City Tour Rules & Eligibilty

  • All golfers in their 20’s and 30’s are eligible to compete.  Play with people your age!
  • All NCCGA and college golfers regardless of age are eligible to compete
  • Players must have amateur status
  • Players may create a team, join a team, or join as a free agent so the Nextgengolf staff can help you get paired with a team
  • Men and women can compete on the same team or play on gender specific team (women play from shorter tees)
  • Tournaments are 1-day team tournaments held on Saturdays or Sundays throughout the summer
  • Teams choose before each tournament if they want to compete in the 2-person Best Ball or 2-person Scramble format.  Teams can bring between 4 to 6 players per tournament and the top two pair scores generate the team total.  If a team brings 6 players, the final pair score is thrown out.
  • Team tournament score takes the best two pair scores (example team score:  74, 80, 70 = team total 144)
  • If a team brings 5 players to an tourney, that fifth player will play his or her own ball and can still have their score count as the third pair score despite not having a partner
  • City Leaders determine the playing distance based on weather and course difficulty
    • Men ~ 6,000-7,000 yards
    • Women ~ 5,200–6,200 yards
  • USGA Rules apply for all play with the following exceptions
    • Pace of Play policy
    • Local rules
    • Triple bogey is the maximum any player can take on a hole. Once a player reaches triple, that player is required to pick up.  You are permitted to pick up your ball at any point of the hole.
    • All City Tour play will incorporate the embedded ball rule through the green
    • Teammates can provide advice to other teammates at any point during the round
    • Players will not be penalized for accidental movement of the ball exclusively on the putting green (USGA local rule)
    • All players that are late for their tournament tee time will be assessed a score of triple bogey for each hole that they miss but will still be allowed to complete play
  • No caddies are permitted during tournaments
  • Range finders and electronic measuring devices are allowed as long as they don’t measure slope or wind
  • City Tour tournaments are riding tourneys (carts included in greens fee cost)
  • *If a team brings 4 people to a tournament but the player is unable to complete the round for any reason, partial scores will be taken and all final holes will receive an automatic Triple Bogey.  In the event a player DNS to an tournament, his or her partner’s score will still count as the pair total, and can contribute to the top two pairs.
  • The top Best Ball team and top Scramble team in all City Tour cities receive a bid to the City Tour Championship
  • Teams are not required to play in all tournaments locally to be eligible for the City Tour Championship – new teams may form in July or August
  • City Championship Qualifying points awarded to Best Ball and Scramble top 3 teams at each local tournament
    • 1st Place – 6 Points
    • 2nd Place – 3 Points
    • 3rd Place – 1 Point
  • Wild Card Selection Process
    • Number of wild card teams is determined based on how many City Championship bids are still available after invitation is sent to both format winners in all cities
    • Teams will be ranked for both Scramble and Best Ball finishes based on handicap differentials by round using the USGA Handicap formula: (Gross Score by Day-(Rating*2))*113/(Slope*2)
    • ex. (140 – (72*2))*113/(130*2) = -1.73
  • Top Pair Qualifying Process
  • The Best Ball and Scramble champions from the previous City Tour Championship receive an auto-bid for the next championship

2017 City Tour Championship

In the event any tiebreaker cannot be settled with the following procedures, Nextgengolf staff will be consulted

Team Tiebreaker Policy for City Tour Events

  1. Compare combined Best Ball or Scramble scores from both counting pairs for each team against other team(s) for the #1 handicap hole (proceed to next hardest hole until tie is broken).

Team Tiebreaker Policy for Same Amount of City Qualifying Points

  1. Whichever team(s) played in the most summer events
  2. Compare final event team total
  3. Compare second to last event team total etc.

Scorecard Playoff to Break Pair Ties

  1. Compare Best Ball or Scramble score to par from the #1 handicap hole (regardless of whether the players played the same course)
  2. Continue to compare the next hardest hole in a sudden death format until one 2-person pair remains

Team Tiebreaker for National Champions

  • To break team ties at the City Championship, the “Team Tiebreaker Policy for City Tour Events” will be utilized except as it relates to determine the National Champions (based on course availability)
  • To determine the City Champions for teams that are tied, the lowest Scramble or Best Ball pair from the weekend for each team(s) that are tied will compete in a sudden death playoff
  • The course pro and City Tour leadership will determine order of playoff holes (order of play will be determined by drawing from hat)
  • After each hole, the Best Ball or Scramble score from each team will be compared with the other team(s) that are tied. In the event these scores are the same, the playoff will continue until a single team remains. Each hole the order of play reverses
  • In the event daylight/course availability does not allow for a team playoff to be completed, the “Team Tiebreaker Policy for City Tour Events” will be utilized
  • Inclement weather will be monitored by the City Leader and the course pro.  Nextgengolf staff reserve the right to determine city qualifying status in the event of inclement weather
  • If an event is shortened due to inclement weather, Nextgengolf staff will work with the course to determine the course’s normal refund/rain check policy
  • City Tour tournaments do not require conforming grooves and do not ban anchored putters
  • Alcohol is permitted during play for players over 21
  • Proper dress is required: no tank tops, t-shirts, denim shorts, short shorts, cut-offs, gym shorts or jeans are allowed. If dressed inappropriately, the course can refuse the right to let you play
  • Nextgengolf Media staff and third parties are allowed access to grounds for team and individual video and pictures. All content is the ownership of Nextgengolf.
  • Trophy and Prize Policy
    • New trophies and prizes will be awarded to Best Ball and Scramble teams in 2017
  • No refunds will be issued once the payment deadline passes
  • Any tournaments purchased with a discount code, or via the multi-tournament package, are not eligible for refunds.
  • Promotional codes cannot be retroactively used for prior purchases.
  • Refunds will be issued to Nationals participants only if another team/individual can fill in and compete
  • Additional City Championship bids may be granted to specific cities with higher participation levels
  • No refunds will be issued for teams paying for players who do not come to a tournament

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), (including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, effective January 1, 2009), TITLE 42 – THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, CHAPTER 126 – EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

  • Most tournaments will include a cart as part of the tournament fee. Walking is allowed if you choose to walk as opposed to ride, but will not be refunded for the cart fee.
Matt Weinberger

Have questions about rules?

Contact Matt Weinberger
513-277-9992
Matt@nextgengolf.org