CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION
The following conditions, together with any additions or amendments as published by the Organising Committee at the host club, will apply under Rule 33-1 to this tournament.
a. The HSBC Youth Golf Challenge (YGC) will be played at the OCC, Dendro-Vanda from 1 – 3 Dec 2015 in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited and with the Local Rules approved by the Organising Committee.
a. Entries are open to boys and girls who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 12 and 17 years as at 1 Dec 2015 and with a USGA Handicap Index of 20.0 or lower for boys and 27.0 or lower for girls, as at 1 Nov 2015.
b. Handicap Index containing any Penalty Scores will not be accepted.
c. They must conform in all respects to the Rules of Amateur Status as laid down by the R&A Rules Ltd.
3. TOURNAMENT FORMAT OF PLAY
a. The HSBC YGC will be decided by stroke play over three rounds of 18 holes. A cut will be made after 36 holes for the top 60% players (including tie/ties) who shall qualify for the third round. The player with the lowest gross aggregate for the three rounds in each Division will be the winner.
b. There will be two Divisions based on age groups and Handicap Index. They are:
(as at 1 Dec 2015)
||15 to 17 years old
||12 to 14 years old
Players may not take a voluntary cut in their Handicap Index.
Maximum Handicap Index is not applicable to sponsor’s exempted players.
If a player has his Handicap Index maintained at more than one Club, he shall play off the lower/lowest Handicap Index.
c. Boys will tee-off from the blue tees and girls will tee-off from the red tees.
4. SIZE OF FIELD
a. The field will be limited to a maximum of 90 participants. Entries will be accepted from 90 applicants with the lowest Handicap Index within each division. The maximum number includes 8 sponsor’s exempted players. The allocation of entries to the various divisions and genders will be determined by the OC and is final.
b. The OC reserves the right to refuse any entry without assigning any reason for such refusal. The decisions of the OC as to the acceptance or refusal of any entry shall be final.
a. The entry fee is S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) and must be submitted at the time of entry. Cheques must be made payable to “Singapore Golf Association”. Participants who are members of SGA Ordinary Members may have their entry fee debited through their Home Club. There will be no refund of entry fee after the closing date.
b. Entries must be submitted through the official online entry form from SGA’s website.
c. Participants are advised to check the SGA website for confirmation of entries received.
d. Only entries with proof of insurance and payment instructions will be processed.
e. The OC reserves the right to limit, accept or reject entries.
6. CLOSING DATE
a. The closing date is 12 noon, Friday 27 Nov 2015. Late entries may be accepted at the sole discretion of the OC.
a. The draw for the first and second rounds will be made by the OC prior to start of the tournament.
b. The draw for the final round will be based on the cumulative gross scores of the preceding rounds.
8. TIME OF STARTING
a. Players shall start at the time and in the order indicated in the draw. No substitution of players and changes of starting times shall be permitted after the draw has been made.
b. The OC reserves the right to fix and/or alter the starting times.
9. SUBMISSION OF SCORECARD
a. Players should check their cards in the returning area (scoring table) and ensure that they are correct and signed. Any doubtful points should be settled with the OC before returning the scorecard.
b. A player is deemed to have returned his scorecard and no further amendments may be made once he has left the returning area (scoring table) or the demarcated area where they exist.
10. DECISION OF TIES
a. In the event of a tie or ties, it will be decided on the lowest score for the last 18 holes (or the last 9 or 6 or 3 or 18th hole). If a tie still arises, the scores for the 2nd round and if necessary the 1st round, will be treated in the same way until a decision is reached.
11. SUSPENSION OF PLAY FOR DANGEROUS SITUATION (NOTE TO RULE 6-8b)
a. When play is suspended by the OC for a dangerous situation, players must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the OC has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.
b. All practice areas that are in open areas shall be closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the OC has declared them open.
c. A suspension of play for a dangerous situation and the resumption of play shall be signaled using the host club’s warning system.
12. INCLEMENT WEATHER
a. In the event that the first round of the tournament cannot be completed, it shall be continued the next day prior to the commencement of the second round.
b. In the event that the second round of the tournament cannot be completed, it shall be continued the next day prior to the commencement of the third round.
c. In the event that the second and/or third round cannot be completed, the rounds shall be abandoned. The result of the tournament will then be based on the completed rounds.
13. CADDIES / BUGGIES / MOTORISED TROLLEY
a. The use of caddies, buggies and motorized trolleys in this tournament is prohibited.
b. Players are to walk and carry/hand-trolley their own golf bags.
14. PACE OF PLAY
a. Rule 6-7 (Undue Delay; Slow Play) will be strictly enforced using the “Group Pace of Play” system. See separate memorandum to players for the Pace of Play guidelines.
15. DISPUTES OR DOUBTS AS TO CORRECT PROCEDURE
a. If there is a doubt as to the correct procedures, players are to refer to the Tournament Rules Official. If a Tournament Rules Official is not immediately available, a player (having notified his marker) may elect to play two balls in accordance with Rule 3 – 3 and obtain a ruling at the conclusion of the round, prior to signing and the return of the score card.
b. No spectators (including parents) are to enter into any discussion on a matter under dispute.
16. SGA REFEREES
a. The appointed SGA Referees’ decision on all matters pertaining to the Rules of Golf is final.
a. All players are required to have appropriate golfing insurance. Proof of insurance coverage must be submitted together with the entry form.
18. Distance Measuring Device
a. A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
(Note: Players are advised to refer to the Additional Explanatory Note on Use of Distance Measuring Device.)
19. LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS
a. The ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the R&A.
20. LIST OF CONFORMING DRIVER HEAD
a. Any driver the player carries must have a club head, identified by model and loft that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by the R&A.
21. GROOVE AND PUNCH MARK SPECIFICATIONS
a. The player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from 1 January 2010.
b. Decision 4-1/1 in the “Decisions on the Rules of Golf” is in effect – see page 70.
a. The following prizes will be awarded to each Division:
ii. 1st Runner-Up
iii. 2nd Runner-Up
iv. 3rd Runner-Up
23. PRIZE PRESENTATION LUNCHEON
a. All players are invited to a Prize Presentation Luncheon on Thursday 3 Dec 2015 at OCC.
24. DRESS CODE
a. Players must be properly attired on the golf course. Blue jeans, designer jeans, round neck T-shirts and tank tops are prohibited. Golf shirts must be worn and shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh (no jean shorts).
b. This dress code will be used in conjunction with any additional dress code restrictions of the host club. A player violating this dress code will not be permitted to start the tournament. A violation of this dress code by a player during the stipulated round must be rectified without undue delay or the player will not be allowed to continue play.
c. Soft spikes shoes are compulsory.
25. CONDUCT OF PLAYERS
a. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.
b. Any action contrary to the spirit of the game such as abusive language, throwing of clubs, or other disruptive behavior, will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification. If a player commits a serious breach of conduct, he may be barred from entry to future tournaments.
c. The use of mobile phones (except in an emergency) and smoking are not allowed on the course.
a. Spectators/parents, if allowed on the course by the host club, must remain on the cart paths at all times. They must stay off the greens and out of the bunkers at all times. They are prohibited from using golf buggies.
b. They should maintain a reasonable distance from the players to avoid the appearance that they are imparting advice or assisting the player in any way. They may approach a player for a moment to exchange clothing, food, or beverages, but should not have prolonged contact.
c. Those found violating these policies may be asked to leave the course.
27. 2015 HSBC YOUTH GOLF CHALLENGE RANKING LIST
a. A single ranking list of all participants who have played in all the four legs of the HSBC YGC will be maintained using the R&A WAGR System. The top ranked player after the completion of the 3rd Leg will be sent to participate in a regional national amateur open.
28. AMENDMENTS TO CONDITIONS
a. The OC reserves the right to amend these conditions of competition.