Tournament Rules

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  1. ELIGIBILITY / PLAYER COUNT - To be eligible to play, golf participant must have a handicap index 8.0 or below and be entering high school Fall 2020 and not yet have graduated high school. Wait/Alternates List will be established after field reaches 16 paid registrations.

  2. SEEDING - The initial Sweet 16 match play bracket will be based on GHIN handicap Index in combination with iWanamker Index.

  3. TEES - All golf participants will play the same tees. See more information on course yardages at Yardage .


    • Practice rounds are allowed one week prior based on availability. Schedule & Pairings

    • A golf participant may not practice on the competition course between rounds. Penalty for first breach: General Penalty. Penalty for second breach: Disqualification.

  5. COURSE SETUP - In general course will be setup as follows for all participants:

    • Par 72 and ~ 6,000 yards

    • Tournament setup may change if necessary (including yardages) to offset unforeseen conditions such as inclement weather, very wet ground conditions, and other conditions / guidelines as required by the golf venue.

  6. WEATHER and OFFICIAL ROUND - UGE will make every effort to complete 18 holes each day. However, UGE has the right to end tournament play each day before completing full 18 holes if the venue deems the course unplayable or unsafe, inclement weather puts the players, spectators, volunteers, etc. at risk. Play suspension will be at the host venue's sole discretion.

    • A minimum of 4 holes must be played for a 9-hole match to be official. If the match duration is shortened due to the potential conditions discussed above, the golf participant that is leading (in holes won, i.e. 1 up, 2 up) will be deemed the winner of the match. Participants will NOT receive a refund nor credit for a weather shortened event.


    • Pairings / Seeding for Saturday will be approximately based on handicap index but UGE has the right to make adjustments as necessary.

    • Pairings for Sunday (Champion and Consolation Bracket) will be based on Matches Won/Lost Saturday and the bracket shown M.Play Bracket & RESULTS .

  8. GOLF RULES - USGA will govern all play except as where modified by local rule. A local rule sheet will be provided and it is the golf participant's responsibility to pick up a rules sheet at check-in or at 1st tee. Disregard Local Rules printed on golf course scorecards or posted at the golf course unless otherwise directed. The tournament committee's decision will be final in matters concerning Rules of Golf and Local Rules interpretation and enforcement. Golf participants are encouraged to play a second ball, per USGA rules, should the group not reach an agreement on a rule while on the course.


    • Spectator carts are allowed and will be based on availability. Check in with Proshop.

    • Parents, family members, and spectators are NOT allowed in the scoring area.

    • Parents, family members, and spectators may NOT provide any golf advice, coaching, or rules interpretations to the golfing participants. Spectators who must talk to a golfing participant such as due to health situation, provide beverage / food, provide medicine must do so in open area.

    • Proper dress attire must be worn on the golf course at all times. The golf venue and/or UGE has the right to ask a spectator to leave premise if they do not address an improper dress attire issue.


    • During Saturday or Sunday Match Play, if a match is tied after 1st 9 holes, the match tie will be broken by a putt off on the putting green between holes #9 and #10. If the match is tied after the second nine, a sudden death playoff may be used if course has availability and adequate daylight / weather permits, otherwise then the tie will be broken on the putting green. The higher seeded player will putt first followed by the lower seeded player (The player not putting will have their back turned to the hole while other player is putting). The putt will be approximately 30 to 40 feet in length. Each player will have two putts. (2 putts per player, higher seeded player has the 1st and 3rd putts) The participant that has the closest putt to the hole wins the playoff. Should both players make 1 putt then the participant with the closest 2nd ball to the hole wins. Should both players make both putts, then the lower seeded player advances.

    • Weather and course conditions permitting, if there is a tie at the conclusion of the last champion's bracket match on Sunday, then there will be a sudden death playoff starting at hole #1 or another method to be determined by the venue if teeing off hole #1 is not possible.

  11. PACE of PLAY - Golf participants should play at a prompt pace throughout the round. Players are both allowed and encouraged to play “ready golf” in a safe and responsible way (Rule 6.4b) and should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds (Rule 5.6b). Groups must stay within 15 minutes of the group in front of them. In order to stay within 15 minutes of the group ahead, the group should never have an open hole and they should be in the fairway on par 4’s and 5’s when the group immediately ahead of them leaves the green. If a golf participant is being timed by an official or UGE staff member and takes more than 90 seconds to play a stroke, the player may receive a warning for unreasonable delay. Each group is responsible for monitoring their own pace. A golf participant concerned about slow golf participants (golfers) in his or her group should first remind that golfer of the pace of play policy and encourage them to play more efficiently. The concerned golfer may, before or after penalties are assessed, request a Tournament Official to monitor the group. All golf participants in a group in breach of the pace of play policy are subject to penalty.

  12. LOCAL Rules

  • Out of Bounds (OB) is defined by WHITE STAKES and/or white lines. OB on Red Hawk #3, 4, & 5 is determined by the inside edge of the sidewalk.

  • Embedded Ball Rule is in effect through the green.

  • Hazards (Penalty Areas) are defined by stakes or lines.


    • All golf participants will walk the course and carry their own bags. Alternatively, push carts are allowable.

    • Golf participants are able to use mobile phones for scoring and emergencies. Mobile phones are not allowed to be used for obtaining advice and coaching.

    • Live scoring / leaderboard will be used and golf participants are expected to keep score with both electronic device.

    • Golf participants, parents, spectators, etc. are guests of the host golf club and must follow their rules. UGE and the host golf club has the right to ask a golf participant, parent, spectator, or others should conduct be unbecoming of UGE and the golf course.

    • Caddies are not allowed.

    • Cart traffic is prohibited from entering or driving through waste areas and or dunes.

    • Golf carts are to remain on cart paths around all tees and greens.

    • Longboat Key Club DOES NOT provide a severe weather warning system. All participants are at their own risk and assume responsibility of seeking shelter when adverse weather approaches.