CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP POLICY
In addition to the Club Tournament Policies and other policies stated on the RPGC website, the following rules and clarifications shall apply to this tournament:
This tournament is open to RPGC Members who are (a) members in good standing, (b) who have an established low index, and (c) who have competed in at least TWO RPGC sanctioned tournaments within 12 months prior to this tournament. Participation in the same event the year prior, does not count as an eligible round.
Stroke-play (gross and net for each flight) over three (3) consecutive days starting on Thursday, September 17 and concluding on Saturday, September 19th. 14 players from each flight will make the cut and will play in Round Three.
Cuts will be made by determining a ranking as follows: 1st gross, 1st net, 2nd gross, 2nd net, etc. until we have 14 players from each flight making the cut. All decisions made by the Tournament Committee shall be final.
Except for the Championship Flight, ties will be broken by carding off the Round Three scorecard in accordance with our Club Policies. Back nine, back six, back three, 18, 17, 16, etc. For the Championship Flight, players will play sudden death (to be determined by the Tournament Committee).
Because this a Major Tournament, all competitors will be required to use their Low Index or Club Index - whichever is lower. This index will be frozen from moving up during the tournament, but the Handicap Committee can always adjust down if deemed necessary.
Additionally, if a player's index is revised downward (by virtue of a GHIN revision or Club Index), the player must use this new, updated lower index.
Members are required to pay a one-time registration fee of $165 for the tournament. This fee will cover the first two stipulated rounds of golf and the prize fund. If a player qualifies for round three, the club will pay their entry fee for that round.
Flights will be divided evenly based on Low Index or Club Index, whichever is lower.
River Ridge: Championship/President/Vice-President - blue tees; Secretary - white tees.
Rustic Canyon: Championship - black tees; President/Vice-President - blue tees; Secretary - white tees.
Los Robles: Championship/President/Vice-President - black tees. Secretary - blue tees.
PAIRINGS: Members will not have a selection for tee times as is typical for other RPGC sponsored golf tournaments. The Major Tournament Chairman has full discretion with pairing members that are competing against each other within each flight. The tee time intervals will be assigned by flight sequence. The order by flights from early tee times to last for the three (3) day tournament will be scheduled as follows:
ROUND 1 (THURSDAY - RIVER RIDGE)
Championship Flight & President's Flight
ROUND 1 (THURSDAY - RUSTIC CANYON)
Vice President's Flight & Secretary's Flight
ROUND 2 (FRIDAY - RIVER RIDGE)
Vice President' Flight & Secretary's Flight
ROUND 2 (FRIDAY - RUSTIC CANYON)
Championship Flight & President's Flight
ROUND 3 (SATURDAY - LOS ROBLES) FLIGHT ORDER
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING COVID-RELATED RULES AND LOCAL COURSE RULES THAT ARE APPLICABLE:
HANDLING THE 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. A player who intentionally ignores this policy will be subject to DISQUALIFICATION.
When a modifying device (such as a foam cylinder, section of PVC pipe, or inverted hole liner) is used to prevent the ball from falling to the bottom of the hole, the device is treated as part of the flagstick. A ball is considered holed when a part of the ball is below the surface of the putting green and the ball is at rest on the device or against the flagstick. A ball that is deflected out of the hole by the flagstick or the device is not holed.
PREFERRED LIES IN BUNKERS:
When a player’s ball lies in a bunker, the player may take free relief by placing ball or within one club-length of the spot of the original ball, not nearer the hole than that spot, and in the same bunker. The relief area cannot be improved before the ball is placed.
RUSTIC CANYON SPECIFIC RULES:
1. OUT OF BOUNDS: The Driving Range and Perimeter fences left on Holes #1, 2, 3 and 12, and right of #13, 14, 16, 17.
2. NO PLAY ZONES: Many areas on the course are No Play Zones for purposes of Habitat Preservation. They are marked by red stakes with green tops. Entry into these areas can be cause for removal from the course and disqualification from the tournament. Ball must be played as a Red Hazard.
3. DROP ZONES: Marked areas on holes 6 (at about the start of the fairway about 80 yards from the green), 7 (on the green side of the wash on the right side near the cart path), 11 (in the middle of the fairway near the start about 260 yards from the green, and 14 (the forward tee area to the left of the cart path).
4. SANDY AREAS: Sandy areas marked by blue stakes are not bunkers.
5. INTEGRAL OBJECTS: Includes dirt roads and decomposed gravel on the golf course (unless otherwise marked). Free relief is not permitted.
RIVER RIDGE SPECIFIC RULES:
1. OUT OF BOUNDS: Indicated by white stakes or perimeter fences.
2. INTEGRAL OBJECTS: Includes dirt roads and decomposed gravel on the golf course (unless otherwise marked). Free relief is not permitted.
LOS ROBLES SPECIFIC RULES:
1. OUT OF BOUNDS: The driving range is out of bounds. Its edges are defined by the course-side edge of stakes and/or its fencing. Other Out of Bounds areas are indicated by white stakes and/or perimeter fences.
2. BUNKERS & NATURAL AREAS: Bunkers that transition into “natural sandy areas” are deemed to be one single bunker (refer to BUNKERS above). Note, a ball that lies in a pompous bush (not touching the sand) is not in the bunker.
3. NO PLAY ZONES: The Penalty Areas on Holes 7 and 12 are considered No Play Zones where relief must be taken under Rule 17.1e. The young trees identified by stakes are no play zones and relief must be taken when a player has any interference as defined by Rule 16.1f.
4. INTEGRAL OBJECTS: Includes dirt roads and decomposed gravel on the golf course (unless otherwise marked). Free relief is not permitted.
5. OBSTRUCTIONS: All protective fences within the course that are not part of a boundary fence are immovable obstructions. Relief may be taken under Rule 16.1; however, there is no line of play relief.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR (GUR):
Ground Under Repair (GUR): RPGC will NOT be marking the courses for GUR. This will be the responsibility of each course, if they mark the course at all. A ball that is in a GUR area may either be played as it lies or relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 16-1.
An area that has a sign that reads Ground Under Repair shall be treated as such. If the player elects to take relief from this GUR, it shall do so outside of the white line, rope or chain that identifies the border of the GUR.
If you believe a ball is in an unmarked Abnormal Ground Condition (“AGC”), which includes GUR, apply Rule 20.1.c(3) (see below) and play a second ball. In this case, a picture of the area MUST be taken and emailed to RANCHOGOLFRULES@GMAIL.COM along with a description of what occurred and a phone number where you can be reached.
ALTERNATIVE TO STROKE AND DISTANCE FOR LOST BALL OR BALL OUT OF BOUNDS:
Pursuant to Model Local Rule E-5 stated in Section 8E of Section 8 of the Committee Procedures, when a player's ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds (and the ball is not in a Penalty Area nor has a Provisional Ball been played), the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.
* For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or a substituted ball in the relief area (see Rule 14.3) between Two Estimated Reference Points.
The first is the Ball Reference Point (i.e. where the original ball is estimated to (a) have come to rest on the course, or (b) last crossed into out of bounds.)
* The second is the Fairway Reference Point (i.e. the point on the fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the Ball Reference Point but is not nearer the hole than the Ball Reference Point).
* The Relief Area is anywhere between a line from the hole through the ball reference point (or within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and a line from the hole through the fairway reference point (or within two club-lengths to the outside of that line.
* A diagram clearly illustrating this new Local Rule can be found here.
RELIEF FROM SPRINKLER HEAD NEAR PUTTING GREEN:
If a ball lies through the green and an immovable obstruction (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 under Rule 16.1 per Model Local Rule F-5 stated in Section 8F of Section 8 of the Committee Procedures.
If a player's ball lies in or touches an aeration hole, the player make take relief under Rule 16.1b (in General Area) or Rule 16.1d (Putting Green) per Model Local Rule E-4 stated in Section 8E of the Committee Procedures.
DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE (RULE 20.1.c(3)):
If you are doubtful of the correct procedure during play, you may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. If you elect to proceed under this Rule, you must do so before taking further action (e.g. making a stroke at the original ball). You should also announce to your fellow competitor (a) that you intend to play two balls, and (b) which ball you wish to count if the Rules permit the procedure used for that ball. You MUST report the facts of the situation to the Tournament Committee via email at RANCHOGOLFRULES@GMAIL.COM before turning in your scorecard. The committee will then make a decision.
SCORE CARD SUBMITTAL & ELECTRONIC SCORING:
Our tournaments feature live scoring, where hole-by-hole scores for each player are input into an app for the rest of the field to view. It is the responsibility of EVERY player, whether they are scoring or not, to make sure that his scores are posted electronically in a timely manner. You should never be more than two holes behind. If the scorer for your group cannot continue scoring for some reason (phone dies, he WDs, he's gone blind, etc...), just ask another member for the log-in and continue for your group.
* In every group, one person must enter scores electronically and one person must keep a paper card with all four player scores on it. List the players by last name only. Write the names and scores clearly. Don't put additional info on the card (like games or circles).
*After 9 and 18, make sure the scores on the paper card match the electronic scores. If they don't match, fix them. You have until 10 minutes after your round to make sure your paper card scores and electronic scores match.
*After your round, take a photo of your paper card (right side up and on one page) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* If your scores aren't posted electronically in a timely manner, your group will be DQ'd.
* If your electronic scores don't match your paper card scores, you will be DQ'd.
* If you don't turn in a paper card, you will be DQ'd.
SCGA TOURNAMENT OF CLUB CHAMPIONS
The Club Champion will be eligible to compete in the SCGA Tournament of Club Champions and the Senior Club Champion (low gross score by member over 50 years old in the Championship Flight) will be eligible to compete in the SCGA Tournament of Club Champions (Men's Senior Champ Division). The club will pay for entry into these events for these two players only, no substitutions.
GOLFER OF THE YEAR POINTS:
30 for 1st net, 27 for 2nd net, 24 for 3rd net...etc, per flight.
(Points above do not include participation points....)
SCRIP PRIZE PAYOUTS ($9,600 TOTAL PRIZE PURSE):
1st Place Gross/Net (8): $500
2nd Place Gross/Net (8): $350
3rd Place Gross/Net (8): $200
4th Place Gross/Net (8): $100
5th Place Gross/Net (8): $50