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Match Play

2023 Season 

Match Play Brackets

Committee: Leo Zeggert (Chairman), Barry White

The Rules of Golf as issued by the USGA govern play, along with Local Rules as applicable in the Club’s “Hard Card”.  See below for additional Conditions of Competition. Please note – the Rules and applicable penalties for Match Play often differ from Stroke Play. It is each player’s responsibility to know and play according to the Rules. Any disputes will be resolved by the Match Play Committee, assisted by the Rules Committee as necessary. Follow the Rules for the procedure in any situation and report to the Match Play Committee promptly.

Tournaments and Entries:  All players and teams are entered into brackets with their current USGA Handicap Index at the time of bracket closing, using Golf Genius. Players with no Handicap Index at the time of bracket closing are entered with an Index of 0.0.  All brackets (handicap and scratch) are seeded by Golf Genius’ Random Draw methodology.

Entry fee is $16.00 for each handicap bracket and $30.00 for the scratch bracket. The number of entries in each bracket is limited to the following:        

Individual Handicap – 64 players                      Senior Individual Handicap – 64 players

Partners Handicap – 64 two-man teams         Master Senior Individual Handicap – 64 players

Scratch (Open to all, Double Elimination) – 32 players

Entries open on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Entries close when a bracket is full or 2 days prior to the first day of scheduled play for each bracket, whichever occurs first. Entries will be on a first come, first serve basis – as of timestamp receipt via PayPal. If a bracket fills and a player gets shut out, the entry fee for the shut out bracket is refunded. If a bracket does not fill, the Committee may reduce that bracket to the next lower level of entries.

Handicaps:  All Individual Handicap matches are played at 100% of Course Handicap. Partner Handicap matches are played at 90% of Course Handicap. To calculate, see the postings at the Match Play board for guidelines and instructions. Scratch matches are played without handicaps applied and are double elimination.

Payouts & Trophies:  “Money on the Books”, using of the Club Payouts Match Play Schedule D, and also posted by the Match Play brackets. The number of participants in each flight determines places paid. Trophies will also be awarded to all Champions at the Fall Banquet.

Conditions of Competition:  A stipulated round is 18 holes, played consecutively and on the same day. Failure to do so is disqualification.  Although a “stipulated round” can be played anywhere, the Match Play committee sets the following tee boxes for rounds played at the foothills as:  Individual Scratch BLACK tees; Individual Handicap, Partner Handicap, and Senior Handicap, BLUE tees; Master Senior Handicap WHITE tees.  Additionally, per USGA rules, you cannot mix medal (stroke) and match play, meaning you can't play a match with an opponent concurrently while playing in a medal (stroke) play event. 

Course Handicaps & Score Cards:  In all Individual Handicap and Partner Handicap matches it is the responsibility of each player to obtain his Course Handicap from the computer for the tees being played from and record the Handicap number next to his name. Wheeling is required for all Handicapped Matches!

Partners Handicap matches:  The players shall convert their Course Handicap to 90% allowed for in the match by using the USGA conversion chart posted by the Match Play Committee on the match play wall. After the Handicaps have been established, you will then wheel off of the lowest Handicap in the group. (This means the lowest handicap player will play to a zero Handicap, the rest of the players will then play to the difference between their Handicap and the lowest Handicap.) On the scorecard mark your “dots” on all the appropriate holes before play begins. See the example sheet posted on the Match Play board.

ALL matches are to use golf course scorecards.  At the completion of all matches, please text Leo Zeggert 720-280-6169 the results of the match and a picture of the scorecard (so that hole by hole can be posted).  Scorecards must identify the date, tees, and winner with match results.  If you have any questions regarding match play, please contact Leo. DO NOT post your score(s) to GHIN. All scores are posted by the Committee only, as promptly as possible.

NOTE: The Match Play Committee will adjust scores for any players feeling the need to “help” their Handicap.

Partners Handicap Scoring:  Scoring for the Partners Handicap matches shall use a Two-Point Scoring System. There are two (2) points available on each hole: a “low” point and a “high” point. At the conclusion of each hole, match the lowest net scores of each team against each other and the lowest score wins one point. Then, match the highest net scores of each team against each other and the lowest score wins one point. A match is over when a team has more points than there are possible points remaining.

Ties:  There are no ties in Match Play. Matches simply go to extra holes, however many it takes.  If a match is “all square” at the end of 18 holes, first and foremost players must check with the Foothills Pro Shop and/or Starter before continuing a match on hole #1 or hole #10 (whichever is available).

The policy for deciding unplayed matches is: At the closing of any round (see schedule), the Match Play Committee will convene a three-man panel to decide who goes forward in all unplayed matches. Before this panel both sides of each unplayed match may present their reason(s) why he/they should go forward and not the other, and should not be decided by a coin flip (i.e.: I/We made all the calls and he/they did not return any calls or did not respond to any of the voice mails, emails, etc.).

  • If one side emails and not the other, the absent side forfeits the match.

  • If both sides email, the panel will discuss both arguments, then decide whose case is better and that side will go on.

  • If both cases are decided as equal or neither side submits emails, , there’s a coin flip.

Play begins Tuesday April 4th, and runs through Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023.


2023 Match Play Schedule 

Competition Sheet pdf file

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