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Listed below are the Permanent Local Rules for the Salt Lake - Golfweek Amateur Tour.  These rules supersede any conflicting rule listed in the USGA Rules of Golf.  Other than where superseded below... the USGA Rules of Golf will govern all tournament play on the Golfweek Amateur Tours of Salt Lake.

 

 

  1. Triple Bogey Max Rule 
    The maximum score that a player in A, B, C and D flights can score on a hole is triple bogey. If you are sitting at double bogey, and are not in the hole, pick up your ball and score a triple bogey. Do not continue to play the hole as the whole reason for this rule is to speed up pace of play. If you continue to play past double bogey, you are defeating the purpose.  Champ Flight will hole out without exception.

  2. All Heavily Wooded Areas, Heather or Extreme Long Grass, & Desert Areas will be considered a Red Penalty Area 
    All Heavily Wooded areas, Heather or Extreme Long Grass areas, and Desert areas will be considered a Red Penalty Area (only if known, or virtually certain that the ball has entered one of these areas) and player will have the option to take relief from these areas whether the ball is lost or not according to the Red Penalty Area rules. The proper drop location is determined just as it would be had the ball gone into a marked Red Penalty Area (think of the whole area of trees or heather as if it were a Penalty Area). The drop is where the ball first crossed into this area and is subject to the same regulations as a Red Penalty Area. The drop location is NOT perpendicular to where the ball lies or expected to be.  The player may choose to play the ball as it lies without penalty.

  3. Out of Bounds Rule 
    If you hit your ball Out of Bounds and do not hit a provisional ball, you must follow the rules of dropping per the Red Penalty Area Rule where your ball went out of bounds under penalty of 2 STROKES and not just 1 stroke.  This specifically means under the Red Penalty Area Rule and NOT the USGA Out of Bounds rule that was not adopted locally, meaning players cannot bring the ball to the fairway and instead must drop within two club lengths of where the ball entered OB.

    This rule will apply to A, B, C and D Flights only. Champ Flight will be required to follow the USGA Out of Bounds rule under penalty of stroke and distance loss because the Champ Flight does not adhere to the Triple Bogey Max rule. 

  4. One Ball Rule 
    The One Ball rule is not in effect.  However, players are encouraged to use the same ball throughout the round. Players are required to mark their golf balls in a consistent manner for the entire round and identify them to their playing partners.  Each time a ball brand, color, or model is changed, it will require identifying the specifics of their new ball to all playing partners.  To avoid confusion, players are asked NOT to go back and forth multiple times in a round.

  5. Embedded Ball Rule Anywhere in General Area 
    A ball embedded in its own pitch mark, anywhere in the General Area (this is the whole area of the course except: the teeing ground, putting green of the hole being played, out of bounds and all penalty areas), may be lifted, cleaned and dropped as close to the original spot, no nearer the hole, without penalty. 

  6. Guest Policies for Placing in Tournaments 
    To be sure that we keep the full integrity of our flights in all of our tournaments, we are implementing a set of policies revolving around guests playing in our tournaments. 

    As a guest, guests will not be allowed to place any higher than 3rd Place in any event for all flights with the exception of the Champ Flight. If a guest posts a score that is higher than 3rd place, they will be moved to 3rd place and those that were in 2nd and 3rd place will be moved up to 1st and 2nd place provided that they are not guests themselves.  Guests must provide an official USGA handicap at time of event registration to be eligible to place and collect prize money.

    Also, any prize money awarded to any guest for placing must be used towards the purchase of a membership or future event. Cash games is not included in this and cash games will be paid to the guest. 

  7. Play Ready Golf! 
    Ready Golf will be played at all of our events, and at all times, tee to green and on the green as well! If you are waiting on the group in front of you, then you may observe turn etiquette, otherwise there should be NO ONE waiting to hit - not on the tee, fairway, rough, hazards or greens. If you are ready, and it's clear, then go ahead and hit! Keep the play moving forward. Play should never be at a standstill. Even if waiting for the group ahead, there are things you can be doing to ensure you will be ready to hit when it is clear such as getting yardage, making club selection, etc... 

    Honors is exactly that, an honor and there is no rule about hitting rotation in Stroke Play. If the player with honors in not ready, and you are, please announce to that player that you are ready and you are going to hit. If you have the honors and are not ready, you must not get upset if someone wants to hit first if they are ready. If you are not ready, announce that you are not ready and invite anyone that is ready to hit to go ahead and hit. Do NOT use this rule as an excuse to make yourself 'not ready' so that you don't have to go first! 

  8. Pace of Play System in Live Score 
    In the Live Scoring System, there is a Pace of Play monitoring system. Your status is displayed on the top of the Main Scoring Page after you enter each score in. The time that you enter each score in is logged and compared to the group in front of you and is what is the determining factor on if you are on pace or behind pace. The system will understand how far behind the group in front of you that your group is and if you are an entire hole behind or more then you will be given warnings and possibly even penalty strokes if you do not catch up after a hole or 2. The system will display this very clearly. 

    Your job is to keep up with the group in front of you at all times. We understand that there are holes that you will fall behind but your job is to then catch up if you do fall behind. 

    This system is designed to be as fair as possible for everyone. There is no possibility of favoritism or excuses. Everyone will follow the exact same rules and time restrictions. We understand that there are always situations where your group can fall behind, but that is what the warning is for. 

    In total, a group can be assessed 2 Penalty Strokes for a round that the group was continuously behind without any attempt to catch up. This may seem like a lot, but that means that said group was behind for the entire round, which means that every group behind them ended up playing a longer round than they should have. Slow play affects EVERYONE and even PGA players are put on the clock if they are too far behind the group in front of them and assessed penalties if they do not catch up. 

    If you are worried that you may be unfairly penalized due to a particularly slow player in your group then make sure that player knows they are slow (believe it or not, some players are just that oblivious and some also know very well they are slow.) Keep everyone moving, including yourself. We will be tracking every single player that receives penalty strokes. We will be able to track trends of individuals. This is an AMATEUR tour. There isn't thousands or millions of dollars on the line. 

    Please let us know if you have any questions on this system or pace of play expectations. 

  9. GPS and Range Finders Permitted 
    Only USGA approved GPS and Range Finder devices are permitted for play. Use of illegal devices, such that measure slope, etc., will result in disqualification from the event. 

    Smartphone GPS apps that are used only to measure distance will be allowed during play, provided user is not also using a compass, weather app, club suggestions, or any other app/info that can be used as a benefit/advantage to the game. Any person caught using any of the additional functions other than distance measurements will be disqualified from that event. The app may be used to keep score and stats as well. 

  10. Play 2 balls in event of a rules dispute 
    If there is ever any dispute amongst the group about a ruling, the player should play 2 balls from the point of the dispute. The player MUST announce to the other players which ball / rule they would prefer providing the ruling is made prior to taking a stroke at either of the 2 balls. Take note of both scores for that hole and move on with the round. After the round is done, and before signing the scorecard, seek out the Tour Directors (Rules Committee) for a final ruling.

  11. Live Scoring / Scorecard
    The GWAT LiveScore system is the official scorecard for every player for every tournament.  Any paper scorecard is simply a backup mechanism for verification purposes only.  It is incumbent upon every player to ensure their score is correct in the LiveScore system.  If a player agrees to a LiveScore final submission with a lower score on a particular hole than the actual score received, the player will be disqualified from the tournament.  It’s crucial that all players come to agreement BEFORE the electronic score is submitted final.  (For this reason alone, it’s imperative that if an issue arises on the course and a settlement cannot be reached within the group, a 2nd ball should be played).  If a player believes a rules infraction has occurred, the player must announce to the group that a rule may have been broken AT THE MOMENT the incident occurred.  Failure to do so at the moment would result in the penalty not applied and the correct ruling may not be made.
  12. Tiebreakers 

All 1st place ties will go to sudden death playoff on the course, so long as the course remains open, the course representative allows for play, and the amount of sunlight allows for play. All other ties will be broken by a scorecard playoff.

A.     Back nine total score

B.      Last 6 holes total score (#13-#18)

C.      Last 3 holes total score (#16-#18)

D.     #1 Handicapped Hole. If a tie remains after 4th tiebreaker, players will remain tied and split any prize amounts.

 

  1. Bunkers 

In the event that your ball is in a bunker that is unplayable due to the condition of the bunker (bunker washed away, limited sand, ball in footprint) and with approval from your playing partners the tour will allow you “Rake and Roll”.  This means that the player can lift the ball.  Rake the trap to create a “normal” bunker condition and then Roll the ball into the raked spot.

 

14.  Drop Zones

If a course has designated drop zones, you may use them.

15.  Practice Rounds

In concurence with USGA rule 5.2b & Committee Procedures Section 8 Model Local Rule I-1, the Salt Lake Tour has adopted a local rule that ALLOWS practice on a course before a round. 

16.  Close of Competition

The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner or, in the absence of a prize ceremony, when the scores have been approved by the Committee.


 

 


Permanent Pace of Play Guidelines for Salt Lake City  Golfweek Amateur Tour

 

2019 Tour Policy

Each group will be expected to finish within 15 minutes of the group in front of them.  All groups will be timed for their completion times. The GWAT LiveScore system tracks player times on each hole.   If a group finishes their final hole, more than 15 minutes after the group in front of them and beyond four hours and thirty minutes overall (absent a weather or other official stoppage), a 2 stroke penalty will be applied to EACH member of the group, no exceptions.  Slow play will not be tolerated, consider yourself warned on the first tee box.

 

Ready Golf defined

Our goal is to play our round of golf in 4:30, and that means we need to play Ready Golf. Ready Golf is simply defined as HIT WHEN READY. If you reach your ball and are ready to hit, while other members of your group are not yet prepared, then go ahead and hit. Keep in mind that while there are no penalties under the Rules of Golf for violating order of play in Stroke play. Course Rangers will have the ability to issue warnings to slow groups. Pace Monitors in groups will have authority to encourage faster play within groups.

 

TRIPLE BOGEY

The maximum score on any hole is triple bogey.  Players MUST pick up their ball and help their group finish the hole as quickly as possible.  This does not apply to Championship Flight. 

WAVE UP PAR 3s 

If your group has not removed the pin from the hole on ANY par 3 and a group is waiting on the tee box, please wave them up.

 

CONTINUOUS PUTTING

All players are encouraged to play ready golf and to finish their putting and not mark short putts.  Players should announce their intentions to finish and confirm their playing partner’s acceptance.

 

MOVE QUICKLY

All players should play ready golf and move quickly and diligently throughout the round.

 

WORK AS A TEAM

Rake bunkers for your playing partners, help them look for lost balls, pick up clubs, play ready golf, be positive.  Be respectful – but play when ready.

 

CART PROTOCOL

DRIVERS of carts should DROP OFF their partners, let them CHOOSE their clubs (take extra ones if required), DRIVE to their own balls, and then get READY to play. DRIVERS should NOT wait for their partners to hit the shot and then drive to their own balls to make their shots.


 

 

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