NCCGA Rules & Eligibilty

  • Any college or university is eligible to create a team (this includes community colleges, law schools, PGM programs, etc.)
  • Players must be full-time students as defined by their university to participate on the club golf team (graduate students may compete).  Students may compete in a season in which they graduate as long as they are full-time students at the beginning of the NCCGA season
  • Players cannot compete in tournaments if they are a NCAA varsity golfer at any point during the NCCGA season
  • The NCCGA does not discriminate against age
  • Players must have amateur status (PGM students training to become a professional may compete as long as they do not currently compete for money)
  • Men and women may compete on the same team or play on gender specific teams at the same school (women play from shorter tees)
  • A player will play the mens or women’s tees in accordance with the gender he or she identifies with as NCCGA tournaments are inclusive for all eligible college golfers
  • If your college does not have an NCCGA sanctioned team, you may compete as an individual.  The NCCGA staff can also help individuals start a club team.
  • Participating in NCCGA tournaments may count towards NCAA eligibility
  • Tournaments are 2-day stroke play events (typically Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning)
  • Regional Coordinators determine the playing distance based on weather and course difficulty
    • Men ~ 6,000-7,000 yards
    • Women ~ 5,200 – 6,200 yards
  • Top 5 of 8 scores count towards the team total each day (teams may compete with 5 players)
  • Team tournament total is the summation of the two rounds
  • USGA Rules apply for all play with the following exceptions
    • Pace of Play policy
    • Local rules
    • All NCCGA play will incorporate the embedded ball rule through the green
    • Ground Under Repair – Defined by course markings or areas of unusual damage as deemed by the tournament rules committee.  These areas may be identified during the stipulated round.
    • In the event the RC has to change the planned tee times for a team that arrives late, he or she will issue a one stroke penalty to all players
    • Double par is the maximum any player can take on a hole. Once a player reaches double par, that player is required to pick up
    • All players that are late for their tournament tee time will be assessed a score of double par for each hole that they miss but will still be allowed to complete play
    • If a player has played at least one hole and is unable to complete his or her round, they may record a score of double par for all missed holes
    • If a player becomes aware of a penalty after the fact that would result in disqualification, that player receives double par on the hole in question.  Double par will not be awarded to a player who intentionally breaks a rule or acts in a manor against the integrity of the game
    • Practice on or near the hole last played is prohibited in NCCGA tournaments (see rule 7-2)
    • Players will not be penalized for accidental movement of the ball exclusively on the putting green (USGA local rule)
    • The Tournament Committee is composed of the NCCGA Commissioner, the Zone Manager, the NCCGA Director of Tournament Operations, the Regional Coordinator, and the course pro.  The Tournament Committee is to be consulted for help with any rulings.  Rulings are made at their discretion in the best interest of the tournament competitors and tournament experience
    • The Committee has the right to declare abnormal ground conditions (including allowing players to use lift, clean, and place rules) before or during the stipulated round
    • Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is two strokes
  • All tournament scoring discrepancies must be resolved at in the designated scoring area.  It is the players responsibility to ensure his/her scorecard is signed and accurately inputted.  No changes will be made after the player leaves the scoring area.  The only situation in which a score will be altered after the fact is if the Regional Coordinator needs to consult the Tournament Committee for a ruling
  • Range finders and electronic measuring devices are allowed as long as they don’t measure slope or wind
  • No caddies are permitted during events
  • Coaches and teammates can interact/give advice with players at any time during the round
  • Each individual team is permitted a coach.  Colleges with two teams are permitted to have two separate coaches, one for each team.
  • Spectators may not provide advice to participants during play
  • Players may accept rides from any spectators or coaches during the course of play
  • Electronic devices may be used during the round as long as it does not interfere with pace of play
  • Players may be subbed in/out for tournaments.  Scores from subbed players will not appear on the Player Leaderboard
  • If a player is disqualified due to signing an incorrect scorecard in round 1, that player may compete in round 2
  • If a player is disqualified due to cheating or misconduct in round 1, they will be unable to compete in round 2. The NCCGA Commissioner and NCCGA President have full discretion for rendering such rulings
  • NCCGA Tournaments are walking events unless the course requires carts or a player is disabled (see Disability Policy). Push carts are allowed

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  • 31 Teams and 8 Individuals (256 total players)
  • Automatic bid for National Champions – University of Georgia
  • Regions with at least 4 teams (teams must have 5 players compete each day to count) competing in each Regional Tournament receive an automatic bid.  The NCCGA Commissioner has discretion to award a region an auto-bid based on extenuating circumstances (such as weather).
  • *Exception: The following regions will receive an automatic bid regardless of tournament participation- N/A
  • Nationals Qualifying Points (Applies only to regions with automatic qualifying bid – teams only need to play in one tournament to be eligible for the National Championship pased on points)
    • 1st Place – 6 Points
    • 2nd Place – 3 Points
    • 3rd Place – 1 Point
  • If the team with the most points in an auto-bid region is not able to compete, the team with the second most points will be offered a bid. In the event each team cannot compete, that region’s bid will switch to a wild card bid.
  • The National Champion with an automatic bid can earn Nationals Qualifying Points in their region.  If they have the most points at the end of a semester and the region meets the field requirements, the team with the next most amount of points is invited to represent the region.  If that team cannot attend, an additional Wild Card team will be invited
  • Wild Card Selection Process
    • Number of wild card teams is determined based on how many Regions receive an automatic bid
    • Teams must compete in both Regional Tournaments to earn a wild card bid
    • Teams will be ranked based on handicap differentials by round using the USGA Handicap formula: (Gross Score by Day-Rating*5)*113/Slope
  • Individual Qualifying Process
    • Individuals will be ranked using the same per round USGA formula for players that compete in all rounds in their respective region
    • The top 8 players from non-NCCGA qualifying teams will be invited to accept an individual bid to the National Championship

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In the event any tiebreaker cannot be settled with the following procedures, the NCCGA Commissioner will be consulted

Team Tiebreaker Policy for Regional Tournaments

  1. Compare 6th man scores from both rounds combined (if a team does not have a 6th man they lose the tie-breaker)
  2. Compare 7th man scores from both rounds combined
  3. Compare 8th man scores from both rounds combined
  4. Compare 2nd day team total (in the event both teams have less than 8 players but also the same amount of players, the 2nd day team total would be compared to break the tie)

Team Tiebreaker Policy for Same Amount of Points

  1. Combine team total tournament scores from both Regional Tournaments (a team that does not compete in both tournaments automatically loses this tiebreaker)
  2. Compare 6th man scores from all four rounds combined
  3. Compare 7th man scores from all four rounds combined

Medalist Tiebreaker Policy for a Single Tournament

  1. In the event of a tie, the course pro and Regional Coordinator will determine whether a sudden death playoff can occur based on course and player availability
  2. Playoff holes will be determined by the course pro
  3. Sudden death format – The lowest score(s) will continue to the next hole until there is one player remaining

*In the event a playoff cannot occur or it is determined by the tournament coordinator and the course pro that the start of an additional playoff hole could not be completed due to darkness or inclement weather, a scorecard playoff will determine the winner

Scorecard Playoff to Break Individual Ties

  1. Compare score to par from the #1 handicap hole of all rounds combined (regardless of whether the players played the same course)
  2. Continue to compare the next hardest hole in a sudden death format until one player remains

Individual Tiebreaker Policy for National Championship Qualifying

  1. Lowest single tournament total
  2. Lowest single tournament round

Team Tiebreaker for National Champion

  1. To break team ties at the National Championship, the “Team Tiebreaker Policy for Regional Tournaments” will be utilized except as it relates to determine the National Champion (based on course availability)
  2. To determine the National Champion for teams that are tied, the 5 players with the lowest tournament total for each team will compete in a sudden death playoff with other teams that are tied
  3. The course pro and NCCGA Commissioner will determine order of playoff holes (order of play will be determined by drawing from hat)
  4. After each hole, all 5 scores will be accumulated and 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 changes
  5. In the event daylight/course availability does not allow for a team playoff to be completed, the “Team Tiebreaker Policy for Regional Tournaments” will be utilized

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  • Schools may elect to have two teams represent their school and compete at Regional Tournaments
  • Must specify prior to start of play on first day which team is “A” Team and which is “B” Team
  • Players may not switch from team “A” or team “B” to the other team during a single tournament between rounds
  • Both teams are eligible to qualify for Nationals*
  • Players on the “A” team that finish first through fifth in the first Regional Tournament are not permitted to play on the “B” team in the second Regional Tournament
  • Players on the “B” team are always allowed to compete on “A” team in the second Regional Tournament
  • *In the event the winner of the National Championship has two teams, the team which finishes the best the following semester, regardless of which they designate as the “A” or “B” team, is the team which receives the automatic bid
  • “C” teams are permitted, with special permission from the NCCGA, to compete at Regional Tournaments.  The “C” team, however, is not eligible for National Championship qualifying

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  • Inclement weather will be monitored by the Regional Coordinator and the course pro.  The NCCGA Commissioner reserves the right to determine region qualifying status in the event of inclement weather
  • If play is shortened on Saturday due to weather or darkness, it will be attempted to be made up Sunday Morning prior to the second round.
 If it cannot be made up, no partial scores will be taken and it will become an 18 hole tournament
  • Such decisions will be made based on duration of inclement weather, poor course conditions, time of the delay, and ability to finish
  • Close of Competition – The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner, or in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee
  • Scores in the Nextgengolf software are considered official scores.  Changes to scores will not be permitted once the round is closed in the system
  • NCCGA tournaments does not require conforming grooves and does not ban anchored putters
  • Alcohol is not permitted during play at any NCCGA events. Consuming alcohol will result in disqualification for the tournament
  • 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
  • NCCGA Media staff and third parties are allowed access to grounds for team and individual video and pictures. All content is the ownership of the NCCGA.
  • Trophy Policy
    • 1st Place Team
    • 2nd Place Team
    • Medalist (Top Individual two day total)
    • 7 additional trophies for the top 8 players, 1st place receives medalist trophy
  • Teams cannot play in a Regional Tournament without paying semester dues and full tournament fees prior to the event
  • No refunds will be issued for teams paying for players who do not come to a Regional Tournament.  No refunds will be issued for players who have pre-paid for the tournament.  This includes but is not limited to weather issues.
  • The NCCGA Commissioner reserves the right to suspend teams who do act in accordance with NCCGA standards.  This includes but is not limited to teams that do not pay fees on time, disrespect the course, or disrespect other players or staff

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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.

NCCGA Walking Exemption Policy

  • It is the NCCGA intent to operate under the guidance of the ADA as it applies to National Collegiate Club Golf.
  • An individual with a walking impairment shall not be denied the opportunity to fair and equitable participation in NCCGA events.
  • Reasonable accommodations shall be granted to a player with a walking impairment in the form of a Walking Exemption.  Players who are granted a Walking Exemption may not share that cart privilege with their playing partner(s) during the course of play.  They may provide rides between holes similar to a spectator.
  • A walking impaired is defined as an impairment that substantially limits a player’s ability to walk a one day 18 hole or a two day 36 hole NCCGA Team Qualifier, Regional, or National Championship golf event.
  • The term “substantially limits” shall be interpreted consistently with the findings and purposes of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
  • A walking impairment that is episodic or in remission is a disability if it would substantially limit walking activity when active.
  • The determination of whether impairment substantially limits walking activity shall be made without regard to the ameliorative effects of mitigating measures such as prosthetics, including limbs and devices.
  • A walking exemption shall not apply to impairments that are transitory and minor. A transitory impairment is impairment with an actual or expected duration of 6 months or less.  The players discretion will be utilized to determine if the impairment shall require a cart.
  • A player must apply for a walking exemption as instructed by established procedures directly to the NCCGA.  Application procedures are available on the NCCGA webpage.
  • Email with your walking exemption and contact information for a doctor or reference point to confirm the legitimacy of the claim

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