosen plays the 3rd shot. The team Stroke Allowance is T = 0.6 x A + 0.4 x B if the Committee has balanced the teams, otherwise T = 3 x (A + B) / 8. The team Stroke Allowance may be rounded to the nearest integer or rounded to the nearest 1/10th to reduce the number of tie scores. The team score is the total number of strokes minus the team Stroke Allowance.

Razzle Dazzle    SAF varies    non-postable
This format is a combination of three formats: holes #1-6 are played as a Two-Man Scramble format, holes #7-13 are played as a Two-Man Better-Ball format and holes #14-18 are played as an Alternate Stroke format.
Scramble    100% SAF    non-postable
Each player hits and the team selects the position from which they play from next, continuing until the ball is holed. The Committee may stipulate the minimum number of tee shots used by each player. The team handicap is calculated with the formula: T = (A x B) / (A + B), where A and B are the Tournament Handicaps for the players. The team handicap may be rounded to the nearest integer or rounded to the nearest 1/10th to reduce the number of tie scores. The team score is the total number of strokes minus the Team Handicap. Player A may compete without a partner by playing a 2nd ball from each location, in which case the B Tournament Handicap is A / 2 which results in a team handicap of T = A / 3.

Shamble    90% SAF    non-postable
Each player hits from the tee then the team selects the ball position from which they will both play from next. Each player then plays his own ball from that point on until each ball is holed. Each player's Stroke Allowance is distributed over the 18 holes according to the hole-handicap allocation for the course. The team score is the sum of best-balls for each hole.
Total    100% SAF
Each player plays his own ball and receives a Stroke Allowance of 100% of his Tournament Handicap. Each player must complete each hole and have a valid net score (no pick-ups). The team score is the total number of strokes for both players minus the sum of their Tournament Handicaps.

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FOUR-MAN TEAM FORMATS
Four-man teams are usually formed by the Committee, balancing the team handicaps as much as possible.


Alternate Stroke    100% SAF    non-postable
One-ball is played by the entire team and each player receives a Stroke Allowance of 100% of his Tournament Handicap. The team selects a player to tee-off on holes #1, 5, 9, 13, & 17, a player to tee-off on holes #2, 6, 10, 14 & 18, a player to tee-off on holes #3, 7, 11 & 15 and the remaining player tees off on holes #4, 8, 12, and 16. These players are designated as A, B, C and D respectively. Each hole is played by player B hitting after player A, player C hitting after player B, player D hitting after player C and player A hitting after player D until the ball is holed. The team Stroke Allowance is T = (A + B + C + D) / 4 and the team score is the total score for the holes minus the team Stroke Allowance.

Best-Ball    80% SAF
Each player plays his own ball throughout the round and receives a Stroke Allowance of 80% of his Tournament Handicap. In order to determine net scores for each hole, Stroke Allowances are distributed over the 18 holes according to the hole-handicap allocation for the course. The team score is the sum of all the single lowest net scores for each hole.

Best-Balls    90% SAF
Each player plays his own ball throughout the round and receives a Stroke Allowance of 90% of his Tournament Handicap. In order to determine net scores for each hole, Stroke Allowances are distributed over the 18 holes according to the hole-handicap allocation for the course. The team score is the sum of the two lowest net scores for each hole.

Cha-Cha-Cha    90% SAF
Each player plays his own ball throughout the round and receives a Stroke Allowance of 90% of his Tournament Handicap. The team score on the 1st hole is the lowest net score, on the 2nd hole it is the two lowest net scores and on the 3rd hole it is the three lowest net scores. The "1-2-3" scoring is repeated for the remaining holes. A variant of this format is a Reverse Cha-Cha-Cha ("3-2-1" scoring) where three balls count on the 1st hole, two balls on the 2nd hole and one ball on the 3rd hole. In order to determine net scores for each hole, Stroke Allowances are distributed over the 18 holes according to the hole-handicap allocation for the course. The team score is the sum of 1-2-3 (or 3-2-1) the net scores for each hole.

Gross-Net    90% SAF
Each player plays his own ball throughout the round and receives a Stroke Allowance of 90% of his Tournament Handicap. The team score on each hole is the sum of the low gross score and the low net score of the remaining three. In order to determine net scores for each hole, Stroke Allowances are distributed over the 18 holes according to the hole-handicap allocation for the course. The team score is the sum of the low gross and low net scores for each hole.

Razzle-Dazzle    SAF varies    non-postable
This format is a combination of three formats: holes #1-6 are played as a Four-Man Best-Ball format, holes #7-13 are played as a Four-Man Alternate-Stroke format and holes #14-18 are played as a Four-Man Scramble.

Scramble    100% SAF    non-postable
Each player tees off on each hole and the team selects one of the four ball locations from which to play next and each player plays from that location, continuing in this way until a ball is holed. The Committee may stipulate a minimum number of tee shots be used for each player. The team Stroke Allowance is calculated with the formula: 1/T = 1/A + 1/B + 1/C + 1/D, where A, B, C and D are the Tournament Handicaps for the players. The team Stroke Allowance may be rounded to the nearest integer or rounded to the nearest 1/10th to reduce the number of tie scores. It is possible to play a Four-Man Scramble "scratch" (without using a team Stroke Allowance if the team handicaps can be balanced). If player D is missing, players A, B and C rotate as player D. In this case the Tournament Handicap for D is (A + B + C) / 6. If two players are missing, player A and player B each hit two shots from each position and the team handicap is evaluated by using C = A / 2 and D = B / 2.

Shamble    80 or 90% SAF    non-postable
This format can be scored by counting the best-ball (with an 80% Stroke Allowance factor) or two best-balls (with a 90% Stroke Allowance factor). All players hit from the tee then the team selects the ball position from which they will all play from next. Each player then plays his own ball from that point on until each ball is holed. Each player's Stroke Allowance is distributed over the 18 holes according to the hole-handicap allocation for the course. The team score is the sum of the net best-ball (or net two best-balls) for each hole.

Square-Ball    90% SAF
Each player plays his own ball throughout the round and receives a Stroke Allowance of 90% of his Tournament Handicap. The Stroke Allowances are distributed over the 18 holes according to the hole-handicap allocation for the course. The team score is the sum of the net "square-ball" and the low net of the remaining three balls. The player "in the square" rotates A, B, C, D for holes #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 and holes #10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17. On holes #9 and #18 the two net best balls from all the players are counted. The team score is the sum of the two balls scored for each hole.

Yellow-Ball    90% SAF
Similar to the Square-Ball format, except the "yellow ball" rotates for all holes with the ball of player A being counted on hole #17 and the ball of player B counted on #18.


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MIXED-TEE ADJUSTMENT

When the conditions of the competition allow mixed-tee play, the USGA (in Section 3-5 of the Handicap Manual) stipulates how Stroke Allowances are to be adjusted. The adjustment consists of adding the rounded difference in the Course Rating of the tees to be played from the Course Rating for the basis-tees (where the majority of the field plays). At Callippe Preserve, the Course Ratings are:

Tee Set
Course Rating
Yellow
67.9
White
69.7
Blue
71.5


The Yellow tees are the basis tees. A player choosing to play from the White tees, after his Tournament Handicap (from the White tees) has possibly been modified for the event (e.g., reduced to 90% for Two-Man Better-Ball), will have a mixed-tee Stroke Allowance adjustment of: 69.7 - 67.9 = 1.8, which rounds to +2 strokes.

A player choosing the Blue tees will have an adjustment of: 71.5 - 67.9 = 3.6, which rounds to +4 strokes.


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