Northern California Golf Association

 Four-Ball Net Qualifying

The Reserve at Spanos Park

Saturday, May 22, 2021


Player Information Sheet


Club Information:                                           

The Reserve at Spanos Park

6301 West Eight Mile Road
Stockton, CA 95219

(209) 477-4653


PLEASE REVIEW: NCGA “Play it Safe – COVID-19 Tournament Policies”

Note: Masks are required in and around the clubhouse area, or any circumstance where it is not possible to maintain social distancing.



18 holes Four-Ball Net Stroke Play (Two–Person Better Ball). The May 19th Handicap Index Revision will be used. Men will play from the WHITE tees; Women will play from the GREEN tees. Play will be 85% of the course handicap using a maximum current index of 18.4 for men and 25.4 for women. All players with indexes of 18.5 (men) or 25.4 (women) and higher are eligible but must play a maximum current index of 18.4 (men) or 25.4 (women). The number of qualifying spots available at each qualifying site will be determined based on the total number of players and the final field size at each site. Final numbers of spots will be available from the Committee on the day of qualifying. Ties for the final qualifying spot will be determined by the USGA recommended method of matching score cards. Qualifiers will advance to the Championship at Poppy Hills GC on June 21-22, 2021.


Scoring Unfinished Holes:

If a player starts but does not complete a hole, their marker shall record an “X” followed by the score he/she most likely

would have made. This score is for handicap purposes only and shall not exceed net double bogey.


Net Double Bogey = Double Bogey + any handicap strokes you receive


Competition Schedule:

The first tee time is at 8:00 AM off Tee 1. Players should be at the first tee immediately following the group in front of them.  Please do not congregate near the first tee.


Practice Round Information:

Practice rounds are subject to availability and must be booked through the pro shop in advance. Please contact the course for the most up to date rate information.


Local Rules / Scorecards:

All paperwork will be available for players on or before Sunday, May 21st via the links below:

  • Notice to Players (Local Rules)
  • Scorecards (scorecards are available to print as a convenience for players, but have no Rules status)


No paper materials will be provided or available on site.


Food and Beverage Availability:

The restaurant will be open. Outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Water fountains and water coolers have been removed or shut down. Please be prepared to provide for your own water and food needs by supplying your own.


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 optional at the player’s expense. Information and cart inquiries can be made directly with the course. A maximum of two carts per group is permitted. Spectator carts are prohibited.


Rules Information:

Prior to the first day of the event, you must make yourself familiar with the Player Handbook, Hard Card, and Pace of Play Policy.


See the above links for policies on Dress Code, Withdrawals, No Shows, and Conditions of Competition. It is the PLAYER’S responsibility to know the Rules and Conditions of the Competition.


Golf Shoes: Model Local Rule G-7 is in effect.


Maximum Score:

The maximum allowable score for a player on any hole is 9, Rule 21.2 applies.


Alternative to Stroke and Distance:

Model Local Rule E-5 is in effect.


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: Crystal Springs GC has installed a plastic insert that allows the ball to fall into the hole part way, while making the ball easily retrievable to minimize shared contact points. The plastic 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 plastic insert 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.


Additional Information:


Scoring: Players are expected to arrive at their first tee with the latest version of the GolfGenius or USGA Tournament Management App. The player GGID is available on the scorecard PDF available above and will be given to you on the first tee by the starter. When logging in, you MUST login using the provided Player GGID or you will not get access to the digital scorecard portion of the app.


  •  DURING THE ROUND - Within the group, players will be marking for one other player (just as you would with a paper scorecard). The electronic scorecard has a section for "Marker's Notes". This is the equivalent to the tear strip at the top of a scorecard where the marker may keep his or her own scores. 
  •  WHEN 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 are correct.  If there are any discrepancies between your "Marker's Notes" and the scores your marker entered for you, they will be highlighted in yellow.
  • CERTIFYING SCORES - Once all scores are correct you will be prompted to "Certify as Marker" and then you will move to "My Scores", located at the top of your screen, and then be prompted to "Certify as Player".  This is the equivalent of signing a paper scorecard and satisfies the requirements of Rule 3.3b. Scores will be considered official and returned once the player has left the scoring area as defined in the Notice to Players.
  • Digital Scorecard Training - A step-by-step guide to digital scorecards.


Staff contact information is available in the Notice to Players (see link above) if you have any questions after your round. 


Please direct any questions concerning this event to the NCGA Rules and Competitions department at (831)625-4653.