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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


 

Local Rules and Conditions of Competition for PNGA Championships and Events

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The rules of Golf govern play. See applicable Notice to Players, Entry Application, and PNGA Code of Conduct for additional Local Rules and Conditions. Coplete text of Rules and Appendix I may be found in the current Rules of Golf.

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, THE PENALTY FOR BREAK OF A LOCAL RULE OR CONDITION IS: MATCH PLAY – LOSS OF HOLE; STROKE PLAY – TWO STROKES

SECTION A: LOCAL RULES

OUT OF BOUNDS – Defined by the nearest inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts. Rule 27-1. Additionaly, a ball which crosses a public road defined as out of bounds and comes to rest beyond that road is out of bounds, even though it may lie on anohter part of the course.

WATER AND LATERAL WATER HAZARDS – When a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When water hazards and lateral water hazards are bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR – Defined by white lines. Fire ant hills and French drains are deemed to be ground under repair.

SOD SEAMS – The Local Rule for Seams of Cut Turf as precribed in Appendix I is in effect.

WHITE-LINED AREAS TYING INTO ARTIFICIALLY SURFACED ROADS AND PATHS – Have the same status as the roads and paths, that of obstructions.

EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH GREEN – Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE – Include cables, rod, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees; artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards, unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Players.

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES – In PNGA Championships, 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 his/her play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speedm etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS – Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN – When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his/her opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. (NOTE: Full text of Local Rule available at http://www.usga.org/2017LocalRule).

PART B: CONDITIONS

LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS – Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

LIST OF CONFORMING DRIVER HEADS – Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

TIME OF STARTING / OFFICIAL TIME – A player is deemed to be at the starting area when they are within the roped off area. If a site requires different conditions, the starting area will be defined in the Notice to Players. If a player has previously checked in with the starter he/she is still required to be at the starting area at the starting time scheduled by the Committee. The Official Time is defined by the clock located at the tee where a player is scheduled to begin the stipulated round.

SCORING AREA – A player is deemed to have officially returned his/her scorecard when he/shee leaves the scoring area table.

PACE OF PLAY – See separate memorandum to players for pace of play guidelines, when applicable.

DISCONTINUANCE OF PLAY – Optional Condition as prescribed Appendix I is in effect. All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to cease doing so; failure to comply may result in revocation of entry.

SIGNALS FOR SUSPENDING AND RESUMING PLAY:

  • One prolonged airhorn or siren blast – Suspension for Dangerous Situation
  • Three consecutive air horn or siren blasts – All other types of suspension
  • Two consecutive air horn or siren blasts – Resumption of play

DRESS CODE – All players and caddies must adhere to the PNGA and Host Club Dress Code through the Close of Competition. Any player or their caddie in violation of the Dress Code during the competition may result in revoking of the player’s entry if the violation not corrected.

CLOSE OF THE 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 all scores have been approved by the Committee. The result of a match is considered to have been “officially announced” when the Committee has approved the result as posted on the public scoreboard.

AUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORTATION – Unless prohibited in the Entry Application, during PNGA Championship, players are permitted to use motorized transporation. In all championships, spectator carts are not allowed.

TIES – In stroke play championships, in the event of a tie for the gorss champion, a hole-by-hole playoff is used to determine the champion. In the event of a tie for the net champion, the tie will be broken using a scorecard match as per the USGA recommended method.


 

PNGA Pace of Play Policy

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Revised January 1, 2007

STROKE PLAY

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 liable to penalty under these guidelines. Players in a group that have been determined to be out of position will be liable to penalty according to the following schedule of penalties pending final determination of whether a breach or breaches of these guidelines have occurred:

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 first tee.

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

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

Allotted Time

Maximum times to play will be determined for each day of the championship by the on-site Championship Committee. Maximum times to play each hole will be printed on each competitor’s scorecard, and competitors will be additionally advised of that day’s maximum time to play prior to starting. It is the group’s responsibility to finish each checkpoint 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: The first group is out of position if it takes more than the allotted time to finish a check-point hole (see below check-point time table).

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

(a) takes more than the allotted time to finish 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

When a group is out of position at a check-point, they will be notified by a Check-Point Official that the group is potentially in breach of the pace of play guidelines. When a group has been notified of its first potential breach, that group is expected to regain its position before reaching the next check-point. If that group reaches the next check-point out of position each player in the group may incur the applicable penalty for a breach of these guidelines.

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

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 liable to penalty under these guidelines.

Final Determination Regarding Breach / Review Process

Before returning his/her score card, a player who was out of position during his/her round may consult with the Pace of Play Committee to determine if he/she has incurred a penalty under these guidelines. The Pace of Play Committee will determine that a player who has been found to be out of position is not in breach of these guidelines only if:

(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 round and who elects not to consult with the Pace of Play Committee to determine whether he was in breach of these guidelines is considered to have been in breach of these guidelines and to have incurred a penalty or penalties according to the above schedule of penalties.

If a group is liable to penalty, all penalties will be applied to the check-point hole where the breach occurred.

 

MATCH PLAY

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.”

Definition “Out of Position” – Match Play

The first match to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, the group is behind the prescribed schedule as detailed on the scorecard given to each match prior to starting.

Any following match will be considered out of position if it (a) is taking more than the allotted time to play and (b) reaches the tee of a par-3 hole and the preceding group has cleared the next tee; reaches the tee of a par-4 hole and the putting green is clear; orreaches the tee of a par-5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.

Pace of Play Penalties – Match Play

An out of position match may be monitored and timed. Anytime a match is being monitored and timed they will be notified of such timing by a Rules Rover.

The following are the penalties, in sequence, for any player in a match being timed who takes more than the allotted time (see below) to play a stroke after timing of the player’s stroke begins:

1st breach – warning

2nd breach – loss of hole

3rd breach – 2nd warning

4th breach – disqualification

Timing

When a match is being monitored and timed each player is expected to play any stroke within 40 seconds after timing of the player’s stroke begins.

Other than on the putting green, the timing of a player’s stroke will begin when he/she has had a reasonable opportunity to reach his/her ball, it is his/her turn to play and he/she can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardage will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.

On the putting green, timing will begin after a player has been allowed a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace his/her ball, repair his/her
ball mark and other ball marks on his/her line of putt and remove loose impediments from his/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.

NOTE 1: The Committee reserves the right, at any time, to monitor or time a group/match when the Committee deems it necessary. Players should also be aware that the Committee may assess a “bad time” to a player in a match that is out of position if the player makes no effort to help his match get back in position. An example of this would be a player who delays play between shots.

NOTE 2: If the match in question regains its proper position, any previous breach of these guidelines will be carried over for the remainder of that stipulated round in the event that the match requires additional monitoring.


 

PNGA Withdrawal Policy

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Refunds are not available after the closing deadline except for documented and approved medical reasons. All refunds are subject to a $25 administrative fee.

During play of the championship, a “Withdrawal Form” (available from a PNGA staff member) must be completed by the competitor withdrawing. Entrants who unofficially withdraw (by not filling out a form or without sufficient reason) 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 period will be awarded points accordingly as per the table below. Points may also be given to include a 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 2016 PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championship – Open Division, reductions will be based on points accumulated from the 2014 and 2015 PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championships – Open Division (individual and team finishes) and the 2014 and 2015 PNGA Men’s Senior Team Championships.

For the 2016 PNGA Men’s Senior Team Championship, reductions will be based on points accumulated from the 2014 and 2015 PNGA Men’s Senior Team Championships and the 2015 and 2016 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.

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