93rd ANNUAL FRESNO CITY AMATEUR GOLF
Local Rules and Terms of the Competition; Code of Conduct
(June 20-21, 2020)
Play is governed by the Rules of Golf effective January 2019,
the following Local Rules and Terms of the Competition and Code of Conduct, and
the 2020 NCGA Hard Card (except as modified herein).
FORMAT: Individual stroke play.
SCHEDULE: Two rounds of 18 holes each.
TEES: The Championship Flight will be played from the blue tees.
TIES: Ties for first place only will be decided by a method announced to each group at the first and tenth tees before the group begins play on the first day of the competition. It will either be a sudden death playoff on holes 18 and 17 or matching scorecards as recommended by the USGA. All other ties will split the prizes for the places they tie.
SERIOUS MISCONDUCT: All players are expected to play in the spirit of the game by acting with integrity, showing consideration to others and taking good care of the course. The Committee may disqualify a player for acting contrary to the spirit of the game if it finds that the player has committed serious misconduct. (Rule 1.2a).
CODE OF CONDUCT RE
FLAGSTICK: The flagstick must not be moved or deliberately touched
by hand during the round, including with a gloved hand or a towel wrapped
around the flagstick. Any player who deliberately ignores this code of
conduct policy will be considered guilty of Serious Misconduct (see Rule 1.2b),
the penalty for which is disqualification.
PLAYER CARTS AND SPECTATOR CARTS: The NCGA Hard Card is modified to allow a maximum of three carts per group. One person per cart. Absent advance approval by the Rules Chairman, spectator carts are prohibited.
CADDIES are prohibited.
OFFICIAL TIME/TIME OF STARTING: The clock at the tee where the player begins his round is the official time of starting. Players should arrive at their assigned tee after the group in front of them leaves the tee. Do not congregate at the tee.
PAINTED DOTS NEAR PUTTING GREENS: There is no free relief from such dots.
WHITE LINES AREAS TYING INTO ARTIFICIALLY SURFACED PATHS are part of the obstruction.
PERMANENT ELEVATED POWER LINES (NOT TOWERS): If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line or cable on the course, the stroke must be cancelled and replayed, without penalty (See Rule 20-5).
OUT OF BOUNDS:
Defined by white stakes or boundary fences to the right of hole numbers 1 and
3, to the left of hole numbers 10, 11, 14, 15, 16 and 17, and behind the
putting greens of hole numbers 2, 3 and 13. Out of bounds behind and to the
right of the putting green on hole number 9 is defined by the course side edge of
the cart path, as indicated with white stakes.
DIRT PATHS AND ROADS, unless designated as ground under repair, are integral objects.
PREFERRED LIES IN BUNKERS: There will be no rakes on the course. Players are encouraged to smooth the surface of the bunker with their foot or club before exiting the bunker. When a player’s ball lies in a bunker, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area: reference point – spot of the original ball; size of relief area measured from the reference point – one club-length from the reference point, but with limits; limits on location of relief area – must not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the same bunker.
IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS CLOSE TO PUTTING GREENS: Model Local Rule F-5 is in effect. Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 16.1. The player also has an extra option to take relief when an immovable obstruction is close to the putting green and on the line of play. For such relief, the ball and the immovable obstruction must both be in the general area cut to fairway height of less, the immovable obstruction must be on the line of play and within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball. There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.
YOUNG TREES IDENTIFIED BY STAKES are no play zones. If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f. If the ball lies in a penalty area, and interference to the player’s stance or area of intended swing exists from such a tree, the player must take relief either with penalty under Rule 17.1e or with free relief under Rule 17.1e(2).
DROPPING ZONE: If a player is entitled to relief from the cart path near the 12th putting green, the player may proceed under Rule 16.1b or, as an additional option where interference is between the four green stakes adjacent to the cart path, drop the ball or another ball in the dropping zone behind the putting green.
PACE OF PLAY POLICY: A player shall be subject to penalty if he unduly delays play. For the purpose of preventing slow play, the Committee has established a maximum allowable time for groups to complete their round. Consult your scorecard for that maximum allowable time. Absent exceptional circumstances determined by the Committee, if a group completes their round later than its maximum allowable time and, in the case of groups other than the lead group in a wave, more than 14 minutes behind the group in front of them, every player in that group will be subject to penalty of two strokes on the final hole of the round.
SCORECARDS AND SCORING: Scorecards will be distributed to players on their starting tee each day to be used for certification. Hole-by-hole scores will be given verbally to scoring officials at an outdoor scoring table that is set for social distancing. Scores will be verbally certified then entered directly into a computer at which point the scores are returned. Physical scorecards will not be returned to scoring officials.
CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The competition is deemed to be closed once all scores are certified and entered into the computer in scoring after the final round.