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Kansas Golf Associaition

2019 KGA Hard Card


The Rules of Golf govern play. See applicable Championship Notice to Competitors, Addendum to Local Rules, or Entry Application for additional Local Rules and Conditions. Complete text of Rules and Local Rules may be found in the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf, effective January 1, 2019 . Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule/Condition is: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.


LOCAL RULES & CONDITIONS

OFFICIAL TIME: The official time shall be kept by the Starter and may be observed or obtained at the starting tee.  Any other device or time source on display is not the official time and may be relied upon for unofficial information only.

PENALTY AREA STAKES & LINES: When a penalty area is defined on only one side, it extends to infinity.  When a penalty area is connected to out of bounds, the penalty area extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Defined by white lines.  French drains are ground under repair.  For grass covered trenching, see Temporary Power Lines and Cables. 

Ground under repair may include areas of unusual damage, including areas where spectators or other traffic have combined with wet conditions to affect materially the ground surface, but only when so declared by an authorized member of the Committee.  When immediately adjacent to an immovable obstruction, such an area is part of the obstruction.

RELIEF FROM SEAMS OF CUT TURF (SOD SEAMS): The Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect.  All seams within the cut turf area are considered the same seam.  Model Local Rule F-7.

SPRINLER HEAD INTERFERENCE NEAR PUTTING GREENS - The Model Local Rule F-5 as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect if a ball lies through the green and an immovable obstruction on or 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 as follows:  The ball must be lifted and dropped in the relief area that is (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a penalty area or on a putting green.


AERATION HOLES: The Local Rule for Aeration Holes as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect.  Relief is for lie of ball only.  Model Local Rule E-4.

WHITE-LINED AREAS TYING OBSTRUCTIONS have the same status as the roads or paths, that of obstructions.

WOOD CHIPS & MULCH are loose impediments.

INTEGRAL OBJECTS: Include cables, rods, wires, or wrappings when closely attached to trees, and artificial walls and pilings when located in penalty areas and bunkers.

TEMPORARY POWER LINES & CABLES: Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect.  Model Local Rule F-22.

TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect.  Model Local Rule F-23.

LIST OF CONFORMING DRIVER HEADS: Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect.  Model Local Rule G-1.

LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS: Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect.  Model Local Rule G-3.

REPLACING CLUB THAT IS BROKEN OR SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED: Local Rule as prescribed is in effect.  Model Local Rule G-9.


PACE OF PLAY:
See separate memo for pace of play guidelines posted on the website, addendum to Local Rules and/or at the starting tee.

UNBECOMING OR UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT:
A player that conducts himself in an unbecoming or unsportsmanlike manner while on the premises of the host facility may be removed from the competition by the Committee immediately without warning.

FOOTWEAR: The footwear policy of the host facility shall be in effect. Penalty for breach is disqualification.

COMMUNICATION DEVICES: Voice communications devices may not be used by any player during any round or match.   A violation of this condition may be considered unbecoming conduct.  This condition also applies to caddies. Exceptions: to seek medical aid, to summon a rules official, or to report a problem with a golf cart.

STOPPING & RESUMING PLAY:
Local Rule as prescribed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures is in effect.  Model Local Rule J-1. 

All practice areas are closed during an immediate suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open.  Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to stop practicing; failure to stop practicing might result in disqualification.

Signals for discontinuance and resumption of play:

  • Immediate Suspension, Dangerous Situation - One prolonged airhorn note
  • Other Suspensions  - Three consecutive airhorn notes
  • Resumption of Play - Two short airhorn notes

CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner or, in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee. The result of a Match is considered to have been “officially announced” when the Committee has approved the result as posted on the public scoreboard.

(revised 4/23/2019)