Typical WCS Format:
AM Matches - Best-Ball
PM Matches - Scramble
AM Matches - Best-Ball
PM Matches - Scramble
Matches - Singles
Singles Matches Selection Rules:
Losing team gets 1st picks equal to the number of points they’re losing by.
Example: If the score is 15-13...the losing team gets the 1st 2 picks and then it alternates by 1 from there.
The winning team then gets to pick the 1st foursome. It will then alternate by 1 from there. When a team selects a foursome, they also choose the tee time order of that foursome.
If there are 7 foursomes...they choose 1 thru 7 to determine the order of play.
*Or say fuck it and just announce matches as 2015 Captains G$ and SNAPS did.*
Team Selection - Draft Rule Proposal
It has been brought to the Anonymous Steering Committee that WCS implement the Koz-Bisaillon Draft rules going forward. This has been rejected. The ASC has decided that the Captains will remain the ultimate decision makers. If they choose to hold a draft...fine, but it will not be a rule. They can devise teams any way they choose. They can also postpone decision until after the current trip.
*ASC can also bully captains into a decision with 3-2 vote*
Team Selection - if there is a Draft
If there is a draft (Captains decision), the Captain with the higher handicap at the time of the draft gets the 1st choice. Basically, the shittier golfer gets his choice of which pick he wants. The 1st (Shimo) and 4th picks…or 2nd and 3rd picks.
Handicapping the matches:
We will also use the USGA’s Guidelines to handicap our matches. It clearly states that 100% of a players course handicap is to be used for the best ball (Technically called “Four-Ball Match Play”) and singles formats.
Four-Ball Match Play: (What we call - 2 Man Best-Ball) Allowance: The Course Handicap of all four players is reduced by the Course Handicap of the player with the lowest handicap, who then plays from scratch. Each of the three other players is allowed 100 percent of the difference. (See Decision 9-4a/2, 9-4a/3)
Singles Match Play: Allowance: The higher-handicapped player receives the full difference in Course Handicap between the two players; the lower-handicapped player plays from scratch. (See Decision 9-4a/1.)
2 Person Scramble: The USGA does not have an official rule on 2-person scramble matches. We've used their "recommendation" of 35% of the "A" players course handicap and 15% of the "B" players handicap for the past few years and have concluded it is not accurately handicapping those matches.
Therefore, our Handicap Czar, Kenny, has scoured the globe for a solution and has settled on the CGA (Canadian Golf Association) scramble rule for future use by the WCS.
For the WCS two person scrambles, we're taking 40% of both players course handicaps to determine a team handicap.
- Team handicap x 80% ÷ # of golfers.
- Then take the difference of the two teams and then round to the nearest whole number to determine the number of strokes to be given.
In 2016, the Czar also determined that we should handicap the 3-man scrambles as well.
the Czar would like to go on record advising that handicaps should be applied. I handicapped those matches using the Canadian Golf Association's method and only 1 of the 5 matches came out to "Even". The other 4 required strokes to even up the match. Granted, if handicapped 3 of the 4 remaining matches bring strokes to the young guys, but my position would be the same if the tables were turned. The 3-man scramble matches should really be handicapped as there is less room to hide for all golfers.
Handicapping the matches will only make it more "fair" and the work is done. You guys jumped me in last year as czar giving me ultimate authority. Don't let me getting hit in the balls by Nardi happen in vane. Czar email 2-17-15 10:00am
I think drafting with the idea of not having to handicap the matches is a great position to start from, but all golfers aren't created equal...which is why we keep handicaps and apply them to matches.
We've all played in enough scrambles to know that strokes are often needed to make the match as fair as possible. Czar email 2-17-15 10:12am
Handicap Index - How it’s applied:
Thanks to newly appointed “Handicap Czar”, Kenny, we have made an adjustment to the way players are handicapped. We will will follow USGA guidelines and calculate “course handicaps” based on each players current handicap index they keep online. This will actually help high handicappers, because your course handicap goes up exponentially the harder the course (according to it’s slope rating).
USGA Rule on entering scores for handicap - Page 8 of USGA Reference Guide
“Post scores in all forms of competition: match play, stroke play, and team competitions where players play their own ball” This means we’ll be asking for your score in 3 of the 5 matches you’re playing in. Enter them in MyScorecard sandbaggers!
WCS Rule on Inclement Weather
Thank you to Anonymous Steering Commitee Consultants JJ and Guts for their work on this.
**Captains can agree to override any rule below**
Consensus of all 4 players in foursome will determine to continue or stop. In the event of disagreement, the most senior pro in clubhouse will determine to suspend or continue play due to weather or darkness based on local (course) established rules for tournaments…not just if they will allow play to continue. Either captain can request a ruling at any time. In the event of horn, play is automatically suspended immediately. In the event of club pro making judgment to stop play based on weather/darkness, all foursomes that were not in agreement will complete the hole they are on. If foursomes agreed to continue play and the course will allow, they can continue.
We will wait out all weather delays indefinitely. In the event that weather delay causes us to be in the clubhouse during the beginning of afternoon matches and course can accommodate our group to tee off on time, any suspended morning matches will be final. In the event that we had play suspended, but have resumed play, groups will complete morning matches and then begin afternoon matches upon completion of morning matches.
Good faith or Intentional delay clause: In the event of delay, any match can request a slow rule play established requiring each hole to be completed within 15 minutes of teeing off excluding any delays caused by foursome in front of them or other reasonable delay. Loss of hole will result if in violation of 15 minute rule. Bottom line: don't drag your feet to squeek out a win you fuck sticks. Man up and play the game with integrity.
Drink Rule: Losing team in a suspended match buys all drinks for winning team in same match with no limit during the delay. (individual matches not overall team lead) Winning player at the time can elect not to enforce if this causes some cheap fuck to want to continue play in a hurricane.
Ultimately, matches are considered final regardless of hole with normal points being awarded.
The Captains are responsible for determining this and agreeing to this prior to the start of competition.
NO DEBATE - USGA Rules!
Going forward, all USGA rules will be followed for everything. There will be no debate. This is the best way to take all opinion and guessing out of the process for the many years (decades) we’ll be doing this.
Belly Putters are Oficially Banned by the ASC
Because they’re fucking ridiculous
WCS Attire rule:
White Belts should only be worn by the best players in the world. Most of us hacks have no business wearing them. As such, only the World's #1 and #2 ranked players can wear white belts. For 2017, this means only Rod and Stix aka: Honey & Sweets. Sorry Shims…win more matches and you can put it back on someday.
Underware / Shirtless Wrestling only permitted in Omaha or on O8 sanctioned trip.
Mopes: Not allowed
Nude pretend tennis:
Driving on 18th green with cart:
Perfectly acceptable if you feel it was the golf courses fault for putting the green in the wrong place...