1. The ORLGA Presidents Cup Tournament is a flighted event and will consist of two-person teams. Entry fee will be $10 per person ($20 per team). All entry fees will be used for prize money and distributed to the winner and possibly runners-up in each flight depending on the number of teams. In addition, prize money and/or prize will be awarded to Playoff Winners and Overall Winner.
2. To be eligible to play in the tournament, a player must be a dues-paying member of the ORLGA and have a valid handicap in GHIN.
3. Members may sign up as a team or as individuals who will be assigned a partner. Both partners should be available to play the majority of the timeframe (June 1st through August 15th) to facilitate greater ease in scheduling matches. The sign-up for the Presidents Cup will close on May 25th. The maximum partner index differential cannot be greater than 8 as of the handicap update on May 15th. In addition, at no time can the differential be greater than 8 for handicapping purposes. Should the difference become greater than 8, then the higher handicapped person will be capped at 8 strokes more than the lower. The teams are established by handicap into 4 or 8 flights, depending on the number of teams that sign up. The flights will be determined based on indexes with an equal number of teams, if possible. Round 1 matches within each flight must be played between June 1 st and Aug 15th. If a team does not complete matches by Aug 15th, then they will forfeit all matches. If needed, playoffs within flights will be played between August 16th and September 15th.
4. All players will receive 90% of their handicap. In each match, the low handicap player has no strokes and the other three players have the difference between their handicap and the low handicap person or Player A. Each player receives strokes from Player A. The GEMS system will automatically compute the strokes for each match. Appropriate rounding will be used. For example, 90% of 7 is 6.3 and is rounded down to 6; 90% of 3 is 2.7 and is rounded up to 3. Scorecards prepared using GEMS will automatically utilize the appropriate rounding. By using 90% of the handicap, it conforms more closely to the guidelines in the USGA Handicap Manual. The handicap used on the day of each match will be the latest updated handicap that is reflected in GEMS. You may also use other software especially if GEMS is unavailable.
5. Players should use the GEMS computer software to set up the match play event and to print scorecards. The match play events may be used for ringer scores unless a player does not complete the hole. Players without access to GEMS or other software should contact a member of the Tournament Committee or one of the appropriate golf event directors for the month to prepare scorecards. An example of how to create the scorecard in GEMS can be accessed on the ORLGA website under "Guidelines and Forms" - then "Presidents Cup GEMS Scorecard Instructions.
6. . There will be 18 points awarded for each match. One point will be given for each hole. Holes that are tied will receive ½ point each. If after all matches within the flight have been played a tie occurs between two teams, the first tiebreaker will be to determine the winner of the original flighted match. For example, when Team 1 played Team 2, Team 2 won the match 10 to 8. Team 2 would be the flight winner. If that does not break the tie between the two teams, the second tiebreaker would be a playoff between the tied teams.
7. If playoffs within flights are not needed, then Round 2 playoff matches between the flight winners will be played as soon as possible between August 16th and September 15th. Playoff order will be the winner of the Flight with the lowest number of points will play the winner of the Flight with the most points. And the Flight winner with the 2nd lowest points will play the Flight winner with the 2nd highest points and so on depending on the number of flights. Tied matches during the playoffs will be determined by sudden death*, which can be played following the 18-hole competition or on another day. Any playoff match not played by September 15th will be forfeited. *Sudden death is played as follows: If there is a tie, the round may be extended by as many holes as are required for a match to be won. In other words, the first team to win a hole wins the match.
8. Winners of Round 2 will play the championship match to determine the winner of the President’s Cup as soon as possible between September 16th and October 30th. If there are 8 flights then another Round of Playoffs will be needed to arrive at the championship match.
9. If during Round 1 a team withdraws from the tournament because of family emergency or health related issues, etc., any games the team may have played will be removed as if not played. If one team member withdraws, the remaining team member may opt to play the remaining matches without the original team member. If a team member has withdrawn before any matches have been played that member may be replaced by another ORLGA member of a similar handicap.
10. Questions, rules, and/or any unresolved issues are to be presented to the Vice President of ORLGA for resolution. The President of the ORLGA will resolve any appeals.
11. The flight winners, runners up, and overall winners will be announced at the ORLGA January meeting.