All WIAA sport rules and guidelines must be followed in addition to any league rules.


A.      Regular Season - League Matches

1.       Purpose

Regular season matches determine the league champion and are used for individuals to qualify for the league championship tournament. The league champion is determined by regular season record; ties are broken head to head. In the event of a head to head split, co-champions are awarded.


2.       Team

A team shall consist of between 2 and 6 golfers competing for each school in a 9-hole contest. The minimum required to constitute a team is 2 players.  Teams without at least 2 players will forfeit the match.  In the event that 9 holes cannot be played, 6 holes is the required minimum for a match to be official.  If less than 6 holes are completed, the match must be re-played. 


3.       Scoring

The Emerald City League matches will be 9-holes and use stroke play scoring with double par pickup. If a golfer has reached a score of double par on a hole and has not holed out then the golfer shall pick up his ball and take a score of double par on the hole.  At the conclusion of the round the coaches will total the scores for each golfer. The four best scores for each team are then totaled for the team score. The team with the lowest score is the winner.  If the team scores are equal (tied) then a score card playoff determines the winner: all scoring players combined strokes for the last hole, then the last 3 holes, and then the last 6 holes. Matches still tied are declared a tie.


The lowest individual score and ties of each match shall be deemed the “medalist”.


4.       Communication

Coaches should communicate the week and day of the match to discuss numbers, tee times, dress, range, etc. At the conclusion of each match, each coach should report the scores (and league championship qualifiers) to the following people and groups:

1.       Your Athletic Director (who in turn will tweet a score update)

2.       Chad Pohlman, ECL Golf Coordinator –

3.       Any additional local press


B.      Rules

1.       USGA. Play is governed by United States Golf Association’s “Rules of Golf” except where modified here and by local rules.

2.       Scorecards. At the start of the match each golfer shall trade their scorecard with a fellow competitor. The golfer then records the score for themselves and the fellow competitor. At the end of the round both the scorer and the fellow competitor must sign the score card. Disputes on a hole score must be settled before teeing off on the next hole.

3.       Coaching. Coaches should help with rules questions and monitor pace of play. Coaches are permitted to give golfers advice during the match as long as it is not affecting the pace of play. Coach them, don’t caddy.

4.       Spectators. Spectators are encouraged. Spectators must remain at least 20 yards from the golfers. Spectators may give encouragement but not advice. Spectators may assist in looking for a lost ball if asked by the golfer with the lost ball.

5.       Pull carts and range finders are permitted in League matches.

6.       Caddies, power golf carts, headphone, and personal stereos (iPod, etc.) are not permitted in League matches.

7.       Appropriate golf attire is required. Shorts are permitted. No denim.

8.       Cell Phones. Cell phone can be carried by the golfers but must be turned off (not just on silent or vibrate). They can only be used to call the coaches with a problem or question or in an emergency like an injury. Other uses of cell phone may result in disqualification.


C.      Golf Etiquette

Golfers should represent the ECL and their respective schools in the highest manner possible.  Proper golf etiquette should be displayed at all times.  Coaches are responsible for coaching, teaching and modeling proper etiquette to their team members.   Coaches should communicate any issues which do not reflect well upon the league with their AD. 


D.      League Champion

As long as there are at least 3 teams, a League Champion will be awarded to the team with the best regular season record; ties are broken head to head. In the event of a head to head split co-champions are awarded.


E.       League Championship

The date and time of the ECL Championship will be communicated well in advance.  First preference for course will be Bellevue Golf Course. The match will be played from the blue tees. 

1.       Purpose

The League Tournament is used to determine which individual golfers advance to the district tournament in the spring, in addition to determining a team tournament champion and All-League team (see below).


2.       Qualifying

In order to qualify for the league championship, a player must score a +13 (over par) or better in two matches throughout the year (NL matches may be used for qualifying scores).  Coaches should make sure to include this information when reporting scores.  Boys that qualify for the league tournament will be ranked and paired according to their league average and ladder ranking.  A tee schedule will be released at least 2 days prior to the tournament.


3.       Format

The League Tournament shall be 18 hole stroke play with no double par pickups. A tie for first place will result in the competitors playing a playoff until a winner is declared.  If it is not possible to play off (due to course, weather, light etc…), the tie(s) will be decided by a card playoff.  All other ties will be broken using a card playoff using hole 18 first, followed by the final 3 holes, 6 holes, 9 holes, etc… until a winner is declared. 


4.       Inclement Weather and Tournament postponement

In the event of inclement weather, the tournament manager along with the other participating ECL Athletic directors will decide the proper course of action.  Possible outcomes may include, but are not limited to a stoppage of play, match suspension, match cancellation, etc…  In the event that the match needs to be replayed on a different day, the same committee will choose the day and time that works best for all teams. 


5.       Tournament Champion

A school may qualify an unlimited number of individuals for the ECL Tournament, however only the top six (6) players from that days match will be calculated in the team scoring when determining the winning team. A Tournament Champion (team) will be declared at the end of the match using a 20-person playoff scoring system.   If the field is more/less than 20, an alternate scoring system may be applied which scores a minimum of half the field.  You will be notified of this change prior to the start of the tournament. Ties will be resolved by sharing the points in the places affected.  For instance, if there is a three-way tie for second, each player would receive 20 points (1/3 of 25 + 20 + 15).  Next place would be 5th.

1st                  30 pts                  

2nd                 25 pts               

3rd           20 pts       

4th                 15 pts     

5th                 12 pts         

6th                 10 pts        

7th                 9 pts         

8th                 8 pts             

9th                 7 pts              

10th          6 pts

11th              5 pts         

12th              4 pts           

13th         3 pts

14th         2 pts

15th         1 pt

16th - 20th   no points awarded

Ties for Individual Medalist Awards and final qualifying spots

In the event of a tie for 1st place medalist honors, and/or the final qualifying spot, there will be a playoff. Team points will be awarded prior to the playoff utilizing the sharing system defined above. The playoff will be a "sudden death" and additional holes will be played until the tie or ties are broken. The tournament manager will appoint someone to officially accompany the playoff contestants. The tournament manager will determine which holes are to be played in the event a playoff is necessary.  If it is not possible to play off (due to course, weather, light etc…), the tie(s) will be decided by a card playoff using hole 18 first, followed by the final 3 holes, 6 holes, 9 holes, etc… until a winner is declared.  Ties for alternate spots will be decided using the same card playoff described above.  


6.       Rules

The League Match Rules apply to the League Tournament with the following exceptions.

a.       GPS devices (or anything displaying anything other than yardage) are prohibited.

b.       Spectators may only talk with the golfers between holing out on the ninth hole and teeing off on the tenth hole. Spectators must remain on the cart paths. Spectators may assist in looking for a lost ball if asked by the golfer with the lost ball.


F.       Postseason

Both the Bi-District tournament and state tournament will be played in the spring.  We generally have to wait until the spring season to see our district allocations.  Please refer to the WIAA guidelines for rules and clarification on how to handle alternate seasons (17.3.0 – 17.3.4). 

G.      All-League Honors

The league tournament will be used to determine the All-League selections.  25% of the total number of league golfers will be awarded All-League Honors.   We will only award a first team all-league (no second team or honorable mentions will be awarded).