Player's Declaration

By clicking on the box, you have agreed to the following:
  1. I certify I have read the PGA of Ontario Tournament Rules and conditions governing each tournament to be conducted under the auspices of the PGA of Ontario during the year 2017 and acknowledge as the sole authority the committee appointed by the Association
  2. I accept the terms and conditions laid down, together with any amendments that may from time to time be deemed necessary.
  3. I certify that I will conduct myself in a professional manner, on and off the course, and at no time will my actions discredit the Association.
  4. I certify that I will abide by the decisions of the Tournament Committee, whose decisions I will accept as final.

 2017 PGA OF ONTARIO TOURNAMENT RULES & CONDITIONS

GENERAL CONDITIONS



ADMINISTRATION

The Tournament Committee shall administer the rules as defined in the 2017 Tournament Rules & Conditions, supplemented by any subsequently published rule.  In the event of a dispute, a player has the right to appeal any decision at the next Executive Committee meeting at the Head Office of the Association. On notice of appeal the Tournament Committee shall submit a written report to the Executive Committee in time for such meeting.

GENERAL – PGA OF ONTARIO ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The PGA of Ontario tournament program is available only to Association members in good standing, as defined in the PGA of Canada By-Laws and Rules and Regulations.  A PGA of Ontario member who has participated in more than two (2) Canadian or Foreign Tour events (excluding the Canadian Open) in the period April 1 to the start of the tournament you are entering shall be ineligible for the PGA of Ontario Tournament Program and any Provincial Team Selection. 

ENTRIES

Entry into PGA of Ontario events can be made in writing, by online registration, facsimile or electronic mail sent/delivered to the Association Office by 12:00 midnight of the entry deadline date specified for the tournament in question. Time limit for entries means time of receipt in the Association Office (not time of postmark).  Therefore you are encouraged to allow ample time for mail delays or error in transmission of entries.  In all cases, the entry fee must accompany the entry either by cheque or automatic billing to a major credit card which is acceptable to the Association. Entry is not considered secure until payment has been processed.  NO TELEPHONE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Declined credit cards & NSF cheques are subject to a $25.00 administration fee.

ENTRY DEADLINE - All events will close two Sundays prior to the event at midnight.

POST DEADLINE ENTRY FEE – Any member requesting to play in a tournament after the deadline date (subject to availability) will be charged an additional $50.00 to the original entry fee.

CANCELLATIONS:  Players must use the withdrawal form located on the website to cancel. 

All refunds prior to the deadline are subject to a $25.00 administration fee.  The form must be completed and received by the Association Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day of the entry deadline date.

All refunds after the deadline are subject to a 50% penalty from the original entry fee. (i.e. $300 entry fee minus 50% = $150 penalty)  The form must be completed and received by the Association Office for payment.

Cheques must be cashed within 90 days of the issuing date; any reissue of a lost cheque will cost $25.00 and must be reissued prior to December 1st of tournament year.

FIELD SIZE, EXEMPTIONS AND QUALIFYING

Maximum field size for each event will be noted on the entry form; if, at the entry deadline, entries exceed the maximum number the situation will be dealt with as follows:
In the case of our three major events (PGA of Ontario Championship, Spring Championship, and Fall Championship), the Tournament Committee has established an exemption formula (see below) which will determine the basic field for the tournament.  The exemption formula will be applied at the entry deadline for each event.   If the event is oversubscribed by non exempt players at the entry deadline, the field will be completed by those players entered in order of receipt with the following priorities:  1. Class A’s and 2. Elite Apprentices / Candidate for Membership.
It is the player's responsibility to determine his/her exempt status.

In all other events, the order of receipt of entries will determine the field. If the event is oversubscribed at the entry deadline, the most recently received entries will be drawn by lot to fill the field and determine a list of alternates. i.e. If we receive eight entries at the entry deadline and have four spots remaining in the field, those entries will be drawn by lot to fill the field and an order of precedence for alternates.

Any female Professional taking part in any team stroke play event on the PGA of Ontario Tournament Program shall play the course at an overall yardage that is no more than 10% less than that of her male counterparts.  All stroke play events shall be played at the same yardage for males and females.

EXEMPTION FORMULA
(for each specific event)
  1. Past Champions
  2. Host Professional
  3. Association President
  4. Association Captain
  5. Players making the cut in previous year
  6. Top 5 Assistants Player of the Year Standings (previous year)
  7. Top 10 Assistants Player of the Year Standing (current year)
  8. Top 40 Player of the Year Standing (previous year)
  9. Top 60 Player of the Year Standings (current year)
  10. Top 10 Senior Players from the Player of the Year Standing (previous year)
  11. Top 10 Senior Players from the Player of the Year Standing (current year)
  12. Up to 5 Captain’s picks******

******Captain’s picks may be granted, on written request only, and are intended to exempt such members as previous Hunt Trophy winners, past Titleist Cup competitors and transfers from the CPGA zones who have a successful tournament record.

PAIRINGS AND STARTING TIMES

Draws will be ready two days prior to the event and posted on the Association Web Page.  www.pgaofontario.com The Committee reserves the right to adjust time due to conditions.  It is the player's responsibility to determine his/her pairings information.

No preferential tee-time will be granted for any individual stroke play event. Pairing requests to play with a specific member will not be accepted. All draws are final and will not be adjusted for any reason.


DISCONTINUANCE OF PLAY
If, in the opinion of the Tournament Committee, adverse weather or any occurrence beyond the control of the Association makes continuation of the tournament dangerous or impractical, play shall be suspended until such time as the Committee determines that play can continue.

1)    SUSPENSION OF PLAY: if it becomes necessary to suspend play, the signal for suspension will be as follows:
a)    In a dangerous situation the signal to suspend play will be one (1) prolonged blast of the horn. Players must immediately mark the position of their        
       ball and seek shelter.
b)    For a normal suspension of play the signal will be several intermittent notes of the horn. The player shall proceed under RULE 6.8b
c)    The signal for resumption of play will be two (2) consecutive air horn blasts, repeated.

2)    Prizes: In the event of curtailment of a tournament, prize money shall be distributed as agreed by the Sponsor and the Association.  In the event of 
       cancellation of a tournament, the entry fees will be refunded, less costs incurred.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Rules of Golf, as approved by the Royal Canadian Golf Association shall govern all play, except as modified by the following local rules of the Association and any Host Club/Event specific local rules. Local rules published on a Host Club scorecard are to be disregarded.

LOCAL RULES

GOLF BALLS
  1. Only balls on the RCGA approved balls list may be used. Penalty for breach – DISQUALIFICATION
  2. Throughout a stipulated round the player is limited to golf balls of the same make and markings -     identification numbers may change but not colour.  Penalty for breach - two strokes per hole where     violation occurs to a maximum of four strokes per round.
  3. If, during the play of a hole, it is discovered that a player is using a ball with different markings than the ball with which he/she started, he/she shall immediately replace it with a correctly marked ball.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification
  4. Exception: the "same ball" rule does not apply for an amateur playing in a Pro-Am competition.

OTHER

DISTANCE –MEASURING DEVICES:
A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.  However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his/her play (i.e. gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR:  Areas enclosed by white paint. French drains, which are exposed trenches, filled with sand or stones. Flower beds.   
               
N.B.:   White lined areas tying in to roads or paths have the same status as the roads and paths and are therefore obstructions.

WATER HAZARDS: Defined by yellow lines/stakes/ground plates.

LATERAL WATER HAZARDS: Defined by red lines/stakes/ground plates.

OUT OF BOUNDS:
Defined by white lines and/or ground plates/stakes and the inside edge of any fence post at ground level which borders Club property.

DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE (stroke play) (rule 3-3): If a ruling is required and no official is present please proceed under Rule 3-3 and report the facts to the Committee, as soon as possible.

TREE WRAPPINGS, ELECTRICAL WIRES AND CABLES: Which are closely attached to trees are not obstructions.

PERMANENT OVERHEAD POWER LINES AND CABLES: If a ball strikes such a line or cable, the stroke shall be cancelled and replayed without penalty.

PRACTICE: During a practice round a player may play one ball only.  During a tournament round a player SHALL NOT play a practice stroke on or to the putting green of any hole he/she has previously played.

POWER CARTS: Are permitted in PGA of Ontario events. A player or players may appoint someone to drive the cart in which case that person will be considered to be the caddie of the player or players.   Caddie bibs (when required) must be worn.

LATE FOR STARTING TIME: Rule 6-3 shall apply, i.e. disqualification. If a player arrives at his/her starting tee, ready to play within five (5) minutes of his/her time he/she may start. Penalty in this case - loss of hole in match play; two strokes (added to the score of the 1st hole) in stroke play.

SCORECARDS: Are to be returned to the tournament scorekeeper in a timely manner. The following guidelines shall prevail. A player shall turn in his/her scorecard before the competitors in the two succeeding games have completed their round. Players in the final two groups shall return their scorecards within ten (10) minutes of completing their round. In a shot gun event all scorecards shall be returned to the scorer within 30 minutes of the time the scorekeeper receives the first card.  PENALTY FOR BREACH – DISQUALIFICATION Yardage on scorecards is for reference only, subject to change.

TIES: Generally, a tie for low Professional will be broken by sudden death playoff and the winner shall receive 1st place prize money. A player involved in a playoff and not readily available will take the last playoff position. In the case of multiple 'no shows', position will be determined by lot. In a tie for other positions prize money shall be divided equally among those tied. In Pro Am format and team competitions, a shootout from 150 yards will determine the Champions. Other ties will be broken by retrogression. Please refer to local rules/info sheet at each event.

DRESS CODE:  The  policy  of  this  Dress  Code  governs  all  PGA  of  Ontario events / Championships and all  competitors representing  the  PGA  of  Ontario.  The  philosophy  of  this  Dress  Code  is  to  respect  the  game,  maintain  golf’s  culture  and  traditions  while  providing  performance  clothing  to  all competitors that is comfortable, stylish and offers variety.  All competitors are required to present a neat appearance, in both clothing and  personal grooming, and are required at all times to maintain an acceptable standard of dress both on the course and in the precinct of the clubhouse.  

The new dress code as it will be strictly enforced this season.

Dress code will apply before, during and after play while on Host Club premises.

If the host club provides a dress code with further restrictions, competitors are required to abide by such host club policy and will supercede the PGA of Ontario dress code

Men

  • Slacks or Plus Fours permitted. Cutoffs or denim (jeans) are prohibited.
  • Golf specific Shorts permitted.  Shorts with an elasticized waist, shorts supported by a drawstring, shorts extended below the knee and shorts with large "cargo" style exterior pockets are all prohibited. 
  • Shirts must have collars (including mock neck) and sleeves.
  • Socks must be worn at all times – ankle socks are permitted as long as they can be seen with shoes on.
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.  Open toed footwear, (sandals of any type/flip flop style footwear) will not be permitted into host venues Clubhouses prior to or upon completion of any Ontario Zone sanctioned round.
  • Headwear inside any host facility is prohibited.

 Women

  • Golf Specific attire to be worn on the course and Club grounds.
  • Socks must be worn at all times – ankle socks are permitted as long as they can be seen with shoes on.
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.  Open toed footwear, (sandals of any type/flip flop style footwear) will not be permitted into host venues Clubhouses prior to or upon completion of any Ontario Zone sanctioned round.
  • Headwear inside any host facility is prohibited.

DRESS CODE FOR CADDIES – Caddies will be permitted to wear shorts (no cut offs or jeans) during practice rounds.  Caddies and only caddies will be permitted to wear shorts (no cut offs or jeans) during competition play.  It is the player’s responsibility to advise their caddie.


THE USE OF CONTRABAND SUBSTANCES AND THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL DURING COMPETITION - The use of contraband substances and the consumption of alcohol during the course of play of a PGA of Ontario Tournament event is strictly prohibited.  Any player found in breach of this rule will be deemed to have conducted themselves in a manner unbecoming of a Member of our Association and will face a penalty set forth by the Tournament Committee.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES: The use of cell phones, audible beepers, mp3 players, iPods, or any other electronic device during a stipulated round is strictly prohibited, except as noted below.  If carried by the player or located in the player’s bag, such devices must be turned off before the start of, and at all times during, the stipulated round.  Exception: During a stipulated round, a player may turn on and refer to an electronic device only to check the Rules of Golf or to assist the player in determining whether there is danger from lightening. 

Any reference to an electronic device during a stipulated round must be reported by the player to the committee as soon as practicable.  If the player does so and the committee considers his reason satisfactory there is no penalty.  Otherwise the player incurs the general penalty for breach of a standard local rule.

Rule 14-3a states that a player may not use any artificial device or unusual equipment that “might assist him making a stroke or in his play.”  Listening to music or a broadcast while making a stroke or for a prolonged period might assist the player in his play, for example, by eliminating distractions or promoting a good tempo. Therefore, the use of an artificial device to listen to music or a broadcast, whether or not through headphones, while making a stroke or for a prolonged period of time during a stipulated round is a breach of Rule 14-3.   However, it would not be a breach of Rule 14-3 for a player to listen to a device briefly, for example, to obtain the results of another sporting event or traffic information, while walking between the putting green of one hole and the teeing ground of another hole.
 

Penalty for Breach of Rule 14-3:

Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

For subsequent offense - Disqualification.

In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.


DISCIPLINE and PENALTIES

Failure to appear - Qualifying round 100.00 Playing more than one ball in practice  100.00
Failure to appear - Tournament 100.00  Withdrawing without permission  200.00
Failure to appear - Pro- Amateur     200.00    
Conduct/language likely to harm the image or    
Showing disrespect for the course**   
100.00  Reputation of the PGA of Ontario, Host Club or Sponsor   200.00
Disqualification for slow play           200.00 Absence at prize presentation (top 3)            200.00
No Card               100.00 Dress code violation               100.00
Use of Cell/PDA’s during competition unless
authorized by PGA of Ontario Committee                
100.00    

    
**Includes but not limited to: removing the ball from the hole with a golf club, failure to repair ball marks, replace divots and rake bunkers.

  1. All penalties must be paid or an appeal underway before play is permitted in a tournament. Fines are payable to the Association upon assessment. An appeal must be made in writing to the Tournament Committee within seven (7) days.
  2. Penalties will be doubled for a second offense. A third offense may lead to suspension from participating in the PGA of Ontario Tournament program.

PLAYER'S DECLARATION

Your signature on each tournament entry form attests to the following:

  1. I certify that I have read the PGA of Ontario Tournament Rules and Conditions governing each tournament to be conducted under the auspices of the PGA of Ontario during the year 2017 and acknowledge as the sole authority the committee appointed by the Association.
  2. I accept the terms and conditions laid down, together with any amendments that may from time to time be deemed necessary.
  3. I certify that I will conduct myself in a professional manner, on and off the course, and at no time will my actions discredit the Association.
  4. I certify that I will abide by the decisions of the Tournament Committee, whose decisions I will accept as final.

PACE OF PLAY POLICY GUIDELINES – STROKE PLAY

Rule 6-7. Undue Delay; Slow Play states: “The player must play without undue delay and in accordance with new 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 the groups’ 9th and 18th holes
  • 1st potential breach (during the round) – liable to a one-stroke penalty
  • 2nd potential breach (during the round) – liable to a two-stroke penalty

ALLOTTED TIME

When play is in groups of three, each group is allotted a specified time to complete 18 holes at a pace in accordance with the time chart provided in the Local Rules at the group’s first hole.

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 Local Rule check-point time table).

FOLLOWING GROUPS: A following group is out of position if it:

  1. takes more than the allotted time to finish a check-point hole and
  2. 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, it will be notified by a Check-Point Official that the group is potentially in breach of the pace of play guidelines, 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 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 score card, a player who was out of position during his round may consult with the Pace of Play Committee to determine if he 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:
  1. the player was delayed by the Committee; or
  2. the player was delayed by a circumstance beyond control of the player of the group; or
  3. 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 Local Rule schedule of penalties.
If a group is liable to penalty, all penalties will be applied to the check-point hole where the breach occurred.



PACE OF PLAY GUIDELINES – STROKE PLAY


Example scenarios how penalties apply:

  1. If a group fails to complete 9 holes in the allotted time, all players in the group are liable to penalty of one stroke applied to the players’ 9th hole (1st potential breach). If thereafter the same group fails to complete 18 holes in the allotted time, all players would be liable to an additional penalty of two strokes applied to the players’ 18th hole for a total of three penalty strokes (2nd potential breach) as per Rule 6-7 (see below).
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  3. If a group takes more than the allotted time to complete 9 holes and thereafter completes 18 holes in the allotted time, all players in the group are liable to penalty of one stroke applied to the players’ 9th hole (1st potential breach).
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  5. If a group completes 9 holes in the allotted time and fails to complete 18 holes in the allotted time, all players in the group are liable to penalty of one stroke applied to the players’ 18th hole (1st potential breach).
The PGA of Ontario Tournament Committee pace of play guidelines are in effect for all PGA of Ontario Tournaments.
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