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GTA AM TOUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

GTA AM TOUR CODE OF CONDUCT

       All Tour members agree to observe the CODE OF CONDUCT as set forth by the GTA AM TOUR.

       This CODE OF CONDUCT applies to all Tour members throughout the tournament, both on and off the golf course.

       The GTA AM TOUR Code of Conduct is based on the premise that all Tour members respect the Tour community,

       Tour staff and the host course staff and its facilities.

RESPECT FELLOW TOUR MEMBERS

       All members will foster an atmosphere of collegiality through the practice of recognized golf etiquette.

       All members will play by the rules of golf as described by Golf Canada and by local rules as established by The Tour.

       Members are obliged to report any breach of the Rules of Golf to a Tour Rules Official or Tour Committee Member.

       All members will keep a Current and Accurate Handicap Factor, as completely described in the Tour Players’ Manual.

       All players will make every effort to play at an appropriate pace by keeping up to the group in front of them.

RESPECT TOUR STAFF

       Members will treat Tour Staff and Tour Rules Officials with courtesy.

       Members will report any problems with the host course, their staff or their facilities to Tour Staff and will not attempt to resolve problems with the host course directly.

       Members will report any issues you may have with Tour Staff to Mark Young.

RESPECT HOST STAFF AND FACILITIES

       Members will treat host course Staff with courtesy.

       Members will adhere to host course policies, including but not limited to alcohol consumption and dress code.

       Members will treat the host course with respect. The host course must be left in the same, or better condition than it was found, prior to the Tour event.

CODE OF CONDUCT COMMITTEE

       A representative from each Flight will be selected to sit on the Code of Conduct Committee.

       The Committee shall meet on an ad hoc and as required basis. Meetings will be chaired by the Tour Commissioner. Committee meetings may be held by teleconference or           videoconference.

       The Code of Conduct Committee will seek to improve the Tour Code of Conduct to provide Tour members with the most enjoyable experience possible.

       The Code of Conduct Committee is authorized to discipline members in breach of the Code of Conduct, including disqualification from individual events and suspension or expulsion        from the Tour.

       Participation in the GTA AM Tour is for amateur golfers as described below:

AMATEUR GOLFER:

       An amateur golfer, whether he or she plays competitively or recreationally, is one who plays golf for the challenge it presents, not as a professional and not for financial gain.

AMATEUR STATUS:

       Amateur Status is a universal condition of eligibility for player golf competitions as an amateur golfer. A person who acts contrary to the Rules may forfeit his or her Amateur Status and as a result will be ineligible to play in amateur competitions.

HANDICAP AND FLIGHT POLICY

A) Handicap Factors

       Players will compete in one of six Flights:

        •   Championship Flight (players with a Handicap Factor of 4.9 or less)
        •   A Flight (players with a Handicap Factor between 5.0 - 9.9)
        •   B Flight (players with a Handicap Factor between 10.0 - 14.9)
        •   C Flight (players with a Handicap Factor between 15.0 - 29.9)

Men's Seniors' Flight Gross and Net (players with a Handicap Factor up to 29.9)

Women's Flight (players with a Handicap Factor up to 29.9)

B) Women on Tour

Women are welcomed and encouraged to play on The GTA AM Tour in one of three ways.

1. Women can compete in the Women’s Flight in a net format. Women will tee off in threesomes ahead of the Recreational Flight. They will compete from the forward tees in the range of 5,200-5,600 yards. Per event Women's Flight winners will receive a trophy and, if there are more than 7 women competing, will also win a $50 TaylorMade Gift Card and one case of Mill Street Beer! The top per Flight player, in the season-long Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, will receive a March 2018 seven night/six rounds of golf trip to Myrtle Beach, courtesy of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday...!

2. Women also have the option of competing in either the Champ., A, B, or C Flights. If they choose to play in Champ, A, B, or C Flight, players will have 6 strokes added to their handicap factor for Flight assignment. They will then play from the same tees as the competitors in their Flight.

3. Women can also play in the Recreational Flight. Anyone can join this group of golfers who will be teeing off after the Women's Flight, at each of the 2017 Tour events. The R Flight has been created to provide recreational/casual golfers with an opportunity to play some of the best golf courses in Ontario for FUN! Golfers in the R Flight will not be required to have a Handicap Factor and can play from any set of tees they wish.

C) Player Handicap Maintenance

All Tour players are required to maintain a CURRENT and ACCURATE Handicap Factor. All players playing the Competitive Tour must have an accredited Handicap Factor with Golf Canada and/or its provincial affiliates. Players can join the GTA AM Tour handicap club, upon request, at a reduced cost to the GAO’s Public Player Program.

1. CURRENT

       Players must post scores from ALL rounds played (nine or eighteen holes), ALL non-Tour competitive events and ALL
       other rounds other than GTA AM Tour rounds.  The preferred method of posting scores is the Hole by Hole Method. 
       Scores MUST be entered as soon as possible after a round is completed. All scores must be accurately entered prior
       to any GTA Am Tour event.

       At registration, prior to every GTA Am Tour event, players will be required to authorize, with their signature, the currency
       and accuracy of their Handicap Factor. If a player cannot authorize their Factor, they will be permitted to play in the stroke
       play competition of that event, subject to Tour handicap policies, but will not be eligible for Net prizing or Net Order of
       Merit points.

       If a player plays in the stroke play competition of an event and the inaccuracy of their Handicap Factor has incorrectly
       placed them in a given Flight, any points and/or prizes earned in that event shall be forfeited.

       THE TOUR WILL ENSURE THAT EACH PLAYER’S TOUR SCORE WILL BE POSTED DIRECTLY TO HIS/HER
       GOLF CANADA HANDICAP FACTOR PROFILE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF EACH TOUR EVENT.

2. ACCURATE

       All scores entered must be from the slope and rating for the correct set of tee blocks played.  All Tournament Scores
       (non GTA AM Tour events) must be entered as Tournament Scores.  All scores must be entered utilizing Equitable Stroke
       Control or ESC. The Hole by Hole method of posting scores automatically calculates ESC.  For more information on
       handicapping, including ESC, please visit: https://gao.ca/golfer-resources/about-handicapping/

       Players should be aware that, the Golf Canada method of calculating Handicap Factors automatically compares players’
       regular scores against tournament scores.  A reduction of a player’s Handicap Factor will automatically be applied if the
       discrepancy between regular scores and tournament scores exceeds the calculated maximum.  This reduction will be
       indicated as an “R” in the player’s Handicap Factor.

IF A PLAYER’S HANDICAP FACTOR IS NOT CURRENT AND ACCURATE (as defined above) AND THAT PLAYER PLACES IN THE TOP 4 IN ANY EVENT OR QUALIFIES FOR NET PRIZES, THE PLAYER WILL NOT RECEIVE PRIZES OR POINTS AND WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THAT EVENT. ADDITIONALLY, THAT PLAYER WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PLAY ANOTHER TOUR EVENT UNTIL THE PLAYER’S HANDICAP FACTOR MEETS THE AFOREMENTIONED TOUR CRITERIA.

After each tournament, the Handicap Factor profiles of each of the top five players will be review by The Tour's Handicap Factor Chair.

       FAILURE TO MAINTAIN A CURRENT AND ACCURATE HANDICAP FACTOR WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION
       FROM THE TOUR.

3. ATTESTED ROUNDS

       Players should make best efforts to have ALL rounds attested by another player.  It is the goal of the Tour for each
       player to have a minimum of 50% of scores comprising their Handicap Factor record attested by another player by
       July 31st, 2017.

4. PLAYING IN YOUR FLIGHT

       a)   Players will compete in the appropriate Flight, based on their Handicap Factor.

       b)   Players may choose to play in a Flight that is one lower than their Handicap Factor.  The Tour’s Handicap Committee
            reserves the right to authorize the move to a lower Handicap Factor Flight.

       c)   Players are expected to keep their Handicap Factor up-to-date prior to all Tour events. To be clear, players must enter
            non-GTA AM Tour scores, with Equitable Stroke Control applied (applied automatically when the hole-by hole method
            of entering scores is used), as soon as possible after a round is completed. All scores must be accurately entered prior
            to any GTA Am Tour event.

       d)   Any Tour player may be audited during the season and may be required to present scorecards from any non-Tour
            round of golf.  Players are advised to keep all scorecards for this reason.

       e)   The Tour’s Handicap Committee reserves the right to assign any given player to any Flight, at any time.

       f)   Any player not abiding by the aforementioned polices will be subject to suspension and/or disqualification from
            the Tour.

5. FLIGHT CHANGES AND BATTLEFIELD PROMOTION

       a)   A player will be moved to a lower Handicap Factor Flight (e.g. “B” to “A”), if that player wins or ties for a win for 3 rounds with differentials that are lower than the range of their Flight, i.e. Champ: NA; A: 5; B: 10; C: 15. Each round of a major shall count towards a Battlefield Promotion. If a player is moved to a lower Flight as a result of winning three events as described above, that player will remain in their newly assigned Flight for the remainder of the Tour season.

             A differential is calculated as per the following formula:

             Differential = gross score minus tee deck rating x 113, divided by tee deck slope, rounded to one decimal place

       b)   If a Player’s Handicap Factor increases such that a move to a higher Handicap Factor Flight is required
            (e.g. “B” to “C”), that player will not be required to move Flights, but will be given the option to do so,
            in accordance with Section 2-4 of the Handicap and Flight Policy.

6. IMPACT OF FLIGHT MOVEMENT ON ORDER OF MERIT POINTS:

       a)   In the event a player moves to a lower Flight, their order of Merit points shall be reduced by 25%. Every event, played
            up to date of change, shall be reduced by 25%. If a player moves to a higher Flight (e.g. “A” to “B”) they shall retain
            the points gained in the lower Flight.

       b)   No player may enter into a new Flight higher than a tie for fourth place. In such a case, every event played to date will
            have the Point value reduced by an appropriate percentage to reflect the tie for fourth place.

       c)   All point values are rounded up to two decimal places.

       d)   In the event a player’s Handicap Factor moves that player back to his or her original Flight (after a Flight change),
            provided the player did not win three events as described in 5(a), that player will be reinstated in the original Flight
            with the points they had when they left the Flight (plus any points earned by that player while playing in the lower
            Handicap Factor Flight).

       Examples of Order of Merit Point Adjustments:

       Case 1:

       Chris has played two events in the “B” Flight and has recorded Order of Merit points worth 75 and 50. His order of Merit
       total is 125.  Chris’ Handicap Factor has changed such that he should be playing in the “A” Flight.  He is moved to the “A”
       Flight and each of his two point totals are reduced by 25%.  His new point values and total are 56.3 +37.5 = 93.8

       Case 2:

       Chris has played in two events in the “B” Flight and has recorded Order of Merit points and total worth 125.  Chris’
       Handicap Factor has changed such he should be playing in the “A” Flight. He is moved to the “A” Flight; where the top
       four Order of Merit totals are 130 (1st), 100 (2nd), 90 (3rd) and 80 (4th). If Chris’ points were to be reduced under the
       standard 25% rule, he would be in 3rd place with 93.8 points (see case 1). Since section 4-2 of the Handicapping and
       Flight Policy dictates that Chris cannot move higher than a tie for fourth, an adjusted percentage is applied to the
       Order of Merit point total.  The percentage is determined as follows: 1-80/125=36.  His Order of Merit values are
       reduced by 36%.  His new total will be 48 + 32 = 80.

 

D) Scoring and Prizing

       Please see Section 5 and 6 of The Conditions of Competition for an understanding of what is to be deemed as
       “Official Results”.

       1) GROSS SCORE ORDER OF MERIT

       The Gross Score Order of Merit race runs throughout the season for each individual Flight.  A player’s Order of Merit
       total is based on his or her best ten of twenty five point totals.

       Order of Merit points are awarded as follows*:

Standing

Points

Standing

Points

Standing

Points

1st

100

6th

35

11th – 20th

10

2nd

75

7th

30

21st – 30th

5

3rd

60

8th

25

31st & higher

1

4th

50

9th

20

 

 

5th

40

10th

15

 

 

    

*The points awarded for the four Majors of the year at: Lora Bay/Georgian Bay, National Pines, Grandview and Osprey
Valley will be increased by 50%. The points awarded at The Air Canada Tour Championship at Grand Niagara will be
doubled. Ties in the Order of Merit race will be decided by the number of points earned by the player at their next best
11th event.

 

       2) NET SCORE ORDER OF MERIT

       The Net Score Order of Merit race runs throughout the season. A player’s Order of Merit total is based on his or her best
       10 of 24 Net point totals.

       Net Order of Merit points are awarded, according to the size of the total field, across all Flights for a particular event,
       as follows*:

       Lowest net score points equals total number of players in the field; second lowest net score points equals total number
       of players in the field minus 1, etc. such that the highest net score equals 1.

  *The net score points awarded for the four Majors of the year at: Lora Bay/Georgian Bay, National Pines, Grandview
and Osprey Valley will be increased by 50%. The points awarded at the Tour Championship at Grand Niagara will be
doubled. Ties in the Order of Merit race will be decided by the number of points earned by the player at their next
best 11th event.

 

E) Event Prizing

Regular Season Events

Trophies are awarded to the first place finisher in each of the 4 Flights (Champ., A, B and C). Prizing is as follows:

  • 1st Place - A 30% discount on the purchase of two Air Canada flights. Discount coupons are good for travel anywhere Air Canada flies within continental North American including the State of Hawaii. Discount coupons will be valid until October 2018.
  • 2nd Place - One $150 TaylorMade/adidas online Gift Card
  • 3rd Place - One $50 TaylorMade/adidas online Gift Card and one case (24) of Mill Street beer

 

Prizing for Seniors' Flight will be as follows*:

1st place in the Seniors’ Gross receives a trophy and the choice of a $50 TaylorMade Online gift card or a case of Mill Street beer.

2nd place in the Seniors’ Gross receives whatever the winner did not choose between the $50 TaylorMade Online gift card and the case of Mill Street beer

1st place in the Seniors’ Net receives a trophy and the choice of a $50 TaylorMade Online gift card or a case of Mill Street beer.

2nd place in the Seniors’ Net receives whatever the winner did not choose between the $50 TaylorMade Online gift card and the case of Mill Street beer

*This prizing will be in place if there are at least seven players playing in a given event. If there are less than seven Seniors’ Flight players, the winners of the Gross and Net will receive a trophy.

Prizing for the Women’s Flight will be as follows:

1st place
One $50 TMaG card, one case of Mill Street Beer and winner's trophy**

** This prizing will be in place if there are at least seven players playing in a given event. If there are less than seven Women’s Flight players, the winner will receive a trophy.

Majors

The value of second and third place prizing will be increased by 50%.

Points will be increased by 50% at Majors

Trophies are awarded to the first place finisher in each of the 4 Flights (Champ., A, B and C). Prizing is as follows:

  • 1st Place - One Air Canada economy class ticket to anywhere Air Canada flies, within the continental North America, excluding the state of Hawaii. Discount coupons will be valid until October 2018.

1st Place prizing for the Mill Street One Day Major- one $1000.00 Air Canada Gift Card, to be used for the purchase of any Air Canada Flight.

  • 2nd Place - One $225 TaylorMade/adidas online Gift Card
  • 3rd Place - One $75 TaylorMade/adidas online Gift Card and one case (24) of Mill Street beer

 

Prizing for Seniors' Flight will be as follows*:

 

1st place in the Seniors’ Gross and Seniors’ Net receives a trophy, a $50 TaylorMade Online gift card, and a case of Mill Street beer.

2nd place in the Seniors’ Gross and Seniors’ Net receives a $50 TaylorMade Online gift card, and a case of Mill Street beer.

*This prizing will be in place if there are at least seven players playing in a given event. If there are less than seven Seniors’ Flight players, the winners of the Gross and Net will receive a trophy.

Prizing for the Women’s Flight will be as follows:

1st place
Two $50 TMaG cards, two cases of Mill Street Beer and winner's trophy**

** This prizing will be in place if there are at least seven players playing in a given event. If there are less than seven Women’s Flight players, the winner will receive a trophy

Tour Championship

Trophies are awarded to the first place finisher in each of the 4 Flights (Champ., A, B and C). Prizing is as follows:

  • 1st Place- Two Air Canada economy class tickets anywhere Air Canada flies within continental North America including the state of Hawaii.

The value of second and third place prizing will be increased by 100%.

  • 2nd Place - One $300 TaylorMade/adidas online Gift Card
  • 3rd Place - One $100 TaylorMade/adidas online Gift Card and one case (24) of Mill Street beer

Players must play a minimum of five 2017 Tour rounds to be eligible for Order of Merit Points and event prizing. Majors count as two rounds. Points will be doubled at The Tour Championship.

Note: Value of Prizes inclusive of HST

Prizing based on the per Flight field size:

            Up to 5 players = 1st Place
            6 - 10 players = 1st and 2nd Place Prizes
            11+ players = 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Prizes

 

Prizing for Seniors' Flight will be as follows*:

1st place in the Seniors’ Gross and Seniors’ Net receives a trophy, a $50 TaylorMade Online gift card, and a case of Mill Street beer.

2nd place in the Seniors’ Gross and Seniors’ Net receives a $50 TaylorMade Online gift card, and a case of Mill Street beer.

*This prizing will be in place if there are at least seven players playing in a given event. If there are less than seven Seniors’ Flight players, the winners of the Gross and Net will receive a trophy.

Prizing for the Women’s Flight will be as follows:

1st place
Two $50 TaylorMade/adidas online Gift Cards, two cases of Mill Street Beer and winner's trophy**

** This prizing will be in place if there are at least seven players playing in a given event. If there are less than seven Women’s Flight players, the winner will receive a trophy.

For every Tournament:

Mazda Hole-in-one

One Dozen TaylorMade golf balls for closest to the pin and a $2,500 shopping spree with Tour Sponsors for hole-in-one!

Closest to the Pin

One Dozen TaylorMade golf balls

Low Net

One $50 TMaG card and one case of Mill Street Beer

 

Only those players who did not win an event prize, i.e. those players who did not place within the top 3 places of
their Flight, are eligible for Net Prizes.

 

Net score is the player’s score after handicap strokes have been subtracted from the player’s gross score.  e.g.: At the start of the Coppinwood event, a B Flight player’s Handicap Factor is 12.4.  The player’s Course Handicap, from the blue tees is 14 (12.4 x 126 /113).  The player’s gross score at the event is 87. The player’s net score for the event is 73 (87 – 14 = 73).

 

In the event of a tie, other than for first place, Prizes will be awarded based on Matching Cards as outlined in Section 7 of the Conditions of Competition (refer to ‘hard card’).

           

F)  Draw Prizing

       At each event there will be a draw prize for a $50 Gift certificate to Mill St. Brew Pub.  Draw prize winners will receive
       a Gift Certificate for the respective prizes. It is the player’s responsibility to claim his or her prize.  The Certificates will be
       given to players at the event if they are present.  If the player has left, the Certificate will be held by Tour staff and given to
       the winner of the prize at their next event. Players are only eligible to win one of each of the draw prizes available
       throughout the season.

G)  Most Improved Player Award

Complementing the season-long Order of Merit competition is a season-long Most Improved Player Award. The
player with the most improved Handicap Factor, as calculated by the formula below, will be invited for an end of season
round of golf.  The player with the most improved Handicap Factor will receive The Most Improved Player Award. 
A player’s season will start from their first Tour event and end at their last Tour event. Players must play at least five events to qualify. The formula for calculating the most improved player has been established by Golf Canada as equitable in gauging the improvement of players encompassing the entire spectrum of handicaps and is calculated as follows:

       Start of Season Handicap Factor + 12 divided by End of Season Handicap Factor + 12

COMMUNICATIONS

       **Please check that @gtaamtour.com is listed as safe sender/recipient for your email program.
       This will ensure that you receive all Tour emails and will avoid them being sent to your “Junk” email folder.

A) Event Registration

        1.  Entries are subject to rejection at any time (including during the event). The reason for rejection may include false
            statement of handicap index, improper attire and/or unbecoming conduct.

        2.  By participating in GTA AM Tour you grant the GTA AM Tour and those acting with the GTA AM Tour, permission,
            authority and the permanent rights to use your name or likeness for publicity and promotional purposes.  Participants
            understand that all Media, including film, photographic prints, audio or digital files are the exclusive property of the
            GTA AM Tour.  Participants in GTA AM Tour events waive their rights to inspect or approve all media produced by the
            GTA AM Tour and those acting on the GTA AM Tour’s behalf.  Participants waive their permanent rights to compensation
            for use of their name and likeness by the GTA AM Tour.

        3.  All players shall be entered into the events selected upon initial registration.  In the event that a tournament’s registration
            is at capacity, players desiring to play will be placed on a waiting list.

        4.  All players registered for a given event will be sent a “Registration Reminder” email 3 weeks prior to an event for which
            they have registered.  Players will then have 7 days to visit the Members’ section of the website and remove themselves
            from the event if they wish to withdraw from the upcoming event. Players withdrawing after the one week allotted time
            period will be subject to the Tour’s Cancellation Policy.

        5.  If players withdraw and spots become available, an automated email will be sent to all players on the waiting list. 
            Available spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

        6. Players registering within 7 days of an event will pay an extra $10 (plus HST).

B) Cancellation/ No Show

        1.  If a player withdraws more than one week after the registration reminder is sent he or she will be subject to a minimum
            administrative cancellation fee of $80 plus HST. However, if the host course will not provide a refund, the player will
            be billed the entire cost of his or her green fee.

        2.  Any player who does not show for his or her tee time at a scheduled event will be subject to a minimum charge of
             $100. However, if the host course does not provide a refund, the player will be charged the full price of the green fee.
            If a player is a “no-show” at two events, without notifying Tour staff, he or she will be suspended from play until
            further notice.

        3.  If the Tour is unable to process a players’ credit card the player will be charged a minimum $25 processing fee.
            Please ensure The Tour has your current credit card information.

C) Rain Policy

       In the case of inclement weather, GTA AM Tour will make a decision regarding the event at the course and not beforehand. 
       Please arrive for your scheduled tee time.  Weather conditions can and do vary drastically.

       For weather policies applicable during tournament play, please consult Sub-section 4, Section A, Conditions of the
       Competition (also referred to as ‘Hard Card’) for “Suspension of Play due to a Dangerous Situation”.

D) Inclement Weather

        1.  If the event is shortened due to inclement weather, and all players in a given Flight have played 9 holes, the event will
            be deemed to have been completed and tournament results will be based on those completed 9 holes. However,
            if 9 holes have not been completed by all players in a given Flight, a rain cheque will be issued for use during the
            current season. If some holes are played but the complete field has not played at least 9 holes, the tournament will
            be cancelled; however, the rain cheques are issued at the discretion of the host course. Please be assured that Tour
            staff will do everything possible to satisfy members with a fair decision.

        2.  For every event that is cancelled due to inclement weather, the 25 event GTA AM Tour will be reduced by one.
            The Gross and Net Orders of Merit Cup will still be determined using a player’s best ten event scores.

AIR CANADA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP - QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Spots in the Air Canada Tour Championship will be secured by the following criteria:

  1. Players who play a minimum of five rounds of golf with The Tour during the 2017 season.
  2. ​Spots will also be provided to players who have not yet registered (must be on the waiting list) but have finished in the top seven (after the Bigwin tournament) in their respective Flights. 
  3. Players who have registered for the Tournament but do not meet the above criteria will not be eligible for Air Canada Tour Championship points or prizing

CLUBLINK MEMBERS

Tour players, who are also ClubLink members, will receive, courtesy of ClubLink, event discounts at the Grandview,   National Pines and Wyndance events. ClubLink will not be charging The Tour for you to play at those events. The Tour will charge you the full amount (as the billing is automated) but will then refund you the difference between the event fee and $80 (Plus HST). In order to receive this partial event fee refund, players must send the Host Club Director of Golf an email informing the D.o.G they will be playing in the event. This email must be sent at least one week prior to these events and must also have Mark Young (mark@gtaamtour.com) cc'ed.  


CADDIES

       Players are permitted to use a caddie during play.  Please ensure your caddie knows and understands the Rules and
       Etiquette of the game of golf. Please also ensure your caddie does not cause your play to slow down.  If a player’s caddie
       would like to use a cart during play, the player or caddie will be subject to the host course’s shared cart fee.  Furthermore,
       if a player’s caddie would like to use a cart, the player must contact Tour staff at least one week prior to event date to
       ensure availability of carts.  Please note: for any breach of a rule of golf by a caddie, the player receives the applicable
       penalty.

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: (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.

         4. 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 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 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.

        5.  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.

        6.  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.

        7.  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

            1. 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

       2. 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.

        3. 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.

        4. 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.

        5.. 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 Putting Greens:  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 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.

        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 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,

            A)  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

            B)  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.