This isn’t a sport of bending the rules. When in doubt play two balls and keep score on both for the hole and submit to the BGT rules committee. There will be a rules official at every event to assist with any rules infractions and pace of play.
Play fair, play well, play safe.
All of our tournaments are shot-gun starts on Sunday and Monday usually starting around 1pm and 2 pm. We play in threesomes to guarantee 4.5 hour rounds.
2 Penalty stroke will be issued on the last hole played to anyone that comes in after 4 hours 45 minutes
If a golfer recieves more than 3 complaints that have been addressed to him/her by a tournament director, their membership will be refunded and terminated.
BGT Guidelines to assure fastest tournament round possible.
We realize this is tournament golf and we all want to play well however here are some guidelines to help keep pace of play.
• Ready golf always: whoever is ready…..hit (within reason and always be safe)
• Keep up with the group in front of you (don’t measure your group by the group behind)
• If there is any doubt your ball might be lost, announce to your group or closest playing partner and then hit a provisional
• Par threes wave the group behind up whenever possible
• Putt out if you are not on anyone’s line
?Par 0-9.9 handicap play from Blue Tees
?Bogey 10-16.9 handicap play from White Tee
Double Bogey 17-27.0 handicap play from White Tee
?(Seniors 65+ have the option to move up one tee block and stay in their division - course slope and rating will be adjusted according to the tee block played)
Do I have to play in all the tournaments?
|NO, once you've paid your membership fee, you can pay and play in as many tournaments as you like. If you play in 3 or more (within one of the chapters) you will qualify for that chapters BGT invitational at the end of the year|
How is my handicap determined?
|We use a software called "GAM" (Golf Association of Michigan) which is also used by many of the courses. You will need to enter a minimum of five 18 hole rounds. We will enter your tournament scores for you and you just need to enter in your non Bogey Golf Tour rounds throughout the season. If your tournament scores are lower, the software automatically will reduce your handicap.|
Why is the tournament fee more expensive than the course charges?
The tournament fee is approximately $20 to $25 more than what the golf course charges. $10 from every entry goes towards prize money ($7 for low net prize money and $3 goes towards the prize money at the end of the year BGT invitational tournament). The balance is for the expenses of running the Bogey Golf Tour such as promotional material and events, advertising, scheduling and organizing golf courses, events and tee sheets, initial setup and regular maintenance of the website, taxes and banking fees, time and effort promoting the tour..etc.
What do I do if I'm not sure of a rule for myself or one of my playing partners?
|Question it immediately to your playing partners - tactfully. If you or one of you playing partners are not sure of or disagree on a ruling then play two balls, keep track of both scores and the tournament director will determine the proper score based on the RCGA rule book and/or a consultation with the club pro. All members will recieve a rules booklet at their first tournament.|
Can I play with my friends?
The idea behind the tour is to golf with different people at different courses to offer some competitiveness while still having fun. Pairings are based on handicap groupings and experience on the tour. If you request to play with someone, that will be taken into consideration and we'll do our best to accommodate without interferring with the structure of the tour.
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What happens if I withdraw during a tournament or do not finish?
|You will no longer be eligible to participate in Long Drive, Closest to the Pin or any Skins game and your score will not be posted.|
What do I do if I have more than one handicap?
9-2c. Player Has More Than One Handicap Index
If a player belongs to more than one golf club and has a different Handicap Index at each golf club, the Committee in charge of a competition should require the player to use the lowest Handicap Index when competing with players from more than one club. (See Section 6-5 and Decision 6-5/2 and Decision 6-5/3.)
6-5. Player Belonging to More Than One Golf Club
A player who belongs to more than one golf club must do either of the following:
(a) Register as a multi-member with the authorized golf association or computation service, if such service is provided, so that all scores at every club will enter into the player's scoring record for computation; or
(b) Return all scores to all clubs in person, or, if the club allows, by e-mail, fax, Internet, or surface mail (See Section 5-2), together with the USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating, and date.
If a player maintains a Handicap Index at more than one club, and the clubs do not use a networked computation service, all acceptable scores must be posted at all clubs. (See Decision 6-5/1.) This will result in the same Handicap Index at all clubs unless there are administrative problems such as transmission problems or mailing delays. Failure to post all acceptable scores at all clubs produces a Handicap Index that is not based on the player's best 10 differentials of the last 20 scores and consequently may not be termed a Handicap Index. If a player has a different Handicap Index at different clubs, despite posting all scores at all clubs, the Committee in charge of the competition may require the player to use the lowest Handicap Index when competing with players from more than one club. (See Decision 6-5/3.)
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Clubs - Rule 4-4
|Maximum # of clubs in bag is 14|
Ball Unfit for Play - Rule 5-3
A ball may not be changed during the play of a hole.
Practice - Rule 7
No practice shot shall be made during the play or a hole or from any hazard.
Teeing Ground - Rule 11
A ball may be placed no more than two club lengths behind the tee markers. There is no penalty if the ball accidentally falls off the tee.
Identifying Ball - Rule 12-1
While searching for your ball in a hazard, obstruction or abnormal ground condition, the ball may be moved to confirm identity without penalty but must be placed back in original condition.
Improving Lie / Stance - Rule 13-2
You cannot improve the lie of the ball or your stance by any of the following actions:
You cannot build a stance.
Double Hit - Rule 14-4
If the ball strikes the club more than once during a stroke, a penalty stroke must be added making 2 strokes in all.
Playing Wrong Ball - Rule 15
If you play the wrong ball, it is a two stroke penalty. Player must correct their mistake before finishing the hole by playing the correct ball or playing under the lost ball rule otherwise they will be disqualified. [Rule 27]
Ball Overhanging Hole Rule - Rule 16-2
If ball overhangs hole, player can take reasonable time to get to hole and then wait 10 seconds to see if ball falls. If it falls outside of this time, the player is deemed to have holed with this last stroke and a penalty stroke is added.
Ball at Rest Moved - Rule 18
When the ball is in play, there is a one stroke penalty plus a requirement that the ball be placed back in its original position where a player causes it to move (intentionally or inadvertently) outside of when the player is taking their stroke, searching for a ball in a hazard, removing a movable obstruction, removing loose impediments on the green or lifting a ball in accordance with the Rules.
If the ball moves because of wind or rain, it is played as it lies with no penalty.
Ball in Motion, Deflected or Stopped - Rule 19
If your ball hits you or your equipment, there is a one stroke penalty [Rule 19-2]. No penalty if it hits your fellow competitor or their equipment. You hit the ball as it lies. [Rule 19-4]
Dropping Ball - Rule 20-2
In dropping the ball, the player must stand up straight, hold the ball at shoulder height and arm’s length and then drop it. The ball must be re-dropped where:
Cleaning Ball - Rule 21
A ball may be cleaned when lifted on the green. A ball may also be cleaned when lifted in accordance with a Rule except where:
If a ball is cleaned except in accordance with the Rules, a one stroke penalty is added to the score.
Ball Interfering with Play - Rule 22-2
If a player feels that another player’s ball might interfere with his play, he can ask the other player to lift his ball. The ball may not be cleaned unless it is on the green. The player asked to lift his ball has the option of hitting first.
Loose Impediments - Rule 23-1
Except where the loose impediment (e.g. stones, leaves, twigs or other natural things) and ball lie or touch the same hazard, any loose impediment may be removed without penalty.
Obstructions - Rule 24
Relief may be taken from an obstruction, for example, cart path, sprinkler heads or shelter houses. Obstructions are defined as artificial or man-made objects. One club length relief may be taken from a point where you can play without interference no closer to the hole. The ball must be dropped in accordance with Rule 20-2.
Abnormal Ground Conditions - Rule 25-1
Relief may be taken from abnormal ground condition – defined as casual water (i.e. temporary puddle), ground under repair or hole made by burrowing animal. One club length relief may be taken no closer to the hole. The ball must be dropped in accordance with Rule 20-2. Similar relief can be taken when the ball is on the wrong green [Rule 25-3].
Embedded Ball - Rule 25-2
A ball embedded in its own pitch mark in any closely mowed area through the green (this includes rough cut to fairway height or less) may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, as near as possible to the spot where it lay, without penalty.
Relief from Water Hazard - Rule 26-1
Water hazards are marked by yellow stakes or lines.
Ball Lost or Out of Bounds (5 Minute Rule) - Rule 27-1
Always play a provisional ball if you think your ball might be lost or out of bounds. This will help with pace of play.
Provisional Ball - Rule 27-2
|If a ball may be lost or out of bounds outside of a water hazard, the player may play a provisional ball. If that ball gets played, it will be under a penalty of stroke and distance. In other words, if it is the tee shot, the player will be lying three strokes.|
Ball Unplayable - Rule 28
|Except in a water hazard, a player may deem any ball unplayable. A one stroke penalty is incurred. Relief can then take the following forms:|
If the unplayable ball is in the bunker, the player can only seek relief in the bunker.