CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP POLICY (NOT FULLY UPDATED FOR 2021)

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:


ELIGIBILITY:
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 three (3) 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.

FORMAT: 
Stroke-play (gross and net for each flight) over three (3) consecutive days (Friday August 13, Saturday August 14, and Sunday August 15). 20 players from each flight will make the cut and will play on the final day.

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. 

TIE BREAKER: 
Except for the Championship Flight, ties will be broken by carding off the Round Three scorecard in accordance with our 
Club PoliciesBack 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).

HANDICAPS:
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.  

REGISTRATION:
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.

FLIGHT BREAKS:
Flights will be divided evenly based on Low Index or Club Index, whichever is lower.  

TEES:
Championship - Black tees

President/Vice-President - Blue Tees
Secretary - White 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 for each day will be as follows:

ROUND 1 (FRIDAY, AUGUST 13)

Championship Flight, President's Flight, Vice President's Flight, Secretary's Flight

 

ROUND 2 (SATURDAY, AUGUST 14)

President's Flight, Secretary's Flight, Championship Flight, Vice President's Flight.

 

ROUND 3 (SUNDAY, AUGUST 15)

Secretary's Flight, Vice President's Flight, President's Flight, Championship Flight

 


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.

 

HOLING OUT:

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.

 

GROUND UNDER REPAIR (GUR):
Ground Under Repair (GUR) will be marked by
yellow paint (not white). 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 line, rope or chain that identifies the border of the GUR. 

 

If you believe a ball is in an unmarked Abnormal Ground Condition, which includes GUR, apply Rule 20.1.c(3) 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.

 

AERATION HOLES:
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:
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 cards@rpgc.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
 


Thor Tandberg
Tournament Chairman