Discipline Procedures

Definitions and Interpretation
General
Breaches of Discipline
Reporting and Consideration
Right of Appeal
Disciplinary Hearing

 

Definitions and Interpretation
  1. “Accused” means the player or official accused of a breach of discipline;
  2. “Competition” means an overseas or local tournament championship, event or competition organized or sanctioned by the HKGA or a recognized Golf Association ;
  3. “HKGA” means the Hong Kong Golf Association;
  4. “Executive Committee” refers to the Executive Committee of the HKGA;
  5.  “Sub-Committee” means any Sub-Committee of the HKGA, including the Tournament, Rules and Amateur Status Committee;
  6.  “Investigating Officer” means a person appointed by the Sub-Committee of the HKGA to investigate a report;
  7. “Report” means any oral or written statement or complaint by any person of an alleged breach of discipline.
General
  1. Players must adhere to commonly accepted standards of golfing etiquette and sportsmanship whenever they participate in a Competition.
  2. In order to ensure proper standards of behaviour at all times, a player  who commits a breach of discipline under this Code is liable to face disciplinary proceedings.
  3. Any Report made to an  official shall be passed onto the Chief Executive Officer of the HKGA as soon as is practical.
Breaches of Discipline

A player commits a breach of discipline under this Code if he/she:

  1. Knowingly fails to comply with the Rules of Golf with an intention of gaining an advantage over another player;
  2. Knowingly returns a false score;
  3. Verbally threatens any person during a Competition;
  4. Uses abusive or profane language during a Competition;
  5. Misses a tee time or withdraws from a Competition before its completion without providing good and sufficient reason;
  6. Is under the influence of and/or uses drugs prohibited by the WADA anti-doping policy.
Reporting and Consideration
  1. All Reports shall be made to the Chief Executive Officer of the HKGA.
  2. Upon receiving a Report, the Chief Executive Officer shall confer with the Honorary Secretary of
    the HKGA and shall determine whether or not to refer the report to an Investigating Officer.
  3. The Chief Executive Officer shall not refer the Report to an Investigating Officer if the Chief Executive Officer considers it is frivolous, misconceived or lacking in substance.
  4. Upon receiving a Report from the Chief Executive Officer the Investigating Officer will carry out a preliminary inquiry and gather all the facts of the complaint.  These may include interviewing the Accused and getting a written report from him/her.
  5. The Investigating Officer will present his findings in writing to the HKGA Sub-Committee which will then deliberate whether:
    1. No further action should be taken; or
    2. To impose a penalty on the Accused.
  6. The decision of the Sub-Committee shall be communicated in writing to the Accused together with a copy of the report of the Investigation Officer.
Right of Appeal
  1. A player may appeal the decision of the Sub-Committee to the Executive Committee by giving a written notice to HKGA within 21 days of the date of decision by the Sub-Committee being communicated to him/her.   
  2. Upon receiving the request, the Executive Committee must determine whether to:
    1. Dismiss the appeal; or
    2. Convene a hearing in relation to the appeal.
  3. In the event of a hearing, the Executive Committee will hear the appeal at such a time and in such a manner as the Executive Committee deems appropriate.  A quorum of at least three members of the Executive Committee must be present to hear an appeal. 
Disciplinary Hearing
  1. If the Executive Committee determines to convene a hearing in relation to the appeal, it must give at least 21 days written notice to the player stating:
    1. The date, time and place at which it will hear and determine the appeal;
    2. That the player is entitled to be assisted or represented by one other person or parent (if the player is Under 18 years of age).
  2. If the player is not present at the hearing, the Executive Committee may:
    1. Proceed to hear and determine the appeal and the penalty (if any) to be imposed; or
    2. Adjourn the hearing of the appeal for such period determined by the Executive Committee and must give written notice of the time and place when the hearing will resume.
  3. If the player is present, he/she may give evidence and bring any relevant witnesses to support his/her case.   
  4. After the presentation of evidence and hearing any final submissions by the player the Executive Committee shall determine whether to uphold, amend or reject the findings of the Investigating Officer or to uphold, amend or reject the decision of the Sub-Committee. 
  5. The decision of the Executive Committee will, in its discretion, either be:
    1. Announced at the conclusion of the appeal; or
    2. Communicated in writing to the player within 30 days of the conclusion of the appeal.
  6. The Executive Committee’s decision is final.
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