The MCB Curaçao Masters is Invitational only. This means that the organizing committee chooses the competing professionals. The organizing committee strives to have a good balance between professionals and their teams in terms of coaching and being a good host while still performing at a high golf level.
The tournament contains three championship formats combined into one tournament.
Team Championship (1 professional and 3 amateurs)
The tournament will be played by 20 teams in total. Best gross and best nett per hole per team. The professionals and 3 amateurs may only use their score once per hole, either a gross or nett score.
Professional Championship (professionals only)
The tournament will be played by 20 professional golfers. Strokeplay championship spread over 3 days.
Top-Amateur Championship (index handicap 10.0 or lower)
Strokeplay Championship spread over 3 days. Men and women play separate competitions.
You can check your index handicap and designated tee-box with the Match Committee. Please check your handicap before starting your match. Maximum playing handicap is 27.
An index handicap is personal. A playing handicap is golf course dependent. Example: your index handicap is 16.3 (your personal handicap). This means you have a playing handicap of 19 on Curaçao Golf & Squash Club and a playing handicap of 17 on Blue Bay.
The professionals are matched with their team in the following way:
Professionals are rated 1 to 20 after their first round on Thursday at the Blue Bay Golf Course.
The professionals will be matched with their team during a raffle at the openings ceremony.
Available: Some professionals will bring their own amateur team. Furthermore; some sponsors have a sponsor commitment with a specific professional.
The team's golf professional:
Is responsible for the scorecard of his/her team. The team's captain (amateur) must also fill in a score card with the scores of the professional and the team result. Every player who is playing the Amateur Championship must turn in a card as well.
The total scores of the 2 days on Friday and Saturday will point out the winning team. In event of a tie, the last 3, 6, 9 and 18 holes will decide 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Speed of play is very important to ensure completion of play. The professional is responsible for his team’s timing. Any player who cannot contribute to his/her team's score must pick his/her ball up to try again on the next hole.
Ties among the top teams in each Flight will be broken by a Scorecard Playoff, matching each team’s total score for the back-nine holes (as indicated on the scorecard at Blue Bay). If ties remain, scores will be matched similarly for the front nine and then on a hole-by-hole basis working back from 18.
All rules are in accordance with the rules of golf set by the USGA. Local rules will be indicated on the daily format sheets as outlined by the Match Committee at each host course. The tournament committee reserves the right to review and adjust individual or team handicaps if necessary.