MHSHL LOCAL RULES of Golf
Brookview Golf Club
MAY 28 & 30, 2019
CONDUCTED UNDER THE RULES OF GOLF*
as modified by the following LOCAL RULES
1. Greater detail concerning many of the issues covered in this document is contained in the document entitled MSHSL TOURNAMENT RULES COMMITTEE INFORMATION**, which provides guidelines for the competition. This document should be consulted in addition to the Rules of Golf* and Local Rules.
2. Various Items. Girls will play from Red Tees. Boys will play from white tees. “Summer rules” apply – play the ball as it lies. No caddies allowed. No player can give or request advice from any other player or spectator; advice can only be given/requested from coach(es) and only when the player is not on the green [coaches should also not enter bunkers]. All players expected to follow appropriate etiquette on the course – no vulgar language, throwing of club(s), defacing golf course or other inappropriate behavior; penalty 1 stroke for 1st offense and DQ for 2nd offense. Players are not allowed to have spare ball in pocket. If ball may be lost outside a hazard, a player may play a provisional ball; s/he must clearly announce the ball as “provisional” before striking, and the ball should be clearly marked differently from the original.
3. Rules Questions. These should be referred to the Rules Officials (LeRoy Blank and Ben Disch) if conveniently available on course or following the round. However, be sure to resolve any pertinent issues prior to teeing off at the next hole, since some such issues may incur disqualification. Players in the group should accept responsibility for such decisions. Players are advised to use Rule 20.1c(3) if any questionable situation should arise, the resolution is not obvious/known, and a Rules Official is not readily available. Rule 20.1c(3) basically says the player may play a second ball for the hole. However, the player should clearly announce his intention to play two balls, the circumstances involved, and the ball s/he would prefer to count if allowed. The announcement should be made to a fellow competitor. Any implementation of Rule 20.1c(3) and/or any other occurrence of a questionable situation must be reported to the Committee prior to signing the card at the end of the round.
4. Pace of Play. Maintaining a good pace of play is essential. Each player and each group is expected to complete each hole in 15 min or less. Each player is expected to play each stroke within 40 sec**. To promote rapid pace of play, we are asking that the first two players in a group of four that complete a hole proceed immediately to the next hole to tee off. The third player should get the pin for the fourth, if appropriate. All scores should be recorded only after all players have teed off on the next hole.
5. Scoring. All players should clearly announce their score on a hole to all fellow competitors in the group, including the scorer, following completion of the hole. All scorecards should be signed by players and scorekeepers. All scorecards must be returned to the Committee immediately after completion of the round.
* THE RULES OF GOLF refers to the “Rules of Golf”, effective Jan. 2019, and “The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf”, effective Jan. 2019, as approved by the R&A Limited and The United States Golf Association (USGA).
** LOCAL RULES refers to the those below and any additional local rules posted for this event only.
** Many items related to this document are discussed in the MSHSL TOURNAMENT RULES COMMITTEE INFORMATION, which should be consulted for further such information.
1. COURSE BOUNDARIES AND PENALTY AREAS.
Out of bounds (OB) is designated by white stakes, roads, or fences on holes 1,2,3,9(behind green),10,11,12,14,15, and 18 (in-course OB for hole 18 indicated by white stakes between the fairways of holes 9 & 18; the white stakes are OB for hole 18 and not OB while playing hole 9).
Yellow Penalty Areas are indicated by yellow stakes; relief (one stroke penalty) by (1) playing from previous position or (2) back-on-the-line relief from point of entry into yellow penalty area.
Red Penalty Areas may be indicated by typical red stakes. However, some Red Penalty areas are not marked with red stakes and are simply recognized as areas which are clearly not maintained (e.g., left-hand side of hole 2). If red stakes exist, the stakes indicate the margin of the hazard; if red stakes do not exist, the margin is indicated by the transition between maintained and not maintained areas of the course. Relief (one stroke penalty) by (1) playing from previous position or (2) back-on-the-line relief from point of entry into the red penalty area, or (3) two club lengths, no closer to the hole, from point of entry into red penalty area.
2. DISTANCE-MEASURING DEVICES.
Use of these devices to measure distance only are now permitted per Rule 4.3a(1). If such a device is used to gauge/measure other conditions that might affect play (elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of RULE 4.3 and incurs a 2 stroke penalty for the first breach and disqualification for the second breach. Note that cell phones cannot be used to measure distance as per MSHSL regulations.**
3. GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCE AND OTHER PATHS.
[Model Local Rule F-17.] All roads and paths on the course, even if not artificially-surfaced, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16-1.
[Model Local Rule I-1.1] Rule 5-2a is modified in this way: A player must not practice on the competition course before or between rounds. Penalty: First breach – General Penalty; Second breach – Disqualification. [Model Local Rule I-2] Rule 5-5b is modified in this way: Between the play of two holes, a player must not: (1) Make any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole just completed or (2) Test the surface of that putting green by rubbing the putting green or rolling a ball. Penalty: General Penalty.
5. DISCONTINUANCE OF PLAY. Signals.
Potentially dangerous situations – one prolonged air horn note, repeated. Other types of suspension – three consecutive air horn notes, repeated. Resumption of Play – Two short air horn notes, repeated.
When play is suspended for potentially dangerous situation, play must discontinue immediately, and must not resume until the Committee has order resumption of play. All practice areas closed for potentially dangerous situation. (Penalty – DQ under Rule 5-7b)
6. OBSTRUCTIONS - GENERAL.
An obstruction is anything artificial, including the artificial surfaces of roads and paths and other artificial [man-made] objects on the course except: (1) objects defining out of bounds, such as walls, fences, and stakes, (2) any part of an immovable artificial object which is out of bounds, and (3) any construction declared an integral part of the course by the Committee.
7. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (GUR).
Ground under repair is defined by encircling white lines. Flowerbeds are also considered GUR even if not so marked. Free relief from GUR is afforded by going to the nearest point of relief (relative to the point where the ball entered the area) and then dropping the ball within 1 club length, no closer to the hole.
8. CLOSE OF COMPETITION.
The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophies have been presented or, in the absence of a prize ceremony, when the Committee has approved all scores.