Official Rules

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OFFICIAL RULES

 

A. TERMS OF COMPETITION

2 Person Scramble Format: On every hole, each team member may hit a tee shot. The team then selects one of the tee shots to play for the next shot. Both members of the team then hit from that position. This process is repeated until the ball is holed.

4 Person Scramble Format: On every hole, each team member may hit a tee shot. The team then selects one of the tee shots to play for the next shot. All members of the team then hit from that position. This process is repeated until the ball is holed.

 

A-1 | Male Participants

Male participants are required to hit from the delegated “Male” teeing ground selected by the event host.

 

A-1.1 | Female Participants

Female participants are required to hit from the delegated “Female” teeing ground selected by the event host.

 

A-1 | Senior Male Participants

Male participants age 50 and over are required to hit from the delegated “Senior Male” teeing ground selected by the event host.

 

A-2 | Male/Female Competition

Although competing from different teeing grounds, men and women compete against one another.

 

A-3 | Team Formation/Age Restrictions

There are no limits on how many males or females can participate on a team. Teams may be made up of all men or women, and also feature a mix of both men and women. Golfers of all ages are allowed to participate. However, golfers under the age of 18 must have authorization from and be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian in order to participate.

 

A-4 | Gross and Net Divisions

Local Qualifying: Teams will automatically be entered and can potentially advance in either the Gross or Net Division.

World Championships: Teams advancing from Local Qualifying must participate in the division that they advanced in. Teams having the ability to buy-in direct to the World Championships can select the division they would like to participate in.

World Finals: Teams will compete in the same division that they participated in during the World Championships.

 

A-4.1 | Advancing

Local Qualifying: Unless stated otherwise on the official Local Qualifying event page, 100% of the teams will advance from Local Qualifying to the World Championships.

World Championships: The total number of teams advancing from the World Championships into the World Finals will be determined based upon the total number of teams submitting an entry into the World Championships.

 

A-4.2 | Tiebreakers

In the event of a tie, a tie breaker will be determined utilizing a scorecard playoff. The scorecard playoff will start by comparing the scores of teams on the hardest handicap holes and descend to the easiest handicap holes. For example, start at the hardest handicap hole (number 1 on the scorecard) and move to the second hardest handicap hole (number 2) until the tie is broken. In the event that a scorecard playoff ends in a tie, a tie breaker will commence on the putting green to determine the advancing team. The tie breaker will consist of all team members putting four balls from six feet. All balls holed will count as 1 point. The high total score at the completion of the putting contest will advance. If the putting tie breaker results in a tie, the process will be repeated until the tie is broken.

 

A-4.3 | Competitor Substitution

If a member of a registered team is unable to compete, a player may be substituted up to a week in advance by contacting World Golf Skills HQ at info@worldgolfskills.com or by calling (701) 200-7799 to notify them of the substitution.

After play has started in the World Championships, teams will no longer be allowed to substitute players for the World Finals. If a team member is unable to compete at this level of competition, the team will still be allowed to compete but will lose the shots for the lost team member.

 

A-4.5 | Handicapping

HANDICAPS NOT REQUIRED FOR THE GROSS DIVISION.

Participants must be able to provide a valid USGA Handicap Index (revised within 30 days of the event) in order to have a handicap attributed to their Net Division score. If a participant does not carry a USGA Handicap, that participant (and their team) will still be able to participate in the Net Division, but will automatically be issued a 0 handicap for the Net Division scoring.

 

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HANDICAP ALLOWANCE

The World Golf Scramble follows the handicap allowance system recommended by the USGA.

World Golf Skills will intake handicaps utilizing the Lowest 12 Month Handicap Index at the time of processing and utilize the following calculators for each division.

World Golf Scramble (2 Person)
World Golf Scramble (4 Person)

 
A-4.6 | Amateurism

All team members competing in the Gross and Net Divisions of the World Golf Scramble must maintain their amateur status according to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. In the event that a team members loses their amateur status, that team member will no longer be allowed to compete in the World Golf Scramble.

 

A-4.6.1 | Professionalism

Competitors who do not carry an active amateur status according to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status will not be allowed to compete in the World Golf Scramble.

 

A-5 | Missed Tee Time

In the event of a missed tee time during a competition (that is not result of the negligence of an event host), a participant will forgo their eligibility to compete and lose any competition expenses that may have been incurred. In the event that a member of a team is unable to make it prior to the start of the event, that team member may join their team during the course of the event starting at the tee box of the next hole to be played.

For example, a player was unable to make their tee time but arrived at the course when their team was on the putting green of the 4th hole. That player would then be eligible to rejoin their team on the tee box of the 5th hole, but would not be allowed to have their ball counted on the 4th hole.

 

A-6 | Dishonesty Policy

In the event that a team or member of a team is suspected to be in a dishonest breach of the rules or is accused of cheating, participants wishing to voice their concerns should immediately contact World Golf Skills HQ at info@worldgolfskills.com or by calling (701) 200-7799.

In any instance that a team is accused and later found to be cheating, the cheating team will be disqualified from play and the team finishing immediately behind them will be advanced to the next level of play.

At all times World Golf Skills reserves the right to render decisions in regards to this Dishonesty Policy with all rendered decisions being final.

 

B. TERMS OF PLAY

B-1 | Ball Placement (Outside of Putting Green)

All balls must be played one club length from the ball that is selected, no closer to the hole. A team member may improve their lie prior to the next shot. However, all balls must remain in the same lie of the shot that is selected.

For example: A ball that is selected that lies in the rough just off the fairway may not be played from the fairway, even if it is within one club length and no closer to the hole.

 

B-1.2 | Ball Placement (On the Putting Green)

All balls must be played one club head from the ball that is selected, no closer to the hole. A team member may improve their lie prior to the next shot. However, all balls must remain on the green and can not be moved off the green.

 

B-2 | Zero-Shot Minimum

Teams may utilize as little or as many of one team members shots as they would like. No minimum shot requirements (i.e. 3 tee shots from each team member) must be met during the course of the round.

 

B-3 | Multiple-Ball Rule

Golfers may change their golf balls at any time throughout the course of the round, even between strokes.

 

B-4 | Non-Ball Deterrence

With the exclusion of tee shots, a ball in play from a member of one team may not deter or interfere with another ball from a member of that same team. If two team member’s balls hit one another, the ball that caused the deterrence is considered unplayable. However, the ball that was deterred is allowed to be moved back to its original position and selected as the next shot.

Note: It is encouraged for golfers on the same team to mark their balls prior to a golfer on the same team hitting their next shot on the green.

 

B-5 | Putt in Policy

To speed up the pace of play, participants may putt in their ball instead of marketing it, with the lowest total strokes recorded.

For example: Player 1 hits a putt and it ends up two feet from the hole on the 3rd stroke. Player 1 may tap in the ball for a total score of 4. However, Player 2 can still make the 3rd stroke for a total team score of 3 instead of 4.

 

B-6 | Extension of Line

Team members may stand behind a team member, or in an extension of their line, while the golfer is making a stroke.

 

B-7 | Distance Measuring Device

Players may use approved distance measuring devices in accordance with the rules of the United States Golf Association.

 

B-8 | Grouping

During the World Championships and World Finals of the 4 Person Scramble, teams will play in eightsomes with each four person team exchanging scorecards and keeping score for one another.

During the Final Showdown, teams will play in a foursome with a scorer traveling with each group.

 

B-9 | 6 Hour Round

World Golf Scramble events for the 4 Person Scramble are scheduled for 6 hour maximum rounds. During the course of play, should a group fall behind the 6 hour round time limit, the following procedures should be utilized to ensure that no groups are holding up the course of play and impeding the 6 hour time limit.

 

B-9.1 | Verbal Warning

If a group is found to have fallen behind a scheduled 6 hour maximum round of play, as assessed by allocating 15 minutes per Par 3 played, 20 minutes per Par 4 played, and 25 minutes per Par 5 played; that group will be provided with a verbal warning by the event host asking to speed up play. This verbal warning will be issued at the full discretion of the event host and must be followed by all participants. Once a verbal warning is issued, each group must finish a Par 3 within a 15 minute time limit, a Par 4 within a 20 minute time limit, and a Par 5 within a 25 minute time limit. Should a group not play within these parameters, they will be put on the clock.

 

B-9.2 | On the Clock

If a group has not completed holes in time following a verbal warning, each team in the group will be put on the clock. After it is made known that a group is being put on the clock, each team will have 7:30 to complete a Par 3, 10:00 to complete a Par 4, and 12:30 to complete a Par 5. Two speed watches will be utilized when a group is put on the clock and utilize the following procedures.

1. A teams clock will run only when it is their turn to hit and while in transit from one shot to another. A teams clock will not run when it is the other team in the groups turn to hit. These parameters are utilized to assess if one team in a group is taking longer than the other and resulting in slow play.

2. Upon arriving to the tee, the team with honors on the hole will immediately be put on the clock. After the team with honors has hit all of their shots, their clock will stop and the team hitting behind them will be put on the clock. After second team has hit, both team clocks will run while the teams are in transit to their next shot. When both teams arrive at their ball, it will be determined what team is out (farthest from the hole) and that teams clock will continue to run after transit, while the other teams clock will stop. This process will continue until a teams ball has been holed out.

 

B-9.3 | 1 Stroke Penalty

Should a team not complete a hole within the parameters set in B-9.2, that team will be assessed with a 1 Stroke Penalty on the hole that was not completed in time and will continue to remain on the clock. The team in question will continue to receive an additional 1 Stroke Penalty on any hole not completed within the allocated time until they complete a hole within the time parameters and are taken off the clock.

Once a team is put on the clock, they can be put back on the clock at any time without issuing a verbal warning. However, each group must be told that they are being put back on the clock should they not continue to play holes in the allocated time frame.

All decisions made in B-9 are made at the sole discretion of the event host with all decisions being final.

 

B-10 | Event Cancellation

In the event that a Local Qualifying event is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of their Local Qualifying registration price and receive an invitation to advance directly to the World Championships in Las Vegas.

 

B-11 | Refunds

No refunds will be provided to registered Local Qualifying teams unless an event is cancelled.

 

C. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Unless overridden in the World Championship rules under Section C, the World Championship will be conducted utilizing the same rules as Section A and Section B.

 

C-1 | Inclement Weather/Act of God

In the event that the World Championship round is unable to played due to inclement weather or an act of god, participants will advance to the World Finals and be awarded with World Championship prizes based upon the following framework. All inclement weather and act of god determinations will be made at the sole discretion of host facilities based on the safety and security of participants.

 

C-1.2 | Partial Round

In the event that either Round 1 or Round 2 is unable to be completed, the scores from the uncompleted round will not be utilized in determining the teams advancing to the World Finals. All rounds must be completed in their entirety for them to count toward advancing and no partial rounds will be collected.

For example, in the unlikely event that Round 1 is unable to be completed and only a partial round is played, the scores from Round 2 will be utilized exclusively to determine the teams that advance to the World Finals.

 

C-1.3 | No Round

In the highly unlikely event that no rounds are able to be completed for the World Golf Scramble, a putting contest will be conducted to determine the teams advancing to the World Finals. If in the even more unlikely event that a putting contest is unable to be completed, teams will advance to the World Finals based on a raffle drawing.

 

C-2 | Refunds

No refunds will be provided in the highly unlikely event that World Championship rounds will not be completed.

 

D. WORLD FINALS

Unless overridden in the World Finals rules under Section D, the World Finals will be conducted utilizing the same rules as Section A and Section B.

 

D-1 | Inclement Weather/Act of God

In the event that the World Finals are unable to played due to inclement weather or an act of god, participants will be placed and awarded with prizes based upon the following framework. All inclement weather and act of god determinations will be made at the sole discretion of the host facilities based on the safety and security of participants.

 

D-1.2 | Partial Round

In the event that 3 holes or more of a World Finals round have been completed by all participants prior to being unable to complete that round, the highest number of holes completed by all participants will be added up relative to Par and participants will be placed and awarded with prizes based upon their position (over/under) to Par. If 3 holes or more are not completed by all participants, it will be deemed as a ‘D-1.4 | No Round’.

Adjustments for the Net Division scoring of a partial round will be adjusted based upon the % of the total number of holes completed. For example, if a team handicap was listed at 9 and all of the teams only played 6 of the 9 holes, that team handicap would be adjusted to 6.

In the event that there is a tie in the partial round, participants will break the tie via a putting competition (which will be setup at the sole discretion of World Golf Skills) to break the tie. In the event that a putting competition is unable to be conducted, the tie will be broken via a scorecard playoff.

 

D-1.3 | No Round

In the event that players are unable to compete in the World Finals, participants will be awarded with prizes based on a putting competition with the rules at the sole discretion of World Golf Skills.

In the highly unlikely event that a putting competition is unable to be held (which will be decided at the sole discretion of World Golf Skills), participants will then go into a random drawing (with the drawing rules at the sole discretion of World Golf Skills) to determine participant placement and prizes.

 

D-2 | Full Round Tiebreaker

In the event that there is a tie after a full round of the World Finals have been completed, participants will break the tie via a putting competition (which will be setup at the sole discretion of World Golf Skills) to break the tie. In the event that a putting competition is unable to be conducted, the tie will be broken via a scorecard playoff.

 

D-3 | Refunds

No refunds will be provided in the highly unlikely event that the World Finals round is not hosted.

 

Unless noted within the Official Rules provided herein, all other rulings will be made following the USGA Rules of Golf and Local Rules at a delegated facility. If for whatever reason a ruling can not be made utilizing the USGA Rules of Golf, all final decisions will be made by the official event host of the competition. All decisions made by the official event host of the competition are final.

 

F. TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

F-1 | Terms and conditions

By participating in a World Golf Scramble event, participants agree to all of the contents laid forth in the terms and conditions of the World Golf Scramble.

 

G. PROGRESSIVE PURSE

The “Progressive Purse” constitutes the combined total prize value for the Gross and Net Divisions of the World Golf Scramble. The progressive purse fluctuates based upon a variety of factors (with the most important being participation) and is distributed to amateur participants via Visa/MasterCard Gift Cards, Retail Gift Cards, World Golf Skills Gift Cards, Prize Vouchers, and Door Prize/Gift Bag items.

Amateur Divisions: With all three stages of the Gross and Net Divisions of the World Golf Scramble being operated as amateur events, the maximum allowable prize value awarded to participants at each stage of competition is $750 and is distributed in gift cards as opposed to cash. The World Golf Scramble features three levels of competition: Local Qualifying, World Championships, and World Finals with the maximum payout being $9,000 per team ($2,250 per person).

The progressive purse is subject to be increased/decreased based upon the overall participation rates.

World Golf Skills, at all times, reserves the right to modify the progressive purse and payout methods at their sole discretion, without prior notification thereof.

 

World Golf Skills reserves the right to make changes to the Official Rules provided herein at their sole discretion, without prior notification thereof.