The 2017 District IV Golf Tournament will be played at the Williamsport Country Club for AA and AAA boys and AA girls. Remember that beginning with the 2016 season, AAA female golfers will automatically compete in a sub-regional tournament with District II. The AAA female sub-regional will be held at Fox Hill Country Club on Monday, October 2, 2017 beginning at 9:00 am, with the rain date being Tuesday, October 3. All players will report at 8:45 AM for instructions. The driving range will be open at 7:30 am.
Information regarding the AAA female sub-regional will be provided by the District II golf chairman. The cost per entrant is $32 with checks payable to District II. Coaches or Athletic Directors must bring checks for payment to the individual championship on Monday, October 2, 2017. Failure to bring payment or have prior approval from Joe Farrell at Carbondale Area High School will result in your student not being able to participate.
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September 27 – Qualifier for men and women (1:00 p.m. start) - Whitedeer Golf Course
October 5 – First-round play for men and women (11:30 a.m.) - Williamsport Country Club
October 5 – Team championship for men and women (11:30 a.m.) - Williamsport Country Club
October 7 – Second-round play for men and women (10:00 a.m.) - Williamsport Country Club
October 12 – Team Sub regional (10:00 a.m.) - Eagles Mere Country Club
October 16 – Regional Individual Championships (9:00 a.m.) - Golden Oakes Golf Club
October 23 – PIAA Individual/Team Championships (8:30 a.m.) - Heritage Hills Golf Resort
QUALIFYING CRITERIA FOR THE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP
To qualify individually, a player must have an average score of 88.00 or better (males) and 100.00 or better (females). Golfers may drop their highest two 18-hole scores (or highest four nine-hole scores from nine-hole competitions only, or any combination of nine-hole and 18-hole competitions totaling 36 holes) from regular-season play provided they have competed in a minimum of five competitions (or a minimum of 90 holes) to calculate their average score.
In addition, individual players who do not meet the above criteria can qualify for the individual tournament by shooting a score of 88 or better (males) and 100 or better (females) in the District IV Qualifying Tournament at White Deer Golf Course on September 27 at 1:00 pm. Players who qualify by this criterion will be entered into the tournament automatically, but should be listed on the entry form regardless. (A player who qualifies individually through the Qualifying Tournament who is a scoring member of a school’s team entry must be listed on this form.)
Schools with a golf team may enter as many players individually as qualify by these criteria; at-large entries from schools that do not sponsor a golf team may likewise enter as many players as qualify by these criteria.
Names and average scores for the 2017 season should be submitted on the enclosed entry form. Pairings will be made using these average scores; individuals who qualify through the Qualifying Tournament will likewise be paired based upon tournament scores.
The second round of individual play on Saturday will include the top twenty (20) male golfers (and ties) in Class AA and the top eight (8) male golfers (and ties) in Class AAA from the first day’s competition. For female golfers, the top eight (8) scores (and ties) from Class AA will advance. Any golfer who did not meet the individual qualifying criteria listed above (but is participating as a member of a school entered in the team tournament) whose first-round score falls within the second-day qualifying range of scores (as established by the top scores in each individual group) will also qualify for second-round individual play.
QUALIFYING CRITERIA FOR THE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Each eligible school with a golf team is invited to enter up to five (5) male golfers and up to five (5) female golfers in the team championship. Beginning with the 2017 season, girls teams may now play and score three golfers. Teams also have the option of entering up to five golfers, but only three will count towards their total score. In order to be eligible for the District IV Team Championship a school must have a winning percentage of 50% or better.
The enclosed entry form should list the results of each match your team participates in during the season (prior to the deadline for entry). If your team competes against several other teams during a match, you may summarize the results for the competition as shown, rather than list each individual team involved. (See the team entry form for an example.)
Teams competing in the Team Championship will play five and record four scores. The team champions in each class will be the qualifying team with the lowest aggregate score. (Teams with four or more participating players that do not qualify for the Team Championship by the 50% winning percentage criterion will not be eligible for the Team Championship regardless of total score.)
Teams with winning percentages of 50% or greater are reminded that you may enter golfers in the Team Championship who do not meet the qualifying criteria for the individual championship.
There will be a Class AA male and female team champion, as well as a Class AAA male team champion, provided there are teams that meet the entry criterion in each class. The team champions in each class will compete at the Eagles Mere Country Club on Friday, October 12, 2017 (10:00 a.m. start) in a PIAA Sub-Region Tournament with District II qualifying teams. The winners of the Sub-Region Tournament will advance to the state team championships.
Boys District champion teams must have a team score of 400 or lower to advance to the Sub-Regional Tournament. Girls District champion teams must have a team score of 300 or lower to advance to the Sub-Regional Tournament.
DISTRICT IV QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
The District IV Committee is sponsoring a qualifying tournament to provide an additional opportunity for individual golfers to qualify for the District IV Championship Tournament. This tournament is not in place of the District IV Tournament.
Reminder: Individual golfers can also qualify for the District Tournament by having an average of 88.00 or better (boys) and 100.00 or better (girls) by the District IV Tournament registration deadline of Friday, September 28. Also, any golfer who will be participating with a TEAM at the District Tournament will also be automatically qualified for the District Tournament. If you are unsure as to whether your team will qualify for the tournament, I would recommend sending golfers who do NOT meet the individual qualifying criteria to this event.
Any golfer who enters the District IV Qualifying Tournament should be accompanied by a school representative. The representative will work with tournament officials to help supervise the event.
Listed below are the rules and regulations of the District IV Qualifying Tournament, to be held on: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the White Deer Golf Club (Vintage Course).
- Coaches' meetings will be held at 12:00 pm on September 27.
- Each school is limited to three male and three female entries.
- Greens fees are $20.00 per player. Checks must be made out to PIAA District IV.
- Entry form and eligibility sheet must be received by Monday, September 25, 2017.
- Send entries and direct inquiries to the District IV Golf Chairman (address listed above).
- Range balls may be paid for at the course on the day of the tournament.
Players must adhere to the following dress code: Shirts should have collars or be a suitable sports "performance" tee; no jeans; no denim or cut-off shorts; no tank tops; no visible undergarments; no backwards hats; no metal-spiked or hard-soled shoes.
Any boy who shoots 88 or better and any girl who shoots 100 or better will qualify for the District IV Tournament individually. These will be the only players from the Qualifier to enter the District IV Tournament.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
The District IV Golf Tournament will be conducted in accordance with the PIAA rules and regulations. The following rules and regulations are in addition to the established PIAA rules.
- The TOURNAMENT will start promptly each day. Coaches should report to the registration area at least one hour before the start time each day. A coaches' meeting will be held at 9:15 a.m. on October 5, 2017. This meeting is mandatory for all coaches. Each coach will be assigned a foursome, and will be responsible for keeping score for all players in their assigned group. Further details of coaches' responsibilities will be covered in the mandatory meeting. Thursday play begins with a shotgun start; Saturday play will begin with tee times. First round scores will be used to determine the men's and women's team championship, as well as individual male and female qualifiers for the second round of the tournament. Meetings will be held with coaches and players prior to the start of the tournament on each day of competition.
- Medals will be awarded to the eight (8) lowest male two-round scores (white tees) in Class AA as well as the lowest two (2) two-round scores in Class AAA. Medals will be awarded to the four (4) lowest female two-round scores (red tees) in Class AA. The lowest team total, based on the best four aggregate scores from the first round of 18 holes for qualifying male (white tees) and female (red tees) teams will be awarded the 2017 Team Champion Trophy in Class AA (boys and girls) and Class AAA boys. If two or more teams tie, the team champion will be determined by a sudden-death playoff, if possible. (Top four scorers only; four-person totals per hole will be tallied until there is a winner.) If inclement weather does not allow for a sudden-death playoff, ties will be broken by match of cards using total (four-person) back nine scores, then back six, back three, back two, and last hole (#18) totals.
- If individuals are tied after the second day, the champion or last regional qualifier will be determined by a sudden death playoff, if possible. If inclement weather does not allow for a sudden death playoff, ties will be broken by match of cards using back nine scores, then back six, back three, back two, and last hole (#18). All other individual ties for placement (medal winners) will be determined by the same match of cards procedure. The eight male Class AA medal-winners, the two male Class AAA medal-winners, and the four female Class AA medal-winners will advance to the PIAA East Region Qualifying Tournament on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Golden Oaks Golf Club (Fleetwood, PA) starting at 9:00 a.m.
- District IV will determine its representatives for regional play by October 7, 2017. Therefore, if weather conditions result in only one round of play, please understand that the boys and girls qualifiers, along with team qualifiers will be determined by this single round of play.
- In case of light rain and no lightning, the tournament will proceed. The decision will be made at the course on the day(s) played. Do not assume postponements.
- A Committee of OFFICIALS appointed by the District IV Chairman will rule on all disputes. The HOST course will provide a list of all local rules.
- TIE SCORES, both team and individual, will be decided by sudden death starting on the first (#1) hole, weather permitting.
- NO STUDENT-ATHLETES are permitted in the bar area.
- Standard golf etiquette is stressed for all participants -- replace divots, rake footprints in sand traps, and repair ball marks on putting surfaces.
- Proper golf attire is to be worn: Shirts should have collars or be a suitable sports "performance" tee; no jeans; no denim or cut-off shorts; no tank tops; no visible undergarments; no backwards hats; no metal-spiked or hard-soled shoes.
- Preferred lies or summer rules decisions will be determined by the Eagles Mere Country Club personnel.
- Coaches are not permitted to follow players.
- COACHES: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPLY THE RULES OF GOLF TO CLARIFY A RULES QUESTION. ENCOURAGE THE GOLFER TO USE THE USGA RULE BOOK, RULE 3-3, THE SECOND BALL PROCEDURE.
- Point of Clarification: There have been a few inquiries as to whether or not a female golfer could participate in both the girls' and boys' tournament. According to the PIAA office, "A girl may participate in the girls' district qualifier because that is how she will be competing if she advances to the regional tournament. She is also eligible to compete in the boys' team championships if she has competed with the boys' team all season. However, she must take her score from the girls' district qualifier to advance to the regional tournament. She may not use her score from the boys' team tournament."
- Use of Range Finders/GPS is permitted. During regular-season and post-season golf contests, players are authorized to use devices that measure or gauge distances only (range finders or GPS). If a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect a player's play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of USGA Rule 14-3. The penalty for this infraction is disqualification from the tournament, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used. Please note: Since the use of cell phones one the course during play is prohibited, Range Finder or GPS apps on a cellphone that might otherwise conform to the rules is also prohibited. Show your Range Finder/GPS to the starter or a District IV Committee member before you begin play!
NEED TO KNOW ITEMS
Conduct of Players
A two-stroke penalty shall be assessed for conduct unbecoming an interscholastic golfer. Such conduct shall include, but not be limited to: Club throwing (defined as releasing a club in anger or in a manner to cause harm to any person or to a golf course), use of abusive or profane language, willful acts which damage property or equipment or a golf course, or other unbecoming conduct as determined by the Tournament Director or Rules Committee.
Use of a Caddy or Motorized Cart is Prohibited
The use of a caddy or motorized cart during the first round, and the final round WILL NOT be permitted.
Non-motorized Push or Pull carts permitted
Beginning with the 2015 Golf Season, the PIAA Board of Directors accepted the recommendation of the Golf Steering Committee, to permit the use of non-motorized push or pull carts where the host facility permits. Golfers are welcome to bring their own push/pull carts to the district tournament. A limited number of carts are available for rent at Eagles Mere Country Club on a first come first serve basis. As in previous years, if a player wishes to carry his/her bag, that is also permissible.
Spectator and Coach Decorum
Parents, spectators, and the media who choose to walk the course, may do so under the following restrictions:
- DO NOT offer comments or make suggestions to the golfers. NO COACHING! This is not a stand-alone post-season team competition.
- DO NOT observe play from closer than twenty-five (25) yards BEHIND the group of competitors being observed.
- DO NOT cross over or observe play from teeing areas, fairways, or putting greens. Play may be observed from cart paths or the "rough" only.
- DO NOT move or talk when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.
- DO NOT attempt to decide questions of fact, or attempt to apply the Rules of Golf.
- DO NOT move or attempt to identify a competitor’s ball anywhere on the course (including out of bounds or in a hazard) – it is permissible to help find a potential lost ball if asked, but it is the competitor’s job to identify.
All golf contestants are required to wear appropriate attire. Please refer to Rules and Regulations #10. No exceptions are permitted. Additionally, advertisements are limited to a 1 ½” x 1 ½” square manufacturer’s logo/trade name on the golf shirt. School name/logos are permitted on the front and/or back of the golf shirt. Non-school sweaters and/or jackets will be permitted only when necessitated by weather conditions.
School-issued caps and caps with no logos or markings are permitted. College or other logos, and caps with tape over the logo will not be permitted.
Williamsport Country Club Course Rules
The rules will be provided by the Eagles Mere Country Club and will be reviewed prior to tee off at the coaches meeting on both Thursday and Saturday.
ENTRY FORM SUBMISSION INFORMATION
Please complete the enclosed entry forms. Be sure to list individual averages/District IV Qualifying Tournament scores, and/or to indicate the five players who will be competing in the team tournament. Also enclose an ELIGIBILITY SHEET with the entry forms. This year there will be no entry fee. Lunch will not be provided and arrangements at local restaurants can be made, if necessary.
SEND ENTRY FORMS and ELIGIBILITY SHEETS no later than Friday, September 29, 2017.