Welcome to the Deutsche Golf Liga
The Deutsche Golf Liga (DGL) can be roughly translated with the German Golf League. The system was established in 2013 by the German Golf Association (Deutscher Golf Verband, DGV) to determine the national team champion.
Currently 460 teams (300 men and 160 women teams) with over 5,000 players play in five leagues on five match days plus a final match in August. A sixth league is organized by the regional golf associations and therefore cannot be found on this website.
Levels and Groups
The Deutsche Golf Liga is divided into five levels, starting with the 1st league (1. Bundesliga) followed by the 2nd league (2. Bundesliga), the 3rd league (Regionalliga), the 4th league (Oberliga) and the 5th league (Landesliga). A 6th league (Gruppenliga) is organized by the regional golf associations and only relevant for teams who step up or step down a level.
The participating teams play on five days during a season. After the five match days the four best teams of the first league determine the national team champion in a final match. This so called Final Four usually takes place at the end of August.
Each league consists of a certain number of groups that are the same for women and men:
- 1st league (1. Bundesliga): four groups
- 2nd league (2. Bundesliga): eight groups
- 3rd league (Regionalliga): 16 groups
- 4th league (Oberliga): 32 groups
- 5th league (Landesliga): 64 groups (men only)
Each group consists of five teams and form a league table, for example 1st league North and 1st league South. Each participating team has one home match per season. The Final Four is played on a neutral course not represented by a team in the 1st league.
Promotion and Relegation
At the end of a season the teams on position one of each table qualify for the league above for the following season. In the 1st league the teams on positions one and two of each table (1st league North and 1st league South) qualify for the Final Four.
From the 2nd to the 5th league the teams on positions four and five of each table have to step down a level in the following season. In the 1st league the team on position five (1st league North and South) plays a relegation match against the teams on position one in the 2nd league (2nd league North, West, Central and South). Since there is no 5th league in the women competition, the teams on position five of each table in the 4th league step down directly to the 6th league for the following season.
Teams and Forms
The women's teams consist of a minimum of five and a maximum of nine players. In the 1st and 2nd league the women's teams play between five and six singles (stroke play) followed by two or three foursomes (stroke play) on each match day. The seven best results count. In the 3rd and 4th league the women's teams play between five and six singles (stroke play) on each match day, no foursomes. The five best results count.
The men’s teams consist of a minimum of seven and a maximum of eight players. In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd league the men’s teams play between seven and eight singles (stroke play) followed by three or four foursomes (stroke play) on each match day. The ten best results count. In the 4th and 5th league the men teams play between seven and eight singles (stroke play) on each match day, no foursomes. The seven best results count.
The Final Four consists of two match days. On the first day there are two matches:
- Match one: The team on position one on the table from the 1st league South against the team on position two on the table from the 2nd league North
- Match two: The team on position one on the table from the 1st league North against the team on position two on the table from the 2nd league South
On the second day there are two matches:
- Match for third place: losing team from match one against losing team from match two
- Final match: winning team from match one against winning team from match two. The winner is the German team champion, men or woman (Deutscher Mannschaftsmeister, Damen oder Herren)
Unlike the five regular match days the Final Four is a match play competition. The women's teams play three foursomes followed by six singles on each match day. The men’s teams play four foursomes followed by eight singles on each match day.
The Final Four is a fascinating event and the highlight of every season. The men’s and women’s tournament had to be decided by a hole by hole play-off after a tie several times, even far after sunset in 2013.
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All individual results played during the five match days count for the individual league ranking (Ligarangliste). The basis for the conversion of the scores is 0 strokes above or below course rating (CR) equals 100 points. For each additional 0,1 below course rating a point is added. For each additional 0,1 above course rating a point is subtracted. The average of all points decides the position in the ranking. To get ranked at all a player has to accomplish at least three single stroke play matches by the end of the season.
The top 60 men and the top 30 women of the individual league ranking automatically qualify for the German Individual Championship in October.
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