86th ANNUAL FRESNO CITY AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Local Rules and Conditions of Competition
(May 25-27, 2013)
Play is governed by the 2012-2013 USGA Rules of Golf and its Decisions and, where applicable, the NCGA hard card 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 1. All other ties will split the prizes for the places they tie for.
GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS AND HAND HELD RANGE FINDERS: Allowed in accord with the NCGA hard card.
DIRT PATHS AND ROADS: Unless designated as ground under repair, dirt paths and roads are integral parts of the course. The dirt path connected to the cart path near the putting green on hole number 12 is ground under repair.
OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by white stakes or boundary fences to the right of hole numbers 1, 2 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, 9 and 13. Out of bounds behind and to the right of the putting green on hole number 9 is defined by the inner boundary of the cart path, as indicated with white stakes. Out of bounds to the left of hole number 16 is defined by the boundary fence and by white stakes in the vicinity of the maintenance yard.
IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS CLOSE TO PUTTING GREEN: If a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and an immovable obstruction (other than the cart path near the hole 12 putting green) 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. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Two strokes.
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 AND ASSOCIATED TREE WELLS: If a staked 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. The ball may be cleaned when lifted. 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. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Two strokes.
STONES IN BUNKERS: Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).
PLAYER CARTS AND SPECTATOR CARTS: Regulated in accord with the NCGA hard card.
PACE OF PLAY POLICY: A player shall be subject to penalty if he unduly delays play. Notes 1 and 2 under Rule 6-7 are in effect. Rule 6-7 states, in part: "The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee" and thereafter prescribes penalties for slow play. The Committee has established a maximum period of time allowed to complete the stipulated rounds and each hole. Players should consult their scorecards for the guidelines.
SCORECARDS AND PAINTED DOTS NEAR PUTTING GREENS: Riverside GC scorecards and painted 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.)