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Kansas Golf Associaition

2019 Kansas Cup


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The Kansas Cup is a team competition modeled after the popular Ryder Cup.  Matches are conducted on the home course of one of the teams, with home-and-home round robins within designated divisions.  Teams advancing to the single-elimination playoff bracket with matches to determine an overall champion.


SPIRIT OF THE COMPETITION:
The Kansas Cup is a team competition open to any Kansas Golf Association member club (its amateur members and bona fide golf professionals that are members or employees of the club).  It is designed to foster healthy competition among golfers of the state of Kansas in a team format. The rules of the Competition are designed to promote a fair playing field for all participating clubs and players.


TEAM ELIGIBILITY:
The Kansas Cup is a team competition open to any Kansas Golf Association member club.


TEAM COMPOSITION AND INDIVIDUAL PLAYER ELIGIBILITY:
The team from each club is composed of twelve (12) players, male or female (female team members may play from tees equivalent to 75% of the yardage used for their male opponent).


The team members may change from one round to the next, as not every player may be available to play in each round. The individual player is a member of the KGA member club and on the GHIN handicap system at that club.  No individual shall participate as a team member of more than one club in the Kansas Cup.  Each club is advised to establish a fair method for team composition, whether by qualification tournament or other objective criteria.

Amateurs Eligibility:

  • Age. Amateur players can be any age with the following exceptions:  Amateur golfers must not be in high school or currently a member of a collegiate golf team (at any level).
  • Limit on Number of Clubs Represented. No player (amateurs only) may compete for more than one Kansas Cup team during a particular calendar year.
  • Handicap Index. All players must have an active USGA/GHIN handicap established at the club they represent (this rule does not apply to golf professionals).
  • Maximum Handicap Index. The maximum course handicap any player may use during a Net Match is 18 strokes (24 total team handicap strokes in a Net Match).  Players with a course handicap index higher than 18 are eligible to compete, but will have their handicap allocation reduced to 18 strokes.  The maximum team course handicap a team may use during a Net Match is 24 strokes.
  • Number of Scores Posted. Team members must have posted 18-hole scores at the course they are representing pursuant to the following schedule below.  Scores posted for a Kansas Cup Match may be counted.  The use of an ineligible player will result in the forfeiture of the match point involved.  Any amateur team member participating in any match format in the Kansas Cup must have an active GHIN Handicap number at the KGA member club they are representing in the Kansas Cup.
    • Between September 1, 2018 and date of first 2019 Kansas Cup Match played – at least 1 score posted
    • By June 4 – at least 2 scores posted
    • By July 4 – at least 3 scores posted
    • By July 15 – at least 4 scores posted
    • By August 4 – at least 5 scores posted

Professionals Eligibility:

  • Professionals may only participate in the Professional/Amateur Four-Ball Match.
  • Golf professionals must be either a member of the club or a bona fide employee/contractor of the club.  Questions regarding eligibility for professionals should be referred to the KGA office for resolution.
  • Former Professionals that are current applicants for amateur reinstatement are eligible to compete in any Kansas Cup match format while they are awaiting amateur reinstatement from the USGA.


FORMAT OF MATCHES:
Teams shall designate twelve (12) players for each round, who shall play the following matches with seven points available:

  • Open/Senior Mixed Modified Chapman Alternate Shot Match (played at scratch; one player any age, one player age 50 & older)
  • Professional/Amateur Four-Ball Match (played at scratch; any combination of professionals and amateurs representing the side… i.e. Professional/Professional, Pro/Amateur, Amateur/Amateur)
  • Open Handicap Four-Ball Match (24 handicap strokes team max, 18 handicap strokes player max - any age players)
  • Senior Handicap Four-Ball Match (24 handicap strokes team max, 18 handicap strokes player max - both players age 50 & older)
  • Open/Senior Mixed Four-Ball Match (played at scratch; one player any age, one player age 50 & older)
  • Open Singles Match (played at scratch; any age player)
  • Senior Singles Match (played at scratch; player age 50 & older)

 

SCHEDULING OF DIVISIONAL MATCHES:
Matches are conducted on the home course of one of the teams, with home-and-home round robins within designated divisions.  The KGA will announce the divisions and the designated “play-by date” for each round of divisional play.  Team captains should work together with the other team captains within your division to schedule the divisional matches in a timely manner while following the published play-by date schedules.

MATCH TIED AFTER COMPLETION OF MATCHES IN DIVISIONAL PLAY:
In the event of a 3.5-point to 3.5-point tie at the conclusion of the seven matches, playoffs will no longer be contested to determine the overall match winner.  If a match ends tied at 3.5-points to 3.5 points, it will be posted as an overall halved match.  Regular season divisional matches that end in a 3.5 to 3.5 tie will count as a half point win when calculating total wins when breaking ties for playoff qualification and seeding.

PLAYING MATCHES WITH SHORT ROSTERS:
Team matches must be played in the team size and match composition described in the Kansas Cup regulations (under Format of Matches).  Short matches are allowed only if both captains agree to a halved match point prior to the day of the match and such agreement is communicated via email to the KGA prior to the match.  No more than two match points may be halved by advanced agreement.  Short roster matches may not be contested during the playoff phase of the Kansas Cup.


TEAM CAPTAIN:

Each club team shall designate a team captain. The team captain shall be responsible for:

  • Communication with the other team captains in your division and KGA office regarding schedule and arrangements.
  • Submitting the team lineup to your opponent for each round.
  • Reporting the results of each round to the KGA office.
  • Representing the club team in matters of disputes or claims.
  • Verifying that each team member has an active GHIN Handicap Index number at the club they are representing (this rule does not apply to golf professionals).
  • Verifying that each team member has the appropriate number of scores posted in the GHIN Handicap System.
  • The team captain may be the club’s golf professional, but it is suggested that an amateur club member may be more appropriate so not to put the golf professional in a difficult position with his members concerning issues of team composition or match assignments.


COMPETITION:
Match Play, 18 holes.  Each match is contested for ONE POINT.  When matches are tied after 18 holes, each team receives one-half point. The club team with 4 points or more wins the match.  In the event of a 3.5-point to 3.5-point tie at the conclusion of the seven matches, playoffs will no longer be contested to determine the overall match winner.  If a match ends tied at 3.5-points to 3.5-points, it will be posted as an overall halved match.


The following matches are played in each round:

  • Open/Senior Mixed Modified Chapman Alternate Shot Match (played at scratch; one player any age, one player age 50 & older)
  • Professional/Amateur Four-Ball Match (played at scratch; any combination of professionals and amateurs representing the side… i.e. Professional/Professional, Pro/Amateur, Amateur/Amateur)
  • Open Handicap Four-Ball Match (24 handicap strokes team max, 18 handicap strokes player max - any age players)
  • Senior Handicap Four-Ball Match (24 handicap strokes team max, 18 handicap strokes player max - both players age 50 & older)
  • Open/Senior Mixed Four-Ball Match (played at scratch; one player any age, one player age 50 & older)
  • Open Singles Match (played at scratch; any age player)
  • Senior Singles Match (played at scratch; player age 50 & older)

In the two Net Four-Ball Matches, the total team course handicap may not exceed 24 strokes, and no individual player’s course handicap may exceed 18 strokes.  Reductions may be made in the manner determined by the team captain.  In net Four-Ball match play, two play their better ball against the better ball of two other. After handicap allowances are determined, Section 9-3c (USGA Handicap Manual) must be applied in competitions from different tees, or in competitions between men and women from the same tees. Allowance: The Course Handicap of all four players is reduced by the Course Handicap of the player with the lowest handicap, who then plays from scratch. Each of the three other players is allowed 100 percent of the difference.

Example: Players A, B, C, and D have a Course Handicap of 4, 8, 10 and 12, respectively. Player A plays at scratch, B receives 4 strokes, C receives 6 strokes, and D receives 8 strokes.


STARTING TIMES & ORDER OF PLAY:
The home team shall set aside approximately one hour for starting times.  The order of the Matches shall be as follows unless mutually agreed upon by both team captains involved the match:

  • Open/Senior Scratch Modified Chapman Alternate Shot Match
  • Scratch Singles Matches (Open and Senior)
  • Scratch Professional/Amateur Four-Ball Match
  • Open Handicap Four-Ball Match
  • Senior Handicap Four-Ball Match
  • Open/Senior Mixed Scratch Four-Ball Match


TEES & FORMAT:
The following matches shall be played from the back or championship tees:  Professional/Amateur Four-Ball Match and the Open Single Match.


The following matches shall be played from the middle tees: Open/Senior Mixed Modified Chapman Match, Open Handicap Four-Ball Match, Senior Handicap Four-Ball Match, Open/Senior Mixed Four-Ball Match and the Senior Single Match.

Modified Chapman match (alternate shot): Each team member plays a stroke from the tee of each hole. The partners then play a stroke at their partner’s ball. The team then selects the ball to be played out for the remainder of the hole, alternating the strokes made with the ball selected. Penalty strokes do not affect the order of play.

The team captains shall confer to select a mutually agreeable date for the match.  Disputes concerning the day to play the match shall be resolved by the KGA. Team captains should work together with the other team captains within your division to schedule the divisional matches in a timely manner while following the published play-by date schedules.

On the day of the competition, the team captain shall complete a team roster in the form contained herein, and exchange the roster with the opposing team captain. The listing of team members on the roster shall determine the pairings for the match.

FORFEITS:
Any Kansas Cup team that wins a round in divisional play by forfeit (no matches played) shall be deemed to have won five (5) match points including the two (2) singles match points.  The team that forfeits the round will not receive any match points for that round.  Forfeited points will be counted when determining the playoff teams.

Any Kansas Cup team that forfeits more than one divisional round is subject to removal and suspension from future Kansas Cup competitions.

CARTS AND GREEN FEES:
During the divisional rounds, players may walk or use carts (or caddies).  If carts are requested, it is customary that the host club provides the carts at no cost to the visiting team.  No green fee or guest fee is to be charged by the host clubs.

ADMINISTRATION AND RULES:

USGA Rules of Golf apply. The local rules (which are not in conflict with USGA rules) of the host club apply.  For all rounds prior to the semifinals and the finals, no KGA rules official will be in attendance unless one is conveniently available.  Any dispute or claim which cannot be resolved by the team captains in applying the Rules of Golf shall be referred to the KGA Competitions Committee (typically, call the KGA office first; it not available, then call a KGA rules committee member in your area; as a last resort, call the USGA).