Open to all boys and girls below the age of 14 and under, the SGA Junior Golf Challenge was created to provide talented junior golfers with the platform to compete among themselves – all in a family-friendly environment. The SGA Junior Golf Day is a 9-hole tournament.
Offering not just Junior Squad members the opportunity to play more and get better, but also the budding youths who are looking to be selected for the Squad, this tournament hopes to attract our junior golfers to be more involved and create a community of future flag-bearers.
CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION
The following conditions, together with any additions or amendments as published by the Organizing Committee at the host club, will apply under Rule 33-1 to this tournament.
a. The SGA Junior Golf Day – “The Beginning” will be played at the Orchid Country Club on 6th November 2017 in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited and with the Local Rules approved by the Organizing Committee.
a. Entries are open to Boys and Girls (Singapore Citizens & PRs) from all Golf academies and Club Junior programs in Singapore at the age of 14 and under as of 1 January 2017 and with a valid USGA Handicap Index of 18.0 to 36.0 for both Boys and Girls as of 1 October 2017.
i. Division 1: 14 years old & Under
ii. Division 2: 12 years old & Under
b. Handicap Index containing Excessive Penalty Scores will not be accepted.
c. Golfers who do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria may be considered for acceptance by the Organizing Committee on a case by case basis.
d. They must conform in all respects to the Rules of Amateur Status as laid down by the R&A Rules Ltd.
3. TOURNAMENT FORMAT OF PLAY
a. The SGA Junior Golf Day will be decided by a 9-hole Stableford format. Players whose scores have exceeded triple bogey and above for the hole, are to pick up their ball without a score for the hole. The player with the highest stableford points for 9-holes will be declared the winner in their respective divisions.
b. Tee Boxes
i. D1 Boys – White Tee
ii. D1 Girls – Red Tee
iii. D2 Boys – Red Tee
iv. D2 Girls – Red Tee
4. SIZE OF FIELD
a. 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$65.00 (nett) per player and must be submitted at the time of entry. Cheques must be made payable to “Singapore Golf Association” and mailed to 249 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758352. Participants who are SGA Ordinary Members may have their entry fee debited through their Home Club if they are representing the club.
There will be no refund of entry fee after the closing date.
b. Entries must be submitted through the official online entry form on SGA’s website.
c. Participants are advised to check the SGA website for confirmation of entries received.
d. Only entries with proof of insurance and payment instructions will be processed.
e. The OC reserves the right to limit, accept or reject entries.
6. CLOSING DATE
a. All entries must be received by 12 noon, 23rd October 2017. Late entries may be accepted at the sole discretion of the OC.
a. The draw will be made by the OC prior to start of the tournament.
8. TIME OF STARTING
a. Players shall start at the time and in the order as 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.
9. SUBMISSION OF SCORECARD
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.
10. DECISION OF TIES
a. In the event of a tie for the first place, the winner shall be decided by a count back on the last 6, last 3 or the final hole.
11. SUSPENSION OF PLAY FOR DANGEROUS SITUATION (NOTE TO RULE 6-8b)
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.
12. INCLEMENT WEATHER
a. In the event that the round cannot be completed, the round shall be abandoned. The organizing committee will then decide the result or standing of the tournament.
13. BUGGIES / MOTORISED TROLLEY
a. The use of buggies and motorized trolleys in this tournament is prohibited.
b. Players are to walk/carry/hand-trolley their own golf bags. NO Caddies will be allowed.
14. PACE OF PLAY
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.
15. DISPUTES OR DOUBTS AS TO CORRECT PROCEDURE
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 scorecard.
b. No spectators (including parents) are to enter into any discussion on a matter under dispute.
16. SGA REFEREES
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. Proof of insurance coverage must be submitted together with the entry form.
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.
19. LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS
a. The specimen Condition in the Rules of Golf is in effect – see Appendix I page 155.
20. LIST OF CONFORMING DRIVER HEAD
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.
21. GROOVE AND PUNCH MARK SPECIFICATIONS
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.
22. PRIZE PRESENTATION
a. All players are invited to the Prize Presentation on Monday, 6th November 2017 at Orchid Country Club.
23. DRESS CODE
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. Players 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.
24. CONDUCT OF PLAYERS
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. Spectators/parents must be properly attired on the golf course. Blue jeans, designer jeans, round neck T-shirts and tank tops are prohibited. Appropriate polo top and bottoms with sports or golf shoes are to be worn.
d. Those found violating these policies may be asked to leave the course.
26. AMENDMENTS TO CONDITIONS
a. The OC reserves the right to amend these conditions of competition.
MEMORANDUM ON PACE OF PLAY
Notice to Players
Group Pace of Play Policy
1. The Tournament Committee shall decide the maximum time allowed for the round. 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 timekeepers present on specific holes 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.
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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