GRAND STRAND SENIOR MEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION
Fred Welch - President, Mitch Jordan, Vice President, Gary Crumling - Treasurer, Ken Rheault - Secretary, Dave Salisch - Tournament Coordinator/Scorer, John Olson - Rules Chairman
8/17/20 - CROWN PARK - tee times starting at 8:00 am
When both NC & SC deem it appropriate to handle the flagstick, that will be our cue to allow the handling of proximity markers.
• To conform with current rules and guidelines:
o Starting 6/15/20 at ABERDEEN we will be riding TWO to a cart
o We will have tee times, instead of a shotgun start
o There will not be any closest to the pins (Proximity markers)
o Scoring will not be done “on site” at the end of play
I will collect the scorecards and publish the results, after everything is entered into our system]
There will be a plastic box to place your scorecards after the round
o Flagsticks are NOT to be touched
o There shall not be any congregating in or near the clubhouse, etc.
Since the use of rakes is discouraged, relief will be given from footprints in bunkers, LIFT, SMOOTH & PLACE
GOING FORWARD WE WILL BE IMPLEMENTING THE USGA TIE BREAKING PROCEDURES, INSTEAD OF USING THREE RANDOM HOLES, ON A WEEK TO WEEK BASIS.
B-3 Provisional Ball for Ball in a Penalty Area
Purpose. Under Rule 18.3, a player is not allowed to play a ball provisionally if it is known or virtually certain that his or her ball is in a penalty area.
But in unusual cases, the size, shape or location of a penalty area may be such that:
• The player cannot see whether the ball is in the penalty area,
• It would unreasonably delay play if the player had to go forward to look for the ball before returning to play another ball under penalty of stroke and distance, and
• If the original ball is not found, it would be known or virtually certain that the ball is in the penalty area.
For such situations, to save time a Committee may choose to modify Rule 18.3:
• Rule 18.3a is modified to allow the player to play a ball provisionally under Rule 17.1d(1), Rule 17.1d(2) or, for a red penalty area, Rule 17.1d(3).
• Rules 18.3b and 18.3c are modified to state when such a provisional ball must or may be played or abandoned, as stated in the Model Local Rule.
Model Local Rule B-3
“If a player does not know whether his or her ball is in the penalty area [identify location], the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3, which is modified in this way:
In playing the provisional ball, the player may use the stroke-and-distance relief option (see Rule 17.1d(1), the back-on-the-line relief option (see Rule 17.1d(2)) or, if it is a red penalty area, the lateral relief option (see Rule 17.1d(3)). If a dropping zone (see Model Local Rule E-1) is available for this penalty area, the player may also use that relief option.
Once the player has played a provisional ball under this Rule, he or she may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball.
In deciding when that provisional ball becomes the player’s ball in play or if it must or may be abandoned, Rule 18.3c(2) and 18.3c(3) apply except that:
• When Original Ball Is Found in Penalty Area Within Three-Minute Search Time. The player may choose either to:
• Continue to play the original ball as it lies in the penalty area, in which case the provisional ball must not be played. All strokes with that provisional ball before it was abandoned (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count, or
• Continue to play the provisional ball in which case the original ball must not be played.
• When Original Ball Is Not Found Within Three-Minute Search Time or Is Known or Virtually Certain to Be in Penalty Area. The provisional ball becomes the player’s ball in play.
To join our league, there are two standard methods. If you are a member of our member clubs, contact the person who is representative for your club. Most clubs communicate via email these days, but a few have weekly signup forms in their clubhouse. YOU NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES. A PLAYER IS DEEMED TO BE A MEMBER, ONCE HIS NAME APPEARS ON THE LEAGUE ROSTER.
If you are unattached, please contact us thru our email email@example.com , and we will put you in contact to the player representative closest to you, who can then take care of your registration , etc. on a regular basis.
Have always been CASH ONLY. It's one of the ways we are able to keep our prices down
If you find that you will be unable to play in a weekly event, after you have already registered, here are the procedures to insure that you won't be classified as a "NO SHOW", and will also aide the Tournament Director in conducting his event. The ultimate person to be contacted depends upon when you know that you will be unable to participate.
THURSDAY OR FRIDAY - CONTACT YOUR PLAYER REPRESENTATIVE who should contact me.
SATURDAY OR SUNDAY - CONTACT THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.
MONDAY - CONTACT THE COURSE PRIOR TO TEE TIME, wait until at least 7 am to call. IF YOU CALL BEFORE THE COURSE OPENS, IT DOESN'T COUNT!!!!
PLAYER REPRESENTATIVES - If one of your players contacts you on the days listed above, please forward that information to the appropriate individuals who should get that information on those days!!
If your ball appears that it may either be lost or out of bounds, you may hit a provisional ball. If you do not take advantage of this option, you MUST adhere to the local rule that provides and alternative to Stroke and Distance.
Alternative to Stroke and Distance - When a player's ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, and the player has not played a provisional, the player MUST proceed as follows, rather than proceeding under stroke and distance. FOR TWO PENALTY STROKES, the player must take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in a large "relief area" whose reference points are A) the point where the ball is estimated to come to rest (for a lost ball outside of a penalty area) or gone out of bounds, and B) a point at the edge of the fairway, of the hole being played, that is NOT nearer the hole. (see Rule 14.3): Model Local Rule E-5
Size of the Relief Area:
A line from the hole through the ball reference point (point A) (and within two club-lengths to the outside of that line). and
A line from the hole through the fairway reference point (point B) (and within two club-lengths to the fairway side of that line)
This only applies if a provisional ball has not been played.
If a provisional ball is played and neither the original ball or the provisional ball can be found, then the local rule may be applied for the provisional ball that cannot be found.
After allowed search time has expired (THREE Minutes) a player is NOT permitted to return to the previous spot to re-hit.
The following two links will bring you to the description and diagrams of the local rule, along with the USGA's instructional video
OUR HANDICAP RULE IN THE GSSMGA IS AS FOLLOWS: PLAYERS MUST SHOW UP TO DATE HANDICAP CARD TO HIS CLUB REP WHO WILL VERIFY IT AND THE PLAYER CAN THEN COMPETE FOR PRIZES, ONCE THEIR HANDICAP INFORMATION IS ENTERED INTO OUR SYSTEM. THAT HANDICAP IS YOUR INITIAL HANDICAP WITH OUR LEAGUE. WITHOUT UP TO DATE CARD, THE PLAYER MUST PLAY FIVE ROUNDS FOR A HANDICAP INDEX AND MAY NOT COLLECT PRIZES EXCEPT FOR PROXIMITY, CLOSEST TO PIN ON PAR 3'S, UNTIL AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THREE ROUNDS.
AFTER AN INDIVIDUAL HAS COMPLETED 3 ROUNDS WITH US, THEIR ONLY HANDICAP FOR COMPETITION PURPOSES, WILL BE THEIR GSSMGA INDEX AND HANDICAP.
The Rules of Golf have been established to provide for a level playing field. The rules are the same for everyone. The same doesn't necessarily mean fair.
We are playing Tournaments each week and it is up to each Foursome to enforce the rules.
You are protecting the entire field and it's EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY!!