Osprey Links Match Play Rules

Rules and Guidelines 2020 Osprey Links Club Championship – Match Play

  1. All matches will be played by using the 2019 RCGA Rules.
  2. The Stroke Match Play Event is open to all members of Osprey Links Golf Course. Draw will be determined by a random draw.
  3. The Net Match Play Event is only open to members with an official handicap index issued by Golf Canada/GAO. Draw will be determined by handicap.
  4. All social distancing rules will be followed.
  5. All new local rules, as a result of COVID-19, will be followed.
  6. Length of time between matches will be determined by number of participants.
  7. Play from your designated tees as established by your age and Osprey Links Golf Club local rules.
  8. This two-person match play should be played as a twosome. However, if the course requires that you play as a foursome they can fill out your group. We prefer no friends, relatives, or spouses to be part of your foursome. If you play as a threesome or foursome, you and your opponent must tee off first on each hole. This is achieved by a polite discussion with the group before the match starts.
  9. For the Net Match Play bracket, your Official Golf Handicap issued by Golf Canada/GAO will be used throughout. The higher handicap will receive the differential of 2/3 on the lowest handicap holes. (Please see example below).
  10. Players must play and finish their match before the deadlines posted for each round. If the players are unable to play their match within the round’s time period, the Tournament Chair could determine that both players would forfeit their match. This would mean that the next opponent in their bracket would receive a victory and bye to move on to the next round. If one of the players cannot play within the bracket time period, the Tournament Chair would determine that the player would forfeit the match, and the other player would advance into the next round. Hopefully everyone can work this out and be reasonable. I recommend that you and your opponent schedule your match as soon as the match is posted to ensure finishing your match in time. Playing your match prior to the scheduled deadline is allowed if certain parts of the bracket are ahead.
  11. Late for tee time: If a player is late for his tee time, there is a grace period of 15 minutes with no “loss-of hole” penalty. After 15 minutes, and every 15 minutes thereafter, there will be a loss of one hole penalty per 15 minute period (starting with the 1st hole) – i.e., if you are 35 minutes late, you will have a loss of the 1st and 2nd hole of the match. If a player does not call his opponent or the course to say he’ll be late, the “no-show” player forfeits the match after 40 minutes beyond the scheduled tee time.
  12. A match is won when one player is up more holes than there are holes left to play. The match must go at least 9 holes in order to be official. In the case of bad weather or darkness; however, continuance or stoppage of play must be mutual and of good judgment. If play cannot be resumed within a mutually agreed upon time that day, the winner will be determined by whoever was leading after the last completed hole. In the case of a tie, sudden death play is required. Players will play hole 1 and 18 until a winner has been declared.
  13. In match play, a putt or hole can be conceded by a player to his opponent at any time and cannot be withdrawn.
  14. All results will be emailed to Jim Burton at thegratefulgolfer@hotmail.ca
  15. Please make every effort to resolve any disputes and determine a winner before you leave the course. Any unresolved disputes must be emailed by midnight that day to Jim Burton at thegratefulgolfer@hotmail.ca  A final ruling will be given within two days and is not subject to appeal.

Example for Golf Handicap in Match Play

The player with the lowest handicap becomes the baseline handicap and plays at scratch, meaning he doesn’t get any handicap strokes. The other player gets his handicap strokes by subtracting the other player’s handicap from his and then using 2/3 of that number.

For example, your handicap for this course is 15 and your opponent’s is a 6. Subtract 6 from 15; the differential is 9, 2/3 of 9 is 6 strokes! …. and your opponent plays scratch. Each hole has a handicap number indicated on the scorecard. You subtract a stroke from your score on each hole for which you are allocated a handicap stroke to get your net score for that hole.