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2021 FRESNO CITY AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
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 2021 NCGA Hard Card (except as modified herein).
FORMAT AND SCHEDULE: Individual stroke play. Three 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 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).
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.
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 (no free relief).
CUT TURF ON 12TH GREEN: Free relief is allowed only where the ball lies in or touches a cut turf seam. Place a ball out of the seam at the nearest point of complete relief not closer to the hole. No free relief if the cut turf only interferes with the line of play.
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 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 a clearly unreasonable line of play is chosen.
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.
CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The competition is deemed to be closed once Bill Finn or his designee begins making public remarks near the scoreboard.