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How do I qualify for the Sir Elford Cup?
Does every tour send a Sir Elford Cup Team?
What is the Sir Elford Cup format and what courses do we play?
How are the teams paired up to play each other?
What are the match pairings for each round?
How is the Sir Elford Cup scored?
How do I know who I play against in the individual match play on Tuesday?
Which tees do I play from?
What happens in the event of a tie for first place?
What happens if one player (or even both players from a flight) are missing or don’t show up to compete?
What do I get for winning the Sir Elford Cup?
Is there a pairings party before the Sir Elford Cup begins?
Is there an awards ceremony after the Sir Elford Cup is over?
Are practice rounds available?
Is lunch included with the Sir Elford Cup?
What city currently holds the Sir Elford Cup?
Who is this Sir Elford dude anyways?
What are the transportation/parking details for the event?
Can I use a rangefinder during the event?

How do I qualify for the Sir Elford Cup?
Typically, the top point winners in each flight receive an invitation to play on their home tour's Sir Elford Cup team. If the top point winner is not able to participate, the local director has the ability to offer the spot to another player to fill a team. Contact your local director to find out exactly what qualifications he is using to field your team.

Does every tour send a Sir Elford Cup Team?
No. Some tours are not able to field a team due to various reasons. There will be a minimum of 20 teams and a maximum of 24 teams, all with 12 players, 2 from each of the 6 flights.

What is the Sir Elford Cup format and what courses do we play?
Each 12-player team will compete in 3 formats over 4 matches: Best Ball, Scramble and Individual Match Play. The first day all teams will play Best Ball matches in the morning (rd. 1) on either Palm or Magnolia. In the afternoon, teams will compete in Scramble matches (rd. 2, 9 holes) on the opposite course from their morning play. On the morning of day two, teams will compete in Scramble matches (rd. 3, 9 holes) on the same course from their afternoon round on Monday. The final matches (rd. 4) will be Individual Match Play with the top twelve teams in cumulative points from rounds 1 and 2 playing Magnolia, and the bottom 12 competing on Palm.

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How are the teams paired up to play each other?
For the first 3 rounds, all teams are put into a blind draw and selected to compete against each other at random, with the exception that any one team can not compete against the same team twice. For example, if Sarasota/Nicklaus plays San Diego/Nicklaus in match #1, they would not play against each other in match #2 (9 holes) or match #3 (9 holes). In round 4 on day 2, the top half of the field will be split from the bottom half of the field based on the cumulative point totals from the first 2 matches (27 holes) and put into a blind drawing to compete against each other on the Magnolia course. The bottom half will compete on the Palm course.

What are the match pairings for each round?
You can view the pairings/matchups for each of the first 3 rounds by clicking HERE (it will open in a new window). Tuesday pairings for round 4 will be based on the cumulative point totals from the first 2 matches (27 holes). The top 12 teams will be put into a blind drawing to compete against each other on the Magnolia course. The bottom half will compete on the Palm course.

How is the Sir Elford Cup scored?
Day one features two matches, Best Ball (18 holes) and Scramble (9 holes). Each hole is worth a total of 1 point. For example, if Tampa/Nicklaus is competing against Atlanta/Nicklaus in round 1, each hole is worth one point for a total of 18 possible points in the match. If the Tampa/Nicklaus team has a lower score on a hole, they win 1 point. If there is a tie on a hole, each team receives one-half point. After all matches have been recorded, each team will add up their points from their Nicklaus, Palmer, Hogan, Sarazen, Jones and Snead matches to come up with a team score. On day two there are two matches, Scramble (9 holes) and Individual Match Play. In round 4, each flight team will compete for a total of 36 points (18 per indivudual match) For example, if the Tampa/Sarazen players are competing against the Kansas City/Sarazen players, the Tampa/Sarazen player 'A' will compete against Kansas City/Sarazen player 'A' in a match worth a total of 18 points. Therefore, each flight can win a maximum total of 36 points.

How do I know who I play against in the individual match play on Tuesday?
We determine who is an A player vs a B player by the contestants last names, alphabetically. If Snead playing partners for the same team are Dave Jones and Rick Smith, Dave Jones will be designated the A player and Rick Smith will be designated the B player, simply due to the fact that J comes before S in the alphabet.

Which tees do I play from?

Palm Golf Course

Nicklaus/Palmer

Blue (6700 yards)
73.9/138

Hogan/Sarazen

White (6461 yards)
71.6/130

Jones/Snead

Gold (6150 yards)
69.5/126

   
Magnolia Golf Course

Nicklaus/Palmer

Blue (6700 yards)
74.9/136

Hogan/Sarazen

White (6450 yards)
72.3/130

Jones/Snead

Gold (6091 yards)
69.4/125

   

(Note: Women will be playing from the tees that correspond to their flight regardless of where they played from during the regular season in their respective city.)

What happens in the event of a tie for first place?
In the event there are two or more teams tied for 1st place after regulation, the team captains will pick one Nicklaus player and one Sarazen player from their respective teams to compete in a sudden death playoff, scramble format. The first team to record a lower score will win the playoff and the Sir Elford Cup.

What happens if one player (or even both players from a flight) are missing or don’t show up to compete?
In the event there is a player absent from competition, the following rules will fall into play.

Best Ball & Scramble - If one player is missing from a flight, the remaining player will play one ball only against his competitors. If both players from a flight are missing, the rules committee will pull a team name out of a hat and use their scores to match up against the team that is missing their competitors, called a 'ghost player'. For example, if Tampa/Snead is playing a match against Louisville/Snead and neither of the Tampa/Snead players are present, a rules committee person will pull a team name out of a hat and use their scores to create a match against the Louisville/Snead team. This will be done BEFORE the match begins so there is no knowledge of what the final scores could be.

Individual Match Play - If a player is missing from a flight, the rules committee will pull a team name out of a hat and use one of their scores to match up against the player that is missing their competitor, also a 'ghost player'.

What do I get for winning the Sir Elford Cup?
Each member of the winning Sir Elford Cup team will receive a replica of the Sir Elford Cup trophy, a gift certificate for $200 (redeemable online) and will take home the Sir Elford Cup for the 2006 season to be displayed at each local event.

Is there a pairings party before the Sir Elford Cup begins?
Yes. There will be a Sunday night gathering at the Radisson World Gate conference center where all players can gather to find out the latest updates on pairings, rules, course assignments and enjoy some food/drinks with other competitors from around the country.

Is there an awards ceremony after the Sir Elford Cup is over?
Yes. The location is yet to be determined, but it will be Tuesday night starting at 8pm somewhere close to the courses or even at the Radisson World Gate pool/bar area. Check back soon for details.

Are practice rounds available?
Yes. Players are responsible for setting up their own practice rounds by calling the courses (Palm, Magnolia and Eagle Pines) directly at (407) 938 3868 and mention you are with the MUGT.  The rate is $75/person, payable to the golf course when you arrive for your tee time.

Is lunch included with the Sir Elford Cup?
Yes. We will have a sandwich/chips/drink type of boxed lunch available for all contestants on Monday between rounds that is included in the price of the event. Lunch will NOT be provided after Tuesday’s morning round.

What city currently holds the Sir Elford Cup?
The 2004 Sir Elford Cup was won by Phoenix, AZ. The have had the Cup in their possession for the last year and will present it to this year's winner. The 2003 champions were Palm Springs, CA.

Who is this Sir Elford dude anyways?
No one is really sure, but rumor has it he was a mentor to a former tour director during his formative years and the cup is named after him. No one has ever really taken the initiative to change the name and/or come up with a better name so we just leave it as is, year after year.

What are the transportation/parking details for the event?
Each player is responsible for his/her own transportation to and from the courses during the event. Both Palm and Magnolia golf courses share one parking lot, and it WILL NOT accommodate 300 cars (shotgun starts). We STRONGLY URGE players to carpool to the courses from their hotels. If/when we get details on any overflow contingency plans, we will update this section as soon as possible.

Can I use a rangefinder during the event?
The tournament committee has made a decision to allow use of GPS on the golf carts to assist with pace of play and any possible inclement weather scenario. Having made that decision, it is also permissible for competitors to use a rangefinder during the event as well.

Sunday, October 2
All day Players arrive, practice rounds
7-10pm Sir Elford Cup Pairings Party
Radisson World Gate Resort (conf. center)
Monday, October 3
7:30am Sir Elford Cup - Round 1
Shotgun start at both Palm & Magnolia Golf Courses
11-1pm Lunch served
1pm Sir Elford Cup - Round 2 (nine holes)
Shotgun start at both Palm & Magnolia Golf Courses
Tuesday, October 4
7:30am Sir Elford Cup - Round 2 completion
Shotgun start at both Palm & Magnolia Golf Courses
  Sir Elford Cup - Round 3 (following Rd 2)
Shotgun start at both Palm & Magnolia Golf Courses
8-10pm Sir Elford Cup Awards Party
TBD
Wednesday, October 5
All day Practice Rounds
Magnolia & Eagle Pines Golf Courses
2-5pm National Championship Early Registration
Radisson World Gate Resort (lobby)
7-10pm Kickoff/Pairings Party & Registration
Radisson World Gate Resort (conf. center)
Thursday, October 6
7:30am National Championship - Round 1
Palm, Magnolia & Eagle Pines Golf Courses
Friday, October 7
7:30am National Championship - Round 2
Palm, Magnolia & Eagle Pines Golf Courses
8-10pm National Championship Raffle Party
TBD
Saturday, October 8
7:30am National Championship - Round 3
Palm, Magnolia & Eagle Pines Golf Courses (cut day)
Sunday, October 9
7:30am National Championship - Final Round
Palm & Magnolia Golf Courses
7pm Awards Presentation
Palm & Magnolia Golf Courses