King’s Cup National Championship

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When your team wins your flight at the USGC King's Cup National Championship you win more than a handshake, trophy and gift card. You've earned the opportunity to represent the United States in international competition. The USGC King's Cup National Championship for Team USA 2023 will be played September 26-28, 2022 at the award winning Hermitage Golf Course.

Team USA 2023 will play in the International King's Cup in Ireland in May 2023.

Practice Rounds

General’s Retreat
Monday-Wednesday: $65
Thursday: $69
Friday-Saturday: $77
Sunday: $75

President’s Reserve
Monday-Wednesday: $75
Thursday: $77
Friday-Saturday: $85
Sunday: $83

Course Rotation

Round One – General’s Retreat

Round Two – President’s Reserve

Round Three – General’s Retreat

Yardages – Click Here for Approximate Yardages

Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 25 Tito’s Pairings Party

Monday, Sept. 26 Round 1 – Best-Ball

Tuesday, Sept. 27 Round 2 – Alternate-shot

Wednesday, Sept. 28 Round 3 – Individual Stroke Play

Host Hotel

Book your group rate for USGC King’s Cup National Championship, Inn at Opryland: Rooms available from September 23-28, 2022.

Or call Marriott Reservations at 1.877.382.7299. Identify yourself as part of the USGC King’s Cup National Championship group.

Cut-off date is August 30, 2022.

Tee-times can be made up to 60 days in advance at www.hermitagegolf.com.  Tee times can be booked over the phone 14 days out, 615-847-4001.

Team USA 2023 will be selected at the 2022 USGC King’s Cup National Championship at Hermitage Golf Course, Sept. 26-28, 2022.

Below is what is included for Team USA 2023.

The King’s Cup™ Package includes
  • Travel to the 2023 International King’s Cup
  • Six nights stay
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Practice round, 54 Hole Competition
  • Team Uniforms
  • Opening Ceremonies dinner
  • Awards dinner at the close of the tournament
  • Memories and Stories that will last a lifetime!!!

The USGC National Championship 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. Though not required, players are encouraged to find a partner that falls into the same age division and of similar ability.

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 National Qualifiers, there is NO net scoring at the USGC National Championship. All scoring is GROSS within each flight.

Divisions

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.

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 the 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 2023 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 Championship?

2-person Teams that have qualified through a National Qualifier. See NATIONAL QUALIFIERS.

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

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

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

The USGC King’s Cup National Championship 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 Championship.

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 Championship?

Team entry fee for the 2022 USGC King’s Cup National Championship is TBD. Full payment is due at registration. Winning teams from a National Qualifier with at least 12 teams will receive FREE entry into the National Championship.

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

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 Championship?

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 2023 and represent the United States in the 2023 King’s Cup honoring golf’s greatest ambassador – Arnold Palmer.

 

The King’s Cup Package includes:

  • Airfare from the departure airport (TBD)
  • Team Uniforms
  • Six nights lodging
  • 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 (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.

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.

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.

Pace of Play

The USGC takes Pace of Play seriously. Pace of Play at National Qualifiers will be controlled by the policies of the Host Course.

Refund Policy

Every effort will be made to honor refunds, less processing charges for a team that cancels their registration. Once a player count commitment has been given to the golf course, there will be no refunds issued.

NATIONAL QUALIFIERS

Qualifying

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

Registering

When registering for a National Qualifier, teams must meet the criteria for one of the Divisions and Flights as described below under USGC King’s Cup National Championship. Teams may be formed by any combination of male and female participants (two men, one man and one woman, two women). Though not required, players are encouraged to find a partner that falls into the same age division and of similar ability.

Format

The format for play in a National 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.

Scoring will be NET. Each team member will receive 85% of the course handicap. 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.

Two-day, 36-hole National Qualifiers – Two-person teams compete in Four-Ball stroke play in Net Scoring.  The top 30% and ties earn invitations to the USGC King’s Cup National Championship at the Hermitage Golf Club in Nashville, Tennessee, October 11-13, 2021.

There are two Divisions at 36-Hole National Qualifiers, Open and Senior (55+). Within each Division there are two flights – Championship combined with A and B combined with C. See description of flight parameters below.

The winning team in each flight will receive a free entry into the USGC King’s Cup National Championship. If a flight has 20 or more teams, an additional free entry will be awarded. In the event the field does not reach 40 teams (80 players), 36-hole qualifiers will award free entries per the 18-hole qualifier criteria.

One-day 18-hole National Qualifiers – Two-person teams compete in Four-Ball stroke play in Net Scoring.  The top 30% and ties earn invitations to the USGC King’s Cup National Championship at the Hermitage Golf Club in Nashville, Tennessee, October 11-13, 2021.

There is one flight at 18-Hole National Qualifiers. For every 12 teams, a free entry will be awarded into the USGC King’s Cup National Championship.

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

The USGC will utilize the lowest official handicap index that is current and verifiable online.

The USGC will verify the individual indexes through the state golf association or other online resources. The USGC will use indexes based on the most recent revision 7 days out from the event.

Policy on handicap changes and cheating

In the relatively short time frame between a National Qualifier and the USGC King’s Cup National Championship, it is unlikely that 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 King’s Cup National Championship except under extraordinary circumstances.

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 USGC King’s Cup 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.

Substitution

A qualified team is allowed to substitute one player for the USGC King’s Cup 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.

Host Professional

National 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 the round may be disqualified.

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.

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.

Please check with your qualifying site for additional information regarding course set-up and length.

Inclement Weather

In the event that a National 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 CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2021 USGC King’s Cup National Championship™ will be played Oct. 11-13 at The Hermitage Golf Club near Nashville, TN.

The format will mirror the three forms of play at the King’s Cup; four-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 2022 Team USA King’s Cup team.

Divisions

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 play in the Division in which they qualified.

Flights

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

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

Team Index

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 will verify the individual indexes through the state golf association or other online resources. The USGC will use indexes based on the most recent revision 14 days out from the event.

The USGC King’s Cup National Championship 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 States 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.

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.

Please check with your National Qualifying site for additional information regarding course set-up and length.

Range Finders

Range finders conforming to the USGA® Rule 4-3 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/MP3s, 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.

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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