2017 Ky Best Ball State Championship to be held at
Keene Trace’s Champions Course
The Ky Best Ball is a 4-person net best ball golf tournament where Kentucky amateur golfers compete in Local Qualifying events in an attempt to earn a spot in the State Championship. The 2017 State Championship will take place on October 2, 2017, at the Champions Course at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, KY.
Local Qualifier Host Information
- Site Registration …register here>>
- Hosting Manual …download now>>
- Notice to Player Template (not available until May)
- Post Qualifier Report (not available until May)
Local Qualifying Sites
Sites to be published as they courses register to be a host.
Each team member will play their ball and the team score to count is based on the following multiple best ball format: Par 3’s – 3 net best balls, Par 4’s – 2 net best balls, and Par 5’s – 1 net best ball.
Each team is made up of four amateurs who have an active Handicap Index at KGA or allied golf association member facility. Teams may be made up of all men or women, and also feature a mix of both men and women. Golfers of all ages are allowed to participate. However, golfers under the age of 18 must have an adult sign the participant registration form on their behalf and have an adult accompany them at all times.
Team Handicap Allowance
The Ky Best Ball follows the USGA Handicap System. At all Ky Best Ball events, handicaps will be applied utilizing the following handicap allowance system:
- Each team member will be given 80% of their Course Handicap.
- The maximum allowable Handicap Index shall be 28.0. Should a competitor have a Handicap Index above 28.0 (i.e. 30), that competitor’s Handicap Index shall be adjusted to a 28.0 before the 80% adjustment.
All teams play an 18 hole stipulated round, and each team member’s adjusted Course Handicap will be applied per the published handicap holes on the course’s scorecard.
- 36 local qualifiers will be held in 2017 from June 1 to August 31. (sites to be posted when date is set)
- Open to any golf course in Kentucky that will make a full effort to recruit as many teams as possible, but understand at five (5) teams are needed to hold a local qualifier.
- Each course determines if a Local Qualifier is Open or Closed.
- Registration as a Local Qualifying Host opens March 13, 2017.
- Course wanting to host a Local Qualifier must register by May 30, 2017.
- The first 36 courses to register will be authorized to host a Local Qualifier.
Local Qualifier Entry Fee
$140 per team ($35 per player) plus the local qualifying site fee which will vary per local qualifier.
State Championship Entry Fee
$375 per team ($75 per player) includes player fees, food/beverage, deluxe player gifts and prize fund. NOTE: The State Championship fee is an additional fee. Any team qualifying for the State Championship is responsible for this additional fee.
36 teams advance to the State Championship (one team from each Local Qualifier). If there are fewer than 36 Local Qualifiers the additional State Championship Qualifiers will be determined based on the participation percentage at Local Qualifiers. All teams advancing from Local Qualifying will use their USGA Handicap Index as of September 15, 2017, for the State Championship.
State Championship Team Composition
Qualifying team plus the Local Qualifiers PGA Professional. If for whatever reason, a member of a team is unable to compete in the next level of competition due to extenuating circumstances, that members team may find an alternative competitor to substitute in that team members position beyond the Local Qualifying level. Max 2 alternates
If an advancing team is unable to compete at the State Championship, the team finishing immediately behind them (known as the “first alternate”) will be provided with an opportunity to advance to the next level. If the first alternate team is unable to compete at the next level or does not complete their registration for that level in time, the team finishing immediately behind them (known as the “second alternate”) will be provided with an opportunity to advance to the next level. If the second alternate team is unable to compete, Kentucky Golf Association reserves the right to select an alternate team from another Local Qualifier at their sole discretion.
Note: The Kentucky Golf Association will issue Prize Certificates at the State Championship, and they will be redeemable at the Championship Site or the team’s home course golf shop.