SINGAPORE GOLF ASSOCIATION vs MALAYSIAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL MATCH 2017
CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION
1. The Annual Match between the two Associations shall be played over three days. The first day is the practice day followed by Four-ball and Foursome matches on the second day and Singles matches on the third day.
2. It will be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the R&A Rules Ltd and the Local Rules of the hosting club as adopted by the Committee.
3. Each Association shall take turns to host the Annual Match. The host shall be shall be responsible to provide accommodation comprising six (6) rooms for players and two (2) rooms for officials for two (2) nights. It shall also bear the costs for all tournament expenses including green fees, buggy/caddie fees, host a welcome dinner and prize presentation lunch, and provide daily breakfast and lunch.
4. The host Association shall form the Committee comprising the Chairman, Tournament Director and Rules Officials to organize the Annual Match and its decisions shall be final.
5. The winner of the Annual Match will receive the Challenge Trophy that was jointly donated by both Associations in 1976.
Teams and Eligibility
6. Each Association will field a Team of twelve (12) players comprising eight (8) male and four (4) lady golfers who must be amateur golfers in accordance with the Rules of Amateur Status.
7. Team members must be citizens or permanent residents of the respective countries. The penalty for non-compliance will be disqualification of the player concerned.
Format – Match Play
8. Day 1 Afternoon Practice Round
Day 2 Morning 6 x Four-ball matches (4 male and 2 lady sides)
Afternoon 6 x Foursome matches (4 male and 2 lady sides)
Day 3 Morning 12 x Singles (8 male and 4 lady sides)
9. Team Captains shall submit to the Tournament Director the order of the matches for each segment of each day not later than thirty (30) minutes before the commencement of the first match of each segment.
Determination of the Draw
10. Team Captains will draw by lot to determine the order of play on the day prior to each segment of match play. No. 1 signifies the team to play first from the first tee. No. 2 signifies the team to play second from the first tee. All the remaining matches of the segment will follow the same order after the determination of the draw for the first match of that segment.
Time of Starting
One partner may represent a side for all or any part of the match. All partners need not be present. An absent partner may join a match between holes, but not during play of a hole. If both players of a side are not present, the side not in default will receive one point.
The partner to play from the teeing ground may represent the side. The side with the absent partner must play when it is his turn to play or the side will lose the first hole. Should the partner be absent to play from the second tee when it is his turn to play, the side not in default will receive one point.
If a side arrives at its starting point, ready to play, within five minutes after its starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is loss of the first hole. The match will start on Hole #2, with the defaulting side one down. If the side arrives at their starting point more than five minutes after its starting time, the side is disqualified from that match but not from the competition and the side not in default will receive one point.
14. Each side that wins a match through play or by default will receive one (1) point. Each side will receive half (½) point for every match that is squared. There is a total of twenty four (24) points to be won by each Team.
15. The Team that wins 12 ½ points will be the winner of the Annual Match.
16. If, at the completion of all matches, the Teams remain all square, the winning Team of the previous Annual Match shall retain the Challenge Trophy. The Challenge Trophy shall be kept by the winning Team until the next Annual Match.
17. The Committee shall appoint Referees whose decisions on all claims are final.
18. Team Captains may appoint two persons who may give advice during play to members of that Team in addition to his caddie or partner during any segment of the Annual Match. However, they keep off the putting greens. The persons appointed shall be identified to the Referee. They may be professionals.
Penalty for Breach: Loss of hole
19. Team members may practice on the course on Day 1 of the Annual Match. Practice on the course on any other day of the Annual Match is prohibited.
List of Conforming Driver Head
20. 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.
List of Conforming Golf Balls
21. The specimen Condition in the Rules of Golf is in effect – see Appendix I pages 155 to 156.
Groove and Punch Mark Specifications
22. The player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from 1 January 2016.
23. Decision: Rule 34 under “Disputes and Decisions” in the Rules of Golf is in effect – see page 133.
Buggy / Caddie
24. Players shall use buggies or caddies as decided by the Committee. If buggies are used, caddies will not be allowed.
25. In the event that the play on the first competition day of the Annual Match is suspended because of bad weather the uncompleted matches will be resumed at the point where play has halted. Any matches halted will be completed prior to the start of the next segment of matches.
26. Every effort will be made to finish all matches by 2:00 pm on the last day. If neither Team has won 12½ points, scores for completed matches will stand and any matches not completed will be counted as a halved match. Matches that have not started will not be counted. The team with the higher total points will be declared the winner.
Suspension of play for dangerous situation (Note to Rule 6-8b)
27. When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, players must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee 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.
28. All practice areas that are in open areas shall be closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open.
29. A suspension of play for a dangerous situation and the resumption of play shall be signaled using the host club’s warning system.
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