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HSBC Youth Golf Challenge, 3rd Leg

March 12 - March 14

Conditions of Competition & Pace of Play

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correct as at 1st February 2018

The following conditions, together with any additions or amendments as published by the Organising Committee at the host club, will apply under Rule 33-1 to this tournament.

a. The HSBC Youth Golf Challenge (YGC) will be played at Sembawang Country Club from 12 – 14 March 2018 in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited and with the Local Rules approved by the Organising Committee.

a. Entries are open to boys and girls who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 12 and 17 years as at 12 March 2018 and with a USGA Handicap Index of 20.0 or lower for boys and 27.0 or lower for girls, as at 1 February 2018.

b. Golfers who do not meet the minimum age eligibility criteria may be considered for acceptance by the Organising Committee on a case by case basis and subject to their application being supported by their respective Club Captain.

Endorsement letter signed by Club Captain must be submitted to SGA no later than 5 March 2018.

c. Handicap Index containing Excessive Penalty Scores will not be accepted.

d. They must conform in all respects to the Rules of Amateur Status as laid down by the R&A Rules Ltd.

a. The HSBC YGC will be decided by stroke play over three rounds of 18 holes. A cut will be made after 36 holes for the top 60% players (including tie/ties) who shall qualify for the third round. The player with the lowest gross aggregate for the three rounds in each Division will be the winner.

b. There will be two Divisions based on age groups and Handicap Index. They are:

(as at 12 March 2018) BOYS GIRLS
15 to 17 years old 14.0 21.0
B 12 to 14 years old 20.0 27.0

Note 1:
Players may not take a voluntary cut in their Handicap Index.
Note 2:
Maximum Handicap Index is not applicable to sponsor’s exempted players.
Note 3:
If a player has his Handicap Index maintained at more than one Club, he shall play off the lower/lowest Handicap Index.

c. Boys will tee-off from the blue tees and girls will tee-off from the red tees.

a. The field will be limited to a maximum of 90 participants. Entries will be accepted from 90 applicants with the lowest Handicap Index within each division. The maximum number includes 8 sponsor’s exempted players. The allocation of entries to the various divisions and genders will be determined by the OC and is final.

b. The OC reserves the right to refuse any entry without assigning any reason for such refusal. The decisions of the OC as to the acceptance or refusal of any entry shall be final.

a. The entry fee is S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) and must be submitted at the time of entry. Particpants who are members of Sembawang Country Club will pay only S$25.00. Cheques must be made payable to “Singapore Golf Association” and mailed to 249 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758352. Participants who are members of SGA Ordinary Members may have their entry fee debited through their Home Club.

There will be no refund of entry fee after the closing date.

b. Entries must be submitted through the official online entry form from SGA’s website.

c. Participants are advised to check the SGA website for confirmation of entries received.

d. Only entries with payment instructions will be processed.

e. The OC reserves the right to limit, accept or reject entries.

a. The closing date is 12 noon, Monday 5 March 2018. Late entries may be accepted at the sole discretion of the OC.

a. The draw for the first and second rounds will be made by the OC prior to start of the tournament.

b. The draw for the final round will be based on the cumulative gross scores of the preceding rounds.

a. Players shall start at the time and in the order indicated in the draw. No substitution of players and changes of starting times shall be permitted after the draw has been made.

b. The OC reserves the right to fix and/or alter the starting times.

a. Players should check their cards in the returning area (scoring table) and ensure that they are correct and signed. Any doubtful points should be settled with the OC before returning the scorecard.

b. A player is deemed to have returned his scorecard and no further amendments may be made once he has left the returning area (scoring table) or the demarcated area where they exist.

a. In the event of a tie or ties, it will be decided on the lowest score for the last 18 holes (or the last 9 or 6 or 3 or 18th hole). If a tie still arises, the scores for the 2nd round and if necessary the 1st round, will be treated in the same way until a decision is reached.

a. When play is suspended by the OC for a dangerous situation, players must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the OC has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.

b. All practice areas that are in open areas shall be closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the OC has declared them open.

c. A suspension of play for a dangerous situation and the resumption of play shall be signaled using the host club’s warning system.

a. In the event that the first round of the tournament cannot be completed, it shall be continued the next day prior to the commencement of the second round.

b. In the event that the second round of the tournament cannot be completed, it shall be continued the next day prior to the commencement of the third round.

c. In the event that the second and/or third round cannot be completed, the rounds shall be abandoned. The result of the tournament will then be based on the completed rounds.

a. The use of caddies, buggies and motorized trolleys in this tournament is prohibited.

b. Players are to walk and carry/hand-trolley their own golf bags.

a. Rule 6-7 (Undue Delay; Slow Play) will be strictly enforced using the “Group Pace of Play” system. See separate memorandum to players for the Pace of Play guidelines.

a. If there is a doubt as to the correct procedures, players are to refer to the Tournament Rules Official. If a Tournament Rules Official is not immediately available, a player (having notified his marker) may elect to play two balls in accordance with Rule 3 – 3 and obtain a ruling at the conclusion of the round, prior to signing and the return of the score card.

b. No spectators (including parents) are to enter into any discussion on a matter under dispute.

a. The appointed SGA Referees’ decision on all matters pertaining to the Rules of Golf is final.

a. All players are required to have appropriate golfing insurance.

18. Distance Measuring Device
a. A player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.

a. The specimen Condition in the Rules of Golf is in effect – see Appendix I page 155.

a. The specimen Condition in the Rules of Golf is in effect. Please see Appendix I, pages 154 – 155 and visit R&A website at www.randa.org for list of confirming driver heads.

a. Player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from 1 January 2010.

b. Decision 4-1/1 in the “Decisions on the Rules of Golf” is in effect – see page 68.

a. The following prizes will be awarded to each Division:
i. Winner
ii. 1st Runner-Up
iii. 2nd Runner-Up
iv. 3rd Runner-Up

a. All players are invited to the Prize Presentation on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at Sembawang Country Club.

a. Players must be properly attired on the golf course. Blue jeans, designer jeans, round neck T-shirts and tank tops are prohibited. Golf shirts must be worn and shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh (no jean shorts).

b. This dress code will be used in conjunction with any additional dress code restrictions of the host club. A player violating this dress code will not be permitted to start the tournament. A violation of this dress code by a player during the stipulated round must be rectified without undue delay or the player will not be allowed to continue play.

c. Soft spikes shoes are compulsory.

a. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.

b. Any action contrary to the spirit of the game such as abusive language, throwing of clubs, or other disruptive behavior, will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification. If a player commits a serious breach of conduct, he may be barred from entry to future tournaments.

c. The use of mobile phones (except in an emergency) and smoking are not allowed on the course.

a. Spectators/parents, if allowed on the course by the host club, must remain on the cart paths at all times. They must stay off the greens and out of the bunkers at all times. They are prohibited from using golf buggies.

b. They should maintain a reasonable distance from the players to avoid the appearance that they are imparting advice or assisting the player in any way. They may approach a player for a moment to exchange clothing, food, or beverages, but should not have prolonged contact.

c. Those found violating these policies may be asked to leave the course.

a. A single ranking list of all participants who have played in all the four legs of the HSBC YGC will be maintained using the R&A WAGR System. The top ranked player after the completion of the 3rd Leg will be sent to participate in a regional national amateur open.

a. The OC reserves the right to amend these conditions of competition.



Notice to Players

Group Pace of Play Policy

1. The maximum time allowed for the round shall be decided by the Tournament Committee. The hole by hole allotted time is provided on the Official Notice Board and/or in the Notice to Competitors.

2. The Singapore Golf Association Group Pace of Play policy leaves the responsibility for maintaining the pace of play where it belongs, with the players. The first group in the field should play efficient golf. The following group should keep up with the group in front of them.

3. There will be time-keepers present on the 4th, 9th, 13th and 18th hole with whom players can check on their pace.

4. The first group in the field must complete play at the 9th hole and 18th hole no later than the time established by the Tournament Committee. Subsequent groups are held to the same standard. If they are unable to meet the prescribed standard due to slow play ahead of them they will be considered to have met the standard if they complete play at the 9th hole and 18th hole within the time established by the Committee and/or any mitigating circumstances that may have held them back. A group is considered to have completed the play of a hole when all players in the group have holed out and the flagstick is replaced in the holes.

5. Subsequent groups, other than the lead group, will be deemed to be OUT OF POSITION when the group is behind on their allotted time. Upon completing the 9th or 18th hole everyone in the group, are liable to a pace of play penalty assessed to them if the group is behind their allotted time and no mitigating circumstances exist. Pace of play penalties are to be added to the score on the 9th or 18th hole. The tournament officials or rules officials will notify players officially on this if a penalty is assessed. No notice or warnings are required to be given to players with this pace of policy at the intermediate checkpoints but officials will endeavor to do so at check points on the 4th and 13th hole advising that the group may be liable to slow play penalty at the 9th or 18th hole.

Out of Position

6. If the lead group is behind its expected time after completing the intermediate check point, the group may be advised that they are liable to a penalty if they fail to complete the first nine holes in their expected time.

7. If they pass the second intermediate check point, behind their expected time, the group may be advised that they are liable to penalty if they do not complete the round within their expected time. If they have had a penalty on the first nine holes and again fail to complete the round of eighteen holes within their expected time, a two stroke penalty will be added to their score on the finishing hole. A group may appeal in the scoring area before submitting their scorecards.

8. If any subsequent group completes the intermediate checkpoint behind its expected time the group is liable to a penalty if they fail to complete the first nine on their expected time.

9. If they pass the second intermediate check point, behind their expected time they are liable to a slow play penalty if they do not complete the round within their expected time. If they have had a penalty on the first nine holes and again fail to complete the round of eighteen holes within their expected time, a two stroke penalty shall be added to their score on the finishing hole. A group may appeal in the scoring area before submitting their scorecards.

Note: Officials would attempt to inform players that they are behind on their pace of play and may be liable to penalties should they fail to meet the expected time when they complete the nine holes or complete the round. However, penalties on the 9th or 18th hole may be assessed even if no notice or warnings have been given to the group at the intermediate checkpoints. A group that receives a penalty on the first nine holes is not absolved from penalty unless an appeal is made and the tournament committee upholds the appeal.

10. In the Note to Players, the allotted time on a hole by hole basis will be provided on the Official Notice Board. These times are adjusted based on the difficulty of the course and the ability of the field. They include time to search for lost balls and deal with other common occurrences encountered during play. A normal speed of play should result in completing play before the time indicated. If a group falls behind, they are expected to play efficient golf and make up the lost time. This might mean playing ready golf i.e. playing out of turn, which is allowed in stroke play.

11. It is the PLAYERS’ RESPONSIBILITY to know their group’s position relative to the published Pace of Play and to ensure they play within the published limits. Failure to play within the Pace of Play guidelines will result in a Pace of Play penalty unless players appeal and the Committee upholds their appeal.

12. A player concerned about a slow player(s) in his group should first speak with the player(s) and encourage them to play more efficiently. Then, the concerned player may, before or after penalties are assessed, ask to have the group monitored. The individual player does not have to be identified; the request just needs to be made. At some point during the stipulated round, the group will be monitored. If a player is identified as holding up the pace of the group, penalties may be applied to that player and rescinded from the others.

Appeal Process

13. Pace of Play penalties may be appealed to the Committee and must be made before scorecards are signed and returned. In order for an appeal to be considered, there must have been an action by the Committee e.g. waiting for a rules official to arrive for a ruling, a circumstance beyond the player’s control, or some similar occurrence that contributed to the delay, such as an action by an individual member of the group. If a group receives a penalty for exceeding the pace of play for each nine, both penalties may be appealed, however, each appeal must be made and handled separately. Each appeal may result in a one-step reduction of a penalty (i.e., three strokes to one stroke then one stroke to no penalty, but not three strokes to no penalty).

Penalties for Breach of Pace of Play Policy

14. 1st Breach of the Pace of Play Policy – One Stroke Penalty.

15. 2nd Breach of the Pace of Play Policy – Two Stroke Penalty.

16. The maximum penalty per round of 18 holes is 3 Strokes.


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