Willow Run 2-Man Match Play League
Willow Run hosts a two-man match play league on Wednesday nights. Willow Run 2-Man Match Play League consists of a 14-week regular season running from May 5th through August 3rd. Playoffs will be held from August 17th through August 31st. August 10th will be used as a make up date. September 7th is the Final Night Shotgun and Dinner.
The Willow Run 2-Man Match Play League consists of 32 two-man teams. Teams are divided into four divisions. Each division houses eight teams. You will play each divisional opponent twice throughout the regular season.
The mission of the Willow Run 2-Man Match Play League is to create a fun golfing environment for all participants by facilitating competitive and fun golfing events and creating an atmosphere that will allow everyone to meet new people and socialize on a weekly basis.
The format is 9-hole, four-ball match play, with two teammates playing head to head against another team. Players use their net score in this league. Low handicap from Team A plays against low handicap on Team B. The individual that wins the hole receives 1 point for their team; if the individuals tie the hole, each team receives half a point. The team with the most points at the end of the match is awarded an additional point for a maximum possible total of 20 points per match. We use 80% of each player’s handicap to compute how many strokes he gets per hole. Each team plays all nine holes every match.
Dues & Payouts
- Yearly dues for the Willow Run 2-Man Match Play League are $100.00 per competitor.
- Players MUST have a USGA GHIN Handicap in order to participate
- The top three teams in each division at the end of the regular season, and the top five teams from the tournament will receive GreatLIFE Golf Shop Credit which can be used towards the purchase of merchandise in the Willow Run Pro Shop. All Pro Shop Credit will expire October 31, 2022.
- Dues include weekly pin prizes and the year end Steak Dinner.
- OPTIONAL SKINS GAME: This year, there will be a weekly gross and net skins game! Cost to get in is $70 for the year, which must be paid before the season starts!
Willow Run staff will be responsible for posting all league scores. For handicap purposes, each player must confirm their Golf Genius score cards in the Pro Shop and Willow Run staff will post scores along with the results. Penalty scores may be assessed to players who, outside of any league, are found to be posting scores incorrectly or who are not posting their scores for handicap purposes.
GHIN Handicaps are used to determine your handicap for league play. You receive 80% of your handicap. To calculate strokes awarded, take 80% of your handicap index; then stroke off the lowest handicap of the group. Example: If Team 1 Player A is a 4 handicap, and Team 2 Player A is a 7 handicap, the player from Team 1 will be playing as a 0 handicap and the player from Team 2 will play as a 3 handicap.
A three-week playoff season will begin after completion of the regular season and culminate in championship and consolation matches. The top two teams from each division will qualify for the playoffs and will be seeded 1 through 8 based on their total regular season points. Each seeded team will compete to advance to the final week. If you are unable to play your playoff match on the scheduled day, you have until the next week of scheduled matches to make up your match (one week). Any matches not made up by the start of the following week’s matches will result in a coin flip to decide the winner.
Playoff Spot/Seed Tiebreakers
In the event of a tie, when deciding which team advances to the playoffs and playoff seedings, ties are decided based on head-to-head matches. If there is still a tie after comparing head-to-head matches, the advancing team is determined by (in order):
- Total points from the last 3 weeks of play
- Total points from the last week of play
All League players must find a sub if they are unable to play. If a team cannot play, they forfeit the week. The forfeiting team gets zero points and the team winning by forfeit gets 7 points. If both teams are absent, the match must be made up within two weeks. If the match has not been made up within two weeks both teams get zero points for the week. If players cannot decide on a time to play, the standing default tee-time is 5:00 PM on the final day of the two-week make-up period (for example, 5:00 PM Tuesday on the final day of the two-week make-up period).
Willow Run 2-Man Match Play League Matches are played in accordance with the USGA Handicap System. All players and substitute players must have an active GHIN Handicap to play. Teams/players are responsible for finding their own subs. Team/players MUST notify Willow Run staff a minimum of 24 hours before the start of their match of any/all substitute players. Teams/players that fail to notify Willow Run of their subs within 24 hours of their match starting time will have said sub play to a zero handicap. A list of subs is available through the Willow Run Men’s Golf Association (WRMGA) and we will make every effort to help connect you with a sub, but it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to cover your absence. Willow Run will not be held responsible if a sub cannot be found. ALL SUBS MUST HAVE AN ACTIVE GHIN HANDICAP OR THEY WILL PLAY TO A ZERO HANDICAP.
League play is not canceled (even for rain) unless the course is unplayable or there is lightning. Players should call ahead when conditions are questionable to confirm the status of play. If a league night is canceled, the current week’s matches will be played the following week.
NOTE: If the weather turns inclement after play has begun, players are expected to wait until the weather clears and complete the match that day. If weather does not allow the match to be finished that day, the remaining holes to be played are halved.
Regular Season Payouts In Each Division
- Champions: $300 – $150 per player
- Runners-up: $250 – $125 per player
- 3rd Place: $200 – $100 per player
- Champions: $330 – $165 per player - Plus Championship Jackets
- Runners-up: $290 – $145 per player
- 3rd Place: $260 – $130 per player
- 4th Place: $240 – $120 per player
- 5th Place: $220 – $110 per player