TOURNAMENT POLICIES

 

TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION

 Members and non-members may compete in NAGT tournaments. There is no limit to the number of events a non-member can play in. Non-members do have certain restrictions and limitations as described in Tour Policies #5 Non-Members.

 

The preferred method of registration will be online. The NAGT is a web based tour that uses online software to process registrations for both memberships and tournaments. Communications, tee times, notices to competitors, etc. will be primarily online as well. Participants will be able to register through tour directors, but are encouraged to use the software whenever possible.

 

TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION POLICY

Tournament fees are due upon registration. The cancellation fee is $20.If a golfer must cancel, to avoid the $20 Cancellation fee, you can request to have the entry fee transferred to a future tournament.If a player no shows or cancels after tee times have been set (usually Thursday Night), there is .

Transfer of Fee – IF there is an opportunity to transfer the entry fee to a future event, no cancellation fee will be applied.  The player would pay the difference or receive a refund for the difference in cost of the two tournaments.  Again, every effort will be made to accommodate the player.

NOTE: Abuse of this policy may result in full forfeiture of your tournament fees and possible suspension.

 

TOURNAMENT FLIGHT GUIDELINES

Tournament field sizes will vary from event to event. A flight will be considered a “Stand Alone” flight when it has 6 or more players in it. That flight will play for their own trophy. A flight that does not have at least 6 players will be merged with one or more flights to make up a flight. The resulting flight will play using NET SCORING as the fairest means. Stand-alone flights with handicap indexes 15.9 and below will compete against each other using the GROSS SCORING method. Players above a 16 handicap index will play using the NET SCORING method at all times.

 

TOURNAMENT TEES

Below is a table indicating the approximate yardages that flights will be playing from. Some golf courses have limitations and the possibility exists that yardages will vary. Every effort will be made to play the flights from the appropriate yardages. Tees in Majors and the National Championship may be slightly longer to further reduce the risk of an exceptional round occurrence.

 

 

 

CHECK IN AND STARTING TIMES

Players are required to be at the NAGT check in table at least 30 minutes prior to their starting tee time. Failure to check in early may result in a 2 stroke penalty. At the check in table, players will receive the necessary info for the tournament. Items included, but not limited to, are range tokens, rules sheets, cart assignments, score cards, etc. Players will also pay for the optional cash games at the check in table.

 

In most cases, the starter will have all of the scorecards and they will be issued at the first tee. Players are required to be at their starting hole a minimum of 10 minutes before their scheduled tee time. The starter will read the order of play on the first tee. If a player is not ready to play when their name is called, they will receive a 2 stroke penalty and proceed to tee off last in their group. If a player arrives to their starting hole after all the other players in the group have hit their second shots, the late player is disqualified. If a player should arrive before the others have played their second shot and after their starting time, the player may continue play with a 2 stroke penalty on the first hole.

 

SCORECARDS AND SCORING AREA

On the first tee, players will exchange scorecards with another player in the group. Players will also show their competitors their ball with an identifying mark on it. Scorecards have a tear off section on the bottom for markers to keep track of their own scores. Use it to verify your own scorecard.

 

Immediately upon completion of the round, all players in the group must go directly to the “Scoring Area”. The “Scoring Area” is defined by the scoring table and the area immediately surrounding that table, unless otherwise defined. All players of a group are required to remain in that area until all scorecards have 2 signatures on them and all rules questions or concerns are resolved. Once a player leaves the “Scoring Area” their scorecard is deemed official unless a member of the Tournament Committee states otherwise. A player that does not report to the scoring area within 10 minutes after the completion of their round, is subject to disqualification.

 

Players are responsible for the accuracy of their own scorecards. Players are encouraged to verify hole by hole scores with their marker. Players are only responsible for the hole by hole scores and NOT the total score. If a player signs a card with a score on a hole that is higher than the actual score made, the higher score is the official score on that hole. If a player signs a card with a score on a hole that is lower than the actual score made, the player is disqualified per Rule 6-6d.

 

RESULTS AND TIE BREAKERS

In the 4 flights below a 15.9 handicap index, the winner will be determined by the lowest score GROSS, providing they are a “Stand Alone” flight. For combined flights or those players above a 16 handicap index, the winner will be determined by the lowest score NET. If there is a tie for 1st place ONLY, those players involved will go back out onto the course for a sudden death playoff, providing that it’s possible. Factors that may not permit an on course playoff are: Course availability, weather, darkness, etc. In the event that an on course playoff is not possible, the USGA recommendation for breaking ties will be used: Compare the total scores for holes 10-18. The lowest score will be the winner. If there is still a tie, compare holes 13-18 and then 16-18. If still tied, the 18th hole score will be compared. If there is still a tie, compare the #1 handicap hole on holes 10-18. Proceed to the #2 handicap hole and so on until a winner is determined. If the tie should occur in a multiple day event, the scorecard from the final round will be used to determine the winner.

 

Player of the Year Performance Points and Money Earnings Points will be accumulated by players and posted after each event. A chart with predetermined allocations of these points will be available to view at the check in and scoring tables.

 

CELL PHONES

Cell phones may be in the “On” position but must be turned to the “Silent” position during competition. Cell phones may be used for GPS purposes and in the event of an emergency. With permission, a player may be allowed to make or receive a call, providing it doesn’t delay play. Cell phones may not be used to check wind speed or other weather elements. Penalty for breach may be 2 strokes or disqualification. Players are encouraged to be courteous to their competitors with respect to phone usage.

 

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES

Players are permitted to use distance measuring devices at all times providing they only measure distance and not temperature, wind, slope or grade. Devices that have these functions must have them disabled during the competition. Penalty for breach of rule is disqualification.

 

RULES OF GOLF  3-3

Players should familiarize themselves with the Rules of Golf. The Rules can be difficult to understand and confusing at times. If a competitor is doubtful of his rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, he may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. After the doubtful situation has arisen and before taking further action, the competitor must announce to his marker or fellow competitor that he intends to play two balls and which ball he wishes to count if the Rules permit. The competitor must report the facts of the situation to the Committee before turning in his scorecard. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

 

A player is responsible for his/her own score and following the Rules. Never assume one of your competitors knows the Rules. Play two balls and let an official sort it out.

 

PACE OF PLAY

A strict Pace of Play policy will be enforced. The NAGT truly wants every event to be an enjoyable experience for everyone. No one is happy about playing a round of golf in 5 hours. Understand that in many cases, our Pace of Play policy is requested by the golf course. In some cases it is the only factor in negotiating a price. In order to offer competitive pricing for events, the NAGT needs to maintain a strict Pace of Play policy.

 

Each player in a group is responsible for the pace of that group. If a group falls behind, it is the responsibility of all the players in that group to get back into position as quickly as possible. Bad holes happen and everyone will look for a ball sooner or later. You are entitled to look for your ball for 5 minutes while everyone else in the group plays their shot. After the others have played their shot, then they can help you look for yours. There are many time saving tips that will be posted on the website. Each player should review them periodically. Always play ready golf when possible.

 

In general, the expected pace of play is 4 hours and 30 minutes. It is imperative that the first group of the day plays in that time or less unless the public in front of them makes it impossible. In that case, the lead group will be expected to finish their last hole within 14 minutes of the group in front of them. The same is true for all the subsequent groups. Staying in position becomes so much more important when you have a bad hole. It minimizes the effort required to get back into position afterwards.

 

No directors want to assess penalties for slow play. Times will be monitored during the competitions and groups deemed out of position will be penalized however. The Committee will make an effort, when possible, to get groups back into position. This likely will involve splitting up a foursome into 2 twosomes until the group gets caught up. This method does work and players should not give directors a hard time if they are asked to do so. The alternative is penalty strokes. A group that is out of position and does not show a significant effort in returning to proper position will be penalized 2 strokes. Groups may not necessarily receive a warning that they are out of position and the Committee is not obligated to issue them.

 

What is out of position? A group is out of position when:

  • Come to the tee on a par 3 and the group in front has cleared the next tee already.

  • Come to the tee on a par 4 and the group in front has cleared the green on that hole already.

  • Come to the tee on a par 5 and the group in front is putting on that same hole already

 

All of the above illustrate the beginning of when a group is getting out of position. If a player in a group is concerned about the slow play of another player(s) in that group, they should first remind them about the pace and that the group needs to pick it up. If there is still concern, a player may request an official to monitor the group if possible. If someone is determined to be the cause of the group’s slow play, they may be penalized individually. Players may appeal penalties for exceptional situations in the scoring area after completion of the round and before they sign their scorecard.