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USGC is currently in negotiations with courses to host the 2021 USGC National Championship™ for the 2022 USA King's Cup™ team. An announcement will be made soon!
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The 2022 USA King’s Cup team will be selected at the 2021 USGC National Championship location TBD.
Below is what is included for Team USA 2022.
The USGC National Championship is three rounds (54 holes) played with a different format each day. Best Ball, Individual Stroke play and Alternate Shot
Each team will consist of two members. Teams must fit one of the Divisions and Flights as described below. Though not required, players are encouraged to find a partner that falls into the same age division and of similar ability.
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.
Unlike the National Qualifiers, there is NO net scoring at the USGC National Championship. All scoring is GROSS within each flight.
There are two divisions – Open Division and Senior Division. Open Division must have at least one player age 54 or less. 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.
There are four flights in each Division determined by Team Index:
4.9 and under
5.0 – 9.9
10.0 – 14.9
15.0 and above
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.
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 Championship.
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 Championship™. Eight 2-person Teams will represent the USA at the 2021 International King’s Cup™. The King’s Cup™ is played in remembrance of golf’s greatest ambassador – Mr. Arnold Palmer
The King’s Cup Package includes:
USGC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The current Rules of Golf as set forth by the USGA® will govern all play.
All participants in United States Golf Challenge (USGC™) 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.
The United States Golf Challenge is open ONLY to amateur golfers as defined by the United States Golf Association.
All players are expected to play in the spirit of the game as defined by Rule 1.2a in the Rules of Golf. Failure to do so may lead to penalties or disqualification as proscribed in Rule 1.2b.
The USGC takes Pace of Play seriously. The Pace of Play policy at the National Championship will be specified in the Local Rules and Conditions of Competition.
In the relative short time frame between a National Qualifier and the USGC National Championship 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 National Qualifier to the USGC National Championship 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 Championship, 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.
A qualified team is allowed to substitute one player for the USGC National Championship. A team member or the National 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.
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.
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 1make up the 2021 King’s Cup team.
There are two divisions – Open Division and Senior Division. The Open Division must have at least one player age 54 or younger. The Senior Division is for Players 55 years of age and above prior to their National 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. Teams must compete in the National Championship in the Division in which they qualified.
Each Division has four flights. Championship, A-Flight, B-Flight and C-Flight
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 National Championship will be conducted by the USGC staff.
Every effort will be made to refund an entry fee, less processing charges, to a team that cancels their registration. Once a player count commitment has been given to the golf course, there will be no refunds issued.
CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION
Unless modified in writing by specific Local Rules, there will be no preferred or improved lies in any part of the competition.
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.
The Condition of Competition concerning grooves for elite players is NOT in effect for the United States Golf Challenge.
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. Seniors playing in the Open Division will play the Open tees.
Women will play from tees that are as close as practicable to the tees from which their handicap index was established.
Range finders conforming to Rule 4-3 are allowed. Any device that measures gradient or wind speed etc. may be used only if these features are turned off.
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, HEADPHONES 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.
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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To all the teams that have registered and paid for either a National Qualifier or the National Championship, we thank you for your support and your entries will be refunded promptly. Refunds can take up to 2 weeks to post to your account.
We thank the golf courses and clubs that have graciously organized and promoted the National Qualifiers. We hope the remainder of the golf season is prosperous for you and we hope to work with you in the future.
Looking ahead to 2021, we will begin planning the tournament schedule very soon. The model of the USGC, sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, is going to be shifting toward regional 36-hole qualifiers. We will strive to deliver memorable experiences for our players. As the exclusive U.S. organization that qualifies players for Team USA in the International King’s Cup, we look to assemble the finest team to date.