NCCGA Rules & Eligibilty

  • Tournaments are 2-day stroke play events (typically Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings)
  • Playing distance is determined based on weather and course difficulty
    • Men ~ 6,000-7,000 yards
    • Women ~ 5,200 – 6,200 yards
  • The 2019 USGA Rules of Golf apply for all play with the following exceptions
    • Pace of Play policy
    • Course local rules (the NCCGA does not adopt the 2019 Stroke and Distance optional local rule - players may not drop the ball in the fairway for a penalty of 2 strokes)
    • 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 players are late for a shotgun start they may join their group at the next hole in which the group has not left the teeing ground
    • 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
    • Players who stop play without a suspension issued by the student ambassador or course will be given double par for missed holes
    • Practice on or near the hole last played is prohibited in NCCGA tournaments
    • The Tournament Committee is composed of the NCCGA Commissioner, the NCCGA Zone Manager, the student advisory group, the Student Ambassador, and the course professional.  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 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 Student Ambassador 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
  • Teammates may not interact/give advice with players at any time during the round
  • 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
  • NCCGA Tournaments are either all walking or all riding.  In an all walking events, players may take a cart if they receive a medical cart exemption (see Disability Policy). Push carts are allowed for all players

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

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(s) to par from the #1 handicap hole
  2. Continue to compare the next hardest hole in a sudden death format until one player remains

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  • Inclement weather will be monitored by the Student Ambassador and the course pro
  • Close of Competition – The competition is deemed to have closed 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.
  • Spring 2021 Prizing
    • The top 8 players receive All Tournament Team prize
    • The Medalist receives a Medalist Mug
  • No refunds will be issued for individuals paying who do not come to a Regional Tournament.  No refunds will be issued for players who have pre-paid for the tournament who request a refund after 11:59pm Tuesday prior to the event.  This includes but is not limited to weather issues.
  • There is a non-refundable convenience fee of 2.9% and 30 cents for each transaction processed on To avoid the non-refundable convenience fee, Nextgengolf accepts checks and bank ACH payment methods. Checks can be made payable to Nextgengolf, Inc and mailed to 162 Saratoga St Boston, MA 02128. To set-up bank ACH, please email Please note, convenience fees will not be refunded even if the payment to which it relates is canceled, refunded, credited or charged back.
  • The NCCGA Commissioner reserves the right to suspend players who do act in accordance with NCCGA standards.
  • Any abuse or disrespect of fellow competitors, officials, spectators, employees of the host facility, or other persons conducting or attending a NCCGA sponsored event can be grounds for disqualification from the event, and possible rejection of entry for future NCCGA events. Such abuse may be verbal or physical or threat thereof and includes, but is not limited to the use of obscene language, physical damage to property or equipment including that of the NCCGA or the host facility, and being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances during competition.
  • Liability Release and Tournament Participation Terms information

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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

Still have questions? Contact the NCCGA Commissioner Matt Weinberger at 513-277-9992 or

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