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2013-Summerlin-Amateur

FORMAT:  36-Hole Stroke Play.  Competitors will earn points toward Player of the Year honors. 

  • Scratch / Medalist Division - 36-Hole Gross Stroke Play  

  • Net Division - 36-Hole Net Stroke Play.

  • Senior Division (50+) - Players play both Gross and Net.  Players earn points toward both the Gross and Net points lists.

  • Super Senior Division (60+) - Players play both Gross and Net.  Players earn points toward both the Gross and Net points lists.
ENTRY FEE:  SNGA Members - $180. Tournament Players Club Members - $160  

ELIGIBILITY:  Only members of SNGA Member Clubs are eligible to play in this event.  Contact the SNGA at 702.458.4653 to find out how you can become an SNGA Member (you can find a club to join for as little as $35/year).
 

CONDITIONS OF THE COMPETITION

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

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

SECTION A:  LOCAL RULES

  1. OUT OF BOUNDS – Defined by the nearest inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts.  Rule 27-1  Additionally, 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 another part of the course.

  2. WATER AND LATERAL WATER HAZARD STAKES AND LINES – Water Hazards are defined by yellow stakes or yellow lines. Rule 26- 1.    Lateral Water Hazards are defined by red stakes or red lines.  Rule 26-1.  When both stakes and lines are used to define water and lateral water hazards, stakes identify hazards and lines define margins.  When stakes and lines are not present the margin of the hazard is defined by the water's edge.  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.

  3. GROUND UNDER REPAIR – Defined by white lines.  Fire ant hills, french drains, and material piled for removal are deemed to be ground under repair.

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

  5. INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE – include cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees; liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Players.

  6. SOD SEAMS – Except in a Hazard, sod seams (not sod itself) are deemed to be ground under repair, and relief is available under Rule 25-1 if the ball lies in or touches a sod seam or the sod seam interferes with the area of intended swing.  All seams within the sodded area are considered the same seam.  The Local Rule for Seams of Cut Turf as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

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

  8. STONES IN BUNKERS - Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.  Stones in Bunkers are movable obstructions.

  9. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES –  The SNGA has adopted a Local Rule for all SNGA Tournaments allowing players to use devices that measure distance only.  The use of devices that gauge or measure other conditions that might affect a player’s play are not permitted including the use of smart phones.  A player in breach of this rule will be subject to disqualification under Rule 14 -3.  The Local Rule as prescribed by Appendix I is in effect.


SECTION B:  CONDITIONS
The Championship Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions and schedules herein. 
The Committee reserves the right to reject the entry of any applicant, at any time, for any reason. 
Any decision by the Committee, in any matter, shall be final.

  1. LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS – Appendix I Note to Rule  5- 1.  The ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the USGA.  PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION is Disqualification.

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

  3. 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 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.  Exception:  For SNGA Tour events, see the Notice to Players.

  4. SCORING AREA – At SNGA Adult Championships the scoring area is defined by ropes, stanchions, or in their absence, the chairs at the scoring table or the outside edge of the scoring tent.  If no official scoring area exists and the scorecard is deemed to have been officially returned when it has been dropped in the “scoring box” by the player even if he has not left the immediate area.  If all events, if a site requires different conditions, the scoring area will be defined in the Notice to Players.

  5. PACE OF PLAY – The SNGA Pace of Play Guidelines is in effect at all Championships.  At SNGA Tour events all scorecards must be returned within 5 hours.  If a player returns a scorecard after 5 hours he may forfeit his right to both prizes and points so earned in the event.

  6. DISCONTINUANCE OF PLAY – Optional Condition as prescribed in 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.    Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged air horn or siren blast.  All other types of suspension will be signaled by three short air horn or siren blasts, repeated.  Resumption of play will be signaled by two short air horn or siren blasts, repeated.

  7. CELL PHONES – The use of cell phones or a similar electronic device by a player or his caddie during a stipulated round is prohibited.  Violation of this condition may lead a revocation of the player’s entry and a possible suspension from future SNGA events.  Exception:  At SNGA Tour events, a player may use a cell phone as a Distance Measuring Device provided the device complies with the Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I.

  8. DRESS CODE – All players and caddies must adhere to the SNGA and Host Club Dress Code through the Close of Competition.  Any player or their caddie in violation of this Dress Code will not be permitted to start the competition.  Player violation of the Dress Code during the competition may result in revoking of the player’s entry if the violation is not corrected without undue delay.  A caddie may be prohibited from acting as the player’s caddie if the violation is not corrected without undue delay.

  9. FOOTWEAR – Shoes with traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition) or spikes, regardless of design, where metal may come into contact with the course are prohibited during a stipulated round. Penalty for breach of this condition: Disqualification.

  10. NO SHOW/WITHDRAW – A player failing to appear for an SNGA administered Championship or event without prior notification to tournament officials will be suspended for one (1) year from the date of the infraction.  A player who starts and withdraws prior to the close of the competition and has not turned in his score card personally to a tournament official will result in the same one-year suspension as a no show.

  11. AUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORTATION – Unless prohibited in the Entry Application, during SNGA Championships, players are permitted to use motorized transportation.  In all events, spectator Carts are not allowed except for individuals with a permanent or temporary DMV disabled person placard.

  12. TIES - In the event of a tie for first place in the Scratch, Senior Scratch, or Super Senior Scratch Divisions, the winner will be determined by a hole-by-hole playoff.  In the Net, Senior Net, and Super Senor Net Divisions a three hole playoff will be conducted with 1/6 of each of the competitor’s handicaps being subtracted from his gross score to determine his three hole net score.  Fractions of handicaps will be used rather than rounding up or down.  If weather, darkness, or other conditions prevent a playoff, the winner will be determined by matching scorecards as recommended in Appendix I of the Rules of Golf.  If this method fails to determine a winner, the winner will be decided by drawing lots.  All other ties will share prizes.

  13. SPECTATORS - Spectators are not permitted to ride on carts and must stay 25 yards away from participants during play.

  14. CLOSE OF COMPETITION/MATCH OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED – The competition shall be deemed to have closed when the trophy or, in absence of a trophy, when the prizes has been presented to the winner at the awards ceremony.  In the absence of an awards ceremony, the competition is closed when all scores have been approved by the Committee.  The result of a match has been “officially announced” when the Committee has approved the result as posted on the public scoreboard.

  15. HANDICAP POLICY - As a  licensed state/regional golf association required to administrator the USGA Handicap System™ on behalf of the USGA, it is understood that the SNGA must be diligent in ensuring an equitable playing field in its competitions.   ALL Competitors agree to maintain their USGA Handicap Index® in accordance with the rules set forth in the USGA Handicap System manual.  They agree to follow the two basic premises that underlie the USGA Handicap System, namely that they will try to make the best score at every hole in every round and that they will post every acceptable round for peer review.  All competitors agree to be members of a Tournament Players Club in which a Handicap Committee comprised of players and the Executive Director will be granted the authority to adjust a players' USGA Handicap index pursuant to Rule 8-4 of the USGA Handicap System Manual including penalty scores.

  16. HANDICAP INDEX - All competitors in net events shall have Course Handicaps calculated using their 12-month low Handicap Index.  Those competitors deemed by the Handicap Committee to not be following the SNGA Handicap Policy shall have Course Handicaps calculated using the lowest Handicap Differential in their 12-month score history.

  17. PERFORMANCE ADJUSTMENTS - The SNGA Tournament Committee reserves the right to adjust the Course Handicap of any competitor in current or future competitions.   A reduction of a competitor’s Course Handicap will be based on high finishes in the NET portion of all SNGA, NSGA or other competitions deemed significant using the following point-based schedule maintained over a 1-year period, and points shall only be assigned to competitors whose Net score is below the course rating for the tees played:

- More than 50 participants: 1st = 5 pts , 2nd = 4 pts, 3rd = 3 pts, 4th = 2 pts, and 5th = 1 pt.

- 30 - 49 participants: 1st = 4 pts , 2nd = 3 pts, 3rd = 1 pts, and 4th = 1. 

- 29 or fewer players: 1st = 3 pts , 2nd = 2 pts, and 3rd = 1 pts.

a. In the case of a tie, each of the individuals or teams would earn the full number of points for that placing.   Any contestant who accumulates 7 points over the stated period may have their Course Handicap reduced by 2 strokes for use during an SNGA administered tournament or Championship.  Any contestant who accumulates more than 7 points during the stated period will have their Course Handicap reduced an additional 1 stroke for each additional two points accumulated.

b. During the course of tournament play, after every round, players that shoot a score with a negative differential will be subject to additional review by the SNGA Staff.  Players who have a single round score with a net differential in excess of 300:1 odds as per Appendix E: Exceptional Score Probability Table of the USGA Handicap System Manual, shall have their course handicap (and therefore Net Differential) adjusted to a level that falls below 300:1 odds. 

c. Should a player have a second consecutive round score with a negative differential, then a second adjustment, applied to ALL prior rounds shall be made so that the adjusted falls below the 300:1 threshold. 

d. Any player who has been adjusted in tournament play shall play a subsequent tournament at 50% of their 12-month low USGA Handicap Index.  If the resulting net differential is in excess of 50-1 odds, the player shall be disqualified from the tournament and be suspended from future play for 1 year.