Rules

The RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company is designed to be an enjoyable experience for all participants. In an effort to ensure a fun and equitable experience for all, the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company will be conducted as strictly as possible under the Golf Canada Rules of Golf and any Local Rules put in place by the PGA of Canada.

Below is a summary of the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Event Rules, Policies & Eligibility. For a full list of the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Rules, Policies & Eligibility click here.

Format

The RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Local Events are a four-person, scramble format:

  • All team members tee off each hole
  • Team chooses the shot that gives them the best opportunity
  • This process continues up until the ball is on the putting green, and all four players have the opportunity to sink the putt
  • Each team member has an opportunity to make the first putt, if everyone misses, the next putt is conceded for a maximum two-putt per hole
  • Each team member’s tee shot must be used at least three (3) times per round

The RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Regional and National Finals is a five-person, elimination format:

  • All team members tee off each hole
  • Team chooses the shot they are going to use
  • The golfer whose shot is taken is eliminated from participating in the next shot
  • A player is only eliminated for the one shot following his/her selected shot
  • This process continues up until the ball is on the putting green, and then all five players have the opportunity to sink the putt
  • All five players tee off the next hole and the elimination process begins again, until the ball is played from the putting green
  • Each team member’s tee shot must be used at least three (3) times per round
  • The eliminated player cannot take a practice shot during the time they are eliminated
  • Elimination Scramble Instruction Sheet will be provided at each event

Handicap Requirements

All players must use their CURRENT Golf Canada Handicap Factor on the day of the Local Event to determine the Course Handicap for that day’s competition.

NOTE: For the Local Qualifiers only, players without an official Golf Canada Handicap Factor, can go to www.golfcanada.ca and register for a Bronze or Gold Membership. After posting five scores, the Gold Membership will provide an official Golf Canada Handicap Factor. Posting five scores with a Bronze membership will provide an “Average Over Par” number which will be reduced by 25% for the use in the team’s handicap for the local event. Any players who advance to the Regional Finals will be required to have an official Golf Canada Handicap Factor.

The maximum Golf Canada Handicap Factor is 36.4 for males and 40.4 for females.

The four team members’ aggregate Golf Canada Handicap must be a minimum of 32.0 and maximum of 112 (including mixed gender teams).

A maximum of two single figure handicap (9.9 or less) players based on individual’s Golf Canada Handicap are allowed in each team at each level of competition (PGA of Canada professionals are not included).

For example:
8.7 + 11.1 + 1.4 + 10.2 = 31.4 (ineligible)
13.5 + 12.7 + 8.3 + 2.4 = 36.9 (eligible)
2.3 + 11.7 +25.3 + 27.2 = 66.5 (eligible)
1.3 + 5.7 + 9.9 + 28.7 = 45.6 (ineligible, team consisting of more than two single-digit handicaps)
5.6 + 31.4 + 34.8 + 40.4 female = 112.2 (ineligible, team aggregate Golf Canada Handicap must not exceed 112.0)

To determine the net score on the day of the Local Event, team members’ Golf Canada Handicaps are adjusted as per the Slope Rating of the tees being played from to determine their Course Handicaps. The aggregate Course Handicap for the four players is divided by 10 to determine the team’s Course Handicap. The resulting figure is then subtracted from the team’s score for the Ambrose 18-hole event.

For example:
Team aggregate Daily Handicap of 54 x 10% = 5.4
Team scratch score = 70
Net score = 64.6 (70 minus 5.4)

Note: Women are to use the Slope Rating from their respective tees to determine their Course Handicap

The team’s aggregate Golf Canada Handicap Factor established at the Local Event is the base aggregate handicap for the Championship.

 

Regional Finals

To be read in conjunction with Section One of the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Operations Manual. Please note that all participants must have an official Golf Canada Handicap Factor to compete in the Regional Finals. Those who do not have one, may register for a Gold Membership with Golf Canada at www.golfcanada.ca.

To determine the net score on the day of the Regional Final and the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Championship Final, 10% of the team’s aggregate Daily Handicap will be used; the resulting figure is then subtracted from the team’s score for the Ambrose 18-hole event.

For example:
Team aggregate handicap of 56 x 10% = 5.6
Team scratch score = 70
Net score = 64.4 (70 minus 5.6)

A team member may be substituted if he/she is unable to play in the next level of competition. Prior to the next stage of competition, the team must submit, in writing, their request for the substitution to the PGA of Canada. The letter must reference whether the substitute will accompany the team to the following stage of the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company should they be successful, or whether the original member at Local Event level will return to the team for the final level of competition. If written notification is not submitted prior to the next stage it will be the right of the substitute player to proceed to the next stage of Competition.

The current Golf Canada Handicap Factor of a substituting amateur must be equal to, greater than or up to a maximum of two (2.0) strokes less than the approved Golf Canada Handicap Factor (the handicap that was in effect when the team played at the Local Event) of the original team member.

For example, if the original team member had a Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 12.3 for the Local Event and the substitute’s Golf Canada Handicap Factor is 15.7, then the substitute player will use a Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 12.3 at the Regional Final to determine their Course Handicap.

If the original player had a Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 12.1, and the substitute is 11.2, then the substitute will use a Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 11.2 to determine their Course Handicap for the Regional Final.

Only two (2) substitutions will be allowed for the duration of the tournament (Note: these two substitutions cannot occur at the same stage of the tournament e.g. the substitution of a Local Event player for a Regional Final and a further substitution following a Regional Final for the team’s qualification for the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Championship Final is acceptable – the substitution of two Local Event players for a Regional Final is not permitted). More than two substitutions over the duration of the tournament will not be allowed, as the team will no longer have the identity of the team that played at the Local Event. If a team is unable to participate within this rule the next placed team from the previous level will advance in their place. The lowest aggregate team Golf Canada Handicap from the local or regional level will always apply when substitutes are involved.

Females can be substituted by a male (and vice versa) providing that all Golf Canada Handicap Factor requirements are met.

At its discretion, the PGA of Canada reserves the right to disallow a substitution of a team member when it is apparent that the substitution is being made to improve the team’s chances of winning and/or not to replace a team member who is unable to play in the next level of competition.

Special Rules

If a team is disqualified for a rules violation, no entry fees will be refunded.

If a team cannot participate in the next level of play, their entry fee will be refunded providing the PGA of Canada is given 7 days’ notice prior to the event.

A team is not eligible to compete for prizes or Regional Final qualification at a Local Event with only 3 players as the team has not met the requirements to enter the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company.

A team may play with one team member missing at the Regional Final and/or the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Championship Final. The three tee shot rule will be limited to the remaining team members and the team’s aggregate Course Handicap will also remain divisible by 10. If a team member should join during the play, the three tee shot rule would apply to the holes remaining. An absent partner may join the team between holes, but not during play of the hole. Should a team play the entire round with less than four amateur team members, normal handicapping rules will apply in regards to the Regional and/or Championship Final. No allowance or concession is provided in this regard.

Use of Information

All participants in RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Local Events should be aware that by entering into the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Local Event and completing the relevant RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company entry forms, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information, as provided to the PGA of Canada in those entry forms, in accordance with the PGA of Canada’s privacy policy.

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