Local Rules and Terms of Competition for 2019 PWGA Competitions

The Rules of Golf as approved by the USGA and The R & A govern play. The following Local Rules and Terms of the Competition are in effect at all PWGA competitions, along with the Local Rules and Terms as may be supplied. Complete text of Rules and Model Local Rules may be found in the current edition of the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf. 

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule is the general penalty:

Match Play – Loss of Hole                            Stroke play – Two Strokes

Local Rules

SCORECARD—Any Local Rules listed on the club scorecard or posted at the host club are unofficial and have no status in PWGA competitions.

PENALTY AREAS—When a penalty area is defined on only one side it extends to infinity. When a penalty area is connected to the out-of-bounds edge, the penalty area extends to and coincides with out of bounds.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR—Defined by white lines.  French drains, deep tire ruts, all depressions filled with rocks and areas in bunkers where sand has been removed by the movement of water resulting in deep furrows through the sand are ground under repair (Rule 16.1).

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS CLOSE TO PUTTING GREEN—The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is on the line of play, and is within two club-lengths of the putting green, and within two club-lengths of the ball and the ball and the obstruction are in part of the general area cut to fairway height or less.  Model Local Rule F-5.

WHITE-LINED AREAS TYING INTO ARTIFFICIALLY SURFACED ROADS AND PATHS—White-lined areas of ground under repair and an artificially surfaced road or path or other identified obstruction that they tie into are treated as a single abnormal course condition when taking relief under Rule 16.1.  Model Local Rule F-3.1.

PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES IDENTIFIED BY STAKES, WIRES OR ROPES—The young trees 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.

PERMANENT ELEVATED POWER LINES AND CABLES—If it is known or virtually certain that a player’s ball hit a power line, tower or a wire or pole supporting a power line during the play of a hole, the stroke does not count. The player must play a ball without penalty from where the previous stroke was made (see Rule 14.6 for what to do).

 STOPPING AND RESUMING PLAY—An immediate suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged airhorn note. All other suspensions will be signaled by three consecutive airhorn notes. In either case, resumption of play will be signaled by two short airhorn notes. See Rule 5.7b.

 WOOD CHIPS AND MULCH—Are loose impediments.

Terms of the Competition

ELIGIBILITY—To participate in major tournaments, a member must play to a maximum handicap index of 40.4, or 20.2 for a 9-hole game, or less computed from 20 scores. She must be a member of PWGA in good standing as of the eligibility date indicated on the tournament flyer. For the Mixed Couples/Summer Partners tournament: Mixed Couples consists of one male and one female player; Summer Partners consists of two female players.  A maximum of 128 players with the lowest indexes will be accepted in the PWGA Open.  If the tournament is open to other association members (e.g., NCGA, WGANC, Nevada), there is an additional fee and PWGA members have priority if oversubscribed.

PRACTICE—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 rubbing the surface.

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.  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.

WHEN A COMPETITION IS FINAL—A competition is final when the result has been officially announced.  Posting: Scores will be posted by the Committee as a “Tournament” score.

DRESS CODE—Players must be properly attired both on the golf course and on the premises of the club.  This dress code will be used in conjunction with any additional dress code restrictions of the particular golf course involved. A player violating this dress code will not be permitted to start the competition. A violation of the dress code by the player during the stipulated round must be rectified without undue delay or the player will not be allowed to continue.

CODE OF CONDUCT—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 has the authority to disqualify a player or players for serious misconduct.  Any dispute shall be brought to the attention of the Committee before signing the score card.

CADDIES AND SPECTATORS—No caddies or spectators will be allowed at any play day or major tournament unless specifically authorized in the flyer for that tournament.

PACE OF PLAY—See separate pace of play guidelines.