MAVGA  Handicap Policy & Tournament Rules [pdf]

Guidance Winners [pdf]

MAVGA Golf Rules for Tournaments and Weekend Outings

  1. MAVGA follows USGA golf rules. Members and guests can always apply USGA rules to
    keep scores
  2. Local (club) rules supersede USGA rules.
  3. For practicality and accommodation to higher handicap players, MAVGA applies the
    following exceptions:
    ○ Maximum on any hole is par-par + 2
    ○ Maximum strokes (par-par+2) is counted on failure to legitimately complete a
  4. Winter or wet condition rule (to be announced at the beginning of an event):
    ○ Move (place) ball in the bunker, except when plugged.
    ○ Free relief from a plugged ball in the general area.
    ○ Lift clean and place the ball in the fairway.

Common Rules Explanation

  1. A player cannot improve the condition (or lie) of the ball while it is in play
    •  A player cannot break, bend, or twist living entities or depress on grounds around
      the ball.
    •  Loose impediments around the ball can be removed, without moving the ball.
  2. In the process of looking for the ball or taking a practice stroke on the putting
    green, the ball was accidentally moved, the ball must be replaced to its original
    position without any penalty.
  3. A player does not have options to choose which ball to play – If the original ball is
    located, any provisional ball hit is no longer in play.
  4. If the ball is lost or out of bound (OB):
    •  A player may drop the ball in the area between the point of entry to 2 club
      lengths onto the fairway, not nearer to the hole and incur a 2 strokes
    •  the provisional ball may be played from original ball location unless it landed in a
  5. Lost ball – Player is allowed 3 minutes to search for his lost ball starting from when he
    begins the search. Past 3 minutes, the ball is deemed lost.
  6. Unplayable ball – The player may deem his ball unplayable at any place on the course,
    except when the ball is in the Water Hazard with 1 stroke penalty and apply one of the
    following options:

    •  Go back to the original spot.
    •  Drop 2 club lengths not nearer to the hole.
    •  Drop “straight” back as far as desired directly between the flag and the ball.
  7. Red and Yellow Hazard:
    •  The player with the ball in a red hazard area (lateral hazard) gets an additional option
      compared to Yellow Hazard: Player can drop ball within 2 club lengths at of
      POINT OF ENTRY not nearer to the hole and incur a 1 stroke penalty.
    •  Yellow stake water hazard. See USGA rule or this attached video –
  8. Ball on the green:
    • A Player can fix divots, spikes marks and other damages on the green – but
      patting down your line of putt on the green is not allowed.
    • Mark your ball to replace it exactly where it was.
    • Mark your ball, then move your mark away from another player’s line of putt.
    • Cannot test the condition of the green prior to completing the hole.
  9. A player must complete the hole with the same ball he started with – a player cannot hit a
    ball to the green and putt with a different ball; unless the player is taking a relief then
    a new ball may be played.
  10. Play the wrong ball – Player is allowed to lift or move the ball for identification prior to
    playing. Penalty for playing the wrong ball is 2 strokes and he must drop the ball closest
    to where the wrong ball was played to complete the hole.
  11. Man Made Object – If the ball is not in the hazard and is interfered by yardage marker, cart
    path, sprinkler head, electrical box or any man-made object, a ball can be dropped within 1
    club lengths not nearer to the hole with no penalty.
  12. Ball at Rest Moved by another Ball – There is no penalty to either player as long as this
    the procedure is followed: The person whose shot struck the ball at rest plays his ball as it
    lies; the person whose ball was moved returns the ball to its original position.

Golf Etiquettes

  1. Gimme Putt – standard putter length from putter head to where the grip begins.
  2. Mark your ball – Clearly mark your ball so others can easily identify and verify your ball.
  3. Ask your playing partner to verify your actions under unusual circumstances. Examples:
    • When you need to pick up your ball to identify it.
    • When you found your ball in the woods, have your partner confirm the identity of your ball.
    • When you take a legitimate, free drop from man-made obstruction.
  4. Play Ready Golf – do not fall 1 hole behind the group in front
  5. Do not stand directly or in front of a player while he is putting or hitting a ball.


Union Home Mortgage Club Championship at Kingsmill Resort


  • Tournament Location & Date
    Kings Mill Golf Course
    (Web Site)

        • 3555 1010 Kingsmill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185
          (800) 832-5665
        • Date: Sat & Sunday, July 28 and 29 2019
        • Tee time: TBD
        • OPEN REGISTRATION: 08/14/2019
        • Register early & paid by 09/15/2019

  • Tournament deadline: The registration deadline date: Monday, September 15, 2019
    The Payment deadline date: September 15, 2019
  • Tournament cost and payment:TBD 
    By Check:

    • Payable to MAVGA
      5003 Westfields Blvd
      PO Box 231625
      Centreville, VA 20120
    • PayPal: for your payment. (Mark as gift/family to avoid service charge)

    Payment must be paid before or by Monday, September 23, 2019, to guarantee your reservation.

  • Tournament Format: Players will be divided into 3 flights based on their Course
    Handicaps (CH) - no longer a separate flight for women.
    • Flight A: HI Less Than 14 or (~top ⅓)
    • Flight B: HI 14 to 28 or (~middle ⅓)
    • Flight C: HI > 28 or (~bottom ⅓)
      • River Course:
        • Blue tee : Flight A men
        • White Tee : Flight B men & **Flight A men Age 55(+)
        • Red tee : Women Flight **A, B & C
    • Plantation Course:
      • Blue tee : Flight A men
      • Blue tee : Flight B men & **Flight A men Age 55(+)
      • Red tee : Women Flight **A, B & C
    • **At the discretion of the committee, a player may be moved to a
      more appropriate Tee to preserve the integrity of the tournament**
    • Course Handicap Adjustment (CHA) will apply for all players who play
      from a shorter Tee than that of the Back Tee (see link below).
    • Strokes Play Competition
    • Maximum Handicap Indices are 36 for all participants.
    • Minimum Net Score is - 3  all players
    • Tiebreaker rules will be implemented if multiple players Net - 3
      • Round 1: Sum of the Gross score of holes 16,17 and 18
      • Round 2: Gross score from the hardest to the easiest hole on
        scorecard based on Front Tee.
    • Submit one scorecard from the group (paper or electronic via app)
    • Scorecards must have a total round score for each player. Incomplete and incorrect total round scores (e.g. BLANK or incorrectly added) will be disqualified.
  • Tournament Prizes
    • To be determined based on the number of participants