TAYLORMADE GOLF ORDER OF MERIT

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • By registering for the TaylorMade Order of Merit, each participant is responsible for familiarising themselves with, complying with and agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions
  • 3LG stands for 3 Links Golf
  • OOM stands for Order of Merit
  • Qualifying period refers to competition rounds played from 1 January to 31 December 2019.
  • Qualifying rounds refers to rounds recorded on a registered players official golf handicap record
    • In Australia through Golf Australia
    • In New Zealand through Golf New Zealand
    • In the Unites State of America through the USGA
  • Qualifying Final refers to the round of golf to be held from 24th to 27th February 2020 in Las Vegas USA
  • The TaylorMade OOM is currently only open to Amateur golfers who hold a current handicap in one of the above countries
  • The personal details requested from playing participants are for the purpose of:
    • Registering players into the TaylorMade OOM program as described on the 3LG website
    • Listing players’ names into the TaylorMade OOM standings and publishing the standings in the media and/or on the 3LG website (or any other medium) as appropriate. Details may be used for promotional purposes.
    • Recording a TaylorMade OOM playing participants details on the 3LG database for the purpose of communicating information and entry forms for future Events, Tournaments or promotions, including use by Sponsors.
  • By providing their personal details, playing participants give their consent to the use of their personal information by 3LG for these purposes
  • 3LG may arrange media promotion and publicity before, during and after the TaylorMade OOM. Players give approval for references to them and photos of them appearing and being used for marketing purposes. If this is unacceptable, the player must advise in writing at the time of registration
  • 3LG reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify, suspend or supersede the TaylorMade OOM in its absolute discretion if it considers the TaylorMade OOM is not capable of being conducted as specified, or if required to do so by law.
  • 3LG reserves the right to alter the cost of the TaylorMade OOM through the qualifying period. Players already registered will not pay any increased registration cost
  • 3LG shall be held harmless and not be liable for any losses incurred by a participant as a result of the cancellation of the TaylorMade OOM or a change to the date, time or venue of the qualifying final
  • Full payment is required at the time of registration through the online booking system. Payment by credit card will not incur an additional fee
  • Payments (if made at a participating golf club) will be collected by the relevant golf club and it is the responsibility of the player to ensure that the golf club forwards any registration forms and monies collected to 3LG. A player will not be considered to have registered and become a member of the TaylorMade OOM until 3LG receives both the registration details and the accompanying payment
  • Once paid, there is no refund or cancellation available
  • Each participant is responsible for ensuring that all necessary personal insurance policies are obtained prior to participating in the TaylorMade OOM qualifying events or final (if successful). 3LG strongly recommends that a comprehensive Travel Insurance policy is taken out
  • By registering for the TaylorMade OOM, participants agree to do so at their own risk. 3 Links Golf, golf clubs and other suppliers of goods and services accept no liability for any death, injury, property loss or damage incurred during or arising out of any aspect of the conduct of the TaylorMade OOM
  • Play will be conducted in accordance with the Royal & Ancient and USGA Rules of Golf and any local rules applicable at the course of play. Players are also expected to comply with any dress code requirements at the course of play
  • For all play in the TaylorMade OOM a player may obtain distance information provided that the club where the TaylorMade OOM round is being played permits such use. However, the device must measure distance only. If a player uses a distance measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his or her play (e.g. gradient, windspeed, temperature, etc.) the player is in breach of rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is used
  • To be eligible to win any of the prizes on offer for the TaylorMade OOM, a playing participant must be able to provide proof of their official handicap at the time of registration. Failure to do so will result in an inability to participate in the TaylorMade OOM until such time as the handicap is official
QUALIFYING ROUNDS FORMAT
  • Each individual player must have at least 10 individual competition rounds recorded within their official handicap record to qualify. There is no maximum number of rounds.  The top 10 rounds only count towards the TaylorMade OOM
  • For clarity, the rounds that will be considered are as follows:
    • Competition rounds recorded on a players Golf Australia handicap record.
    • New Zealand. Official club competition rounds recorded on a players New Zealand Golf record.  Gross or Adjusted Gross is the score that will be aggregated over the top 10 rounds.  Winner(s) will be those with the lowest aggregate scores over the best 10 rounds
    • Home, Away and Tournament Scores recorded on a players USGA Handicap Index Information record.  Winner(s) will be those with the lowest aggregate scores over the best 10 rounds
  • In Australia, TaylorMade Order of Merit points are calculated by establishing the Z-score for each Stableford score returned in a club competition. The mean (average) score for each competition is used to then calculate the standard deviation.  The Z-score is the number of standard deviations a given score is away from the mean in a relevant competition. This number will then be multiplied by 10,000.  By way of example, a player scores 5 Stableford points better than the average of a competition with a standard deviation of 3.18. That Players OOM score will be calculated by dividing 5 by 3.18 and then multiplying by 10,000 for a score of 15,723 points. On the other hand, if another golfer has 4 Stableford points less than the mean in the same competition with the same standard deviation, they will score (minus) -12,578 points (-4 / 3.18 x 10000). This is the fairest way to compare scores from different competitions played at different courses.
  • Scores are the total of the best 10 over the qualifying period (to 31 December 2019).
  • All players’ rounds as recorded on the official handicap service in the country of registration will be used for determining the scores to be used in the TaylorMade OOM.
  • The TaylorMade OOM is divided into both Male and Female participants with 3 Grades in each based on official listed handicaps as follows:
Male Female
A Grade 0-– 12.0 0 -19
B Grade 12.1 – 19.0 19.1 – 27
C Grade 19.1 + 27.1 +
  • The purpose of the Grades is to ensure (as much as possible) an even distribution of competitor numbers per grade.  3 Links will monitor the number of players in each grade and may, in its absolute discretion, alter the numerical range that applies to each grade.
  • There will be (at least) one (1) qualifier from each category. Once 200 participants in a category is reached, an additional qualifier will be made available for each (and for each additional 100 entrants thereafter) in that category.  For example, if B Grade women has 250 participants then the top 2 in the TaylorMade OOM for that category will qualify for the final; if only 50 participants in A Grade Male then only 1 player would qualify
  • Players will start and stay in the relevant Grade according to their official handicap at time of registration.
  • In the event of a tie for the qualifying places for the TaylorMade OOM Grade, the winner(s) will be determined by reference to the top 10 cumulative qualifying scores based on a countback methodology as follows:
    • The top 6 scores cumulatively, then
    • The top 3 scores cumulatively, then
    • The best score, then
    • Round by round working in order from the best score through the top 10 scores until a single winner is identified
    • If after following this methodology there is no clear winner, 3LG will continue to compare qualifying round scores based on the most recent date of the next best round to determine a winner
    • 3LG may, in its sole discretion, choose to award multiple qualifying winners
  • The decision of 3LG to accept or refuse a player’s round from TaylorMade OOM results lies solely with 3LG and is final. 3LG will have the sole management and control of the TaylorMade OOM, with full power at any time to alter or vary any of the Conditions. All decisions taken by 3LG will be final.
FORMAT OF THE FINAL ROUND
  • The final round of golf to be played in Las Vegas, USA in February 2020 will determine the winner of each Grade (3 x Male and 3 x Female). The format of the final will be an individual stableford event, as outlined below.
  • The player with the most points in their grade of competition will be declared the winner.
  • Stableford involves scoring points based on results at each hole. Using the index for each hole, players can make a mental allocation of their full handicap for each of the 18 holes. For example, a player on a handicap of 18 will add one shot to the par value of each hole to determine their own par for the hole. Thus, a hole rated as a par 4 becomes a par 5 for the player. The points scoring method is then calculated by allocating two points for a par, one point for one over, three points for one under, four points for two under, and so on.
  • For example, a player receiving a stroke on a par 4 hole scores 4 giving them a net 3; for this the player receives 3 points. A player at a par 3 hole scores a 4 but does not receive a stroke; for this the player would receive 1 point.
  • Players who exceed their own par by two strokes score no points for the hole and, since they cannot improve on that result, they should pick up their ball. At the end of the round all points scored are added up and the player having the highest number of points is the winner.
  • When marking the score card, the number of strokes taken must always be shown for holes where points are scored. Thus, the card records both strokes and points.
  • In the event of a tie between two or more golfers in the final, a countback methodology is used based on matching cards. When matching cards for the 18-hole final competition, the winner will be determined based on the best accumulated stableford score for the last nine holes (holes 10 to 18) irrespective of the starting hole or order of holes played.  If the tying players have the same score for the last nine, determine the winner will be based on the last six holes, last three holes, and finally hole-by-hole from the 18th hole until 1 individual winner is determined.
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