Tournament Format - 2020 Scottsdale Open

Two-Player Team Tournament Entry Fee
The Tournament Entry Fee includes the Thursday evening Reception and Pairings Party Dinner, Tournament Gift Bag package, Phoenix Open tickets, three tournament golf rounds with shared golf cart, full use of golf course practice facilities on the day of play, one forecaddie per foursome at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium, participation in the daily hole-in-one competition, on-course non-alcoholic beverages, Tournament Awards Dinner Party immediately following completion of Round 3 play, and tournament trophies and golf equipment prizes for the top three teams in each division.
NOTICE TO COMPETITORS – 2020 Scottsdale Open

2020 Tournament Stipulated Round Schedule
January  - Friday: Round 1 – Troon North Monument Course
January  - Saturday: Round 2 – TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course
January  - Sunday: Round 3 – Grayhawk Raptor Course

Tournament Format and Scoring
The Scottsdale Open is a competition for two-player amateur teams.
Round 1 - Team Four-Ball Stroke Play (Better Ball of the team)
Round 2 - Team Four-Ball Stroke Play (Better Ball of the team)
Round 3 – Stroke Play (Total score of the two-player team)

In Round 1 and Round 2 Four-Ball Stroke Play, the marker must record for each hole the gross score of whichever team partner’s score is to count, and the gross score to count for each hole must be individually identifiable to a team partner. In Round 3 Stroke Play, the marker must record for each hole the gross score of both team members.

Tournament Divisions
Open Net-Score Handicap Division
Senior Net-Score Handicap Division (Each team member at least 55 years of age on or before 1/12/20).

Each Division of the tournament is a separate competition. In each division, the Winning Score will be the lowest score posted for the three stipulated tournament rounds. Each team must choose to register for competition in one (1) tournament division; no team may compete, simultaneously, in more than a single tournament division.

Rules Of Play
The current USGA Rules of Golf and Decisions will govern all Scottsdale Open tournament play. All disputes regarding any aspect of tournament play will be reviewed by the on-site Rules Officials and by the Tournament Committee. All rules decisions issued by the Tournament Committee shall be considered final and the dispute closed.

Condition of Competition - Teeing Ground for Tournament Players 65 Years of Age and Above
During the three stipulated rounds of the competition, any and all players 65 years of age on or before 1/12/20 may choose to play from the teeing ground denoted as Forward Tee by the Tournament Committee.

Condition of Competition – Preferred Team Tee Shots
During the three stipulated rounds of the competition, teams may play preferred team tee shots in the following manner:  The team may select the location of one team member’s tee shot and both players may complete play of the hole from the selected location.

Preferred lies shall be played from within one (1) club-length of the tee shot location selected, no nearer the hole, and from the same conditions and characteristics of the lie (e.g., fairway, fringe, rough, desert, hazard, bunker) present at the location selected. Each player’s ball may be placed by hand, foot, or by a golf club.

For a selected tee shot that has come to rest on the putting green, players shall replace their ball on the approximate spot the selected tee shot came to rest upon, no nearer the hole. The selected tee shot shall be marked immediately adjacent to its location, in a manner to avoid interference with the play of a stroke from that position on the putting green.

In the event both player’s tee shots are lost or out of bounds, both player’s may proceed to replay from the teeing ground under the stroke and distance penalty.

Golf Balls
Only brands of golf balls on the USGA’s latest List of Conforming Golf Balls may be used.

Distance Measuring Devices
In this competition, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14.3.

Out of Bounds
Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white painted lines and white stakes, wire fences, walls defining private property and/or public roads. A ball that crosses a public road and comes to rest beyond that road is Out of Bounds, even if it rests upon another part of the course.

Unmarked Bodies of Water
Unmarked permanent bodies of water are deemed to be Water Hazards, whose boundaries are the edge of the water.

Roads and Paths
Concrete surfaced roads and paths are obstructions. All other roads or paths are deemed to be integral parts of the course, from which relief without penalty is not allowed.

Grandstands and Bleachers
Grandstands and bleachers are deemed to be immoveable obstructions.

Integral Parts of the Course
Include cables, roads, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees, liners in bunkers, artificial walls in hazards, steps and walls within the margin of bunkers.

Embedded Ball
Relief through the green, Appendix 1 USGA Rules of Golf.

Abnormal Ground Condition
Include, but are not limited to, areas enclosed by white lines, french drains (exposed rock), seams in newly sodded areas, trenched areas and burrowing animal holes.

Man-made rock drain lanes leading to a surface drain are deemed immovable obstructions.

Score Card Returned
The scorecard is considered to have been returned when a member of the team has exited the defined scoring area with both feet, unless the player, prior to leaving, verbally informs and receives acknowledgement from the Scoring Official, of the intention to leave the scoring area and immediately return.

Tournament Handicaps
The Net Divisions of the Scottsdale Open will be governed by, and conducted in strict accordance with the USGA Handicap System. Each net division team player will play their stipulated tournament rounds with a Daily Tournament Handicap to be calculated by the Tournament Committee using fifty (50%) percent of the player's December 15, 2017 USGA Handicap Index as factored by the USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating of each tournament golf course; the total Team Handicap shall not exceed eighteen (18). Daily tournament scores will be evaluated in accordance with USGA Appendix E – Score Frequency and Probability Table and the Committee, at its sole discretion, may adjust scores, reduce handicaps, and levy penalties, including disqualification.

Handicap materials submitted by players are subject to verification by the Tournament Committee. In the event a player is unable to provide a verifiable handicap and scoring history satisfactory to the Tournament Committee, the player's handicap will be considered invalid and will not be accepted for tournament play and the player's gross score will be utilized for all Tournament Scoring purposes.

Handicap verification and scoring history materials shall be transmitted to the Tournament Office at:

Scottsdale Open Tournament Office
Scottsdale Scratch Golf, LLC
9720 North 80th Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85258


Handicap information must be received by the Tournament Committee no later than December 20, 2019.

Settling Ties
Ties will be settled on Sunday, January  2020, following completion of Round 3 play. At the point in time a tie is determined by the Committee to be present, the Committee, at its sole discretion, will choose one of the following methods to settle the tie: Playoff, scorecard playoff, lots or coin flip.

Close of Competition
The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophies have been awarded to the winners.

Tournament Pace of Play Policy
The player shall play without undue delay. Between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the player shall not unduly delay play. During administration of the pace of play guidelines, a member of the Rules Committee shall not be subject to, nor tolerate abuse, oral or otherwise, by a player. Such abuse, reported by a member of the Rules Committee to the Tournament Committee, may constitute conduct unbecoming a Scottsdale Open player which could result in disqualification.

At Troon North Monument, TPC Scottsdale Stadium and Grayhawk Raptor playing in groups of four, the required time to play is 4 hours and 30 minutes for 18 holes.

The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any place during the round, the group is behind the allotted time to play.

Any group will be considered out of position if it (a) is taking more than the allotted time to play (15 minutes per hole) and (b) reaches the tee on a par-3 and the preceding group has cleared the next tee, or fails to clear the tee of a par-4 hole before the preceding group clears the putting green, or arrives at the teeing ground of a par-5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green.
Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.  A group out of position will be notified that they are out of position and will be subject to individual timing.

Other than on the putting green, the timing of a player’s stroke will begin when he/she has had reasonable opportunity to reach his ball, it is his turn to play, and he/she can play without interference or distraction.  Time spent walking backward or forward for determining yardage will count as part of the time taken for that stroke.

On the putting green, timing will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean, and replace his/her ball.  Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for that stroke.

A player will be allowed a maximum of 40 seconds to complete his stroke.  NOTE:  An additional 10 seconds will be allowed for (a) the first to play from the teeing ground on a par-3 hole; (b) the first to play a second stroke on a par-4 or par-5 hole; (c) the first to play a third stroke on a par-5 hole; or (d) the first to play on or around the putting green.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 6-7 by The PGA of America
First Offense: Warning of being out of position
Second Offense: Group / Individual will be timed
Third Offense:    Two (2) Stroke Penalty
Fourth Offense: Disqualification

Golf Carts / Caddies
Tournament entry fee includes one golf cart for each 2-person team for each tournament round and one forecaddie for each foursome during the TPC Scottsdale Stadium tournament round.

Players are individually responsible for arrangement of any and all caddie services for tournament rounds at Troon North Monument and Grayhawk Raptor. Caddies on the golf course shall remain on-foot at all times.

Each team is responsible for their own transportation during the Scottsdale Open.

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Tournament Rules Committee:
Mike Martino - PGA, Southwest Section
Frank Calvin – PGA, Southwest Section
Allan Landolt.

Tournament Committee
Linda Dillenbeck
Allan Landolt
Refunds and Cancellation Policy
Refunds and cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to the tournament office. Full refunds, less a $75 processing fee, will be provided for written cancellation requests received at the tournament office no later than 5pm PST December 10, 2019.