Presidents Cup Information

Beginning April 15

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 the runner-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. Also, the 10-play rule is in effect for this competition.

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 (April 15th through July 15th) to facilitate greater ease in scheduling matches. Scheduling matches is a problem. You should not be signing up if you have scheduled surgeries or vacations that will make you unavailable for most of this time. The sign-up for the Presidents Cup will close on April 7th. The maximum partner index differential cannot be greater than 8 as of the handicap update on April 1st. 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 and as balanced as possible. Round 1 matches within each flight must be played between April 15th and July 15th. If a team does not complete matches by July 15th, then they will forfeit the matches not played. If needed, playoffs within flights will be played between July 16th and August 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. 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 should be prepared using ORLGA Software.

5. Players should use the computer software to generate and print scorecards. The procedures to create the scorecards can be found on the ORLGA website under Guidelines and Forms/President’s Cup. Players who are unable to access or have difficulty working with the software may contact a member of the Tournament Committee or one of the appropriate golf event directors for the month for assistance in preparing scorecards.

6. Scoring on scorecards. All players are expected to record a score for each hole on the scorecard, post a score in GHIN at the end of the round, and place one copy of the scorecard in the Handicap box. If a player picks up and does not complete the hole, the player must record either their Most Likely Score (MLS) not to exceed their Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) maximum. In both cases an X must be added. A player MUST NOT only record an X. MLS is a judgment that each player must make based on the player’s own game. It consists of the number of strokes already taken plus, in the player’s best judgment, the number of strokes needed to complete the hole from that position more than half of the time. The player must evaluate each situation based on what the player can reasonably expect to score. The score recorded is the MLS to the maximum permitted under ESC (maximum based on your handicap). For example, if your most likely score would have been an 8 but your max is a 7, the player records a score of 7x. Another example is if A & B are partners and Player A lies 2 four feet from the hole. B lies 2, 10 ft from the hole. B holes the putt for a 3. A picks up on the hole because A cannot better B’s score. A records a 4X on the scorecard because 4 is A’s most likely score for Handicapping purposes. NOTE: For Ringers purposes, you may not record a Ringers score for a hole that you did not complete. Any holes that you picked up for any reason must be recorded with the MLS followed by an X.

7. 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.

8. If playoffs within flights are not needed, then Round 2 playoff matches between the flight winners will be played as soon as possible between July 16th and August 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 August 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.

9. Winners of Round 2 will play the championship match to determine the winner of the President’s Cup as soon as possible between August 16th and October 30th. If there are 8 flights then another Round of Playoffs will be needed to arrive at the championship match.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. The flight winners, runners up, and overall winners will be announced at the ORLGA December or January meeting depending on when a winner is decided.