Weekly Tournament Play
In order to be eligible to participate in any tournament designated as a mandatory pairing, players must sign up for play on the posted pairing sheet, and must be paired by the Pairing Committee Member responsible for that tournament. Individuals posting tournament scores without having been paired by the official pairer will be disqualified.
Tournaments may be played on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday and must be played with another member of the OHWGA.
Each player must sign up on the tournament sheet (on bulletin board by ladies room) before teeing off or she is not considered a participant for that round. Once she has started that tournament round, she may not withdraw and elect to play on a different day, although she may elect to withdraw from the tournament.
The Rules Chairperson will have the sole responsibility for interpreting the rules of golf during ALL tournaments. All questions must be brought to her attention. No other person can make a rules decision. If a situation occurs during play, the player must post her score, indicate that a ruling is required and notify the Rules Chairperson.
When you are doubtful as to your rights on procedure you may play a second ball. This rule may be invoked when another player tells you how to play a ball and you disagree. Announce your decision to invoke the rule and declare the ball that you will score (if the ruling permits). If you use this rule, you must play both balls and record the appropiate score when the issue is resolved by the Rules Chairperson. See USGA Rules of golf, Rule 3-3.
Each participant is responsible for knowing how a tournament is played. If the participant plays incorrectly, she will be disqualified. If there are any questions about how a tournament is played, call a tournament committee member (start with the scorer) before playing. The rules for each tournament are described in the handbook.
Sign up Procedure for Tee Times and Tournaments
Everyone must sign up on the tournament sheet as either single or with a partner (indicate who your partner is on the sheet). The pairer will make every effort to keep partners together unless absolutely impossible. The captain will be responsible for arranging a tee time and will notify the other members of the pairing. Cancellations must be made before the purchase of a starting time or the member canceling is responsible to the captain for the cost of the greens fee. If a player wants to join a tournament after the sign-up deadline, she must call the pairer. The pairer will add a player if there is available space and the tee time has not yet been purchased.
Must sign up by 3:00PM Wednesday, 10 days prior to the weekend being paired. The pairer will make the pairings and select a captain. The captain will then arrange for a tee time using one of the following methods: telephone (203) 604-1273, at www.oakhillsgc.com or at the kiosk in the Pro Shop. Tee times may be made seven (7) days in advance of the day of play, as early as 5:30AM for phone and kiosk reservations and 7:00AM for online. The captain will book the time and notify the other members of the pairing. Please note there is a $1 fee per golfer for reservations made by phone or online (not at the kiosk) and if the captain elects to incur this charge it is at her own expense unless the members of the pairing agree to it in advance.
When playing in a tournament two scorecards are kept, a handicap card and a tournament card. Both cards must be signed and attested. Tournament cards must be attested by an association member. Last name and local number must appear legibly on cards for all participants.
Players should adjust handicap card in accordance with the table at the back of this Handbook. Enter the adjusted score into the computer indicating that you played a tournament. Adjust handicap card based on actual handicap; not limited to tournament maximum of 36. Write “H” for handicap on the card and put it in the Handicap box.
A tournament card is kept for the tournament of the week. Post the score on the tournament sheet. The tournament descriptions in the Handbook include posting instructions. Write "T" for tournament in the corner of the card and drop it in the Tournament box. If there is a discrepancy between the score posted on the tournament sheet and the tournament card, the score on the card will prevail. If there is not tournament card in the tournament box when the scorer picks them up at the end of the tournament, the player(s) will be disqualified.
In the event teams in a scramble format tournament cannot be made equal based on those signing up for the tournament, handicap strokes will be assigned to each team based on their aggregate handicap to insure fairness.
Handicaps for Weekend and Weekday players will be based on the current handicap listing, as of the date of play unless specified otherwise in the tournament description.
Ties and Scoring
In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by a match of cards in accordance with USGA Rules of Golf.
Match of cards:
In the event of a tie the winner will be determined on the basis of the best score for the last nine holes. If the tying players have the same score for the last nine, winner then determined on the basis of the last six, last three and finally the 18th hole. In handicap stroke play competition, one-half, one-third, one-sixth, etc. of the handicaps will be deducted. If this procedure does not produce a winner, the match shall be considered a tie. The prizes for the tied places will be added together and evenly split between the players.
For Criers and Hate ’Em tournaments where scores are changed to par, all such holes will be eliminated from tie-breaking calculation. The appropriate percent of handicap will be applied based on the number of remaining holes. For example, the back nine crier holes for Player A are 10 and 15 while Player B’s is 14. All three holes are eliminated for each player and the actual scores are totaled on the remaining six holes. Since six holes are one-third of a full round, each player will then have one-third of her handicap deducted from the six-hole total. If player A’s handicap is 20, her six hole total is reduced by 7 shots (20 divided by 2, times 6/9).
Anyone qualifying for both gross and net prizes will be awarded only one prize.
Ringers are an accumulation of your best scores, hole by hole during tournament play, at Oak Hills, for the entire season. Ringers are not allowed on a hole when there is a temporary green or a temporary tee box. The Ringer Sheets are maintained by the Ringer Sheet Chairperson and are posted on the bulletin board. The Ringer Chairperson will verify the ringers and update the ringer computer sheets. The ringer sheets will be updated as deemed necessary. An annual award for ringers will be given for the first three places for both Gross and Net. The same player may not win both gross and net. The handicaps that are used to determine the net ringers are:
Members in good standing:
Previous season ending handicap or opening season handicap if member played "away" during winter months.
New members with handicap:
Verified handicap at time of membership.
New members without handicap:
Handicap established after first five scores.
If during tournament play you encounter temporary greens, you are entitled to a maximum of two putts once your ball in on the temporary green. However, you are not eligible for ringers or birdies.