Northern California Golf Association

 Scratch League Championship

Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Chardonnay / Zinfandel

November 20, 2020


Player Information Sheet



Club Information:

Poppy Ridge Golf Course

4280 Greenville Road

Livermore, CA 94550

(925) 447-6779



Note: Masks are required around the clubhouse area.


Team Roster:

Team Captains must email their playoff line-up of 7 players (six amateurs and one professional) to Rick Leoncio ( or Josh Boyles ( by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, November 18th. Please identify professional when submitting lineup.



There will be no formal registration at this event. All players must check in with the golf shop upon arrival to sign for a golf cart.



The format for the NCGA Scratch League Championship is a 25-point game within each pairing group of five players. The top two teams will advance to the California Scratch League Championship at Sandpiper Golf Club on Friday, December 4, 2020. All play is without handicaps except for seeding the pairing order from low current handicap index to high index as of the November 16th current index revision. Stroke Play rules apply with the exceptions set forth in the 2020 Scratch League Rules of Play.


Starting Times and Pairings:

Starting times will range from 8:00 – 9:12 AM. Players should be at the starting tee immediately following the group in front of them.  Please do not congregate near the starting tee. Pairings and Starting Times will be posted on or before Wednesday, November 18th.



All Play will be from the NCGA tee markers (see Yardages sheet)

CR: 73.1 / Slope: 134 / 6,773 yards / Par 72


Note: When both men and women compete, female participants will play from the set of women’s tees with the most similar Course Rating as the set of tees from which the men are playing.


Local Rules / Hole Locations / Scorecards:

All paperwork will be available for players on or before Thursday, November 19th via the links below:


No paper materials will be provided or available on site.


Food and Beverage Availability:

Mulligan’s snack bar will be open at 6:30 AM. Outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. The Grill will be open at 11:00 AM for outdoor dining only on the patio.


Practice Facilities:

The driving range is open and spaced for safe distancing. We ask players to limit their warm-up and arrival time. The practice putting and chipping greens are available only for the 2nd and 3rd up groups, meaning within 20 minutes of your starting time. Please do not use the practice greens prior to 20 minutes before your starting time. 


Player Cart Information:

Golf carts are $20 and optional at the player’s expense. Golf carts are limited to one rider per cart unless you are from the same household. Spectator carts are prohibited.


Caddie Information:

Caddies are not permitted at any NCGA event until further notice.


Additional Information:

Prior to the event, you must make yourself familiar with the Player Handbook, Hard Card and Pace of Play Policy.  You, the player, are responsible for knowing this information.


Scoring: Players are expected to download the USGA TM (or Golf Genius) app. If you have previously downloaded the app please make sure you have the most up to date version. The Group GGID will be given to you on the first tee by the starter.

  • DURING THE ROUND - Within the group, one player will be entering scores for each player in the group. Other players are welcome to keep written scores on a paper scorecard.
  • WHEN IS ROUND IS COMPLETED - At the end of the round, all players in the group must report any rules issues to the committee and confirm hole-by-hole scores entered in USGA TM app are correct. Any discrepancies between the entered scores and scores written by a player must be rectified in the scoring area.
  • CERTIFYING SCORES - Scores will be considered certified and returned once players have left the scoring area as defined within the Notice to Players. 
  • NCGA Staff is available on site if you have any questions after your round. 


Code of Conduct – Flagstick: The flagstick must not be moved or deliberately touched by hand during the round, including with a gloved hand or a towel wrapped around the flagstick.  Any player who deliberately ignores this code of conduct policy will be considered guilty of Serious Misconduct (see Rule 1.2b), the penalty for which is Disqualification.


Holing Out: Poppy Ridge GC has installed a foam insert that allows the ball to fall into the hole part way, while making the ball easily retrievable to minimize shared contact points.  The foam is treated as part of the flagstick, and if any part of the ball is below the surface of the putting green and is resting on that device or leaning against the flagstick, the ball is treated as holed.  However, a ball that hits the foam and does not come to rest with any part of the ball within the hole below the surface of the putting green is not holed.


Preferred Lies in Bunker: When a player’s ball lies in a bunker, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

  • Reference Point:  Spot of the original ball
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: Six inches from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • Must be in the same bunker.

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rule 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Deciding Ties: A play-off will start immediately after the conclusion of play to determine the two teams advancing to the California State Scratch League Championship. See Scratch League Rules of Play regarding format.



Any questions concerning this event should be directed to the NCGA Rules and Competitions Office at 831-625-4653