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2018 Match Play Championship Bracket

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2018 Match Play Championship Rules

Match Play Rules

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 General information:

  1. This is a single elimination event. Once you have lost, unfortunately you are out of the event.

  2. Finals will be held at Bayonet Golf Course on Saturday, October 20. Final round will be paid for by the club. Finalists must play on this date or forfeit match.

  3. This event requires flexibility from all participants. Please be flexible when trying to determine a date, time, and course to play vs your competitor. I would suggest finding a course mid-way between each person’s home however, if agreed upon, you can play anywhere. I will intervene if necessary to conclude the match (you will be given the date, time and course where you must play if you cannot determine this on your own).

  4. Prize fund distribution to be posted by April 1, 2018 TBD by tournament committee.

  5. All prizes will be applied to Bayonet event, or other, to be used before December 31, 2018.

  6. All participants will receive 10 participation points. Points will not be given based on finish.

  7. Schedule: Rounds but be completed AND reported by the following dates:

    1. Round 1: April 30   (7 weeks/weekends)

    2. Round 2: July 5       (9 weeks/weekends)

    3. Round 3: Sept. 4     (9 weeks/weekends)

    4. Round 5: Oct. 15    (6 weeks/weekends)

    5. Finals: Oct. 20


Rules of Play:

USGA Rules of Golf are in effect. It is the individual player’s responsibility to know the Rules of Golf and the Conditions of the Competition.


Course Selection:

You may only play the same golf course ONCE in the course of the competition. A match contested at the same course as a previous match will be considered null and the players must re-play the match prior to the deadline or be disqualified.


Tee Markers:

The handicap system allows players to play from different sets of tees if they choose. If you choose to do so, please make certain to use the correct slope and course rating AND make the necessary correction as per rule 3-5 of the handicap system (Players competing from different sets of tees). If you do not know this rule or are uncertain how to implement, you can read Rule 3-5 of the USGA Handicap Manual HERE. if you need assistance, please contact Lionel at 510-364-5696 or at


Calculating Handicaps:

Players are responsible for verifying their opponent’s handicap index (use most recent revision) when determining each player’s COURSE HANDICAP. To determine any strokes that must be given/received from your opponent, each player must apply their COURSE HANDICAP to receive strokes on the correct holes. See example below:

  1. If player-one has a COURSE HANDICAP of 9 and player-two has a COURSE HANDICAP of 13, then player-2 will receive a stroke on the 4 holes with a handicap ranking of 1-4. The difference in handicaps (13-9= 4) results in issuing 4 strokes to player-2 on the holes ranked 1-4. This is the proper way of issuing strokes in match play. 

  2. If you would like help with this process please call Lionel at 510-364-5696 or email to


Ties/Extra Holes:

If your match requires more than 18 holes to determine a winner, the match will be determined as follows:

  1. Sudden Death - Ask the golf course to play an additional hole(s) (mention that you are playing a match for your men's club if necessary). Start on hole number one. Handicap or stroke holes will be the same as the first 18 holes and play will continue until a winner is determined by a player winning a hole outright - Sudden Death.

  2. If option “1” is not available (i.e. course has tournament after your match, darkness, etc…), you must play an additional match of 9 or 18 holes, agreed to by both players, prior to the Round’s deadline.


Reporting Match Results:

Upon completion of your match, you MUST submit your match details using the new online form created for this event. This form can be accessed HERE. Failure to submit your information will result in the match not being “official”, and the disqualification of both players from the competition.


Result of Match Officially Announced:

The result of a match will be considered officially announced when the online form is received by the Committee and the match result has been posted to the web site. A match with a pending claim (see below) is not officially announced despite the results email being received until the pending claim is resolved by the Committee and winner posted on the web site.


Doubt as to Procedure/Claims:

In match play, if doubt or a dispute arises between players, a player may make a claim to their opponent. They must then inform the Committee immediately which might be by phone (try and reach Lionel by phone at 510-364-5696 during your match) or by email immediately following your match before the results are official (see above). A claim will only be considered if it is (i) timely, (ii) the player informs his opponent he is making a claim or wants a ruling and (iii) the player has notified his opponent of the facts upon which the claim is to be based. For more information on claims, please read Rule 2 of the USGA Rules of Golf HERE.



The Committee has the authority to modify a player’s handicap for future matches, or indefinitely, if that player’s result from a previous match(es) so warrants.



Players must maintain active membership in the Sunol Valley Men’s Golf Club for the 2018 season in order to be eligible. Failure to do so will result in a disqualification from the event.

Match Play Result Submission
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