Team Play Guidelines

TEAM PLAY GUIDELINES

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR BOTH SPRING & FALL TEAM PLAY

Each team member of both Spring and Fall teams must have an established USGA handicap.

There is no qualifying for team play. There are no age restrictions. All team players shall be dues paying members or family members thereof.

The handicap index reported on the GHIN printout from the effective dates will be used throughout team play.

In the event that a player belongs to more than one club, she must declare in advance which club she chooses to represent, using that index.

Clubs fielding a team for the first time in either spring or fall will be placed in the last division.

For scheduling purposes, clubs must notify the GCWGA Spring Team Chairperson by October 1st of each year if they wish to only field a Fall Team, the following year.

Efforts will be made by the GCWGA Spring & Fall Team Chairs to schedule all divisions to finish on the same date and that there will be an equal number of teams in each division.

A team captain should be someone who is likely to play each week.

SPRING TEAM GUIDELINES

To be eligible for Spring Team play, a golfer must have posted 20 scores from the two prior golf seasons combined. The posting dates for Cincinnati are April 1st to November 1st; the last GHIN revision date being the effective date for Spring Team. The GCGA/GHIN handicap revision printout will be the official listing to determine eligibility.

Each Spring Team Captain must update her spring team roster on the GCWGA website by the date specified by the GCWGA Spring Team Chairperson. It is recommended that the roster be a maximum of 30 players.

When creating her team, the SpringTeam Captain must use her six lowest handicap eligible and available players. In case of equal handicaps, the differential is to be used to determine the players’ team positions. The six players must be positioned in order of handicap from lowest to highest: 1-6 (team 1: 1&2, team 2: 3&4, team 3: 5&6). A 10 point deduction will be assessed against each team who offends this out of order policy, assessed at the end of the season. This means that that there is a potential for a 30 point deduction per club per match.

If a club comes to a spring team match with an incomplete team (less then 5 players) on two or more occasions, the club will be put on probation for the following year. If a team on probation comes to a match with an incomplete team, they will not be eligible for spring play the following year. Any team dropped from spring team play will be placed in the last division when they are reinstated.

In the event a spring team does not have a 6th player for the day of play, a non-roster member from any club can fill the position. Her score will not count.

FALL TEAM GUIDELINES

To be eligible for Fall Team, a player must have posted 10 scores from the previous year and the current year. Effective 2015, August 1st handicaps will be used to determine eligibility for fall team players. The GCGA/GHIN handicap revision printout will be the official listing to determine eligibility.

If a club comes to a fall team match with an incomplete team (less then 3 players) on two or more occasions, the club will be put on probation for the following year. If a team on probation comes to a match with an incomplete team, they will not be eligible for fall team play the following year. Any team dropped from fall team play will be placed in the last division when they are reinstated.

Each Fall Team Captain must update her club’s fall team roster on the GCWGA website by the date specified by the GCWGA Fall Team Chairperson.

When creating her team, the Fall Team captain must use her four lowest handicap eligible and available players. In case of equal handicaps, the differential is to be used to determine the players’ team positions. The four players must be positioned in order of handicap from lowest to highest: 1-4 (team 1: 1&2, team 2: 3&4). A 10 point deduction will be assessed against each team who offends this out of order policy, assessed at the end of the season. This means that that there is a potential for a 20 point deduction per club per match.

In the event a fall team does not have a 4th player for the day of play, a non-roster member from any club can fill the position. Her score will not count.

FALL TEAM ELIGIBILITY – CLUBS WITH BOTH SPRING & FALL TEAMS

The Fall Team Guidelines apply as well as the following:

To be eligible to play on a Fall Team when a club also fields a Spring Team: 1. a player cannot be one of the first 6 players on their spring team roster, 2. a player cannot be one of the six lowest handicap players as of the August 1st handicap revision, 3. a player cannot play more than three matches in Spring Team play.

CLUBS FIELDING ONLY A FALL TEAM        

The Fall Team Guidelines apply as well as the following:

A club who chooses to only field a Fall Team will be placed in the last fall team division their first year.

A club, who only fields a Fall Team, may use any available player from their August 1st GCGA/GHIN  handicap revision printout; provided the player meets the 10 score posting requirement. The players should be sorted on their Fall Team rosters from lowest to highest handicap.

Revised 7/2015

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