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
- 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.
- 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.
- Pace of Play: (Rule 6-7 Undue Delay) A player must play without delay and in accordance with the current GTA AM Tour Pace of Play Guidelines in effect and included subsequent to these Conditions and posted at all tournaments.
- Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation: Note to Rule 6-8b (pages 50-51) is in effect for potentially dangerous situations that play must be discontinued immediately following suspension by the Committee. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he/she is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7. When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they 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/she is disqualified unless circumstances warrant waiving such penalty as provided in Rule 33-7. All practice areas will be closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared these areas open and available for use. NOTE: The signal for suspending play for a dangerous situation will be a prolonged note of the siren or horn blast. All other types of suspension of play will be signaled by three short consecutive blasts of a siren or horn. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short blasts of a siren or horn. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF THIS CONDITION: Disqualification.
- Practice: Note 2 to Rule 7-2 is in effect. 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. Practice on the competition course on the day of the scheduled competition is prohibited. Penalty: Disqualification.
- 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) on the basis of 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.
- 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.
B) Standard Local Rules
- 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
- 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.
- Water Hazards: Defined by yellow lines or stakes. When the margin of a water hazard is defined by stakes, the stakes are inside the water hazard, and the margin of the hazard is defined by the nearest outside points of the stakes at ground level. When both stakes and lines are used to indicate a water hazard, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin. When the margin of a water hazard is defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is in the water hazard. The stakes are obstructions.
- Lateral Water Hazards: Defined by red lines or stakes. When the margin of a lateral water hazard is defined by stakes, the stakes are inside the lateral water hazard, and the margin of the hazard is defined by the nearest outside points of the stakes at ground level. When both stakes and lines are used to indicate a lateral water hazard, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin. When the margin of a lateral water hazard is defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is in the lateral water hazard. The stakes are obstructions.
- Abnormal Ground Conditions: (Rule 25-1): Ground under repair includes:
- (a) Areas defined by white lines,
- (b) French drains which are exposed trenches filled with rocks or stones,
- (c) 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.
- (d) 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..
6. Embedded Ball Through the Green: The Local Rule, including the exceptions, as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part A, Section 3a (Page 124) is in effect.
7. Roads and Paths: 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, and are obstructions and not ground under repair. The line itself is part of the obstruction.
8. Retaining Walls and Pilings: When located within water hazards or when used to define the margin of bunkers, retaining walls and pilings are integral parts of the course. No relief without penalty.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Stones in Bunkers: Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. Rule 24-1 applies.
13. Turf Plugs: On the putting green, in addition to rule 16-1 (c), the player may repair turf plugs of any size.
14. Aeration Holes: The Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part A, Section 3d (Page 126) is in effect.
15. Caddies: Players are permitted to use caddies during play.
16. 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. Further clarification is available in Appendix IV-5 (Page 162) of Golf Canada's Rules of Golf
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.
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 players first to the teeing ground or putting surface will have 50 seconds to hit their 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,
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,
- 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
- 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:
A) The player was delayed by the Committee;
B) The player was delayed by a circumstance beyond the control of a player or their group; or
C) 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.