FAQ’s

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE RBC PGA SCRAMBLE PRESENTED BY THE LINCOLN MOTOR COMPANY?

Anyone! This program is for people of all golfing abilities. We heavily encourage women to participate in this program, as well. Many foursomes are husband-and-wife duo’s. There are also “women only” events. Due to the format of this scramble, there is a lot of strategy involved, so even if you are the highest handicap player on your team you still have to contribute for your team to have a chance. This program is fun for all, and really captures the essence of comradery, collaboration and teamwork. Our only restriction is that all participants must be at least 19 years of age.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HANDICAP FACTOR AND A COURSE HANDICAP? WHICH ONE IS USED FOR THIS TOURNAMENT?

The RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company uses players’ official Handicap Factors.

A Handicap Factor is 96% of the average of your 10 best scores, from your last 20 entered. An Index and Handicap Factor are the exact same thing, however, “Index” is the American term. All participants must have an official Handicap Factor through Golf Canada in order to participate in this program. A Handicap Factor does not change from one course to another.

Using your Handicap Factor, your Course Handicap is calculated based on the Slope and Course Rating of the tees that you are playing (which may/will vary from course to course). Therefore, your Course Handicap at one course may be different at another course.

WHAT DOES THE PGA OF CANADA DO TO ENSURE THE LEGITIMACY OF PARTICIPANTS’ HANDICAPS?

We work very closely with Golf Canada in reviewing and managing handicaps. We are notified if anyone’s account looks suspicious or has been flagged. In turn, we have the right to deny or turn-away any participants whose scores may look dishonest.

WHY DID THE PGA OF CANADA IMPLEMENT SENIOR’S TEES FOR ANY MALES WHO ARE 55 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER?

After two years of requests for equality, we implemented the shorter senior male tees in order to accommodate the playing abilities of all golfers and to make it fairer across the board. With the Golf Canada Handicap System in place, we strongly believe that implementing these senior male tees is the fairest option for all.

The system uses the tees being played by the majority of players as the base and then makes adjustments off of that. For example, if the majority of the field is males over 55, then the younger males and any females will be adjusted based on the difference in Course Ratings from the senior male tees.

The Handicap System has been built on years and years of data collected by mathematicians from golf courses all over the country to allow golfers of all abilities to compete against one another in a fair manner. We have seen this over the years with the number of close results experienced at the Local, Regional and National Final. In fact, the National Final has been won by less than 1.0 strokes each in the first three years.

HOW ARE THE SENIOR MALE AND FEMALE TEES CALCULATED CORRECTLY AND FAIRLY?

Firstly, it is important to make note of the fact that the calculations vary depending on the course being played. The Golf Canada Handicap System specifies that a player’s Course Handicap is computed based on the Slope and Course Rating of the tee being played. Additionally, it is required that Section 3-5 is applied so that proper adjustments can be made to account for the difference in Course Ratings for the different tees being played.

CALCULATION:

Male Tees (BLUE) – Course Rating = 72.7, Slope Rating = 133
Senior Male Tees (WHITE) – Course Rating = 71.7, Slope Rating = 125
Female Tees (YELLOW) – Course Rating = 74.6, Slope Rating = 135
*For this example, the majority of the field is playing from the BLUE Tees.

Player 1 – Male, age 30, BLUE Tees – Handicap Factor = 8.5, Course Handicap = 10
Player 2 – Male, age 40, BLUE Tees – Handicap Factor = 12.1, Course Handicap = 14
Player 3 – Male, age 58, WHITE Tees – Handicap Factor = 5.7, Course Handicap = 6
Player 4 – Female, age 30, YELLOW Tees – Handicap Factor = 11.1, Course Handicap = 13

Team Course Handicap = 10+14+6+13 = 43
10% of Team Course Handicap = 4.3

Section 3-5 Applied
Players 1 and 2 are not adjusted as they are playing the same tee as the majority.
Player 3 is playing the WHITE Tees with a Course Rating of 71.7, so in comparison to the majority who are playing from 72.7, a further adjustment of -1.0 is taken into account.
Player 4 is playing the YELLOW Tees with a Course Rating of 74.6, so in comparison to the majority who are playing from 72.7, a further adjustment of 2.0 (1.9 rounded) is taken into account.
Since this is a team competition, those adjustments are then divided by 4 and then added/subtracted to the team aggregate Course Handicap. In this case the final team aggregate Course Handicap will be (0+0-1+2)/4 = 0.25 + 4.3 = 4.55.

In this example, if there were three players using the BLUE Tees and only one playing from the WHITE Tees, the adjustment would only be -0.25.

WHY ARE PGA OF CANADA PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED AT THE REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LEVELS?

Firstly, this is part of the incentive for Professionals to host a local event. This program would not exist without the help and support of PGA of Canada professionals who host qualifiers and finals every year. Secondly, all PGA of Canada professionals are held accountable for the integrity and honesty of their team, and scores, at both the regional and national levels. This helps to ensure the legitimacy of scores, as they are held to a Code of Professional Practice as a member of the PGA of Canada.

WHY ARE SOME EVENTS DIFFERENT THAN OTHERS (I.E. PRIZING, FORMAT, MEALS, ETC.)?

Due to the fact that we rely heavily on the help and support of our PGA of Canada professionals in running local qualifiers for us, we allow them to take these Scramble events and run them in a way that works best for their clubs. Keep in mind that some clubs are private and do not allow outside guests, while other clubs have both members and public players participating in the same event. We provide the Rules, signage and a subsidized prize table (for the top two or three teams) at every event. The professionals pick the date, time, format (shotgun or tee times), and whether or not they want to send groups as 4-somes or 8-somes.

Some clubs offer special rates or packages that include meal/drink tickets, while others simply offer great discounted rates for a round of golf.

The goal of the program is for all participants to have a fun experience while competing for a national title and we strive to provide a program that allows our PGA of Canada professionals to successfully provide that through their Local Qualifiers.

WHY DO SOME CLUBS SEND OUT 4-SOMES, AND OTHERS SEND OUT 8-SOMES?

As mentioned above, it is completely up to the individual club as to how they’d like to run the local qualifier. While there is an advantage of sending two groups together (8-somes) to keep track of each other’s scores, this will have an impact on the pace of play. We cannot enforce all clubs to send out 8-somes, as this can impact many other aspects of their daily operations. Please keep this in mind when registering for an event, as all of the format and details of each local qualifier will be listed on the website.

HOW DO YOU ENFORCE HONESTY AND THE LEGITIMACY OF SCORES AT LOCAL QUALIFIERS?

As previously mentioned, we work very closely with our friends at Golf Canada to review handicap accounts and ensure that nothing seems out of place. We recently allowed 8-somes at the local level to help with this issue, as well. Once participants get to the Regional Finals, we hold every PGA of Canada professional accountable for the honesty and integrity of their teams, and their own scores.

As the success of this program grows each year, we are constantly looking at ways to evolve this program into something bigger and better.

WHY IS THERE A TWO-PUTT RULE AT LOCAL QUALIFIERS?

The objective is to have fun and it is widely known that pace of play has a huge impact on the “fun factor” in regards to golf. The PGA of Canada has utilized the two-putt rule at many of its Pro-Ams over the years with much success. By having all local qualifiers utilize this rule, it allows the events to finish at a reasonable time and the amount of three putts in a four-person team scramble is very low. This rule only applies at local qualifiers.

WHAT DETERMINES HOW MANY TEAMS QUALIFY FOR EACH LOCAL EVENT? ALTERNATIVELY, WHAT DETERMINES HOW MANY TEAMS QUALIFY FOR THE NATIONAL FINAL?

Essentially, this is based on the number of teams competing in each local or regional qualifier. For example, any event with 10 or more teams receives two qualifying spots at the Regional Final, and any event with less than that only receives one qualifying spot (keeping in mind that no events are conducted with less than 6 teams).

For the National Final, this is solely based on how many local events each province has. The larger the area and the more local events within that province, the more qualifying spots this province will receive at the National Final. The National Final is currently capped at 20 teams.