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2018 Conditions of Competition and Standard Local Rules

Play is governed by the current issue of the Rules of Golf of Golf Canada and its Decisions on The Rules of Golf 2016-2017, and where applicable, by the following Conditions of Competition and Standard Local Rules.  See the applicable competition’s “Notice to Competitors” for additions or deletions to the Local Rules.  

Unless otherwise provided, the penalty for a breach of a Local Rule or Condition is Two Strokes.

A) Conditions of the Competition

  1. Specification of the Ball: The ball the player uses must be named on the current “List of Conforming Golf Balls” recognized by Golf Canada.  The current List of Conforming Golf Balls is available at the GTA AM Tour Registration Table.  PENALTY FOR BREACH OF THIS CONDITION: Disqualification.  The One Ball Rule is not in effect on The Tour.
  2. Specification of Driver Head: Any driver the player carries must have a club head, identified by model and loft, that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads recognized by Golf Canada.  The current List of Conforming Driver Heads is available at the GTA Am Tour Registration Table.  PENALTY FOR BREACH OF THIS CONDITION: See Penalty Statement for Rules 4-1 and 4-2.
  3. Pace of Play (Note 2 to Rule 6-7 Undue Delay and Appendix 1, Part B, Condition 3): A player MUST play without delay and in accordance with the current GTA AM Tour Pace of Play Guidelines in effect and posted at all tournaments.  The player is responsible for knowing the Pace of Play Guidelines of the GTA AM Tour and penalties specific to the event. 
  4. Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b and Appendix 1, Part B, Condition 4):  Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part B, Condition 4 “Suspension Due to a Dangerous Situation” is in effect.  All practice areas are closed during a suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee in charge of the competition has declared them open.

Discontinue play immediately (dangerous):  One prolonged note of siren

Discontinue Play (non-dangerous):  Thee consecutive notes of siren, repeated.

Resume Play:  Two short notes of siren, repeated.

5.     Practice (Rule 7) on the competition course on the day of the scheduled competition is prohibited.  PENALTY: DISQUALIFICATION.

6.      Practice Between Holes (Note 2 to Rule 7-2 and Appendix 1, Part B, Condition 5b):  Optional Condition as  prescribed in Appendix 1, Part B, Condition 5b, “Practice Between Holes” is in effect for stroke play competitions only.  Between the play of two holes, a player MUST not make any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole last played and MUST not test the surface of the putting green of the hole last played by rolling a ball. 
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION:  Two strokes at the next hole.  In the case of a breach at the last hole of the stipulated round, the player incurs the penalty at that hole.

7.     Scoring Area:  The scoring area may include, but is not limited to tents, tables, or rooms.  A player has officially returned his score card when he has returned it to the defined official scoring area for the event and has exited the area with both feet, unless the player verbally informs the scoring official that he needs to leave the scoring area and will immediately return.

8.     How to Decide Ties: In the event of a tie for first place, the tie will be decided by a hole-by-hole playoff.  All other standings will be decided by matching cards (see The Rules of Golf, Appendix I, Section 10-C) based on the best score for the last nine holes.  If the players involved in a tie have the same score for the last nine, then the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole will be used to determine the winner.  If the players are still tied, the same process will be applied to the scores for the front nine. In the event a playoff cannot be conducted, the method for determining all other standings will be used. 

9.    Close of Competition and Results of the Competition: When all scores have been posted on the Official Scoreboard and approved by the GTA AM Tour Rules Committee, the results of the competition are deemed to have been officially announced.  In the event of a playoff, the competition is deemed to be closed when the GTA AM Tour Rules Committee has approved the playoff scores.  The competition is deemed to be closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner.

B) Standard Local Rules

  1. The Exception to Rule 6-6d is modified as follows:  Exception: If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to failure to include one or more penalty strokes that, before returning his score card, he did not know he had incurred, he is not disqualified.  In such circumstances, the competitor incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule, but there is no additional penalty for a breach of Rule 6-6d.  This Exception does not apply when the applicable penalty is disqualification from the competition.
  2. Accidental Movement of a Ball on the Putting Green:  Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:  When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.  The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location.  A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced

3.     Wood Chips and Mulch (Rule 23):  Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments unless otherwise provided for in "Notice to Competitors”.

4.     Stones in Bunkers:  Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.  Rule 24-1 applies.

5.     Roads and Paths – white lines (Rule 24):  Asphalt and artificially surfaced roads and paths are obstructions.  White lined areas tying into roads and paths have the same status as the roads or paths, that of obstructions and not ground under repair.  The line itself is part of the obstruction

6.     Abnormal Ground Conditions (Rule 25-1): Ground under repair includes:

  1. Areas completely encircled by white lines,
  2. French drains which are exposed trenches filled with rocks or stones,
  3. Seams of Cut Turf – through the green, seams of cut turf (not the turf itself) are deemed ground under repair.  However, interference by a seam with the player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under Rule 25-1.  If the ball lies in or touches the seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25-1.  All seams within the cut turf area are considered the same seam. 
  4. Cultivated Flower Beds and Turf Nurseries are ground under repair from which play is prohibited.  If a player’s ball lies in these areas, or it interferes with the player’s stance or area of his intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 25-1.  Note:  if the cultivated flower bed or turf nursery is within a water hazard, the player is not entitled to relief without penalty.
  5. Exposed liners in bunkers are deemed ground under repair.  However, interference by a liner with a player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under Rule 25-1. If the ball lies in or touches the liner or the liner interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25-1.

7.    Water Hazards and Lateral Water Hazards (Rule 26):  When a water hazard or a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a water hazard or a lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.

8.    Out of Bounds:  Defined by the nearest inside points of white stakes or property fence posts at ground level, excluding angled supports.  When Out of Bounds is defined by a white line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds.

9.    Aeration Holes (Appendix 1, Part A, 3d).  Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. 
On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

10.    Turf Plugs on Putting Greens (Rule 16-1c):  On the putting green, in addition to Rule 16-1(c), the player may repair turf plugs of any size.

11.    Animal Hoof Damage (Rule 25).  Other than on the putting green, damage that is clearly identifiable as having been caused by animal hoofs is ground under repair (Rule 25-1 applies).  Such damage on the putting green may be repaired (Rule 25-1 does not apply).

12.    Relief for Embedded Ball Anywhere Through the Green (Note 3 to Rule 25-2 and Appendix 1, Part A, 3a):  Anywhere through the green, a ball that is embedded may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole.  The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.  Note: A ball is "embedded" when it is in its own pitch-mark and part of the ball is below the level of the ground. A ball does not necessarily have to touch the soil to be embedded (e.g., grass, loose impediments and the like may intervene between the ball and the soil).

Exceptions:

  1. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely-mown.
  2. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.

13.    Retaining Walls and Pilings:  When located within water hazards or when used to define the margin of bunkers, artificial retaining walls and pilings are integral parts of the course unless otherwise provided for in the “Notice to Competitors”.  No relief without penalty.

14.    Tree Wrappings, Electrical Wires and Cables:  Tree wrappings, electrical wires and cables, when closely attached to objects and trees are not obstructions.  No relief without penalty. 

15.    Permanent Elevated Power Lines and Cables:  If a ball strikes a permanently elevated power line or cable, the stroke MUST be cancelled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played in accordance with Rule 20-5.  If a ball is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted. 

16.    Temporary Immovable Obstructions:  Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part B, Section 7 is in effect and includes any temporary obstruction installed for the competition.

17.    Caddies:  Players are permitted to use caddies during play.  For any breach of a Rule by a player’s caddie, the player incurs the applicable penalty.

18.    Distance-Measuring Devices:  During all play in GTA AM Tour Tournaments, 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 which is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (i.e., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3 the penalty for which is disqualification.

A multi-functional device, such as a smartphone or PDA, may be used as a distance-measuring device, but it must not be used to gauge or measure other conditions where doing so would be a breach of Rule 14-3.

If a player obtains distance information by using a multi-functional device, refer to Appendix IV for additional guidance.

GTA AM TOUR PACE OF PLAY POLICY / GUIDELINES:

1. Rule 6-7 states

“The player must play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee may establish.  Between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the player must not unduly delay play.”

ALL PLAYERS MUST BE AT THE TOUR’S STARTER’S TENT 10 MINUTES PRIOR TO THEIR ASSIGNED TEE TIME.

2. Summary
The GTA AM Tour’s Pace of Play Policy is straightforward.  All we ask is for your group to keep up to the group in front of you.  IT DOES NOT matter about the group behind you.  All that matters is for your group to maintain proper positioning directly behind the group in front of you (See: Group Out of Position, below).  It is helpful to be aware of, and where applicable, utilize Rule 3-3.

3. Players Out Of Position
When a group is out of position, the group will be notified by a GTA AM Tour Official (in person or via electronic scoring that the group is in breach of these Pace of Play guidelines and each person in the group will be given an O.O.P.S. (Out of Position) Card.  When a group has been notified of its first breach, the group will be put on the clock (see below) and must regain its position as quickly as possible.  If that group regains its position within three holes of receiving the OOPS Card the Card will be withdrawn.  If, however that group does not regain its position as quickly as possible, each player in the group may incur the applicable penalty (a Red Card) for a breach of these guidelines.

Any group that is out of position is subject to monitoring by a Rules Official.  Any player concerned about a non-responsive fellow competitor in his or her group should request a Rules Official to monitor the group so that the non- responsive player can be identified by the Rules Official.  Once on the clock, the player first to the teeing ground or putting surface will have 50 seconds to hit his/her shots and players second or third to hit will have 40 seconds.  Once a group is put on the clock the Rules Official will have the option to give one individual in the group a Red Card.

The first group of the day is out of position if, at any time, they fall behind the posted time par.  Any following group is out of position if,

  1. when starting play of any par three or four hole the preceding group has completed play of the hole OR takes more than the allotted time to finish a hole, and
  2. when starting play of any par five hole, the preceding group of players is on the putting green OR takes more than the allotted time to finish a hole. 

4. Red Card System
The Pace of Play Policy works on a Red Card System:

  • O.O.P.S Card - A Warning
  • 1st Red Card - 2 Stroke Penalty
  • 2nd Red Card – Disqualification

5. Allotted Time
The time par for each course will be posted at the registration table and all players are advised to note this time par in advance of teeing off the first tee.  When a group falls behind – regardless of the reason – it must regain its position to the group in front as quickly as possible.  Time for ball searches, rulings and walking time between holes is included in the allotted time. 

6. Final Determination Regarding Breach/Review Process
Before returning their scorecard, a player who was out of position during his or her round may consult with the Pace of Play Committee to determine if he or she has incurred a penalty under these conditions.  The Pace of Play Committee may determine that a player who has been found to be out of position is not in breach of the guidelines only if:

  1. The player was delayed by the Committee;
  2. The player was delayed by a circumstance beyond the control of a player or their group; or
  3. The player was delayed by another player in the group

A player who was out of position during his or her round and who elects not to consult with the Pace of Play Committee to determine whether he was in breach of these guidelines is considered to have been in breach of these guidelines and to have incurred a penalty or penalties according to the above schedule of penalties.

If a group is subject to a penalty, all penalties will be applied to the checkpoint hole where the breach occurred.