Rules

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At this page and these links are recaps and intros to the standing rules of the historic Nevada State Women’s Golf Association. Also, the new USGA rules of golf that launched in 2019 are available at various links to USGA.org.

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NEVADA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

STANDING RULES

SECTION 1.  OFFICERS

President

  1. Shall complete and forward the State Corporation filing information to the Treasurer as soon as possible.
  2. Shall prepare and send agendas to the Executive Board before meetings
  3. Shall review the Bylaws periodically.

Vice-President

  1. Shall give the player handbook to the President for final approval.
  2. Shall distribute the player handbook by March 1.
  3. Shall select the outgoing President’s gift and make the presentation at the annual meeting.

Secretary

  1. Shall ensure that all directors have a current Director Roster, Bylaws and Standing Rules.
  2. Shall keep a copy of the Corporate Charter and Incorporation Papers – the originals are at the Osborne Law Office.

Treasurer

  1. In January shall send the State Corporation filing form with a check to cover the fee to:
  2. Osborne Law Office   /   555 South Center Street   /   Reno, NV 89501   /   Telephone – 775-323-8678   /   Fax – 775-786-6631
  3. All checks shall have two signatures.
  4. After the annual election, shall take the signature cards to the bank.
  5. Shall prepare a financial report for each meeting.
  6. Shall send a reminder notice to associations listing the dates the dues should be paid.
  7. Shall complete and return the required IRS forms by due date.
  8. Directors of Tournaments (North and South)
  9. The State Stroke Play Championship shall be held in the North in uneven years and the South in  even years.
  10. The Silver Cup Matches shall be held in the North in uneven years and the South in even years.
  11. The Partner’s Tournament shall be held in the North in even years and the South in uneven years.
  12. At the conclusion of each tournament, the notebook containing all pertinent information is to be completed.
  13. Shall determine if playoffs are feasible for Championship and Partners Tournaments.
  14. Directors of Rules and Handicaps (North and South)
  15. Shall conduct a preliminary tour of the tournament courses checking for potential rules situations.
  16. Shall provide a notice to competitors including local rules for each NSWGA tournament.
  17. Shall provide qualified Rules Officials as necessary.
  18. Shall confirm player eligibility as requested.

Director of Junior Golf

  1. Shall provide names of eligible Junior Girls to President for invitation to State Amateur Championship.
  2. Shall prepare and present financial aid requests for Junior Girls.
  3. Director of Future Sites
  4. Shall determine caddie or walking policy of proposed golf course.
  5. Shall contact potential tournament sites regarding availability, green fees and field size.
  6. Shall make recommendations for future tournament sites to the Executive Board.

Director of Publicity/Historian

  1. Shall keep a notebook listing the date, location and winners of each State Championship, Silver Cup Match, Partner’s Tournament and USGA State Team Competition.
  2. Shall be responsible for pictures and collection of news articles related to each event.

SECTION 2.  PAST PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL

  1. The immediate Past President will serve as an advisor to the President.
  2. All Past Presidents will have the responsibility to serve as advisors if requested.
  3. These positions are advisory only and Past Presidents will not have voting privileges.

SECTION 3.  USGA STATE TEAM COMPETITION

  1. General Information
  2. Three NSWGA members will comprise the team, as follows:
  3. The winner of the NSWGA championship.
  4. The winner of the NNWGA championship.
  5. The winner of the WSNGA championship.
  6. In the event of duplication or if a team member cannot participate, the next highest-placed finisher in the corresponding event will be asked to attend.
  7. This event takes place in the uneven calendar year.
  8. Funds allocated by NSWGA to the competition are to be used by all team members.
  9. A non-playing team captain may be appointed to the team by the Vice President.

Revised as of 01/05/02

NEVADA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

SECTION 1.  GENERAL

  1. The Silver Cup is a match play competition similar to the Curtis Cup
  2. Matches held by the USGA.
  3. A team from the Northern Nevada Women’s Golf Association shall compete against a team from the Women’s Southern Nevada Golf Association.
  4. The winning team shall receive the revolving trophy for the year.
  5. Each individual team member will receive a memento.
  6. The Silver Cup matches will be held in the North during the uneven calendar year and the South during the even calendar year.

SECTION 2.  TEAM CAPTAINS

  1. Each association shall appoint a captain or co-captains. 

Advice

  1. Advice may only be given by the captain or her appointee(s).
  2. A maximum of two people can provide advice to the team at any one time.
  3. Anyone allowed to give advice (including the captain) should be wearing either an armband/sash/badge or something that distinguishes her as an advisor.  Only two (2) of such armbands/sashes/badges should exist per team.
  4. A captain may not give advice while she is playing.
  5. Each team’s armband/sash/badge must be presented prior to the start of competition.
  6. All advice must be given BEFORE the players reach the green. NO

ADVISORS ON THE GREEN SURFACE.

  1. The host association will provide a person to collect scorecards and record the results of each match on the tournament score sheets.

SECTION 3.  TEAM COMPOSITION

  1. Each association shall field a team of 20 competitors.
  2. Each association will determine 9 players gross, and nine players net at their discretion.
  3. The remaining two positions on each association’s team may be chosen by their respective captains.
  4. The team members will be listed in handicap index order.
  5. The high 10 index players will compete in the upper bracket.
  6. The low 10 index players will compete in the lower bracket.
  7. The indexes will be from the latest handicap revision prior to competition.

SECTION 4.  ELIGIBILITY

  1. A player must be an individual member of a member club of the NNWGA or WSNGA at least 60 days prior to the first day of the matches.
  2. A player must have a verifiable USGA handicap.
  3. A player must be at least 18 years of age prior to the first day of the matches.
  4. A player must meet amateur status as specified in the USGA Rules of Golf.
  5. At date of qualifier entry, a player’s handicap index may not exceed 30.0.
  6. A player’s handicap may not exceed 36 on the competition course being used for the Silver Cup matches.

SECTION 5:  FINANCIAL

  1. NSWGA will provide a stipend for these matches to be paid to the host association.
  2. Each association will pay $25 per player to help cover the costs of trophies, awards luncheon, and welcoming event.
  3. The visiting association will remit the entry fee thirty days prior to the event.
  4. All income and expenditures will be completed through the NNWGA and WSNGA.

SECTION 6.  PAIRINGS

  1. All players must be paired within the same bracket all three days of competition.
  2. Each Captain shall determine the pairing of the partners competing in Foursome and Fourball matches.
  3. Pairings for Foursome and Fourball matches will be chosen prior to the first day of competition. For each fourball and foursome match the host team shall be the first to display its player(s); the guest team shall then put up its opposing player(s). 
  4. Pairings for singles matches shall occur no later than the night before the singles matches are to be played. For singles matches, the host team and guest team will alternate displaying their player first (i.e. match #1 – host team displays singles player and guest team puts up the opposing player; match #2 – guest team displays singles player and host team puts up the opposing player, continuing this process through all singles matches).

SECTION 7.  GUIDELINES FOR COMPETITION

USGA and Local Rules shall apply as set forth by the NSWGA Rules Committee.

Day 1 –

  1. Foursome Matches
  2. A match in which two play against two and each side plays one ball.
  3. Each partner tees off on each hole.
  4. After a shot is selected, the partners alternate shots until the hole is completed.
  5. Penalty stokes do not affect the order of play.
  6. The handicap will be 40% of the difference between the combined handicaps of the members of each side.  This difference is awarded to the higher handicapped side starting at the #1 handicap hole.

Day 2 –

  1. Four-Ball Matches
  2. A match in which two play their better ball against the better ball of two other players.
  3. Each partner plays her own ball.
  4. Balls belonging to the same side may be played in the order the side considers best.
  5. The handicaps of all four players will be reduced by the low player’s handicap, she will play from scratch.  The three other players will receive 100% of the difference between their handicap and the low player’s handicap.

Day 3- 

  1. Singles Matches
  2. A match in which one plays against another.
  3. Two matches will be played simultaneously.
  4. When all four balls lie on the green, the match with the ball lying farthest from the hole will putt first.
  5. The other match may mark their balls if they choose, and then stand aside and allow that match to finish the hole.
  6. The completed match will then stand aside and allow the other match to finish the hole
  7. The higher handicapped player will receive 100% of the difference between the handicaps of the two players.  The lower handicapped player shall play from scratch.
  8. Playing etiquette
  9. On days 1 and 2, each match may play out the round even if the match has been decided prior to the 18th hole.
  10. On day 3 if a match being played simultaneously with another has been decided and the other match has not, the concluded match should stand aside and allow the other match to finish without distraction.

Scoring

  1. One point will be awarded for each match won.
  2. One-half point will be awarded for each tied match.
  3. Daily recap
    1. Day 1 – ten total points
    2. Day 2 – ten total points
    3. Day 3 – twenty total points

Illness and Emergency

  • In the case of illness or emergency which prevents a competitor from participating in a day’s events, the point shall be awarded to the player that is present and ready to play.
  • The winning team will be the one with the most points won.
  • If the two teams are tied after the three days of competition, the team holding the revolving trophy will retain it until the next competition.

SECTION 8  PLAYER CONDUCT

  1. Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated.
  2. NSWGA Bylaws and Standing Rules will guide a player’s conduct.
  3. The Rules Committee may disqualify any player whose conduct before, during, or after the match is deemed unsportsmanlike.
  4. A player disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct will have the incident reviewed by the NSWGA Executive Board to determine if further action is warranted.

SECTION 9.  ELECTRONIC DEVICES, CELLULAR PHONES, BEEPERS and DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES.  

  1. A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.  However, if during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is Disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used. Any device measuring slope, wind condition or any other condition is disallowed even when those aids are disengaged.
  2. The use of an electronic device (such as a cellular phone, pager, hand-held computer, calculator, TV or radio) on the competition course is not itself a breach of Rule 14-3.  However, players should ensure any device taken onto the course does not distract other players. 
  3. The following uses for a cellular phone during a stipulated round are not a breach of Rule 14-3:
    1. Using phone for matters unrelated to golf (e.g., calling home);
    2. Accessing information on advice related matters published prior to the start of the player’s round (e.g., yardage book, swing tips);
    3. Obtaining information related to the competition being played (e.g., leader board, projected cut).
  4. The following uses for cellular phones during a stipulated round are a breach of Rule 8-1 and will result in Disqualification:
    1. Using phone to ask for or give advice in breach of Rule 8-1 (e.g., calling a swing coach);
    2. Accessing information on advice-related matters not published prior to the start of the round.      
    3. If the use of a cellular phone consistently disregards the etiquette guidelines (outlined in the Rules of Golf), the offending player will be issued a warning.  If the player repeatedly distracts or offends an opponent by using a cellular phone the player will be disqualified under Rule 33-7.

SECTION 10.  SPECTATOR POLICY

  1. NSWGA encourages friends and relatives to follow players.
  2. Only partners and appointed advisors may counsel the player.
  3. C. Spectators should remain on cart paths or in the rough and at least 25 yards from the players.  There may be no communication between players and spectators that could be deemed advice of any nature for the duration of the stipulated round.

SECTION 11.  PUBLICITY

  1. A list of all participants and the results of the matches must be submitted to  the NSWGA Secretary no later than 10 days after the matches.
  2. The Captains and the Director of Publicity will work together to encourage media coverage and publishing of the results.

NEVADA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

SECTION 1.  GENERAL

  1. The NSWGA Amateur Championship will consist of two tournaments at once. You may choose division(s) if eligible.
  2. Both divisions will consist of a thirty-six hole stroke play competition.
  3. The yardage shall be 5,700–6,100 for the championship division and 5,200-5,500 for the silver state division.
  4. The USGA Rules of Golf shall govern all play, except as modified by local rules made by the NSWGA Rules Committee.
  5. The awards ceremony will be held after play on day two.

SECTION 2.  TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

  1. The Director of Tournaments will designate a committee to assist in the organization and operation of the tournament.
  2. The NSWGA Future Sites Director, with the approval of the NSWGA Executive Board, shall set:
    1. Location and Date
  3. The NSWGA Director of Tournaments, with the approval of the NSWGA Executive Board, shall set:
    1. Entry Fee,
    2. Deadlines,
    3. Refund Date
  4. The Director of Tournaments will present a budget to the Executive Board for approval by March 15.
  5. Expenditures that exceed the original budget by more than $100 must be approved by the Executive Board before they are incurred.

Entries:

  1. Entry forms will be posted on the NSWGA website no later than March 31st.
  2. The tournament field will be filled on a first received basis;
  3. Incomplete entries will be considered void and not acceptable;
  4. Entry deadlines will be stated clearly on the entry application; and
  5. A date for full refund will be stated on the entry.

SECTION 3.  ELIGIBILITY

  1. To compete in the NSWGA Amateur, a player must:
  2. Be a resident of the state of Nevada. Proof of residency may be requested.  Proof of residency will be determined by driver’s license, a voter registration card, a lease, property tax bill or utility bill.
  3. Have a verifiable USGA handicap;
  4. Meet amateur status as specified in the USGA Rules of Golf;
  5. Junior Golfers age 17 and under as of day 1 of the tournament, must have a 7.9 or less handicap index and are only eligible for the Championship Division.  Junior golfers may not play in the Silver State division.
  1. Golfers age 18 or older as of day 1 of the tournament, may choose which division and therefore, which course yardages they would like to play. At date of entry, a player’s handicap index may not exceed 36.

SECTION 4.  GUIDELINES FOR COMPETITION

  1. The winner of the NSWGA Amateur Championship, will be any contestant recording the lowest 36-hole total gross score from the championship division.
  2. The NSWGA Amateur Net Champion will be any contestant recording the lowest 36- hole total net score from the silver state division.
  3. The championship division will be paid gross only.
  4. The silver state division will be paid equally gross and net.
  5. Course Handicap shall be determined by the most current GHIN revision.  However, if the GHIN revision date is less than 7 days prior to the date of the tournament, the previous revision can be used.

Recommended tournament pairings:

  1. Day one – paired by most recent handicap index, lowest handicaps from the championship division going first followed by the silver state division.
  1. Day two – paired by day one and day two gross scores with the highest scores going off first within division. The Silver State division teeing off first followed by the Championship division.
  2. At the discretion of the Tournament Director, the first and tenth tees may be used.
  3. It is recommended that on the final day of the tournament, players with the lowest gross totals on day one be sent off in the final groups off the first tee.

Ties will be broken as follows:

  1. Champion – to be played off by a 3-hole aggregate playoff. If a winner is still undetermined then sudden death begins.  If weather, darkness, or other conditions prevent a playoff, the winner will be determined by matching scorecards as recommended in Appendix 1 of the Rules of Golf.  If this method fails to determine a winner, the winner will be decided by drawing lots.
  2. Net Champion- A 3-hole playoff will be conducted with 1/6 of each competitor’s handicap being subtracted from her gross score to determine her three-hole net score.  Fractions of handicaps will be used rather than rounding up or down. If a tie still exists after the 3 holes, a sudden death playoff with strokes falling as they would normally fall in a match play competition or as they were assigned for the competition.  If weather, darkness, or other conditions prevent a playoff, the winner will be determined by matching scorecards as recommended in Appendix 1 of the Rules of Golf.  If this method fails to determine a winner, the winner will be decided by drawing lots.
  3. All other ties will be broken by matching scorecards from the second day’s scorecards as recommended in Appendix 1 of the Rules of Golf.
  4. Should the first low net be tied for low gross in the silver state division, she shall be
  5. asked to choose whether to play off gross or net.  She will not be allowed to playoff for both.
  6. Individual scores shall be posted as tournament scores for handicap purposes.

Rules Committee:

    1. The NSWGA Director of Rules from the area where the tournament is being held will appoint a Rules Committee.
    2. Any decision needing interpretation of the rules shall be presented to the Rules Committee immediately after any eighteen-hole round.
    3. Rules other than disqualification may not be changed or waived once competition has begun.
    4. The enforcement of the NSWGA pace of play policy will be the responsibility of the Rules Chairman from the area in which the tournament is being held. The Rules Chairman will work with the Tournament Director and course personnel to secure personnel necessary to monitor and enforce the pace of play policy.
    5. Each contestant shall have her official score kept by a fellow competitor or appointed marker.
    6. Play may be suspended or canceled based on the USGA Rules of Golf.
    7. Golf course set-up recommendations:
    8. Hole locations: 6 easy, 6 average, 6 hard.
    9. Teeing Grounds: Tee markers should be installed so that the course will be balanced and play about the same length in each round.
    10. There should be a sign of some kind on each hole containing hole number, par, and yardage
    11. Course length: The yardage shall be set at 5,700 -6,100 yards each day for the championship division and 5,200-5,500 for the silver state division.
    12. Daily hole location sheets should be provided
    13. The Tournament and/or Rules Directors should check the course set-up each morning before play commences.

Caddies:

  1. Any player may have a caddie provided the host club permits their use.
  2. The player is responsible for the conduct of her caddie.
  3. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to disallow any caddie at any time.
  4. Caddies may be excused from the golf course by the Tournament Committee should they (the caddie) interfere with the rights of other players.
  5. Caddies must conform to the tournament site dress code.
  6. Both the player and the caddie must walk from tee to green. For speed of play, a player and her caddie may accept a ride between holes.
  7. A player may act as their own caddie, walk and carry her own clubs.

Trophies and Awards

  1. A perpetual trophy and memento will be awarded to the state amateur champion. The silver state low gross champion and low net champion will be awarded trophies.
  2. Prize Fund for this Championship:
    1. will be distributed to gross players in the championship division.
    2. will be distributed equally to gross and net players in the silver state division.
    3. will be distributed to at least one-third of the field in each division.
    4. the prize fund will be set at no less than $25 per player.

SECTION 5.  TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION POLICY

  1. A contestant who must withdraw after the posted refund date may be given a full refund in the following circumstances:
  2. A medical emergency has occurred in her immediate family (proof of such emergency is required).
  3. An injury has occurred to the player that does not allow her to play (proof of such injury is required).
  4. The contestant has become ineligible by not meeting a NSWGA requirement.
  5. The tournament committee will recommend to the NSWGA Executive Committee if a partial or full refund may be given based on the following:
  6. Time of withdrawal
  7. Ability to fill the spot
  8. Tournament monetary commitments
  9. The final decision on refunds will be made by the tournament director

SECTION 6.  DRESS CODE

  1. Proper golf attire is required: no blue denim, cut-offs, short shorts, lycra/spandex type of shorts or halter-tops.
  2. The Tournament Committee has the responsibility to inform participants of specific golf club requirements such as soft-spikes.
  3. The Tournament Committee has the authority to disqualify any competitor who does not meet the dress code requirements.

SECTION 7.  PLAYER CONDUCT

  1. Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated.
  2. NSWGA Bylaws and Standing Rules will guide player conduct.
  3. The Rules Committee may disqualify any player whose conduct before, during, or after the tournament is deemed unsportsmanlike.
  4. A player disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct will have the incident reviewed by the NSWGA to determine if further action is warranted.

SECTION 8.  ELECTRONIC DEVICES, CELLULAR PHONES, BEEPERS and DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES.

  1. 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 to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e.g., elevation changes wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.
  2. The use of an electronic device (such as a cellular phone, pager, hand-held computer, calculator, TV or radio) on the competition course is not itself a breach of Rule 14-3.  However, players should ensure any device taken onto the course does not distract other players.
  3. The following uses for a cellular phone during a stipulated round are not a breach of Rule 14-3:
    1. Using phone for matters unrelated to golf (e.g., calling home);
    2. Accessing information on advice related matters published prior to the start of the player’s round (e.g., yardage book, swing tips);
    3. Obtaining information related to the competition being played (e.g., leader board, projected cut).
    4. Cell phones may be used as a Distance Measuring Device.
  4. The following uses for cellular phones during a stipulated round are a breach of Rule 8-1 and will result in Disqualification:
    1. Using phone to ask for or give advice in breach of Rule 8-1 (e.g., calling a swing coach);
    2. Accessing information on advice-related matters not published prior to the start of the round.
    3. If the use of a cellular phone consistently disregards the etiquette guidelines (outlined in the Rules of Golf), the offending player will be issued a warning.  If the player repeatedly distracts or offends an opponent or fellow competitor by using a cellular phone the player will be disqualified under Rule 33-7.

SECTION 9.  PACE OF PLAY

  1. Rule 6-7 states, in part: “The player SHALL play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee,” and thereafter prescribes penalties for slow play.
  2. In the interest of all, the pace of play shall be reasonable and shall be set by the Tournament Committee with due regard to the course conditions, length, slope, rating and the number of players in each group.
  3. Definition of “Out of position” guidelines:
  4. The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, the group is behind the allotted time to play as listed on the Pace of Play Time Chart.
  5. Any following group will be considered out of position if it:
  6. is taking more than the allotted time to play, and
  7. reaches the teeing ground of a par 3 hole and the preceding group has cleared the teeing ground of the following Hole; OR reaches the teeing ground of a par 4 hole and the hole is open; OR reaches the teeing ground of a par 5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green.
  8. Except for the first group, both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.
  9. Out of position consequences:
  10. Groups out of position will be alerted and requested to play at a faster pace.
  11. Such groups will be monitored – the time each competitor takes to play a stroke.

When a group is out of position, each player in the group is expected to play any stroke within 45 seconds after timing of a player’s stroke begins.

The timing of a player’s stroke will begin when she has had reasonable opportunity to reach her ball, it is her turn to play, and she can play without interference of distraction.

  1. Other than on the putting green, timing of a player’s stroke will begin when she has had reasonable opportunity to reach her ball, it is her turn to play and she can play without interference or distraction.  Time spent determining yardage will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
  2. On the putting green, the timing will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable time to lift, clean and replace her ball, repair her ball mark and other ball marks on her line of putt and remove loose impediments on her line of putt.  Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
  3. Timing will only be performed at the direction of the Tournament Director or the Official- in-Charge.
  4. The following are the penalties, in sequence, for any player in a group being timed who takes more than 45 seconds to play a stroke after timing of the player’s stroke begins:

One bad timing of more than 45 secondswarning

A second bad timing- one (1)-stroke penalty

A third bad timing- Additional two (2) stroke penalty

A fourth bad timing- Disqualification

  1. If the group in question regains its proper position, any previous timings of more than 45 seconds will be carried over for the remainder of that round in the event the group requires additional monitoring.
  2. If a ruling or some other legitimate delay occurs which causes the group in question to lose its position, that group is expected to regain its position within a reasonable time.

SECTION 10.  SPECTATOR POLICY

  1. NSWGA encourages friends and relatives to follow players.
  2. USGA Rule 8-1 states a player may receive advice only from her caddie or partner.
  3. Spectators shall stay 25 yards from the players.
  4. Spectators shall not walk in the fairways.
  5. Spectators shall refrain from conversation with a player or her caddie during play.

SECTION 11.  PUBLICITY

  1. A detailed list of all winners must be submitted to the NSWGA Secretary no later than ten days after the tournament.
  2. The Tournament Director of NSWGA will encourage media coverage and publishing of tournament results.

NEVADA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

 SENIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

SECTION 1.  GENERAL

  1. The NSWGA Senior Amateur Championship will be a thirty-six hole stroke play competition.
  2. The tournament will consist of three (3) flights based on the player’s age. These flights are 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.
  3. The yardage shall be 5,400 – 5,700.
  4. The awards ceremony will be held after play of day two.
  5. All participants must be members in NNWGA or WSNGA.
  6. The USGA Rules of Golf shall govern all play, except as modified by local rules made by the NSWGA Rules Committee.
  7. The Senior Amateur Championship Tournament will be held in the North during even calendar years and in the South during uneven calendar years.  The  tournament will alternate location and schedule with the NSWGA Silver Cup tournament.  When the Senior Amateur Championship tournament is held in the South, it  shall be scheduled for October, if possible.  In that year, the Silver Cup tournament will be held in the North and scheduled for September, if possible.  In the following year, the Silver Cup tournament will be held in the South during October and the  Senior Amateur Championship tournament will be held in the North in September.

SECTION 2.  TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

  1. The Director of Tournaments will designate a committee to assist in the organization and operation of the tournament.
  2. The NSWGA Future Sites Director, with the approval of the NSWGA Executive Board, shall set:
  1. Location and Date
    1. The NSWGA Director of Tournaments, with the approval of the NSWGA Executive Board, shall set:
    2. Entry Fee,
    3. Deadlines,
    4. Refund Date
  2. By March 15, the Director of Tournaments will present a budget to the Executive Board for approval.
  3. Expenditures that exceed the original budget in excess of $100 must be approved by a majority of the Executive Board before they are incurred.

Entries:

  1. The entry forms will be posted on the NWGA website no later than March 31.
  2. The tournament field will be filled on a first received basis;
  3. Incomplete entries will be considered void and not acceptable;
  4. Entry deadlines will be stated clearly on the entry application; and
  5. A date for full refund will be stated on the entry.

SECTION 3.  ELIGIBILITY

  1. To compete in the Senior Amateur Championships, a player must:
  2. Be an individual member of a member club of the NNWGA or WSNGA at least 90 days prior to the first day of the tournament,
  3. Have a verifiable USGA handicap;
  4. Be 50 years of age prior to the first day of the tournament;
  5. Meet amateur status as specified in the USGA Rules of Golf; and
  6. At date of entry, a player’s index may not exceed 36.

SECTION 4.  GUIDELINES FOR COMPETITION

  1. The NSWGA Senior Amateur Gross Champion, will be any contestant recording the lowest 36 hole total gross score.
  2. The NSWGA Senior Amateur Net Champion will be any contestant recording the lowest 36 hole total net score.
  3. Course Handicap shall be determined by the most current GHIN revision.
  4. The Senior Amateur Championship shall be flighted based upon age: 50-59 years, 60-69 years, and 70+ years.
  1. Recommended tournament pairings
    1. When Senior Amateur is not combined with another event:
      1. Day one – paired by most recent handicap index
      2. Day two – paired by day one gross scores in reverse order of finish (i.e.,highest gross score tees off first).
  2. When Senior Amateur is combined with the Amateur Championship:
      1. Day one – pairings for those players playing in both the amateur and senior amateur will be paired based on the 1st day gross scores. Pairings for those players playing only in the senior amateur will be paired based on handicap index and will go off in front of the amateur championship.
      2. Day two – pairings for those players playing in both the amateur and senior amateur will be paired based on the Amateur Standing Rules for day 2. Pairings for those players playing only in the senior amateur will be based on gross scores from day 1 and will tee off in front of the amateur championship.
  3. At the discretion of the Tournament Director, the first and tenth tees may be used.
  4. It is recommended on the final day of the tournament, players with the lowest gross total on day one should be sent off in the final groups off the first tee.
  5. Play may be suspended or canceled based on the USGA Rules of Golf.
  6. Ties will be determined as follows:
    1. Champion – to be played off by sudden death on holes determined by the tournament committee in conjunction with the golf course.
    2. Runner up – the winner will be determined by matching scorecards as recommended in Appendix I of the Rules of Golf.
    3. Net Champion- A three hole playoff will be conducted with 1/6 of each competitor’s handicap being subtracted from her gross score to determine her three hole net score. Fractions of handicaps will be used rather than rounding up or down.
    4. Should the first low net be tied for low gross, she shall be asked to choose whether to play off gross or net. She will not be allowed to playoff for both.

If weather, darkness, or other conditions prevent a playoff, the winner will be determined by matching scorecards as recommended in Appendix 1 of the Rules of Golf.  If this method fails to determine a winner, the winner will be decided by drawing lots.  All other ties will be broken by matching score cards from the second day’s better ball scores, using the USGA recommended method in the USGA Rules of Golf, Appendix I, Part C, 11.

  1. Individual scores shall be posted as tournament scores for handicap purposes.
  2.   Rules Committee:
  3. The NSWGA Director of Rules from the area where the tournament is being held will appoint a Rules Committee.
  4. Any decision needing interpretation of the rules shall be presented to the Rules Committee immediately after any eighteen hole round.
  5. Rules other than disqualification may not be changed or waived once competition has begun.
  6. The enforcement of the NSWGA pace of play policy will be the responsibility of the Rules Chairman from the area in which the tournament is being held. The Rules Chairman will work with the Tournament Director and course personnel to secure personnel necessary to monitor and enforce the pace of play policy.
  1. Each contestant shall have her official score kept by a fellow competitor or appointed marker.
  1. Golf course set-up recommendations:
    1. Hole locations: 6 easy, 6 average, 6 hard.
    2. Teeing Grounds: Tee markers should be installed so that the course will be balanced and play about the same length in each round.
    3. There should be a sign of some kind on each hole containing hole number, par, and yardage
    4. Course length: The yardage shall be set at 5,400 – 5,700 yards each day.
    5. Daily hole location sheets should be provided
    6. The Tournament and/or Rules Committee should check the course set-up each morning before play commences.
  2. Caddies:
    1. Any player may have a caddie provided the host club permits their use.
    2. The caddie’s name must be submitted with the player’s entry form.
    3. The player is responsible for the conduct of her caddie.
    4. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to disallow any caddie at any time.
    5. Caddies may be excused from the golf course by the Tournament Committee should they (the caddie) interfere with the rights of other players.
    6. Caddies must conform to the tournament site dress code.
    7. Both the player and the caddie must walk from tee to green. For speed of play, a player and her caddie may accept a ride between holes.
    8. A player may act as their own caddie, walk and carry her own clubs.
  3. Trophies and Awards
    1. A perpetual trophy and memento will be awarded for the low gross over the field in the Senior Championship regardless of the flight.
    2. A perpetual trophy and memento will be awarded for the low net over the field in the Senior Championship regardless of the flight
    3. Prize Fund for the Senior Amateur Championship:
    4. will be set at no more than $40 per player
    5. will be distributed equally to gross and net players.
    6. will be distributed to at least one-third of the field.
    7. Overall Senior Gross and Net Champions will be paid as well as gross and net winners in each flight.
    8.  Overall gross and net Champions will not be eligible for prizes in their flights.

The prize fund for each flight will be computed based upon the number of

players in each flight, and distributed to at least one-third of the flight.

SECTION 5.  TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION POLICY

  1. A contestant who must withdraw after the posted refund date may be given a full refund in the following circumstances:
  2. A medical emergency has occurred in her immediate family (proof of such emergency is required).
  3. An injury has occurred to the player that does not allow her to play (proof of such injury is required).
  4. The contestant has become ineligible by not meeting a NSWGA requirement.
  5. The tournament committee will recommend to the NSWGA Executive Committee if a partial or full refund may be given based on the following:
  6. Time of withdrawal
  7. Ability to fill the spot
  8. Tournament monetary commitments
  9. The final decision on refunds will be made by the tournament director.

SECTION 6.  DRESS CODE

  1. Proper golf attire is required: no blue denim, cut-offs, short shorts, lycra/spandex type of shorts or halter-tops.
  2. The Tournament Committee has the responsibility to inform participants of specific golf club requirements such as soft-spikes.
  3. The Tournament Committee has the authority to disqualify any competitor who does not meet the dress code requirements.

SECTION 7.  PLAYER CONDUCT

  1. Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated.
  2. NSWGA Bylaws and Standing Rules will guide player conduct.
  3. The Rules Committee may disqualify any player whose conduct before, during, or after the tournament is deemed unsportsmanlike.
  4. A player disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct will have the incident reviewed by the NSWGA to determine if further action is warranted.

SECTION 8.  ELECTRONIC DEVICES, CELLULAR PHONES, BEEPERS and DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES.

  1. A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.  However, if during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is Disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used. Any device measuring slope, wind condition or any other condition is disallowed even when those aids are disengaged.
  2. The use of an electronic device (such as a cellular phone, pager, hand-held computer, calculator, TV or radio) on the competition course is not itself a breach of Rule 14-3.  However, players should ensure any device taken onto the course does not distract other players.
  3. The following uses for a cellular phone during a stipulated round are not a breach of Rule 14-3:
    1. Using phone for matters unrelated to golf (e.g., calling home);
    2. Accessing information on advice related matters published prior to the start of the player’s round (e.g., yardage book, swing tips);
    3. Obtaining information related to the competition being played (e.g., leader board, projected cut).
  4. The following uses for cellular phones during a stipulated round are a breach of Rule 8-1 and will result in Disqualification:
    1. Using phone to ask for or give advice in breach of Rule 8-1 (e.g., calling a swing coach);
  5. Accessing information on advice-related matters not published prior to the start of the round.
  6. If the use of a cellular phone disregards the etiquette guidelines (outlined in the Rules of Golf), the offending player will be issued a warning.  If the player repeatedly distracts or offends an opponent or fellow competitor by using a cellular phone the player will be disqualified under Rule 33-7.

SECTION 9.  PACE OF PLAY

  1. Rule 6-7 states, in part: “The player SHALL play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee,” and thereafter prescribes penalties for slow play.
  2. In the interest of all, the pace of play shall be reasonable and shall be set by the Tournament Committee with due regard to the course conditions, length, slope, rating and the number of players in each group.
  3. Definition of “Out of position” guidelines:
  4. The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, the group is behind the allotted time to play as listed on the Pace of Play Time Chart.
  5. Any following group will be considered out of position if it:
  6. is taking more than the allotted time to play, and
  7. reaches the teeing ground of a par 3 hole and the preceding group has cleared the teeing ground of the next hole; reaches the teeing ground of a par 4 hole and the hole is open; or reaches the teeing ground of a par 5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green. .
  8. Except for the first group to start, both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.
  9. Out of position consequences:
  10. Groups out of position will be alerted and requested to play at a faster pace.
  11. Such groups will be monitored – the time each competitor takes to play a stroke.
  12. When a group is out of position, each player in the group is expected to play any stroke within 45 seconds after timing of a player’s stroke begins. The timing of a player’s stroke will begin when she has had reasonable opportunity to reach her ball, it is her turn to play, and she can play without interference of distraction.
  13. Other than on the putting green, timing of a player’s stroke will begin when she has had reasonable opportunity to reach her ball, it is her turn to play and she can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardage will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
  14. On the putting green, the timing will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable time to lift, clean and replace her ball, repair her ball mark and other ball marks on her line of putt and remove loose impediments on her line of putt. Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
  15. Timing will only be performed at the direction of the Tournament Director or the Official- in-Charge.
  16. The following are the penalties, in sequence, for any player in a group being timed who takes more than 45 seconds to play a stroke after timing of the player’s stroke begins:

One bad timing of more than 45 secondswarning

A second bad timing- one (1)-stroke penalty

A third bad timing- Additional two (2) stroke penalty

A fourth bad timing- Disqualification

  1. If the group in question regains its proper position, any previous timings of more than 45 seconds will be carried over for the remainder of that round in the event the group requires additional monitoring.
  2. If a ruling or some other legitimate delay occurs which causes the group in question to lose its position, that group is expected to regain its position within a reasonable time.

SECTION 10.  SPECTATOR POLICY

  1. NSWGA encourages friends and relatives to follow players.
  2. USGA Rule 8-1 states a player may receive advice only from her caddie or partner (two stroke penalty for advice illegally given to player).
  3. Spectators shall stay 25 yards from the players.
  4. Spectators shall not walk in the fairways.
  5. Spectators shall refrain from conversation with a player or her caddie during play.

SECTION 11.  PUBLICITY

  1. A detailed list of all winners must be submitted to the NSWGA Secretary no later than ten days after the tournament.
  2. The Tournament Director of NSWGA will encourage media coverage and publishing of tournament results.

NEVADA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

SECTION 1.  GENERAL

  1. The Partners’ Tournament is a Four-Ball Stroke Play (best ball) competition.
  2. All participants must be members in NNWGA or WSNGA.
  3. The tournament will be a 36-hole event.
  4. The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole.
  5. The winning teams will be those with the lowest 36-hole total gross and net score.
  6. Equal prizes will be awarded for both gross and net teams.
  7. The tournament will be held in the North during even calendar years and in the South during uneven calendar years.

SECTION 2.  TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

  1. The NSWGA Director of Tournaments will designate a committee to help with the organization and operation of the tournament.
  2. The NSWGA Director of Tournaments, with the approval of the NSWGA Executive Board shall set:
  3. Location
  4. Dates
  5. Entry Fee
  6. Deadlines
  7. Refund date
  8. At least 60 days prior to the tournament date, the Director of Tournaments will present a proposed budget to the NSWGA Executive Board for approval.
  9. Expenditures that exceed the original budget in excess of $100 must be approved by a majority of the NSWGA Executive Board before they are incurred.

Entries:

  1. Entry forms are to be provided to member clubs at least 45 days in advance of the tournament starting date.
  2. The tournament field will be filled on a first received basis.
  3. Incomplete entries will be considered void and will not be accepted.
  4. Entry deadlines must be stated clearly on the application.
  5. The full refund date must be stated on the entry.
  6. Play will be suspended or canceled based upon the USGA Rules of Golf.

SECTION 3.  ELIGIBILITY

  1. The entrant must be a member in good standing of the NNWGA or WSNGA.
  2. The entrant must have a verifiable USGA handicap.
  3. Be at least eighteen years of age prior to the first day of the tournament.
  4. Meet amateur status as specified in the USGA Rules of Golf.
  5. At date of entry, a player’s handicap may not exceed 36 on the competition course or courses.

SECTION 4.  GUIDELINES FOR COMPETITION

  1. Play shall be for gross and net.
  2. Tournament handicap:
    1. Course Handicap will be determined by the most current GHIN revision.
    2. The USGA Handicapping Guidelines for Four-Ball Stroke Play will be followed. Each player will first receive 95% of her Course Handicap.  If a difference of more than 8 strokes cannot be avoided, an additional 10% reduction will be applied to the Course Handicap of each member of the advantaged side.
    3. Handicap strokes shall be taken in the order assigned on the scorecard of the tournament course(s).
    4. Pairings on day one of the competition shall be according to the handicap total of the teams.
    5. Pairings of the teams on day two of the competition shall be according to the total gross scores from day one.
    6. If possible, a play off will be held if there is a tie for low gross or low net. If not possible, ties will be broken by matching score cards from the second days’ combined total scores, using the USGA recommended method in Appendix I, USGA Rules of Golf
    7. Each team shall have an official scorecard and its official score shall be kept by a fellow competitor or appointed marker.
    8. Individual scores shall be posted for handicap purposes.
  3. Rules Committee:
    1. NSWGA Director of Rules from the area the tournament is being held will appoint a Rules Committee.
    2. Any decision needing interpretation of the rules shall be presented to the Rules Committee immediately after any eighteen hole round.
    3. Rules other than disqualification may not be changed or waived once the competition begins.
    4. The Committee’s ruling shall be final.
    5. The enforcement of the NSWGA pace of play policy shall be the responsibility of the NSWGA Rules Chairman from the area in which the tournament is being held. The Rules Chairman will work with the Tournament Director and course personnel to secure personnel necessary to monitor and enforce the pace of play policy.
    6. Team contestants do not have to belong to the same club or association.
  4. Golf Course Set-Up Recommendations:
    1. Hole locations: 6 easy, 6 average, 6 hard.
    2. Teeing Grounds: Tee markers should be installed so that the course will be balanced and play about the same length in each round.
    3. There should be a sign of some kind on each hole containing hole number, par, and yardage
    4. Course length: The recommended yardage is between 5,400 and 5,600 yards.
    5. Daily hole location sheets should be provided.
    6. The Tournament and Rules Directors should check the course set-up each morning before play commences.
    7. No caddies will be allowed.

 SECTION 5.  TROPHIES AND AWARDS

  1. A perpetual trophy will be awarded to the low gross team.
  2. A perpetual trophy will be awarded to the low net team.
  3. A memento will be awarded to each of the overall winners in the gross and net divisions.
  4. Prize Fund:
  5. Will be distributed equally to gross and net players.
  6. Will be distributed to at least one-third of the field.
  7. For the purpose of distributing the prize fund, all ties will be broken using the recommended USGA guidelines.
  8. The prize fund will be set at no more than $40 per player.

SECTION 6.  TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION POLICY

  1. A contestant who must withdraw after the posted refund date may be given a full refund in the following circumstances:
  2. A medical emergency has occurred in her immediate family (proof of such emergency is required).
  3. An injury has occurred to the player that does not allow her to play (proof of such injury is required).
  4. The contestant has become ineligible by not meeting a NSWGA requirement.
  5. The tournament committee will recommend to the NSWGA Executive Committee if a partial or full refund may be given based on the following:
  6. Time of withdrawal
  7. Ability to fill the spot
  8. Tournament monetary commitments
  9. The final decision on refunds will be made by a majority vote of the NSWGA Executive Board.

SECTION 7.  DRESS CODE

  1. Proper golf attire is required: no blue denim, cut-offs, short shorts, lycra/spandex type shorts or halter-tops.
  2. The Tournament Committee has the responsibility to inform participants of specific golf club requirements such as soft spikes.

C The Tournament Committee has the authority to disqualify any Competitor who does not meet the dress code requirements.

SECTION 8.  PLAYER CONDUCT

  1. Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated.
  2. NSWGA Bylaws and Standing Rules will guide player conduct.
  3. The Rules Committee may disqualify any player whose conduct before, during or after the tournament is deemed unsportsmanlike.
  4. A player disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct will have the incident reviewed by the NSWGA Executive Board to determine if further action is warranted.

SECTION 9.  ELECTRONIC DEVICES, CELLULAR PHONES, BEEPERS and DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES.  

  1. A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.  However, if during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is Disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used. Any device measuring slope, wind condition or any other condition is disallowed even when those aids are disengaged.
  2. The use of an electronic device (such as a cellular phone, pager, hand-held computer, calculator, TV or radio) on the competition course is not itself a breach of Rule 14-3.  However, players should ensure any device taken onto the course does not distract other players. 
  3. The following uses for a cellular phone during a stipulated round are not a breach of Rule 14-3:
    1. Using phone for matters unrelated to golf (e.g., calling home);
    2. Accessing information on advice related matters published prior to the start of the player’s round (e.g., yardage book, swing tips);
    3. Obtaining information related to the competition being played (e.g., leader board, projected cut).
  4. The following uses for cellular phones during a stipulated round are a breach of Rule 8-1 and will result in Disqualification:
    1. Using phone to ask for or give advice in breach of Rule 8-1 (e.g., calling a swing coach);
  5. Accessing information on advice-related matters not published prior to the start of the round.      
  6. If the use of a cellular phone consistently disregards the etiquette guidelines (outlined in the Rules of Golf), the offending player will be issued a warning.  If the player repeatedly distracts or offends an opponent or fellow competitor by using a cellular phone the player will be disqualified under Rule 33-7.

 SECTION 10.  PACE OF PLAY

  1. Rule 6-7 states, in part: “The player SHALL play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee,” and thereafter prescribes penalties for slow play.
  2. In the interest of all, the pace of play shall be reasonable and shall be set by the Tournament Committee with due regard to the course conditions, length, slope, rating and the number of players in each group.
  3. Definition of “Out of position” guidelines:
  4. The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, the group is behind the allotted time to play as listed on the Pace of Play Time Chart.
  5. Any following group will be considered out of position if it:
  6. is taking more than the allotted time to play, and
  7. reaches the teeing ground of a par 3 hole and the preceding group has cleared the teeing ground; reaches the teeing ground of a par 4 hole and the hole is open; or reaches the teeing ground of a par 5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green.
  8. Except for the first group to start, both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.
  9. Out of position consequences:
    1. Groups out of position will be alerted and requested to play at a faster pace.
    2. Such groups will be monitored – the time each competitor takes to play a stroke.
    3. When a group is out of position, each player in the group is expected to play any stroke within 40 seconds after timing of a player’s stroke begins. The timing of a player’s stroke will begin when she has had reasonable opportunity to reach her ball, it is her turn to play, and she can play without interference of distraction.
    4. Other than on the putting green, timing of a player’s stroke will begin when she has had reasonable opportunity to reach her ball, it is her turn to play and she can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardage will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
    5. On the putting green, the timing will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable time to lift, clean and replace her ball, repair her ball mark and other ball marks on her line of putt and remove loose impediments on her line of putt. Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
    6. Timing will only be performed at the direction of the Tournament Director or the Official- in-Charge.
    7. Any player in a group out of position who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke on two (2) occasions will be informed as soon as possible that she has been penalized one (1) stroke. If she exceeds 40 seconds on one (1) more occasion (a total of three timings exceeding 40 seconds), she will be informed as soon as practicable the she has been penalized an additional two (2) strokes.  Any player who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke on one (1) more occasion (a total of four (4) timings exceeding 40 seconds) will be informed as soon as practicable that she has been disqualified. The following are the penalties, in sequence, for any player in a group being timed who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke after timing of the player’s stroke begins:
  • One bad timing of more than 40 seconds-warning
  • A second bad timing- one (1) stroke penalty
  • A third bad timing- Additional two (2) stroke penalty
  • Fourth bad timing- Disqualification
  1. If the group in question regains its proper position, any previous timings of more than 40 seconds will be carried over for the remainder of that round in the event the group requires additional monitoring.
  2. If a ruling or some other legitimate delay occurs which causes the group in question to lose its position, that group is expected to regain its position within a reasonable time.

SECTION 11.  SPECTATOR POLICY

  1. NSWGA encourages friends and relatives to follow players.
  2. The player may only receive advice from her partner.
  3. Spectators shall stay 25 yards from the players.
  4. Spectators shall not walk in the fairways.
  5. Spectators shall refrain from conversation with the players.

SECTION 12.  PUBLICITY

  1. A detailed list of all winners must be submitted to the NSWGA Secretary no later than 10 days after the tournament.
  2. The Tournament Director and the Director of Publicity of NSWGA will work together to encourage media coverage and publishing of tournament results.

NEVADA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

SECTION 1.  GENERAL

  1. The Four-Person Team Championship Tournament is a four-person team competition.
  2. All participants must be members in NNWGA or WSNGA.
  3. The tournament will be a 36-hole event.
  4. The two best balls of the four-person team are the score for the hole.
  5. The winning teams will be those with the lowest 36-hole total gross and net score.
  6. Equal prizes will be awarded for both gross and net teams.
  7. The tournament will be held in the North during uneven calendar years and in the South during even calendar years.

SECTION 2.  TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

A The NSWGA Director of Tournaments will designate a committee to help in the organization and operation of the tournament.

  1. The NSWGA Director of Tournaments with the approval of the NSWGA Executive Board shall set:
    1. Location
    2. Dates
    3. Entry Fee
    4. Deadlines
    5. Refund date
    6. At least 60 days prior to the tournament date, the Director of Tournaments will present a proposed budget to the NSWGA Executive Board for approval.
    7. Expenditures that exceed the original budget in excess of $100 must be approved by a majority of the NSWGA Executive Board before they are incurred.

Entries:

  1. Entry forms are to be provided to member clubs at least 45 days in advance of the tournament starting date.
  2. The tournament field will be filled on a first received basis.
  3. Incomplete entries will be considered void and will not be accepted.
  4. Entry deadlines must be stated clearly on the application.
  5. The full refund date must be stated on the entry.
  6. Play will be suspended or canceled based upon the USGA Rules of Golf.

SECTION 3.  ELIGIBILITY

  1. The entrant must be a member in good standing of the NNWGA or WSNGA.
  2. The entrant must have a verifiable USGA handicap.
  3. Be at least eighteen years of age prior to the first day of the tournament.
  4. Meet amateur status as specified in the USGA Rules of Golf.
  5. At date of entry, a player’s handicap may not exceed 36 on the competition course or courses.

SECTION 4.  GUIDELINES FOR COMPETITION

  1. Play shall be for gross and net.
  2. Tournament handicap:
  3. Course handicap will be determined by the most current GHIN revision.

The USGA Handicapping Guidelines for Two-Best-Balls-of-Four Stroke Play will be followed.  Each player will receive 95% of her course handicap.

  1. Handicap strokes shall be taken in the order assigned on the scorecard of the course being played.
  2. If possible, the team having the lowest gross score from day one shall begin play on the first tee on day two.
  3. If possible, a play off will be held if there is a tie for low gross or low net. If not possible, ties will be broken by matching score cards from the second days’ combined total scores, using the USGA recommended method in Appendix I, USGA Rules of Golf.
  4. Each team shall have an official scorecard to which all members of the team must attest.
  5. Individual scores shall be posted for handicap purposes.
  6. Rules Committee:
  7. NSWGA Director of Rules from the area the tournament is being held will appoint a Rules Committee.
  8. Any decision needing interpretation of the rules shall be presented to the Rules Committee immediately after any eighteen hole round.
  9. Rules other than disqualification may not be changed or waived once the competition begins.
  10. The committee’s ruling shall be final.
  11. The enforcement of the NSWGA pace of play policy shall be the responsibility of the NSWGA Rules Chairman from the area in which the tournament is being held. The Rules Chairman will work with the Tournament Director and course personnel to secure personnel necessary to monitor and enforce the pace of play policy.
    1. Team contestants do not have to belong to the same club or association.
    2. Golf Course Set-Up Recommendations:
    3. Hole locations: 6 easy, 6 average, 6 hard.
    4. Teeing Grounds: Tee markers should be installed so that the course will be balanced and play about the same length in each round.
    5. There should be a sign of some kind on each hole containing hole number, par, and yardage
  12. Course length: The recommended yardage is between 5,400 and 5,600 yards.
  13. Daily hole location sheets should be provided.
  14. The Tournament and Rules Directors should check the course set-up each morning before play commences.
  15. No caddies will be allowed.

SECTION 5.  TROPHIES AND AWARDS

  1. A memento will be awarded to each of the winners in the gross and net division.
  2. Prize Fund:
  3. Will be distributed equally to gross and net players.
  4. Will be distributed to at least one-third of the field.
  5. For the purpose of distributing the prize fund, all ties will be broken using the USGA recommended guideline.
  6. The prize fund will be set at no more than $40 per player.

SECTION 6.  TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION POLICY

  1. A contestant who must withdraw after the posted refund date may be given a full refund in the following circumstances:
  2. A medical emergency has occurred in her immediate family (proof of such emergency is required).
  3. An injury has occurred to the player that does not allow her to play (proof of such injury is required).
  4. The contestant has become ineligible by not meeting a NSWGA requirement.
  5. The tournament committee will recommend to the NSWGA Executive Committee if a partial or full refund may be given based on the following:
  6. Time of withdrawal
  7. Ability to fill the spot
  8. Tournament monetary commitments
  9. The final decision on refunds will be made by a majority vote of the NSWGA Executive Board.

SECTION 7.  DRESS CODE

  1. Proper golf attire is required: no blue denim, cut-offs, short shorts, lycra/spandex type shorts or halter-tops.
  2. The Tournament Committee has the responsibility to inform participants of specific golf club requirements such as soft spikes.
  3. The Tournament Committee has the authority to disqualify any competitor who does not meet the dress code requirements.

SECTION. 8.  PLAYER CONDUCT

  1. Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated.
  2. NSWGA Bylaws and Standing Rules will guide player conduct.
  3. The Rules Committee may disqualify any player whose conduct before, during, or after the tournament is deemed unsportsmanlike.
  4. A player disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct will have the incident reviewed by the NSWGA Executive Board to determine if further action is warranted. 

SECTION 9.  ELECTRONIC DEVICES, CELLULAR PHONES, BEEPERS and DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES.  

  1. A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.  However, if during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is Disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used. Any device measuring slope, wind condition or any other condition is disallowed even when those aids are disengaged.
  2. The use of an electronic device (such as a cellular phone, pager, hand-held computer, calculator, TV or radio) on the competition course is not itself a breach of Rule 14-3.  However, players should ensure any device taken onto the course does not distract other players. 
  3. The following uses for a cellular phone during a stipulated round are not a breach of Rule 14-3:
    1. Using phone for matters unrelated to golf (e.g., calling home);
    2. Accessing information on advice related matters published prior to the start of the player’s round (e.g., yardage book, swing tips);
    3. Obtaining information related to the competition being played (e.g., leader board, projected cut).
  4. The following uses for cellular phones during a stipulated round are a breach of Rule 8-1 and will result in Disqualification:
    1. Using phone to ask for or give advice in breach of Rule 8-1 (e.g., calling a swing coach);
    2. Accessing information on advice-related matters not published prior to the start of the round.
    3. If the use of a cellular phone consistently disregards the etiquette guidelines (outlined in the Rules of Golf), the offending player will be issued a warning.  If the player repeatedly distracts or offends an opponent or fellow competitor by                        using a cellular phone the player will be disqualified under Rule 33-

SECTION 10.  PACE OF PLAY

  1. Rule 6-7 states, in part: “The player SHALL play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee,” and thereafter prescribes penalties for slow play.
  2. In the interest of all, the pace of play shall be reasonable and shall be set by the Tournament Committee with due regard to the course conditions, length, slope, rating and the number of players in each group.
  3. Definition of “Out of position” guidelines:
  4. The first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, the group is behind the allotted time to play as listed on the Pace of Play Time Chart.
  5. Any following group will be considered out of position if it:
  6. is taking more than the allotted time to play, and
  7. reaches the teeing ground of a par 3 hole and the preceding group has cleared the teeing ground; reaches the teeing ground of a par 4 hole and the hole is open; or reaches the teeing ground of a par 5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green.
  8. Except for the first group to start, both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.
  9. Out of position consequences:
    1. Groups out of position will be alerted and requested to play at a faster pace.
    2. Such groups will be monitored – the time each competitor takes to play a stroke.
    3. When a group is out of position, each player in the group is expected to play any stroke within 40 seconds after timing of a player’s stroke begins. The timing of a player’s stroke will begin when she has had reasonable opportunity to reach her ball, it is her turn to play, and she can play without interference of distraction.
    4. Other than on the putting green, timing of a player’s stroke will begin when she has had reasonable opportunity to reach her ball, it is her turn to play and she can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardage will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
    5. On the putting green, the timing will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable time to lift, clean and replace her ball, repair her ball mark and other ball marks on her line of putt and remove loose impediments on her line of putt. Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
    6. Timing will only be performed at the direction of the Tournament Director or the Official- in-Charge.
    7. Any player in a group out of position who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke on two (2) occasions will be informed as soon as possible that she has been penalized one (1) stroke. If she exceeds 40 seconds on one (1) more occasion (a total of three timings exceeding 40 seconds), she will be informed as soon as practicable the she has been penalized an additional two (2) strokes.  Any player who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke on one (1) more occasion (a total of four (4) timings exceeding 40 seconds) will be informed as soon as practicable that she has been disqualified.
    8. The following are the penalties, in sequence, for any player in a group being timed who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke after timing of the player’s stroke begins:

One bad timing of more than 40 seconds-warning

  • A second bad timing- one (1) stroke penalty
  • A third bad timing- Additional two (2) stroke penalty
  • Fourth bad timing- Disqualification

If the group in question regains its proper position, any previous timings of more than 40 seconds will be carried over for the remainder of that round in the event the group requires additional monitoring.

If a ruling or some other legitimate delay occurs which causes the group in question to lose its position, that group is expected to regain its position within a reasonable time.

SECTION 11.  SPECTATOR POLICY

A NSWGA encourages friends and relatives to follow players.

  1. A player may only receive advice from her team members.
  2. Spectators shall stay 25 yards from the players.
  3. Spectators shall not walk in the fairways.
  4. Spectators shall refrain from conversation with the players.

SECTION 12.  PUBLICITY

  1. A detailed list of all winners must be submitted to the NSWGA Secretary no later than 10 days after the tournament.
  2. The Tournament Director and the Director of Publicity of NSWGA will work together to encourage media coverage and publishing of tournament results.