Event / League Structure

Event / League Structure

The sections below will walk you through what to expect from how events work and how the full league functions

Event Structure

General guidelines on how the RDUgolf Tour events are structured

Format

  • Single day
  • 1 field utilizing weighted handicaps
  • Individual Stroke-play
  • 1 Blind-Pairing Best Ball event

Tee Times

All events are straight tee times, unless specifically denoted

Tee times will be emailed out no later than 24 hours prior to the event, and will also be available on BlueGolf.com

Pairing Requests:

There will be a window to submit requests the week of each event (Mon-Wed).
Requests are not guaranteed, but we will be our best to facilitate

Handicapping

, To provide competitive play to more golfers, we will be accepting official AND unofficial handicaps

  • See the “Handicapping” for ways to obtain a handicap
  • Do NOT guess your handicap, utilize one of the free services
  • Handicaps not housed in GHIN or The Grint are required to email an update prior to each event
    • There will be a window between Mon-Wed to provide your updated handicap
    • Any handicap not provided or update in the above window, will be entered as scratch (0)
  • All handicaps will be reviewed throughout the season to identify scoring inconsistencies

Weighted Handicapping:

To factor the Pace of Play rules adjustments (Triple Max, white stakes played as lateral hazards, etc), handicaps are scaled by the likelihood of a handicap grouping leveraging the PoP rules adjustments

HDCP Percent of HDCP Used
<5 100%
5.01-10 93%
10.01-15 86%
15.01-20 79%
20.01-25 72%
25.01-30 65%
30.01-35 58%
35+ 51%

After event 5 of the season, weighting will be reviewed utilizing a dataset from all 2021 events and current 2022 events

Ex: An 18 handicap averages 3.31 Triple bogeys a round, while a 3 handicap averages 0.8 per round, and the 18 is more likely to utilize the white-stakes as lateral hazard rule, the 18 handicap will use a portion of their handicap to account for the extra strokes they gained from the likelihood of exceeding triple or going OB

Handicap Adjustments:

Golfers which shoot -3 or more in relation to their Course Handicap in back to back events, their handicap will be manually adjusted to reflect the Inconsistencies in scoring.
The RDUgolf Tour Director, in counsel with the Players Panel will review handicap inconsistencies and may leverage manual handicap adjustments

Tee Boxes

Tee Boxes will be selected by the Tour Director based on distance, slope, rating, and the field to optimize competition and Pace of Play.
Tee box selection will be finalized the Monday prior to each event

  • Main field (+-19.9 hdcps): Tee boxes listed above
  • 20+ HDCPS*: 1 tee box forward of the main field
  • Seniors (55 and up)*: 1 tee box up from the main field
  • Super Seniors (65 and up)**: 1 tee box up from the Seniors
  • Ladies may choose:
  • The tees which Women’s Course Rating most closely matches Main fields course rating
  • The same tee box as the rest of the field 
  • Approval for forward tees under other circumstances may be granted by the Tour Director
  • Send your request and justification to RDUgolfTour@rdugolftour* Golfers may elect to play the same box as the main field. Pre-approval by the Tour Director is required
    ** Golfers may elect to play the same box as the Seniors. Pre-approval by the Tour Director is required

Practice Rounds

Practice Rounds may be available for certain events;
This is at the discretion of the course and are ONLY for golfers in the main field of the event

If practice rounds are available, the Tour Director will email rates, times, and booking information.

If golfers are found to be abusing the practice rounds or inviting outsiders using our discounts, disciplinary actions may be up to, and including, suspension or expulsion from the league.

Scoring

  • Scoring will be completed 2 ways:

  • Electronically

  • Via the Amateur Golf app by Blue Golf
  • 1 member of the group will enter scores into the app for all membersof their group
  • This will be used for in-event Live Leaderboards
  • For Amateur Golf app tutorial videos, please see the “Live Scoring App” page

  • Manually

  • 1 member of the group will record gross scores manually via provided hard card
  • Fairways hit (FW) and Greens in Regulation (GiR)

 

Tie Breakers 

Ties will be determined by Scorecard playoff

Gross scores comparing hole-by-hole by scorecard handicap, beginning with #1 handicap hole.
If still tied, flip a coin

Prizes

No cash prizes will be available for events (except optional cash games).
The largest prize will be bragging rights, but some prizes will be provided during regular season events for the following (subject to change):

1st Place, Net
RDUgolf Tour Pin Flag
1 Dozen Srixon balls
$30 Event Credits
LinksLife Brand Hat
Majors: Lie+Loft custom print
Majors: 2-hour simulator credit to Brookfields Indoor Golf & Lounge
Qualification for the 2022 Championship Event
2nd Place, Net
1 Dozen Srixon balls
1st Place, Gross*
RDUgolf Tour Pin Flag
$30 Event Credits
LinksLife Brand Towel
Majors: 2-hour simulator credit to Brookfields Indoor Golf & Lounge
League Champion
Your name engraved on the League trophy and possession for 1 year
RDUgolf Tour Pin Flag
1 Dozen Srixon balls
Lie+Loft custom print
2-hour simulator credit to Brookfields Indoor Golf & Lounge
Qualify for the 2023 Tour Championship

 

Golfers may only win Net or Gross at a specific event.
If both are won, 1st places points will be appropriately distributed, but physical Gross prizes will defer to the 2nd place golfer

*After event 5 of the season, Gross winner prizes will be reviewed and assessed with the Players Panel to assure there is enough competition within Gross field to necessitate the prizes. 
(Updated 6/24/2022)

Optional Games

While cash prizes are not provided, there will be two optional cash games: Skins & CTP

Buy-ins will ONLY take place virtually via Venmo or PayPal.
Payments must be made by midnight the night before the event
Cash will NOT be accepted.

Payouts will be made via Venmo within 48 hours of the event

Skins
$10 buy-in
Using GROSS scores, not handicapped scores
Lowest, unique, score on a hole across the group, of golfers that opted in, will win a skin.
The Skins Pot will be divided by the number of skins won, and distributed after the event
Closest to the Pin (CTP)
$5 buy-in
2 par-3’s will be chosen for Closet to the Pin
The ball must come to rest ON the green
The pot will be equally split between the 2 winners

Waitlist Protocols

If an event sells out, golfers will be placed on the event waitlist when registering via BlueGolf.com

Golfers will NOT be charged anything until they are moved from the Waitlist to the main field of golfers

As spots become available, Tour Director will be will reach out to the waitlist individually to fill the spots*.
If a reasonable amount of time has passed with no response, the next person will be contacted

MAJOR/Private Club EVENTS: Priority of waitlist promotions will be as follows:
1. Golfers that have competed in at least 1 regular season event
2. Golfers that are registered for other regular-season events
3. All other golfers*

The members of the waitlist will be contacted on the Monday prior to the event and will be informed of their order

* The tour director may reserve the right to skip members of the waitlist if the golfer appears to only be leveraging the league for private or discounted rounds

Cancelation / Refund Policy

.Refunds will be given for cancelations prior to these cutoffs:

Full refunds (less the cancelation fee) will occur until the cancelation cutoff.
Cancelation Cutoff: 11:59 PM on Monday before the event.
NO refunds will be provided for cancelations within 36 hours of the event
Any change to registration status should be communicated as early as possible via email to RDUgolfTour@gmail.com

Cancelation fees:
Due to contractual obligations with venues, cancelation fees will vary based on event.
Cancelation fees will be listed on the 2022 Events page

Late  Cancelations:
Like No shows, canceling within 24 hours of an event is rude to the course, the Tour and all golfers on the waitlist, as it is unlikely that the spot will be able to be filled last minute, wasting an opportunity for someone else to complete

Late Cancelation Penalties:
An immediate 1-event suspension

Suspensions and removal from the league:
50% refunds will be provided for any future events a golfer is registered after they have been suspended or removed from the league

Refunds after the cancelation deadline and before the 36 hour cutoff, will only occur if the golfers spot is filled by a member of the waitlist. If your spot is unable to be filled, no refund will be granted.
This protects the course from losing revenue from agreed upon commitments, and avoids the Tour having to pay for unfulfilled spots

Weather Policy

During instances of inclement weather the Tour Director will provide their input where / when allowed, but the final decision is at the sole discretion of the course.

In the event of delays, golfers should remain on property or in their vehicles until a decision is made on play. Decisions will be made in-person or via email

If an event has to be shortened to a 9-hole event for any reason, this will constitute a full event

If the course offers rainchecks or the event is rescheduled, no refunds will be granted

League Structure

General guidelines on how the RDUgolf Tour League is structured

League Fees

To keep your costs low and provide more opportunities for all golfers to participate, we will charge NO LEAGUE FEES!

The only cost will be event registration fees, and optional cash games if you choose to play

Season Long Points Leaderboard
The Season Long Leaderboard will be used to distributed point based on the final placements within league events.

A separate Net and Gross leaderboard will be kept throughout the season:
Net Leaderboard will determine qualifying for the Tour Championship
Gross Leaderboard will influence the invitee list for the Tour Ryder Cup event

Points are listed below. Any placements beyond #30 will receive 30 points (60 for Majors and 75 Championship events)

Golfers what withdraw mid-round will receive half of the minimum points distribution (standard events: 15 points, Major events: 30 points)

Points by placement 

Place Pre-season Non-major Major Championship
1 200 400 800 1000
2 137.5 275 550 687.5
3 112.5 225 450 562.5
4 87.5 175 350 437.5
5 82.5 165 330 412.5
6 77.5 155 310 387.5
7 72.5 145 290 362.5
8 67.5 135 270 337.5
9 62.5 125 250 312.5
10 57.5 115 230 287.5
11 50 100 200 250
12 45 90 180 225
13 42.5 85 170 212.5
14 40 80 160 200
15 37.5 75 150 187.5
16 35 70 140 175
17 32.5 65 130 162.5
18 30 60 120 150
19 27.5 55 110 137.5
20 25 50 100 125
21 24 48 96 120
22 23 46 92 115
23 22 44 88 110
24 21 42 84 105
25 20 40 80 100
26 19 38 76 95
27 18 36 72 90
28 17 34 68 85
29 16 32 64 80
30+ 15 30 60 75

 

Tour Championship
A league championship event will occur at the completion of the season and entry will be restricted to the top 36 golfers that qualify

Ways to qualify:

Win the prior season Tour Championship
Win a 2022 event (1st place, Net)
Remaining spots will be filled based on Net Leaderboard Points Standings

 

If a qualifying golfer is unable to participate, the forfeited spot will go to the next golfer on the seasons leaderboard

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