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2020 Tournament Policies





Again in 2020 a CNSGA director will be assigned to each event.  Your DD will make contact at least 2-3 weeks ahead of your tournament.  Hopefully, this will result in improved communication and more uniformity in our tournaments.  Feel free to contact your DD, or me with any questions.   



In the event you are short a player, consult with the CNSGA Designated Director present to adjust teams or handicaps.



Beginning in 2018, we gave Clubs more flexibility in setting teams and flights.  Just be fair AND tell the players how you determined the teams / flights.  Below is our Old Policy, which we still feel is valid.  We are just giving tournament directors more freedom.   One rule remains FIRM -- IF you give handicap strokes to individuals or teams, then you MUST pay both Gross and Net places. 



            HOST CLUB PAIRED EVENTS – MIXER --  (NOT pick your partner)  (2, 3 & 4 man events):

-- divide the field into multiple flights by individual handicaps, if fewer than 40 players you may run one flight

-- THEN make up teams within the flights keeping total team handicaps as equal as possible

-- consider having a Super Senior flight (over age 75) if you have enough players

            CHOOSE YOUR PARTNER – U-PICK  Your Team events:

--WEIGHTED HANDICAP system: calculate team handicaps by giving 50% of the low handicap and 25% of the higher handicap as an adjusted team handicap (i.e. a 4 handicapper with a 24 handicap partner would get 2 + 6, or a total team handicap of 8 from their gross score) -- on 3 man scrambles give 50%, 25%, & 10% -- round to a single stroke to keep it simple

-- THEN divide the field into flights by total TEAM handicap

-- CNSGA prefers using a weighted handicap system, BUT you may choose to flight based on selected holes, front vs. back 9, or another method of your choice -- just keep it fair to all handicap levels, AND tell the players how you flighted the tourney

 BEST BALL: give each individual player 100% of their individual handicap on a hole by hole basis


DUAL FORMAT:  -- This was new in 2019, and we will continue the experiment in 2020.

REFER TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL SHEET for Dual Format.  Essentially, the Host Club will hold two tournaments on the same date.  One will be a MIXER, the other a U-Pick your partner.   If you have enough entries do multiples flights, in either or both tournaments.  IF – you have fewer than 10 teams total, you may combine into a single flight, your DD will assist in this decision. 


TEES: 2020 policy same as last year.

All players will use the "senior" tees at all tournaments. 

All players 75 and older MAY use the next forward most tees, regardless of handicap or flight (10-25 yd advantage on par 3’s, 25-75+ on par 4’s & 5’s – you know your course, use good judgement, but the advantage needs to be legitimate)

Super Senior flights should be limited to players age 75 and older



All our events are "Winter Rules" or preferred lies on the entire course.  Player's may improve lies within one club length (no closer to the hole) even in hazards.  However, the improvement MUST be in the same cut of grass.  Balls in tall rough may NOT be moved to first cut rough, balls in the fringe may NOT be moved to the fairway, etc.  Balls played from a hazard may be placed BUT lies may not be improved to be outside of the hazard.  NOTE:  Players are expected to use discretion and fair play in taking the one club length allowance.  For example, a ball found in water, should NOT be moved to a dry location, even though still within the hazard and within one club length of the original spot.  Similar consideration should be given if a ball is within (or behind) the branches of a tree, bush, or other natural obstacle.  Players may improve the lie, but NOT the line of a shot.  Once on the green, putts must be played within 6" of the original spot, not nearer the hole. 




Slow play is an increasing problem.  Include this in your announcements.  Keep up with the group in front.  If you fall behind, pick up the pace.  PLAY READY GOLF, hit when the way is clear.  If your shot does not directly affect the other team, go ahead and hit at the same time.


GIMMIE PUTTS:  Revised in 2018 and continues in 2020.

CNSGA's official policy is:  All putts for birdie or better must be holed out.  Players should use good judgment in giving other putts.  This is to apply to all tournaments INCLUDING Memorial Tournament. 



-- Hold all entry forms for at least 30 days following your tourney in case of a question.

-- CNSGA wants to pay as many players as possible, rather than have any single player receive a large payback

-- Tournament agreements require a MINIMUM of 30% of the entry fee be paid back

-- pay no more than 1-1½ times the entry fee for 1st place (i.e. $50 entry should pay $50-$75 maximum for 1st place)

-- ALL HANDICAPPED events require paying BOTH Gross and NET places

-- pay as many places as possible

-- try to make paybacks easily divisible between players, try to have small bills in the envelope to make division easier

-- if using merchandise certificates have them preprinted to save time  (these seniors seem to be in a hurry)

-- To speed play, conceding or tapping-in putts will not negate remaining partners a chance to make the original putt

-- NEVER more than 6 on a tee box, if an odd number of teams in a 3 man scramble send one team out alone

Score Cards:

-- make score cards for EACH team.  It's much easier to make adjustments in case of no-shows or late entries

-- Teams should EXCHANGE SCORE CARDS, and have someone from EACH team sign when finished

-- Players are responsible for submitting a complete & correct score card, once submitted it cannot be changed

Flag prizes:

-- we encourage (but do not require) giving flag prizes to give more players a chance at winning something

-- flag prizes DO count toward your 30% required minimum payback

-- try to avoid multiple flag prize winners - one per player preferred

-- try to give all players a chance to win:  long drive for different age groups;  no close in 2 or close in 3 prizes, etc.

GPS – Laser:

CNSGA will allow any measuring device approved by the USGA to be used at our tournaments.


-- CNSGA reserves the right to adjust individual player’s handicaps at any event

-- if you question a player’s handicap, contact a CNSGA Director immediately, we will work with you to solve the question


Suggestions / Observations:

-- Have morning coffee & rolls, and a choice of noon sandwich available (Required) – These can be at an additional charge, but clubs with complementary coffee & rolls have better attendance. 

-- Free Range balls are a nice PERK and get good player comments.

-- Use drawing tickets as a tool so players check-in as they arrive, that way you know if anyone is missing,

-- Have a greeter with a master list to get players to the right cart & post a master list by the entry door

-- Have players names on the carts, and carts lined up by hole assignment

-- Have players names (& handicaps if applicable) on cards

-- Remind players to exchange score cards and check their cards

-- Post flights & scores (Required) after the event so players can see where they finished/placed

-- Have enough help to tend bar, serve food, and calculate / post scores

-- IF there is any possibility of running out of food, YOU need to SERVE it to control the portion sizes

-- Have 2-4 local standby players available with varying handicaps, as there are often last minute cancellations or no-shows

--you may use non-CNSGA members as fill-ins (age 50+), BUT they can NOT receive any tournament payouts (encourage

 them to join CNSGA)

-- Be sure to have a couple of extra carts available, in case of a break down

-- If enough players, consider having a “Super Senior” flight for players over 75

-- Round payouts to be easily divided (example don’t give $50 to be divided 3 ways pay $48 or $51 instead)

-- Use small bills to aid in division among the winning team OR have merchandise certificates pre-printed

-- Tournaments that consistently “fill” are the ones that provide the best meals and service


Again, THANK YOU for agreeing to host a CNSGA event.

Contact me with any questions or suggestions.  We want to get as many people to your tournament as possible, as your success is CNSGA’s success. 

FA “Andy” Anderson, PO Box 321, Kearney, NE  68848    308-325-2035 or e-mail:    lakewayinc@verizon.net

DUAL FORMAT Supplement



This is an experiment, so it is a “work in progress”.  Your Designated Director will assist, but we also need your suggestions.  We are trying to find ways to make your tournament more appealing to a larger group of players.

Refer to the General Tournament Policies and Rules sheet.  Remember, you are running a typical CNSGA tournament.  You are just doing two of them on the same date.

Our first rule is Keep it Simple.  Basically, this is just two separate tournaments.  One is a 3-man Mixer scramble, and one is a 2-man U-Pick scramble.  These are the same formats we have used for years.

If you have more than 8-10 teams in one or the other do a second flight, the same as you would with any other tournament.

For consistent play time, it is recommended you have the same number of players on each tee box. Examples: 

3 – 2-man U-Pick and 2 – 3-man Mixer teams; or 2 – 2-man U-Pick and a 4-man Mixer; or BOTH 3-man scrambles.



Keep the entries separate so you know the amount of entry fees for each tourney.  You are required to payout 30% of the Gross entry fee.  Calculate each tournament division separately.  

If numbers on each division are about equal, keep total payouts the same for each division.

If one flight has significantly more players, then adjust to pay more places in that division.

Remember, you are paying each PERSON, so a 2-man team should receive only 2/3 as much as a 3-man team.  Example, if 1st place pays $55, then a 2-man team would get $110, but a 3-man team would get $165.   Therefore, if you have the same number of teams in each tournament, the 2-man would pay more places.  Look at the TOTAL gross entry fee for each division, then set up payouts accordingly.  We recommend keeping payment for 1st place, 2nd place, etc. the same for each division.  Just do more placings for more players.

Pay gross places ONLY.  We expect the lower handicap players will sign up as 2-man teams and will all be competitive with each other.  You will make up the teams for the 3-man Mixer division, so you should be able to keep teams somewhat equal in total handicap.

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