2017 St. Lawrence Men’s Golf League Rules
The St. Lawrence League is a fun, flexible 2 person team league held Mondays at Ironwood Golf Club. The League has been in existence since the 1950’s! The league begins Monday May 1st and ends September 18th.
Each team will consist of an “A” and a “B” player. The “A” player is the team member with the lower handicap. When both players have the same handicap, The Ironwood Staff will determine which is the “A” player based on records of previous rounds played. Substitute players are permitted if you are unable to play on any given week. All players must be male, out of high school, and over 18 years old.
Rounds must be played on scheduled Mondays. You may tee off beginning at 1:30PM and no later than 6:00PM. Appropriate golf attire is required at Ironwood Golf Club, which means a golf shirt with a collar. Any league player may pair up, and tee off, with any other league player, not necessarily your partner or opponent. There will be no more than “four” players per group, and be sure to keep up with the group ahead of you. Limit ball hunting to a minimum. You are allowed no more than a “Double par” score per hole. Once you reach that number of strokes, pick up your ball, record your score, and move on to the next hole. A league player may play alone after 5:30PM if no other league player is available, and you must then have your scorecard attested by the Ironwood Staff. All scorecards must be promptly turned in to the Ironwood Staff after completing your round. Be sure they are clear and legible. This means include your first and last name, team number, scores, and totals. Please, no additional scribbles, circles, etc. If the Ironwood Staff is unable to read your scorecard, you may not earn any points on that given week. This could affect skins as well.
Team points are computed as follows:
- Two points are awarded for a player defeating his opponent.
- Two points are awarded for a team defeating their opposing team.
- One point is awarded to a player and/or team in case of ties.
- Six points maximum per team each week.
- No points are awarded unless the round is played.
- Points are based on “Net” scores.
Handicaps are determined as follows:
Handicaps are determined in accordance with the USGA Golf Handicap System, which includes the use of the Equitable Stroke Control method of adjusting a players’ score for handicap purposes. Because our league plays less than twenty rounds per season, the league voted to use the best five of the last ten scores.
Returning players and substitutes will start the season using handicaps from the prior year. A new player will receive a handicap, and it will be based on the score of his first round and the best score of his first three rounds. After three scores are posted, his handicap will be calculated in accordance with the USGA rules as amended in the previous paragraph.
A substitute with no rounds prior to 2015 will be assigned a handicap based on his first round. Handicaps for following rounds will be calculated as stated in the previous paragraph. Please make every effort to get a sub if you are unable to play. You may use the sub list provided or someone else you know. Be sure that your sub checks in at the clubhouse prior to playing, and be sure he tells the staff who he is subbing for. No walk-on subs are permitted
Play will be governed by the USGA rules with these exceptions. A ball may be lifted, cleaned, and without penalty placed within one club length of its’ original lie no closer to the hole. Level lies are permitted in the sand traps. A ball in a hazard marked with red, white, or yellow stakes may not be dropped outside of the hazard or touched without taking the appropriate penalty strokes.
Determination of a rain-out will be made by the Ironwood Staff. That round is then officially cancelled and no points are awarded. If the majority of players have completed their round and a few players were unable to complete their round due to the Ironwood Staff closing the course because of bad weather, they will be entitled to use the following Mondays’ score for that week. If this occurs on the last Monday of play, they previous weeks’ score will be used.
Rounds will be played from the white tee markers. Green tee eligibility will be at the Ironwood Staff’s discretion. You must play all eighteen weeks from the same tees, and please notate that you played the green tees on your scorecard.
All league members will pay their dues to the St. Lawrence Golf League in the amount of $35.00. The dues must be paid to a League Consultant prior to the first Monday of play. League members with unpaid dues will not earn points until they have paid in full.
Dues collected are used to pay for the last Monday’s banquet. Substitute players are welcome to attend the banquet for a $20.00 fee. Cash prizes are awarded to the first ten places as well as individual low gross and low net averages for the season. Dues are also used to cover any miscellaneous expenses, such as funeral memorial contributions.
You are eligible to receive cash prizes at the end of the season if you have played at least 50% of the scheduled rounds.
The Ironwood Staff will assign a “Blind Score” for those who do not show up on any given week. If the “Blind Score” happens to win the match, it will not be credited points.
There is an optional skins game which is $2.00 per week. There is also an optional closest-to-the-pin game which is $1.00 per week. This money is to be paid to the Ironwood Staff prior to playing your weekly round. You can play in both games, one or the other, or neither of them. You will sign up prior to your first round and commit to playing all eighteen weeks or none.
You will pay a weekly fee of $24 for 9 holes with cart ($19 walking) each Monday unless you are an Ironwood Member. $1 of each round will be donated to the students at the St. Lawrence Grade School. We will also have a weekly food and drink special every Monday!
For more information or to sign up please attend the informational meeting on Monday March 6th at 6:30 PM or call the golf shop at 317-842-0551.