Rescheduled to October 31st


2022 LaBonte Four-Ball Tournament

Shining Rock Golf Club


Player Information Sheet & Local Rules


History of the Labonte Four-Ball Tournament: The “Eleanor I. LaBonte” tournament originated in 1950. In February of 1972 it officially became the “The Eleanor I. LaBonte” tournament. Miss LaBonte served as Executive Secretary for over 25 years and was Handicap Chairperson for 33 years. In 2020 the event officially became the “LaBonte Four-Ball Tournament”. Last year’s 2021 gross winners were MJ Wagner and Mary Gale Brock.


Rules of Golf: The USGA® Rules of Golf, Local Rules and Terms of Competitions for Mass Golf Tournaments govern all play.


Mass Golf Policies & Procedures: Please refer to Policies & Procedures and Pace of Play Policy.


Format: 18 holes of Four-Ball stroke play (commonly known as two-person Best Ball)

Each player plays her own ball and the side’s score for a hole is the lower gross score of the two partners.


Handicap Index® not exceeding 54.0. Players with a handicap index of higher than 36.0 will be limited to a 36.0 Playing Handicap™.


Shotgun Times: 9:00 AM Shotgun Start. Refer to pairings and starting hole assignments. Golfers to be ready at their carts by 8:50 AM and at their designated hole to start at 9:00 AM.


Handicaps: All golfers will play to 85% of their Playing Handicap™ as of October 21, 2022.


Scorecards: Paper scorecards will be provided to all participants for the player’s own notes. All paper scorecards are considered UNOFFICIAL. The official scorecard will be the mobile golf genius app scoring. Prior to the tournament, players should download the Golf Genius App. You will be provided a GGID number on your scorecards and that is the number you type into the app to see your foursome.


Enter Gross scores only in the app: Net will be calculated by the app. After all player’s gross scores are entered for a hole, click “Save Scores”. Only one person from the foursome is responsible for inputting scores in the app. You can toggle back and forth from the score input page to the leaderboard near the top of the phone app screen. The designated scorekeeper in the group is responsible for checking hole by hole gross scores at the scoring area with a Mass Golf representative. Mass Golf will not be posting scores to GHIN.


Tees: Mass Golf Red Tees from 5,154 yards.


Distance-Measuring Devices: Permitted as specified in Mass Golf Policies & Procedures.


Practice Areas: The putting green and short game area will be accessible before play starting at 7:00 and are located to the right of the clubhouse. The driving range is currently closed due to renovations.


Hole Locations: Hole location sheets are in the player portal HERE.


Bathrooms: Bathrooms are located in the golf shop to the right, and on the course between the 7th fairway and the 8th tee.


Water and Snacks: There will not be a beverage cart available during the round but there are various drink and snack options available for purchase at the golf shop.


Food and Beverage: Lunch is included and will be available in a buffet style at the conclusion of the shotgun. There will be Portuguese kale soup, Asian crunch salad, baked haddock (updated) and lemon chicken. There will also be rice pilaf, stir-fried broccoli, dinner rolls with butter and fresh sliced fruit and berries.


Scoring: At the end of the round all scores must be verified by the team before your team’s designated app scorekeeper and unofficial written scorekeeper reports to the scoring tent. These designated scorekeepers are the ONLY individuals from the foursome that needs to report to the scoring area. The designated scorekeeper in the group is responsible for checking hole by hole gross scores at the scoring area with a Mass Golf representative. Mass Golf staff will verify with the designated scorekeepers that their scores are accurate and will take a verbal yes as a confirmation/signature as this will be a no touch process.


Awards: Trophy engraved with names of gross winners.  Ties honored for first place gross only. All other ties will be decided by matching cards in accordance with USGA recommended method. Prize certificates to be used at host club. 


Additional Information: Practice rounds are available by booking a tee time at




Mass Golf Staff Members in Charge:

Naomi Nesenoff

Manager of Women’s Events and Player Development

(774) 430-9012


Ben Carnevale

Women’s Events Intern



Thank you to our wonderful Mass Golf Rules Officials and Volunteers:

Patrick Salony

Sue Tremallo

Janice Spence


We would like to thank the host club staff for their wonderful hospitality:

Louis Papdellis – General Manager

Mike Stacy – Head Golf Professional

Zach Savell – Golf Course Superintendent




Local Rules

Hole #1

Mid-hole left & right (Penalty Area)

Left of green (Penalty Area)

Hole #2

Left until green (Penalty Area)

Right entire hole (Penalty Area)

Left of & behind green (Out of Bounds)

Hole #3

Left of Tee (Out of Bounds)

Right & left of hole (Penalty Area)

Crossing in front of green (Penalty Area)

Left of green (Penalty Area)

Hole #4

Left of hole (Penalty Area)

Left of & behind green (Out of Bounds)

Hole #5

Left of hole (Penalty Area)

Hole #6

Left starting before fairway through & behind green (Penalty Area)

Hole #7

Right to mid-hole (Penalty Area)

Hole #8

Left of hole & behind green (Penalty Area)

Hole #9

Left of hole (Out of Bounds)

Right of hole to mid-fairway (Penalty Area)

Hole #10

Left of hole (Penalty Area)

Right of hole (Out of Bounds)

Hole #11

Left of hole (EPA*)

Right of hole (Out of Bounds)

Hole #12

Left, right, & behind hole (Penalty Area)

Hole #13

Left of and behind green (Penalty Area)

Left of hole (Penalty Area)

Hole #14

Mid-fairway right (Penalty Area)

Left of hole (Penalty Area)

Hole #15

Left of hole (Penalty Area)

Behind hole (Out of Bounds)

Hole #16

Right of tee (Penalty Area)

Hole #17

Behind Green (Penalty Area)

Hole #18

Right of tee (Penalty Area)

Right of hole up until pond (Out of Bounds)

Right of green (Penalty Area)

Behind green (Out of Bounds)

Immovable Obstructions: All cart paths (paved or unpaved), roads (paved or unpaved), their immediate extensions/adjacent worn areas and white lined areas tying into cart paths. Relief may be taken.

Ground Under Repair: Areas enclosed with white painted lines are considered ground under repair. Relief may be taken. Also, all flower beds are considered ground under repair.

Integral Parts of the Golf Course: All stonewalls, fences, rock outcroppings and curbing adjacent to the club driveway/parking lot or roads defining out of bounds are integral parts of the golf course. Relief without penalty is not permitted.

*EPA No Play Zones: Penalty areas identified as EPA are No Play ZonesWhen a ball is in the no play zonethe ball must NOT be played as it lies and relief MUST be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 17.1e.