Texas League Play

Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club

June 1-4, 2023


Texas League Play was created in 2006 to provide an opportunity for TGA member facilities to play against each other in a team match play competition each spring. Regional conferences are formed all across the state and consist of four teams representing four different clubs from the area. A league play conference may be established anywhere in the state where there are four TGA member clubs who are interested in competing against each other in a six match regular season. Each team will host three matches, and will play an away match against each opponent at their course. By utilizing the GHIN handicap system, the TGA can provide a fair competition that is enjoyable for a variety of ages and skill levels. League Play matches are a great opportunity for your club and members to participate in a fun and exciting team competition with other clubs in your area.

TGA Staff Contact: Tournament Director – Justin Guthrie

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Entry & Eligibility Information

Entries Open: January 4, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Entries Close: February 22, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $600 per team

Entry Procedure: A team wishing to participate in Texas League Play must register and pay the entry fee through Golf Genius. The entry fee must be paid through Golf Genius via credit card. Alternative payments methods will not be accepted.

Club Eligibility: Open to all TGA member clubs who own/operate at least one 18 hole regulation length golf course. The club must have a current and valid USGA Course Rating/Slope issued by the TGA in the last 10 years. The club must follow all TGA membership policies and be in compliance with the USGA club license agreement. Each club must have a certified handicap chairman and have completed the required TGA or USGA handicap seminar training. To ensure your club has met all the necessary requirements, you may call the TGA Membership Services Department.

Player Eligibility: Open to male amateur golfers and club professionals who meet the following:

  • Club Membership: Amateur golfers must be full dues paying golf members of the club by the start of the regular season.
  • GHIN: A player must have an active GHIN number that is listed on the clubs handicap roster.
  • Score History: A player must contain at least 10 scores in the previous year’s GHIN scoring history.
  • Age: A player must be 21 years of age by the date of the match they wish to participate in.

Professional Club Staff Eligibility: A member of the clubs professional staff who is a full-time employee of the club is encouraged to participate. Professionals must have an active GHIN number and compete in the Four-Ball scratch match. Touring professionals belonging to the club are no eligible to participate. Teaching professionals using the club facilities to strictly teach are not eligible.

Team Captain’s

Team captain’s are instrumental in the success of Texas League Play. Each team is required to designate at least one (1) team captain who will serve as the representative for the team in league matches and the other teams within their conference. It is strongly encouraged that each team also have an Assistant Captain to help throughout the season. Captain’s are responsible for match scheduling, match arrangements, and utilizing the Team Portal through Golf Genius. For full Team Captain responsibilities, view Section 9: Team Captain Duties in the Texas League Play Policies & Procedures.

General Information

Teams/Conferences: Each team will be comprised of eight (8) players, including one (1) club professional. Conferences will be comprised of four (4) teams all representing different clubs. Teams will establish their own conferences by coordinating with other clubs in the area.

League Schedule: The regular season will be played March 1 – May 7, 2023 and will consist of six matches. All regular season matches (including any make ups or rain outs) must be complete by May 7, 2023. Each conference will set their own schedule by team captain’s & club pro’s coordinating with the other teams. Once the final schedule is set, a conference representative will send the schedule to the TGA for posting to the website. Schedule’s must be submitted by February 24, 2023.

Rules of Play: The USGA and R&A Rules of Golf, Texas League Play Notice to Players, and host club Local Rules will govern play.

Substitutions: Within 24 hours of the match, substitutions must be communicated directly with the opposing club’s team captain or golf professional. The TGA must also be made aware of the substitution. A substitution must be made in the League Play module and place in the correct lineup position.

Match Format: A team match will consist of four (4) four-ball matches. One (1) scratch matches and three (3) handicapped matches will be played. Teams and pairings must be arranged by handicap index, low to high. Any player can play in the first match and if a club professional is playing he must play in the first scratch match. The other three (3) handicapped matches will be played off the lowest handicap player in each match. For example, in a match Player A is a 2 handicap, Player B is a 4 handicap, Player C is a 6 handicap, and Player D is a 8 handicap. The match would be played off Player A’s handicap as he is the lowest in the match group. Player A would receive 0 strokes, Player B would receive 2 strokes, Player C 4 strokes and Player D 6 strokes. All handicapped matches will be played off the players current WHS handicap index from the day before the match is scheduled to take place.

Tees: Matches 1 & 2 will be played from the tees which is closest to the target yardage of 6,800 yards. Matches 3 & 4 will be played from the tees which is closest to the target yardage of 6,500 yards. In the scratch match (Match 1) if all players in the match agree, it may be played from a yardage greater than 6,800 yards.

Scoring: All matches will be worth three points each, using a NASSAU point system. One (1) point is awarded for a win on the front 9, one (1) point for the back 9, and one (1) for the overall 18 for a total of 3 match points. Any ties are worth 1.5 points to each side. The team earning 6.5 points or more out of the possible 12 points is the team match winner.

Conference Winners: Conference winners will be decided by the team’s overall regular season record. Points accumulated through he regular season will be used to determine playoff bracket seeding.

Playoffs: Texas League Play Playoffs will take place June 1-4, 2023 at Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club. Conference champions will be invited to compete in the single elimination style playoff event.

Rules Questions/Infraction: The TGA Championship Department will have final say on rules situations should they arise. Questions regarding the Rules or match outcomes must be called into the TGA prior to submitting match results. Issues regarding eligibility will be handled by the TGA on a case-by-case basis.

Forfeits: A forfeit will be scored as a loss to the team forfeiting team and a win to the opponent. Forfeits are detrimental to the overall success of the league. The inability to field a full team, or lack of interest once a team has been eliminated from playoff contention are not acceptable reason to forfeit a match. If a team is granted a forfeited victory, the match will be scored 6.5 to 5.5 in favor of the opponent. Circumstances causing a forfeit will be reviewed by the TGA Championship Committee for possible suspension from future Texas League Play participation.

Cancellation/Withdraws: If a team withdraws from Texas League Play anytime after the regular season schedule has been set, the team will be subject to a Texas League Play suspension and forfeit their entry fee for the current season.

Policies & Procedures

To ensure competitors the best experience during Texas League Play, it is helpful to be knowledgeable of Texas League Play Policies & Procedures.