Over the course of the next month, eight EWGA Cup Regional Qualifiers, presented by Baird Private Wealth Management, will take place. Teams from each Regional Qualifier will advance to the EWGA Cup Finals at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, FL on October 27-28. As you are getting ready for the Regional Qualifiers, here are some important Match Play Rules to remember as you prepare for competition.
Match Play: Match Play is a format of play that is scored in a hole-by-hole competition. The side that holes its ball in fewer strokes than its opponent wins that particular hole. In a handicap competition, the side with the lowest net score wins the hole.
Winning: The side that wins the most holes, wins the match. When a side has won more holes than there are holes remaining, the match has been won. Therefore a match can be won before all 18 holes have been played. For example, if you win the first 10 holes, you’ve won the match because there are only 8 holes left to play.
In The EWGA Cup, each winning match is awarded 1 point toward the team total and halved matches are awarded ½ a point.
Format: Team event comprised of 18 holes of Four-Ball on Day 1 and 18 holes of Singles on Day 2. 100% Handicaps will be used to determine the number of strokes a player gives or receives for a match.
Match Play Terms:
Status of a Match: The status of a match is expressed relationally. Match play scoring does not indicate the number of holes won by a player, but rather how many more holes than his opponent a golfer has won.
Scores: "Up" indicates that a side is winning by a number of holes and "down" indicates that a side is losing by a number of holes.
If the final score is “1-up” it means the match went the full 18 holes with the winner finishing with one more hole won that the opponent.
If the score is 3 and 2, it means the winner was determined before reaching the 18th hole. It means the winner was three holes ahead with two holes to play (so the match ended on hole #16).
If the score is “2-up” it means the match went dormie with one hole to play – the leader was 1-up with one hole to play and the leader of the match won the 18 hole to end “2-up.”
If the score is “4 and 2” it means the winner took the match dormie with 3 holes to play, (3 up with 3 holes to play) then won the next hole for a final score of 4 and 2.
Halved Hole: A halved hole occurs when opponents score the same on a specific hole. The opponents are said to have "halved" the hole and the status of the match remains the same.
Dormie: A match is said to be dormie when a side has won as many holes as the number of holes remaining to be played, i.e. 3 up with 3 to play. The worst the leading team can do at this point is tie (by losing all the remaining holes).
All Square: A scoring term that indicates a match that is tied.
Conceded Putts: In match play, conceded putts are allowed. Your opponent may concede a putt at any time, whether it’s close to the hole or not. Conceded putts should only be offered, not requested.
Fellow-Competitor vs. Opponent: When playing in stroke play, the people in your group are your “fellow-competitors” while in match play, the golfer you are playing against is your “opponent.”
Loss of Hole: Many penalties in stroke play are two stroke penalties, however, in match play the penalty is usually loss of hole.
We are more than half way through the 15 EWGA Semi-Finals, with just a few more to go! Winners from all flights in all 15 Semi-Finals will advance to the EWGA Championship Finals at Hot Springs Village on October 6-7 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Whether you are gearing up for the EWGA District Semi-Final or the EWGA Championship, here are some important things to keep in mind as your prepare for competition.
Golf is full of technology – not just for equipment and golf balls – but also when it comes to distance-measuring devies. Let's figure out which distance-measuring device is right for you and how you can use it to your advantage on the golf course.
According to the Rules of Golf, the use of distance-measuring devices (DMDs) – also known as golf rangefinders – has been allowed for use during a round since 2006 only when an optional Local Rule is introduced by a golf course or the committee in charge of a specific competition. In 2014, the USGA and R&A allowed the use of conforming DMDs in all USGA amateur qualifying events and championships. This has made the use and popularity of golf rangefinders more common.
There are two basic types of golf rangefinders – laser and GPS (using global positioning satellites). There are many types and brands of rangefinders on the market – from handheld GPS and laser units to watches and even units that clip on a hat, golf bag or belt. Basic units offer distance readings to the front, middle and back of the green. More advanced units show the entire hole graphic and allow for exact distances to water hazards, bunkers and other landmarks on the golf course. Your use of technology and level of details are two things to consider when purchasing or using a rangefinder.
If you enjoy technology, the features on some GPS units show the hole graphics. Many units require you to download courses that you plan to play. These types of rangefinders are great if you play multiple courses or pre-load courses you plan to play on a golf trip. They often times require a subscription to download the courses, but if you like details and don’t mind downloading and syncing to a computer, these units are extremely helpful when playing. If technology isn’t something you enjoy, go with a unit that has basic course information pre-loaded and doesn’t require downloading.
GPS units are great to use when you can’t see the hole or need lay-up distances to specific hazards (something most laser units can’t determine). Some GPS units have the ability to measure your drive (or other shots) which help you determine how far you hit specific clubs.
If you enjoy playing fast and want just basic information, you may prefer laser rangefinders – where you just “point and shoot” to get the yardage. One advantage laser rangefinders have over GPS units is they typically don’t require charging after every two or three rounds. Laser rangefinders are very accurate but require a steady hand to hold when looking for the yardage. They are easier to use since they don’t require downloading a course and purchasing a subscription service.
Many golfers prefer to download various rangefinder apps for use on smartphones. These provide a great solution to buying a separate golf rangefinder, however, are known to accelerate the battery use on the phone, plus require buying the app to download, then sometimes not all courses are available.
Regardless of which type of rangefinder you select, take advantage of the technology to help you determine accurate distances. You will find it helps with pace of play (you won’t be walking around looking for distances on sprinkler-heads) and you will save a few strokes on your score.
For every golf lesson you take, you and your instructor should ask each other what you want the outcome of the lesson to be. Unsurprisingly, you'll find that the response is usually one of these three answers:
But when is the last time that you really looked at your game and determined how to accomplish any of the above?
Laird Small, PGA Professional and Director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy shares a few tips on how golfers can improve their scores by reviewing seven key areas of their game.
So what are you waiting for? Go and incorporate a few of these drills and stretches into your practice and let us know how you improve and lower your score!
Summer weather conditions are often perfect for quick thunderstorms to develop. The National Lightning Safety Institute offers the following information:
"Lightning is arbitrary, random and unpredictable. Five percent of annual United States lightning deaths and injuries happen on golf courses. Everyone associated with the game should participate in lightning safety."
The United States Golf Association (USGA) makes available warning posters and stickers to inform players about lightning safety tips. As a golfer, you should know that the USGA Rules of Golf (Rule 6-8) allow players to discontinue play if they believe there is a danger from lightning. No other sport has any regulations related to lightning.
A good rule for everyone is: "If you can see it (lightning), flee it; if you can hear it (thunder), clear it." I have also heard people say, “If you hear thunder, you will soon see lightning.” There was a friend of an EWGA staff member who was struck and killed by lightning a few years ago – on a sunny day on the golf course – so it isn’t anything to mess with. There is no round of golf so important to risk your life.
Some guidelines from the Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA) include:
If you find yourself stranded in the open, go to a low place such as a ravine or valley. (Note: If you feel a tingling sensation and the hair on your arms stands up, squat in a baseball catcher's position, balancing on the balls of your feet, feet together, arms in front of your knees. If in a group, members of the group should keep at least 15 feet apart).
Follow the above advice to avoid the storms and play your way through a safe, fun and golf-filled summer.
Most golfers are lucky to take advantage of a few long weekends or a few days off that around summe holidays, including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Many facilities during the summer offer activities with patriotic themes such as a Red, White and Blue tournament or a Flag tournament.
Red, White and Blue Tournament: Courses in the past have used three traditional colors to differentiate the teeing grounds – red tees for the forward area, white tees for the middle area and blue tees for the back teeing ground. (If a course doesn’t use these tee colors, you can refer to the event as Forward, Middle and Back Tournament.)
Here’s the format if you play in a Red, White and Blue Tournament.
Typically this event is handicapped so golfers are using net scores to determine which teeing ground to begin play on each hole. Tournament organizers could also determine which tees to use based on handicaps or average scores – having single digit handicappers use the back tees, bogey golfers using the middle tees and double bogey golfers using the forward tees.
Flag Tournament: Another popular golf format associated with patriotic summer holidays is a Flag Tournament. In this event, each person has an allotted number of strokes, then plays golf until his/her strokes run out. Then you stick a flag in the ground where your final shot is played. (For Fourth of July events, each player is given a small US Flag with their name on it.) Typically the fairways and greens on holes 15 through 18 are decorated with small US Flags and adds some fun to a Fourth of July golf course event.
Usually the allotted number of strokes is determined by adding your course handicap to the course par. So if your handicap is 13 and the par is 72, you would put a flag in the ground where you played your 85 shot from that day. The golfer who has his/her flag the farthest is the winner. This format is also called “Last Person Standing” or “Tombstone.” (You can use this same format called “The Tombstone Open” for a Halloween theme.)
Use these suggested formats to spice up your weekly game with friends or family. Regardless, use this time to recharge the batteries and connect with the people you care about while playing a round of golf.