Updated on January 6, 2017 – Main Section Updated were Tuesday Guidelines (I, t)

 

SIR 146 GOLF RULES & GUIDELINES

 

All subjects appearing on this page have been approved by the 2016 SIR Branch 146 Golf Committee (GC). The members of the Golf Committee are Frank Rockwell (Chair), Jim Barry, Ed Brands, Joe Fuchs (Scheduler), Dan Holland, Bill Laws, Ed Marlovits, Paul Masta, and David Steinberg (Treasurer).

 

       I.     TUESDAY GUIDELINES

  1. Branch 146 has a standing morning tee time at Boundary Oak Golf Course. The start time can vary throughout the year but typically begins between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
  2. Golfers are out there to have FUN
  3. All golfers are eligible to play if a member of Branch 146 or a guest
  4. To assist in this goal, tee times will be scheduled for participating golfers
  5. Everyone is ASSUMED to be PLAYING
  6. If a golfer is unable to play, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED they notify the Golf Committee no later than 6:00 p.m. Sunday by Email to sir146golf@gmail.com OR per the Sign Out Sheet provided for golfers at check in. Sunday evening FINAL tee times and pairings will be communicated by Email
  7. For most Tuesdays, Times and Pairings are created randomly giving everybody a chance to play with everyone else.
  8. These times and pairings are also emailed to the Boundary Oak Pro Shop.
  9. Late cancellations, defined as any cancellation made after 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening, and Tuesday no-shows have become a problem for Boundary Oak and the Sir 146 golf scheduler. As a result, a policy was implemented in that those individuals will not be scheduled for Tuesday Golf until they pay a $5 fee ($10 if it is a tournament day) to our Treasurer or Scheduler. Once collected, the individual will be reinstated in the scheduling process for Tuesday Golf. Of course, if we made an error, the golfer will not be assessed a fee or removed from our Tuesday pairings.
  10. In the event of a prediction of significant rainfall or occurrence of significant rainfall or some other bad weather event, the GC, at their discretion, will report via Email that the No-Show/Late Cancellation policy will be waived for the upcoming Tuesday.  This could typically be done on Monday or early Tuesday. In the event of unexpected rainfall or bad weather on a Tuesday, the GC may also choose to waive the No-Show/Late Cancellation policy for that day.  This could be done on Tuesday or a subsequent day. If the No-Show/Late Cancellation is waived for bad weather, there will be no prize fund distribution for that day. The No-Show/Late Cancellation fee will also be waived if the golf course declares it a “golf cart” only day and the golfer elects not to play.
  11. To facilitate weekly play, a starter will be assigned to check-in golfers, maintain a Move-up list, and reassign golfers on the Move-up list to fill the places of golfers failing to check-in by their assigned starting time. The starter will also provide the closest-to-the-pin placards to the first group and, if playing, will pick-up the placards or, if not playing, ask a member for the final foursome to pick-up the placards. Following completion of all play, the starter or his designee will mail the completed scorecards using the envelope provided. The duties of the starter will rotate among all active golfers. Golfers will be notified in advance of their turn to serve as starter. If for some reason a golfer is unable to serve as a starter, it is imperative he notify a member of the Golf Committee prior to his scheduled time. (If a Starter is a No Show he will be assessed a 1 month penalty in which he will not be scheduled for Tuesday golf.)
  12. On Tuesday:
    1. Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled tee time
    2. Check in with the SIR Starter located in the Boundary Oak Grill. He has the Pairing Sheet with your current handicap as well as the above mentioned Sign Out Sheet
  13. Players will be allowed to move up
    1. If openings occur AND you have previously signed up to play
    2. If you have not signed up for golf that day or are on UFN (see p. below) you are still welcome to play but you will be in the last group and are not eligible to be on the move up list.
  14. Check in and Pay at the Pro Shop as normal
  15. During Play
    1. Follow the Rules of Golf except as modified by Branch Rules (see below)
    2. Follow the Gentlemen’s Ready Golf & Pace of Play Guidelines (see below).
    3. USGA's recommendation and Branch Guidelines are that players with a handicap of 25+ play from the forward tees. SIR added 75+ years of age. Playing from the Forward tees is permitted and encouraged for any player, at any time.
    4. A back-up score card should be maintained for verification purposes. At least 2 players need to sign the Official score card after it was verified against the back-up score card. Official card must be placed in the score card envelop in the Grill.
    5. Most important: ENJOY THE DAY!!!
  16. Per NCGA guidelines, all golfers are required to post their scores. After Playing remember to post your score to ensure the course handicaps fairly reflect each golfer’s current ability.  The most convenient ways to record your score is using the computer in the Pro Shop immediately after completing your round. If you forget to enter your score before leaving the golf course or prefer to post at home, you can also enter it online at www.ncga.org. A golfer that does not post their score by 6 p.m. on Thursday will not be eligible for the prize fund that week.
  17. UFN (Until Further Notice): A SIR 146 golfer who signs out on UFN will not be included in the golf pairings until he changes his designation.  While on UFN you may still be scheduled to be a starter unless you contact the Golf Committee to indicate you are unable to perform the tasks of the starter.  You should contact the Golf Committee at least one week before you plan to return to play so you can be included in the pairings and not be placed at the end of the list. If you return to play while on UFN status you are welcome to do so but you are subject to rule l. 2 above.
  18. For there to be any prize fund distribution on a particular day, 24 players must complete their round (except if it is a bad weather day per j. above).
  19. Also after Playing (time permitting), try to come into the Grill and enjoy your fellow golfers.
  20. Late Cancellations for Away Golf are defined as any cancellation occurring after 6 p.m. on the Sunday before the event. A Late Cancellation or No Show for an Away Golf event will result in a $10 fee payable to our Treasurer or Scheduler.  Those individuals will not be scheduled for Tuesday Golf or Away Golf until the fee is paid. Once collected, the individual will be reinstated in the scheduling process for Tuesday Golf and Away Golf. Of course, if we made an error, the golfer will not be assessed a fee or removed from our pairings process. (Exception: if a scheduled player or a family member has a medical emergency that arose after pairings have been sent out, he will NOT be fined a “Late Cancellation” or “No Show” fee).

 

     II.     GENTLEMEN'S READY GOLF & PACE OF PLAY GUIDELINES

  1. Safe play is our priority and must be applied when undertaking all of the below guidelines.
  2. Keep up with group in front – try to reduce gaps. Stay ahead of the group behind.
  3. 2 people sharing cart – driver protocol: To the extent possible, avoid playing serially. For example, drop a player off to look for his ball while the second player hits his shot, and then return to player looking for ball. Avoid driving a player to his ball and waiting until he hits before driving to your next shot.
  4. Cart vs. walker shot protocol: Cart player should hit even if he is not away, and then move to an appropriate location. Do not wait for walker to approach and hit his shot.
  5. If player furthest from pin is not ready, the person ready to hit should hit and then move to an appropriate location.
  6. If your group is falling behind teeing off after putting is encouraged to keep up, even if others are still putting.
  7. Looking for lost ball – no more than 5 minutes. We have previously reduced penalty to 1 stroke in order to speed up play.
  8. Move quickly to the next tee. Recording of scores needs to be completed at the next tee, not near the green that has just been played.
  9. Carry extra tees, markers and an extra ball in your pocket at all times.
  10. If the group ahead is too close for the longer hitters in your group perhaps there is a shorter hitter in your group that can hit away.
  11. For cart path golf, take several clubs to preclude having to return to the cart for another club.
  12. Begin reading the green and lining up putts as soon as you begin approaching the green. Do not wait for your turn to begin reading your putt.
  13. When chipping around the green have your putter with you.
  14. Pay attention to the tee shots in your group. It will help locate shots not in the middle of the fairway.
  15. Make decisions regarding your next shot while approaching your ball or while waiting for others to play.
  16. If safe and appropriate, wave up groups on Par 3’s. Players on the green must move to a safe location (e.g. behind the green) before waving up the next group.
  17. Continuous putting is encouraged (i.e. player putts until he finishes, as long as he doesn’t stand in another player’s line).
  18. All members of the Golf Committee have been authorized to act as marshals of slow play. As such, they will help identify slow groups and let them know that they need to pick up the pace. Please cooperate when this occurs and do your best to speed up play.
  1. Players should play from the appropriate tees as long as the tee box they play is indicated on the scorecard. Here are our Branch guidelines:

1.     Recommend play from the Forward tees for those players 75 years of age or older, or handicap indexes of 25 or greater.

2.     Playing from the Forward tees is permitted for any player, at any time.

 

   III.     BRANCH RULES

  1. Know, understand and follow of the Golf Rules compiled by the USGA except as follow:

1.     Preferred lie: the ball may be moved 6 inches, no nearer the hole, except when the ball lies out of bounds, in a bunker, or in a water hazard.

2.     Lost Ball: For pace of play, a golfer may place a new ball in play for a ball assumed to be lost or to be out of bounds. (See note below for definition of out of bounds.)  The new ball shall be dropped in the fairway near the point where the original ball was last observed. A one stroke (1) penalty is added to the golfer’s score.

3.     Putts of one (1) foot or less may be conceded and counted as one (1) stroke.

4.     Distance measuring devices of all types may be used for SIR 146 sponsored events. Note: Other SIR events may have restrictions limiting the capabilities of distance measuring devices which can be used in Area and State events.

  1. “Out of bounds” is any area beyond the boundaries of the course. Boundaries may be defined by lines, stakes or fences. On hole #11 at Boundary Oak, if you are in the maintenance yard (i.e. beyond a fence), you are considered OB and a ball should be dropped and played at the nearest agreed upon location with a one stroke penalty (per our SIR 146 rule). You may also hit a provisional ball (at the time your foursome tees off) and play a stroke and distance penalty. If you ball rests in the chip area, then you get a SIR 6-inch bump.
  2. Under Golf Rules, golfers have several options when a ball is known or virtually certain to be in a water hazard. A golfer may play the ball as it lies or under penalty of one (1) stroke proceed in accordance with Rule 26-1, Relief for Ball in Water Hazard.

1.     A golfer whose ball is lost in a regular water hazard marked with yellow stakes may (1) play a new ball at the spot from which the original ball was last played or (2) drop a new ball on a line from the hole through the point where the ball entered the hazard. A golfer may go as far back on that line as he wishes.

2.     A golfer whose ball lies in a lateral water hazard marked by red stakes, may (1) play a new ball at the spot from which the original ball was last played,   (2) drop a new ball within two club lengths no nearer the hole on either side of the hazard or (3) drop a new ball on a line from the hole through the point where the ball entered the hazard. A golfer may go as far back on that line as he wishes.

  1. When a ball is not known or virtually certain to be in a water hazard, it should be considered to be a lost ball and a golfer should proceed under the SIR 146 rule.
  2. Per (I, p) above, a golfer that does not post their score by 6 p.m. on Thursday will not be eligible for the prize fund that week.