Match Play Championship Rules
Last Updated: 06/29/18

General Rules for 2018 Match Play Championship


Rd 1 Matches. . . . No Later than July 22
Rd 2 Matches. . . . No Later than August 12
Rd 3 Qtr. Finals. . . No Later than September 2
Rd 4 Semi-Finals. . No Later than September 23
Rd 5 Finals . . . . ...No Later than October 14


1. All Regular Members in good standing that meet the following requirements are eligible to participate.

a. Have an SCGA/USGA established handicap.

b. Must be a member in good standing either 1) active for the preceding 12 months prior to playing the first match of the tournament, or new member who has played in at least three Director Tournaments prior to playing the first match of the tournament.


1. The tournament handicap is based on 100% of your current handicap index.

2. This tournament shall be played with the most current club handicap on the day the match is played.Format.


1. The Match Play event will consist of a single elimination round of match play competition.

2. Players will be grouped into two flights, President and Vice President, based upon indexes. Flight placement will be determined after entry deadline.

3. The lower handicap golfer shall play to “scratch”; the opponent shall receive the respective difference in handicap strokes where they occur on the card.

4. Unless otherwise agreed, ties shall be decided by “sudden death” playoffs beginning at the first hole, strokes taken where they occur on the card.

5. Any disputes or protests must be filed immediately with the Tournament Chairman.

6. All rounds are to be played from the BLUE movable markers.

7. The event will be contested under all USGA rules, except as modified on the back of the scorecard and by our SAGC local rules.

8. The Tournament will be limited to a maximum of 32 players in each flight, total maximum of 64 players.  Sign-ups will end on June 30, 2018 and pairing brackets will be posted by July 1st, 2018.

9. The hosted club event for the First round play will be on on Sunday, July 8th.   
  If you are unable to play on the 8th, you may schedule a match with your opponent once the    pairings are posted  on July 1st
   All first round matches must be completed by July 22nd. no exceptions.

Entry Fees & Prize Fund:

1. An entry fee of $20.00 per player in cash/check or $22 if paid by credit card is being charged for this event and is due by the July 1st, 2018.

2. Entry fees collected will be added to the Prize Fund from the Club treasury. Prize fund will be determined by number of participants.

Player Responsibilities:

1. Each player must post their score within 24 hours of completion of the match. If during the course of play you started, but did not finish a hole, you should take a score equal to what you most likely would have scored had you completed the hole, keeping in mind Equitable Stroke Control for any adjustments.

2. Post all scores as a “NON” Tournament round.

3. Once a match is completed, you are not required to finish playing the round. For posting purposes, take “net pars” for any holes NOT played. Remember to adjust your score using Equitable Stroke Control for all holes completed.

4. Failure to post your score in the computer will result in disqualification from the tournament.

5. If matches between “week-end” and “week-day” golfers present a problem getting together for a match, should a dispute arise, preference shall be given to the “weekend” golfer. The “week-end” golfer must be available at least two of the weekends.

a. If opponents are unable to agree on arrangements to play the match by the deadline date posted, opponents shall notify the Tournament Chairman to this effect no later than Wednesday prior to the deadline date. The Tournament Chairman will then decide the match by a coin toss.

b. Unless otherwise arranged, opponents shall be required to appear at the Santa Anita Golf Course by 9:00 am on the deadline date. Those opponents not appearing at that time shall be disqualified.

c. Opponents appearing shall give their names to the starter as a twosome and shall await a time, if not prearranged.

d. Should darkness end the match because of a late start before 18 holes are completed, the player ahead at such time shall be declared the winner. Darkness is defined as sunset.

e. If opponents agree to decide the match by coin flip, a nine-hole match, card draw or other such device, they shall notify the Tournament Chairman to that effect as soon as possible.

f. There will be no extensions of the deadlines, please don’t ask.


Tournament & Rules Director
Al Hamichart (626) 786-6924