RULES AND FAQ

 

Rules and FAQ

 

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.
Have Fun, Play Fast and Play by the Rules

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 revoked.

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

Three Divisions:
The field of handicaps are divided by three in order to have equal amount of golfers in each division and similar prize pots.
Par play from Blue Tees
Bogey play from White Tee
Double Bogey handicap play from White Tee
Women play from Red Tee

 

• Do I have to play in all the tournaments?

 

• How is my handicap determined?

 

• Why is the tournament fee more expensive than the course charges?

 

• What do I do if I'm not sure of a rule for myself or one of my playing partners?

 

• Can I play with my friends?

 

• What happens if I withdraw during a tournament?

 

• What do I do if I have more than one handicap?

All RCGA & USGA Rules apply, however, here are the most common rules you may encounter:
• Clubs - Rule 4-4• Dropping Ball - Rule 20-2
• Ball Unfit for Play - Rule 5-3• Cleaning Ball - Rule 21
• Practice - Rule 7• Ball Interfering with Play - Rule 22-2
• Teeing Ground - Rule 11• Loose Impediments - Rule 23-1
• Identifying Ball - Rule 12-1• Obstructions - Rule 24
• Improving Lie / Stance - Rule 13-2• Abnormal Ground Conditions - Rule 25-1
• Double Hit - Rule 14-4• Embedded Ball - Rule 25-2
• Playing Wrong Ball - Rule 15• Relief from Water Hazard - Rule 26-1
• Ball Overhanging Hole Rule - Rule 16-2• Ball Lost or Out of Bounds (5 Minute Rule) - Rule 27-1
• Ball at Rest Moved - Rule 18• Provisional Ball - Rule 27-2
• Ball in Motion, Deflected or Stopped - Rule 19• Ball Unplayable - Rule 28

 

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.
If ball is cracked or visibly cut, it can be changed after it has been examined by a fellow competitor. A ball with mud on it or that is scraped or scratched is not unfit for play.
The ball can be lifted to check for damage provided notice is given to a fellow competitor. Ball may not be cleaned.

 
 
Practice - Rule 7

No practice shot shall be made during the play or a hole or from any hazard.
After hole is finished, putting or chipping on or near the green just finished is permitted or on the teeing ground of the next hole.
Penalty is two strokes for unauthorized practice.

 
 
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.
A tee marker cannot be moved but you can stand outside the teeing ground to play a ball within it.
Two stroke penalty is incurred for playing outside the teeing area.

 
 
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:

  • pressing a club on the ground;
  • moving, bending or breaking anything growing or fixed;
  • creating or eliminating irregularities of surface;
  • removing or pressing down sand, loose soil, replaced divots; or,
  • removing dew, frost or water

You cannot build a stance.
The one exception is on the putting green where you can remove sand or loose soil and repair damage but you cannot press anything down except old hole plugs or ball marks [Rule 16-1].

 
 
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.
There is no penalty if in searching for your ball, you cause your opponent’s ball to move [Rule 18-3]

 
 
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]
If your ball hits another ball and moves it, you play your ball as it lies unless both balls were on the green in which case you are penalized two strokes. The ball that was hit and moved, must be replaced.

 
 
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:

  1. rolls and comes to rest in a hazard;
  2. rolls out of and comes to rest outside a hazard;
  3. rolls onto and comes to rest on a putting green;
  4. rolls and comes to rest out of bounds;
  5. rolls to and comes to rest in a position where there is interference by the condition from which relief was taken;
  6. rolls and comes to rest more than two club-lengths from where it first struck a part of the course; rolls and comes to rest nearer the hole.
 
 
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:

  1. It is to determine whether the ball is unfit for play;
  2. For identification
  3. Because it is assisting or interfering with play.

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.
Artificial objects like rakes may be removed from the hazard.
There is no penalty if the ball moves when removing loose impediments on the green.

 
 
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.
Movable obstructions can be moved such as rakes.
There is no penalty if the ball moves while moving a movable obstruction.

 
 
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].
If the abnormal condition is in a bunker, relief must be taken in the bunker.

 
 
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.
Lateral water hazards are marked by red stakes or lines.
You can play it as it lies. Or take a one stroke penalty and relief.
Relief can take the following form:

  1. Play the ball from the spot where the original ball was last played;
  2. Drop a ball behind the water hazard at the point where the ball last crossed directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped with no limit as to how far you go back;
For lateral water hazards only, drop a ball two club lengths from where the ball crossed the margin of the water hazard at a point not nearer the hole.
 
 
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.
A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies beyond the inside line of objects such as white stakes or a fence or wall that marks the playing area.
Where a ball has been hit out of bounds, a player may play another ball from the spot at which the original ball was hit under a penalty of one stroke.
If a ball is not found within 5 minutes, it shall be deemed lost and the player shall play another ball from the spot at which the original ball was played under a penalty of one stroke.

 
 
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:

 

  1. Playing the ball from the last spot on the course;
  2. Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot at which the ball is dropped with no limit as to how far you can go back;
  3. Drop a ball within two club lengths of the spot where the ball lay but not nearer the hole.

If the unplayable ball is in the bunker, the player can only seek relief in the bunker.
A ball may be lifted and cleaned under this Rule.

 

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