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Championship Policies



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For any clarification on the Championship Policies below, please contact the PNGA Championship Department at (206) 526-1238 ext. 2.


 

Dress Code

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The PNGA expects all contestants and their caddies to wear suitable attire on the host club property throughout the duration of the championship, including practice rounds. Suitable attire does not include cutoffs, short shorts, tank tops, halters, jeans or denim of any kind or color, tee shirts, sweat pants, bare midriff, spandex or unkempt clothing of any kind. Hats and visors must not be worn in the clubhouse. Shoes and socks must be worn at all times. Sandals of any kind are not allowed on the golf course at any time (including practice areas), even sandals with soft spikes.

Male contestants: must wear neat and clean slacks, bermuda or walking shorts. Shorts must be of an acceptable length and meet the policy of the host club. Golf shirts with collars or golf mocks are madatory.

Female contestants: must wear tailored blouses or golf shirts (if a shirt is sleeveless, it must have a collar). Contestants must wear slacks, golf skirts or shorts. Skirts and shorts must be of an acceptable length and meet the policy of the host club.

If additional measures are required by the host club, they will be communicated to all contestants prior to the championship and must be adhered to. Gallery must adhere to the host club dress code policy. Failure to adhere to the dress code may result in disqualification and removal from the course.

Infractions of the dress code will be dealt with by the PNGA Staff. If not immediately corrected, such infractions may result in disqualification. The dress code for each championship is listed on the website, entry form, player confirmation and the championship program players receive at registration.

FOOTWEAR

Shoes with the traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition, i.e., ceramic, plastic, etc.) or spikes, regardless of design, comprised either entirely or partially metal (if such metal may come in contact with the course) are prohibited during the stipulated round. Penalty for breach of this condition: DISQUALIFICATION


 

Hard Card

Local Rules and Conditions of Competition for PNGA Championships and Events

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Pacific Northwest Golf Association tournament play is governed by the Rules of Golf effective January 1, 2016 and the 2016-2017 Decisions on the Rules of Golf and, where applicable, the following Local Rules and Conditions, along with additional Local Rules, may be supplied. Complete text of Rules and Appendix I may be found in the current edition of the Rules of Golf…

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PNGA Pace of Play Policy

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PNGA PACE OF PLAY GUIDELINES

STROKE PLAYRevised 2018

Rule 6-7. Undue Delay; Slow Play 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.”

Summary
When a group is out of position at any check-point, the players in the group are subject to penalty under these guidelines.

Check-points will be on completion (flagstick in the hole) of either the 4th, 9th, 13th and 18th holes, or the 5th, 9th, 14th and 18th holes. Exact checkpoint locations will be determined prior to the start of each event. Players will be notified of checkpoint locations on the starting tee.

Allotted Time: Flagstick in the Hole
Maximum times to play will be determined for each day of the championship by the on-site Championship Committee. Maximum times to complete each hole will be printed on each competitor’s scorecard. Competitors will be advised, prior to starting, of that day’s maximum time to complete the round. It is the group’s responsibility to finish each check-point within the times outlined on the scorecard or within position of the group directly in front of them. When a group falls behind – regardless of the reason – it must regain its position. Time for ball searches, rulings, and walking time between holes is included in the allotted time.

Definition “Out of Position” – Stroke Play

First Group Only: The first group is out of position if it takes more than the allotted time to complete a check-point hole (see check-point time on scorecard).

All Following Groups:
A following group is out of position if it:

(a) Takes more than the allotted time to complete a check-point hole and

(b) Completes play of a check-point hole more than 14 minutes after the preceding group completed play of that hole.

Group Out of Position
The first time a group is out of position at a check-point hole they will be issued a warning. When a group has been notified of its first breach, that group is expected to regain its position before reaching the next check-point. If that group is out of position at the next or any subsequent
check-point, the group may incur the following penalties:

  • 1st breach* – warning
  • 2nd breach – one stroke penalty
  • 3rd breach – two stroke penalty
  • 4th breach – disqualification

* If a group clears the 3rd check-point without any breaches, but is out of position at the 4th check-point, the potential penalty for each player in the group is one stroke.

Any group that is out of position is subject to being monitored by a Rules Rover.

Player’s Rights
Any player may appeal the penalty at scoring.

A player concerned about a non-responsive fellow-competitor in his/her group should request a Rules Rover to monitor the group in case the group is/or becomes subject to penalty under these guidelines.

Final Determination Regarding Breach / Review Process
All breaches will be reviewed at scoring by the Pace of Play Committee. If the player/group appeals the penalty, the Pace of Play Committee will consider only the following in an appeal:

(a) The player was delayed by the Committee; or

(b) The player was delayed by a circumstance beyond the control of the player or the group; or

(c) The player was delayed by another player in the group.

A player who was out of position during his/her round and who elects not to consult with the Pace of Play Committee to determine whether he/she 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 penalty, all penalties will be applied to the check-point hole where the breach occurred.


 

PNGA Withdrawal Policy

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All refunds prior to the entry deadline are subject to a $10 administrative fee. Refunds are not available after the closing deadline except for documented and approved medical reasons. Refunds approved after the closing deadline, and up until round one pairings are released, are subject to a $25 administrative fee. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER ROUND ONE PAIRINGS HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

During play of the championship, a competitor must notify PNGA staff and state his/her need to withdraw. Entrants who unofficially withdraw (by not notifying the PNGA staff or without having sufficient reason to withdraw) will not be granted entry into any future PNGA championship for a minimum of two years.


 

PNGA Spectator Cart Policy

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To provide an equal championship platform for all competitors, the use of carts by spectators is not permitted at any time by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

Championship Accommodations for Disabled Spectators

The PNGA is committed to providing an enjoyable spectator experience for people with disabilities at PNGA championships. Requests from spectators seeking transportation onto the golf course due to a permanent disability, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), must be submitted to a PNGA staff member on site. While spectator carts are not allowed, the PNGA will make every effort to accommodate these requests by assigning a PNGA volunteer driver based on availability. The driver will transport the spectator to viewing locations throughout the golf course, not shot by shot or hole by hole.

Spectators with transportation needs should contact the PNGA Championship Department at (206) 526-8605 prior to the championship so that arrangements can be made to have a driver on site.

Requests due to temporary injuries or impairments will not be granted.

Only spectators who have complied with the above procedures and met the requirements will be permitted to ride. Every possible effort will be made to ensure that spectators with permanent disabilities are able to view the competition.

 


 

PNGA Reduction of Course Handicap Policy

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The PNGA Championship Committee reserves the right to adjust the course handicap of any competitor in the PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championship – Open Division and the PNGA Men’s Senior Team Championship. A reduction of a competitor’s course handicap will be based on the following criteria:

High finishers in the NET portion of the above named PNGA Championships during the past two year person or team that collects a gross division prize as the points are not limited to the 5 highest net finishers, but the 5 best net scores in the field.

For the 2018 PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championship – Open Division, reductions will be based on points accumulated from the 2016 and 2017 PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championships – Open Division (individual and team finishes) and the 2016 and 2017 PNGA Men’s Senior Team Championships.

For the 2018 PNGA Men’s Senior Team Championship, reductions will be based on points accumulated from the 2016 and 2017 PNGA Men’s Senior Team Championships and the 2017 and 2018 PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championships.

Any contestant, who accumulates 7 points over the two year period, will have their course handicap reduced by 2 strokes for use during the championship. Any contestant who accumulates more than 7 points during the two year period, will have their course handicap reduced an additional 1 stroke for each additional two points accumulated.

In the case of a tie for one of the first 5 places, each of the individuals or teams would earn the full number of points for that placing. For example: Two individuals tie for 2nd place. Each individual would earn 4 points under this system. You would not give out 3rd place points (or add 2nd & 3rd place points together and divide by 2) under this scenario. The next finisher in line after the two individuals that tied would earn 2 points for the 4th place. No fractions of points are awarded.

POINT ASSIGNMENT TABLE

Total Players in the Field

Finish

Up to 20

21-49

50-99

100+

First Place

3pts

4pts

5pts

6pts

Second Place

2

3

4

4

Third Place

1

2

3

3

Fourth Place

0

1

2

2

Fifth Place

0

0

1

1

 


 

Code of Conduct

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The PNGA expects all contestants, caddies, gallery and guests to exhibit proper conduct and behavior on the golf course and anywhere on club property during a PNGA championship. Unbecoming conduct or behavior may be grounds for immediate disqualification, at any time, from any PNGA event. The following are some examples of unbecoming conduct or behavior:

  • Loud, abusive and/or profane language
  • Intentionally throwing and/or breaking equipment or the like (club, ball, etc.) in anger or frustration
  • Intentionally damaging host club, PNGA and/or fellow contestant property
  • Abuse of any kind of host club officials, volunteers or staff, and/or PNGA volunteers, staff or fellow contestants
  • Public criticism of host club, officials, volunteers or staff, and/or PNGA volunteers, staff or fellow contestants
  • Intentionally engaging in a criminal act
  • Engaging in activities that result in the potential endangerment of others
  • Intentionally violating the Rules of Golf
  • Intentionally violating stated club policy
  • Violation of PNGA Dress Code
  • Violation of PNGA Footwear Policy

The Committee in charge of the competition shall be the sole judge of determining Conduct Code violations.