Minimum age for a member is 25 years of age. Membership fees are $65 per year, which includes the $20 kitty for each “side game” played each week (alternating between closest to the pin and low net). Any ties during the weekly "side game" will be split between the winners. This fee must be paid prior to Snowball Tournament. A new member joining the League after the season has begun will be charged an entry fee based on $3.25 per week for the remainder of the weeks in the season. For instance, if he joins in the 5th week, he will be charged $52.00 for the remainder of the season.
If a member needs to take a year off to care for a seriously ill family member, a spot will be held for this member the following year.
The League will elect a President-elect and Secretary each year at the dinner following the Individual League Championship.
Duties of the President:
Duties of the Vice-President:
Duties of the Treasurer:
Duties of the Webmaster-Secretary:
The suggested league timeline is as follows:
There are six (6) teams composed of 4 players each.
At the beginning of each year, players are grouped into one of four groups, "One" players through "Four" players. Returning players handicap is based on their handicap at the end of the previous season (not including playoff rounds). The six players with the lowest handicap will be the #1 players, the next six will be the #2 players, etc. In the event of a tie in handicap to determine the rank of a player, the lowest handicap to four decimal places will be used to determine the ranking. For example, if there are two players that could be #3 players and one player has a handicap of 9.33 and another has 9.35, the 9.33 player will be the #3 player and the 9.35 will be a #4 player. If a tie persists to two decimal points (both players are 9.33), the #3 player will be determined by calculating the lowest HC based on the average of ALL regular season scores of the previous year's matches. If this does not resolve the tie, the #3 player will be drawn out of a hat.
Each team captain (the #1 player) will be assigned a team number. The #2 players will be drawn at random. The first #2 player will be assigned to Team 1, the second #2 player drawn will be assigned to Team 2, and so on. This will also be done for the #3 and #4 players.
A schedule of matches will be provided to each player at the beginning of the season. Each player will eventually be paired w/ every other player in the league. The firsts 5 weeks will have the #1 and #2 players paired together and the #3 and #4 paired together. For the 5-10th weeks, the #1 and #3 are paired as are #2 and #4. For weeks 10-15, players #1 and #4 will be paired with #2 and #3 paired. For the last 5 weeks we will revert to the same pairings as the first five weeks.
In the event that a substitute player is needed to replace a member for a portion of the season, the money won for team rankings and team performance at year's end will be split between the member and the substitute, proportional to the weeks that each played. Money won for individual performance, i.e. low putts, low net, most points, will be awarded to that particular player.
In order to be eligible for the payout money at the end of the year, a player must pay his dues and play at least 10 weeks of the season. Having paid his prorated dues, a substitute player WILL be eligible for all the weekly side game money for the weeks that he competes.
There are no substitutes allowed for playoff matches.
A player’s league handicap is figured as the difference between par (currently 37 on the front nine at Riviera) and the player’s average score. For example, if a player’s average score is 40, their handicap would be 3 (40-37=3). As league play continues, a handicap may be a fraction. Fractions greater than or equal to .5 are rounded up, less than .5 are rounded down. So, a handicap of 4.55 would become 5, while a handicap of 4.48 would become 4.
To start the new season returning players’ handicaps will be based on the average of all their scores the prior season. New players joining at the beginning of the season will be the average of the scores that person has on the front 9 of Riviera or an honest assessment of his likely average score on the front 9 of Riviera.
In season handicaps are recalculated every five weeks using the best 50% or better of each player’s scores. For example, if a player plays in all 10 matches the first two quarters of the season their handicap will be based on the average of their 5 best scores. If a player only plays in 9 matches in their first two quarters of the season their handicap will still be based on the average of their 5 best scores.
The ranking of players (i.e., 1-4 players) will be based on the year-end handicap which is the best 50% or better of the scores.
Assuming that a player plays all 20 weeks, the HC will be figured as follows:
For the Team Playoffs and Individual League Championship, the best 10 scores of the entire season will be used. This HC will be used for any/all of the team playoffs (9-hole match-play) and the individual League Championship Tournament (18-holes stroke-play).
HC for the League Championship at the end of the season will be 1.5 times the 9-hole HC. For example, a player w/ a HC of 4 will have a HC of 6 for the 18-hole tournament. A player w/ a HC of 7 will have a HC of 11 (7+3.5= 10.5 rounded to 11).
We do not compute handicap based on USGA rules.
Handicaps for substitutes entering league play in mid-year will be treated exactly as new players starting at the beginning of the year. THe starting handicap will be initially based on as honest an assessment of his rounds at Riviera that can be made. Once he begins league play, his handicap will be based ONLY on the rounds played in LEAGUE PLAY. The handicap will then change as per league rules. His handicap will be changed every 5 weeks as is league policy. If, for instance, he joins the league in week 8, his handicap will be the same for Week 8, 9, and 10 then will change with the rest of the league for Week 11.
There are 20 regularly scheduled matches each season. In the event of rain, a maximum of two make-up weeks will be played at the end of the regular season. Team Championships (9-holes, match play) will be played the weeks immediately following regular season play. The Individual League Championship (18-holes played on a Sunday) is usually scheduled in mid-September.
In the case of a rain-out or cancellation, the cancelled match will be played the following week. In effect, the schedule gets pushed back one week. If rain begins after play begins, the match will be counted as complete only if all groups have completed at least 5 holes. If 5 holes are not completed by all groups, the match is not counted. If a match is completed after 5 holes, the scoring and handicap calculation will be based on how much over or under par that player is. If he is 2-over after 5 holes, the score will be assumed to be 39 and that will be use to calculate the handicap.
In the event of rain before a match begins, it is each players responsibility to be at the course and ready to play. If, however, you have been called and informed that the match has been cancelled or you have called the course and found that the course is closed, you need not show up. If the course is open, we WILL meet at the course to determine if we will play. If you choose not to come out or not to play, you will be counted as absent.
Tee times generally begin at 5:30. However, if your group is there and ready to play and the tee is open, you may begin early. If a member of your foursome calls and indicates that he will be late, however, you are obligated to wait until he arrives.
If we cannot tee off at our designated time (due to weather, etc.) we can have a "shotgun" start w/ groups beginning on #1, #3, and #5.
BE COURTEOUS TO YOUR FELLOW COMPETITORS. AVOID SLOW PLAY and BE READY TO TEE OFF AT YOUR ASSIGNED TEE TIME. No one likes to have their tee time delayed or be held up while out on the course.
If you hit a ball other than your own, you lose the hole and are assessed a two-stroke penalty for the hole.
The maximum allowed score for each hole is two more strokes than your opponent on that hole. If you pick up and concede the hole before you get on the green your opponent must be within the leather before his putt is good.
The ball can be played up and can be moved one hand's width (tip of little finger to tip of thumb, both extended) anywhere except the green to improve the lie. We want to have fun playing this gentleman's game.
In that Riviera has a history of not manicuring the bunkers, a ball that comes to rest in a bunker can be lifted and the area where the ball came to rest raked. The ball is to be replaced as close as possible to its original position and played without any penalty.
Number four players must declare their intention to play white or yellow tees prior to the annual Snowball Tournament. The player will be required to play the ENTIRE season and playoffs from the same set of tees. Only players playing from white tees will be eligible to move up to a higher position for the next season.
Any players aged 75 and older, regardless of handicap, will be eligible to play the senior tees.
Players are allowed four make-up matches during the season. Each match must be made up prior to the following week's matches and scorecards should be sent to the webmaster. Opposing players are obligated to make every effort to accommodate the player who is missing the match. The proper handicap will be applied to the match that would be applied should the match be played at the scheduled date. If you pre-play a Thursday match and that regular Thursday match is rained out, your pre-play match is also considered rained out and is null and void.
If during this time a player misses five matches he will be replaced immediately. The only exception to this rule is if a member has a medical situation.
In the event of serious injury or illness, either to the player or a family member that needs their care, accommodations will be made to replace that player with a temporary player while his absence is required. Once the player is able to return to regular play, the temporary player will be released and the member will rejoin the League play.
If a member of your foursome is not present at your appointed tee time, the next foursome will be allowed to tee off ahead of your group. Your foursome continues to get bumped back until your entire foursome is present. Once all of your group is present, you can tee off. If you know that you will not be able to play on a particular week, CALL YOUR TEAMMATES, YOUR OPPONENT, OR YOUR CAPTAIN and let them know. This saves us all time and trouble. Likewise, if you know that one of your group will not be present, your threesome can tee off at its appropriate time, assuming that all of you are there and ready to play.
Points are awarded as follows:
If a player is absent, his opponent automatically gets 1 point for showing up and playing and can win a 2nd point by beating or tying his partner's opponent. If neither opponent of one team shows up, the opponents that did show up receive two points each, but they must complete their round in order to receive the points. For example, if the number 1 and 2 players of Team 1 do not show up and their opponents on Team 2 do show up and play, both of the Team 2 players get 2 points. The same applies if all members of a team do not show up.
Each team accumulates points based on matches won, lost or tied. To determine the Team Champion for the year, a playoff system has been devised. In the first round, the team finishing the season in 1st place will play the team finishing the season in 4th place and the team finishing the season in 2nd place will play the team finishing in 3rd place. The two winners will then play the championship match. The Team playoffs will begin the week immediately following regular season play.
Format for the Team Championships will be same as regular season play, match play.
Teams are ranked in the standings by Total Points, then #1 Player Points, then #2 Player Points, then #3 Player Points, and finally #4 Player Points.
If there is a tie at the end of the playoff, there will be a sudden-death playoff between one player from each team. The players with equal or the most similar handicap will play each other. For example, if each team has players with a HC of 7, they will compete in the sudden death playoff. If there are no identical HC players on both teams, the two most similar HC's will compete (i.e. a 5 HC player and a 6 HC player).
There are no substitutes allowed for playoff matches.
The final event of each season is the Individual League Championship followed by a dinner, wives are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Individual Championship is an 18-hole, stroke-play event played on a Sunday in mid-September. The HC for the 18-hole events will be 1.5 times your final season handicap.
In the event of a tie for the championship, the winner will be determined by starting with the #1 handicap hole (and up, as needed) to determine who had the low net score on that hole.
All the payouts will be at the dinner following the League Championship at the end of the year with the exception of payouts for the Snowball Tournament and weekly games.
Dues are $65 per person for a total of $1,560. Payouts are as follows:
|Weekly Games ($12 x 20 Weeks)||$240|
|Team Regular Season Champions:||$100 (25/player)|
|Team Playoff Champions:||$100 (25/player)|
|Individual Points Winner:||$25|
|Low Net Single Score Year:||$25|
|Low Gross Single Score Year:||$25|
|Low Net Average Score Year:||$25|
|Low Gross Average Score Year:||$25|
|Snowball Tournament 1st Place:||$100|
|Individual Tournament 1st Place:||$100|
|Individual Tournament 2nd Place:||$80|
|Individual Tournament 3rd Place:||$60|
|Individual Tournament Low Putts:||$10|
|Individual Tournament Closest to Pin (#6 and #17):||$20|
|Individual Tournament Dinner & Tip:||$400|
|League Web Fee:||$190|