90th ANNUAL FRESNO CITY AMATEUR GOLF
Local Rules and Conditions of Competition
(May 27-29, 2017)
Play is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf and its Decisions
effective January 1, 2016, and the following Local Rules and Conditions of
FORMAT AND TEES: Individual stroke play played from the blue tees.
STIPULATED ROUNDS: Three stipulated rounds of 18 holes each. Low 40 and ties advance to third round.
TIES: Ties for first place only will be decided by sudden death playoff commencing at hole number 18, then hole numbers 17 and 18 looped as necessary. All other ties will split the prizes for the places they tie.
SERIOUS BREACH OF
ETIQUETTE: Disruptive or inappropriate behavior contrary to the good
conduct of the championship in the determination of the Committee will not
be tolerated. Further disciplinary action may be imposed, including
suspension from future events. PENALTY: DISQUALIFICATION (Rule 33-7).
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES are permitted, see Appendix IV (5) for limitations.
OFFICIAL TIME/TIME OF STARTING: The clocks at the tee where the player begins his stipulated round is the official time of starting (Dec. 6-3a/2.5). Starters will not page players in advance of their starting time. Players should arrive at their assigned tee at least 10 minutes prior to their starting time.
SCORECARDS AND PAINTED DOTS NEAR PUTTING GREENS: Riverside GC scorecards and painted blue dots in front of and behind each putting green have no status. Properly completed official scorecards must be returned to the Committee in the scoring area “as soon as possible.” (Rule 6-6d.)
ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN: When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his caddie or his equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced. If it is determined that a player’s ball 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 must be replaced.
RELIEF FOR EMBEDDED BALL: Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in ground may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
WHITE LINED AREAS TYING INTO ARTIFICIALLY SURFACED PATHS: White-lined areas tying into such paths are part of the obstruction.
PERMANENT ELEVATED POWER LINES AND CABLES: 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). If the ball is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted.
DIRT PATHS AND ROADS are
integral parts of the course unless designated as ground under repair.
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.
IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS CLOSE TO PUTTING GREEN: If a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows: The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted. Relief under this Local Rule is also available if the player's ball lies on the putting green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on his line of putt. The player may take relief as follows: The ball must be lifted and placed at the nearest point where the ball lay which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard. The ball may be cleaned when lifted. Exception: A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the immovable obstruction makes the stroke clearly unreasonable.
EDGING GROOVES AROUND PUTTING GREENS: If a player's ball lies in an edging groove around a putting green, the player may, without penalty, lift the ball, clean it and place it out of the groove in the nearest position to where it lay, whether on or off the putting green, which is not nearer to the hole.
STONES IN BUNKERS are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).
DROPPING ZONE: If a player is entitled to relief from the cart path near the 12th putting green, the player may proceed under Rule 24-2b or, as an additional option where interference is between the green stakes bounding the cart path, drop the ball in the dropping zone behind the putting green.
PLAYER CARTS AND SPECTATOR CARTS: A maximum of two carts are allowed per group. Absent advance approval by the Rules Chairman, spectator carts are not allowed. A spectator cart is defined as a cart which is not used to transport a player’s clubs, and the person(s) in the cart is (are) not a player or a player’s caddie. A player cart may be used by the player and/or their caddie to transport a player's clubs. A player may walk and their caddie may drive or ride. A caddie may carry a player's bag and the player may drive or ride. A non-player occupying the cart used to transport the player's clubs is a caddie (Decision 6-4/2.5). Only the player or caddie may ride in the cart. If a person other than a player or caddie moves the cart in a "casual act" the Rules of Golf do not consider this individual to be a caddie or the player to have two caddies. There is no breach of Rule 6-4 in this situation.
PACE OF PLAY POLICY: The Committee has established a maximum allowable time for groups to complete their stipulated round. Consult your scorecard for that maximum allowable time. Absent exceptional circumstances determined by the Committee, if a group completes their stipulated 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 receive a penalty of two strokes on the final hole of the stipulated round.
CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The competition is deemed to be closed when Bill Finn, or his designee, begins to make announcements about the results of the competition in the public scoring area after all scorecards have been returned on Monday afternoon.