GOLF RULES

GOLF RULES

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GUIDING BODIES

United States Police and Fire Championships (USPFC)
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., # 107, San Diego, CA 92111
Tele. (858) 571-9919; FAX: (858) 571-1641 E-mail: uspfcinfo@cpaf.org

United States Golf Association
PO Box 708, Liberty Corner Rd.; Far Hills NJ 07931-2000
Tele. (908) 234-2300; FAX: (908) 234-9687; Toll Free #: (800) 336-4446 website: www.usga.org

EVENTS

This is an AMATEUR ONLY TOURNAMENT – Applicants without an established Index may only enter in the “Scratch Events”.

SCRATCH EVENTS:

SCRATCH DIVISION: Gross score only, no handicap considered. Any golfer entered in the Handicap Singles may enter any of the Scratch tournaments. The Scratch event will be offered in the following divisions:

MEN’S SINGLES – (18 – 49)

MEN’S SINGLES – (50+)

WOMEN’S SINGLES: (18+)

UNISEX – 2 PERSON TEAM: (18 – 49) UNISEX – 2 PERSON TEAM: (50+)

Teams may be two men, two women or a man and a woman. “BETTER BALL” COMPETITION.

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HANDICAP INFORMATION

The USPFC Golf events adhere to USGA rules of golf and USGA handicap requirements.

Golfers must have an Official Membership Number that can be used to verify the golfer’s current Index number. If the Golfing History cannot be found over the internet, the golfer’s “LI” (Low Index of the year), will be used. If the golfer does not have a golf history from the previous year, the Handicap Review Committee will assign one based on all information submitted and can include the first two days scores of this event.

USPFC will authorize a “Handicap Review Committee” whose members will be chosen in advance of the competition. The Handicap Committee will aggressively monitor scores for golf handicap inaccuracies to ensure an equitable stroke tournament. Committee members will review all participants’ Handicap history that is available. This committee reserves the right to adjust Tournament Index Numbers of golfers who have a history of scoring well below their Handicap or who post exceptional tournament scores.

Returning golfers from either or both of the past USPFC/WPFG will use the lower of their USGA Handicap or USPFC/WPFG tournament handicap.

If an entrant has two handicap numbers from two different clubs the lowest must be used.

HANDICAP EVENTS:

HANDICAP DIVISIONS: Net score.

Handicap Divisions will be determined by the number of participating in each event.

Every attempt will be made to ensure a maximum 10 stroke differential will be used for Unisex Handicap Divisions.

HANDICAP DIVISIONS will be offered in the following divisions: MEN’S SINGLES – (18 – 49)
MEN’S SINGLES – (50+)
WOMEN’S SINGLES: – (18+)

UNISEX – 2 PERSON TEAM: – (18 – 49)
UNISEX – 2 PERSON TEAM: – (50 +)
Teams may be two men, two women, or a man and a woman.

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“BETTER BALL” COMPETITION. Ten Stroke maximum difference is allowed between partners.

The team’s age division is the age division of its youngest team member.

HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP UNISEX SINGLE: LOW NET OVER THE FIELD OPEN (18+)

Golfers entering this event will have to be in the top 2/3rds of this event to qualify for the second day’s competition, after the 2nd day, the top 1/3rd of the qualified golfers will compete for the Low Net awards. Ties in this event must be determined by a play-off. If the play-off cannot be completed on the last scheduled day, the play-off must be completed by the next day. If one of the tied players cannot participate in the play-off it will be considered a forfeit.

OFFICIALS Sport Coordinator

Assistant Sport Coordinators (minimum 3): In addition to the Sport Coordinator, each course, each day must have an Assistant Sport Coordinator to represent the Golf Coordinator. This person must be knowledgeable in the rules and etiquette of Golf. They act as Tournament Director, Host and starter.

Referee: If the course pro or other pro is available, they can serve as referee. USGA official (or state affiliate) is preferable. Each course used must have a referee each day.

A scoring company approved by the USPFC Golf Director must be used to manage and score the Golf Event.

PERSONNEL

Scorekeepers: Each course each day should have a minimum of 3 clerical personnel skilled in adding and working with numbers designated as scorekeepers, who will scrutinize all score cards for completeness and accuracy as the scorecards are turned in by competitors. Errors in recording other than “raw” score or addition errors detected by the scorekeeper while the golfer is in the process of turning in his/her scorecard, should be corrected by that golfer before leaving. No changes may be made to the scorecard after the golfer has turned in the scorecard and left. Scorekeepers should remind golfers to sign their scorecards.

At least 2 people to handle site check-in at each course each day. At least 1 Marshall per side on each course to speed up play.

Spotters are recommended for areas where golfers cannot see their landing area and/or areas prone to balls being lost.

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MEDICAL

Basic medical supplies will be provided by the Host at each venue. Communications shall be available at each venue and preparations made in case it is necessary to summon emergency services.

FACILITY

Three 18-hole courses.

SCHEDULING

Foursomes should be arranged first by skill division then by age class.

“A” Division golfers should be kept together. Do not mix skill divisions in the same foursome. Let golfers play with others of their own skill level.

“A” Division golfers should be scheduled to play the most difficult course on the last day. No more than two members of the same agency may be in one foursome.

It is best to rearrange the foursomes each day. The leaders should play together in the final round. Team members will play in the same foursome. (The only exception to this is if a golfer is teamed with one golfer for Handicap Team and another for Scratch Team. In this case they will choose which partner to play with or be assigned at the Bracketing Meeting.)

If team members are in different Handicap and/or age divisions, that team should be paired with another mixed team of the same division(s) if possible. If there are no other mixed teams of the same Divisions, the mixed team should be paired with a team in the same Division as the Golfer with the higher Index Number on the team. When no other alternative is available, the mixed team will have to be paired with a team in the same Division as the Golfer with the lower Index Number.

EQUIPMENT

Golf Carts must be supplied for each team (or twosome) at each course each day.

Tables, chairs and scoreboard.

Three lap top computers: At least one computer at each course.

Cellular phones or two way police type radios with a dedicated channel: For Sport Coordinator and each Assistant Sport Coordinator.

Radios will also be needed by the marshals and Assistant Sport Coordinators at each course. October 2017

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SCORING

No more than 10 strokes can be taken on any hole; players must pick up their ball and move on to the next hole. For posting purposes the golfer must use the number they most likely would have gotten.

Post all scores as a “Tournament” score.

Player’s individual Index Number will be used to score each round.

Scratch Singles’ winners are determined by aggregate score.

Handicap Division Singles’ winners are determined by Index Number adjusted aggregate score.

Scratch Team winners are determined by the team member’s individual scratch scores, scored by “Better ball” scoring system. (Same as above except only use the raw scores on each hole.

Handicap Division Team scoring:

No golfer will keep his/her own score, nor keep the score of a member of his/her own team or agency.

Scorecards must be completed, signed and turned in to be recorded. Lost cards will result in disqualification.
RULES

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOLF ENTRANT TO KNOW THE RULES OF GOLF. If there is a rules dispute on the course and an official is not available, proceed by playing two balls and notify an official of the protest as soon as possible.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOLF ENTRANT TO SEE THAT THE REQUIRED INFORMATION IS SUBMITTED.

SLOW PLAY: A slow play policy will be incorporated into this tournament and upheld consistently.

The rules of golf and golf etiquette should be observed as though this is only a singles, scratch, stroke play tournament.

All members of each team play their own balls on each hole.

At the completion of the hole, the lowest net score among the two team members serves as the

team score.

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Exception: Team Members will be allowed to give advice to their partners. If a golfer does not have a partner, he/she may designate a member of the foursome as his/her advisor and receive advice from only that person.

No cell phones, Blackberries, Laptop computers, or any other electronic equipment can be used while on the golf course. The only exception is “Range Finders”, approved USGA GPS range finders can be used.

No “gimme” putts, mulligans, improved lies, etc. Exception: Course conditions may dictate local rules which allow improved lies for specific areas of the course under construction or experiencing temporary poor playing conditions. No winter rules.

TIES

The following system of retrogression will be used for both Handicap Division and Scratch Division ties: The lowest aggregate score of the last nine holes of the last round is used, if tied golfers are on the same course. If on different courses: take the last day scorecards for the tied golfers, then total scores from the two cards for the last nine holes and compare. If still tied, use the last 6 holes. If still tied use the last 3 holes, then use the front nine scores in the same manner until the tie is broken.

FEES:

Many courses will require the addition of tournament fees such as merchandise and/or food credits which may have to be passed along to the competitor. A scoring fee is included in the sport fee.

TEES

Men and Women will play from the tees designated by the Golf Coordinator with concurrence of the USPFC Director for Golf. Generally, the white tees for Men’s Divisions and the Women’s tees for Women’s Divisions will be used. The same tees for Handicap and Scratch golfers will be used.

CADDIES
No guests or caddies may accompany golfers. GALLERY

If the course can accommodate a gallery, then the Host may elect to permit spectators, but spectators may not communicate or interfere with the competitors.

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COURSES

Host will identify the courses to be used, in the entry book, and which tees will be used. The slope and rating of each course should also be included.

HOST RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Golfer submits his/her USPFC entry form for the Golf competition. Golfer may also enter with a partner in a Handicap Team event, and/or either of the Scratch events (Individual or Team). Or, he/she may enter the Team pool and a partner will be assigned, if possible.
  2. Golfer will include on the entry form in the designated area, their USGA (or state affiliate) membership number and the specific handicapping Association they belong to. Host will use the golfer’s membership number to retrieve his/her Index Number.

IF APPROPRIATE INFORMATION IS NOT PROVIDED BY THE GOLFER AND THE HOST IS REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE GOLFER TO GET INFORMATION NEEDED TO ESTABLISH A CURRENT INDEX, A $25 FEE WILL BE ASSESSED AND DUE UPON REGISTRATION AT THE USPFC.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOLF ENTRANT TO SEE THAT THE REQUIRED INFORMATION IS SUBMITTED. THIS MUST BE MADE CLEAR IN THE ENTRY BOOK.

Host Sport Coordinator:

If the maximum number of competitors that can be accommodated has been reached, maintain an “alternate list” according to the date received. Use this “alternate list” in case of drops or forfeitures. If the maximum number of players has been reached, no substitutions are allowed.

As soon as the list of competitors has been received and organized, prepare a confirmation letter for each competitor.

All golfers entered in Team Handicap or Team Scratch must have a partner listed with them. Normally this is when they enter as a team, however it might be as a result of “pooling”, which is accomplished by the entrant signing up for team and checking the “pooling” box on the entry form. Then the Bracketing Committee and Sport Coordinator assign that entrant to a team.

Golfers not entering a team event must be paired anyway. They will play with this person throughout the tournament and share a golf cart if applicable but will not be scored as a team.

Registration: When Golfers arrive at the USPFC and register at the Host Headquarters, they must be able to find out where and when they are scheduled to play their first round. A schedule can be put in their registration package or a schedule may be posted for registrants to refer to. The most beneficial method is to have a Golf representative on hand at Registration to answer questions and supply the schedule. Golfers may be required to show their Index

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Cards or Index documentation at this time. If so, this must be explained in the Confirmation Letter.

Check-in: At the beginning of each day of play, each golfer must check-in at the correct course, at the time designated in the confirmation letter or on the schedule referred to above. At this time they will show the competitor pass they received at Registration. This pass will list the events the golfer has properly entered. If the competitor passes do not include a photo of the competitor, the golfer’s agency I.D. is required. Also required is their current USGA (or state affiliate) computer print out. Check-in personnel should verify the following information from the golfer’s documents presented.

From competitor pass——————correct events entered.
From agency I.D.———————–photo and/or verification of identification From handicap print out——————–correct membership number
From handicap print out——————–correct Index Number (see below).

Check-in personnel will then give the golfer his/her scorecard and direct them to the orientation area or to the golf cart. At the end of the check-in time, if this is a shotgun start the Coordinator will conduct and Orientation Meeting for the entire field of golfers together. If this is a consecutive start, either do this Orientation in small groups or pass the information to them in writing.

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AWARDS

Medals are awarded first through third place (1st – 3rd). A maximum 46 sets of medals will be required. USPFC will advise you of the number of sets needed based on total entries, plus a reasonable margin.

ATTENTION COORDINATORS
THE GENERAL RULES APPLY TO ALL SPORTS.

YOU MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH ITS CONTENTS.

PRECISE RESULTS MUST BE FORWARDED
TO THE HOST COMMITTEE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE
CONCLUSION OF THIS SPORT

The USPFC Director assigned to your sport is knowledgeable and experienced in providing assistance during the preparation and running of the sport. Questions, a detailed accounting of your preparations, and any area requiring approval of the USPFC shall be submitted in a timely
manner to this USPFC Director.

The USPFC Directors want to work with you to make your sport a success.

PLEASE USE THE USPFC DIRECTORS AS A RESOURCE.

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