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 Qualifiers are played under the typical scramble format, with teams of four amateurs:

  • 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 (this rule applies at the LOCAL LEVEL ONLY)
  • Each team member’s tee shot must be used at least three (3) times per round and identified on the scorecard

The RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company Regional and National Finals is a five-person team, elimination scramble 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 each 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 as of the entry closing date of the Local Qualifier to determine the Course Handicap for that day’s competition.

NOTE: Players who are not members of Golf Canada affiliated golf clubs will be required to obtain a Gold Membership through Golf Canada at www.golfcanada.ca. After posting five scores, the Gold Membership will provide an official Golf Canada Handicap Factor. Only official Golf Canada Handicap Factors will be accepted at all stages of the competition.

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

The four team members’ aggregate Golf Canada Handicap factor must be a minimum of 32.0 and maximum of 112.0 (including mixed gender teams).

A maximum of two single figure handicap (9.9 or less) players based on individual’s Golf Canada Handicap Factors are allowed on 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, team aggregate Golf Canada Handicap Factors are lower than 32.0)
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 Factors must not exceed 112.0)

To determine the net score on the day of the Local Event, team members’ Golf Canada Handicap Factors are adjusted as per the Slope Rating of the tees being played 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 gross score for the event.

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

Note: Female competitors 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.

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

For example:
Team aggregate Course Handicap of 56 x 10% = 5.6
Team gross 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 from the Local Qualifier 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, or up to a maximum of two (2.0) strokes higher or lower than the approved Golf Canada Handicap Factor (the handicap that was in effect when the team played at the Local Qualifier) of the original team member.

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 Qualifier 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 National Final is acceptable – the substitution of two Local Qualifier 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 Qualifier. If a team is unable to participate within this rule the next placed team from the previous level will advance in their place.

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.

The Glenlivet Wild Card

New for 2019, The Glenlivet Guardians Wild Card gives one eliminated team a chance for redemption with a trip to the RBC PGA Scramble National Final presented by the Lincoln Motor Company. To enter the Wild Card draw, all four team players must subscribe to the Guardians newsletter, available within the registration form. Not only will players get a chance to write their own comeback story, but they will also become an official Guardian of The Glenlivet, gaining access to exclusive content, news and releases from the definitive single malt whiskey.

In order to be eligible for this incredible opportunity, complete the entry form, opting in for both The Glenlivet Guardian newsletter and The Glenlivet Wild Card (all four players on the team are required to opt-in in order to be eligible). If your team does not qualify for a Regional Final, your team will go in the draw which will take place on August 19, 2019.

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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 (for that next level) 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 Qualifier 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 National 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 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 National 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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