Tournament Formats

All CTGA tournament play competition will have Player Pool Flights determined
by the number of players entered.

  • Individual Format Tournament Flights will be set and balanced as closely
    as possible based on the number of players and handicap spreads.
  • Team Format Tournaments will have 2 Team Flights and will be set and balanced
    as closely as possible based on the Team handicaps.
  • Flights provide Equitable Competition between players with comparable handicaps.
    All players are flighted using their Stroke Index for that course, from the
    lowest stroke index to the highest. The total number of players in the tournament
    determines the number of Flights. To help maintain equitable competition,
    Flights may vary in size by 2 or 3 players in some tournaments. This applies
    to both Individual and Team events.

Team Competitions

2-Player "Green Ball"

Each team is given one (1) "special" ball designated as the "Green Ball". A major objective of this competition is to finish the 18 holes without losing the green ball. The Team designates Player #1 and Player #2.

  • Team player #1 must play the green ball on all odd-number holes, beginning with hole #1, and plays his/her own ball on all even-numbered holes.
  • Team player #2 must play the green ball on all even-number holes, beginning with hole #2, and his/her own ball on all odd-numbered holes.
  • Both the green ball and the regular ball are played until holed out.
  • The Low Net Score of the Team for each hole, be it the green ball or the regular ball, will be used for the team score. The team that posts the lowest net score without losing the green ball wins. The team with the second lowest net team score without losing the green ball is 2nd, etc. If all green balls are lost prior to completion of 18 holes, the team who completes the most holes prior to losing their green ball wins.

This is one of CTGA's most popular formats every year.

2-Player 9+9

Each team member plays his/her own ball until it is holed out. For the first nine holes, the one low net score of the team for each hole will be used for the team score. For the second nine holes, both team member net scores for each hole will be used for the team score. The team with the lowest net score for the 18 holes wins. The team with the second lowest net score is 2nd, etc.

2-Player 9+9 Handicap Hole

Same as 2-Player 9+9, including scoring. However, for handicap holes 1 thru 9, the one low net score of the team for each hole will be used for the team score. For handicap holes 10 thru 18, both team member net scores for each hole will be used for the team score.

2-Player Best Ball

Each team member plays his/her own ball until it is holed out. The One Low Net Score of the team for each hole will be used for the team score. The team with the lowest net team is the winner. The team with the second lowest net team score is 2nd, etc.

2-Player Best Ball + Bonus

Each team member plays his/her own ball until it is holed out. The One Low Net Score of the team for each hole will be used for the team score. If the Low Net Score of the team is a Par or better and the 2nd player also has a Net Par for the hole, the team will be awarded 1 bonus point; a 2nd Net Birdie for the hole will be awarded 2 bonus points, etc. Winner(s) will be determined by Low Net Score(s) of the team(s), including bonus points.

2-Player Best Ball -- Restricted Handicaps

Same as 2-Player Best Ball, including Team scoring, except Team handicap spread MUST be at least 7 strokes….. (example: if player A handicap is 8, Player B handicap MUST be 15 or higher). Teams may play with a spread of less than 7 strokes but their team handicap spread will be adjusted to 7…..(example: player A handicap is 4 and player B handicap is 5 which results in a deficit of 6 strokes to meet the minimum 7 stroke spread. The team handicap for player A will be reduced to a 1 and player B handicap will be reduced to a 2. Same scoring will apply.

2-Player Select Drive

Each team member hits his/her Tee Shot on all holes. The team selects the better of the two shots and both play their 2nd shots from that spot and continue to play their own ball until it is holed out. The One Low Net Score of the team for each hole will be used for the team score.

Note: Each player’s Tee Shot must be used on at least two par-4 holes and one par-3 or par-5 hole on each nine.

The team with the lowest net score for the 18 holes wins. The team with the second lowest net score is 2nd, etc.

2-Player Team Total

Each team member plays his/her own ball until it is holed out. The net scores of both team members are used for the team score on each hole. The team with the lowest net score for the 18 holes wins. The team with the second lowest net score is 2nd, etc.

4 Team GB/BB

4-Player 2-Best Ball

Each team member plays his/her own ball until it is holed out. The two lowest net scores of the team for each hole will be used for the team score. The team with the lowest team net score wins. The team with the second lowest team net score is 2nd, etc.

4-Player 2-Best Ball and Bonus

Each team member plays his/her own ball until it is holed out. Net Scores on each hole determine plus (+) or minus (-) points. Points are awarded as follows;

  • Team quota of Two Net Pars only earn zero (0) points;
  • Total Team scores lower than 2 Net Pars receive bonus points;
  • Total Team scores with only 1 Net Par results in negative points;
  • Net Birdie earns 1 point; Net Eagle earns 2 points; Net Double Eagle earns 3 points, etc.

4-Player 3-Best Ball and Bonus (3-4)

Each team member plays his/her own ball until it is holed out. Net Score Points are used to determine Team Score on each hole.

Scoring (All Net):

  • Par = 0 points
  • Birdie = 1 point
  • Eagle = 2
  • Bogie = -1
  • Double Bogie = -2, etc.

A bonus point is awarded if all 4 players (net scores) par the hole.

The team with the lowest net score wins. The team with the second lowest net score is 2nd, etc.

4-Player 6+6+6

Each team member plays his/her own ball until it is holed out. For holes 1 through 6, the two lowest net scores of the team for each hole will be used for the team score. For holes 7 through 12, the three lowest net scores of the team will be used for the team score. For holes 13 through 18, the low net scores of all 4 team members will be used for the team score. The team with the lowest team net score wins. The team with the second lowest team net score is 2nd, etc.

4-Player ABCD Scramble

Team handicap will be a percentage of the cumulative individual handicaps of the 4 Team players. After all team members hit their Tee shots, the team will select the best tee shot and all players hit from that spot. The best 2nd shot will be determined and all players hit from that spot, etc., until the ball is holed out. The total number of strokes for each hole will be used for the team score. Unlike all other formats above where individual or team net scores determine winners, the adjusted Team handicap will be used to determine team scores. The team with the lowest net team score wins. The team with the second lowest net team score is 2nd, etc.

4-Player Baseball (Designated Hitter)

This fun and popular format gets all 4 team members involved in the scoring. Optional Formats:

  • Each team designates its members as players A, B, C and D. Player A is designated hitter (DH) on holes #1, 5, 10, and 14. Player B is DH on holes #2, 6, 11, and 15; player C on #3, 7, 12, and 16; and player D on #4, 8, 13, and 17. Each team members plays his/her own ball until it is holed out. The net score of the DH and the lowest net score of the other 3 players will be used for the team score on each hole. With no designated hitter on holes #9 and #18, the 2 lowest net scores of the team are used for the team score. The team with the lowest team net score wins. The second lowest team net score is 2nd, etc.
  • Designated Hitters are determined by Handicap Holes. Player A is designated hitter (DH) on handicap holes #1, 2, 3, and 4. Player B is DH on handicap holes #5, 6, 7, 8; player C on handicap holes #9, 10, 11, 12; player D on handicap holes #13, 14, 15, 16. No DH for handicap holes #17 and 18. All other scoring rules will apply as above.

Individual Competitions

Chicago

A format based on points, similar to Modified Stableford and Quota. In this format, golfers begin their rounds with a specific amount of “Negative Points” based on their handicaps (see below). During the round, Positive Points are awarded on each hole: Bogie – 1 point, Par – 2 points, Birdie – 4 points, Eagle – 8 points.

Player handicaps are used only to determine the beginning Negative Points. All Positive Points will be awarded based on actual scores made on each hole.

The objective is to get as many Positive Points as possible and clear your hurdle (the term used for your starting total of negative points) by as much as possible. The player with the highest point total within each Flight wins that Flight. Second highest point total wins 2nd place, etc.

Modified Stableford

A variation of Medal Play, with Flights, but hole-by-hole scoring is on a point system. Net Double Eagle = 8 points, Net Eagle = 5 points, Net Birdie = 2 points, Net Par = 0 points, Net Bogie = minus 1 point, Net Bogie or more = minus 3 points. The player with the highest point total within each Flight wins that Flight. Second highest point total wins 2nd place, etc.

Skins

Players compete against all other players within their Flight in Skins competition. Each Skin Flight will compete in two competitions.

Gross Skins (60% of Player Pool fund): A Skin is won if only one player has the lowest Gross Score recorded for that hole. If more than one score is low, that hole is halved and yields no winner.

Net Skins (40% of Player Pool fund): A Skin is won if only one player has the lowest Net Score recorded for that hole. If more than one score is low, that hole is halved and yields no winner.

Skins Player Pool is determined by the total number of players in the field and each Skins Flight receives 50% of the total Player Pool pot.

Optional "Trash" Competitions

Closest-To-The-Pin

(no additional fee required) - Each CTP Flight will compete on two designated Par 3 holes. Winner of a CTP hole will be the player whose ball, on the green, is measured closest to the hole.

Note: CTP applies only to the first shot attempt from the teeing area and the ball must come to rest on the green.

Deuces (Optional)

Cost to enter Deuces is $5.00. Gross scores will be used to determine Deuce winners. All players who have natural 2’s on their scorecard share in the Deuce pot.

The Deuce pot is determined by the number of Deuce players within the Deuce Flight and will be shared by the total number of 2’s made.

If no Deuces are recorded at a given tournament, the Deuce pot will be carried over to the next tournament, etc., until a Deuce winner is declared.
A Hole-In-One will not be credited as a Deuce earned.

Skins (Optional)

Cost to enter Skins is $5.00. Gross scores will be used to determine Skin winners for each hole. A skin is won if only one player has the lowest gross score recorded for that hole. If more than one score is low, that hole is halved and yields no winner.

The Skins pot is determined by the number of Skins players within each Skins Flight and will be shared by the number of skins won within that Skins Flight. If no Skins are recorded at a given tournament, the Skins pot will be carried over to the next tournament, etc., until a Skins winner is declared.

Other Special Competitions

CTGA Classic Team Competition

Players may enter this event with one or two different partners. Cost to enter each team is $10.00. Each team member plays his/her own ball until it is holed out.

For the first round (Saturday), the one low net score of the team for each hole will be used for the team score.

For the second round (Sunday), both team member's net score for each hole will be used for the team score. The team with the lowest net score for the 36 holes wins.

The team with the second lowest net score is 2nd, etc. CTGA Classic guests are not eligible to compete in Classic Team Competition.

Fedex Cup Point Competition

Our FedEx Cup is a season-long competition in which players accumulate points based on their finish in specified CTGA tournaments and culminate with an 8 player playoff at the end of our tournament year. See Fedex Cup for details.

Kodak Challenge

See Kodak Challenge for more info on the special year-long competition.

Match Play

Optional competition that may be held each year. If held, it will begin usually by the end of March and conclude just prior to our CTGA Fall Classic.

Medal Play

Players compete against all other players within their Flight, using full handicaps. The player with the lowest net score round within each Flight wins that Flight. Second lowest net score wins 2nd place, third lowest net score wins 3rd place, etc.