91st ANNUAL FRESNO CITY AMATEUR GOLF
Local Rules and Conditions of Competition
(May 26-28, 2018)
Play is governed by the USGA
Rules of Golf and its Decisions effective January 1, 2016, and the following
Local Rules and Conditions of Competition.
FORMAT: Individual stroke play.
STIPULATED ROUNDS: Three stipulated rounds of 18 holes each. Low 40 and ties advance to third round.
TEES: The Championship Flight will be played from the blue tees.
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).
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 the 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. A caddie may carry a player's bag and the player may 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 the 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.DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: 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.)
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 LINES 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.
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 parts of the course.
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.
PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES IDENTIFIED BY STAKES AND ASSOCIATED WELLS: If such a tree or the wall of an associated tree well interferes with a player's stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b (Immovable Obstruction). The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Local Rule. Exception: A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if (a) it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the tree or (b) interference by the tree would occur only through use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.
STONES IN BUNKERS: 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 four green stakes adjacent to the cart path, drop the ball in the dropping zone behind the putting green.
BALL MOVED ACCIDENTALLY ON THE PUTTING GREEN: Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows: 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 as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1. This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental. If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green 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 is replaced.
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 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 be subject to penalty of two strokes on the final hole of the stipulated round.
MODIFICATION OF SCORECARD PENALTY: The Exception to Rule 6-6d is modified as follows: If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to failure to include one or more penalty strokes that, before returning his score card, he did not know he had incurred, he is not disqualified. In such circumstances, the competitor incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule, but there is no additional penalty for a breach of Rule 6-6d. This Exception does not apply when the applicable penalty is disqualification from the competition.
CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The competition is deemed to be closed when Bill Finn, or his designee, begins to make announcements in the public scoring area after all scorecards have been returned on Monday afternoon.