2019 Men's League Information

Current Men's League Openings

League 1 - 4 Team Spots, League 2 - 1 Team Spot, League 3 - Sold Out

League 1 - Tuesday Night , League 2 - Tuesday Night, League 3 - Wednesday Night

2019 Men's League is a Two Person Team event. 

 Please email msummers@mountainbranch.com with any questions or if you wish to be added to the waiting list. 

New year, better weather!  We are excited to get the 2019 year kicked off with registrations for the 2019 Men’s Leagues!  We have made some changes and hope that you read through my email entirely.  We have made some changes to the scoring, senior tees and league nights.   We will be moving Monday Night Men’s League to Tuesday Nights, the “Original” Tuesday Night League will remain on Tuesdays as well. Wednesday Night Men’s League will remain on Wednesday Night.  We will be running a “Double Shotgun” on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The Senior Tees for Men Ages 60+ will be played from the Black/White Combo Tees this season.  There are also a lot of rules changes for 2019 from the USGA that are now in effect. 

The overall concept of the league and its format will not change.  It will remain Better Ball of Partners “Net” Match Play

Leagues will start on May 7th and 8th

Those that participated in 2018 have first rights to the 24 team openings for their respective league nights.  If teams wish to switch nights they will be put on a waiting list for that particular night and moved to the front of the list ahead of the “New” teams that are on the waiting list.  If a team is to split up and both players wish to play with different teammates both teams will be added to waiting list for that night they wish to play, again, given priority over “new” teams. If a teammate loses his partner from 2018 and has a new partner (the original partner is no longer playing in the league) then that team can retain is spot if paid in full by 1/31/19.  Teams must be paid in full by January 31, 2019 in order to keep their current spot.  If those teams remain unpaid in full on February 1st we will refund the monies paid and let teams in from the waiting list that pay in full (2/1/19) is based on position on the waiting list and paid first).  All league registrations can be paid by Cash, Check, Credit Card, Member Charge (Unlimited Members ONLY) or Gift Card (Merchandise Only Gift Cards are Not Allowed).

**Unlimited Members who join the league but their membership ends during the league season and do not renew their membership must pay the difference between the two memberships in order to continue to play in the league.  Those that do not retain their membership through the entirety of the league will not be allowed to play for their team until the difference is paid.

The rate for this season will be $555.00  for the League Associate Membership and $230.00  for Unlimited Members.  

The Associate Membership along with the Associate Member benefits are included (with the exception of a free round).  You will still have access to all Member events with the exception of the Stroke Play Championship and Club Championship.

In keeping with our efforts to constantly evolve and create the most fun, most competitive and most fair league around we have made some changes for the upcoming season.  Please keep in mind that there are 144 players between the 3 leagues and as much as we want to please every single person, we all know that will not be possible.  Everyone’s BEST interest is always at the forefront when making changes to the leagues and until we are fully satisfied with the previous season we will continue to “tweak” until that goal is met.  At the end of the season we will once again begin to evaluate the leagues and make adjustments where necessary.

League Changes:

We will be condensing the “3 Men’s Leagues” into a two night format.  League nights will  now be Tuesdays & Wednesdays with the Men’s Leagues being recognized as Leagues 1, 2 & 3.  Ladies League will still be recognized as such.

Monday Men’s League (League 1) will be moved to Tuesday Night and Monday Ladies League will be moved to Wednesday Night.  Original Tuesday Men’s League (League 2) will remain on Tuesday night and Wednesday Men’s League (League 3) will remain on Wednesday night. 

How this will work is it will be done as a double shotgun at 5:30PM on both Tuesday and Wednesday. 

For example; Week 1 – Tuesday Night (League 1 – Front 9 Shotgun and League 2 – Back 9 Shotgun) Wednesday Night (League 3 – Back 9 Shotgun and Ladies League – Front 9 Shotgun). 

Each week the two leagues on their respective night will “flip flop” nines so that everyone is playing the opposite every other week

The format will remain the same with the exception of changing how we recognize teams in the standings and the top 8 teams in each division for the end of season playoffs.  The format will remain Net Better Ball of Partners Match Play, matches will be played off of the Low Ball in the group with still the max of 9 strokes the max being given.  Each league will be broken down into 2 divisions with the 12 lowest combined team handicaps being placed in the Mountain Division and the 12 highest combined team handicaps being placed in the Branch Division.  Teams within each division will play each other one time over an 11 week regular season with the exception of cancelations due to weather.  As always if the weather prohibits us from playing multiple nights we will make it up to you but the nights missed will not be made up in regards to the league standings.  We have always tried our very best based on technology and experience to make the correct call based on player safety and timing of travel.  This isn’t a perfect science as I have never heard of an actual Meteorologist having a perfect record.  The schedule will be set and kept for the season.

The matches will be 9 hole matches with each hole having a point value.  Each hole is worth 1 point.  The team that wins that hole will receive a full point, if teams halve that hole they each receive a half a point and the team that loses the hole gets zero points. The team that wins their match will also receive an extra point towards their 9 hole total.  If a match is halved after 9 holes neither team will receive a bonus point for the match.  Teams must win their match to get that extra point.  Team Total Points will now rank teams within the division first to last.  In the past it was based on Win/Loss Record (it will no longer be this way).  At the end of the regular season the Top 8 teams in each division will go into a single elimination playoff bracket with the winner of each division playing each other for the Overall League Night Championship.  The playoffs are Better Ball of Partners Net -  Match Play (points don’t matter in match).  

Leagues will once again have their own dedicated webpage as we did in 2018.  That information will be given out as we get closer to the season getting started. 

We will no longer be rankings teams based on wins and losses!  Ties at the end of the season will be broken by the following: 1. Head to Head record.  2.  Most regular season wins.  3. If teams are still tied there will be a chip off on the putting green at 5:00PM on the first night of the playoffs of the team’s respective night.  The playoffs will be played over 4 weeks.  The winner of each division within their league night will play each other for that league night’s championship.  The Playoffs will be played the same as the regular season format.  Teams that do not qualify are invited to come out and play 9 holes during the playoffs on their respective night.  Information regarding what time to tee off and how that will be established will be emailed to the league as we get closer to the end of the regular season

In 2019 we will be a part of a Major Rules overhaul by the United State Golf Association (USGA).  We will be having a mandatory Rules Seminar Monday, March 25th at 6:00PM at Mountain Branch.  Jerry Duffy will once again be here to help us learn the New Rules.  This seminar will be 2 hours.  One player from each Men’s League Team will need to be present in order for your team to get credit.  Teams that do not have representation at the meeting will be docked 15 points.  Meaning your team will have -15 points to start the season.  The rules are extremely important to our league play as well as for you  own knowledge to potentially benefit you in certain situations.   Please mark your calendars accordingly. 

Addressing the handicapping -   

We will continue with the 100% handicap for players with a max of 9 strokes.  Gentlemen, we have worked very hard to try to audit, keep an eye on and flush out any sandbaggers that might be participating in the league.  Unfortunately without following each person in the league around every day of their lives and every round they play or don’t play, it is very hard to call someone a liar without proof. What I can say is that this a game of Honor and if folks are going to find a way to cheat the system, they will do so and there really isn’t anything that we can do about it.  Based on this new format, teams are competing against each other instead of the entire field making teams more accountable to knowing the rules and not letting players get away with things that wouldn’t maybe affect them.  Our goal is to make it as fair as possible so that it’s enjoyable as possible for everyone.  If a team is to call a penalty on the team they are playing and the team disagrees, then knowledge of the rules or using the rule book will be a necessity.  Penalties are not called because opponents don’t like people, they are called because there are rules and if they are not being followed teams need to be penalized or even used to their advantage based on knowing the rules.

Divisions for each league night will be made after the 5/1 revision date.  Teams that do not have both players with an established handicap after the 5/1 revision they will be placed in the higher handicap division of their league night and penalized 10 points off their total points for each week they play as such along with that those players with NH (No Handicap) will play at scratch with no exceptions until they have established an index here at the club. (5) 18 Holes Scores posted after 3/15/19 will establish an index.  Teams will be assigned a team number within each division randomly after the 5/1 revision and the divisions are established.  Team numbers and the season schedule will all be posted on the website.

We will continue with NO SUBSTITUES allowed.  This is an investment of your time and money and with the format being match play the final results can be altered based on who subs and who doesn’t.  For this reason and others we are doing away with subs. Teams can still compete with one player from the team playing they will just be at a little bit of a disadvantage.  Matches that take place with missing participants will still play off of the Low Ball in the group that is actually playing.  If a team is complete “No Show” for a match that team will lose 2 points from their regular season Total Points.  The team that does show up to play will play their 9 Hole Match against Par.  

Players will be required to post a score for each hole based on each individuals Equitable Stroke Control Allowance.  Scores will be posted each week on the respective league website portal by the golf shop staff as we did in 2018.  An Equitable Stroke Control chart will be listed on the rules sheet for each night.  Players CANNOT take more than what their Equitable Stroke Allowance is in their matches -

Example of Handicap for league night: Team 1 Player A is a 0 handicap and Player B is a 5.  Team 2 Player A is a 2 and Player B is a 12.  The match will be played off of Team 1’s Player A’s zero handicap , Player B on Team 1 will get his 5 strokes, Team 2 Player A will get his 2 strokes and Player B will get 9 strokes (the max).  Example 2; Team 1 Player A is a 3 Handicap, Player B is a 7 handicap.  Team 2 Player A is a 6, Player B is a 10.  The match will be played off Team 1’s Player A.  Player A on Team 1 will play the match at scratch, his partner will get 4 strokes, Team 2 Player A will get 3 strokes and Player B will get 7 strokes.  Player B on Team 2 does not lose 3 strokes off of his max of 9 strokes, he only loses them off of his handicap.  The reason for this is Player B is already losing strokes to start with because of a max of 9, we are not going to “Double Penalize” him for playing with strokes off of the max handicap allowed.  If you have questions or don’t understand the format please feel free to discuss with me individually via phone or in person to explain the process.

*There will ONLY be ONE official scorecard for each group/match  that card will require 2 signatures (one from each team) verifying the card after play.

Men 59 and younger – Black Tees
Men 60 and older – White Combo Tees

Each Men’s League will consists of Longest Drive and Closest to the Hole winners from both the Black Tees and Black/White Combo Tees.

REGISTRATION CAN BE DONE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE