Each Team may have 40 players on their Roster. The maximum handicap index is 29.4. Players with an index higher than 29.4 can be on the Roster but must play down to a 29.4 index.
To be eligible, a player must have a current GHIN handicap and be a member in good standing of their Club's Women's Golf Auxiliary/Association.
Substitutions may be made to your Roster if a player must drop out due to illness, injury, moves away, no longer a Club member, etc. In addition, should a Team not begin with the maximum of 40 players, then additional players may be added during the season.
Should there be any substitutions/ additions to a Roster, the Team Captain must notify all other Captains and Chairman in advance of the upcoming match(s) to be played. Please send copies to Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
Captains shall exchange alphabetical and numerical Rosters (including GHIN #’s) and information sheets prior to January 20, 2023. (Copies to Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary.)
Players will play to their January 13, 2023. Handicap Index for all Team Matches. Each Club will be responsible for running their own Handicap Index reports. Reports must clearly show the January 13, 2023 Handicap Index report date. Captains are to send a copy to Suzanne Whitman to verify and keep on file for the Season.
It is the responsibility of the Team Captains and their players to verify their playing handicaps for each match. If you are given a handicap higher than allowed, and it is not corrected before you begin the match, you will be disqualified. If you are given a lower handicap than allowed, and it is not corrected before you begin the match, you must play to it. (See USGA Rule 3.2c). Once the match has begun, the scorecard is signed, attested and turned in, the match results are final.
It is recommended the Pro Shop provide an extra set of scorecards for the Captains to verify handicaps before play begins.
Visiting Captains are first to send their lineup with course handicaps at the Away Course. We suggest sending a week before the match, but no less that 48 hours.
Then Host Captains add their players with course handicaps and send it back to the Visiting Captains prior to match date.
Further changes to the lineup may be made up to 8 pm the night before the match, due to illnesses or player availability, but not as a lineup strategy.
Players must be positioned in the lineup by course handicap in ascending order.
Both Captains should verify the playing handicaps of both Team's lineup from the Team's Roster when submitting and receiving lineup sheets.
Alternates may be moved into the lineup prior to the match starting but must be placed in accordance to her handicap.
In the event a substitution is required after any match has begun, an eligible Alternate may take the place of the withdrawn player if they have the equivalent or higher Course Handicap. If the Alternate has a higher Course Handicap she will play down to the Course Handicap of the withdrawn player.
You may not put in a substitute player who has a lower handicap than the one withdrawing.
There will be 10 Teams playing all other Teams in a Home or Away format. Teams will have 5 Home matches and 4 Away matches, or 4 Home matches and 5 Away matches.
There will be no playoffs.
Each Team will field seven (7) sides, 14 players. If a Team has less than 14 players it is the Captain's discretion which side plays short. Only 2 sides may play short and they may be positioned anywhere in the lineup.
If a Team has one or two sides short they may place them before the other foursomes for pace of play.
Each Team brings one Alternate Team, or more if allowed by Host Club. Please refer to each Host Team's Information Sheet.
Playing short is discouraged and should not be perceived as an acceptable option. Playing short must be out of necessity vs. a rotation strategy. A Team cannot forfeit a side.
If a Team knows before the match date that they have fewer than 12 players the match should be rescheduled.
Any situation that occurs the morning of the match, with players from both Teams in place to compete, a Club has availed themselves to host the match and food has been ordered, both Captains must do everything they can to complete the match rather than send everyone home and reschedule.
Hole points will be used. The Team winning the highest Gross points will be the Gross Winner and the Team with the highest Net points will be the Net Winner. Should a Team have the most Gross & Net points of all other Teams, that Team will be the winner of the category in which they have the most total points, be it Gross or Net.
The next highest points will become the Runners Up, be it Gross or Net.
In the case of a tie at the end of the Season, we will use the "Back 9 Method" from all of the Season's matches to break a tie between the two Teams tied. Team Captains must keep complete scorecards, listing each Team's "Best Ball" scores on each hole until the Regular Season has been completed and the winners have been announced.
If a Rules dispute arises between players, and cannot be resolved before teeing off on the next hole, a claim must be made (USGA Rule 2-5). The match should proceed.
The Committee for Rules disputes are the two Team Captains or their representatives the day of the match. If Team Captains cannot locate a rule or decision in the Rules Book, they may consult a Pro or Assistant Pro to look up the rule or decision. However, the Pros or any other outside agency may not resolve the dispute.
The two Team Captains should try to resolve the claim. If they are not able to resolve the dispute, the two Team Captains should proceed in the following order:
A. The Team Captains complete a Charter League Rules Dispute Form (see Addendum A) and submit it email, text or fax to the Charter League Chairman or League representative no later than 4:00 pm. The Team Captains must immediately follow up with a call to that Charter League Chairman or League representative.
B. The Charter League representative will contact the SCGA for a final ruling.
C. The final Results Sheet should not be signed until there is a final ruling.
SCGA requests the Team Captains do not contact them directly for any Team issue (including disputes.) Please address your questions and/or concerns to the Charter League Board. A Board member will contact the SCGA on behalf of the League.
Slow play should not be tolerated and Team Captains are responsible for their players and their pace of play.
With the new USGA Rule 6.4 regarding Order of Play, if your group is falling behind. i.e. the group ahead of you is on the green (Par 4 or 5) or an entire hole is open ahead of you, you and your opponent may agree that one of you will play out of turn to save time. (USGA Rule 5.6).
This does not mean you decide on the first hole you're going to "play out of turn" for the entire round.
Honors should be adhered to on the putting green.
Putting after the hole is conceded slows down play and is discouraged by the League. However, if you are in position, the group in front of you is still on the next tee box, and there is no group waiting for you to clear the green, you may finish putting for score posting.
The Charter League encourages Host clubs to provide a roving Marshal to monitor pace of play and is authorized to issue warnings and time those who fall behind. Players may be asked to pick up their balls, move to the next hole and split the hole points. Teams may also want to add a time line on the scorecards indicating what hole you should be on at a given time.
Cell phones will be allowed for emergencies only. No texting or calls unless totally necessary and can only be checked in restrooms or comfort stations. The phone should be on Silent Mode/Do Not Disturb.
If the above rule is not adhered to, the player abusing the cell phone rule will be deemed “out of the hole”, even if she has putted out.
The cell phone policy in effect at the Home Course, if stricter than outlined above, will govern use of cell phones.
This information must be included on the Information Sheets.
Hand held distance devices and/or GPS systems approved by the USGA will be allowed during Team play, provided the Hosting Club local rules allow. Distance devices that measure elevation change/slope/wind speed, etc are not allowed. First offense penalty is loss of hole. Second offense is DQ. Cell phone Apps will not be allowed during Team play.
This information must be included on the Information Sheets.
Two caddies for each foursome is optimal unless logistically impossible due to a caddie shortage. In an extreme case, two teams may be asked to share a forecaddie.
Each Club will set their Caddie fees for walkers and/or riders and include the suggested Caddie fees on their Club Information Sheet. Caddie fees must specify whether the cost includes a tip or not.
Captains should remind their players of suggested Caddie fees and policies prior to their “away” matches to avoid embarrassment or misunderstandings.
Visiting Teams should provide the Host Team Captains a list of their walkers and riders.
Team players may not bring their own Caddies to another Club.
Team Captains will include ALL fees associated with matches played at their Club on their Information Sheets. Captains should send their Information Sheet out with every lineup to visiting Captains. Information Sheets will also be posted on the CharterLeagueLA.com web site.
Caddies fees: Suggested rate/tip.
Cart Fees: Cost per person and age limits to take a cart.
Lunch: Cost and reservation/cancellation policy.*
Inter-Club Billing: Charge per transaction.
Tipping Policies: Valet, Locker Room, etc.
Covid-19 Guidelines**: i.e.: Mask requirements, if any.
*Visiting Club Captains should give a head count for those who will be staying for lunch. Host Clubs have the right to bill visiting players who have made a commitment to stay for lunch but do not stay.
**Covid-19 Guidelines. Each Club may have very specific Rules and Regulations they adhere to for Covid-19 safety procedures. Guests must adhere to the Host Club's Covid-19 Rules.
Rain in the forecast, prior to match date:
If rain is in the forecast, Team Captains will agree to reschedule the match by 8:00 pm the night before. These decisions will be based on the best available weather forecasts. Please reschedule any cancelled matches as soon as possible.
Rain day of match:
If golf carts are allowed “Out of the Barn”, the match will be played. Cart path only is not an excuse to reschedule the match.
Course becomes unplayable during match:
If a match in progress is called by the Club's Pro or other official due to unplayable conditions, and all sides have completed 14 holes or more, the remaining points may be halved to avoid rescheduling. The decision of the match results is up to both team's Team Captains and will stand as "official".
However, if less than 14 holes have been played by any or all sides, and play cannot resume in a timely manner, then the match and all points are cancelled. The match must be reschedule and replayed in its entirety.
It is the responsibility of the Team Captains or their Handicap Chairman to make sure all member's scores are being posted in compliance with the USGA handicap system.
All rounds will be posted by either their own Team Captain, their own Handicap Chairman or other representative or by the individual players themselves. Pro Shops should not post for the visiting teams. Rounds may be posted as Away or Home.
If a Club uses a software program to monitor exceptional play, they may choose to post their rounds as a Competition Score. It is up to the individual Captains whether or not the rounds will be posted as Competition (Tournament) scores.
Players must enter a score on every hole. This should be her actual score, or if she picked up, a score she most likely would have made and/or a score not to exceed her maximum allowed Net Double Bogey score, whichever is lowest.
If a hole is skipped, and players never tee off because they were told to move to the next hole by a Marshal, then each players' score would be posted as Net Par. Team scorecards should indicate the hole was not played and points were split.
Practice rounds are at the discretion of the individual Clubs.
There are two perpetual traveling trophies – one for Gross & one for Net. The winner’s trophies will be engraved and displayed at the winner’s Club for the year. The winning Teams and Runners-Up will be awarded permanent plaques to keep. The permanent plaques for “Runners-Up” will read:
“Charter League - Gross Runner-Up”
“Charter League - Net Runner-Up”
Hole-In-One Awards: Any player having a Hole-in-One during a match will receive a pendant from Charter League. There will be a limit to one pendant per player for a lifetime. Should any player be fortunate to have more than one Hole-in-One, they will receive a letter of congratulations and Certificate of Achievement. Captains must notify the Charter League Board by May 19, 2023 the player's name, date, location and hole number in order to receive the pendant at the Annual Awards Luncheon.