Conditions of Competition
Undue Delay: A player must not unduly delay play. (Rule 6-7). Penalty: 2 Strokes
Lightning Suspension of Play: The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation will be a prolonged note of the siren. However, a player may discontinue play if she believes there is a danger of lightning, even if the play has not been suspended by the Committee.
Practice: Before a round or play-off on any day of a stroke-play competition, a competitor must not practice on the competition course or test the surface of any putting green on the course by rolling a ball or roughening or scraping the surface. When two or more rounds of a stroke-play competition are to be played over consecutive days, a competitor must not practice between those rounds on any competition course remaining to be played, or test the surface of any putting green on such course by rolling a ball or roughening or scraping the surface. Penalty: Disqualification. Rule 7-1b.
Official Tees: Play shall be conducted from the designated tee markers. The BLUE and WHITE PWGA TEE FLAGS will be located near the teeing ground, usually on the cart path side. They are not official tee markers and are there only to designate the location of the hole. They shall be brought in by the Tournament “B” group or the “A” group if there is only one group starting on the hole.
Time of Starting: The player must start at the time established by the Committee. If the player arrives at her starting point, ready to play, within five minutes after her starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is two strokes at the first hole in stroke play. Otherwise, the penalty for breach of this Rule is disqualification. Where the Committee determines that exceptional circumstances have prevented the player from starting on time, there is no penalty. Rule 6-3a.
Ties: Except for the PWGA Open, ties will be broken by matching scorecards. Ties will be broken by using the last nine holes (10 through 18), last six holes (13 through 18), last three holes (16 through 18), and finally the 18th hole. If this does not produce a winner, the Committee will use the same procedure using the first round scores. If this does not produce a winner, it will be decided by a coin toss. Ties for Low Gross or Low Net over the field will be broken by using the above procedure using the scores on the most difficult course first. If both courses have the same slope the Committee will arbitrarily select one course before the start of competition to be the course on which ties will be broken. The competitors will be so informed. Area Team Play Qualifiers for the Team Play Championship Tournament will use this same method to break any ties. Ties for the Low Gross Champion in the PWGA Open will be decided by a sudden-death playoff.
Close of Competition: A competition is closed when the result has been officially announced. Posting: Scores will be posted by the Committee as a “Tournament” score.