Indiana Golf Association
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
- USGA Rules shall govern all play except where modified by local rules.
- Specific tournament rules will vary from event to event. All contestants in IGA-PGA events will receive a rules of play sheet.
- No tournament shall be held at any golf club or course unless the head golf professional is a PGA Member (Class A) or registered apprentice.
- All decisions shall be made by the Tournament Director or Tournament Committee, whose decision is final.
- The IGA-PGA reserves the right to accept or reject entries at any time for any reason.
- Entry fees must accompany entry forms. All checks shall be made payable to the proper association which is noted on the entry form.
ALL COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS SHALL BE MADE DISCREETLY TO THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE.
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POLICY ON REFUNDS
A player is entitled to a refund of the entry fee less a $10 service charge when withdrawal from an event is made prior to the tournament deadline date. Anyone wishing a refund when withdrawing after the tournament deadline must make a written request to the Tournament Director. Those requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
POLICY ON CONDUCT
The following actions are regarded as violating the Player Code of Conduct and will not be tolerated. Any violation witnessed by or reported to the IGA-PGA staff will be brought to the attention of the IGA Tournament Committee who will determine the penalty to be imposed. The penalty will be determined by the offense, but might include fines and / or suspensions.
- Practice round violation: It is recommended that players not hit more than one ball to the green. Please be courteous to the property of the host club and not use the fairway as the range.
- Participants should always use restroom facilities when needed.
The Executive Director, Tournament Director and Tournament Committee shall be authorized to impose penalties consisting of a fine of $100 for the first offense, a fine of $150 for the second offense and suspension from tournament play for the third offense for any of the following violations:
- Club throwing / club breaking
- Damage to or littering the property of the course or the IGA-PGA.
- Blatant profanity or any profanity directed at the rules officials, other competitors, spectators, sponsors, staff, volunteers or others.
- Any other conduct deemed by the Tournament Director to be disrespectful to other competitors, the club or tournament staff.
NO SHOW POLICY
All competitors are required to notify the Section Office of their withdrawal from a tournament prior to the event. If it is necessary to withdrawal after 5:00 PM of the day before the tournament, competitors are asked to notify the golf course. The Tournament Committee or the Tournament Director will call offenders of this policy. Multiple time offenders will be brought to the Tournament Committee and competitors may be subject to fines or suspensions.
PACE OF PLAY POLICY
The IGA tournament staff will be utilizing a two/four checkpoint system to monitor and apply penalties for slow play. The complete details of this system will be posted at each tournament.
CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell phones may be used to check inclement weather. Cell phone applications used as distance measuring devices may also be used now as long as they measure distance only – not slope, gravity, wind speed etc. Cell phones may be used for non-verbal texting or answering emails. The phone must be kept in “silence” mode, and all texting and emailing should be kept to a minimum. Such actions should not delay play.
POLICY ON DRESS
All participants in IGA events may wear slacks or shorts that constitute appropriate golf apparel (Cut offs, sweat pants, and gym shorts are not acceptable).
Caddies are expected to be neat in appearance with respect to clothing and personal grooming. Shirts with collars are required. T-shirts, tank tops, cut-offs, gym clothes and jeans are examples of attire that does not meet this requirement. Shorts of an appropriate length are acceptable. The official in charge of the event shall decide whether this requirement has been met.
NON-CONFORMING BALLS / CLUBS
The IGA-PGA recognizes the USGA as the governing body of the Rules of Golf. In accordance with USGA Rules, the IGA-PGA will not allow any participant in Indiana Golf Association, Indiana Section PGA or Indiana Golf Foundation events to use a non-conforming golf ball or a non-conforming golf club. Should the use of non-conforming equipment take place in an IGA, Indiana PGA or Indiana Golf Foundation event, the participant shall be disqualified. A current list of non-conforming golf balls and clubs can be viewed online at www.usga.org under ‘Equipment’.
POLICY ON GOLF CARS / CADDIES
The “one seat” policy will be in effect for all events. Either the player OR the caddie will be allowed to ride in or move a golf cart, but not at the same time. The player and the caddie are not allowed to ride in the same cart or separate carts at the same time.
POLICY ON REFUNDS
Golf professionals and amateurs participating in professional events are entitled to full refunds when withdrawal from any IGA event is made prior to the tournament deadline date. Anyone wishing a refund when withdrawing after the tournament deadline date must appeal to the tournament committee in writing. Entrants shall inform the Golf Office of their withdrawal. There will be a $10 administrative fee for all refunds.
POLICY ON STARTING TIMES
Starting times for IGA events will be made by the Tournament Director and will be made available to participants prior to the event. Starting times so posted are final.
SUSPENSION OF PLAY FOR A DANGEROUS SITUATION
ONE prolonged note signals a suspension for a dangerous situation and all players SHALL DISCONTINUE PLAY IMMEDIATELY. If a player fails to discontinue play, he may be disqualified. All practice areas shall be closed during a suspension for a dangerous situation until the committee has declared them open for use.
THREE notes signal all other suspensions, players have the option of finishing out the hole they are playing or they may discontinue play.
TWO notes signal a resumption of play unless otherwise declared by the committee. signal all other suspensions.
APPEALS FOR RULES INFRACTIONS
The penalized player(s) may make appeals to the Tournament Committee who will hear all the facts and either uphold the decision or overrule. In all instances, the decision of the Tournament Committee is final.