Playoff Brackets and Byes
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Playoff Brackets and Byes
Information about ACCsanctioned tournament procedures can be obtained from any of the regional tournament commissioners. The ACC requires that the following procedures be adhered to in a sanctioned tournament (unless an exemption is granted):
 All qualifying scorecards must be checked using a crosschecking system and tallying players' totals.
 One in four entrants must qualify for playoffs. Any fraction is rounded up to the next whole player (e.g., a tournament with 121, 122, 123, or 124 entrants will have 31 players in the playoffs). Do not round up to the next full bracket.
 The chart below displays the only approved bracketing for playoffs. Sections with multiple columns are read as if succeeding columns appear under the first column (e.g., in the 256player bracket, the 560 pairing is below the 857 pairing: 362 is below 461; and 758 is below 659).
 Playoffs without a full bracket award firstround byes to the highest qualifier(s). To compute the number of buys:
 Determine the number of qualifiers per #2 above.
 Determine the size of the next full bracket (a power of 2: that is, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, etc.).
 Subtract a from b to determine the number of byes.
 Examples:
Number of Entrants 
Number of Qualifiers 
Next Full Bracket 
Numberof Byes 
Explanation 
108 
27 
32 
3227=5 
top 5 qualifiers get byes and 22 qualifiers play in first round 
132 
33 
64 
6433=31 
top 31 qualifiers get byes and 2 qualifiers play in first round 
60 
15 
16 
1615=1 
top qualifier gets a bye and 14 qualifiers play in first round 
 The second round of the playoffs must have a full bracket.
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