USGC King’s Cup National Qualifier™ Format

The USGC King's Cup National Qualifie 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 31 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.

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