Conditions of Competition

Conditions of Competition
Applicable to all RDGA tournaments
Play shall be governed by the Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association and The R&A and the following local rules. Players shall ignore all local rules printed on the local scorecard.  Complete text of Rules and Appendix 1 may be found in the Rules of Golf, effective January 2016.
PRACTICE – On any day of competition, practice before or between holes and stipulated rounds on the competition course is prohibited in match play and stroke play. [Note to Rule 7-l] (Penalty:  Disqualification)]  During a stipulated round, practice putting and chipping on or near, or the rolling of a ball on, the putting green of the hole last played is prohibited [Note 2 to Rule 7-2, (Penalty: 2 strokes)].
PACE OF PLAY - All players must play without undue delay [Rule 6-7]. Players are expected to maintain the pace of play as allotted on the official scorecard. In the absence of mitigating circumstances, any group exceeding the allotted time and, in the case of second or subsequent groups, out of position, may be warned and advised to pick up its pace. Individual players in the group contributing to the group’s slow play may be subject to penalty.
       In the sole discretion of a Rules Official, the individual players in a group that has been warned that it is out of position may be timed. A player whose turn it is to play shall play his stroke within 40 seconds of the point in time when he has reached his ball in play and the way ahead is clear.  The starting of the 40-second timing interval shall be in the sole discretion of the Rules Official.
  Out of Position - In the absence of mitigating circumstances, the first group to start will be considered out of position if, at any time during the round, the group is behind its allotted time.
       Any following group will be considered out of position if it (a) is taking more time than the allotted time to play AND (b) arrives at the tee of a par 3 hole and the hole is clear, OR fails to clear the tee of a par 4 hole before the preceding group clears the putting green, OR arrives at the teeing ground of a par 5 hole when the preceding group has already reached the putting green.
  Penalty - The penalty for undue delay of play shall be:
                                                  Stroke play                Match play  
  1st offense ------------------- Warning                    Warning  
  2nd offense -------------------1 stroke                     Loss of hole*  
  3rd offense ------------------- 2 strokes                   Loss of 2 holes*  
  4th offense ------------------- Disqualification         Disqualification   
            *The status of the match shall be adjusted by the number of holes indicated.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR - Defined by White Lines. Rule 25-1 applies.
  French Drains are deemed to be Ground Under Repair even if not so marked.
  Areas marked as Ground Under Repair that are adjacent to cart paths are deemed to be part of the cart path and relief may be taken under Rule 24-2b (Immovable Obstruction).
       All flower beds and ornamental plantings are deemed to be Ground Under Repair even if not so marked.  Play is prohibited from all such areas.  Players are required to take relief under Rule 25-1. Penalty for breach: Match play — loss of hole; Stroke play —2 strokes.
ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN – Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidently moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.
       The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.
       This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
NOTE:  If it is determined that the player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location.  A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.
EMBEDDED BALL RULE - Rule 25-2 and the local rule under Appendix I, Part A, paragraph 3a applies.
  *Through the green a ball which is embedded in its own pitch mark in the ground, other than sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it was embedded, but not nearer the hole. (See Rule 20-2b).
  * Through the green is the entire area of the course, except:
  A. The teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played, and
  B. All hazards on the course.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES - The use of electronic devices, including software applications on "smart" phones, which measure distance only, is permitted. A multifunction device, such as a "smart" phone or PDA, may be used as a distance-measuring device, but it must not be used to gauge or measure any other condition where doing so would be a breach of Rule 14-3.  Penalty for breach: Match play – Loss of Hole; Stroke play – Two strokes
For subsequent offense - Disqualification.

OTHER ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - The use of cellular phones, "smart" phones (other than as distance measuring devices), pagers, beepers, IPOD's, "Walkman's" and other electronic devices during a stipulated round tends to affect pace of play adversely and may be distracting to other players.  Use of such devices during the round may constitute a serious breach of etiquette.  Consequently, use of such devices may subject the player to penalty under Rules 6-7 or 33-7.  (Exceptions:  Phones may be used to report a medical emergency, to obtain weather information, or to obtain information on the Rules of Golf.)  Also, see Decisions 14-3/16 and 14-3/17.
FOOTWEAR - Metal spikes are prohibited.  Penalty: Disqualification.
DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE (Rule 2-5) - In match play competition only, if a doubt or dispute arises between the players, a player may make a claim.  If no duly authorized representative of the Committee is available within a reasonable time, the players must continue the match without delay. The Committee may consider a claim only if the player making the claim notifies his opponent: (1) that he is making a claim, (2) of the facts of the situation and (3) that he wants a ruling. The claim must be made before any player in the match plays from the next teeing ground or, in the case of the last hole of the match, before all players in the match leave the putting green.  
DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE (Rule 3-3) - In stroke play competition only, if a player is doubtful of his rights or the correct procedure during play of a hole, he may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. After the doubtful situation has arisen and before taking any further action, the player should announce to his marker or fellow competitor that he intends to play two balls and which he wishes to count, if the rules allow.  If he fails to announce which ball he wishes to count the provisions of Rule 3-3b(ii) apply. BEFORE returning his score card, he MUST report the facts to the Committee. If he fails to do so, he is Disqualified.
SUSPENSION OF PLAY / RESUMPTION OF PLAY (Rule 6-8) - If it becomes necessary to suspend play, the Committee will signal the players as follows:
  Discontinue play — Three short blasts on air horn; repeated. Players may discontinue play immediately OR complete the play of the hole they are on. They may not tee off on the next hole until play is resumed by the Committee.
  Discontinue play for Dangerous Situation — One long blast on air horn. Players MUST discontinue play immediately.
  Penalty for breach: Disqualification.
  When play is discontinued, the player may leave his ball in place OR mark its location before lifting it.
  Resume Play — Two short blasts on air horn; repeated. Players must resume play immediately from the spot where it was discontinued.  If the player had lifted his original ball when play was suspended, he must place a ball on the spot from which his original ball was lifted. If a player’s ball or its marker has been moved during the suspension of play (including by wind or water), a ball or ball marker must be placed on the spot where the original ball lay at the time of suspension.  If that spot is impossible to determine, it must be estimated and a ball placed on the estimated spot. (Rule 20-3c does not apply.)   
      Failure to mark before lifting - 1 stroke
      Failure to replace on original spot - 2 strokes
SCORING - In stroke play only, upon completion of the stipulated round, the player must check the accuracy of the hole-by-hole entries on his scorecard and settle any doubtful points with the Committee. The player must then ensure that his card is signed by his marker(s), sign it himself, and return it to the Committee in the RDGA scoring area. The card is deemed to be returned when the player has left the scoring area without possession of his scorecard.
CLOSE OF COMPETITION — The competition is deemed to be closed when all results are posted on the scoreboard and the Winner(s) has(have) been announced.
Effective: April 15, 2017                         Revised:  December 11, 2016         

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