The 21st Don Celso Tuason & Valley Founders' Cup

CONDITIONS OF PLAY

The 21 st Don Celso S.  Tuason & Valley Founders’ Cup will be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the R&A Rules Limited, USGA and the local rules of Valley Golf and Country Club, Inc. (VGCCI).

MANNER OF PLAY

The tournament is a 36-hole, two-day, two-player team competition. Each team will consist of one VGCCI member and one guest, except for the Sponsors Division, where two guests or two members may compete.

FORMAT

South Course North Course
Best Ball Aggregate

SIZE OF FIELD

There will be five (5) regular divisions based on the members’ UNHS handicap indices as follows:

Division I: 0 – 3.9
Division II: 4.0 – 8.9
Division III: 9.0 – 13.9
Division IV: 14.0 – 18.9
Division V: 19 and above

There will be a separate division for sponsors. A Sponsors team with a VGCCI member participant may compete in either the Sponsors or the Regular Divisions. Should the team opt to play in the Regular divisions, both the member and the guest must have established handicaps in accordance with the provisions in the Eligibility Section below and must declare their intent to join the regular division before the deadline for signing up

ELIGIBILITY

MEMBERS:

VGCCI members in good standing and with established club or UNHS handicaps are qualified to participate. Members will use their January 2020 Handicap Index. New VGCCI members without a handicap as of the January 2020 posting may use their current handicap index issued by Unified National Handicapping System (UNHS), or any USGA or R&A certified golf club. Maximum handicap for VGCCI members shall be set at 36. The Tournament Committee may also issue provisional handicaps for new VGCCI members subject to club rules & procedures.

HANDICAPS:

Club members will use their January 2020 Valley Golf Handicap or UNHS Index, whichever is lower.

GUESTS:

Guests must submit their January 2020 handicap index duly issued and certified by UNHS, or any USGA or R&A certified golf club. Maximum handicap for guests will be 18 for both courses. Guests with handicap higher than 18 may still join, but their handicap will be capped at 18. HANDICAP CERTIFICATIONS ISSUED BY ANY ASSOCIATION OTHER THAN THOSE MENTIONED ABOVE ARE NOT VALID FOR THIS TOURNAMENT AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Guests who do not submit their handicap certification will be given a handicap of zero (0). All handicaps must be submitted before the first flight tees off on the first day.

The Tournament Committee shall verify handicaps submitted by VGCCI members and guests and reserves the right to adjust the same and/or
disqualify any team found to have violated the eligibility and/or handicap rules.

ENTRY FEE:

Php 10,000 per team (Note: As explained in the Circular and Entry Form, this entry fee is only for the Tournament, and not for the Grand Raffle. The Grand Raffle is a separate event costing Php 3,000 per ticket.)

TEAM CLASSIFICATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. There will be five (5) regular divisions based on the members’ UNHS handicap indices.
  2. There will be a separate division for sponsors and their guests. If either the sponsor or his partner is a member of VGCCI, the team has the option to compete in the Regular divisions.
  3. Two VGCCI members, dependents or a combination of both, may NOT form a team in the Regular Division.
  4.  Since the 21 st DCT & Founders Cup is an amateur tournament, professional golfers shall not be allowed to play as guests.

TEES

BLUE TEES – Regular Male players (54 years old and below)

RED TEES – Ladies

WHITE TEES – Senior Male players (55 to 64 years old, based on year of birth)

PURPLE TEES – Super senior Male players (65 years old and up, based on year of birth. Handicap will be reduced by 1 from the white tee handicap)

Basis for Computing Age: Year of Birth, NOT Date of Birth

SCORING

Each team member will play his or her own ball in both formats.

  1. Regular Division:
    Stableford
    NET OF HANDICAP

    South Course: Best Ball Format

    Maximum Points — 54 points (18 under)

    North Course: Aggregate Format
    Maximum Points — 45 points per player (9
    under).

  2. Sponsors’ Division: System 36 Scoring

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

SCORECARDS - Markers & Signatures

  1. Players and markers must sign the scorecards on the designated spaces. Caddies may NOT enter scores. The marker should initial all erasures, corrections & revisions prior to submission of the scorecards. Otherwise, zero point will be recorded as the team score for the round. The applicable handicap per hole will be indicated in the official scorecard of each player.
  2. In Stableford competition, the marker will only record the gross  umber of strokes for each hole (NOT the net score) where the competitor’s net score could earn one (1) or more points. If the player can no longer score a point in the hole, i.e. zero (0) point, the marker will write an “X” in the scorecard for that hole.
  3. All corrections must be initialed by the designated marker.
  4. At least one (1) member from each team must sign the scorecards.

LATE TO TEE OFF

A player is “late to tee off” when he/she is not at the teeing ground and ready to play the moment the shotgun signal is fired. Player will not be disqualified. Instead, marker will put an “X” on all the holes where he/she failed to play. Player will be allowed to play on the hole where he/she is able to catch up with assigned flight and deemed ready to play.

MANDATORY PICK-UP

Whenever a player cannot score a “net bogey” in a hole anymore, he/she must pick up his/her ball. For example, player with handicap of 1 in a par 4, must pick-up when playing 7 already. Player would be considered as having scored zero (0) point in the said hole. Failure to do so is an automatic infraction: this will be considered an element of Undue Delay under Rule 32. As per Rule 6-7, a penalty of two (2) points will be deducted from the team score for the round.

OPEN HOLE

Any Group (Flight) that cannot maintain the pace of play during the tournament, i.e., with an OPEN HOLE, will be warned by the  Marshall or the following flight to speed up play. Should the Group so warned continue to have an Open Hole by the time the preceding flight is ready to tee-off in their next hole, the players will be requested by the Marshall to proceed to the next tee without completing play in the said hole. The teams in the group will be considered as having scored zero (0) points on the Hole(s) where they caused undue delay to succeeding flights in the  Tournament. For subsequent and repeated Open Hole violations, the penalty of disqualification will be imposed on the Group.

Definition of Open Hole: A hole is deemed an Open Hole when no group or flight is playing in the said hole from tee to green. Example: Warning given by the Marshall for slow play in Hole No. 5, since Hole No. 6 is already an Open Hole. If the next hole, Hole No. 7, in turn becomes an Open Hole while the flight who received the warning has not yet finished Hole No. 6, the flight with the Open Hole should immediately proceed to Hole No. 7 without holing-out in Hole No. 6. The teams in the said flight would be considered as having scored zero in Hole No. 6.

“GIMME-PUTT” CIRCLE:

When a ball is within the “gimme putt” circle but not inside the hole, the player will be allowed to pick up his/her ball. Player is deemed to have holed out on next stroke. Both the player who “gives” outside the “gimme putt” circle and the player who accepts the “give” will be penalized by two strokes per violation. The Committee will assign a senior caddie per flight to ensure compliance and report any violation of this rule.

PILIGANS:

Piligans are mandatory at Php 500 per participant per playing day. (Can be used anytime, i.e. 2 in one hole). Piligans may be used anywhere except on the putting green. All players must declare their intent to their competitor(s) before using their mulligan. Except for tee shots, the Piligan ball must be placed within one scorecard length from the position of the original ball, not nearer the hole. As per definition of “PILI”, the player may choose any of the two(2) shots after using Piligan.

Note: After declaration and playing the second ball by player, a “Piligan” is deemed used even if the original ball was chosen. The player must surrender Piligan Stub to designated marker in the flight. If Piligan is played without giving prior advice to marker, the first ball shall be deemed in play and the Piligan considered as used already.

CADDIE FEE:

Minimum Caddie Fee for the tournament is Php 600 per 18 Hole round.

Pilligans and Caddie fees are not included in the entry fee, and must be paid upon registration on each playing day

REMINDER TO ALL PARTICIPANTS:

Upon completion of the round:

     a) Each scorecard must have at least 2 signatures – one from each team in the flight; or if the team is playing alone, the designated marker must also sign their scorecards.
     b) The designated marker must initial all corrections.
     c) Players in the South Course must drop their scorecards in the BOX provided on the table in the Main Clubhouse (beside the Registration Counter), while players in the North Course must drop their scorecards in the BOX provided in the designated area in the North Clubhouse. All scorecards must be submitted within fifteen (15) minutes after the round. Any scorecard submitted beyond the specified period will be considered invalid. Zero (0) points will be posted for teams who fail to submit their
scorecards within the prescribed period.
     d) Players must not forget to give the caddie stub to their respective caddies.

STABLEFORD POINTS

The following Stableford Points corresponding to the player’s NET score will be used:

Double Bogey 0
Bogey 1
Par 2
Birdie 3
Eagle/Net Hole-in-One 4
Double Eagle 5
Triple Eagle (natural Eagle with two strokes) 6
Natural Hole-in-One 7
Natural Hole-in-One (with one stroke) 8
Natural Hole-in-One (with two strokes) 9

RESOLUTION OF TIES

Ties for low net honors will be broken in following order:

Regular Divisions:

  1. In favor of the team with the lower team
    handicap.
  2.  In favor of the team with the better combined
    Stableford points total in the Aggregate format.
  3.  If still tied, in favor of the team with the most
    number of natural holes-in-one.
  4.  If still tied, in favor of the team with the most
    number of natural eagles.
  5.  If still tied, in favor of the team with the most
    number of natural birdies.
  6.  If still tied, in favor of the team with the most
    number of natural pars.
  7.  If still tied, winner will be determined by drawing
    of lots.

Ties for lowest gross champion will be broken in the following order:

Regular Divisions:

  1. In favor of the team with the most number of
    natural holes-in-one.
  2.  If still tied, in favor of the team with the most
    number of natural eagles.
  3.  If still tied, in favor of the team with the most
    number of natural birdies.
  4.  If still tied, in favor of the team with the most
    number of natural pars.
  5.  If still tied, winner will be determined by drawing
    of lots.

Sponsors’ Division:

1. In favor of the team with the lower combined
gross scores at the South Course.
2. If still tied, in favor of the team with the most
number of holes-in-one, most number of eagles,
birdies, and so on.
3. If still tied, winner will be determined by drawing
lots.

PRIZES AND AWARDS

  1. The 21st Don Celso S. Tuason & Valley Founders’ Cup Overall Champion The team with the highest combined total points for both days shall be named the Overall Champion.
         a) The team members of the overall champion will
    receive their trophies during the Awards Night.
         b) The names of the Overall Champions will also be
    engraved on the perpetual trophy displayed in
    the Club.
  2. Lowest Gross Champion
    The team with the highest combined total points based on gross scores without applying handicaps shall be declared as the lowest gross champion. The team members of the lowest gross champion will receive their trophies during the Awards Night.
  3. The team members of the Regular Division winners will receive the following trophies:
    The team with the highest combined total points for both days in their respective division shall be named the Division Champion.
         a) Champion
         b) 1st Runner-up
  4. The team members of the Sponsors’ Division Winners played under System 36 Rules will receive the following trophies:
         a) Champion
         b) 1st Runner-up

HOLE-IN-ONE

There will be a Hole-In-One prize in all Par-3 holes. All players making a hole-in-one on the same Par 3 hole for the duration of the tournament will share equally in the prize for that particular hole, unless otherwise stipulated by the sponsor.

PILIGAN SHOTS ARE NOT ENTITLED TO WIN ANY HOLE-IN-ONE PRIZES.

Conditions of Play & Dispute Resolution

All questions on rules will be referred to the Official Rulesman during the course of the tournament. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to change any condition of play prior to the start of the tournament, and to review the decision of the Rulesman upon proper written request by any bonafide participant. By joining the tournament, the participants are deemed to have accepted the conditions of play and agreed that the decisions of the Tournament Committee will be binding and final on them.

AWARDS NIGHT

The Tournament Committee cordially invites all participants to attend the Awards Night Dinner and tournament raffle draw starting at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the Main Clubhouse. Physical presence shall not be required for minor tournament raffle prizes, which will be pre-drawn by  the DCT Cup Tournament Committee. The results will be posted in designated areas to save time. However, physical presence shall be required for the ten (10) major tournament raffle prizes.