FALCO Cup Rules & Posting Instructions
Last Updated: 02/07/20

2020 Falco Cup

Notes and Explanations

1)       Each player’s “seeded” position is based on the Qualifying Tournament, followed by “Match Play Only” entries, which are put in order, by date of entry.  The Falco Cup competition has a 32 player limit.  So the top 32 qualifiers, based on the previously described “seeding” order, will then be entered in the “Match Play” tournament for the Falco Cup.  All “seeding” decisions by the Tournament Director are binding and final  

2)       Players will play to 90% of their index/handicap for all matches. Handicaps are posted on the master scoreboard posted in the member’s card room, and on the bracket sheets e-mailed to each participant. These handicaps will be in effect for all 2020 Falco Cup matches. The handicap listed on the master scoreboard (and bracket sheets) has already been adjusted by the 90% rule. No further adjustment is necessary.

3)       All matches are scheduled for 18 holes. Play can be scheduled as two nine-hole rounds on different days. Matches must be finished by the completion date indicated.  Any extension of the completion date must be cleared through the Tournament Director ahead of time.

4)      Although either player can make the first phone call/emaill  the player listed on the top line of the bracket  is responsible for setting up the first match. For subsequent rounds, the player who posted the most recent victory is responsible for making first contact, (see #5 for a further explanation). Matches must be played by the completion date indicated.  A player unable to complete the scheduled match on-time, (vacation, workload, etc.), must forfeit the match.  If neither player can agree on a date, but both could make time, both players may forfeit.  This type of dispute and all other protests/challenges will be settled by the Tournament Director.  The Tournament Director’s decisions will be final and binding.

5)       Once a match is completed, the winning player must update the master scoreboard, (located in the member’s card room). If the results are already posted for a match that determines your next opponent, it is your responsibility to call your opponent to set-up a time to play your next match.

6)      Pay-outs in the "Match Play" will pay at $10 (and Player of the Year Points) increments as the bracket narrows down.  (I.e.. 1st round win = $10/points, 2nd round win = $20/points, 3rd round win = $30/points,)….A fourth round win gets you into the finals where the winner is awarded $65 and the runner-up receives $40. The Chairman Cup Champion also receives a complimentary 2020 membership and a beautiful trophy.   

7)      Handicap explanation: Match play is a hole-by-hole competition.  Handicap differentials are applied to specific holes.  Example #1:  If player “A” has a 6 handicap and player “B” has an 18 handicap, the differential is12 strokes.  Player “B” receives a stroke on handicap holes 1-12. Handicap holes are listed on the scorecard.  Example #2:  If player “A” has a 2 handicap and player “B”  has a 24 handicap, the differential is 22 strokes. Player “B” receives 1 stroke on all 18 holes and 2 strokes on handicap holes 1-4. If the match is tied at the end of 18 holes play continues in “sudden victory” manner on the first hole. Handicap strokes are awarded wherever they fall on the card (as if it was a new round). 

8) Dispute resolution: If a dispute occurs during a match and the players cannot agree on a ruling a second ball should be put into play.  The player continues play on the disputed hole with both balls. Both scores are marked on the card.  At the conclusion of the round, if the disputed hole has an impact on the result of the match, the players must notify the Tournament Director and describe the dispute.  The Tournament Director will then decide which score should count and the result will be final and binding.  Note: You must voice your protest or objection to your opponent at the time of the infraction or event. Protests that were not raised at the time of alleged infraction will not be considered by the tournament director. 

Example -  Player “A’s” drive on hole #6 comes to rest against the driving range fence. He tells his opponent that he is going to take relief and since it is a protective fence there is no penalty. Player “B” objects and says that the range fence is an OB fence and if he takes relief it is a one stroke penalty. Player “A” says he knows he is right because a charter member of the club told him it has always been a “free drop”. Player “B” insists he play a second ball. Player "A" should drop a  ball with free relief  and if he doesn’t want to risk being charged a penalty he should play the first ball as it lies. In our example, Player “A” completes the hole with a 6 on the original ball and a 3 on the dropped ball. Both scores are marked on the card .  When they complete the round the Tournament Director is contacted and the dispute is described. The Director will make the ruling on the spot or if more research/consultation is needed get back to them. Note: The range fence is a boundary fence. Relief is given but it is a one stroke penalty.

9)      Final scores must be posted even though in match play a “hole” can be conceded and putts “given”. A more complete explanation on how to post an incomplete round is attached and posted at the course.

You must post each score.


If a player starts but doesn't finish a hole or is conceded a stroke, that player shall record for handicap purposes the score he most likely would have made.  The most likely score consists of the number of strokes already taken plus, in the players best judgment, the number of strokes that the player would need to complete the hole from that position more than half the time.  This number may not exceed the player's Equitable Stroke Limit.  (The maximum number of strokes you can post on a hole according to your handicap).  This most likely score should be proceeded by an "X" Example:  A and B are playing a match.  On a hole on which neither player receives a handicap stroke, A has holed out in 4; B has a 30 foot putt for a 5.  B has lost the hole and picks up.  He records X-6 on the scorecard because 6 is his most likely score.



If a match is decided in 13 or more holes but less than 18 holes, the players score for the unfinished holes for handicap purposes shall be par plus any handicap strokes they are entitled to receive on the unfinished holes.  This hole score, when recorded, should be preceded by an "X". If a match is decided in less than 13 holes, the players will just post a 9 hole score.  You must finish 7 holes to post a 9 hole score.

 Example: A (9 hdcp) and B (18 hdcp) are playing a match. Player B wins the match on the 14th hole (5 & 4) and the players decide to head to the bar. The players add up their scores. Through 14 holes Player “A” a 60 and has two allocated strokes left (holes 16 &18). He adds a par for each remaining hole (4 holes X 4 pars=17) plus the two strokes for the allocated holes. His score is computed as follows (60 + 17 + 2 = 79). Player A should post a 79. Player B has a 63 and has four allocated strokes left (one for each hole). He adds a par for each remaining hole (4 holes X 4 pars =17) plus the four strokes for the allocated holes. His score is computed as follows (63 + 17 + 4 = 84). Player B should post an 84.