Code of Conduct

INTRODUCTION
1. This Code of Conduct applies to National and Development Squad members participating in all overseas and local tournaments, championships, major activities, events and competitions organized or sanctioned by the SGA. This is in addition to any other requirements expected of players as laid out in the tournament conditions, local rules or bye-laws of hosting clubs.

CODE OF CONDUCT
2. General
a. Members of the National and Development Squads must adhere to commonly accepted standards of golfing etiquette and sportsmanship whenever they participate in a competition.

b. In order to ensure proper standards of behaviour at all times, a player who commits an offence under this Code is liable to face disciplinary proceedings.

3. Definitions and Interpretation
a. “SGA” means the Singapore Golf Association;
b. “accused player” means the player accused of an offence under this Code;
c. “Code” means this Code of Conduct;
d. “Organising Committee” means the committee appointed by SGA to organize a competition;
e. “competition” means an overseas or local championship, event, competition, practice session or major activity organized or sanctioned by SGA;
f. “Investigating Officer” means a person appointed by the SGA to investigate a report;
g. “report” means any oral or written statement by any person of an alleged offence by a player under this Code;
h. “player” means a player or participant in a competition;
i. “Disciplinary Board” means the SGA Disciplinary Sub-Committee, appointed by the Executive Board of SGA, which will convene to consider, hear and determine a report referred to the Disciplinary Board under this Code;
j. “Executive Board” refers to the Executive Board of the SGA.
k. An act is deemed to occur “during competition” if it occurs:
     i. when traveling to or from a competition;
     ii. on any qualifying or practice day for a competition; or
     iii. on any day during which the competition is conducted.

4.Offences
a. A player is guilty of an offence under this Code if the player:
    i. verbally threatens another player, an official or person during a competition;
    ii. deliberately breaks the Rules of Golf;
    iii. deliberately returns a false score card;
    iv. behaves in a manner detrimental to the good name and reputation of the SGA;
    v. brings the game of golf into disrepute;
    vi. throws or, deliberately or in anger, breaks golf equipment (including golf balls) during a competition;
    vii. uses abusive or profane language towards another player, an official or person during a competition;
    viii. utters audible obscenities during a competition;
    ix. commits an act deliberately to disqualify himself from a competition or, during a round picks up own ball without playing out a hole;
    x. misses a tee time or withdraws from a competition before its completion without providing good reason in writing;
    xi. consumes any alcohol or a prohibited substance under the WADA anti-doping policy during the course of any round played in a competition;
    xii. fails to wear the official uniform designated for golf when in training, competition, travel and at official functions;
    xiii. fails to carry out any reasonable instructions given by the coach or team manager;
    xiv. fails to comply with the training requirements as laid down by the coach or team manager and to accept and respond in a positive manner to their constructive criticism;
    xv. fails, without good reason, to attend the prize presentation ceremony at the completion of a competition whether the player is a winner or not.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE
5. Reporting and Consideration
a. Any report made to the SGA or the Organising Committee during or after the competition will be referred to an Investigating Officer.

b. The Investigating Officer will carry out a preliminary investigation and gather all the facts of the complaint. These may include interviewing the accused player and getting a written report from him.

c. The Investigating Officer will present this initial report to the SGA Training and Selection Sub-Committee which will then deliberate whether:
    i. No further action should be taken; or
    ii. To refer the report to the Disciplinary Board.

d.Upon receiving a report, the Disciplinary Board must determine whether:
    i. To dismiss the report; or
    ii. To convene a hearing in relation to the report.

e. If the Disciplinary Board determines to convene a hearing in relation to the report, it must give at least 7 days written notice to the accused player stating:
    i. The date, time and place at which it will hear and determine the report;
    ii. Brief particulars of the report;
    iii. That the accused player is entitled to be assisted or represented by another person.

6. Disciplinary Hearing
a.At the commencement of the hearing, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Board will read out the report and the alleged offence by the accused player under this Code.

b.If the accused player is not present at the hearing, the Disciplinary Board may:

   i. Proceed to hear and determine the report and the penalty (if any) to be imposed; or

   ii. Adjourn the hearing of the report for such period determined by the Disciplinary Board and must give written notice of the time and place when the hearing will resume.

c.If the accused player is present, the Chairman will ask the accused player whether he wishes to admit or deny the alleged offence.

d.If the accused player admits the alleged offence, the Disciplinary Board will deliberate the penalty and then announce the penalty to be imposed on the accused player.

e.If the accused player denies the alleged offence, he may give evidence and bring any relevant witnesses to support his case.

f.After the presentation of evidence and hearing any final submissions by the accused player, the Disciplinary Board must determine whether the accused player is guilty of an offence under this Code and the penalty to be imposed on the accused player.

g.The Disciplinary Board will then announce its decision to the accused player.

7. Right of Appeal
a.A player may appeal the decision of the Disciplinary Board to the Executive Board by giving written notice to SGA within 7 days of the date of decision by the Disciplinary Board.

b.In the event of an appeal, the Executive Board will re-hear the report at such a time and in such a manner as the Executive Board deems appropriate. A quorum of at least three members of the Executive Board must be present to hear an appeal.

c.Upon re-hearing a report, the Executive Board may affirm, vary or substitute the decision as it may deem appropriate.

d.The Executive Board’s decision is final.

8. Penalties
a. In the event that a player is found guilty of an offence under this Code, one or a combination of the following penalties may be imposed:
    i. Expelled from the Development or National Squad;
    ii. Deprived of benefits that are given as part of Development or National Squad member for a given period of time;
    iii. Suspended from representing the country for a number of tournaments or a period of time (the number and period to be decided by the Disciplinary Board);
    iv. Disqualified from a tournament;
    v. Given a severe reprimand.

SGA Secretariat
Jan 2010