Tour Policies and Regulations

Scratch golfer or not, there's a Flight for you

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 - 25.9)

Men's Seniors' Flight Net Stableford (players with a Handicap Factor up to 25.9). Players in this Flight must be at least 55 years of age, as of April 30th, 2018 (the day of the first Tour event of the season)

Women's Flight Net (players with a Handicap Factor up to 39.9)

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. This Flight will have women playing from a forward set of tees (5,200-5,600 yards), against other women and in a net format. 

2. Women can play in one of the other competitive Flights (CH, A, B, or C). In order to compete in one of these Flights, six strokes will be added to a woman's Handicap Factor to have them play in the correct Flight and from the correct yardages. 

3. Women can also play for fun 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 2018 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, 2018.

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 per event point value reduced by an appropriate percentage to reflect the tie for fourth place in the Order of Merit.

       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 threeMajors of the year at: Lora Bay/Georgian Bay, Blue Springs, and Grandview and 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 28 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, Blue Springs, and Grandview 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 EVENT PRIZING

Prizing for Champ, A, B and C Flights 2018:

  • 1st Place - A winner's trophy and a 30% discount on the purchase of two Air Canada flights. Discount coupons are good for travel anywhere Air Canada flies within continental North America including the state of Hawaii.
  • 2nd Place - One $150 TaylorMade online gift card
  • 3rd Place - One $50 TaylorMade online gift card and one case (24) of Mill Street beer

    Prizing based on the per Flight field size:
                Up to 5 players = 1st Place
                6 - 10 players = 1st and 2nd Place 
                11+ players = 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place

Prizing for Seniors' Flight for 2018:

  • 1st Place - A winner's trophy and one $150 TaylorMade online gift card
  • 2nd Place - One $100 TaylorMade online gift card
  • 3rd Place - One $50 TaylorMade online gift card

Prizing based on the per Flight field size:
            Up to 5 players = 1st Place
            6 - 10 players = 1st and 2nd Place 
            11+ players = 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place 

Prizing for the Women’s Flight for 2018:

  • 1st place - A winner's trophy and one $50 TaylorMade online gift card

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.

MAJOR EVENT PRIZING 

The value of second and third place prizing will be increased by 50% and Order of Merit Points will be increased by 50% at Majors

Prizing for Champ, A, B and C Flights 2018:

  • 1st Place - A winner's trophy and one Air Canada economy class ticket to anywhere Air Canada flies, within the continental North America, excluding the state of Hawaii. 
  • 2nd Place - One $225 TaylorMade online Gift Card
  • 3rd Place - One $75 TaylorMade online Gift Card and one case (24) of Mill Street beer

Prizing based on the per Flight field size:
            Up to 5 players = 1st Place
            6 - 10 players = 1st and 2nd Place 
            11+ players = 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place 

Prizing for Seniors' Flight for 2018:

  • 1st Place - A winner's trophy and one $225 TaylorMade online gift card
  • 2nd Place - One $150 TaylorMade online gift card
  • 3rd Place - One $75 TaylorMade online gift card

Prizing based on the per Flight field size:
            Up to 5 players = 1st Place
            6 - 10 players = 1st and 2nd Place 
            11+ players = 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place 

Prizing for the Women’s Flight for 2018 is as follows:

  • 1st place - A winner's trophy, one $75 TaylorMade online gift card

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 PRIZING 

Players must play a minimum of five 2018 Tour rounds to be eligible for Order of Merit Points and event prizing. Majors count as two rounds. 

The value of second and third place prizing will be increased by 100%. Order of Merit Points will be doubled at The Tour Championship.

Prizing for Champ, A, B and C Flights 2018:

  • 1st Place- A winner’s trophy and two Air Canada economy class tickets anywhere Air Canada flies within continental North America including the state of Hawaii.
  • 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

Prizing based on the per Flight field size:
            Up to 5 players = 1st Place
            6 - 10 players = 1st and 2nd Place 
            11+ players = 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place 

Prizing for Seniors' Flight for 2018:

  • 1st Place - A winner’s trophy and one $300 TaylorMade online gift card
  • 2nd Place - One $200 TaylorMade online gift card
  • 3rd Place - One $100 TaylorMade online gift card

Prizing based on the per Flight field size:
            Up to 5 players = 1st Place
            6 - 10 players = 1st and 2nd Place 
            11+ players = 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place 

Prizing for the Women’s Flight for 2018:

  • 1st place - A winner's trophy and one $100 TaylorMade online gift card

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.

Note: Value of Prizes inclusive of HST

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! 
*To be eligible for this prize, players but be at least 19 years old

Closest to the Pin

One Dozen TaylorMade golf balls

 

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)  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 4 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 2018 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   and Blue Springs 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.

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.