National Qualifier

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The 2019 USGC King's Cup National Qualifier™ for the 2020 USA King's Cup™ team will be held at the Legends Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC Sept. 12-14, 2019. Registration opens May 1st.

PRACTICE ROUNDS

Practice rounds are available within 14 days of the event. Cost is $55+tax per player/round. Practice rounds can be booked 30 days prior. Contact Bradley Vaughan at bvaughan@legendsgolf.com.

Course Rotation
  • Heathland – Best-Ball
  • Moorland – Alternate Shot
  • Parkland – Individual Stroke Play

Competitors will be permitted to play practice rounds on upcoming courses after each days play. Responsibility for booking tee times for any practice round is the competitors.

SCHEDULE
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11 – 5:30 pm – Early Check In at the golf course
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11 – 6:00 pm Pairings party sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Thursday, Sept. 12 – 7:00 am – Check In at the golf course
  • Thursday, Sept. 12 – 8:00 am – Round One, Best-Ball, Heathland course
  • Friday, Sept. 13 – 8:00 am – Round Two, Alternate Shot, Moorland course
  • Saturday, Sept. 14 – 8:00 am – Round Three, Individual Stroke play, Parkland course, re-pair by leader board
HOST HOTEL

TBA

The 2019 USA King’s Cup team was selected at the 2018 USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier in September, 2018. Below is what is included for the 2019 Team USA.

The 2019 International King’s Cup™ will be held at the multi-award winning Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge, May 20-25, 2019. The eight winning teams from the 2018 USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier will receive the golfing experience of a lifetime!

The King’s Cup™ Package includes
  • Five nights at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Practice round with cart
  • Team Uniforms
  • Opening Ceremonies dinner
  • Lunch each day of the tournament
  • Awards dinner at the close of the tournament
  • Memories and Stories that will last a lifetime!!!

The USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier is three rounds (54 holes) played with a different format each day. Best Ball, Individual Stroke play and Alternate Shot

Teams

Each team will consist of two members. Teams must fit one of the Divisions and Flights as described below.

Format

The format for play in Best Ball (Four Ball) stroke play is defined in Rule 23 per the USGA® Rules of Golf in which two players play as partners, each playing their own ball. The lower score of the partners is the score for that hole. If one partner fails to complete the hole there is NO penalty.

The format for Modified Alternate shot (Foursomes) is defined in Rule 29 in which two players play one ball alternately after both hitting from the teeing ground and selecting the best shot. Penalty strokes do not affect the order of play.

Individual stroke play is defined in Rule 3 per the USGA® Rules of Golf.

Scoring

Unlike the Local Qualifiers, there is NO net scoring at the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier. All scoring is GROSS within each flight.

Divisions

There are two divisions – Open Division and Senior Division. Open Division is open to all ages. Senior Division is for Players 55 years of age and above. A Player that is 55+ is allowed to compete in the Open division, but a player that is under 55 is not allowed to compete in the Senior division.

Flights

There are four flights in each Division determined by Team Index:

Championship Flight

4.9 and under

A Flight

5.0 – 9.9

B Flight

10.0 – 14.9

C Flight

15.0 and above

Team Index

The Team Index is determined by totaling the handicap index of player A and player B together and dividing it in half. Example – Player A has a 10 index and player B has a 15 index totaling 25. Divide the total of 25 in half and the team index is 12.5. That team would be in the “B” Flight.

Handicap Differential

No team can have an index differential of more than 8 points between teammates. Example – a player that is a 10 index cannot play with a player that is a 24 index, unless that player drops his index down from a 24 to an 18.

The USGC™ recognizes any valid USGA® index from an approved USGA® handicap provider that is verifiable online. All indexes must be current and active at the time of registration and through National Qualifier.

The USGC recommends Golf Handicap Network.

The USGC Staff will verify all indexes.

Here is a list of the most common Frequently Asked Questions we get about the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier™. Eight 2-person Teams will represent the USA at the 2020 International King’s Cup™.  The King’s Cup™ is played in remembrance of golf’s greatest ambassador – Mr. Arnold Palmer

Who can enter the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier?

2-person Teams that have qualified through a Local Qualifier. There will be over 100 Local Qualifiers around the country in 2018. See LOCAL QUALIFIER.

How do you sign up for the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier™?

If you and your partner have qualified for the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier, go to REGISTRATION on the USGC™ website. Choose USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier from the Schedule and sign up.

What is the format of the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier?

The USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier is a three-day 54-hole tournament. Each round is a different format mirroring the 3 formats of the King’s Cup – best ball, alternate shot and singles.

Is scoring Gross or Net?

All scoring is Gross within each flight at the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier.

What tees are used?

The Open division will play @ 6,400-6,500 yards. The Senior division will play @ 6,000-6,200 yards. Women will play from tees approximating where their handicap index was established.

What is the entry fee for the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier?

Team entry fee for the 2019 USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier is to be announced.

When can Teams enter the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier?

Qualified Teams may enter after April 1st.

How many Teams will be in each flight?

Flights will vary in size based on how many Teams qualified and entered.

What do Teams get for entering the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier?

In addition to the 3-day tournament, each player and a guest are invited to the Tito’s Handmade Vodka opening pairings party and will receive a gift bag courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Is there a prize fund?

Yes, a portion of each entry goes into a prize fund to be distributed based on finishing position starting with 2nd place in each flight. Prizes will conform to the USGA® Rules of Amateur Status.

What do the Champions in each flight get for winning?

The winning Teams in each flight will comprise Team USA 2020 and represent the United States in the 2020 King’s Cup honoring golf’s greatest ambassador – Arnold Palmer, The King’s Cup Package includes:

  • Airfare from the departure airport (TBD)
  • Team Uniforms
  • Five nights lodging
  • Welcome Gift Bag
  • Practice round with cart
  • Opening Ceremonies Dinner
  • Lunch each day of the competition
  • Awards dinner at the close of the competition
  • Memories and Stories that will last a Lifetime!!

The current Rules of Golf as set forth by the USGA® will govern all play.

All participants in United States Golf Challenge (USGCTM) events are deemed to be familiar with the Rules of Golf, these Rules and Regulations and any Local Rules that may be issued from time to time.

These Rules and Regulations may be revised electronically from time to time. The most current version can be found on the USGC website at www.usgolfchallenge.com and will supersede any printed version.

Amateurs Only

The United States Golf Challenge is open ONLY to amateur golfers as defined by the United States Golf Association.


DRESS CODE AND PLAYER CONDUCT


The USGC will strictly enforce a tournament dress code with no exceptions. Collared shirts/mock turtlenecks are required, and no jeans, denims, jogging outfits, or sweat pants are permitted.  The USGC will not tolerate swearing, vulgar language, club throwing, alcohol abuse, lack of golfing etiquette, or other such behavior per the USGA Rules of Golf. Such conduct will result in tournament disqualification and suspension or expulsion from the event.


RULES OF PLAY LOCAL QUALIFIERS


Local Qualifying

2 person teams qualify through a Local Qualifier to be eligible for the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier™ and the opportunity to make the King’s Cup™ team representing the United States.

Registering

When registering for a Local Qualifier, teams must meet the criteria for one of the Divisions and Flights as described below under USGC National King’s Cup Qualifier™. Teams may be formed by any combination of male and female participants (two men, one man and one woman, two women).

Format

The format for play in a Local Qualifier is Four-Ball stroke play as defined in Rule 23 per the USGA Rules of Golf in which two players play as partners, each playing their own ball. The lower NET score of the partners is the score for the hole. If one partner fails to complete the hole, there is no penalty.

Each Local Qualifier will be 18 holes. Scoring will be Net. Each team member will receive 80% of the course handicap.

The top 30% and ties will qualify for the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier regardless of Division or Flight.

There must be a minimum of eight teams in a Local Qualifier.

For every 15 teams in a Local Qualifier, a free entry into the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier will be awarded courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

If a qualified team is unable to participate in the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier for any reason, the next qualified team at that local qualifying site may be invited to participate.

The USGC recognizes any official index that is current and verifiable online. For those players who do not currently have a handicap index, the USGC recommends Recreational Golf Handicap System served by www.GolfHandicapNetwork.com.

Policy on handicap changes and cheating

In the relative short time frame between a Local Qualifier and the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier it is unlikely the any player’s index will change significantly enough to affect the competition. A team’s flight will not change from a Local Qualifier to the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier except under extraordinary circumstance.

Any team found to have misrepresented, in the sole opinion of the USGC, either an individual player’s index or the Team Index, whether inadvertent or otherwise, will be disqualified from the competition with forfeiture of all prizes and awards.

For exceptional scoring at the National Qualifier, the Committee will review the occurrence. The Committee may determine that a team did indeed have an exceptional round and that no further action is needed. The Committee may determine that a team has exceeded the general ability of their flight and will be moved up to the proper flight with a two stroke penalty. The team will still be allowed to finish the event in their new flight and eligible to receive all prizes.

Substitution

A qualified team is allowed to substitute one player for the USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier. A team member or the Local Qualifying site Host Professional must notify the USGC committee for approval if a substitution is necessary. One member of the original team must continue to participate. Substitute players are required to meet all USGA handicap and USGC guidelines.

A substitute player’s handicap index must fall within the parameters of the flight in which the team qualified i.e. a substitute with a 4.0 index is not allowed as a substitute for a team that qualified for any flight other than the Championship flight.

Host Professional

Local Qualifiers will be conducted under the direction of the Host Professional at each facility. The Host Professional or their designate will be responsible for all interpretations and rulings on the conduct of the event and such rulings shall be final.

Scoring

Each qualifying team shall be issued an official scorecard for the event and shall return same to Scorer upon completion of their round. Each player must enter an actual or estimated score on each hole as per USGA guidelines. A fellow competitor team and/or the Golf Professional Staff at the qualifying facility must attest all scores.

Once the team has turned in its scorecard and left any boundary defining the scoring area, the scorecard is considered official

Any team that is tardy to the designated scoring area by more than 10 minutes after completion of round may be disqualified.

Inclement Weather

In the event that a Local Qualifier suffers from such inclement weather, or conditions that would reasonably prohibit the completion of at least 9 holes of play, the qualifying teams will be drawn by lot.

Disqualification

Participants found violating USGA rules, tournament rules, falsifying or neglecting handicaps or otherwise engaging in conduct inconsistent with the tournament standards or spirit of fair play may be disqualified without claim or recourse of any type.


USGC KING’S CUP NATIONAL QUALIFIER


The 2019 USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier™ will be September 12-14, 2019 at the Legends Resort, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The format will mirror the three forms of play at the King’s Cup; best-ball, alternate shot and individual stroke play over 54 holes.

GROSS scoring will determine the winning team in each of the two Divisions and four flights. The eight winning teams will make up the 2019 King’s Cup team.

Divisions

There are two divisions – Open Division and Senior Division. The Open Division is open to all ages. The Senior Division is for Players 55 years of age and above prior to their Local Qualifier. A Player that is 55+ is allowed to compete in the Open division, but a player that is under 55 is not allowed to compete in the Senior Division.

Flights

Each Division has four flights. Championship, A-Flight, B-Flight and C-Flight

Team Index
  • Championship 4.9 or less
  • A Flight 5.0-9.9
  • B Flight 10.0-14.9
  • C Flight 15.0 and above

A Team Index is determined by totaling the handicap index of player A and player B together and dividing it in half. Example – Player A is a 10 handicap index and player B is a 15 handicap index totaling 25. Divide the total of 25 in half and the Team Handicap Index is 12.5. That team would be in the “B” Flight.

No team can have a handicap index differential of more than 8 strokes between teammates. Example – a player that is a 10 handicap index cannot play with a player that is a 24 handicap index, unless that player drops his index down from a 24 to 18. Their Team Index would be 10+18=28/2 = 14.

The USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier will be conducted by the USGC staff.


CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION


Play ball as it lies

Unless modified in writing by specific Local Rules, there will be no preferred or improved lies in any part of the competition.

Limitation on Balls

The ball each player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the United States Golf Association. Penalty for breach of condition: Disqualification. The responsibility of playing the proper ball rests with the player. Each player must put an identification mark on his ball and alert his fellow competitors of such. The one ball rule is NOT in effect.

Grooves

The Condition of Competition concerning grooves for elite players is NOT in effect for the United State Golf Challenge.

Tees

Qualifying golf courses for the United States Golf Challenge will naturally vary in difficulty and length. The Host Professional will make the final decisions regarding golf course set-up at each qualifying facility. It is anticipated that Open Division contestants will play a golf course of approximately 6,400-6,500 yards and Senior Division contestants will play from approximately 6,000-6,200 yards, but these lengths are guidelines only and will vary from site to site. Please check with your local qualifying site for additional information regarding course set-up and length.

Women will play from tees that are as close as practicable to the tees from which their handicap index was established.

Range Finders

Range finders conforming to the USGA® Note under Rule 14-3 are allowed. Any device that measures gradient or wind speed etc. may be used only if these features are turned off.

Electronic Devices

CELL PHONES – A mobile phone may be used to call for rulings to the Tournament Director or Pro Shop. Any other use of a cell phone during the stipulated round will result in a penalty: First Offense – 1 stroke Second Offense – 2 strokes Third Offense – Disqualification

Use is defined as the phone vibrating or ringing audibly, the player making an outgoing call other than as allowed above or connection to the Internet.

A cell phone may be used as a range finder as long as the restrictions above are adhered to.

I-PODS/MP3 RADIOS, BOOM BOXES etc. Such devices will only be permitted on the driving range and putting green before and after tournament rounds. Such devices are not allowed during competition.

DISCLAIMER

The United States Golf Challenge reserves the right to refuse entry to any player for any reason. Participants in the United States Golf Challenge are responsible for any damage or injury they cause to the golf course and/or property of the golf course or any person(s) on the golf course property. All decisions of the United States Golf Challenge are final.

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